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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
• Our Florida source insists that the steadily improving Panthers will not deal Jay Bouwmeester, although the dandy D-man becomes an unrestricted free agent, July 1.
• Before NHL owners meet again at the All-Star break, they will have a more lucid idea of which franchises really are for sale. In the meantime there’s the issue of Jim Balsillie and whether the billionaire hockey nut ever would be welcome within Bettman, Inc. If the pendulum swings from “nay” to “aye,” bet that JB will swoop in on one of the have-not clubs. What’s important to remember here is that the NHL. recently instituted a new rule that teams “notify the league when they begin a sales procedure.”
more hockey talk…
FRISCO, Tex. - The Dallas Stars announced today that defenseman Sergei Zubov will undergo surgery on his hip in January, and will be out indefinitely. The surgery will be performed by a hip specialist in Colorado.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
Joel Lundqvist (shoulder) is in tonight.
Stephane Robidas (jaw) is in tonight.
Steve Ott (hand) is in tonight.
Jere Lehtinen (upper body) and Brian Sutherby (groin) are not yet ready.
Still, that can make a big difference for the Stars. Tom Wandell has gone back to Sweden and Chris Conner looks like he’s out of the lineup.
That could make for some interesting line combinations.
more on the Stars…
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Captain Eric Brewer will have surgery tomorrow on a herniated disc in his back. He will be sidelined indefinitely.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Timothy Kuklo, MD., JD., at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
Brewer’s last game was December 11th in Los Angeles.
from Dave Stubbs at the Financial Post,
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price shoved his hand into the 50-year-old stick-hand blocker, a glove more than twice his age, and wore the look of a man who’d just pushed his palm into a bowl of liver.
He was similarly impressed with the flimsy catching mitt. And the 1970s-vintage chest protector, which was barely more than a thick undershirt.
“This isn’t protection,” Price said incredulously.
“It’s suicide. Can you imagine me going out there like this? For even one practice? No chance.”
continued with picture of Price in the gear.
from Tony Care of CBC Sports,
Whether he was watching the Montreal Canadiens from the bench when his father coached the team or broadcasting their games with the late Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin always had the best seat in the house.
Ever since Dick Irvin Sr. patrolled behind the Habs bench beginning in 1940, the younger Irvin has witnessed most of the great moments in the team’s history, along with the bulk of its best players….
Top 5 moments
1. Closing of the Forum (March 11, 1996) — “The emotion in the building was unbelievable, and the ovation the Rocket received from the fans was something to behold.”
2. Russia’s Red Army squad vs. Montreal (Dec. 31, 1975) — “I didn’t think it was that great a game as everybody else seems to think it was. It was very one-sided, even though the teams tied 3-3. This was more of a moment than a great game. The whole night was unbelievable. It was a special situation, and everybody understood that.”
Watch the Richard ovation below…
Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks took part in an NHL tele-conference today.
Q. Just wondering if you had been to any outside rinks to acclimatize yourself for January 1st at Wrigley.
PATRICK KANE: No, I haven’t seen any rinks around here, but you know, that day, it’s just throw it up in the air what the weather is going to be like. You don’t really know. You don’t really know what you want as a player, either.
I guess you want it to be a little cold so the ice is better and all of the ice complications are worked out. But at the same time, you don’t want it to be too windy where the wind is blowing in your face the whole game.
I’m sure it will be a cold day, but a fun day overall, so looking forward to it.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News, .
..The Bolts ought to have drafted Doughty. Had they done so, they might even be challenging for a playoff berth right now.
Of course, it could be equally likely Doughty would be in the same predicament as Stamkos, laboring like the dickens along with the rest of his Lightning teammates. But take a gander at Doughty’s stats with the Kings and tell me he wouldn’t have greatly aided settle Tampa’s home-zone coverage.
As of mid-December, Doughty led all of Los Angeles’ skaters in ice time, averaging a rookie-best 23:40 per game. If he’d eaten-up that many minutes a night while wearing a Lightning jersey, odds are Tampa GM Brian Lawton might not have had to use up precious cap room and roster space on journeymen defensemen such as Marek Malik and Steve Eminger.
from 24 Hours Vancouver,
JUNE 15, 2009: The Mats Sundin sweepstakes will end tonight.
The 38-year-old Swede will finally choose a team, but you won’t see him on ice.
The professional poker player and former Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain announced in a statement via agent J.P. Barry that he would declare his loyalty to the New York Rangers or San Jose Sharks, depending on which team is leading after two periods in tonight’s seventh and deciding game of the Stanley Cup finals.
Should the teams be tied, Sundin will choose the team that scores the go-ahead goal.
Trevor Linden will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman. Linden, of course, just had his number 16 retired and hung from the rafters in a pre-game ceremony last night honoring the longtime former captain.
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