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from the Columbus Dispatch,
“Ulfie coaches like he played, and he played hard,” said Gretzky, who’s now coach of the Phoenix Coyotes and has Samuelsson as his associate coach. “Ulfie brings a lot of passion to the game.”
Samuelsson, 43, again finds himself an anomaly, one of only three Europeans who are coaching in the NHL. All are assistants, all are former NHL players, all are Swedes (Dallas’ Ulf Dahlen and New Jersey’s Tommy Albelin are the others).
The meager sum is in contrast to a player base comprised of nearly 30 percent Europeans. It includes some of the game’s top performers such as Alex Ovechkin and Daniel Alfredsson and emerging stars such as the Blue Jackets’ Nikolai Zherdev.
from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres aren’t rebuilding, but they are retooling. Their success hinges on drafting and development, which means they need prospects and picks. Campbell should be worth a first-round pick or a very good prospect, or both depending on estimated draft position and the potential of the player headed for Buffalo.
Of course, this suggestion comes at a time in which the Sabres have won six of their last eight games and grabbed 14 of 16 possible points. Regier has a tendency to become smitten with his team and ignore its flaws rather than become skeptical of his players and address their weaknesses before they’re exposed in the playoffs.
Sorry, but this looks like a tease, a desperate team surfacing for air. They’re a couple of years and several good players from a serious playoff run. Assuming his hands aren’t tied — again — it’s time Regier gets to work before the Sabres get nothing for Campbell the way they did Jay McKee, Mike Grier, J.P. Dumont, Chris Drury and Daniel Briere.
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The Ducks are also waiting to learn the severity of an arm injury to veteran center Doug Weight, who traveled back to Southern California on Sunday and was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Monday. Carlyle guessed after Sunday’s 3-2 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings that Weight might be out of action at least a week. Losing Weight for any lengthy period of time would present a conundrum for General Manager Brian Burke, who might have to be more active in advance of the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline.
but first… from the OC Register,
“Sammy Pahlsson hasn’t played in an offensive role, I don’t think, in his career – in the NHL anyway,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We’re going to look to him to step up.”...
Carlyle has the flexibility to line up Pahlsson with Selanne and Bertuzzi because of players such as rookie Ryan Carter, Todd Marchant and Brian Sutherby.
update 8:01pm, via Ducks Blog at the OC Register, T
he Ducks received relatively good news Monday afternoon when an MRI exam performed on veteran center Doug Weight revealed only a strained left shoulder.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
This is a good trade for Ottawa.
The Senators have added three Stanley Cups to their roster - two for Cory Stillman and one for Mike Commodore - and they have added a legitimate top six forward and a top four defenceman. If Stillman and Commodore play to their potential, the Senators are much improved. Stillman’s secondary scoring is particularly welcome.
The deal makes sense for Carolina because they get a good, young, but oft-injured, Patrick Eaves and Joe Corvo will help the power play.
Tonight’s Michigan Sports Hall of Fame ceremonies at the Max M. Fisher Music Center will be another step in Steve Yzerman’s journey to hockey immortality.
And you can watch the event LIVE tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET
I will try to get the streaming feed posted here beginning at 7:30pm ET, if not, follow the link via Snapshots to get the feed.
added 7:28pm, added the live stream feed of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony…
added 8:31pm, Well the live stream just died… Not sure what is up, hopefully it comes back.
added 8:40pm, Now working again.
Earlier today Jason Spezza was named “First Star” for the week, after recording 11 points in three games, including a career-high six points against Montreal this past Saturday night. Jason is second on the Senators and fifth in overall National Hockey League scoring with 71 points on 23 goals and 48 assists.
Q. Jason, you guys, you and Alfredsson and Heatley back together again, obviously in that 6-1 win over Montreal, what was the feel that you three had? There was talk of possible rust. What was the feel that you guys had right away in that game?
JASON SPEZZA: Yeah, we had pretty good chemistry together, and we practiced the day before and practiced that morning together. You know, it’s a pretty natural fit for us. We’ve played together now for a couple years, so there’s not too much getting used to each other again. You put us in with same line mates, we read off each other pretty good. I think more than anything I was fired up because it was a big game, Alfie was fired up because he was coming back, and Heater was pretty excited because he just came back the night before, so it was pretty good circumstances for us to play well.
from the Florida Panthers,
Richard Zednik continued to recover Monday afternoon at Buffalo General Hospital after undergoing surgery for a neck laceration suffered during Sunday’s game against the Sabres.
During a press conference Monday afternoon at Buffalo General, doctors said Zednik was alert, was able to speak, and didn’t appear to have any longterm injuries from the incident.
“He actually asked me when he could go back to training,” said Sonya Noor, M.D., the attending surgeon for Zednik.
Zednik was expected to remain in the intensive care unit through this evening as he continues recovering from carotid artery that Noor described as “hanging like a thread” when he arrived at Buffalo General.
continued and you can also leave a greeting for Zednik too…
added 6:59pm, from the Buffalo News,
The Clint Malarchuk comparisons can stop. Richard Zednik’s injury was much more life- threatening.
The four doctors who treated Zednik used words today such as “profusely,” “devastating,” “hanging by a thread” and “lucky” to describe the sliced carotid artery injury suffered by Zednik on Sunday.
from the AP via NHL.com,
Colorado’s top three forwards - captain Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny - are back on the ice.
Sakic went through a light skate before practice Monday. He’s recovering from hernia surgery.
Smyth is coming back from an ankle injury and Stastny from an appendectomy. Both participated in practice and took contact. For Smyth, it was his first ice time since he was injured on New Year’s Eve.
Stastny, the team’s leading scorer with 49 points, has been practicing and could return soon. He’s listed as questionable for Tuesday night when the Avs play Anaheim at the Pepsi Center.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Smyth could return to action this week.
From the CP via the Globe & Mail,
“It’s nice to come to the rink and see the guys joking around with each other a little bit,” head coach Paul Maurice said after the team’s annual outdoor practice Monday.
It was, brrrrr, minus-10 as the players scrimmaged on a sheet of gleaming ice just east of downtown to promote the club’s participation with The Home Depot in refurbishing outdoor rinks in the city. Bundled-up school children sprung from classes so they could get a close-up look at their hockey heros waved Leafs flags and cheered every pass and shot on goal.
“It was a good time,” said Matt Stajan. “Our toes and fingers were a little cold but it’s great for the kids and it brings back memories.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The race for the Southeast Division crown may be like watching sea slugs perform Swan Lake. But whatever this competition lacks in artistic beauty is more than made up for in pure drama.
As of Monday morning, all five Southeast Division teams have at least a modicum of optimism regarding their chances for being the only team left standing when the dust clears on April 6.
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