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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
There are several coaches on the hotseat as the regular season winds down; as many as 15 could be looking for work if their teams don’t make the playoffs or underachieve in the post-season.
While it’s highly unlikely that many coaches would be walking the unemployment line, there are several situations to keep an eye on:
St. Louis: Andy Murray has two years left on his contract, but the Blues are fading down the stretch, putting his future in doubt. The finger is being pointed at Murray.
more and of course, some rumors…
The Montreal Canadiens received some bad news Saturday when they learned that defenceman Mike Komisarek will miss the next three weeks with a lower-body injury.
The injury will keep the 26-year old blueliner out of the Habs lineup for the remainder of the regular season and possibly the beginning of the playoffs.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
So it’s Lidstrom-Brodeur, 1-2, or perhaps 1 and 1A on this ballot, with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin third for the way in which he has lifted that club during Sidney Crosby’s injury absences.
But what about the brilliant Alex Ovechkin?
Well, he’s still got two weeks to get the young, talented Capitals into the playoffs, and if he can do that, this ballot will need revision.
Otherwise, picking an MVP off a non-playoff team just doesn’t pass the smell test.
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
He tore himself apart and rebuilt from scratch. He began working out almost fanatically. He lost weight and added muscle. He tracked down and found old game tapes of how he had played in his prime with the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins and he studied the tapes, took notes and then set out to put what he had learned into practice.
If one of his sporting idols, Woods, could take apart his swing and rebuild it, then Kovalev would do the same in hockey.
Not only would he adjust the way he played and fix the shape he was in, he would recast his attitude. Sullen and angry the season before — partially blaming himself for the disastrous addition of another Russian, Sergei Samsonov, to the Montreal lineup — he came into this season determined to serve as a mentor to the younger Russians in the organization
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers and Gomez were saying, “upper body injury,” following the play at 9:48 of the first on which No. 19 went crashing into the rear-boards after losing his edge in becoming entangled with Lasse Kukkonen on a left-wing rush.
Gomez, who was kicking his skates in pain as he lay on the ice, skated to the bench. He remained there briefly. Though he had X-rays taken, he will be re-examined and re-evaluated today at the club’s practice rink.
If Gomez, who leads the sixth-place Rangers in points (67) and assists (51), suffered broken ribs, he’ll probably be sidelined for the final seven games. If the injury is more complex than that, the playmaking pivot may be out an even more extended time, into the playoffs.
more on the Rangers…
added 2:14pm, via Slap Shot at the NY Times,
The team said Gomez’ unspecified upper body injury turned out to include no broken ribs and should not keep him out for an extended period. He is listed as day to day and could even play in Tuesday’s rematch with the Flyers at Madison Square Garden, although that is probably optimistic.
from the Boston Herald,
“The bottom line is if we want to be in the playoffs, it’s ours to lose,” said coach Claude Julien. “We’re in right now; it’s ours to lose.”
Assuming that 90 points would earn the final playoff spot, the Bruins would need seven more in their final eight games.
That’s hardly an insurmountable task. But for a team that has scored only 14 goals in the last 10 games, even three or four more wins could be hard to come by - especially with all the remaining games vs. teams still fighting for a playoff berth or an improved seed
from the LA Times,
Pronger has been a regular participant in the workouts and morning skates to stay sharp until his suspension ends April 6 in the regular-season finale against Phoenix.
“Nobody’s perfect out there,” Pronger said Friday. “We all have to work on our weak points out there and make sure we continue to improve. I can use this time to make sure I’m staying as close to the top of my game as I can and also work on the things that are lacking.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to come back from this and be in better shape than I was when I left.”
Alexander Ovechkin scored his 60th goal of the season at the 11:30 mark of the 3rd period tonight.
I will re-check all the entries and post the official winner on Monday.
added 10:43pm, Watch Ovechkin’s 60th goal…
Citing “as good a source as I can tell you,” MSG Network’s Al Trautwig reported on MSG’s “Hockey Night Live” Friday that the Rangers and Islanders will indeed play an outdoor game at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 1.
added 9:25pm, from the NY Daily News,
Newsday briefly posted a note saying that Al Trautwig called Rangers-Islanders at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 1 “a done deal.”
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was as shocked by anyone by that news. In an e-mail he just told me: “At this point, we’re not even close to concluding arrangements on a game at Yankee Stadium. But it’s something we continue to be interested in.”
My question is this… Why remove the story? Just put up an updated post, story, etc. You have been caught with your mistake, just come out and admit it!
from Chilling Out at the Tennessean,
But before anyone burns down the arena, runs the coaching staff out of town or demands a new general manager, it would be wise to remember the big picture. After what went on last summer, this team is probably exactly where it should be: a borderline playoff team, still alive with a couple weeks remaining.
Seriously, how many teams could survive the departure of Peter Forsberg, Paul Kariya, Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell and Tomas Vokoun, and still remain in contention for the poststeason well into March? The Predators didn’t have much of a choice when it came to losing those players, either, not with the budget slashing that went on during the former ownership.
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