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via the Detroit Free Press,
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall is out with an illness tonight
added 8:56pm, Ah, the flu!
via Marc Ciampa of EdmontonOilers.com,
Saturday was an eventful day at Rexall Place - particularly for an off-day - with several injury updates coming out of the Oilers dressing room.
Sheldon Souray remarked that he tweaked his shoulder on Friday against the Sharks but it was nothing too serious and certainly not related to last season’s shoulder injury. Sam Gagner left practice early with a nagging ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday.
Head coach Craig MacTavish talked about Zack Stortini’s injury as well. He said the Oilers enforcer strained his knee. The injury is not nearly as serious as previously thought but he’ll still be out for some time.
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The last ‘Rinkside View’ broadcast of Ducks games was last Sunday.
The Ducks met with FSN and the decision was made to discontinue the controversial telecasts for the rest of the season.
“It’s not something that’s overwhelmingly positive,” said Aaron Teats, Ducks director of broadcasting.
Brendan Shanahan is a New Jersey Devil—sort of.
Sources says the unrestricted free agent winger is joining the team, but has yet to agree to terms on a contract and it isn’t clear at this point when that will happen or when he will be ready to play a game with them.
But sources say Shanahan will start skating in New Jersey today and the details of him officially becoming part of the team will be worked out in the days to come. The Devils are in Los Angeles starting a six-game road trip.
added 4:47pm, via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The Devils have brought left wing Brendan Shanahan back to the organization, signing the 39-year-old left wing today to what is believed to be a one-year contract. There is no timetable yet for when Shanahan will join the team and begin playing in games.
“Brendan Shanahan has agreed in principle to join the New Jersey Devils,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement. “He will begin skating on his own. Brendan will join the team at a date to be determined.”
added 5:12pm, from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Although there has been contact with Shanahan since September, Lamoriello said he had no intention of signing Shanahan until the team’s recent struggles.
“No. We had spoken to him, like a lot of other people, in September and throughout the year,” Lamoriello said. “We met face to face (Friday) and we spoke again today….”
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
Forget all that stuff you’ve heard lately about Columbus rookie Steve Mason being a late-entry candidate for the Calder Trophy. If he keeps playing even close to the way he has through 24 games, he’ll win the Vezina as the NHL’s top goalie and the Hart as the league’s most valuable player.
No player in the history of the league has won those three awards in the same season, so we truly are seeing a phenomenal story in the making.
Consider the undisputable facts. Mason spent the first month of the season in the American League as Pascal Leclaire and Fredrik Norrena patrolled the crease for the Blue Jackets. It wasn’t until Nov. 5 the 20-year-old Mason got his first start of the season. He started off with three straight wins and six of nine.
Then Mason got hot.
The Devils will host “Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick Night’ during their Atlantic Division contest vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center on Friday, January 30 at 7:00 PM. On November 10, 2008, Emrick received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello.
“Mike Emrick is the consummate professional who is the best at what he does, and is passionate about the game of hockey,” said Lamoriello. “We are extremely fortunate to have Doc Emrick as our play-by-play announcer.”
via John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Forward Rich Peverley has been claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Thrashers.
Peverley had been placed on waivers on Friday by the Predators, in order to clear a roster spot for Steve Sullivan. The 26 year-old Peverley had played 27 games for the Predators this season, notching nine points – two goals and seven assists.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
“There is obviously some suspicion that something nefarious was going on and I don’t think so at all. I think it was just tremendous fan interest,” Gillett said while his team was on the ice for its morning skate. “You have to remember Montreal is a city of about 3.7 million people and the Province (of Quebec) has 7.5 million and they are huge hockey fans. There are 186,000 junior hockey players up there and those kids love it so they all voted.
“Did we have a marketing program going on? No. This is natural passion.”
Gillett went on to admit that “there were players that were perhaps not selected to the starting lineup that you might say, ‘Hmmm.’ Like (Alex) Ovechkin, right? But, the fans spoke. There is a level of passion and interest there and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. That is why we get such huge television ratings and so forth.”
BRUINS’ JULIEN, SHARKS’ McLELLAN WILL SERVE AS ALL-STAR HEAD COACHES
NEW YORK (Jan. 10, 2009)—Under the selection process for All-Star coaches, the head coach and assistant coach for the Eastern Conference All-Stars are the head coaches of the two teams with the top points percentages in the Eastern Conference through games of tonight, the halfway point of the 2008-09 regular season. The head coach and assistant coach of the Western Conference All-Stars are the head coaches of the two teams with the best points percentages in the Western Conference.
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
“It felt like its the second game of the season, you know. I didn’t expect to feel any different than I have these first two games,” said Sundin, interrupting a post-game bicycle workout to accommodate the media in the hallway.
“There’s still a lot of work to do, in terms of timing and all that. There’s going to be a lot of ups and downs as we go along, but it’s nice in a way to get a chance to play right away again [tonight, against San Jose.]”
“It is going to take time, and we’re going to be talking about this for a while,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. “There’s a reason why training camps are three weeks minimum, and it’s to get in game alertness, game shape, game speed, game execution—and Mats doesn’t have that.
“He’s been working extremely hard, and we hope that he’s going to be able to reach the pace of the NHL in a reasonable amount of time.”
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