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from Lightning Strikes,
It is going to be an interesting evening Monday when the Lightning faces the Capitals at the Verizon Center and Olaf Kolzig faces his former teammates. Kolzig has never been shy about saying how emotional was his breakup with Washington, with which he played 16 seasons. But Kolzig, classy as always, said all the right things about his former employer.
“I still wish it hadn’t ended the way it did,” Kolzig said, but added that “there’s no bitterness. Obviously, going out there tomorrow, I want to beat them as bad as anybody, but there’s no malicious feelings or anything like that.”
from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
A 6-3 Toronto victory, during which the home side outplayed Les Glorieux by a hefty margin, was marred in the first period when Leafs defenceman Mike Van Ryn was sent to hospital with a concussion, broken nose and broken left hand after he was smashed from behind into the boards by Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos. Later in the period, Leafs rookie defenceman Luke Schenn went hard into the boards when he was tripped by Andrei Kostitsyn.
Van Ryn, who was knocked out on the play, will be out for at least a month. Schenn was not hurt.
read on a and a video of the Kostopoulos hit on Van Ryn below
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
This probably isn’t what’s meant by giving the finger, but the Maple Leafs are already attempting to deal Jeff Finger, the defenseman whom they signed to a four-year, $14M free agent contract this July, we’re told.
Finally, for those people who say, “Lou would never do that,” when the possibility is raised of Lamoriello trading for Nikolai Khabibulin in the wake of the potentially shattering elbow injury to Martin Brodeur, they should never forget this:
Lou would do anything.
more for some CBA talk and other hockey notes…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
With a trio of goalies—Kari Lehtonen, Ondrej Pavelec and Johan Hedberg—on their roster, the Thrashers have almost as many netminders as victories (five).
Many NHL observers think Atlanta GM Don Waddell wants to deal one of his surplus goaltenders in an attempt to kickstart his floundering team….
There are teams with obvious goaltending issues—the Senators, Kings and Oilers among them—but they won’t be the only teams that look at Lehtonen. Expect the Wings and Flyers to make inquiries as well….
The Senators would be interested in Bouwmeester, and it’s believed the asking price would be LW Antoine Vermette. Martin has always coveted Vermette and has tried to trade for him several times in the past, but the Senators have always resisted their offers and might be reluctant to give Vermette up for a UFA. Several other teams could go after Bouwmeester, including Edmonton, Vancouver, Boston, Montreal, the Rangers, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Anaheim
from Russo’s Rants,
Lemaire thinks of the Vancouver media with about as high a regard as Alex Burrows thinks of Bouchard (if it makes you feel better, I like you fellas).
“You notice there in the third, they’ve got five guys at their blue line and [their media’s] talking about our trap?” Lemaire said. “That’s a new trap.”
The Canucks media often interrogate Lemaire on the Wild’s style, which Lemaire abhors.
more on the Canucks/Wild game and Luongo’s 3rd consecutive shutout (he hasn’t been scored upon since Brodeur went down, coincidence?)...
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
Guy Carbonneau didn’t hold back when he was asked about the Canadiens’ 6-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.
“It was the most embarrassing game I’ve ever been associated with,” said the coach whose team has back-to-back games for the first time this season.
There was plenty of room for embarrassment here.
from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,
This team, for lack of a better term, is a mess. You can see it in their faces when they come into the rink. They are a beaten bunch. You can’t help but feel bad for their rookie coach, a guy who has to deal with this and try and figure a way out. This team almost has to play perfect hockey for 60 minutes—and even then they may not win.
So, instead of moping around Southern California on Sunday, they should all go to Disneyland. Check out the rides, have some cotton candy. Relax. Get some sun, take some goofy photos. Make the rookie (Michael Frolik) walk around in a goofy hat. Take more photos of that.
Then come in and see what happens against a Ducks team that was handled on Friday by Dallas and probably isn’t going to be in a real good mood.
from Mike Heika at Dallas Stars Blog,
Marty Turco was quite upset with himself. When asked what he was thinking at the time, he replied:
“I really didn’t know what I was thinking. Generally, I watch them (the opposition) and let them dictate, but I’m on my backhand at that particular time of the game, I don’t know what I was thinking.”
via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
I think there’s some tire-kicking going around the league right now concerning Avs defenseman Brett Clark. In fact, I’m sure of it.
Brett Clark to Montreal for goalie Jaroslav Halak is one deal I’ve heard being kicked around right now. Like Peter Budaj, Halak is a Slovak. He has also been under the tutelage of Canadiens goalie instructor Roland Melanson, who has been turning out many fine goalies the last few years.
Pierre LeBrun mentioned during the Hot Stove on HNIC tonight the Wings have had a few conversations with Zetterberg’s agent, The numbers being tossed around are 8-10 years and $7-8M a year.
The two parties have not found that “sweet-spot” or else a deal would have been announced.
Al Strachan chimed in with this- If General Motors goes bankrupt, and it could very well happen, the Wings would not survive in Detroit. The city would be a ghost town.
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