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from the St. Petersburg Times,
The agent for Dan Boyle said he and the Lightning will have preliminary talks this week about extending the star defenseman’s contract.
“They had always told us they wanted Dan to stay and be part of the organization,” George Bazos said Sunday.
Boyle, 31, one of the game’s best puck-moving blue-liners, is in the final year of a three-year, $10-million contract.
A good move by Tampa Bay, they will get a picture of the dollar figure Boyle wants, if they can’t make the dollars work, look for Boyle to be traded near the deadline.
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
I just watched Shane Doan push a puck in with his glove - while a whistle was blowing when he did it - and tonight’s referee crew at the Pepsi Center decided to call it a good goal and cost the Avalanche a potentially valuable point in the standings.
Did these guys have a flight to catch? That was one of the worst, most obviously disallowable goals I’ve ever seen. Call me a homer on this one, I don’t care. That was horrible.
continued & the goal is officially credited to Vrbata…
Not the best video to see what Dater describes, but the only video I could find of the goal…
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
McCabe is not considered one of the veterans Fletcher will try to move by the Feb. 26 trade deadline. He has a no-movement clause in his contract, but even if he did waive it, McCabe will cost a team $5.75-million (all currency U.S.) against the salary cap for the next three seasons. Not that he wants to go anywhere, anyway.
“Yeah, I got that clause, but no one’s ever spoken to me about doing anything about it so I’m not too worried about it,” McCabe said. “I signed here to play here. I want to be here.”
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,
Aside from losing to an arch-rival, what infuriates Sens head coach John Paddock are the turnovers by forwards and defencemen that are ending up behind whichever goaltender he has in there.
Whether it’s the sloppy weather or the sloppy play, everyone is in a lousy mood, not just the Sens players who reacted badly to seeing cameras in their faces Monday morning.
Fans are grumpy about a goaltending tandem of Emery and Martin Gerber that isn’t working out, even if the goalies are hardly to blame for the disjointed play in front of them.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
With the Penguins returning to Prudential Center tonight, the challenge for New Jersey’s coach is to demonstrate that he not only has complete control of his hockey club and the support of his captain, but that the men skating for him are behind him all the way.
The confrontation between coach and captain on the bench during the second period of Saturday night’s victory over Los Angeles certainly didn’t hurt the Devs short-term, but what effect it has long-term bears watching.
Sutter was correct—as a coach—in berating Langenbrunner for missing his assignment in a game New Jersey HAD to win
via the Phoenix Coyotes:
The National Hockey League announced today that Phoenix Coyotes forward Peter Mueller has been named NHL Rookie of the Month for January.
Mueller led all rookies in scoring for the month with 6-8-14 in 14 games as the Coyotes surged to a 9-4-1 record in January.
via the New York Islanders,
Center Mike Sillinger (hip injury) is expected to be out of the lineup for approximately three weeks. His spot in the lineup will likely be filled by Islanders prospect Frans Nielsen, recalled this morning from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.
Nielsen’s linemate Jeff Tambellini, the leading goal scorer in the American Hockey League with 29 goals, has also been recalled by the Islanders from Bridgeport.
From Jim Gintonio from AZ Central,
I’ve learned that Bettman is on his way to Denver, and with the Coyotes in town to play the Avalanche, there seems to be little doubt that he will meet with Coyotes officials.
Tocchet will be back behind the bench Thursday when the Coyotes return home after a five-game road trip, and fans likely will see an even more energetic Coyotes team take the ice.
from Dan Rosen at NHL.com,
But with the ball in his court this time around, (Rob) Blake certainly doesn’t sound like a man who wants to pick up and go anywhere, even if the reward could come in the form of another Stanley Cup ring.
“You know there is a group of teams that can compete for the Cup and if they want to get a couple of guys just to push them over the top, I am totally for it,” Blake said. “If I was an older player without a Cup, maybe. My goal was to come here and to build something and that’s what I hope happens.”
That being said, even he admits you just never know.
“There will be a lot of speculation over the next few weeks for sure,” Blake said.
From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,
It is possible that the Ducks could add either player as they have about $1.8 million available under the cap. In Sundin’s case, they would be responsible for about $1.1 million of his $5.5-million salary this season, but they would also probably have to part with either top prospects Bobby Ryan or Brian Salcido, possibly a roster player and that first-round pick from the Oilers.
Burke would not comment on specific players, but he confirmed that the Ducks are looking to address their lack of secondary scoring. As he put it Sunday, “We’re making goalies look like all-stars right now.”
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