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KK member PuckHound 61 in the KK Forum gives us a Luongo update,
Gabriella, 7 pounds 6 ounces according to TEAM 1040 in Vancouver.
And Luongo is in Minneapolis for tonights game and will start for the Canucks.
Todd Bertuzzi has filed a lawsuit against former Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford, alleging his negligence contributed to Bertuzzi’s infamous sucker punch on ex-Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore in March 2004, according to court documents obtained by CBC News.
thanks to the numerous folks for the pointer…
from the Vancouver Province,
It’s hard to imagine that after 513 franchise games, the last image of Morrison as a Canuck could be him hobbling off the ice instead of lifting his team to victory.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Morrison said Thursday. “If it does happen to be this way, it won’t be a very fun way to go out. Does it enter your mind? Sure it does. Hypothetically, it sucks.
“But again, I don’t have any intentions of leaving. I don’t know how it’s going to play out here, but we’ll address it at the end of the year and see what the team wants to do.”
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
At the tail end of a brief interview following yesterday’s practice, Kristian Huselius was asked if he’d dealt with being a healthy scratch before.
“I did in Florida,” said Huselius, before adding a telling kicker as he walked away to abruptly cut short his first comments on the benching: “with him, so…”
“Him” being coach Mike Keenan, the man who relegated the healthy winger to the press box Tuesday as part of their latest clash in philosophies.
Back in 2003, when the two last worked together, Huselius was, by several accounts, a regular target of the demanding coach despite reaching the 20-goal mark in each of his first two NHL seasons.
Stories of Keenan loudly berating young Huselius for soft or indifferent play still circulate around Miami’s tiny hockey circles.
from the NY Daily News,
Jagr - who scored 16 goals in 32 games for Omsk during the lockout year - insists he is not yet ready to commit to anything. But he has hinted in recent weeks that he believes negotiating a new deal with the Rangers is unlikely to happen.
“It’s not nice at this stage to talk about anything,” Jagr said, uncomfortable discussing his 2008-09 plans while he’s trying to captain the Rangers to the playoffs and a Stanley Cup. “(Omsk) finished their season. They’re coming here. I played there for a year. There’s no reason not to talk to them, not to meet them.
“They’re going to spend a week here? I’m not sure. I just keep in touch with them for a long time, since I played there. That’s nothing new.”
via the Miami Herald,
Questions about Jokinen’s leadership have surfaced, with coach and general manager Jacques Martin deflecting comment about that Thursday, saying it was something best addressed after the season.
‘‘I look back over the past 19 games and he hasn’t scored even strength,’’ Martin said.
“He’s a minus player right now. I think he has to be better and he knows that. If you want to win, your best players have to be your best players. We go a lot of nights with the Stephen Weiss line as the top line.”
from On the Islanders Beat,
Like most professional sports organizations, the Islanders have conducted a survey of season-ticket holders. In an interview this week with Newsday, Dey said 50 percent of those who responded said the performance of the team on the ice impacts their decision to buy.
“What you’ll see coming out is that we agree with you,” Dey said, speaking directly to the fans. “Garth can speak more directly to this, but I’m glad to put a little bit behind it. We need to commit to building a consistent contender. That’s going to require a plan, and we’ve got a very strong core of players we’re building around now – the DiPietros, the Hunters, the Okposos, Comeaus, Tambellinis. We’ve got a nucleus to build a consistent contender.
“We need to be a top-eight team in the league. We need to be a team that’s going to earn 100 points a year….”
from the Buffalo News,
Miller tied the Sabres’ single-season record for most appearances by a goaltender, guarding the net for the 72nd time to match Don Edwards (1977-78), Dominik Hasek (1997-98) and Martin Biron (2001-02). With five games left, Miller certainly will have the mark all to himself, probably as soon as tonight when the Sabres host Montreal in HSBC Arena.
“It’s just the coach tapped you on the shoulder,” Miller said in Scotiabank Place. “It wasn’t about setting a record or whatever. It’s just [coach] Lindy [Ruff] saying, ‘You got the start.’ It was definitely a learning experience for me.”
from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,
The first lesson Penny learned came courtesy of his boss, Steve Berklacich, an old Rangers hand who told him to stick an out-of-order sign on the pay phone as soon as he walked into a rink to scout a game.
“His words to me were, ‘Son, always carry a pocket full of quarters and an out-of-order sign for the pay phone,’ ” said Penny. “And I ain’t kidding you. The other scouts would see the phone was out of order, and they would have to make the call later.”
Times have changed, though the scout’s primary job—identifying and ranking young hockey talent—has not.
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere went through a full practice Thursday and pronounced himself set for duty in Friday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center.
“I’m ready to play,” said Giguere, who has sat out the past three games because of back spasms.
Now the question becomes whether Ducks coach Randy Carlyle will go back to Giguere, or stick with the hot hand of rookie Jonas Hiller, who has stopped 102 of 106 opposition shots while filling in for Giguere.
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