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from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,
Vesa Toskala says he’s “comfortable” playing the rest of the season. Of course, when he was losing 7-1 to Washington and platooning with Andrew Raycroft he said he was “comfortable” too. He leaves the impression someone could put him on a bed of nails and, if there was a reporter around, he’d give him a bemused grin and insist that he was, indeed, “comfortable.”
So, we’ll bite: Just how does a team keep its comfort zone when it can win three like Toronto did in January and move all the way up to 13th. Or beat Detroit, Montreal and Ottawa, and not gain an inch?
from Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch,
With the NHL trade deadline a week away, the decision whether to buy or sell rests not only in the mind of Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson, but in the mail of season ticket-holders.
The 2008-09 ticket renewal packages arrived at homes and businesses the past few days. It will be interesting to see if they are immediately returned with a renewal check, are held for a few weeks to see whether the Jackets strengthen the roster through trades—either to add talent now in hopes of making the playoffs or to slash payroll so they can afford to bring in better players in the offseason—or are burned in protest.
from Slap Shot at the NY Times,
What’s the lead item on the agenda this year from the same men who brought you penalty-shot contests, the trapezoid, and the guaranteed point?
Why, the one-minute penalty!
Three guesses as to who cooked that one up — ah, but you’ve guessed already. Of course you’re right, it’s Brian Burke, GM of the Anaheim Ducks. His take on the proposed rule: “One-minute penalties in overtime just makes so much sense.” Vintage Burke.
Nick Lidstrom was hit by Ian Laperriere around the five minute mark in the first period. Versus is reporting a knee injury, no report from Detroit radio.
He was groggy when he left the ice and was escorted to the lockerroom.
This is a pretty hot topic in the KK chatroom right now.
added 9:07pm, According to Wings radio, slight knee injury to Lidstrom.
added 9:33pm, as updates come in, they’ll be added on this post at A2Y
From Mark Whicker at the OC Register,
[Ryan] Carter joins Dustin Penner, Andy McDonald, Chris Kunitz and Ryan Shannon among non-drafted college players that [assistant GM David] McNab spotted and signed.
“We were motivated because we were afraid he would explode the next season and be one of the very best players in college hockey,” McNab said.
“It’s something we used to have success with, before the salary cap came, because you could spend a million or a couple of million on a guy that you really liked. Not every team believed in that sort of investment. But now, with the cap being tighter, the salaries for those players have gone down and more teams are getting involved. So it’s harder now.”
more… primarily looking at the rise of Ryan Carter
from Scott Morrison of CBC,
Here is the latest trade scuttlebutt:
Marion Hossa: Thrashers general manager Don Waddell admits he has three options with Hossa, a pending unrestricted free agent.
1. Sign him. “The odds of that are getting slimmer,” said Waddell.
2. Trade him. “We’re not interested in draft picks, that can be part of the puzzle, but our future is now and we think we can win our division,” continued Waddell.
3. Keep him. “We could keep him and take a run at the playoffs, but the odds of dealing him before July 1 aren’t good,” said Waddell. “We could possibly sign him later if we had success, that might change things because with him it’s all about whether we are winning.”
Conclusion. Waddell will trade him and several teams are lining up. Montreal is interested and Christopher Higgins name has been mentioned. San Jose has inquired, but the asking price included Jonathan Cheechoo. Detroit is very hot on Hossa. Anaheim and Dallas are also in the hunt.
added 5:16pm, from the CP,
from Lightning Strikes,
Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier said he knows all about the rumor that came out of a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast that said he was tired of playing in a small market and would asked to be traded to perhaps New York, Los Angeles or, surprise, his hometown of Montreal.
Lecavalier said he was called by his agent, who asked Lecavalier if he wanted him to “do something about’’ the story. But Lecavalier said he would rather the rumor die of its own weight. Lecavalier reiterated he is not looking to be anywhere else.
“There was a time when I thought the grass was greener somewhere else,’’ Lecavalier has said of his trade request in 2001 amidst much rancor with coach John Tortorella that almost got him moved the the Maple Leafs, “but it’s not.’‘
From the Windsor Spitfires,
The Windsor Spitfire family sadly announces the passing of team captain Mickey Renaud at approximately Noon today.
“Windsor Spitfire Captain Mickey Renaud suddenly collapsed at his Tecumseh home and was transported to Windsor Regional Hospital with absent vital signs. All attempts were made at resuscitation and were unsuccessful at the emergency room,” commented Windsor Spitfires Team Physican Dr. Roy Diklich.
“This is the biggest tragedy in Spitfire history. Words alone cannot describe our pain at this time,” said Windsor Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel.
*Renaud was a 5th round draft pick for the Calgary Flames in 2007
added 4:25pm, The Calgary Flames have issued the following statement,
It is with sadness and deep regret that we share the news of the passing of Flames prospect and Windsor Spitfires team captain, Mickey Renaud. Mickey died suddenly this morning at his home in Tecumseh, Ontario.
The Calgary Flames pass along our condolences to the Renaud family, Mickey’s father Mark, mother Jane, sister Penny and brother Remy. Additionally, we express our deepest sympathy to the entire Windsor Spitfires organization; Mickey’s teammates, coaches and staff.
CALGARY FLAMES HOCKEY CLUB
added 6:20pm ET, More on Renaud’s short career from the CP.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
A new name surfaced among the NHL players available before the trading deadline next week — Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brad Richards.
According to a league source, Lightning general manager Jay Feaster was the busiest among his fellow GMs after they arrived here for their annual winter meetings on Sunday night. Feaster was known to be shopping a list of players but until Sunday night when he started shopping him around, Richards was not known to be on it.
From Anthony J. SanFilippo at Comcast Sportsnet,
In case you were wondering, now is the perfect time to panic.
The Flyers, losers of seven straight, are in a colossal free fall and are in danger of missing the playoffs.
That’s unbelievable when you think about it, because two weeks ago the conversation around the club was about the prospect of finishing with the best record in the conference.
continued… with a list of everything that’s going wrong
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