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from Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic,
Phoenix Coyotes Chief Executive Jeff Shumway shot down a report this week that claimed the financially strapped desert dogs were facing a handful of doom-and-gloom options that include filing for bankruptcy.
A story in Toronto’s Globe and Mail said the Coyotes were expected to lose up to $35 million this season and owner Jerry Moyes may be forced to renegotiate the team’s lease at Jobing.com Arena with Glendale, file for bankruptcy protection or give the team to the National Hockey League.
Shumway said Moyes, who also owns trucking company Swift Transportation, has no intention of giving up the team, filing for bankruptcy or giving the Coyotes to the NHL.
from Chris Foster of the LA Times,
Pahlsson’s career seemed headed down a much different path in 2002. He walked away from the Ducks, and the NHL, after being sent to the minor leagues. He hoped to be traded, or, at the very least, released from his contract so he could play in Sweden. Bryan Murray, then the Ducks’ general manager, did neither and Pahlsson cooled his heels for two months.
“I don’t know if it was the right decision to leave,” said Pahlsson, who turns 31 on Dec. 17. “But it was the right decision to come back. Maybe I had to go through all of that to learn what I wanted out of life and hockey.”
Pahlsson’s next big decision should be a lucrative one. He is an unrestricted free agent and has a hefty reputation as an annoying obstacle to opposing players….
“If I have to test the market, I will,” said Pahlsson, who is making $1.4 million this season. “At the same time, I love it here.”
from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Executive director Paul Kelly took some time to provide an update on the NHLPA, its outlook on the economy, and how it will affect player salaries moving forward.
While cap problems might curb the trend of rising contracts, Kelly said the top-tier players heading into unrestricted free agency should still earn lucrative paydays. Kelly cited Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg as an example. “You’ve got to pay Henrik Zetterberg to play for you,” Kelly said. “He’s a phenomenal athlete. He’s an exciting player. He’s a guy who can singlehandedly carry a team. I don’t think a guy with his skill level is going to suffer that big a shock in the marketplace. He’s one example. There are dozens of guys that fit that profile.
more & Wings fans thank you Mr. Kelly for increasing the $$$ Zetterberg may be asking for!
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Here’s the latest on the Caps’ goalie situation. You might want to take a seat.
Jose Theodore is, in fact, hurt. He is day-to-day with a hip flexor. I’m not sure when this injury happened.
The Caps have summoned Simeon Varlamov from Hershey and he hopes to arrive from Houston in time to be on the Caps’ bench by the second period. He’ll backup Brent Johnson. Eventually.
continued with more on the the first period backup goalie, Brett Leonhardt.
And there’s more on Leonhardt also available from the Associated Press via the Globe & Mail.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Simeon Varlamov (SIHM-yahn VAR-la-mohv) from the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears and reassigned forward Oskar Osala and defenseman Sean Collin to Hershey, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
Despite a surprisingly suspect defense, the Detroit Red Wings have still managed to keep pace with the red-hot San Jose Sharks on top of the Western Conference standings. The biggest reason is that there isn’t a better power play in the league. Entering Friday’s game, the Red Wings were scoring on 29 percent of their power plays, easily the best conversion rate in the NHL.
Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has been around some pretty good power plays in Detroit; is this one the best he’s been a part of? “I’ve played on some great teams, I think it’s right up there,” Lidstrom told SportingNews.com. “We had some strong ones with Hull, Shanahan, Yzerman, Robitaille, Larionov, Fedorov—guys that bring a lot to a team and a power play—but this ranks right up there with the teams we’ve had.”
continued plus additional NHL topics…
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
From The Gazette’s Pat Hickey, at practice in Brossard:
• Carey Price did not practice today. He’s not feeling well, and Hamilton’s Marc Denis is on standby. This isn’t to rule out Price in goal vs. Washington tomorrow. If Halak gets the call, it will be his third consecutive game.
• Saku Koivu will miss Saturday’s game and probably Tuesday’s in Carolina. He will see a doctor later today about what’s suspected to be a foot injury suffered last night.
the injury list continues...
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
In this week’s edition of Backchecking, here’s a look at the top rookies in the NHL this season:
1. Patrik Berglund, C, St. Louis (9-10-19, plus-10 in 23 GP) - Skilled Swede has the size to be a prototypical No.1 centre.
2. Derick Brassard, C, Columbus (9-14-23, plus-11 in 27 GP) - Slick playmaker had a brief slump, but has still been remarkably consistent.
3. Kris Versteeg, RW, Chicago (7-15-22, plus-12 in 25 GP) - Scrappy Bruins cast-off has thrived in a scoring role with th Blackhawks.
continued plus more NHL bits…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Every team endures them; that part never changes, new or old NHL. Some teams endure them better than others. Some even discover that they’re a blessing in disguise, because it obliges a team to test its depth and put young players into elevated roles. If they can handle the extra ice time and responsibility, it makes them stronger organizationally once the injured players drift back.
Put the Pittsburgh Penguins down as exhibit A for the second year in a row.
Last year, during Sidney Crosby’s 29-game absence, Evgeni Malkin put the team on his back offensively and emerged as a legitimate Art Ross Trophy candidate. This year, he and Crosby are running 1-2 in the NHL scoring race, a feat reminiscent of the Mario Lemieux/Jaromir Jagr years in Pittsburgh – or for those with really long memories, the Wayne Gretzky/Mark Messier era in Edmonton.
Would Malkin be the player he is today if he hadn’t had a chance to develop and flourish during Crosby’s absence? Maybe not.
read on plus more NHL topics…
From Stephen Johns at The Torontoist:
Tomorrow, for the first time since March 16, 1996, the Toronto Maple Leafs won’t be playing on a non-holiday, regular season Saturday. They play tonight in Buffalo; they won’t be in action again until next Tuesday.
The Maple Leafs’ non-appearance on Hockey Night in Canada is mildly intriguing. The Leafs are a cash cow for the CBC; everyone knows this, even sports reporters who regularly lament the Leafs’ constant presence on CBC Sports’ flagship program irrespective of their on-ice performance (we salute you, William Houston of The Globe and Mail!).
Tarik El-Bashir, the Caps beat writer for the Washington Post, did an online Q & A today…
Annandale, Va.: My neighbor Alexandria wouldn’t ask you about Nylander, but I will. He is definitely struggling. Do you know if the Caps are still trying to move him?
Tarik El-Bashir: All of the injuries put the brakes on the Nylander to Chicago trade speculation. But now that the Caps are getting healthy again, I expect them to start heating up any minute now.
Nylander is really struggling to find his place on this team and in Boudreau’s system. It’s to the point now where I’m not sure he ever will. The problem is it’s really, really hard to make a trade, especially when the player is older (36) and has a big cap hit ($4.875 million).
much more on the Capitals…
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