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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
But general manager Dale Tallon didn’t rule anything out Thursday, even trading Nikolai Khabibulin or Cristobal Huet if it meant improving the team going forward.
“I’m not going to mess with a successful situation right now, but they’re assets, and we have great assets (in goalies Antti Niemi and Corey Crawford) in Rockford as well,” Tallon said. “We’ll listen to anything that comes our way that makes sense for the future of our franchise.
“There are always needs. We obviously are looking at everything possible to make us a better team without disrupting our core and what we have going right now.”
Tallon didn’t deny he has stepped up his efforts to find an experienced center to play on the second line, an acquisition that would allow Patrick Sharp to go back to wing.
more on the Blackhawks…
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Didja Know Dep’t. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have a son who plays college hockey. Wyatt Russell – “Was he named after Dad’s portrayal of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone?” our James Ryan wonders – is goalie for the University of Alabama-Huntsville. It happens to be the only NCAA Division I hockey program in the South. The coach also happens to be ex-NHLer Danton Cole.
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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Ovechkin joined us on an NHL media conference call. I started the proceedings by asking him how much fun he was having playing on a line with Semin and Nicklas Backstrom. Talk about an offensive juggernaut.
“You’re right, we’re having so much fun out there,” Ovechkin said. “We’re just controlling the game, I think. ... It’s very cool.”
Ovechkin was less thrilled with our resident ESPN.com blogger about 10 minutes later when we asked him about the Semin/Crosby controversy.
“I think it’s just the translator and it’s about media guys—about you,” Ovechkin said.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
In the midst of a wild 7-6 overtime win by Pittsburgh in Detroit on Tuesday night, Red Wings GM Ken Holland crossed paths with his Penguins counterpart Ray Shero.
“He goes, ‘Hey, the new NHL,’” Shero recounted to ESPN.com on Wednesday.
“I went, ‘Yeah, no kidding.’”
There’s been so much focus on other issues so far this season—everything from hits to the head to hits from behind to the economic crisis and its possible effect on NHL teams—that it’s easy to lose sight of an important fact.
“The hockey is pretty good right now,” said superstar San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton.
from Spector’s Hockey,
Are the Blackhawks interested in Michael Nylander? Does Jason Blake want out of Toronto? Could the Devils soon make some roster shake-ups? Are the Flyers close to signing Brendan Shanahan? Are the Wild any closer to re-signing Marian Gaborik?
read on for Spector’s take…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
TSN has learned that Carolina Hurricanes’ general manager Jim Rutherford was formally offered the dual position as president and GM of the Leafs in August of 2007, at which time John Ferguson Jr. was still in place as the GM of the team.
Sources close to the MLSE board told TSN that the Leafs went through a prolonged dialogue with Rutherford that started in August of 2007 when the Leafs requested and were granted permission from Carolina owner Peter Karmanos to talk to Rutherford, the Toronto-area native.
Train with Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that Hall of Famer Denis Savard will serve as a team ambassador, joining legends Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita in representing the organization at events at the United Center and throughout the Chicagoland area.
A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and one of seven players in franchise history to have their jersey number retired, Savard recorded 1,096 points (377 goals, 719 assists) in 881 career regular-season games and 145 points (61 goals, 84 assists) in 131 Stanley Cup Playoff games in parts of 13 seasons with the Blackhawks (1980-90; 1995-97). Savard also served as the Blackhawks Head Coach for parts of three seasons (2006-08), notching a 65-66-16 record.
from John Grigg of the Hockey News,
• At center, Chicago’s Patrick Sharp gets the nod. His nine goals and 16 points in 13 games have him on pace for 57 and 101, plus he’s playing more than 19 minutes per game, is winning better than 50 percent of his draws and has two game-winners.
• Left wing was a tough one. Paul Kariya has 15 points in 11 games, but I like goals more than assists. With that in mind, I’m going with San Jose’s Ryane Clowe. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound power forward has nine goals – including five on the power play – and 14 points in 17 games.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues goalie Manny Legace said after Wednesday’s 4-3 defeat at Buffalo that he’s at a loss for what is ailing him.
Legace said it’s not the groin injury that kept him out for two weeks, and after playing Saturday night in Los Angeles, he couldn’t blame rust.
“If I could tell you, I would never play awful ... I’d never have a bad stretch in my career ... I’d be making $100 million a year,” said Legace, who allowed three goals on seven shots before Chris Mason replaced him 5 minutes, 18 seconds into the game.
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