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from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
Florida Panthers general manager Jacques Martin said winger Rostislav Olesz needs surgery to repair a sports hernia that already has cost Olesz six weeks of his season.
Olesz was injured Dec. 4, with the original diagnosis being a pulled groin. Olesz returned to practice a few weeks ago before being shut down after the pain failed to subside.
from a fan Q & A with Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Q: With the hole the Stars dug themselves into at the beginning of the season, do you see them being a seller as the trade deadline approaches? If so, who would be the top names they would likely jettison?
HEIKA: If they are completely out of it, the likely people you could nab would be: Darryl Sydor, Brian Sutherby, Toby Petersen, Mark Parrish – the role players who will be unrestricted free agents and either don’t cost much or could be reacquired in the summer.
If a team asked about the big-dollar contract guys – like Marty Turco, Mike Ribeiro or Brad Richards – my guess is the Stars would listen very hard.
But my guess is they will be in the mix for the playoffs, will be very small buyers and will try to add a defenseman and/or a veteran backup goalie.
more Dallas related questions and answers…
from Michael Caples of DetroitRedWings.com,
While Hockeytown is snowy and frozen this week, assistant general manager Jim Nill and the masterminds behind the Red Wings’ success were meeting in warm and sunny Arizona in preparations for the 2009 NHL Draft.
Nill and general manager Ken Holland gathered the entire Detroit scouting staff to the Phoenix area to decide on what amateur players the Red Wings will target in late June in Montreal.
“What we’re doing is going over each league, and we’re going to rank the players, talk about the players, discuss what’s good and bad about them,” Nill said. “Get all the information on the players then we’ll start to rank them.”
Scott Burnside of ESPN passes out his mid-season grades. We will start at the bottom…
St. Louis Blues: D
Injuries have so crippled the Blues, it’s hard to get a sense of how bad they are or, conversely, how good they might have been. Still, there are a lot of things to look forward to if the play of youngsters T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and David Perron are any indication. Just not now.
New York Islanders: D-minus
How’s that 15-year deal with goaltender Rick DiPietro working out? Yikes. Dead last in the NHL, the Islanders can only hope their bad luck doesn’t extend to the draft lottery and they land the No. 1 pick that their dreadful play suggests is their right. Bad building, bad team. The highlight for them is going to be playing an exhibition game in Kansas City next training camp. How bad is that?
from WHEC (Rochester),
Former New York Islander Steve Webb was known for being a “tough guy on the ice”, but his time off the ice is now dedicated to teaching kids life lessons through sports. He visited one local high school today.
Webb was a gritty right winger known for protecting and inspiring his teammates. He has turned his hard work and will to battle back towards kids.
Webb says, “At that time it was a big learning experience for me.” Drafted by the Sabres in 1994 Webb he was released for being out of shape and unfocused. That tough start in the NHL now serves as his inspirational story for teens.
continued and a Webb tribute video below…
via Habs Inside/Out,
Captain Saku Koivu, who has been sidelined with a high ankle sprain since early December, will return to the Canadiens lineup for tonight’s game against the Devils in New Jersey.
Coach Guy Carbonneau confirmed Koivu’s return but said he hadn’t decided which player would sit. The choice is between veteran Steve Bégin or rookie Gregory Stewart.
from Joe LaPointe of the New York Times,
Gretzky has spent the last several weeks seeking new investors for a team expected to lose at least $30 million this season. “Yeah, I’ve talked to a few guys,” he said this week. “More or less introductions to meeting with the league and meeting with Mr. Moyes.”
In some ways, his current franchise manifests some of the problems that used to plague the W.H.A. About 20 employees were laid off last month. There have been recent reports, particularly in The Globe and Mail of Toronto, of N.H.L. concern and involvement in the Coyotes’ business decisions.
But team and league officials said speculation about bankruptcy or a move to another city is false. Without prompting, Gretzky said: ``You ask me my gut feeling — is this team going to be here in September? Absolutely.”
added 5:04pm, Just notified this link requires registration, I am working on it.
The commissioner joins The Game Plan to discuss a variety of topics involving the NHL including the state of the league in spite of the fact that certain teams are in serious financial trouble, the possibility of re-location and the future of fighting in the game.
Listen here, about 17 minutes long.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Lightning coach Rick Tocchet got into a good discussion today about rookie Steven Stamkos and the program he is undertaking to improve his game. Tocchet said he doesn’t want Stamkos just watching the games when he is scratched. He wants him noticing tendencies and the plays and strategy. He wants him writing stuff down in a notebook so that the next day when he has a 15- to 20-minute “classroom session” with assistant Wes Walz, he has a basis of knowledge.
“He doesn’t just go up there and sit there and look at the ice girls or anything,” Tocchet said. “He’s watching the game.”
from Chris Nichols of Sportsnet,
The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Danny Briere is headed back to the doctor after barely practicing at the pregame skate this morning. He will not play tonight against Atlanta.
In what coach John Stevens did not hesitate to call a setback, Briere was not re-activated and was on his way for another re-evaluation because his groin and his abdomen are sore again.
“Clearly, it’s a setback” Stevens said. “If you can add a player of his calibre you want to do that, but at the same time, if he’s not healthy, he’s not healthy and we have to get ready to play a game with the guys that are healthy.
“He’s going to get re-evaluated again and see where it goes from there, but clearly he’s sore where we hoped that he wouldn’t be and he’s not ready to go.”
update 5:27pm, from TSN,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Wednesday that Daniel Briere will undergo an exploratory surgical procedure on his groin area, and will miss at least two weeks of action.
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