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Almost a dangle-dangle between-the-legs goal for Datsyuk.
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
For the second time this season the Blackhawks watched one of their best players knocked out of a game by shot to the head.
Atlanta’s Colby Armstrong laid out Marian Hossa early in the third period of Saturday’s game at the United Center, sending the Hawks winger to the dressing room for the rest of the night.
Was it a clean hit or not? Armstrong led with his shoulder, which is fine, but he caught Hossa on the chin.
The point here isn’t clean or dirty, however, it’s how much longer Hawks general manager Stan Bowman is going to let his best players be targets?
Maybe this isn’t a problem that can be solved this season with the March 3 trade deadline so close, but next year the Hawks darn well better have someone tough enough and nasty enough to show other teams they better not be going after Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
If goalie Ray Emery does have a torn hip labrum - as the Flyers have hinted - “it’s fixable but career-threatening,” said a doctor who used to work for the club.
“Any injury to a joint is potentially a career-challenging injury,” Arthur Bartolozzi said. “It can affect your timing, your speed, your agility.”
The labrum is a ring of fibrous cartilage around the edge of the joint surface of a bone.
The Flyers would not reveal what the MRI exam on Emery’s injured left hip showed. Instead, they shut him down for three weeks in the hope the rest will enable him to return this season.
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Janssen, who appeared to lead with his elbow, said: “I was just coming back and [Bradley] had the puck. He cycled it back, and he was looking back like he felt the puck was still on his skates. I finish my hits. I thought it was a good opportunity. His head was down and I was just trying to get the boys into it. I hope no suspension, but we’ll see what happens. If it happens, it happens and that’s the way it is.”
Scroll to around the 2:00 minute mark to see the hit a little more clearly…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
• There is plenty of talk about the future of Florida G Tomas Vokoun with the Panthers sending out word they’re getting ready to clean house. Would he waive his no-movement clause to go to the Flyers? Philadelphia has shut down G Ray Emery for three weeks because of a hip problem and there are concerns about whether he might need surgery. The issue with dealing Vokoun is he’s been the Panthers’ best player all season. He is the one guy they should keep. Florida could also move C Stephen Weiss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
• The Oilers have been trying to move C Shawn Horcoff ($5.5-million cap hit through 2014), C Robert Nilsson ($2 million through 2011), D Sheldon Souray ($5.4 million through 2012), D Steve Staios ($2.7 million through 2011) and D Tom Gilbert ($4 million through 2014).
“They’re going to have a real tough time moving those players,” said a league executive. “(Katz) might have to be willing to put money in the minors to give (Tambellini) flexibility to make changes. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
• Yes, the Panthers are looking to move Nathan Horton, but no, they are not going to get close to what they’re asking in return for a player whose work ethic is, to put it kindly, problematic.
• The Capitals have until the March 3 trade deadline to determine whether their goaltending is good enough to get them through the East. If the answer is no or maybe, expect GM George McPhee to inquire about Dallas’ Marty Turco.
• Finally, it took just one trade — a second-rounder to rent Dominic Moore — to explain why newly installed Montreal GM Pierre Gauthier went seven years between jobs after being dismissed by the Ducks in 2002.
read on for some Jagr and Tortorella talk…
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
• I spoke with a few NHL executives from other teams Saturday to try and separate fact from fiction on this, and here’s the best I could come up from sources I trust:
The Blackhawks have done their due diligence around the league and looked at the available goalies, but ultimately believe there’s no real upgrade on what they have, not to mention how difficult it would be to fit in a new salary given their cap situation (it only got worse, short-term, with the acquisition of Kim Johnsson on Friday).
In the final analysis, I don’t think the Hawks are totally sold on their goaltending, but they also don’t believe there’s a fix out there that makes sense at the present time.
• Making the playoffs is real important to this franchise, so I think if I was a betting man, I’d say Hamhuis survives the March 3 trade deadline. But there’s always the chance the Preds could move him for some much-needed offensive help. That’s another option. The best solution to all this, of course, is Hamhuis signing an extension before March 3 to take away all the stress.
“We’ll talk to all our unrestricted free agents during the Olympic break,” said Poile. “What I want to do is sign Dan Hamhuis, but I don’t know if that will happen.”
Tomas Holmstrom left the Wings game tonight. His knee is still bothering him.
Does Team Sweden make a switch and select Johan Franzen and sit Holmstrom for the Olympic Games?
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Center Valtteri Filppula will sit out tonight’s game against Ottawa due to a sore groin. Filppula said it flared up on him in Thursday’s game in San Jose. He is hoping to be ready for Finland’s first game at the Olympics on Tuesday.
“I’m concerned,’’ Filppula said. “I definitely want to play (in the Olympics). I want to play tonight, too, but we’ll have to see how it is. It’s much better today than it was yesterday.’‘
Andreas Lilja, back from his conditioning stint with Grand Rapids, skated and said he’s ready to play. But he first must be cleared by doctors on Monday. If he is cleared, the Wings must clear about $700,000 under the salary cap. The most likely scenario is putting Kirk Maltby on long-term injured reserve.
from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,
The city of Glendale won the latest court tussle with the Goldwater Institute watchdog group over possible lease concessions and incentives for the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team.
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge Friday ruled against a Goldwater request to hold Glendale in contempt for not turning over documents in the case fast enough.
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