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via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
With all due respect to Ken Holland (Detroit Red Wings), Peter Chiarelli (Boston Bruins), Bob Gainey (Montreal Canadiens) and even Darryl Sutter, there can be no argument on the mid-season nod as the NHL’s GM of the year. It’s San Jose Sharks’ Doug Wilson. Acquisitions like Dan Boyle and Rob Blake have a had a massive impact on the league’s most dominant club, and Wilson’s savvy drafting over the years is paying off as late-round pick Joe Pavelski and first-rounder Devin Setoguchi have emerged as game-breakers. The decision to not give up on Patrick Marleau is also paying huge dividends. However, his best move of the year involved not only opting to fire Ron Wilson but to entrust his club to the young Todd McLellan, who is clearly the midseason choice as coach of the year.
Of all the aforementioned GMs who’ve done well to piece together contenders, Sutter is the one who will get the least attention, but he deserves plenty of credit for adding relatively cheap depth players Rene Bourque, Curtis Glencross, Todd Bertuzzi and Michael Cammalleri, all of whom have taken turns playing hero for the Flames this season.
from Bill Fleischman of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
Except for those who sit near him in the Wachovia Center, few Flyers fans know his real name. He’s best known as “Sign Man.” Known internationally, that is.
Since 1972, Dave Leonardi has been making Flyers fans smile with the signs he holds up during games. Occasionally, he produces smiles from opposing players. And on at least one occasion, he has annoyed NHL officials working a game.
Years ago, during a game at the Spectrum in which the Flyers thought they were getting short-changed by the officials, Leonardi displayed an eye chart for the officials. When linesman Matt Pavelich skated past Leonardi he said, “You’re a horsebleep artist, too.” Noted Leonardi: “He said horsebleep.”
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
Just when you think maybe Havlat could be moved, he wins a game like in St. Louis on the kind of play few forwards can make.
If the Hawks do move Havlat, they MUST get a top-six forward in return.
As for Khabibulin, this two-goalie system is the strength of the team and offers great security for the playoffs. Granted, Huet is playing well, but what if he were to get hurt after Khabibulin was traded? Then everything is shot.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
While the memories of what was accomplished during his six seasons with the Lightning remain, little else is left of the organization he knew for so long. Ownership has changed, the coaching staff is gone, management is new and the roster looks nothing like the one he left last season. And only two players remain on the roster in which Richards won a Stanley Cup with - Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis.
Richards said playing against the Lightning won’t feel as strange as squaring off against Lecavalier for the first time in his life. Lecavalier and Richards have been playing together since their early years in high school, playing for Notre Dame Academy in Saskatchewan. Both played for Rimouski in junior hockey and were drafted by the Lightning.
“It’s definitely going to be bizarre,” Lecavalier said. “But I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to seeing him again. It will be fun to see him play again.”
from Mike Brehm of USA TODAY,
You mentioned San Jose and Detroit as Cup favorites. Who are your favorites to come out of the East?
Demers: The Flyers are a solid team. Boston is a solid team. It’s tough in the East this year. Washington is definitely a strong contender, as is Pittsburgh. But in my opinion, if everything goes the way I think it could go with Carey Price, he has the ability to take the Montreal Canadiens to the Finals.
more from Jacques…
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
I couldn’t help but shake my head in embarrassment for the Avalanche franchise afterward tonight, though, when it came to my attention that Kroenke Sports Enterprises sent out a Captain Queeg-style email to all hockey-side employees over a recent blog I wrote, about people at KSE being worried about their jobs in this horrible economy, and of expense-cutting initiatives such as eliminating company-paid Internet access hotel charges on the road, and things like that.
From what was described to me, the paranoid, threatening-sounding email promised recriminations toward anybody who might have leaked such information to yours truly….
Good grief, these guys just will never get it. They think you’re stupid, fans. They can’t handle the truth. When anything bad happens, this team just retreats like a turtle into its shell of denial and subterfuge and pretends everything is just peachy, when if only they would just act like adults and say, “Yeah, you know what, we are cutting back in this tough economy, and yeah, things aren’t helped that much with this mediocre product we’re putting out on the ice, but you know what? We’re striving to do better and we just hope our fans hang in there with us.”
Is it just me or is NHL darling and Reebok pitchman Sidney Crosby just a really good player and not a superhuman, best of breed, sport transfer?
Maybe he’s getting more pressure than praise.
Whatever is at work, I just expected more domination and must-see moments from the “Next One”. His young, flashy Russian rivals seem to have cornered the market on that.
Sid the Kid - more hat than cattle so far.
-Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled goaltender Jonathan Bernier (emergency recall) from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey Leagueand assigned forward Teddy Purcell to the Monarchs, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The Kings recalled Bernier after learning that goaltender Erik Ersberg sustained a lower body injury in the Kings game at Dallas on Saturday. Ersberg’s injury is considered day-to-day.
Bernier, 20, has not appeared in a regular season game with the Kings this season. The 6-0, 185-pounder from Laval, Quebec, has a record of 10-12-3, one shutout, a goals-against-average of 2.79 and a save-percentage of .897 in 25 games with the Monarchs this season.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
Don’t call me a quack just because The Maven smiles at the prospect of Ducks flying into The Garden on Tuesday night.
No matter that the Blueshirts otherwise successful road trip ended with a 3-0 defeat on Sunday at The Igloo.
The Rangers have endured 3-1-1 in their last five games and return to Seventh Avenue respectably atop the Atlantic Division. There’s no point sitting in the corner and sulking about that, is there?
from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,
There is a good chance that Evgeny Artyukhin will at least receive a phone call from the league office, if he hasn’t already, regarding his knee-on-knee hit with Florida’s Ville Peltonen. It appeared that Arthukhin stuck out his knee as the two collided at the end of the second period. Peltonen lay on the ice for several minutes and had to be helped off the ice. The Panthers scored the eventual game winner on the penalty (which was called tripping, not kneeing).
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