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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News Today,
Q: Who do you look at as your biggest competition to come out of the East?
A: I think it is a crapshoot right now. You look at the standings from one, right to the bottom,... The Rangers have a good team, Ottawa has a good team. Boston has only lost a handful of games this year too.
All of the sudden, I am Colin Campbell! My inbox was flooded with emails this morning from Preds fans asking for a suspension for the hit Alexandre Burrows put on J.P. Dumont last night.
You folks can decide, Colin Campbell I am not!
added 5:26pm, from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
The NHL will not bring disciplinary action against any Vancouver players for hits that took place in the Canucks’ 3-1 win over Nashville on Tuesday, according to Predators Coach Barry Trotz.
The Predators had been especially upset over Alexandre Burrows’ hit on J.P. Dumont, one in which Burrows appeared to both leave the ice and hit Dumont in the head with his arms.
“All we do here is work towards the playoffs. I don’t let goals or games affect me. I just play the games as they come. I don’t think anything more than that. That’s the formula that worked last year and that’s what will work again in the long run this year. When it gets down to it, in April no one cares what happened in December. You guys are looking for something that’s not there.”
-Wings goaltender Chris Osgood. George at Snap Shots has much more on Osgood.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Burke’s mission over the next few months is to recapture some of the draft picks surrendered by former GM Cliff Fletcher in recent months to acquire players like Mikhail Grabovski, Jamal Mayers and Ryan Hollweg, and he can use the fact the club is about $8 million (all figures U.S.) shy of the NHL’s $56.7 million cap to try and get those picks.
How? Well, there are more than a few teams worried about where they sit these days on the NHL payroll chart, with concerns about the economy and a potential drop in the NHL salary cap by 2010 figuring into their worries.
Detroit GM Ken Holland said yesterday clubs are now looking to see what the hockey world – and the global economy – looks like by July 1 next year when the free agent market opens.
“To sit here today and make a game plan, well, how can anybody do that?” he said.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
With Maurice back, long-time fans will have plenty of stories to tell, but you don’t have to feel left out. Just because you’re a fan-come-lately doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you drove to Greensboro a few times a week a decade ago. Here’s how to talk like you did:
THE BLACK CURTAIN: The ultimate hard-core merit badge for a Canes fan is to be able to say, “I drove to Greensboro for every game.”
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Tocchet was so upset with Melrose’s characterization, he felt like he had to sound off.
On Melrose continuing to bash the Lightning: “Yeah, I’m disappointed. I’m not a fan of people who go to the mike all the time to air their dirty laundry. You have a problem, it should have been done before.”
On Melrose saying Tocchet is being directed by ownership: “I take it personally, to be honest with you. I’m not a puppet. Ownership doesn’t tell me who to play. They are very supportive of me. I have a great coaching staff that helps me make decisions. Like I said, this is our training camp now. We’re starting to put a system in place, which I think we’re getting better at. We now have a system….”
In case you missed the earlier comments from Melrose this morning, start here.
from Mike Ulmer of TorontoMapleLeafs.com,
If I’m Vesa Toskala I’m making a New Year’s resolution.
I will not give up a goal on the first shot.
Toskala has been beaten by the first shot in four of the last five games which, you know, is probably at least one too many.
I know it’s too early for New Year’s resolutions. But if you decide you are going to start doing the right thing, why continue to do the wrong thing until your deadline?...
Luke Schenn: I will remember to buy a tux because I will need something sharp for my moment on camera when they announce the rookie of the year winner.
more and that first goal on the first shot hits a little close to home for me…
from Russo’s Rants,
Gaborik was clearly happy to be on the ice with his teammates. The last time was Oct. 30, but that was just an optional morning skate and he sustained a setback. He was chirping some of his teammates this morning and was smiling a lot.
Lemaire was less excited. He was in kind of an abrasive mood. He said Gaborik was a long way of playing, said he was rusty and almost had an “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude. After all, Gaborik’s sustained setbacks before.
Lemaire even sarcastically said, “If we’re not too strict with his defense, we’ll be fine. He’ll be able to get some goals.”
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
If anyone was waiting to hear Kris Versteeg fire back at Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky in response to the Great One’s comments following Sunday’s game at the United Center, it’s not going to happen.
For one thing, Versteeg said, it’s Wayne Gretzky.
And two, the Blackhawks rookie winger would never hear the end of it from his father.
“My dad’s got this big wall full of Wayne Gretzky stuff,” Versteeg said Tuesday. “So if I ever wanted to say something bad about Wayne Gretzky, he’d be the first guy here to give me a slap upside the head.
From James Murphy at Inside Hockey:
According to one source close to some Tampa players, things have gotten to the point where this team may just be completely revamped again and that mainstay forward Marty St. Louis may very well be open to waiving his no-trade clause if team management approached him on the subject.
“Marty and the guys that have been here are not happy anymore,” said the source.
“There’s going to be a lot of movement there and I wouldn’t be surprised if Marty agreed to be moved out of there or even approached them soon. It’s just a real bad atmosphere and not something the veterans there have been used to. He would give them a list of teams and yeah he could be moved before the season’s over.”
more on Tampa
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