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from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog, Comcast SportsNet’s
Alan May openly suggested this week that the Canadian media is out to spotlight transgressions by Caps players, and that this may have contributed to Green’s punishment.
“They’re always trying to poke holes in the Capitals, and it’s the same reason that Mike Green was suspended,” May said on 106.7 The Fan’s Mike Wise Show Monday afternoon, when asked about criticism of the Caps’ netminders. “I thought it was created by TSN up in Canada and their announcers, sitting there on a Friday night. The only angles they showed of the Mike Green hit were very poor angles that looked like it was a bad hit, and when you go in super-slow motion, it makes it look worse all the time. And I thought the Mike Green hit, no one even noticed it the other night. And they made a big deal, and he winds up getting three games out of it.”
The conversation moved on, but May—who is Canadian—later returned to this subject, again pounding away on the Toronto media pack.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Holmgren said he was “not done” trying to make another deal that would strengthen the club.
“We might want to still do something on defense and forward, but not in goal,” Holmgren said.
A club source said nothing was imminent, but that the Flyers would listen to what others had to say. The Flames reportedly asked the Flyers about their interest in Phaneuf before making the multi-player trade with Toronto that stunned the NHL on Sunday.
Holmgren would not comment on his discussions with Calgary.
“Doesn’t do anyone any good and it should be confidential,” he said.
The Flyers didn’t have the cap space to afford Phaneuf, much like they don’t have the cap space to afford Atlanta winger Ilya Kovalchuk … unless they are willing to move Jeff Carter.
more on the Flyers…
via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja has been assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins on long-term injured-reserve conditioning loan, general manager Ken Holland said this evening.
That means Lilja can be with the Griffins for three games and six days, and the Wings can appeal for two more games, Holland said.
Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider answers some emails…
Do you know if there is anything more to Atlanta GM Waddell attending the LA-NJ game last night?
Answer: Anything more to it? As in? Don sat in his seat on press row, next to Dave Taylor, coincidentally enough. Dean Lombardi sat in his booth with other Kings management folks. I’m not sure what else there is to say, frankly. Waddell being at that game, very likely, did little if anything to further any Kovalchuk talk. GMs can talk on cell phones any day of the week, and scouting staffs are so strong that it’s doubtful there was any wisdom gained.
more on the Kings…
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
It’s looking less and less likely that the Wild will be selling since it’s hard to imagine six games from now the Wild will be out of playoff contention.
Still, as for buying, I don’t see a ton going to happen simply because the Wild’s got limited assets and they’re not trading their young assets (i.e. guys like Scandella, Cuma, Almond, etc.) for free-agent rentals.
I’ll also do my Sunday column on yesterday’s Toronto/Calgary-Anaheim madness and explain why the Wild doesn’t have interest in guys like Ilya Kovalchuk—contrary to made-up rumors. And quite frankly, if you’ve read me on a regular basis, you should understand why the Wild cannot afford to be trading for 40 days of Ilya Kovalchuk.
Nevertheless, it’s the question I’m getting ad nauseum right now, so I’ll include that in my Sunday stuff. Also, if you’ve read me for a long time, you know I don’t throw stuff against the wall. So that’s why there are no rumors out there on the Wild. I don’t report rumors. I report what I know. I do know most the players available out there the team has no interest in by the way. When there’s something concrete as far as whom they’re going after, I’ll report it to you.
But I don’t suspect much until post Olympic break roster freeze (Feb. 12-28).
more on the Wild…
from a Toronto Sun Editorial,
Watching the Toronto Maple Leafs over the past few months, fans have witnessed a stunning display.
This team became world class in inventing new ways to lose.
Any Leafs fan could see president and GM Brian Burke needed to head out, buy some explosives, and blow the team up.
The amazing part is Burke found willing partners to pick up players that clearly weren’t going to take this team anywhere.
All the best hits, saves and goals from the past week in the NHL.
The San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks continue to wage a battle for top spot in the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings, but they’re getting some company at the top, as the Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks are also pulling away from the rest of the crowd.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It was a surreal atmosphere at the Pengrowth Saddledome Monday morning, with four new faces dropping into jointhe Calgary Flames, two current players in limbo and the overall sense of everyone waiting for the other shoe to drop….
As of noon today, Jokinen and Prust were still on the team and were on the ice earlier in the morning, preparing to play in Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Still, the tension in the air was palpable whenever you turned. Neither Jokinen nor Prust spoke in the dressing room following the morning skate; and when Jokinen came off the ice, he looked decidedly unhappy.
General manager Darryl Sutter wasn’t around either, and his brother, Flames’ coach Brent Sutter, dismissed a question about the speculation surrounding Jokinen and Prust by saying: “I’m not talking about it at all. We’re focused on the game tonight; and the guys in the dressing room. That’s our team.”
NEW YORK (February 1, 2010)—Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin and Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for January.
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