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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
When the Rangers look to next year, Glen Sather’s obligation will be to find a first-line right wing who is compatible with Gomez, rather than to find a first-line center who is compatible with Jagr.
Which is why the Rangers GM is obligated now to find out what he can get in return for Jagr as the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaches….
Again. This is not a cry for the Rangers to dump Jagr. There is no reason whatsoever to send him away on the cheap. He does have the ability to get hot. He does present a huge challenge for a potential playoff opponent.
from the Arizona Republic,
...Players on both teams endured the frustration of at least a dozen broken sticks, a situation Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky called “ridiculous.”
“I have no idea why we don’t go back to wooden sticks,” he said. “These sticks just break continuously. If I was a player, I would step on all those sticks out there. I wouldn’t let anybody use them.
“If a stick would ever cost me a goal in a hockey game, that would have been it. I would have never used that kind of stick ever again. We need to look at it from a hockey point of view, not just our team. From a hockey point of view, it’s ridiculous. I was teasing the guys on the bench - we got to go back to using wooden sticks. They said they don’t make them any more. That shows you how much I know.”
Coyotes equipment manager Stan Wilson said the composite sticks, composed mainly of carbon fiber, were stronger when they first came out.
from the Courier Post,
After the Flyers’ fight-filled 2-0 loss to the Rangers at the Wachovia Center, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced that defenseman Braydon Coburn was resting in Temple University Hospital after tearing a muscle in his buttocks.
Coburn, the only Flyers defenseman to play in every game this season, had what Flyers athletic trainer Jim McCrossin described as a fascia release, where the torn muscle is released to promote healing.
more on the Flyers
fro the AP via the Post Star,
“Who wouldn’t want to keep Brian Campbell?” Golisano said. “But the fact of the matter is, just our desire to keep him is not the only factor. ... We have to deal with the issues of other player’s salaries, and we can’t go beyond certain limits.”
Golisano noted the Sabres are on track to finish with a winning record for the third straight season, after having losing records the previous three years. And he noted the Sabres have been hampered by injuries that have contributed to them losing 13 games by one goal, including eight shootout losses.
“Look how competitive we’ve been these last three weeks,” Golisano said. “How can you argue with the results? I’m sure they’d like to block out that 10-game (winless) streak and have a chance to do it over again, but that’s not reality. So on we go.”
from Lightning Strikes,
The bank, Societe Generale, with main offices in Paris, that was going to lend a group led by Hollywood producer Oren Koules up to $110-million to help with his purchase of the Lightning from Palace Sports & Entertainment has closed its sports lending business, a story in Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal said.
The move has not killed the deal, Lightning officials said, but Koules must now look for alternative forms of financing, something not easy given the nationwide credit crunch. Expect Koules to need three to four weeks at least to secure alternative financing.
Cleary took a puck to the face in today’s Wings/Leafs game. Report on CBC is he has sustained a non-displaced fractured jaw.
added 9:38pm, via TSN,
The Detroit Red Wings will be without forward Daniel Cleary for the next six to eight weeks, as the team learned that he will have surgery on a broken jaw suffered in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
from the Daily Herald,
OK, this is no joke.
According to an NHL source with inside knowledge of the situation, the Blackhawks are among a handful of teams still in the picture to sign Peter Forsberg.
According to sources, Forsberg likes the direction the Hawks are going and he is intrigued about the possibility of playing with talented rookies Jonathon Toews and Patrick Kane.
Hawks general manager Dale Tallon did not want to comment extensively on the Forsberg situation.
“We’re in the mix,” was all Tallon wanted to say Saturday morning.
from the New York Times,
Shane Doan, the effervescent Phoenix captain and the team’s leading scorer, said he held hopes at the outset of the season that success was possible.
“Everyone thinks you’ve always got a chance,” he said. “I thought our blue line was phenomenal, and if we could have some guys have some big years that you might not expect, then you have a chance. I don’t know if you necessarily think that all that’s actually going to happen, but that’s the way you’re thinking — that’s not out of the realm of possibility.”
from Thrashers Blog,
The Marian Hossa rumors to Montreal refuse to die. Maybe this will help kill them. This morning, Don Waddell addressed the rumors that started when he attended Sunday’s game in Montreal, and, well, I’ll let Waddell do the talking:
“The glass broke in Montreal on Sunday afternoon. We [Waddell and Montreal GM Bob Gainey] both happened to walk in back for a cup of coffee at the same time and Marian Hossa’s name never came up in the discussion. We were talking about his team looking so good… That was the extent of it.”
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
Now, 55 games into this season, Kovalev is the powerful locomotive pulling the Canadiens Express, the creative right-wing on one of the league’s premier lines with centreman Tomas Plekanec and left-wing Andrei Kostitsyn.
It’s been a long time since the 16-year NHL veteran has had this much fun, showcasing his prodigious, highlight-reel talent with a mature completeness of game that sees Carbonneau use him in every situation. And he’s on pace to enjoy a career season in a few statistical categories.
KK friend Roman of eNHL.cz pointed me to a video of Kovalev talking about being the first hockey player in space. The first minute or so of the video is just that, video with no sound, but after that, we hear Kovalev speak about his intentions to go into space.
You can watch the original version of the video, with Kovalev speaking in English about his plans.
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