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from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
Marian Hossa fits perfectly in Detroit. He fits in a locker room full of Mr. Congeniality candidates. His style of play—a big goal-scoring winger who focuses on defense—is exactly what this team was lacking.
Marian Hossa’s next contract will be a long-term one. He wants to settle in one place. He wants exactly what Henrik Zetterberg got earlier this week. And he’d love to settle in Detroit.
But there’s a good chance that won’t happen. Not here, at least.
Hossa is at the wrong time—in the salary-cap era—and the wrong place—a team loaded with high-end signings that leave little cap space.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
In his last 14 games, Niittymaki is 10-2-2. He has started three of the Flyers’ last four games, and his emergence makes one wonder if the Flyers would try to deal Marty Biron (15-10-5, 2.88 GAA, .905 save percentage) before the March 4 trade deadline.
Biron can become an unrestricted free agent after the season. He has had an up-and-down regular season _ much like last year. Biron, of course, raised his game in the first two rounds of last year’s playoffs and carried the Flyers to the Eastern Conference finals.
The Flyers would like to acquire a big, physical forward or defenseman.
a little more on the Flyers…
via Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,
Petite, sexy-cougar anthem songstress Karen Newman has stood next to Marty Turco at the start of every Stars game at Joe Louis Arena and belted out the anthem on a Red Wing red carpet…until last night.
Over the years Marty has heard her voice, then the goal horn repeatedly - followed by the crusty tones of rink public address man Bud Lynch announcing Red Wing goals. It was like a symphony of negativity, the soundtrack of an 0-8-2 record.
So when some unremarkable young female singer stepped from the zamboni tunnel to sing last night it was like an auditory surrender to the eardrums of Turco and the Stars.
No Karen Newman – no Wings victory. Coincidence?
We can’t mention Karen without mentioning her website too!
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
If the Canadiens are to snap a season-long four-game losing streak tomorrow afternoon against the Los Angeles Kings, their effort must start between the goalposts of Price, who gets the start. The NHL sophomore is a better goaltender than he’s shown in the two games since last weekend’s all-star break, and in the game before that.
He knows it. His coach knows it. His teammates know it.
Fourteen goals allowed for an .849 save percentage is not the goalkeeping the Canadiens need, or that Price expects of himself.
“Carbo just told me not to put it (all) squarely on my own shoulders,” he said of their masque-à-tête. “He told me I need to be better. And I know that. It’s the truth. He said, ‘You can’t put all the pressure on yourself because everybody has to be better.’ “
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
When the Flames acquired Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings, they understood there was a chance they might only keep him for one year, at which point he could leave as an unrestricted free agent (and with the dollars tied up in Kiprusoff, Iginla and Dion Phaneuf, there may not be a lot left over for Cammalleri).
It doesn’t mean they’ll trade him either.
The reality is this: If you’re a good team, and this year, Calgary is a good team, you don’t trade an important puzzle piece just because your chances of re-signing him next year may be negligible.
more and numerous NHL topics discussed…
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
How could anybody possibly suggest a team that has Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza doesn’t have the foundation for a rock solid team?
Now you may not be a fan of any or all of them, but there is no denying when they are on their game, they form one of the best lines in the National Hockey League. Problem is, the Senators are so thin up front, coach Craig Hartsburgh has had to resort to separating the trio in an effort to spread the scoring around. That has not proven successful.
What the Senators need is really quite simple: Proven goaltending, a better defence and secondary scoring.
DETROIT- The Red Wings announced today that they have recalled forward Justin Abdelkader from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, and reassigned forward Aaron Downey.
Abdelkader is fifth in scoring with the Griffins, compiling 14 goals and 13 assists in 44 games. The former Michigan State standout was named AHL Rookie of the Month for October after leading all rookie skaters with seven goals.
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Wearing down opponents seems to be the Calgary Flames’ specialty.
Pulling away from the Buffalo Sabres in the third period Wednesday night in a 5-2 victory at the Saddledome, the Flames proved it again.
They own the final 20 minutes. When leading after two periods, the Flames have earned a 15-0-2 record.
With the game on the line and things tied during the second intermission, they’ve dug deep to rack up an 11-0-2 mark.
Not to mention the three times they’ve come back to win when trailing after 40 minutes—the first a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators back in October in the Music City.
from Brian Duff at the Hockey News,
Thomas is poised to become an unrestricted free agent this July.
How much is he worth? And for how many years?
It’s a real tricky spot for the Boston organization because regardless of how well he’s playing, his age has to be a major consideration. Should his game erode early on in a multi-year deal, there will be no way for the Bruins to buy him out because he’ll be over 35. And let’s not forget, salary cap mismanagement takes on even greater significance in difficult economic times.
Would anything less than a three-year deal be considered an insult for the Thomas camp and cause him to focus on greener pastures beyond the Massachusetts border?
more on Thomas…
A difference of only 8 points separates the 5th to the 14th ranked teams in the Western Conference.
Who is in trouble, who will make it?
Some things to consider, the games-in-hand some teams have and also the home/road games left.
See the Western Conference standings below…
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