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from Tom Fornelli of NBC Chicago,
Nikolai Khabibulin has also played well while minding the net this season, but he’s in the last year of his contract, and the team actually tried to move him before the season. The fact he’s in the final year of his contract will make him more appealing to teams looking for somebody to help them make a playoff push—not to mention the fact he’s already won a Stanley Cup in Tampa—and that means the Hawks can get something they need in return. Whether that would be another scorer or a center—preferably someone whose both—or another enforcer to help protect Patrick Kane, we’d have to wait and see.
Losing Khabibulin wouldn’t be that big of a blow to the team either, as Corey Crawford has played very well for the Hawks AHL affiliate Rockford Icehogs this season, and would be more than capable as a backup.
The point is that while moving Khabibulin would be somewhat risky, with a young team losing a player with a lot of playoff experience, the Hawks really have nothing to lose.
For the second straight year the NHL All-Star game will be without one of the game’s biggest stars as Sidney Crosby has pulled out of this weekend’s mid-winter classic in Montreal.
MONTREAL (Jan. 22, 2009)—Martin St. Louis takes the place of Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, who received a record number of votes in All-Star fan balloting but will not participate due to injury.
from Johnny Testa of AskMen,
With Ovechkin preparing to defend his Breakaway Challenge title, AM took the opportunity to ask him for some tips on how to successfully score on a breakaway.
A defenseman comes up behind you and trips you up and the referee awards you a penalty shot. What’s the first thing that goes through your head?
I have to score. That is the one thing I think of the most.
How do you decide what move you are going to choose for the penalty shot?
That depends on the goalie playing and how the goalie was playing during the game. Based on that, I pick my shot and try to make some moves on the goalie to get him to move and open up.
from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
The idea of holding the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals at a neutral site is quite interesting. Ludicrous, but interesting.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is planning to propose just that at the general managers’ meeting in March, according to broadcaster Pierre McGuire in his Sports Illustrated “In the Crease” feature last week. Holland reportedly was inspired by the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, where his team beat the Blackhawks.
A crowd of 40,000 and immense national publicity will make a person dream big. The thought in this case is to create a Super Bowl-like atmosphere. Holland and some commentators believe it would be great (and profitable) to make the finals a destination for the intense hockey fan and a magnet for the moderate or non-hockey fan.
Rookie sensations Luke Schenn (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings) are guests on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.
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from Dave Joseph at FloridaPanthers.com,
Rewind: The Panthers are languishing. They’re 30th, dead last, in the NHL and they’re clearly at the crossroads. One road leads to significance and the long road out of the league basement. The other? Obscurity.
After a dull 4-2 loss Nov. 21 in Boston, the Panthers return to South Florida and coach Peter DeBoer begins his daily press briefing by saying, “Everyone here should be on notice.”
“The status quo isn’t good enough,” he added. “There’s going to be consequences throughout the lineup because of that.”
And that begins three weeks that will change a season.
A look back at Canadiens legendary anthem singer, Roger Doucet.
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that center Danny Briere underwent a successful surgical procedure on his groin/stomach area, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
“Danny had successful surgery this morning to repair a nerve entrapment,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “His recovery time will be a minimum of four weeks.”
The procedure was performed today by Dr. William Meyers at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.
From Dan Steinberg at DC Sports Blog:
There are at least possible reasons for buying a “Leonhardt 80” Caps jersey. You could, like Eric Boshoven, want to pay touching tribute to one of the craziest NHL stories of the year, the one in which a Web producer went from the cubicle to the bench as a backup NHL goalie.
Or you could be more like Mark Kinnear, a 41-year old season ticket holder from Parkville who also spent about $140 to outfit himself in the answer to a trivia question. Why did he do it?
“I was home one night, probably had a few too many,” Kinnear told me, “and I was like, ‘What the [bleep]?’ “
from a Bruins fans Q & A with Boston Globe writer Fluto Shinzawa,
Q: ...I must say, this year team is even more interesting to me than the Orr/Esposito days, in terms of a total team working effort. I think the missing link to the Stanley Cup is another offensive defenseman like Jay Bouwmeester, from the Florida Panthers. My question is, what would it take to get this stud, his skating abilities are amazing, taking one stride to every two or three for other skaters? This would be the final piece of the puzzle as far as I am concerned. What are your thoughts about this?
A: There’s no doubting that Bouwmeester would help this club right now. However, there are two issues. First, what do you give up for him? Second, how do you re-sign him after this season? I think the second issue is more critical than the first. Given Bouwmeester’s pedigree, history, and future performance, the conversation starts at $6 million per season. It would be awful tough for the Bruins to slot in another high-end salary when they have other players to lock up first. Going back to the first issue, Florida would ask for either Blake Wheeler or Milan Lucic, a prospect, and a first-round pick.
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