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via Katie Strang (took 3 tweets),
Statement from Garth Snow after the game:
“Ricky has been seen by the team doctors and most recently a specialist to make sure we are taking the proper steps in his rehabilitation. We will seek an additional opinion and should have a time line by the end of the week.”
In case you were unaware, DiPietro left his last rehag game early due to soreness in his leg. He was scheduled to play again tonight but did not.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
• Brooks Laich with a great observation on Nicklas Backstrom: He’s a great passer because he doesn’t need to turn his body before firing one tape-to-tape. He can do it all in one motion.
One GM told me that if you’re going to sign a player to a long-term, big-money deal, he’d better be three things: critical to your success, consistently healthy and, most importantly, extremely self-motivated. Backstrom (who has not missed a game in three years) fits that profile.
Serious question Capitals must ask themselves – does Alexander Semin?
• Don’t understand why Senators fans are so infuriated with Alexei Kovalev. What did they expect? After 15 years, he’s going to change?
from Damian Critodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
So, what is a GM to do when his team has one win in nine games while scoring 13 goals?
Maintain patience, Lawton said, and faith in the players.
“One of the things that has happened here, in my opinion, the last few years, it has been panic at times,” he said. “You’re not going to see that. It’s slow and steady. It’d be nice to make three blockbuster trades and be first in our division two weeks from now, but it doesn’t work that way.”
Besides, Lawton added, “I have complete confidence in the group. At some point, everybody in that room recognizes and understands that this business, everything around it is predicated on winning. But as far as my confidence level in the group, I have tremendous confidence in the guys here. They’ve just got to get the job done.”
Jonathan Ericsson was hit by Shane Doan of the Coyotes tonight and will not return. Looked like a knee-on-knee hit that was clean.
Wings report he will not return tonight.
update 10:16pm, No more information on Ericsson until tomorrow after more tests.
added 10:27pm, Video of the hit.
Three minutes of the best hits, saves and goals from the past week in the NHL.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Every time you want to anoint the Calgary Flames a contender, they hit the skids for a week or so. The Flames have lost three of four and four of six and fallen into second place in the Northwest Division behind the never-say-die Colorado Avalanche.
Calgary has just 10 goals in that six-game stretch, and despite the many positives (top-notch goaltending and as good a blue line as there is in the game), there just seems to be something missing.
In our humble opinion, what is missing is depth down the middle—specifically a big, talented pivot to drive the offense. Oh, wait … the Flames have that … or they would if Olli Jokinen turned out to be the player they thought he’d be when they acquired him at last season’s trade deadline.
continued plus Yotes, Oilers, Wild and Blues discussed too…
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
So what now, now that Schenn has tumbled to the bottom of the Leafs blueline depth chart? As hard as it might be for all concerned, Schenn needs to go to the AHL to begin to serve the apprenticeship he should have served before he played his first NHL game. It might take the rest of this season. Maybe next year as well. That’s what the minors are there for. What is it about this Leaf organization that forever makes it treat the farm like a punishment or a form of menial labour rather than a useful development tool?
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
There comes a point in each season when reality sets in.
Teams that got off to surprisingly good starts continue to stay near the top of the standings and suddenly it doesn’t look quite so unusual. Other teams expected to do well that have not yet hit their stride gradually start to look right at home nesting with the bottom dwellers.
Not that anything is set in stone before the season reaches the halfway point, but surely we must now accept the fact a few teams might be much better than we anticipated and a few others aren’t nearly as good as some thought.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
...this mess is on the man at the top – president/GM Glen Sather – and the owner (James Dolan) who continues to support him.
Let me dust off and update the rap sheet on Sather: Since he took over as GM in June of 2000, the Rangers have won 14 playoff games – and no more than six in a single post-season.
But here’s the biggest indictment of his tenure: As a result of summer after summer of spending by Sather, the team’s prospects for future improvement have been severely hampered.
Redden’s $6.5 million salary and Rozsival’s $5 million annual stipend are painful enough, but Rangers fans are well aware their favorite franchise has roughly $10 million in cap space (and 16 players signed) entering next season and roughly $19 million in cap space (and eight players signed) for the 2011-12 campaign.
Sather won’t be able to foist one of his numerous overpayments on another GM in the next off-season the way he did with Bob Gainey last summer. He has damaged the Rangers short-term and long-term, nearly to the same degree Isiah Thomas did with the NBA’s Knicks.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Predators right wing Jordin Tootoo has a broken bone in his right foot and is expected to miss three to four weeks.
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