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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
All is quiet on the western front, with the NHL roster freeze Friday before the two-week Olympic break, and the trade deadline March 3. Ethan Moreau is still an Oiler; so is Fernando Pisani, and defenceman Steve Staios. Ditto for Andrew Cogliano and Robert Nilsson and Patrick O’Sullivan.
Let’s face it, the only body safe on the Oilers is the Gretzky statue.
But nobody’s been traded yet. Moreau, who had his best game in weeks against the Ducks with his 15th career short-handed goal and a short-handed feed to Ryan Potulny, is still very much in limbo. If the scouts were looking for signs that he can still play, they saw it against Anaheim. Moreau, who’s the longest-serving Oiler player, hasn’t heard a thing from Tambellini.
from Dan Tencer at 880iNews,
In his first lengthy media interview since the summer of 2008, Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz made it clear that what has transpired on the ice this year is not acceptable.
“Most of all, this experience has been no fun for our fans. I know it, our management knows it and our players know it.”
The struggles of the team this season have presented the obvious conclusion that changes need to continue to be made and the eye on the future needs to be focused intently. The last place record has put the Oilers in a position to likely come out of the season with the highest draft pick in franchise history, allowing them to add to a modest stable of young talent already within the system.
“We’re entering a very important time for the organization’s history,” Katz says. “We are in this for the long haul and over the long haul I really like what I see. We have a great young core with a lot more talent coming along.”
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
• In addition to the Maple Leafs, Oilers and Hurricanes, some teams will look at the Olympic break to decide if they are buyers or sellers at the deadline on the first Wednesday in March. One manager told me the magic number is 10. That’s 10 points out of 8th spot. And when you consider that means that a team that is 10 down would probably have to go 15-5 in its last 20 games to have a chance. Do the math, by Valentines Day the list of teams down by double digits might be prove to make the trade deadline day a wild day indeed.
• Interesting to note that replacement players for Olympic teams can only happened based on a list that was given last year to WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). The list has to be very extensive, in order to cover any issue. It is so large, I’m told, the Canadian list includes Guy Lafleur. You also have to wonder, with all the public funding that the three levels of government are putting into the Games, why the list isn’t made public… ever!
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from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,
Are you ready, Chicago? Are you ready, world? Kane appeals to all ages, gossipy old nags that like sniffing the scandal sheets and bright-eyed girls and boys who can relate to a fella that’s part Huckleberry Finn, part Eminem, part Joe Namath, part Denis Savard, and pretty much three-quarters Bobby Hull, except for the hair. All live wire.
Kid Galahad could be the belle of this ball, because he so enjoys scrambling those letters to read KID HAD-A-GAL or simply KID GALA, a rollicking roustabout coming straight to your stage and the wide, wide world of sports (I know, I’m mixing networks) from Al Capone’s rootin’-tootin’ hometown, which is still how much of the world identifies Chicago….
Team USA’s Olympic opener is a 12 p. m. puck drop in Vancouver, so Kane still has time to gather the girl scout troop for a Monday night reprise in the party limo, get John Madden and Kris Versteeg on the laptop webcam, try reverse-role playing and have the gals be the ones that take off their shirts this time round for the paparazzi shoot, roast them a few marshmallows, drown them with Jagermeister shooters for the international spirit, park at Lover’s Leap in Stanley Park for belated Valentine canoodling under the moonlight and hit the hay without the need of a police escort to help him say his evening prayers.
“I saw my helmet after it happened and it was pretty weird to see. You can actually see the imprint of the puck on it, but thankfully it didn’t crack. I don’t expect this to effect me. I’ve blocked a lot of shots in my career and a lot of them hurt. Whenever any of us step onto the ice there is a possibility of something like this happening. I might change my technique a bit, but I’ll still keep doing my job.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The Devils decided not to practice today and had the players work out off the ice today. Both Zach Parise and Bryce Salvador were there and said they plan to play in Friday night’s game against Nasvhille….
Parise said he thinks his “upper-body injury” had “something to do with Monday”—meaning Monday’s 3-2 loss in Philadelphia. Kimmo Timonen did pick up a boarding penalty for hittting Parise late in that game, but there was nothing obvious wrong with him afterward and he was able to practice on Tuesday afternoon.
“When I woke up yesterday morning I wasn’t feeling right at all,” he said.
via a tweet from Frank Seravalli,
Ray Emery will be out of action for 3 weeks as a precautionary measure with his hip, according to Paul Holmgren.
So basically, he could only miss one week of NHL action.
from Kevin Weekes of CBC,
After broadcasting the Oilers-Avalanche game this past Saturday night, like most of you, I was amazed at the amount of great young talent Colorado had on display.
The real magic or the Caramilk secret to their upstart success this year and in years past starts, but doesn’t end, at the draft table.
Many teams draft players but the hands on the developmental process ends there or somewhere thereafter. They don’t always invest all of their resources into every young player they draft or acquire and this is failing these kids and the organization. It’s very small-minded thinking for sure.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
I was unsure how best to contact Mr. Trevor Daley, so I thought I’d send you this in hopes of forwarding this to him and the Dallas Stars management.
I am a Blackhawk season ticket holder and avid fan and along with my son attended tonight’s’ game with the Stars. At the start of the 2nd period, Trevor Daley and 3 Blackhawks skated into the boards and a pane came undone which “grazed” a little boy sitting in the front row. While the maintenance crew raced out to fix it, all 3 Hawks gathered at the circle. TREVOR DALEY was the only one who stayed and asked if the boy was alright. The boy was uninjured but scared. TREVOR DALEY leaned over, ...and GAVE HIM HIS STICK!!
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
As much as head coach Brent Sutter has instilled into his team they must be able to win those low-scoring, one-goal affairs, he can’t seem to get them to believe they can skate to larger margins of victory.
At least they don’t seem capable of doing that lately — unless they’re playing bottom feeders such as Edmonton or Carolina.
Calgary has been held to two or fewer goals in 14 of its last 18 games. Two of the exceptions in that stretch were the one-sided victories against the Hurricanes and Oilers.
Unless they turn that trend around in a hurry, the Flames will most likely end up on the outside looking in come playoff time.
Somehow, they have to more often break through the ceiling of two-goals-per-game.
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