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from the Nashville Predators,
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that Alexander Radulov has been suspended indefinitely without pay for the 2008-09 season….
“We are disappointed Alex will not be with the Predators at the start of this season,” said Poile. “He is a world class player who demonstrated last season, with 26 goals and 58 points, that he is an emerging NHL talent. However, since he has not responded to our recent correspondence, we must move forward with our plans for the coming season.
“At some point, we hope Alex will have a desire to return to the NHL and compete in the best league in the world, with and against the best competition. We will re-visit his status at that time.
“Until then, we are focused on the players who are representing the Predators and providing them the necessary support and guidance. We will not allow Alex’s situation to be a distraction and, as such, will have no further comment on Alex or his situation.”
Mats Sundin was on Leafs Lunch on 640AM in Toronto.
He is not at the point to make a decision on his NHL career. He had hoped during the summer he would get a clearer picture, but stated he is not there yet.
Probably will not make a decision by the time training camps open. Does not have a time line for his decision.
He has been working out but not skating on a regular basis. Again, not sure of what he will do yet and hopes people respect he is not at the point to where his career is headed.
added 12:49pm, Sundin stated he has not even looked at team options yet. Wants to decide if he is even going to play first.
Update 3:15pm ET: At AM640,
Sundin said despite offers from several clubs the decision of wether or not to play is still the biggest hurdle. Sundin also didn’t rule out a return to the NHL halfway through the season.
Audio available here.
from the Washington Capitals,
The Washington Capitals will retire Mike Gartner’s No. 11 jersey at a pregame ceremony before the team’s game against Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 28. Gartner, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who ranks second in Capitals history in goals (397), assists (392) and points (789), will become the fourth player in Capitals history to have his number retired.
“Capitals fans have fond memories of Mike Gartner flying down the right wing and scoring goals at the Capital Centre,” said Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis. “This is a fitting tribute to one of the elite offensive players in the history of the game who was a crucial member of the first Capitals playoff teams.”
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Washington Capitals and to join the distinguished company of my fellow teammates Ivan Labre, Rod Langway and Dale Hunter,” Gartner said. “I look forward to the upcoming evening in December and sharing those fond memories with my family and those fans in attendance.”
Watch a video tribute of Mike Gartner below…
from the The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Can’t say this is a bad trade for the Leafs, and can’t say its a good one that will help significantly. It certainly shouldn’t be heralded as any great achievement, for having to move McCabe is really a sign of failure for both the team and player after he was signed to his lucrative contract and managed to play out only two of the five years in Toronto before finding it impossible to play in Toronto any longer. Mike Van Ryn is four years younger and the Leafs gain some salary cap flexibility, although with the club’s payroll now at $46 million and the cap at $56.7 million there didn’t seem to be an urgent need to chop salary.
It’s the final nail in the coffin of the comfy cartel that was the Muskoka Five, but more than anything, its another piece of intriguing evidence on the manner in which the Leafs have struggled terribly to manage assets in the post-lockout era.
from Pierre Durocher of Sun Media,
“Twice last season I asked the Flames to trade me, and Montreal was on my wish list both times,” he said, vowing to carve a permanent niche for himself in his home province.
“I’m 28 and this is my ninth NHL season, so I’m very happy to be here.”
Tanguay acknowledges he ran into trouble last year in Calgary with a meagre production of 58 points (18 goals, 40 assists), down from 78 and 81 points tallies during his two previous seasons.
Coach Mike Keenan used him on a defensive line with Craig Conroy and Owen Nolan which did not please him at all.
“I thought they traded for me from Colorado because I could generate offence,” Tanguay said with a bitter smile.
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
Even those of us who believes that defenseman Andrei Meszaros is a good fit for the Tampa Bay Lightning believe they paid too much to get him.
While Meszaros has the most potential of anyone included in the deal between Tampa and Ottawa, it’s my assessment that the Senators have spun a bad situation into a good deal for their hockey club.
from Lindsay Kramer at Syracuse.com,
Former Syracuse Crunch enforcer Brandon Sugden is getting closer to finding out which teams are keeping him from getting a chance at the NHL.
Sugden said Monday the NHLPA is working the case for him. And it turns out four teams actually said no to his return, not three. Two votes came in after the deadline, one was no and one was no comment. I love that no comment one.
Sugden was going to try out for the Islanders this preseason. But before he can sign a deal with an NHL component he has to get approval from all 30 teams. That’s because when he left the Crunch two seasons ago he termed it a retirement. He then immediately joined the Quebec League.
This is a follow-up story that appeared on August 27th.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
Unlike the defending champion Detroit Red Wings, the Penguins lost several key players in the offseason — moves which can have an adverse effect on team chemistry this season….
Recent Cup finalists unable to keep their rosters intact fail to return to the big dance the following year. Even losing several lesser lights can have a potentially adverse effect on team chemistry. With their established young stars the Penguins should remain a dominant club this season but it remains to be seen if their new players can mesh well with the rest of the roster and help them return to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Three keys in my opinion are Crosby, Malkin and Fleury. How they go, so do the Penguins of 2008-09.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
• Who was that masked man? Which Carey Price do we get this season? The cucumber-cool kid who gave the Canadiens rock-solid goaltending down the stretch and stoned the Bruins in Game 7? Or the jittery rook who was mediocre, to put it charitably, against the Flyers and made R.J. Umberger look like Mike F. Bossy?
• How much does Saku Koivu have left in the tank?
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
In a wide-ranging telephone interview from Montreal, Luongo talked like someone who expects to be in Vancouver longer than the two years remaining on his current deal.
“The great thing is we’re on the same page and we both want to win,” Luongo said of Gillis. “We’re here to win and we want to build a winning team that can contend for the Cup every year.
“When I spoke to him, it was very reassuring for me because that’s why I’m playing in Vancouver—to have a chance to win it all. When you hear something like that from your GM—that he’s as committed to winning as Mike is—it gives you a comfort zone that the organization is all about putting the best team on the ice.”
read on including Luongo hitting the ice with white pads…
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