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Joe Pavelski, Brian Boucher and Head Coach Todd McLellan addressed members of the media after San Jose’s 4-3 (OT) loss to the Minnesota Wild.
added 10:40am, Watch below one goal Sharks goaltender Brian Boucher would like to have back…
via Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
The trade deadline is past, and with GM Bria Lawton’s intention to, as he said Wednesday, “get younger,” it seems as if Gary Roberts’ career might have come to an end. No official word from anyone, but it makes sense that the 42-year-old, 21-year veteran might take this opportunity to retire.
The left wing, a perhaps future Hall of Famer, has said this was going to be his last season, anyway. He even put on a pretty good show on the ice while being showcased as Wednesday’s trade deadline approached. But he was not at Thursday’s practice at the Ice Sports Forum and his locker no longer had a name plate.
The Lightning declined to say anything about Roberts, and his agent, Rick Curran, was cryptic.
“I’m not quite sure what’s going to happen,” Curran said. “No decisions have been finalized. He’s still a member of the team.”
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
“We want to take it easy and make it’s going to be okay,” Ovechkin said, standing rather comfortably. “Me and [head trainer Greg Smith] tried some things this morning but it didn’t work. We decided to see what’s going to happen the next couple of days.”
Asked if he’s going to be able to face the Penguins (Sunday), he said: “We’re going to see. Probably.”
via Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
...in the Flyers’ ugly 5-1 loss to impressive Calgary, Briere left the game late in the second period and did not return. He suffered another groin injury and he will be sidelined for the fourth time this season.
And, based on general manager Paul Holmgren’s body language and somber responses after the game, it wouldn’t be surprising if Briere was shut down for the rest of the regular season _ and perhaps the playoffs.
Holmgren said Briere will be evaluated Friday.
added 12:07pm, from the CP via TSN,
Danny Briere’s groin injury is not as bad as first feared, and the Philadelphia Flyers centre hopes to play next week.
Briere was examined Friday morning, and his surgeon told him the adhesions broke from his last groin surgery and there was some internal bleeding. Briere said his surgeon told him that was common and Briere could possibly play Tuesday against Buffalo.
Briere had a light workout Friday and hoped to skate on Saturday. He did not expect to play in Saturday’s game against Nashville.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Alarmed by already lagging ticket sales and the moribund economy, the Avalanche is one of what could become many NHL teams that are slashing some season-ticket prices for next season and offering other incentives to retain customers.
The Avalanche, a team that once sold out a league-record 487 consecutive games, will not increase prices for any seat next season and is offering some lower-bowl seats at the Pepsi Center for as little as $24.63 per game in 2009-10.
In addition, for the first time, the Avs will allow season-ticket holders to pay in 10 monthly installments. Season-ticket holders who renew by Monday’s deadline will receive other perks such as getting their names inscribed on bricks in front of the arena, first dibs to ickets to certain concerts and a private “Meet the Team” party.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of a momentous day in hockey history.
The Philadelphia Flyers played host to the Ottawa Senators at the Wachovia Center on March 5, 2004, and what transpired was a clash that would make Mike Tyson blush. The teams combined for an NHL-record 419 penalty minutes in a tussle which featured five consecutive brawls in the final two minutes.
read on for more on the game…
from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,
Trade deadline day in the past has been a fan and media favorite, very exciting with lots to talk about.
Yesterday was different. Why?
To start, we are well into the new CBA and its ramifications have started to take root. There are only 50 contracts that a team can take on. There is a hard cap and as folks have noticed, the cap will be flat to down over the next few years. Hence there was a lot of trading player for player and salary for salary. It reminds me a bit of the NBA trading dollar for dollar and contract for contract.
The economic landscape has changed too. Teams aren’t looking to add to payroll. They want to shed payroll. Many teams that had high-priced veteran players were looking to exchange those contracts for younger players with lower-priced contracts
Adam Burish of the Chicago Blackhawks answers the question at his Chicago Sun-Times blog today.
A lot of people have asked, “What’s it like on the trade deadline, what do the players think?”
I’ll give you an idea about what goes on. As a lot of you know, this past Wednesday was the NHL Trade Deadline. Every year, around 20 to 30 players are typically traded by 2 P.M. (Central). To say the least, it is a different day.
Last year we had practice on this day. You get to the rink and everything is the same, some guys are in the weight room, some guys getting treatment from the trainers, but everybody is talking to one another, saying, “What’s going to happen?” or “Who’s going to get moved, who are we going to bring in?” The scary part is we have no idea.
Guys hear the rumors. We also have some “internet” guys on our team like Duncan Keith. They read all the insights people give on the web, so they will give us the scoops that they are hearing.
From Dan Bickley at The Arizona Republic:
Shane Doan is the eternal optimist. There are always better days ahead.
But lately, he isn’t so sure.
“Maybe the problem is me,” the Coyotes’ captain said.
It sounds funny. Doan is the remaining link to the team’s days in Winnipeg, a windy, frosty city where the franchise last won a playoff series. That was way back in 1987, when a ghastly mural of Queen Elizabeth II hung inside the arena. So that’s it. Maybe he’s the curse.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
Holland said he wasn’t surprised there wasn’t more activity from Central Division rivals—except for Columbus—that are chasing the Red Wings but he was impressed with what Western Conference rivals San Jose and Calgary did.
“Calgary brought in a No. 1 center (Olli Jokinen) and a defenseman (Jordan Leopold) who helped them get to the Final in 2004,” Holland said. “Every year, they assess at this time and they had a huge day. Every year, there is one team that has a huge day and the others make little moves for depth.
“I’m looking for San Jose to get a boost because they added a defenseman (Kent Huskins) and two guys (Huskins and Travis Moen) who have won the Stanley Cup.”
Holland also thought the Blue Jackets helped themselves by acquiring Antoine Vermette from Ottawa for goalie Pascal Leclaire.
“Antoine Vermette will help Columbus, without a doubt,” Holland said. “We play Columbus a lot through the year and they play us tough. They’re building a big team, they’re very organized under Ken Hitchcock and they have a great, young goalie. In the last week or two, they’ve added Jason Williams and Vermette so they’ve added more skill.
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