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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The economy is on the minds of Red Wings players and management a lot these days. Despite a Stanley Cup championship team and a long run of success, the Wings have resorted to price cuts on tickets and other creative ways to get fans in the building. And that was before the “Big Three” Michigan automakers took an even worse turn the past few days, doing a dangerous dance with bankruptcy and federal bailout red tape.
Chelios is the owner of two “Cheli’s Chili Bar” restaurants — one in downtown Detroit and another in Dearborn — and, while not providing precise figures, he said business is down at both spots. And if the Big Three automakers do not receive any emergency federal assistance, Chelios said, he doubts that his and many Michigan businesses would survive long. Even if the bailout money comes, Chelios said many businesses will close, and maybe his.
from Jim Gintonio of Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,
Q: Any special challenges the Stars present?
A: “What? Say again, translate, seriously. No, no, I never understand the question.”
Q: Any challenges .. the biggest challenge … the Stars present to you?
A: “You mean like the stars in the sky or the Dallas Stars?”
Q: Both of them.
A: “No, seriously, I’m trying to help.”
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,
Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle only needed to see one misstep in practice Monday to give his team one of his not-so-subtle messages.
After watching his players do a drill incorrectly, Carlyle stopped practice and excoriated the group with a reminder that “We’re playing the New York Rangers!”
There is no room for contentment among the Ducks, who have fought inconsistency most of the season but turned a corner with five straight victories at home. Tuesday night can represent either six straight or a step back when they take on the New York Rangers, the Eastern Conference’s No.2 team.
“There’s no easy ones, and this one won’t be easy by any means,” Carlyle said.
Carlyle called out his top forwards to lead the way - which means continued strong play from the Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry-Chris Kunitz line.
Today’s guest on the NHL’s conference call was Boston Bruins right wing Phil Kessel, who answered questions from numerous members of the hockey media.
Earlier today Phil was named NHL ‘First Star’ for the week that ended yesterday after leading the National Hockey League in scoring with three goals and five assists for eight points. The Bruins won three of four games for the week. Phil has the NHL’s longest active point streak, which is currently at 15 games, and the longest streak for a Bruin since Adam Oates had a 20-game streak in January and February of 1997. The Madison, Wisconsin native ranks second on the Bruins in scoring with 31 points and his 19 goals are third in the League behind Thomas Vanek of Buffalo, who has 24, and Jeff Carter of Philadelphia with 21.
Q & A
Q. Are you still playing mostly with Marc Savard at center and Milan Lucic on the left wing?
PHIL KESSEL: Yeah, that’s who I’m playing with right now. I enjoy playing with both those guys. They’re both great hockey players.
via Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,
All signs point to Marian Gaborik returning to the ice for the Wild on Wednesday night.
“It looks pretty good,” he said of the possibility he would be ready to play against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night at the Xcel Energy Center, adding that his status remains “day by day.
“Today was a good day. Hopefully, it’ll be another good day tomorrow, and if everything goes good, hopefully jump into the game Wednesday.”
Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said Gaborik “looks very good” and added, “I just want him back.”
But, Lemaire cautioned, “It’ll be up to him.”
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Unless someone pulls a rabbit out of the hat at the last minute, Mats Sundin will be, by the end of this week, either a Vancouver Canuck or a New York Ranger.
Sundin met with Rangers’ GM Glen Sather on the weekend, but sources say the Rangers have yet to formally indicate exactly how much they are prepared, or able (because of the salary cap), to pay Sundin. Once Sundin’s agent J.P. Barry gets that information, perhaps in the next 24 to 48 hours, Sundin is expected to make a final decision on where he will play….
In the meantime, Sundin is heading home to Sweden. He has completed his training in North America and plans to keep skating while in Sweden, spending Christmas there before joining his new NHL team immediately after that.
added 4:12pm, Bob McCown of Fan590 just reported he has been told Sundin has made his decision and he has chosen the New York Rangers. It will be announced later this week.
added 5:06pm, Link to Fan590 quoting Bob…
Update 6:12pm ET: (Alanah) TSN added to their story with this—
There had been speculation that Sundin had already made his decision and that he was about to sign with the Rangers, however Barry dismissed the rumours.
“No decision has been made,” Barry told TSN. “(It is) inaccurate speculation.”
from Craig Simpson of Hockey and Blogs at CBC,
First of all, I want to start this with saying I don’t want to join the debate that has been brewing between fired head coach Barry Melrose and the Tampa Bay Lightning organization about whether or not first-overall pick Steve Stamkos belongs in the NHL or not….
I have to wonder why the team didn’t push to give Steve Stamkos an opportunity to play for his country again at the world junior tournament. With the Lightning struggling and sitting in last place, how can it hurt?
Stamkos would only benefit from having another great international experience and a chance at building his confidence and leadership abilities. Returning for another world junior championship would put him in a starring role and give him a chance to be a veteran on the team.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Craig Rivet revealed today that he’s dealing with an injured shoulder and the team’s captain is going to be out least two weeks while he tries to rehab the shoulder.
“It’s something that I tried to play with and it was really limiting what I could do on the ice,” Rivet said after taking part in practice in a limited role at HSBC Arena. “It’s really affecting my game so we took a different game plan. The pain issue, you can get through. But when it starts making it that much more difficult on the ice, you have to take a step back. We’re going to try to rehabilitate it.”
NEW YORK (Dec. 15, 2008)—Boston Bruins right wing Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Petr Sykora and Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Dec 14.
from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,
Since the imposition of the salary cap in 2005, only four notable players – Joe Thornton, Sergei Fedorov, Doug Weight and Andy McDonald – were dealt in early-season trades. The rest were lesser talented players carrying more affordable salaries, which made them easier to move.
So if you’re hoping to see a blockbuster trade by Friday involving players who have been frequently mentioned in trade rumors this season - like Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester, Minnesota’s Marian Gaborik or Chicago’s Martin Havlat – your hopes will most likely be dashed.
Sorry for playing the Grinch, but that’s the reality in today’s salary cap world.
read on for some rumor talk…
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