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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Playoffs are a must this year. Nothing less will do.
The Flames organization has given (Darryl) Sutter all the flexibility he needed – money and operating independence – to put his team in place.
In the past 48 hours, he’s busily shuffled the deck chairs on the Titanic. If things don’t turn around by the end of the season, you’d have to think he’s going down with the ship.
added 10:49pm, Another hit from Clutterbuck from Travis Yost at PeteProse.
Stan Fischler talks all-time sweaters with a little background on each jersey.
from Bill Beacon of the CP at CTVOlympics,
When Mike Babcock landed his first full-time job as a hockey coach, what he was really looking for was a free trip to the Calgary Stampede.
It started in 1988 when then 25-year-old Babcock returned home to Saskatoon for the summer after a season as player-coach of the Whitley Warriors in England.
“I wanted to go to the Calgary Stampede and a free way (to get) there was to apply for a job coaching at Red Deer College, so that’s what I did,’’ he said during a recent interview. “I went to the Stampede and then I had my interview at Red Deer and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to get the job.’
“That’s what happened, and it went from there.’‘
Darren Dreger of TSN answers some fan mail regarding the trade deadline and all the rumors that surround it.
What effect do you think the Olympic trade freeze will have on NHL teams? Will we see almost all the deals in the days leading up to the freeze or will it be fast and furious on Mar. 3?
Darren Dreger: It’s always difficult to predict how much action we are going to see on Trade Deadline day. However, the roster freeze is definitely influencing trade discussions because there are teams on the outside of the playoff picture looking in that believe they’re still a contender. I think we’ll see a few more deals before Feb 12.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
In plain Brooklynese, the Blueshirts got something for nothing. Actually, you can make that plural; SOMETHINGS for zippo. Zero. Zilch.
Face it, the total value of Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins to New York was something akin to minus-the-radical-50. Translated: nothing!
Kotalik was so deep in John Tortorella’s doghouse, AK couldn’t even smell the biscuits.
As for Long Islander Higgins, Christopher arrived on Seventh Avenue with appropriate fuss and fanfare and simply proved to suffer a build-up to a letdown. No more; no less. He failed the club in every possible way and the fact that the Rangers could obtain two appropriate assets in exchange borders on the astonishing.
In the proper setting – which is The Big Apple – Jokinen will thrive, as he has in the not-too-distant past.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek is facing the possibility of having his season come to a premature end, with his immediate future hinging on another meeting with medical personnel Wednesday.
The 28-year-old has been sidelined since Jan. 2 with an undisclosed upper-body injury, which has been widely reported as a shoulder. His spot on the U.S. Olympic team is also hanging in the balance.
“I’ve tried not to think too much about it,” Komisarek said Tuesday. “If you dwell too much on something like that, you sort of lose track of the focus and what you need to be doing. I’ve been working hard with the strength coach and been talking with the doctors a lot, doing exactly what I need to do to get back.”
He acknowledged the possibility of having to end his season.
via Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Meetings that went through Monday and into Tuesday morning at the NHL offices in New York apparently have brought Boston hedgefund manager Jeff Vinik to the brink of buying the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Details are sketchy, and it was unclear how much more work has to be done. But Lightning co-owner Oren Koules apparently attended the meetings and at least representatives for co-owner Len Barrie and Vinik.
The deal would include the team, the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 5-1/2 acres around the arena.
All the best the NHL had to offer in January.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
I am often told that we must be very careful we don’t “take hitting out of the game.”
I am not sure that’s possible. It’s hockey, after all. Hitting is such an intrinsic part of it that I can’t imagine there’s a rule change or interpretation that would “take hitting out of the game.”
But if the goal is to make sure hitting stays in the game, can someone explain to me, please, the curious case of Boston defenceman Mark Stuart.
On Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings, Stuart delivered a well-timed, open-ice hit on Los Angeles King star Anze Kopitar. It was a clean but crushing blow.
continued and watch the Stuart hit below…
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