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from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
General manager Scott Howson confirmed late last night to The Dispatch that Mason has been suffering from mononucleosis for three to four weeks.
The rookie-of-the-year candidate made his 18th consecutive start last night but allowed three goals in the first 11 minutes of a 7-3 loss to the Dallas Stars and was pulled for the first time in his NHL career.
Howson said doctors did not diagnose Mason’s infection until Thursday, and he defended the team’s decision to play him in back-to-back starts this weekend.
“Our doctors feel he’s had it for a while and they feel he’s on the other side of the virus,” Howson said. “The worst of it is probably over.”
Mason’s spleen is not enlarged, one of the complications sometimes associated with mono, Howson said.
from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,
How much the Caps can take from this victory is debatable. The Red Wings, after all, were missing two front-line players because of injuries, Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg. Holmstrom is a monster in the crease; without him Detroit’s power play, the best in the NHL, suffers. And Zetterberg might be the best two-way player in hockey right now.
Throw in the relative good health of the Capitals and the fact that they beat Ty Conklin, not Chris Osgood, in goal—and that the Red Wings entered the game in the midst of their first four-game losing streak in nearly a year—and Detroit was a good bet to go down.
But at the same time, that’s the NHL regular season. Before a team’s greatness is defined in May and June, they have to show signs in the regular season, and the Caps have now consistently shown they belong in the Boston-Detroit-Montreal conversation.
What really happened on the ice yesterday was another example of why the Capitals can never again be Ovie and the Overachievers.
from Jean Lefebvre at Flames Insider,
Q: Hockey is a multi-million dollar business, so it’s a big deal, but it’s not life and death. It’s a game. So why don’t more guys like Tim Thomas, like yourself, like Jeremy Roenick have fun with (their media dealings)?
A: “Yeah, I laugh because I don’t know why. I remember Prongs (former Blues defenceman Chris Pronger) was always hard on reporters. I remember thinking, ‘Who do you think picks these awards, Prongs? Why would you be mean?’ They’re just doing their jobs. Actually, the year he won the Hart and the Norris, he was good with (the media). He opened up a little bit. Then he went to Edmonton and who knows what happened there?
“Over the course of the years, I got to watch Brett Hull and I think he said a lot of things just to get a rise out of people. To make the game interesting. To make the game fun. Hullie was. He’d say some things and I’d just be sitting in that stall listening to him and I’d think, ‘Wow!’ It was interesting, it was his perspective. People don’t want to hear the same cliches. That’s what makes J.R. (so interesting). When he gets in front of that microphone, I don’t know what he’s going to say. It’s like, ‘Here we go.’ That’s why people love guys like him and Hullie.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
...because NHL owners couldn’t bear the prospect of giving a portion of their revenue-share money to the Blackhawks back in 2005 when Bill Wirtz was doing his very best to drive his historic franchise into the ground, they concocted a clause in the CBA that prohibits teams in television markets with more than 2.5 million homes from eligibility to participate in Bettman’s socialism.
It is a clause that disqualifies the Islanders, even though they are about as big-market as Edmonton, and far more needy. It’s a clause that discriminates against the Islanders, even though they are as much in need of aid as the Coyotes, who are receiving advances from the NHL even while employing the top-paid coach in the league.
more and a few more hockey topics too…
The NHL is tentatively set to kick off the 2009-10 regular season in Europe, according to CBCSports.ca’s Scott Morrison.
The league will stage three games overseas, with Calgary facing San Jose in Helsinki, Detroit taking on St. Louis in Stockholm, and Chicago squaring off against Florida in Prague.
During Hockey Night In Canada’s Hotstove segment on Saturday night, Morrison said the games are still in the preliminary stages because the teams — especially the Detroit Red Wings — still have to satisfy their gate needs.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
From top to bottom—from the drafting led by European superscout Hakan Andersson to the recruiting of free agents such as Marian Hossa to the convincing of homegrown star after star to accept “hometown discounts” to remain inside a franchise that has created an unparalleled culture of winning, nobody does it better.
The Red Wings are the envy of 29 teams.
“They’re in a unique situation,” Wild GM Doug Risebrough said. “I was on a plane with [Red Wings coach] Mike Babcock the other day and I told him, ‘If anybody wants to pursue your model, it’s a ridiculous thing. Guys want to stay there. You have a culture there of winning. ... Nobody can follow your model.’”
In this salary-cap era, Holland has managed to preserve his impressive core and last season win a fourth Stanley Cup in 11 years.
Denis Gauthier of the Kings lands and elbow to the head of Josh Gorges today. Gauthier received a major, a 10 and game misconduct while Gorges was
finished for the game
sorry, he did return.
Ville Leino of the Detroit Red Wings with his first NHL goal today in a 4-2 loss against the Capitals.
from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,
...So that brings us back to the potential unrestricted free-agent list and who might be available. For those still unconvinced about where most of these trades will come from, here is a list of UFAs already dealt this season—Daryl Sydor went from Pittsburgh to Dallas for Philippe Boucher; Brad May went from Anaheim to Toronto; Jason LaBarbera went from Los Angeles to Vancouver; Jason Williams went from Atlanta to Columbus for Clay Wilson; Dany Sabourin went from Pittsburgh to Edmonton. Florida defenseman Cory Murphy went on waivers to Tampa Bay, and Ottawa goalie Martin Gerber, also a potential UFA, likely will wind up in another NHL city soon.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle will be out at least four weeks after being diagnosed with a broken hand.
Kaberle leads the Leafs defence in scoring this season with 30 points (four goals, 26 assists) in 49 games, but is a minus-12.
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