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from John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times,
The scores are no longer important. The standings mean even less.
For too long we have been lost in the day-to-day travails of the Lightning. Hoping, wishing and praying in something we probably understood was a lie. It is time, finally, to face the truth.
The Lightning is great no more. It is not even particularly good. And until the organization recognizes that and starts adjusting accordingly, this devotion to mediocrity will continue.
Update 12:29pm ET: From Erik Erlendsson at TBO.com,
Here’s a quick thought on my part - I know it’s not a great shock considering the way things have gone this year, but it’s time to bag the season, look to sell off and find some draft picks/prospects to get back in return for some players. I don’t mean any of the big three because I just don’t see that happening at this point, but there are certainly players that could provide a boost for a playoff team - such as Vinny Prospal, Filip Kuba and possibly even Dan Boyle should he return to form since he is in a contract year.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
How do you explain why a half dozen professional hockey players can show up without their helmets screwed on straight for a game like last night?
How can a team like the Edmonton Oilers not have everybody going from the get-go for a game against the worst team in the NHL—especially while riding a four-game winning streak at home?
from the Ottawa Sun,
“I should have had 30 last year. They stole one,” Alfredsson said—at least pretending (we’re never quite sure with him anymore) that the injustice of it all may have cost him a night’s sleep—following yet another standout individual performance at a morning skate. “The last game of the year, they didn’t give me the 30th, but I tipped it. I think they gave it to (Jason) Spezza or (Christoph Schubert).”
Did you go to anyone? Did you voice a complaint and try to correct the injustice?
“Yeah, but I guess because the game wasn’t in HD, they couldn’t tell,” said Alfredsson. “I never got it.”
read on and more on the Sens…
from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
Seven of the old (age-wise) NHL free agent signings are either doing great or are at least meeting or exceeding expectations. Two are doing OK, but not living up to expectations and their big contracts. Four have had big injury problems, but otherwise played OK.
All this comes in the first years of their deals, when you would expect them to be still closest to their peaks.
from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres will again be without Jaroslav Spacek (back), Maxim Afinogenov (groin), Tim Connolly (groin) and Derek Roy (shoulder) tonight. Ruff said Spacek will probably take today’s morning skate in New York and could play Friday against Atlanta.
Afinogenov regressed during Tuesday’s practice.
“Max doesn’t seem to be getting any better,” Ruff said. “He’s gotten to a point where he’s frustrated. We thought today would be a better day for him. It wasn’t. It turned out we got him off the ice early.”
more on the Sabres…
addede 8:26am, from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,
Brian Campbell’s latest stance on his contract talks — Don’t call me, I’ll call you — is just what the Buffalo Sabres deserve given their infuriating dysfunction.
They’ve bungled negotiations with another marquee player. They’ve further angered their fan base. And they’ve re-established their ignorance on the issue of team chemistry. There you have it. The season’s first hat trick.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor did it crumble in a day. But apparently that’s only because Tom Golisano wasn’t around to undermine the empire.
from the Tennessean,
Predators forward Steve Sullivan, barring a medical miracle, will miss the remainder of this season as he continues to rehabilitate from a pair of offseason back surgeries.
Sullivan recently returned from visiting a Seattle specialist, who told him that further rest and rehabilitation was the only cure for the fragmented disc in his back.
The doctor told Sullivan it normally takes six months to a year to recover from the operations, which means Sullivan most likely has several months before he would regain his health.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
The Leafs could even do worse than consider former NHL Players Association head Bob Goodenow, who would probably make an excellent GM. He knows the ins and outs of the collective bargaining agreement, having helped write it. He’s a Harvard-educated lawyer and he understands hockey. He has successfully run a billion-dollar organization and spent a good portion of his life in Toronto.
more suggestions for the Leafs…
Monday night on The NHL on TSN, two of the network’s hockey experts discussed the trade landscape around the league. Host James Duthie threw out names, some big names, and hockey insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger discussed each player’s short-term future as the trade deadline looms.
First up was Sabres defenceman Brian Campbell, who has 11 goals and 25 assists for Buffalo, but just announced that he would not negotiate anymore until the end of the season.
Today, the NHL and the Philadelphia Flyers made Mike Richards available for a media teleconference. Below is the text of that Q&A session.
Q. Does it get any better than finalizing a 12-year contract extension and being named an All-Star in the span of two months?
MIKE RICHARDS: I don’t know, it’s been a pretty big season getting the privilege to play in an All-Star Game, it’s pretty exciting.
from Empty Netters,
During the intermission, Alexander Ovechkin’s contract is discussed and we wonder who has a worse haircut; Ovechkin or Brian Engblom?
make sure to read their minute by minute breakdown of the Pens game last night!
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