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from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Defenseman Derek Morris, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, says he would like to return to the Coyotes.
The length of a proposed deal is the sticking point right now between the Morris camp and General Manager Don Maloney.
“Obviously, they don’t know where they’re at financially, with the ownership groups and such, so a one-year deal is where it’s at right now, and obviously I’m looking for more than a one-year deal , being 30 years old, so we’re kind of stuck at that right now,” Morris said. “If the right thing comes up for the team, the right situation, then I would hope he (Maloney) would do it.”
Morris, who is making $3.95 million this season, emphasized that his family loves the area and stays in town during the summer.
Almost six minutes of the best goals, hits and saves from the past week in the NHL.
via Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
It appears that Justin Williams’ recent bad luck with injuries has struck again.
The Hurricanes winger, who missed the team’s first 25 games with a ruptured Achilles tendon, is expected to miss at least a month after a slap shot broke a bone in his hand last night in Buffalo. A decision will be made on whether to perform surgery in the coming days.
“He walked on that bus last night and he looked about as low as a man can,” said Coach Paul Maurice of Williams. “The especially painful part is that over the last three or four games, his speed was coming back. He was skating last night and he was really moving, and I think he really felt that finally something positive [was happening]. To have that happen is going to be very difficult for him.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Don Waddell’s phone rang Sunday afternoon in Anaheim. It was Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey, asking his Atlanta counterpart if he could meet with Habs executive Pierre Gauthier later that evening at the Thrashers-Ducks game.
The Canadiens were stepping up their efforts to acquire a defenseman and they wanted to further pursue Mathieu Schneider, a veteran slated for unrestricted free agency July 1.
Waddell didn’t waste his opportunity. For starters, there was always the chance the Canadiens, under tremendous pressure to act with the team in freefall, could opt for a different player if they couldn’t come to terms with Atlanta. The clock was ticking and Waddell feared the Canadiens had another deal in the works for another defenseman.
from Bill Price of the NY Daily News,
Tom Renney and Chris Drury said all the right things after the Rangers did all the wrong things in Sunday’s dismal loss to the Flyers at the Garden.
“I take full responsibility for where this team is right now,” said the coach.
“I’m not doing what I was brought here to do,” said the captain.
As for the man who put this team together . . . nothing.
In case you’ve forgotten, he’s Glen Sather, the president and GM of your New York Rangers. Honestly, I can’t blame you for forgetting, because he’s nowhere to be found.
He never speaks to the New York media and he’s rarely seen at games.
from P.J. Stock of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
Well, if I’m a player or goalie or coach, I really don’t care about my first half as much as I do about my second half. You all want to know my first-half MVP and all that jazz? Well, instead, I’m going to go on a limb and give you who I think will be the eventual winners of these major awards.
You win nothing in the first half and all will be forgotten if your team doesn’t make the playoffs, just ask Jarome Iginla.
Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the year)
Winner: Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks
Runner-up: Steve Mason, Columbus Blue Jackets
Who I’d like to see win it: Blake Wheeler, Boston Bruins, or Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Norris Trophy (best defenceman)
Winner: Nick Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
You have to knock out the champ and he’s still standing.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Brian Burke has the list.
He knows the teams that Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle will waive his no-trade clause to go to.
Burke knows that Kaberle wants to stay in the Eastern Conference.
Burke also knows that Kaberle would prefer to stay in Toronto and failing an offer that stops Burke in his tracks, keeping Kaberle may make the most sense.
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today Patrick Sharp will miss 2-3 weeks with a lower-body injury and Nikolai Khabibulin will not travel with Chicago on their Florida road swing.
The Atlanta Thrashers have traded defenceman Mathieu Schneider to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for second and third round picks.
Schneider previously played for the Canadiens from the 1989-90 season to the 1994-95 campaign.
added 3:15pm, from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
For the Thrashers, the deal clears salary and helps the team stockpile draft picks. Considering that just a few months ago, Atlanta traded spare parts Ken Klee and Brad Larsen to Anaheim for Schneider, getting multiple draft picks is a good return. It’s GM Don Waddell’s belief that there will be teams looking to clear salary this summer and by getting additional draft picks now, he puts the Thrashers in position to acquire some of that talent. One of just a few sellers at this point in the season, the Thrashers could still be active after this deal. Waddell is getting calls about Niclas Havelid and there would be a strong market for Colby Armstrong if the Thrashers decide to move him…
added 3:30pm, via the Montreal Canadiens,
“We were looking for a defenseman who could contribute offensively. Mathieu, an experienced player with a lot of offensive upside, will bring depth to our core group of defensemen and will be an asset on our powerplay,” said Bob Gainey.
from David Droschak of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
No matter what sport you pick, players with special defensive skills are often overlooked when it comes to Hall of Fame balloting. A defensive second baseman like Bill Mazeroski, regarded as the best glove man to play his position in baseball history, was overlooked for years by Hall voters for guys who couldn’t field at lick but belted homers or hit for average.
Same is true for NHL defensemen. Point men on the power play, who pile up gaudy offensive stats, often come away with the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman.
So, where does a player like Glen Wesley fit into his generation of defensemen?
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