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from Dmitry Chesnokov at the Examiner,
I decided to ask Semin’s agent, Mark Gandler, a few questions about his client’s contract negotiations. “Yes, we started the process and have exchanged ideas,” - Gandler told me today. He did admit that it was “impossible to predict” if a contract will be signed before the Olympic break, as the negotiations are at a “very preliminary” stage right now. But Gandler did say that “it’s clear that the Capitals want to see Alexander in their line-up.”
I asked Gandler if there was a possibility Semin would be traded at the deadline if both sides cannot find a compromise by March. “You don’t trade one of your best players from a play-off team to another play-off team. It is self defeating,” - Semin’s agent replied.
And finally, a lot of fans believe that Semin might give a “discount” to the Capitals. I wondered if this could become an issue in the negotiations. Gandler’s reply was firm: “I don’t believe in discounts.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com,
At the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Team Canada trainers were draining his aching right knee of fluid and shooting the leg full of painkiller so he could get his skates on, never mind race up and down the ice. He wanted to play, so he did, but it was agony, at times, after his knee was scoped three weeks before the tournament.
“I played two pre-tournament games in Montreal and Minnesota and had no swelling. I told Wayne (Gretzky, Olympic team boss)I was fine, then the first tournament game it got sore against Sweden. Then, against Germany, the knee became really painful and it just progressed,” said Yzerman.
“I don’t know if I willed myself to play, but I said, ‘Oh, boy, I’ve made this commitment. I can’t bail out now. I knew I had to work through it as best I could.”
read on plus Dave Gross of Camwest News Service takes a look at Stevie too…
“He’s a great player. I was lucky enough to play with him in World Juniors. He’s got a lot of skill. He’s a dangerous player out there.”
“He’s making a strong case for the Olympic team. He deserves all the credit he gets.”
-Sidney Crosby on Corey Perry. More at Ducks Blog from Curtis Zupke.
This Saturday, Nov. 7, the Ducks will host Operation Homefront Night at Honda Center (7 p.m. game vs. Phoenix). Operation Homefront provides emergency and morale assistance for troops returning home, including wounded warriors, along with the families they leave behind.
continued and the Ducks wore the sweaters below during their warm-up last night.
Hockey writers looking to fill their columns and generate eyeballs, find few easier ways these days, than to zero in on the so-called “Cap Crisis”. Per the pundits, the sky is about to fall in on teams as their salaries smash up against a steel ceiling, their rosters set to implode as the time bomb ticks.
The Chicago Blackhawks are a favorite target for sensation-seeking scribes. The scenarios they paint have rivals licking their chops as Hawks’ GM Stan Bowman pounds his calculator furiously, trying in vain to find ways to keep his treasured stars, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith secure within the Hawkey Flock.
Prognosticators conjure up a disaster in the making, the high-flying Hawks suddenly crashing back to Earth. Discussion boards are fired up, and the fur flies as they fulminate.
But is this fact, or fiction formulated by hockey hacks and fuelled by frantic fans?
Taking a closer look at the landscape, there is as usual, a story behind ‘the story’…
from Stan Fischler at the HockeyJournal,
* Vin Lecavalier’s so-so season so far has Tampa Bay pundits wondering whether the Lightning brass has waited too long before unloading the captain.
And, if not, is this the time to do so before it’s too late? Compared to buddy, St. Louis, Lecavalier’s game has been uninspiring.
Could be that Vin needs the tough love of Rangers coach John Tortorella (Melrose, Mass.) more than he thinks.
* Which youngster is better that John Tavares on the Islanders? It just happens to be his buddy, Matt Moulson.
Unlike Tavares, Moulson is a college graduate (Cornell), and through the weekend totaled six goals and four assists for 10 points. Discarded by the Kings after two cups of coffee, Moulson was signed as a free agent by GM Garth Snow (Wrentham, Mass.) last summer.
more hockey observations…
Many of you know I listen to Canadian radio stations via the web, and this story is the ‘talk’ today…
from Bill Kaufmann of the Calgary Sun,
The Calgary Flames did nothing underhanded to procure H1N1 vaccinations in the past week ahead of thousands of high-risk Albertans, club president Ken King said yesterday.
But despite that claim from the team, the province has launched an investigation into what officials say shouldn’t have happened.
While King acknowledged a team doctor and the physician’s nurse wife might have been a “point of contact” in seeking the vaccine which is in short supply in the province, King said nothing was done outside Alberta Health Services (AHS) auspices.
“I’m happy to confirm we would not have taken an illicit process,” said King.
from Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune,
We think we’re enlightened. We think we’re evolved. We think we’re past all that nasty old stuff from the bad old days. We think we’re “post-racial,” to use the curious term that popped up in the wake of President Barack Obama’s election.
Then a couple of fun-loving but culturally tone-deaf Blackhawks decided to dress up for Halloween as former Bulls Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen—complete with blackface.
You can view the picture of Adam Burish dressed as Rodman and Patrick Kane as Pippen at ChicagoNow.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
They’re playing well enough to win, but they’re not winning. They’re creating enough opportunities to score, but they’re not scoring.
The Bruins are showing signs of emerging from an uninspiring start, just not enough to consistently win games. And the missed points are starting to pile up.
“If we keep getting content with that we’re not going to be very successful,” a frustrated Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s loss. “Somehow you’re going to have to make it happen if you’re going to turn this thing around.”
Nobody in Boston wants to hear this, but these Bruins sure could use Kessel. Somebody in the Bruins dressing room mentioned Kessel’s stats from the Toronto game and it was met with an ugly look from one of the Boston players. The look was clear. Kessel is gone; nobody here wants to know how he’s helping another team.
Julien said as much on Monday, even before his team turned in another zero.
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