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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
With a trio of goalies—Kari Lehtonen, Ondrej Pavelec and Johan Hedberg—on their roster, the Thrashers have almost as many netminders as victories (five).
Many NHL observers think Atlanta GM Don Waddell wants to deal one of his surplus goaltenders in an attempt to kickstart his floundering team….
There are teams with obvious goaltending issues—the Senators, Kings and Oilers among them—but they won’t be the only teams that look at Lehtonen. Expect the Wings and Flyers to make inquiries as well….
The Senators would be interested in Bouwmeester, and it’s believed the asking price would be LW Antoine Vermette. Martin has always coveted Vermette and has tried to trade for him several times in the past, but the Senators have always resisted their offers and might be reluctant to give Vermette up for a UFA. Several other teams could go after Bouwmeester, including Edmonton, Vancouver, Boston, Montreal, the Rangers, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Anaheim
from Russo’s Rants,
Lemaire thinks of the Vancouver media with about as high a regard as Alex Burrows thinks of Bouchard (if it makes you feel better, I like you fellas).
“You notice there in the third, they’ve got five guys at their blue line and [their media’s] talking about our trap?” Lemaire said. “That’s a new trap.”
The Canucks media often interrogate Lemaire on the Wild’s style, which Lemaire abhors.
more on the Canucks/Wild game and Luongo’s 3rd consecutive shutout (he hasn’t been scored upon since Brodeur went down, coincidence?)...
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
Guy Carbonneau didn’t hold back when he was asked about the Canadiens’ 6-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.
“It was the most embarrassing game I’ve ever been associated with,” said the coach whose team has back-to-back games for the first time this season.
There was plenty of room for embarrassment here.
from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,
This team, for lack of a better term, is a mess. You can see it in their faces when they come into the rink. They are a beaten bunch. You can’t help but feel bad for their rookie coach, a guy who has to deal with this and try and figure a way out. This team almost has to play perfect hockey for 60 minutes—and even then they may not win.
So, instead of moping around Southern California on Sunday, they should all go to Disneyland. Check out the rides, have some cotton candy. Relax. Get some sun, take some goofy photos. Make the rookie (Michael Frolik) walk around in a goofy hat. Take more photos of that.
Then come in and see what happens against a Ducks team that was handled on Friday by Dallas and probably isn’t going to be in a real good mood.
from Mike Heika at Dallas Stars Blog,
Marty Turco was quite upset with himself. When asked what he was thinking at the time, he replied:
“I really didn’t know what I was thinking. Generally, I watch them (the opposition) and let them dictate, but I’m on my backhand at that particular time of the game, I don’t know what I was thinking.”
via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
I think there’s some tire-kicking going around the league right now concerning Avs defenseman Brett Clark. In fact, I’m sure of it.
Brett Clark to Montreal for goalie Jaroslav Halak is one deal I’ve heard being kicked around right now. Like Peter Budaj, Halak is a Slovak. He has also been under the tutelage of Canadiens goalie instructor Roland Melanson, who has been turning out many fine goalies the last few years.
Pierre LeBrun mentioned during the Hot Stove on HNIC tonight the Wings have had a few conversations with Zetterberg’s agent, The numbers being tossed around are 8-10 years and $7-8M a year.
The two parties have not found that “sweet-spot” or else a deal would have been announced.
Al Strachan chimed in with this- If General Motors goes bankrupt, and it could very well happen, the Wings would not survive in Detroit. The city would be a ghost town.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Talked with Pavol Demitra this morning. He’s close to returning from a rib injury but won’t play tonight. He was disappointed. He was very friendly and said Jacques Lemaire treated him incredibly. He said his biggest frustration in Minnesota was not playing center, but being switched from line to line. He was also good talking about Marian Gaborik’s situation and said the Wild should just sign him.
more Wild related notes…
from mike Knobler of the Altanta Journal-Constitution,
Everything’s a competition for the Thrashers assistant coach. The drive that powered him through 16 NHL seasons of banging and crashing and digging now gets channeled into pushing Thrashers players into improving their skills, sharpening their focus and embracing coach John Anderson’s style of play. Whenever possible, Cunneyworth makes a game of it.
For instance, put Player A in front of the net, and have Player B volley the puck toward him from the opposite end of the ice. Player A, using only his stick, tries to deflect the airborne puck into the net. The players alternate roles. The winner might be the first to score three goals, but the real winner is the Thrashers, who come away with players better able to score on deflections in front of the crease.
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
Have you made any inquiries about general manager positions?
I’ve talked to people who ultimately are going to be helpful when openings occur. I will never go after a general manager’s job when there’s an incumbent general manager there. If that means I don’t ever work as a general manager again, so be it. But I believe there really is a right way to go about things in this business, and the way it’s respected.
I have talked to some owners in the game who know me well, and I’ve asked, “If there are openings with other teams, would you be willing to talk to your fellow owner for me?”
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