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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
This one against the powerhouse Caps came on a night on which the Blueshirts actually scored five goals, four of them on the power play, and even led by 5-3 in the final minute of the second period before collapsing in a heap of penalties on their way to 6-5 doom.
“For sure this is very, very tough to take, but we screwed it up ourselves,” Marian Gaborik told The Post after the Blueshirts yielded three power-play goals while shorthanded nine times overall, including three times in the second period and five times in the third.
“We have to be disciplined; we can’t take that many penalties against anyone, certainly not against a team like that.
“It’s our own fault.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
There is no question they got a top offensive player in the league, the kind of player they’ve never had. He can create goals for himself without the need for a playmaking center, so that eliminates the Devils’ need to get a playmaking center.
Lemaire had someone similar in Marian Gaborik in Minnesota and, though they sometimes butted heads, it didn’t hurt Gaborik’s production. Lemaire talked earlier this season about there being some players that aren’t as responsible defensively, but that you have to live with it because they are so talented offensively and produce. You just have to get someone else to watch their backs defensively. (He never mentioned Gaborik by name, but someone in Minnesota told me that there was no question he was talking about Gaborik.)
Anyway, Kovalchuk might end up surprising me with his defensive play, but I think Lemaire will probably put someone defensively responsible on his line to be safe. I can see it being Dainius Zubrus as his center. Zubrus did pretty well playing with another left wing who can create offense all by himself in Washington.
Regardless, Kovalchuk changes everything for the Devils.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
A candid Olli Jokinen suggests Dion Phaneuf may have been railroaded out of Calgary because of the loathing of disgruntled Flames supporters.
Speaking just minutes after he had made his New York Rangers home debut Thursday night, Jokinen strongly rejected the notion that Phaneuf was shipped to Toronto last Sunday because he was a cancer in the Flames dressing room.
“No, no, no. Not at all. He’s a great teammate,” Jokinen said after the Rangers’ 6-5 loss to the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden.
Okay, then why did general manager Darryl Sutter trade the young defenceman?
“The biggest thing is, (Phaneuf) wasn’t accepted by the Calgary fans, even though he was once a Norris Trophy candidate,” Jokinen said.
This goal brings back memories of Guy Lafleur, Mike Bossy and others streaking down the wing and just firing.
We don’t see as many of these type of goals as we did in the past, but they sure are nice when they happen.
If you are at a hockey game and some ignorant person next to you pulls out a laser, draw attention to that person until security comes and halls the fool away.
Don’t worry, the person will not hurt you, even though he/she feels they can control a hockey game by pointing a laser at a visiting goalie.
from Greg Brady at am640,
I don’t want to hack on Don Waddell. Really, I don’t. But in the NHL, there’s no GM who’s accomplished so very little, with such an opportunity with high picks and good young players, and for a while, the ability to spend money and not be a “budget” team for much of their existence.
But following the trade of the best player the franchise has ever had, and the most prolific NHL goalscorer since the 04/05 lockout, this insanity of the Atlanta Thrashers ownership continuing to employ him HAS to end.
Kovalchuk went to the New Jersey Devils, where he may become, officially, after his first shift against the Maple Leafs in Newark tomorrow night, the most exciting forward ever to wear a Devils jersey. I don’t think that’s a stretch - and I was a huge Randy McKay fan. Ahem.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Iya Kovalchuk will make his Devils’ debut Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center, general manager Lou Lamoriello said.
Defensman Anssi Salmela, who was reacquired in the deal, also is expected to be in the Devils’ lineup Friday night….
Lamoriello said the idea of trying to re-sign Kovalchuk was not something that factored into his decision on making the trade.
“That has not even been a thought at this moment,” Lamoriello said. “What we want to do is just get him here, get him into the environment, get him into the lineup, get our coaches to see what he brings. We see what what he brings, he sees what we bring and not even think about that (re-signing him) whatsoever. That is not the thought process at this time. It is to get this team better and in the next couple of weeks get sort of an aquaintance so that once the break is over we get all of our players back. Paul Martin will be back. David Clarkson will be back. Certainly, Patrik (Elias) should be back before then, hopefully, and then we’ll know what we are.”
After several months of negotiations toward a long-term contract with forward Ilya Kovalchuk and his agent, we were unable to reach an agreement and elected to trade Kovalchuk and defenseman Anssi Salmela to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a first round draft pick in 2010.
We want you, our fans, to know that throughout the negotiation process, the Thrashers organization remained committed to offering Ilya a contract that exceeded those of the league’s best and highest paid players, and was commensurate to his skill level and performance history.
Details coming. Credit Kevin Allen for all his work.
added 7:33pm, Elliotte Friedman tweets,
Johnny Oduya to atl
Of course, just part of the deal.
added 8:02pm, via an Elliotte Friedman tweet,
Believe the deal is Oduya, Bergfors, Nick Palmieri and a first rounder
added 8:07pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,
RDS reporting: Oduya, Bergfors, Tedenby and 1st round pick.
added 8:13pm, from Kevin Allen’s tweet,
Atlanta Thrashers receive Oduya, Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a 1st-round pick for Kovalchuk
added 8:19pm, TSN confirms Kevin Allen’s tweet.
added 8:27pm, via Jay Grossman Twitter,
Our other client, Anssi Salmela also in deal. Going back to NJD
added 8:33pm, Ben Wright of the Thrashers tweets teams swap 2nd round picks too.
added 8:38pm, Don Waddell talks about the trade. Watch below…
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