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via Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,
Sharks star Joe Thornton said today that he’s not seriously injured and hopes to return to the lineup sometime on the four-game trip that opens Wednesday night in Dallas.
“I expect to play, but I just don’t know when,” Thornton said. “It’s just day-to-day. Every day I wake up and hope I feel a little better.”
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
There’s no denying Duncan Keith’s play has dropped off since before the Olympic break.
Keith is minus-7 in the last 13 games, eight of which the Blackhawks have lost.
While Keith is not one to make excuses, the all-star defenseman did admit Monday he has not been happy with his skates since before leaving for the Olympics.
Skating is a huge part of Keith’s game and there isn’t a Hawk more particular about his skates and how they fit and feel and how they are sharpened.
Whereas Keith normally goes through three or four pairs of skates in a season, he said he already is on his ninth or 10th pair with the issue still not resolved to his liking.
Thanks again to the NHL PR department, a look at the remaining NHL Regular Season Schedule, tie-breaking procedure, etc.
Anyone think a non-playoff team as of today will make it into the top 8?
from Jamie Bell of TSN,
Stop if you’ve heard this one before, but it appears as though the Ottawa Senators have finally found their number one goaltender.
Dominik Hasek, Ray Emery, Martin Gerber, Alex Auld, Pascal Leclaire - since the lockout, all five of these men have been deemed the savior between the pipes for the Senators at one point or another.
All five were handed the number one job, and all five relinquished that role due to injuries, off-ice issues or poor play.
Heading into the season, Brian Elliott was largely an afterthought.
Count down the top 10 goals of the week in the NHL.
from Mike Sunnocks of the Phoenix Business Journal,
The National Hockey League is working on a backup plan with Toronto billionaire David Thomson and Winnepeg-based True North Sports and Entertainment that could send the Phoenix Coyotes back to Canada if a deal with Ice Edge Holdings or Jerry Reinsdorf to keep the team in Arizona falls through.
Two sources with knowledge of the Coyotes finances and ownership said a deal between Thomson and the NHL has been completed in principle and could have the Coyotes back in Winnipeg next season if necessary. Thomson, also considered a possible buyer of the Atlanta Thrashers, is a partner in True North and chairman of Thomson Reuters. True North owns the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League and MTS Centre in Winnipeg, which seats 15,100.
added 5:06pm, Same publication and writer as above,
A renewed bid for the Phoenix Coyotes by Chicago sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf may hinge on the National Hockey League and city of Glendale giving him an out to move the franchise to another market if the team’s bottom line does not improve.
NEW YORK (March 29, 2010)—Ottawa Senators goaltender Brian Elliott, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard and New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 28.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Canada didn’t trust Mike Green’s play in his own zone enough to include him amongst the seven defencemen chosen to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Now we ask, is Green, the NHL’s highest scoring defenceman this season, good enough to be named winner of the Norris Trophy as the best defender in the league?
This season there really is no runaway leader for the Norris, so it will likely come down to personal preference for members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association who are charged with choosing the Norris winner.
from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,
The person I spoke with will remain anonymous, just know that it’s someone within the organization who has full knowledge of what the team’s personnel decisions and plans are.
Here is what he said to me:
“We can’t go into next year with the same situation or a similar situation in goal that we have right now. What happened this year is really nobody’s fault. Ray (Emery) came in here and did everything we asked and was good until he got hurt. We got lucky with (Michael) Leighton, but we can’t expect to win doing things this way in goal.
“It’s already been decided that our No. 1 priority for next season is to get a goalie. We have to go out and get that player and commit to him as our guy.
“It’s probably going to mean somebody is going to have to be traded away, especially if we go after a young goalie on another team, but that’s what we’re going to have to do.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It’s difficult to know what is more troubling, that Marian Gaborik played poorly enough (again) to merit benching for the final 8:15 of the second period in the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss in Toronto on Saturday night, or that coach John Tortorella believed that benching the team’s lone marquee forward was the only way to jump-start him.
Seriously, with all of the issues the Rangers must surmount over the final seven games that after a season of good health now include knee injuries to top-six forwards Ryan Callahan and Sean Avery, the most perplexing is Gaborik’s recent penchant for disappearing at both ends of the ice for shifts at a time.
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