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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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from On Frozen Pond,
According to JM, Radek Dvorak has two broken bones in his hand, will be out four to six weeks. I spoke to Radek after Saturday’s game, he was optimistic he was going to be OK. Apparently that’s not the case.
No update on Jozef Stumpel and his troublesome right shoulder. JM said Saturday there was “slight separation” and Jozef is due to see a doctor today or tomorrow. He is not making the trip north, obviously.
more on the Panthers…
From the CP via the Sporting News,
Pharmacy tycoon Daryl Katz is a step closer to buying the Edmonton Oilers.
The board of directors of the Edmonton Investment Group which owns the team has sent out a letter to shareholders with the recommendation that they accept their portions of the $200 million Katz has offered for the shares.
“The board has made a recommendation to our remaining shareholders to tender their shares,” Investors Group chairman Bill Butler said.
NEW YORK (February 4, 2008)—Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco and New York Rangers center Chris Drury have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending February 3.
from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,
But with Gerber now mired in a mid-season funk, the Senators have no one else with big-game experience to turn to except Emery.
Forget about shopping him for a replacement, as the salary cap makes most GMs less willing to gamble on a problematic goalie with two years and almost $7 million remaining on his current contract.
Besides, there’s really no one available from other teams who’d be a suitable replacement.
more and other NHL rumor talk too…
from Dan Pollard of TSN,
I’ve changed my tune. I think it’s time to set a standard suspension for hits from behind in the NHL. It can’t hurt.
In the latest incident New York Ranger forward Ryan Hollweg, the man who took a Chris Simon stick to the face a year ago, ran Montreal Canadien Sergei Kostitsyn.
There’s no irony that Hollweg was involved in the two incidents.
In case you missed the hit from Hollweg, you can view it here on KK...
from the Tampa Tribune,
Lightning GM Jay Feaster has stated his intention to open contract talks with Boyle’s agent. But the odds of a deal being worked out in the next three weeks are remote, at best, even if a purchase agreement to sell the team to Oren Koules is announced this week as expected.
Defensemen the caliber of Boyle, who can skate and move the puck, are commodities in the NHL these days and teams don’t like to part with them. But that also means the player holds the hammer in negotiations and there’s a good chance Boyle’s side could start talks seeking a salary starting in the neighborhood of $7 million a season. That’s why moving Boyle appears all but likely in my opinion.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Meanwhile, Senators fans should find nothing funny about the team’s passive play of late, especially Saturday night. Both the coach and Mike Fisher, he of unquestioned character and leadership qualities, pointed out the lack of determination, grit and desire against a team led by guys named Boyd Devereaux, Robbie Earl, Dominic Moore, Jiri Tlusty and Matt Stajan.
The Senators should be ashamed of themselves.
Where is the passion? Where are “the balls,” as Paddock wondered yesterday?
Did you see the way the Montreal Canadiens battled in defeat yesterday?
The Senators aren’t showing nearly enough of that jam.
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