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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
For most of the season, the story around the Detroit Red Wings has been who is leaving the lineup with injuries. The Wings finally have some good news with Dan Cleary retuning from a separated shoulder that placed him on the club’s long injury list for a dozen games.
And so far, so good. Cleary has goals in two straight games, netting one against the Kings on Jan. 7 and another against the Sharks on Jan. 9 with the opportunity for more Tuesday night on Long Island.
“It doesn’t even look like he’s lost anything,” goalie Jimmy Howard told Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. “He was flying out there again. He really picked that top corner there. He’s got a heck of a shot, and he definitely used it to his advantage.”
continued and more Central Division notes…
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
If I can apply some of the same critical thought to the Flames for a second here, like I always do with the Avs, I would say that Jay Bouwmeester too often looks like just another guy out there. He doesn’t seem to play with a lot of passion somehow. He skates fast, but it seems like he’s always got somewhere better to get -instead of place like the front of the net or dangerously cutting into the slot areas.
Dion Phaneuf is another guy I’d want to carve a little. Some bad decisions with the puck, a slap shot that too often sails wide of the net. Olli Jokinen too often looks like a bigger version of Wolski.
more on the Avs victory over the Flames last night…
Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows did not hold back about what he felt were unjust penalty calls, ripping into NHL referee Stephane Auger after Vancouver’s 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday night.
Burrows, who was called for diving in the second period and interference in the third, also received a 10-minute misconduct with seconds left in the game, and he was not shy his post-game interview.
“It was personal. It started in warmup, before the anthem,” Burrows said of Auger’s penalty calling. “(Augers) came over to me and he said I made him look bad in Nashville on the (Jerred) Smithson hit and he said he was going to get me back tonight.”
added 7:18am, You can judge the calls against Burrows last night…
added 8:31am, Watch below the post game comments from Burrows and others….
from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,
I couldn’t fit my entire conversation with Ducks General Manager Bob Murray into my weekly NHL column, so here are a few tidbits that didn’t get into print but are worth sharing:
—He will not trade defenseman Scott Niedermayer, even if the Ducks drop out of playoff contention.
“That’s another one that seems to circulate,” Murray said when asked about the rumors that crop up frequently and send Niedermayer to Vancouver, New Jersey and all points in between. “No. Scotty and I have been talking and he’s going to retire an Anaheim Duck. And that’s the way it’s going to be unless he tells me different. I have an agreement with Scotty and it’s my word.
“We’ve talked about this. I see him staying here. Who knows, he might play next year.”
continue for more on the Ducks…
...and don’t use the lame excuse that GMs lie.
from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, last week the league came out with a warning and policy memo regarding foul language being used in the media….
The following is fake reaction from some of hockey’s more fiery personalities:
NYR coach John Tortorella
“I’m trying to win ****ing hockey games and they want me to watch my ****ing language?! Give me a ****ing break. This isn’t a god **** church league, this is the National ****ing Hockey League. **** me! Get a ****ing life. We played like sh** last night, am I supposed to say we played like poop? Or doo doo? Is that what I’m supposed to do? Am I Brooksy?
Does (George) McPhee try to trade Theodore or send him to the minors and go with two 21-year-old kids who have played a total of 13 NHL postseason games between them (all played by Varlamov)? Or does McPhee look to a veteran like Marty Turco or Martin Biron to provide some insurance in net? Interesting times ahead, to be sure.
-Scott Burnside of ESPN. More from Scott and four more topics too.
Defenseman puts NHL career on hold for Olympic opportunity
from Travis Rockhold at The Lantern (Ohio State student newspaper),
Winning championships for a professional franchise in sports is often an athlete’s ultimate goal, but a select few get a chance to achieve even more.
Come February, former Buckeye Ryan Kesler will attempt to win a gold medal with the U.S. men’s ice hockey team.
from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,
The NHL is investigating Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh for not sending all available camera angles to league headquarters in Toronto for Simon Gagne’s apparent goal that was under review against the Penguins last Thursday, the Daily News has learned.
FSN Pittsburgh, who had the game’s only video feed, allegedly sent all of the camera angles of the replay except the one that clearly showed the puck over the goal line.
Comcast SportsNet elected to not use their own video feed during the game to save money on production costs, one SportsNet employee said on Monday.
continued and in case you missed the call…
Last week, Theo Fleury used his blog to rip the Calgary Flames’ decision to cut him from the roster after a pre-season tryout. On Monday, he used it again - this time to apologize for his comments.
“I sometimes say and do things without thinking,” Fleury wrote on Monday. “I want to apologize to Craig Conroy and Robyn Regehr for my comments. I will never forget my 2 and a half weeks this September and how great it was being with the boys again. The Calgary Flames organization is one of class and integrity and the comments that I made were uncalled for. Please accept my apology.”
NEW YORK (January 11, 2010)—Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski has been suspended for two games, without pay, for elbowing New York Islanders center John Tavares in NHL game #669 on Jan. 9, the National Hockey League announced today.
Jovanovski, who was suspended for two games on Dec. 9, 2009, now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits $158,536.59 in salary based on the number of games (82) in a season, rather than the number of days (193). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
At 19:43 of the first period, Jovanovski delivered an elbow to Tavares’ head area and was assessed a major penalty for elbowing and a game misconduct.
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