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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
Back when Adam Graves arrived in the National Hockey League in the mid-1980s, the heyday of Wayne Gretzky, hockey was played like an icy hybrid of the National Basketball Association….
Today, the sport often resembles Saturday afternoon in the English Premiership.
“It’s gone from a game of high scoring, to almost a soccer style, where you look for your break, get it, then go right back into your system,” Graves said.
from Red Wings Corner,
Dan Cleary had surgery to remove wires from his jaw this morning and remarkably was at practice and made it through every drill. He’ll be in the lineup tomorrow night.
Cleary revealed the the front of his jaw is numb and could remain that way for a long, long time. Had he chosen the other procedure—where his jaw would have been wired shut for six weeks instead of two and he would have missed the rest of the season—he wouldn’t have that numbness. That’s a pretty big sacrifice to return to the ice.
more on the Wings, not good news…
from Lightning Strikes,
Lightning coach John Tortorella has given captain Tim Taylor the option of playing in the team’s final game of the season April 5 at Atlanta. It would be a way for the center to finish his 13-year career as a player instead of on the sideline, where he has been since Sept. 7 hip surgery.
“He deserves that type of respect,’’ Tortorella said. “He’s been a loyal guy to the organization and has done a lot of things on and off the ice people don’t even know about, so he deserves that right.’‘
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
One would think being the first 60-goal scorer in the NHL in 12 years would bring a little more excitement out of Alex Ovechkin, but the Washington Capitals superstar says he’s too preoccupied with his team’s playoff chase right now.
“The last two years at this time we were thinking about vacation and what we going to do in the summer,” Ovechkin said Monday on an NHL conference call. “We weren’t thinking about the playoffs. Right now, we have a great chance to move forward.
“My personal stats are my personal stats but right now I’m just thinking about the team.”
from the Thrashers Blog at the AJC,
Kozlov said he has no regrets about signing with the Thrashers again, and that all they really need is a superstar defenseman to contend. No problem, right?
“This team needs a foundation, defensively - like a [Zdeno] Chara or [Nicklas] Lidstrom. Good teams, they have one or two very good defensemen who can play 30-35 [minutes per game]. Like [Chris] Pronger on Anaheim - one of those guys. They’re hard to find, but that’s what we need.
from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Veteran Bruins center Marc Savard, cracked across the back Saturday night by a Steve Begin crosscheck in Montreal, underwent a CT scan today at Mass. General Hospital and will not be in the lineup tomorrow night when the Bruins face the Maple Leafs in Toronto.
Head coach Claude Julien confirmed the CT scan after today’s workout here at Ristuccia Center, but he was unsure of the results. Julien did not reveal why Savard needed the exam, but CT skans typically are given when there is a suspicion of a broken bone.
more on the Bruins…
added 7:17pm, from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Bruins center Marc Savard, tied for 12th in the NHL in scoring, will miss the club’s next two games, following a CT scan today at Massachusetts General Hospital that confirmed an unspecified injury to his lower back and mid-torso.
from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,
Now that he’s with the Sharks and a pending UFA, Campbell’s contract value certainly rise above the $25-million deal he reportedly sought from the Sabres. It has been speculated Wilson could get Campbell signed to a five-year, $30-million deal. Elsewhere, Campbell might command a $7 million per season offer.
The New York Rangers, Chicago, Atlanta, Carolina, Colorado, New Jersey and Los Angeles could be interested in Campbell and all have the available cap space to bid for his services.
From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca,
Not since the spring of 1986 has every single NHL team in Canada made the playoffs in the same season. That’s right—22 freakin’ years.
The Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs, apparently putting rocket fuel in their cereal these days, seem determined to help end the streak.
With just under two weeks left in the regular season, the two Canadian clubs, written off by the hockey world long ago, are waging quite the campaign to get into the playoff dance against all odds.
Update 3:17pm ET: Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail adds some more thoughts on the Oilers “Cinderella Story” as they race to make the playoffs.
from Adam Schwartz of NHL.com,
There’s a reason Stanley Cup championships produce some of the best celebrations in sports. After four rounds of some the most demanding competition on earth, the euphoria can no longer be contained after all the sacrifices needed to claim the hardest trophy to win in sports.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
The Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks refuse to say uncle out west while in the east, someone forgot to tell the Toronto Maple Leafs to look to next year. The Alex Ovechkin-led Washington Capitals are defying all logic with their relentless playoff pursuit. And while those four situations are engaging in their own right, the two teams that have piqued my interest the most the last several weeks are the Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers.
Now, the Panthers do this routinely every year: Fall far behind in the first half and surge at the end of the season, only to come up short of the playoffs.
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