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from Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts,
The Chicago Blackhawks don’t come to town very often.
Surely, there aren’t going to be empty seats.
The Senators announced Monday there are more than 2,750 tickets left for the visit by the Hawks to Scotiabank Place Tuesday.
That is surprising.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
There will be trades, mostly to change the culture of the team, which means veteran players beware…your time in Edmonton may soon be over.
This isn’t another run at the endless speculation that has followed with the Oilers continued disappointment.
There will be changes.
Trade is the most “friendly” way, but it is possible Edmonton will take a far more aggressive approach and bury players in the minors, or wait until the end of the season and buy out contracts, if necessary.
That’s a very harsh way to change the culture, but the team you see today will look much different by the end of the summer.
from Craig Simpson of CBC,
For years now, Henrik and twin brother Daniel have been very good players and by far the most productive Canucks, but until this season, they have yet to be recognized as superstar players league-wide. This season however, there is no disputing the fact that the Sedins are all that and more, and Henrik in particular, is well on his way to having a Hart Trophy worthy season.
It’s not unusual for much of the media attention to focus on the likes of Alex Ovechkin and Crosby (both are worthy recipients). Henrik Sedin, in this his ninth NHL season often flies under the radar. Maybe it’s the fact that he plays on the West Coast, or maybe it’s his quiet demeanour, but rarely does he get the respect that his play on the ice deserves.
All the best hits, goals and saves from the past week in the NHL.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
There is a certain chic to suggesting that little can be done at the trade deadline to help a team win the Stanley Cup, that successful franchises retain their draft picks – even acquire more – and that unsuccessful teams trade picks away in a misguided managerial stupor.
But we’ll take cold, hard stats over chic any day.
How else to explain that the NHL’s most successful franchise over the past 11 seasons, the Detroit Red Wings, has traded away more draft picks (13) in deadline deals than any other team.
via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The Devils placed forward Patrik Elias on injured reserve today retroactive to after Saturday’s game against Colorado.
Players must remain on injured reserve for at least seven days before playing again, so that means Elias will be out at least until the Devils’ game in Otttawa on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
Elias is sidelined with a suspected concussion after he was knocked out on a hit by Colorado’s Ryan Wilson 38 seconds into the second period of Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Avalanche.
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
OK, OK, I know that all teams have bad nights. I can accept that. But I can’t accept lethargic play. Given their difficult position in the Western Conference standings, the Blues can’t afford to snooze in any game. Not even after winning four in a row. They must play desperation hockey.
We’ll see what kind of mood they’re in when they compete in Montreal on Wednesday and Ottawa on Thursday. This is a good first test for Coach Payne. We’ll see what he can do to crank the boys up after they went to sleep on him for the first time since he took over.
The Blues’ kids have to do a lot better ... if they can: At some point, shouldn’t we begin to see sustained, elevated play from the Blues’ highly-touted youngsters? Or when do we start to conclude that perhaps they are not as good as promised?
from the NHLPA,
Michael Peca announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League after 13 NHL seasons….
“I truly have enjoyed my entire career as an NHL player,” said Peca. “Playing the game at the highest level, with and against the top hockey players in the world, has been a pleasure. Throughout my 13-season career I was fortunate to play on some exceptional hockey teams, particularly the 2002 Canadian Olympian team and the Sabres and Oilers teams that reached the Cup finals. Really I am grateful for the lasting friendships and memories that the game of hockey has given me, and I would like to thank my family, teammates, and the fans for all their support along the way.”
from Flames Insider,
The performance left coach Brent Sutter stuck for a description of what had transpired. He’s used the words casual, failure to engage and disappointing among others following certain losses this season but he was tongue-tied after this one.
He’d start a sentence, pause . . . start another sentence, pause . . .
He did get some things out but he really seemed to be dumfounded that his team could throw such a stinker and was truly stuck for an explanation.
It wasn’t just one player, it was an entire team.
Some sort of change is coming, of that you can be sure. In fact, you have to wonder if one or two players haven’t played their way onto the trade winds.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
But which teams stand to benefit from not having players laboring away in Vancouver? Well, how about the surprising New York Islanders, who started the week in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference? The Isles are sending just one player to Vancouver (defenseman Mark Streit, who will play for Switzerland) and should be well-rested for the stretch run following the break.
Florida, just two points back of the final playoff spot in the East, will send two players, Tomas Vokoun and Dennis Seidenberg, and are looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2000. A rest for top players Stephen Weiss, Nathan Horton and Michael Frolik won’t be a bad thing.
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