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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Dallas Stars winger Steve Ott received a match penalty in a scrum that occurred immediately after Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Anaheim and has been suspended awaiting a review Monday with Colin Campbell, the NHL’s chief disciplinarian.
Ott will not be able to play today (Sunday) against Pittsburgh.
A match penalty is given for deliberately injuring an opponent. Ott gouged Anaheim’s Travis Moen in the scrum.
“It was an accident. I didn’t mean to do it,” Ott said.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
...So could the Hawks be this season’s version of the Penguins?
“Absolutely,” Hawks defenseman Brent Seabrook said. “They had a young team last year, and they did great things. We’re a team that’s right there, and we have to have a good finish to the season and have a good start to the playoffs.”
Last season’s Penguins relied on Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to provide the offense along with veteran Marian Hossa. Sergei Gonchar was a scoring threat from the defensive corps, and Marc-Andre Fleury came on strong in goal.
The Hawks have second-year forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane along with Martin Havlat as forces up front and Brian Campbell as the point producer on the back end. When Nikolai Khabibulin is healthy, he joins Cristobal Huet to form one of the strongest goalie tandems in the NHL.
Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner tonight talks Georges Laraque, Steven Stamkos, Steve Mason and Alexander Ovechkin goal celebrations.
Al Strachan says players are mentioning Brian Campbell and Coach Q. are not getting along. Al says Chicago not shopping him, but if a team really wants him, they could call…
Pierre LeBrun states Blues may be involved in the Pronger talks. Ownership wants to get the fans revved up, nice to see them getting involved.
Milbury talking about Pronger to Bruins and referred back to the report from Helene Elliott earlier today and says that scenario may have some legs to it.
Strachan says Flyers, if they can clear cap room have interest in Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen.
LeBrun says a few GM’s have told him the Panthers will hold on to Jay Bouwmeester because they need to make the playoffs.
Pierre also mentioned Alex Burrows may be traded. He is UFA July 1st and if not signed, he could be gone.
Scott Niedermayer has been told by the Ducks he will not get moved according to LeBrun.
Pierre also says Lightning getting calls on Mary St. Louis but Tampa keeps saying no.
added 9:30pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN updates his blog with some of the above information and more trade talk too.
Yes everyone, I am receiving your emails and many of them on many topics.
I am following the Guerin situation- took the pre-game and not in the lineup. I won’t lead people on a wild goose chase with situations like this.
If something of note happens, don’t worry, you will know about it.
The other emails, all of wild trade rumors. Again, when something happens of note, or a rumor from a reliable source comes about, you will know about it.
added 8:31pm, from Islanders Point Blank,
The Islanders have a deal in place that will send Bill Guerin “to an Eastern team” and will be finalized by Sunday, sources tell Point Blank. All indications are that Guerin will waive his no-move clause and agree to the trade…
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN defenseman Derek Morris has given Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney a list of teams he would be willing to lift his no-trade clause to join.
In the meantime, Morris has decided it is best to not play and risk injury before a deal goes down, therefore he is not expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Coyotes host the St Louis Blues.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Most are the product of fertile imaginations and throwing mud at the wall, but some have a nugget of logic behind them.
Here’s one we’ve heard and believe:
The Ducks will send defenseman Chris Pronger and left wing Travis Moen to the Boston Bruins for defenseman Mark Stuart, 6-foot-5 center Joe Colborne (currently at Denver University) and a first-round draft pick.
Why this makes sense:
Alexander scored the OT goal today to secure a 4-3 Caps victory over the Bruins.
I am sure Tim Thomas would like that goal back.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Right now, because of the tight playoff races, there are more buyers than sellers. Only six teams are likely to be in a sell-off mode—the Islanders, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Ottawa and Colorado.
We’ll all have to wait until Wednesday (1 p.m. MST) to see who moves where. In the meantime, here’s a breakdown of each of the 30 teams’ needs and wants:
San Jose: The only real question: Do they keep Jonathan Cheechoo, who is miscast as a third-liner after losing his spot to Devin Setoguchi, or move him to free up cap space?...
Chicago: The Blackhawks badly need a No. 2 centre, preferably one with some size. They are probably in the Tim Connolly/Nik Antropov hunt. Trying winger Patrick Sharp there failed, and rookie winger Kris Versteeg, all 180 pounds of him, is there now.
from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,
The time has never been better to expand the NHL playoff structure from 16 to 20 teams.
It’s way overdue. Come on, way back in the days of the Original 21, it was a 16-team playoff format. So the pool of non-playoff teams has risen from five to 14 without so much as a revision? Doesn’t make sense.
The time is right for a few reasons.
(a) More parity in the NHL than ever before. In the Eastern Conference this season, there’s a clear gap between the 10th-place team and the 11th-place team. That’s a natural dividing line. In the Western Conference, 11 teams are in contention for just the final four spots. It’s a shame that seven of them will miss the post-season dance.
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