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Ville Leino of the Detroit Red Wings with his first NHL goal today in a 4-2 loss against the Capitals.
from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,
...So that brings us back to the potential unrestricted free-agent list and who might be available. For those still unconvinced about where most of these trades will come from, here is a list of UFAs already dealt this season—Daryl Sydor went from Pittsburgh to Dallas for Philippe Boucher; Brad May went from Anaheim to Toronto; Jason LaBarbera went from Los Angeles to Vancouver; Jason Williams went from Atlanta to Columbus for Clay Wilson; Dany Sabourin went from Pittsburgh to Edmonton. Florida defenseman Cory Murphy went on waivers to Tampa Bay, and Ottawa goalie Martin Gerber, also a potential UFA, likely will wind up in another NHL city soon.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle will be out at least four weeks after being diagnosed with a broken hand.
Kaberle leads the Leafs defence in scoring this season with 30 points (four goals, 26 assists) in 49 games, but is a minus-12.
The Devils can’t be stopped right now, posting back-to-back 4-3 overtime wins Thursday and Friday against Boston and Pittsburgh. Star-Ledger beat writer Rich Chere takes a look at the hottest team in the league.
Q: Seriously, what’s going on with Jamie Langenbrunner? Six goals in three game? Back-to-back OT game-winners?
The All-Star break and a few telephone calls from Langenbrunner’s friend and former Devils massage therapist, Juergen Murz, has apparently relaxed the 33-year-old captain. At this point in his career, Langenbrunner can fall into offensive slumps, but he has always been the type of player who scores important goals….
Q: This Shanahan signing’s working out, huh?
Interesting thing about that. Shanahan came at virtually no cost to the Devils, so they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. He has been sensational so far and his presence alone had raised the confidence level of the team when it finds itself behind the eight ball. I’ve noticed that Shanahan has his own motivation at this point. He never passes up the chance to point out that many people thought he was finished and suggested he retire.
more on the Devils…
NHL games start today at 12:30pm ET when the Wings take on the Capitals and ends about 1:00am Sunday with the Blackhawks/Sharks game.
See the full schedule below…
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun via the Edmonton Sun,
So much for the Battle of Alberta being fun.
Legal issues got in the way of a little bit of joy this week.
The gang at Fan960 came up with a funny song in light of the Edmonton Oilers’ 10-2 drubbing at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.
(With Weird Al Yankovic-style, they used the song Lola by the Kinks and turned it into GOALA.)
Well, seems the neighbours to the north didn’t like it, not many of the Oiler-nation faithful and certainly not the team.
The Calgary radio station had to pull it down from its archives because the song used copyrighted material from the radio broadcast, the play-by-play calls of various goals, a complaint the Oilers made to the NHL, which in turn contacted the gang at Fan960.
from Wendel Clark at the Toronto Sun,
In looking back at the period of my career when I had the privilege of calling Doug Gilmour a teammate with the Maple Leafs, one thing will always stand out.
During the back-to-back seasons of 1992-93 and ‘93-94, when we made it to the conference final on each of those occasions, Dougie was more than just the best player on our team. He was arguably the best player in the entire National Hockey League.
That might be construed as a bit of a bold statement. But for me, looking back, I didn’t see anyone better during those two seasons….
Two months ago, I had the honour of having a banner with my No. 17 go into the rafters. Tonight, Dougie’s No. 93 will go up there too.
It is very well-deserved, Dougie. Congratulations.
added 9:22am, On a lighter note, check out the Gilmour look from 1993 at Empty Netters.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
The response was a surprising, “No response.”
That’s what Brent Sutter said to the rumble that this could be his last season as Devils New Jersey Devils coach.
Sutter is believed to have next season remaining on a lucrative contract, but the question is out there among NHL team officials.
Sutter seemed bemusedly astonished when asked, but his philosophy remains to take his situation a year at a time.
He is believed to feel keenly the absence of his family, back in Alberta, British Columbia, where much of the rest of his sizable clan accounts for a significant portion of the provincial population.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Jackets a year ago had a similar record, and it was a mirage. This year, the reek of legitimacy is not necessarily measured on the ice, or in the standings. Really, it is in the stands. Everyone in the building last night knew the Jackets were merely adequate but, save for a few scary moments in the third period, nobody thought they were going to lose….
Jackets fans understand mirages because that is all they have seen since they picked up the damned flag. So it is they who know what is real.
“The lesson I’ve learned here,” Hitchcock said, “is you can go around in circles asking if Columbus is a hockey town. What this is is a blue-collar sports city. Look at all the favorites over the years—Tyler Wright, Kevin Dineen, Jody Shelley. It’s a blue-collar town. These folks know the difference between what is and is not real effort. We work hard, we hear it. We don’t work hard, we hear it. Loud and clear.”
from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
Marian Hossa fits perfectly in Detroit. He fits in a locker room full of Mr. Congeniality candidates. His style of play—a big goal-scoring winger who focuses on defense—is exactly what this team was lacking.
Marian Hossa’s next contract will be a long-term one. He wants to settle in one place. He wants exactly what Henrik Zetterberg got earlier this week. And he’d love to settle in Detroit.
But there’s a good chance that won’t happen. Not here, at least.
Hossa is at the wrong time—in the salary-cap era—and the wrong place—a team loaded with high-end signings that leave little cap space.
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