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from Graig Woodburn of WEEI,
Here are a few other players who may be on the trading block and could possibly be a good fit for the Bruins. They may not be an impact player like Kovalchuk, but they also may not command as steep a price.
Paul Kariya – St. Louis
It would certainly be interesting to see how Kariya would mesh skating with Marc Savard. He would add team speed to the Bruins and provide a nice counter-attack off the rush.
read on for more players plus a report claiming Atlanta wants the Bruins #1 pick (via Toronto) for Kovalchuk…
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
A goalie has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP only four times. Montreal’s Jacques Plante won it in 1961-62. Jose Theodore won it for the Canadiens in 2001-02. The Sabres’ Dominik Hasek won it back-to-back in 1996-97 and 1997-98.
If I had a vote now, it would go to the Sabres’ Ryan Miller. You can make arguments for other players, but Miller has been the most vital player to his team, the man most responsible for his team’s lofty position in the standings.
KK readers, who is your Hart Trophy winner or is it to early to tell?
from Dave Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
There are some pundits who say the Edmonton Oilers will be able to get something of value in return for players like Sheldon Souray. There are others, such as TSN’s Bob McKenzie, who aren’t nearly so optimistic.
I’m firmly in that not optimistic camp, but I’m hoping to be surprised.
Here’s how I see the trade value of various Oilers, the ones who are on the block, have been on the block, might be on the block, or should be on the block:
Pisani’s contract is up this July, so he’s a pure rental, a veteran with Stanley Cup experience who is one of the best penalty killers in the NHL. A great pick up for any team with cap space, the only risk being his health.
Best case for Oilers: Now if the Oilers’ goal is to win next season, they might want to pick up a cheap, veteran goalie for Pisani, or any solid, defensive-minded veteran player aged 23-28.
from Rob Otto at Mlive,
Chris Osgood was anything but sharp last night in the Red Wings’ 5-2 loss to Minnesota, allowing three goals on the first six Wild shots.
I hear all the arguments defending Osgood – he’s rusty because he has only two starts since Christmas; Minnesota scored twice on the power play, and you can’t blame him for that; the defense isn’t helping him out enough; Ozzie has won in the past and will heat up when the team really needs him.
There’s another word for “arguments,” and it’s “excuses.” As my dad The Commander always says “I don’t want excuses, I want results.” The results certainly tell the entire story.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
The next 20,743 kilometres (12,899 miles) will make or break the season in Vancouver.
Toronto. Montreal. Ottawa. Boston …
You never know what the turning point is until your season is over. Then, only when you look back, can you identify it as something that took the team north or south. Once hindsight kicks in.
But as the Vancouver Canucks step out for what is, technically, the longest road trip in National Hockey League history, it couldn’t possibly be in a better position to turn this Olympian road trip into a positive. With six straight wins the Canucks aren’t just leaving Vancouver today for Toronto on charter aircraft. It’s like they are being shot out of a cannon.
Tampa Bay. Florida. Columbus. Minnesota…
The only scary thing for Canucks fans however, is this:
Can it get any better for a team that has gone 17-4-2 since Dec. 10?
from Elizabeth Jackman of the Glendale Star,
As negotiations between the interim owner of the Phoenix Coyotes and the City of Glendale continue over the terms of the lease agreement for the city owned Jobing.com Arena, the Goldwater Institute has accused the city of refusing to disclose any details.
On Jan. 21, attorneys with the conservative think tank released a press release stating that after four months of inaction and waiting for the city to comply with multiple judge’s orders to promptly produce records, they have asked the judge to find the city in contempt of court.
from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
A Swedish newspaper this morning reports that the NHL has blocked Georges Laraque’s intended move to AIK Stockholm. “It’s a complicated situation we can’t resolve for the moment,” the boss of the Swedish club says.
The problem seems to revolve around Laraque’s no-movement clause, which is puzzling since he’d presumably waive that clause if he wanted to play in Sweden. If BGL waived it, then it’s the league or the Canadiens that have an issue with this.
from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Most of us can tell the difference between a professional hockey player and a choirboy. I don’t actually know any choirboys, but I’m guessing the vast majority of them are in possession of all of their teeth and many of their brain cells.
Along those same lines, lots of us cling to the idea that hockey players should not look as if they’ve been imagined and packaged by a boy-band manager.
Am I offended by the Internet photos showing some shirtless Blackhawks in a limousine—a limo that also carries several fully dressed women?
No, I’m offended that the players look like members of ‘N Sync or Backstreet Boys in the photos.
Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times digs a little deeper into the pictures. And yes, KK received the photos too, I tossed them in the garbage.
from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,
With a little more than a month to go until the trade deadline, now is the time to start hashing out deals for your favorite players.
Just don’t include Ilya Kovalchuk in a Flyers uniform.
Despite numerous reports to the contrary, including a Twitter post from USA Today yesterday, multiple team and league sources have told the Daily News that the Flyers are not interested in acquiring Kovalchuk from Atlanta….
The bottom line: Kovalchuk is simply too rich for the Flyers. They would need to tear apart their roster to fit Kovalchuk’s $6.389 salary cap hit.
And that’s just to use him as a rental for the remainder of this season.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Though it is impossible to predict general manager Glen Sather’s next move, last night’s benching of Wade Redden just 2:05 into the second period makes it likely that the Blueshirts will recall a defenseman from Hartford for the three-game western tour that begins with a game in Phoenix on Saturday….
“It was my decision,” coach John Tortorella said following the Rangers’ 5-1 loss at the Garden. “I don’t want to say more.”...
The Rangers had a meeting in the locker room following the defeat in which Sather addressed the team. The talking points memo delivered verbally focused on staying together as a team.
“We have a lot of negative stuff coming down on this team right now,” captain Chris Drury said. “During the game, after the game, before the game, I think we have to do the best we can to stay together.
“We got into this little four-game skid together, and we are going to get out of it together.”
more Rangers talk…
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