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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
Flyers goaltender Ray Emery deferred all questions about his ailing left hip Tuesday to general manager Paul Holmgren.
Holmgren then deferred all answers on his goaltender’s future until a later date.
In a brief statement forwarded from Holmgren’s cell phone to reporters Tuesday night, Holmgren said, “The MRI study and X-rays on Ray’s hip are still being looked at. We hope to have more information in a day or two.”
The Flyers appear to be indecisive over whether Emery should have surgery to repair what is believed to be a torn labrum in his left hip or to rest the injury through the NHL’s upcoming Olympic break and see how Emery responds when the club returns to action March 2.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
What has been the rookie coach’s secret of success? It takes a village to build a good team, of course, and others deserve credit for Colorado’s resurgence — starting with general manager Greg Sherman’s midnight phone call to Craig Anderson when the free-agent season began. Can you imagine what the state of things would be around here if Sherman had, say, instead signed aging goalie Nikolai Khabibulin to the same bloated contract Edmonton did?
But I think the biggest reason Sacco has succeeded has been his flushing of a pass-the-buck atmosphere in the locker room. It’s hard to assiduously label a pro team, with so many variables that can happen. Sometimes, no matter how good the coach is, it just doesn’t work.
First Luongo and the Kiprusoff save can be viewed below.
“I talked to him and I told him that I believe it’s still his net right now. We had four unrestricted free agent goalies heading into the summer, and we needed to get some kind of plan for our future, so this is just one part of the process.”
“Marty (Turco) has played very well these past four games, and I imagine he will continue to play. He’s a professional, and I know that’s how he will respond.”
-Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. More from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Asked about needing to get Osgood, who was outstanding last year in the playoffs after a poor regular season, into some games to avoid rust, Babcock put the focus on the present.
“I want to go into the playoffs—how’s that?” he said. “I mean, that’s great to have this fantasy thing, if everything ... no. We’ve got to get in. So we’ve got to win today.
“It’s different than other years, in the fact that you could have a five-game rotation planned—that just hasn’t been the case. And we think Howie has played real well for us. The other thing is, this thing that he might be tired or something like that—he’s 25 years old. He’s not tired. Not mentally. He wants to play. ... We think he’s given us the best opportunity.”
Said Osgood: “I just focus on practicing and being ready when I’m called upon.”
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
The Devils’ Big Shot doesn’t act like one. He just wishes he was scoring like one.
Ilya Kovalchuk has yet to score his first goal as a Devil, zipped on 18 official shots in his first three games with New Jersey. He fired nine in Monday’s 3-2 loss in Philadelphia, tying the team’s season-high shared by Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner.
The Devils have been dying from lack of goals as they play host—snow willing—to the Flyers in Newark tonight. The recent league-leaders have won only 4-of-14 (4-9-1), and scored more than two goals only four times in that stretch—twice on the Leafs’ league-worst defense, and once each on the Coyotes and Isles….
“We have to get better results, and I’ve taken all those shots and I haven’t got a goal yet,” the 26-year-old, two-time 52-goal scorer said. “It seems like I need a little break to put one in and get a better feeling. It’s very easy to play with such good players, but on the other side of that, sometimes you try to do too much. You try to make a play, make a pass, when you should shoot the puck.”
“It was [expletive] brutal. We have too many guys who don’t compete. You can’t win in this game unless you’re ready to show up and go to war every night. We don’t have enough of them. .-.-. This is not type of team we want. We’re going to keep making changes until we get that. It takes time.
“It’s like turning around the Titanic and not a rowboat.’’
-Florida Panthers GM Randy Sexton after losing to Carolina tonight. More from George Richards of On Frozen Pond.
via the Ducks media department,
Ryan Getzlaf underwent an MRI this afternoon on his sprained left ankle. The test showed no significant ligament or muscle tears, and Getzlaf is day-to-day. Following the MRI, Getzlaf made the following statement:
“My ankle feels much better today and I’m relieved the test showed no significant damage. My goal is to return to the ice this week for the Ducks, and I look forward to joining Team Canada for the Olympics on Monday.”
via tweets from Chris Vivlamore,
I’m hearing more than rumbles that Kari Lehtonen has been traded to Dallas. Didn’t accompany team to Denver.
Deal for Lehtonen could involve defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy. Maybe a low-round draft pick.
Bob McKenzie tweets-in,
Kari Lehtonen trade from Atlanta to Dallas has not yet been completed but it MAY happen later tonight. Stay tuned.
added 8:39pm, Turco in goal against the Blackhawks tonight.
added 8:40pm, via Kevin Allen tweet,
Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen will be traded to Dallas tonight
added 8:43pm, via Matt Marstrom tweet,
kari lehtonen to the stars for ivan vishnevsky and a 4th rounder
added 8:52pm, Now the question is, Do the Stars move Turco, who has been playing very good lately?
added 9:00pm, Nick Kypreos tweets,
Dallas/Atlanta still waiting for trade call to complete Kari Lehtonen deal. Dallas/ Philly talks ongoing for Marty Turco.
added 9:52pm, The trade is official according to Chris Vivlamore tweet.
from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,
... now we’re face to face with the most dangerous opponent they will face from now until the Stanley Cup playoffs: Dick Ebersol, the president of NBC Sports. In the selfish interest of padding his Olympic programming this month, the NBC executive is about to take away our joy for 17 days.
Just so he can have the best hockey players in the world playing for gold in Vancouver, Ebersol could end up hijacking the Caps’ scintillating season, without so much as delivering a mid-ice check.
Ebersol is kidnapping five of our best hockey players, including Alex Ovechkin, for 2 1/2 weeks. Beginning Sunday, he is taking them to western Canada, right in the middle of the greatest regular reason in, oh, the history of North American sports.
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