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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Yeah, the Pens are too loose defensively right now and it’s a major reason why they’ve lost seven out of eight. But, geez, it just leaves you green with envy when they leave town and you know you have to go back to watching the …zzzzzzzzzzzzz…..Minnesota Wild or the ….zzzzzzzzzzzz….Nashville Predators or the ….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….Columbus Blue Jackets 12 more times this year, or whatever it is.
The West might have the better teams as a conference, but let’s face it, the three most exciting players in the NHL play in the East: Crosby, Malkin and Alex Ovechkin. I just wish we could see them more, instead of Jacques Lemaire and his Ambien brand of hockey.
more observations from Dater…
from Bruce Garrioch of he Ottawa Sun,
• While league sources say the Oilers have a mild interest in Ottawa’s top centre (Spezza), the man Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini really wants in the middle is Mike Fisher.
Fisher has been struggling this season with only three goals in 35 games going into last night, after scoring 23 last season.
• A team that would love Spezza is Columbus. The word is Ken Hitchcock believes he can transform the struggling centre into the next Steve Yzerman. Hitchcock worked with Spezza at the world championship in Quebec City last spring.
from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,
Option 1 didn’t result in a much-needed victory, though Elliott was good in his debut.
General manager Bryan Murray has found Option 2 impossible to pull off.
How long before team owner Eugene Melnyk goes with Option 3? The rumours certainly won’t be going away any time soon, thanks to another demoralizing defeat.
The disappointment was all over coach Craig Hartsburg’s face as he faced the media afterward.
“I thought it was an even game, we just couldn’t score,” he said. “We had our chances, couldn’t finish … it’s a tough game coming back after a long road trip and I thought our guys, we tried, we executed a lot of things, just maybe didn’t have that extra energy we needed.”
“They (Rangers) went to Europe and he had told me to stay back and keep training and to be ready. I felt that in spite of the fact that I wasn’t signed early on that I was still going to be given an opportunity to stay. I had no desire to leave my team, but it didn’t work out and that’s sometimes the way it goes in the salary cap business. I had a great two years there. I feel really lucky to have played there and I had a great experience there. But I also feel lucky I had a relationship with some other teams in the Northeast. I believe it was right around Nov. 1 when I had said it wasn’t going to work out with the Rangers and I was going to start negotiating with other teams in the Northeast.”
“I had some great offers from some very good organizations and good people out West. I didn’t want to move my family. I have three children, all under six years old and they’re in school and definitely my first choice was to do something close to home—whether I could live at home or be a short commute for my family to come and see me as often as possible. That was my first choice, so I feel really fortunate.”
More on Shanahan from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.
via the Detroit Free Press,
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall is out with an illness tonight
added 8:56pm, Ah, the flu!
via Marc Ciampa of EdmontonOilers.com,
Saturday was an eventful day at Rexall Place - particularly for an off-day - with several injury updates coming out of the Oilers dressing room.
Sheldon Souray remarked that he tweaked his shoulder on Friday against the Sharks but it was nothing too serious and certainly not related to last season’s shoulder injury. Sam Gagner left practice early with a nagging ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday.
Head coach Craig MacTavish talked about Zack Stortini’s injury as well. He said the Oilers enforcer strained his knee. The injury is not nearly as serious as previously thought but he’ll still be out for some time.
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The last ‘Rinkside View’ broadcast of Ducks games was last Sunday.
The Ducks met with FSN and the decision was made to discontinue the controversial telecasts for the rest of the season.
“It’s not something that’s overwhelmingly positive,” said Aaron Teats, Ducks director of broadcasting.
Brendan Shanahan is a New Jersey Devil—sort of.
Sources says the unrestricted free agent winger is joining the team, but has yet to agree to terms on a contract and it isn’t clear at this point when that will happen or when he will be ready to play a game with them.
But sources say Shanahan will start skating in New Jersey today and the details of him officially becoming part of the team will be worked out in the days to come. The Devils are in Los Angeles starting a six-game road trip.
added 4:47pm, via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The Devils have brought left wing Brendan Shanahan back to the organization, signing the 39-year-old left wing today to what is believed to be a one-year contract. There is no timetable yet for when Shanahan will join the team and begin playing in games.
“Brendan Shanahan has agreed in principle to join the New Jersey Devils,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement. “He will begin skating on his own. Brendan will join the team at a date to be determined.”
added 5:12pm, from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Although there has been contact with Shanahan since September, Lamoriello said he had no intention of signing Shanahan until the team’s recent struggles.
“No. We had spoken to him, like a lot of other people, in September and throughout the year,” Lamoriello said. “We met face to face (Friday) and we spoke again today….”
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
Forget all that stuff you’ve heard lately about Columbus rookie Steve Mason being a late-entry candidate for the Calder Trophy. If he keeps playing even close to the way he has through 24 games, he’ll win the Vezina as the NHL’s top goalie and the Hart as the league’s most valuable player.
No player in the history of the league has won those three awards in the same season, so we truly are seeing a phenomenal story in the making.
Consider the undisputable facts. Mason spent the first month of the season in the American League as Pascal Leclaire and Fredrik Norrena patrolled the crease for the Blue Jackets. It wasn’t until Nov. 5 the 20-year-old Mason got his first start of the season. He started off with three straight wins and six of nine.
Then Mason got hot.
The Devils will host “Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick Night’ during their Atlantic Division contest vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center on Friday, January 30 at 7:00 PM. On November 10, 2008, Emrick received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello.
“Mike Emrick is the consummate professional who is the best at what he does, and is passionate about the game of hockey,” said Lamoriello. “We are extremely fortunate to have Doc Emrick as our play-by-play announcer.”
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