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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
As the Senators prepare to continue their six-game road trip tomorrow night against the Hurricanes at the RBC Center, Alfredsson has five goals and nine assists points in last nine games and it’s no accident the club has won eight in that stretch.
“For sure, I’ve felt really good lately. As the team goes, so do some individuals go and vice-versa,” Alfredsson said following the club’s 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Sunday. “A lot of players are playing well for us. Perfect example was (Sunday). (Mike) Comrie, third line, and (Ryan) Shannon, second line, scored for us. That’s the difference.”
Coach Cory Clouston said Alfredsson is having fun.
“You’d have to ask him, but I think he’s enjoying coming to the rink and he believes in his team,” said Clouston. “He likes how we’re trying to play the game and I think he believes that’s how you have to play to have success. You combine all that, and in practice he works hard, and you just can’t ask anything more from him….”
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
Can we agree the only news your Canadiens are getting these days is linked inexorably with bad news?
I mean, it’s bad enough they’re riding a five-game losing streak and in grave danger of missing the playoffs awaiting Tuesday’s game with the Atlanta Thrashers. Who would have imagined that scenario with only 10 games remaining in their schedule?
It doesn’t get worse than that – until Mondays startling report in La Presse that majority owner George N. Gillett Jr. has retained a number of financial advisors to determine the value of his sports and business holdings, which could be the first step in selling, refinancing or taking on partners in his properties.
The move could not have come at a worse time for this desperately struggling team. It’s nothing less than a dagger in the heart of the organization, the players and their fans.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
The most excellent sources of Journal columnist Dan Barnes have told him the Oilers will make a go at Hossa this July, but we can only hope this effort is met with failure, or that it’s reconsidered. Even if Hossa wants top dollar, and even if did choose to sign in Edmonton, the Oilers would be committing salary cap suicide if they offered him $8 or $9 or $10 million a year.
Last summer, this pursuit of Hossa apparently took the focus off of the signing of Curtis Glencross, who could have been had for tens of thousands more, not hundreds of thousands, and certainly not millions. But Glencross was precisely the kind of small move the Oilers needed to make last summer. It wouldn’t have been a home-run signing, but it would have been a sharp double to right field.
There’s no quick fix in this modern NHL, no way for a bottom team to sign up that star player to a massive deal and challenge for the Cup, because the top player won’t make a salary sacrifice to play on a bottom or mid-level team. He will only do that, maybe, to play on the right Stanley Cup contender.
While on the Hossa subject, check out Eric Duhatschek’s story at the Globe and Mail on Marian and his time with Detroit.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail (Tuesday edition),
With the high-spirited Ovechkin set to invade the Air Canada Centre tonight, (Ron) Wilson was asked to weigh in on the merriment exhibited by the Capitals forward. Wilson agreed with Cherry that Ovechkin took his celebration too far, but unlike the television commentator, Wilson doesn’t mind lively postgoal festivities.
“I didn’t like what he did in the Tampa game,” Wilson said in reference to Ovechkin’s controversial actions last week. “When it’s orchestrated, I don’t think that is right. Being exuberant and happy when you score or a teammate scores, I think we need more of that.”
from Bucky Gleason at Sabres Edge,
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was candid today when facing questions about all the criticism he’s been getting and scrutiny he’s been under over the past several weeks. Ruff expected as much and acknowledged that it comes with the territory.
“When you’re not playing well, they’ll point at the coach,” Ruff said. “I think it’s fair. We’ve had some players who haven’t performed to where we want, and that’s my responsibility. I don’t think there’s any ducking that.”
continued and watch the post-practice interview with Ruff below…
The NHL waived the blackout of the Hurricanes/Panthers game tonight and allowed it to be shown on Center Ice.
The audio source is coming from the Panthers radio network and there are no graphics on the screen. No score, no time, no commercials popping up, just a screen of hockey and it is actually refreshing to see the game like this.
added 8:10pm, Ha, I just noticed David’s post. I guess I am old school and remember fiddling with the rabbit ears to get a clear picture. It just brings back some great memories for me.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
What is scary is that Gainey, who added coach to his resume earlier this month, has spent every bullet to try to right a sinking Habs ship this March.
The GM is down to promoting Sergei Kostitsyn from the minor leagues, and then the coach moves him directly to a prime spot on the second line at Monday’s practice.
Gainey has fired Guy Carbonneau, changed assistant coaches, held Alexei Kovalev home from a road trip, gone back to the struggling Carey Price in goal and then replaced him with his former backup on Hockey Night in Canada, no less.
Gainey is playing the piano as fast as he can. The song emanating from Montreal this season is, however, neither quick nor innovative. It sounds more like the last waltz for a town that is already talking about next year - despite the fact the Habs were still in a playoff spot prior to Monday’s games.
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Vancouver is the fifth stop for Hordichuk in an eight-year NHL career and before signing with the Canucks last summer, he had heard all the horror stories about how tough the travel is out on the West Coast.
So far, the most difficult thing has been deciding which of the three entrees to order on the team’s charter airplane, a custom-fitted Air Canada jet that is the Canucks’ home away from home.
A typical travel day goes something like this, once the players and coaches board the 60-seat aircraft, where all the seats are first-class and legroom is most definitely not an issue.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Hordichuk says. “We get on board and they have some appetizers, some fruit and maybe some salads and vegetables and whatever kind of snacks you want. Then you have your main entree, which is usually a choice of three different meals.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled goaltender Al Montoya from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. In addition, the Coyotes have re-assigned goaltender Josh Tordjman to the Rampage.
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
On the same day news breaks Montreal Canadiens owner George Gillett may consider restructuring team ownership and investigating outside interest in a partnership to own the team, sources tell TSN the Dallas Stars are contemplating something similar.
Sources tell TSN, Stars owner Tom Hicks is willing to consider taking on minority investors, although at this point Hicks is not interested in selling the Stars.
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