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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Two injury updates from the morning skate:
Joe Pavelski could be in the lineup against L.A. on Monday night, but just in case he isn’t, the Sharks plan to call up another forward from Worcester. Nothing official yet, but Jamie McGinn would be a pretty good guess.
And Jeremy Roenick will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder tomorrow. That decision means he’s definitely going to be out of action longer than the three-week forecast given yesterday, but just how much longer won’t be known until the procedure is completed and the training staff knows what it’s up against.
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I wonder if the Sharks would attempt to bring up Claude Lemieux who would have to clear waivers first?
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• If you’re wondering who has the best ice in the league, it’s not Edmonton. We’re still in the top 10, but closer to No. 10 than No. 5 because there’s lots of snow buildup now. It’s often only good for the first five minutes or so of a period. The best sheets are in Montreal, Minnesota , Philadelphia and Detroit.
• Sergei Zubov’s body is breaking down. The Dallas defenceman might need hip surgery now.
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The Anaheim Ducks traded forward Brian Sutherby to the Dallas Stars for the rights to collegian David McIntyre and a conditional draft pick.
Sutherby is playing his seventh season in the NHL, putting up 29 goals and 39 assists in 321 career games played between the Ducks and Washington Capitals.
added 2:54pm, from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
I don’t get it.
They lose prospect David McIntyre, taken in the fifth round in 2006 who currently is at Colgate. He’s a swift and nifty center who had 15 goals and 17 assists in 39 games last season. They also lose a conditional sixth round draft pick in 2010. Seriously, it’s probably not that much of a cost. It really is just a minor deal for a player who once was a first round draft pick for the Capitals.
added 3:15pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
As much as Avery is a pariah at this moment, that view might change significantly between now and the March 4 trade deadline.
If Avery shows he’s changed and the Stars brought him back through waivers, he could be claimed by another NHL team at half his salary and half his salary-cap hit. By that time Avery might look pretty attractive to a team that has Cup aspirations but lacks what they see as the required grit to get over the hump.
But that moment is far in the distance.
“There’s no sense talking about it until he gets better,” Hull said.
(Dallas, TX December 14, 2008) – The Dallas Stars today announced that Sean Avery will not return to the NHL team. Representatives for both Avery and the Stars said they would continue to work together in support of Avery during “this critical time” for the player. All parties said there is a clear understanding that a return to the Stars is not in the best interest of either the hockey club or Avery.
“Sean needs to focus on his own well-being while the Stars hockey team must focus on playing hockey and competing for a playoff spot,” said Stars Co-General Manager Brett Hull. “Everyone understands that Sean will not return to the Dallas Stars. We all need to move forward.”
from Empty Netters,
The Penguins’ Jordan Staal and Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell each reached the 10-goal mark this season yesterday and joined four other double-digit goal scorers on each roster. That moved the Keystone State’s teams into a tie with the San Jose Sharks for the most individual players with 10 or more goals on their roster:
read on for a team breakdown of the 10 or more goals scorers…
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues are in the early stages of negotiations with the NHL to open the 2009-10 season in Sweden.
Looking to gain global exposure, the NHL has opened each of the past two seasons overseas. In 2007, Anaheim and Los Angeles kicked off the league’s regular-season schedule in London, England. This season, four NHL teams played their regular-season openers in Prague, Czech Republic, and Stockholm, Sweden.
The Blues likely would play the Detroit Red Wings in Sweden, but both sides at this point say nothing is firm.
from Mike Spellman of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
The trucks carrying all the equipment for the next Winter Classic are scheduled to arrive in Chicago this week. A crew of a couple dozen will unload and assemble the boards for a couple of days, clearing the way for Craig and Company to build 1 to 11/2 inches of ice before a short Christmas break. When they return, if everything goes according to plan, all that will be left to do is spruce things up and paint the ice. Even with a warmer-than-normal Christmas Day forecast, the refrigeration system can get the job done.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “You know that it’s coming and you try to prepare yourself for it, but then when everyone gets there, it’s an unbelievable feeling to see so many people enjoying such a great event.”
But Craig realizes there’s no celebrating until he gets that ice just right, which can be a tricky proposition.
“Natural ice freezes from the top down. Artificial ice freezes from the bottom up,” he said. “We want to make sure that you can’t have the top freeze before the bottom freezes.”
from Bud Barth of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
Defenseman Dennis Wideman, a relative graybeard by comparison at age 25, was talking about the explosive development this season of the Bruins’ Baby Bombers — Phil Kessel, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Matt Hunwick, Blake Wheeler and even Wideman himself.
“Those guys are all 100 times better than they were last year,” Wideman said, ignoring the fact that his improvement curve is just as steep. “If they keep going like this, and keep getting better and keep working, it’s scary what they could accomplish.”
It’s already frightening to see how far they’ve come just up till now. You can throw Patrice Bergeron into this bunch, too, considering he’s only 23 years old and is showing such remarkable progress in rebounding from that awful concussion of last year.
Without going up and down every roster, it’s clear that there’s not another NHL team that (a) has such a wide array of young talent, and (b) has seen such a drastic improvement in that many players in such a short period of time.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
To hell with Dave Keon and all his years of misdirected bitterness. If the Maple Leafs want to honour his jersey they should just go ahead and do it without him.
Really, these ceremonies are for the fans, not the players.
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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
• There are whispers that if they don’t start winning more consistently, Renney could be in trouble. If that’s the case, Pat Quinn, Team Canada’s coach at the world junior championship, might not be out of work long when the tournament ends Jan. 5. There was talk last year that Quinn could end up with the Rangers. “It might depend on what kind of job he does with Team Canada,” said one league executive.
• Two unrestricted free agents skating near their respective homes not getting nearly as much attention as Sundin: C Bryan Smolinski (Detroit) and C Yanic Perreault (Magog, Que.). Both have been effective NHL players with long careers, but neither can find a full-time job. Teams have asked Smolinski and Perreault to report to their minor-league affiliates, but understandably they believe anybody who wants to bring them in should know their capabilities.
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