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from Scott Cullen at TSN,
Slumping Jaromir Jagr could be available, the Devils are ready to make moves and the Leafs’ Tomas Kaberle is generating interest.
Rumors, you want them, you got them, go get them...
From Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News,
On last season’s version of “The Apprentice: Los Angeles” reality show, Heidi Androl - aka “The Hottie” - made it all the way to the final six contestants before the inevitable: Donald Trump fired her.
A few months later, Luc Robitaille hired her. And the Kings, immersed in their own reality show disguised as the 2007-08 NHL season, may have trumped every local TV station in the process.
More than just an apprentice reporter for the team’s “Kings Vision” element to their official Web site, Androl has become part of a forward-thinking element to TV sportscasting, something that has forced other professional teams to reconsider how they get their message across directly to their fans. In turn, it will alter the big-picture thinking of local news organizations.
more… about both the success of Androl as well as the Kings publicity efforts this season.
Video below shows some of Androl’s work on a recent trip to Vancouver:
from Lightning Strikes,
Here is coach John Tortorella after the game:
“As I’ve always said, everybody always talks about the three guys,’’ he said of Vinny Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Dan Boyle. “But there is no one more important to our team than Danny Boyle. He is our transition key.’‘
Perhaps Boyle, who wants to make the Tampa Bay area, perhaps even St. Petersburg, his long-term home, takes a little less to stay, though he already did that in his current contract of three-years, $10-million. Much could depend on what the Lightning wants to be. Does it want to compete next season under would-be owner Oren Koules, or does it want to take some steps back now to take more forward later. The answer to that riddle may be the key to getting a new contract done.
from the Detroit News,
“I didn’t feel comfortable, for sure, on the ice,” Hasek said. “Once I feel better, I’ll get back on the ice. Hopefully, I’ll be back on the ice next week, but I’m not sure.”
from Jeff Gordon at Fox Sports,
These are exciting times in the NHL. Right now, the league is blessed with a LOT of young skill and this season is producing many individual breakouts. At every turn, an emerging player is making a difference for a playoff-contending team and franchises committed to prospect development are getting nice payoffs….
Alexander Radulov, Predators: During his last nine games he has scored 10 goals and added four assists. This is not a fluke; the 21-year-old right wing was a dominant scorer in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the AHL (briefly) before working his way in the Nashville lineup.
Barry Melrose and E.J. Hradek give their views on possible trades…
from Mike Sielski of Philly Burbs,
“Subconsciously or consciously, we didn’t respect the game plan,” Stevens said. “We came in here trying to outscore the other team instead of checking the other team.”
Asked if there were anything he himself could do to shake his players out of this funk, Stevens didn’t hesitate to put the onus on them.
“In my opinion, we’ve got to show up and play,” he said. “Do what? Stop passing the puck to the guy in the other jersey? It’s ridiculous. We’ve got to come out with the kind of urgency we finish games with. We’re in a fight for our life.”
WBEN hockey analyst Jim Kelley says the Campbell question comes down to a broader issue of money and whether Sabres owner Tom Golisano wants to make it or save it.
A shot at the playoffs mean a few more home games, and more money, but Kelley says the million dollar question is whether that is worth it, as part of the team’s economic plan.
“You make a couple of million bucks with a home win… and that’s a significant part of the bottom line, ” Kelley tells WBEN’s Steve Cichon, adding that the long term future of players like Campbell are directly tied to whether the team can afford to look long or short term….
“It comes down to what your priorities are, ” Kelly says, adding that the lack of a clear signal has started rumours churning, that say Golisano could be looking to sell the team.
He stresses that they are rumors only, but ones that raise the broader philosophical question about team spending.
In a trend both heartening and frustrating for the organization and its fans, the disparity in attendance between weekdays and weekends and holidays has become more glaring than ever.
Take this week. Tuesday, only 11,193 people bought tickets despite a promotion that discounted prices for women - and far fewer than that actually showed up during a winter storm.
This holiday weekend, though, games against Atlanta and San Jose are all but certain to be the eighth and ninth sellouts of the season, already three more than all of 2006-07.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
If Mats Sundin is to be taken at his word, that he truly bleeds blue and white, then in the best interests of the Maple Leafs he must act accordingly.
He must waive the no-trade clause in his contract and allow Cliff Fletcher to trade him at the Feb. 26 deadline.
That way, he can impact the next decade of the Leafs, just as he impacted the past decade. That way, he can enable the Leafs to build for next season and beyond, and if he chooses to return as a free agent in July, then he returns to a team that has a Steven Stamkos or a Drew Doughty, a team with fresher, younger legs, a team he can resume his captaincy and leadership of, while surrounded with a better cast and crew.
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