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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja doesn’t blame Mikael Samuelsson, his best friend and former teammate, for ripping Swedish Olympic officials for excluding him from the team.
Samuelsson told Vancouver reporters: “Probably going to get in trouble for this, but they (Team Sweden officials) can go (expletive) themselves.’‘
Lilja liked his reaction.
“I think it’s kind of nice when someone says what they really think instead of saying, ‘OK, it was their decision, nothing I can do about it,’ ‘’ Lilja said. “Nice that people show emotions because he’s (ticked off). I don’t blame him.’’
from Mihira Lakshman of CBC,
In the strongest words yet against a potential invasion by the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, the owner of the Saskatoon Blades has pledged to do whatever it takes to protect his club’s status as the only hockey team in his rink.
The issue was raised when Ice Edge Holdings recently announced its plans to buy the Coyotes and play five games a season in the 14,659-seat Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon.
“There’s no question it would have an effect on our ticket sales,” Blades president and co-owner Jack Brodsky said.
It starts out kind of slow, but gets better…
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Lots of scuttlebutt across the hockey world right now that the Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals are on the verge of a trade.
A source within the Blue Jackets has confirmed that the Blue Jackets and Capitals have had serious trade talks, but also told The Dispatch today that the Blue Jackets are close with another club as well, but wouldn’t reveal the club.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Respected pundits are now musing that he’d be worth a top-six forward or a first-rounder in a trade (we’ll have what they’re having), and that maybe it’s a smarter move to ship out Carey Price.
Why, we even heard a normally reasoned commentator compare the plucky Slovak, whose agent is reportedly agitating for a move, to Patrick Roy the other night.
Which he surely is - minus the consistency, wins, shutouts, playoff dominance and championships.
This is not to hack on poor, old, hard-done-by, trade-me-right-friggin-now Jaro. Oh, no.
He has played quite well - and occasionally brilliantly - in his current string of four road wins, having been shelled for 1,983 shots over that period (well, given the excitement, it might as well have been that many).
NEW YORK (December 28, 2009)—Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Dec. 27.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
According to sources, the Wild will be without right wing Chuck Kobasew for four to six weeks with a sprained MCL. There’s also some damage to the ACL, but the swelling needs to decrease before the extent is determined. Kobasew’s scored four goals and five assists in 27 games since being acquired from Boston.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey has got to be counting his blessings that he wasn’t able to deal backup goalie Jaroslav Halak to the Philadelphia Flyers a couple of weeks ago.
For those of you keeping score at home, Halak has faced 40, 50, 47 and 49 shots in his past four starts and won them all. He was brilliant Saturday night when the Canadiens stole two points from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3-2 overtime win and has faced an average of 46.5 shots in his past four games.
This gives Gainey a little bit of time to ponder his goaltending situation. And you know what? If he has any stones at all, he has to be at least considering the possibility of trading Carey Price instead of Halak.
Please hold your expletives and your electronic hate mail for a minute while I try to explain this.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
...here’s an interview with (Claude) Lemieux for the addictive “Q” interview show, out of Toronto, where Lemieux talks about the show, and also about his NHL career some. And, toward the end, he talks about his hit on Kris Draper, and he uses the word “mistake” in what he did. That’s actually the first time I’ve ever heard him say that word.
Lemieux is a good person. He really is. He would cut your heart out to win a hockey game and was easy to hate, but that ultimately was a sign of respect in a lot of ways.
more and you can watch the interview too…
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