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Georges Laraque will not play another game with the Montreal Canadiens.
TSN’s sister station in Quebec RDS reports that the club does not intend to play him for the rest of the season and will buy him out at the end of the 2009-10 campaign.
Laraque, a Montreal native, signed a three-year, $4.5 million contract in July of 2008 and has one year remaining on his deal.
added 10:32am, from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Laraque, who told TSN he was on his way to practice in the morning when he received the call to meet with Gainey, insists he’s been a good team player and said there were no issues with the team or Martin, whom he believed was behind the decision.
“Jacques Martin doesn’t like me and doesn’t believe in toughness,” Laraque told TSN.
Laraque added that Martin never shared any concerns directly with him and is furious with the Canadiens’ approach based on the emotional issues he’s dealing with following the devastating earthquake in Haiti and the impact this disaster has had on both him and his family.
“Classless,” Laraque said angrily. “To do this in the midst of all I’m dealing with in Haiti, the timing is awful. I’m not going to sugar coat anything.”
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Who knows what’s going to happen in the next month or so? Maybe Alex Auld will take over, and the Stars will look to trade Turco. Maybe they will be right on the edge of the playoff race and will feel they have to keep both goalies. Maybe Turco will lead them to the Stanley Cup and re-sign a long-term deal.
(Well, maybe not…)
But the plan, it appears, is to find another goalie. Turco has been shaky for the past couple of years, and there is some concern that Turco does not have the athletic ability at age 34 to win a Cup.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Gustavsson is called The Monster, but often resembles a lobster when he gets into the pressure cooker of game situations and starts flailing around, over-playing angles or mishandling pucks.
He must be given some leeway for adjustments to a new league, new country and two heart procedures, yet he’ll turn 26 this year.
As good a goalie guru as Francois Allaire is, five months of tutoring has not made Gustavsson a Kwai Chang Caine to his Master Po, snatching pebbles from his hand to show the teacher he’s ready to take on the world. There are technical deficiencies that Gustavsson’s size haven’t yet compensated for, but might with patience.
Toskala’s three-year tenure in Toronto has produced 62 wins. That doesn’t make him a washout, but does nothing to prove the San Jose Sharks were wrong to keep Evgeni Nabokov and deal the Finn here.
Janssen & Hamrlik received 2 minutes for roughing and Blues goaltender Ty Conklin received 2 minutes for going beyond center ice.
from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
According to sources in the front offices of the Pistons and Lightning, the NHL is helping to find a new ownership arrangement so that possession of the hockey team will not rebound back to Auburn Hills.
A call to the NHL offices late Wednesday was not returned.
The Palace source said that traditional financing is being sought so that the Pistons will be paid in full for the sale of the Lightning. That source also said that the NHL is setting a Feb. 15 deadline for finding new ownership.
The Lightning source, however, said that Tampa Bay ownership denies that it is working under a deadline.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun (Thursday edition),
“Enough is enough,” spat the Flames coach Wednesday, sting stinging from a 9-1 loss that represents the lowest point of the Darryl Sutter era in Calgary
“You look at what we’ve been through this year. There are ups and downs but, at some point, you need to figure it out. We’re at that point. It’s important that we do respond the right way. It can’t be a wishy-washy thing. Responding is the right wording for it. Actions speak louder than words. All the right things are being said but there has to be production.”
More to the point there has to be accountability. Cohesiveness. An elevated compete level. Heck, with five straight losses, there has to be a win. A bunch of ’em.
Either that, or everyone from Sutter to Joe Public is going to believe the core group of players in that room are indeed coach-killers who can’t possibly flourish here as is.
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
There aren’t all that many NHL categories in which the struggling Oilers lead the way, but in injuries, they’re at the head of the class.
Edmonton has accumulated 270 man-games lost to injury heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Canucks, 37 more than the second-place Red Wings had prior to their last game.
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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Rick Tocchet didn’t come right out and say rookie defenseman Victor Hedman will be benched for Thursday’s game with the Maple Leafs, but it sure sounded like that is what will happen.
“We might have to take a step back with him,” Tocchet said. “He’s played a lot of hockey. There are a lot of expectations. He’s been struggling. He’s been making some mistakes, so we might have tot take a step back. He might have to watch a game. There’s nothing wrong with that. we did it with Stamkos.”
via the Twitter of Katie Strong,
Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton receives a two-game suspension for last night’s hit on Pascal Dupuis
If you missed the hit, you can watch it here.
TORONTO (Jan. 20, 2010) – New York Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an incident in NHL game #738 against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis, Tuesday night, the National Hockey League announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Sutton will forfeit $31,088.08. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Sutton was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding at 17:05 of the third period. Dupuis was injured on the play.
from Dmitry Chesnokov at PuckDaddy,
Was this a variation of the penalty shot you scored on against the Dallas Stars?
That’s when it actually started. If the goalie guesses where I move, at least I would have a small alternative option.
It’s like you make fun of goaltenders.
Oh, no. Not at all. Everyone wants to score. And I am happy that I managed to score like that, that people talk about it a little bit. But the main goal was to score. Especially in such a game against Chicago. We already lost three games to them this year.
Was that goal your version of dangle-dangle?
There’re so many people watching you. And NBC was there. So, you try to think how to score, but there are also other things.
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