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From TSN (and CP),
If the Carolina Hurricanes hope to make the playoffs, they will have to do so without their captain.
General Manager Jim Rutherford announced that the team will be without Rod Brind’Amour for four to six months after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during the first period of Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Following the game the Hurricanes announced that Brind’Amour would undergo reconstructive knee surgery.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The offense is just now starting to show signs of life, thanks mostly to Chris Drury’s recent spurt of productivity (he is still minus-11 and has just 18 goals after a career-best 37 a season ago).
The main issues confronting Sather are what to do about Jaromir Jagr and how to improve his average defense. One issue seems to naturally lead to another. Jagr is done in New York—that much seems clear. Once again, this isn’t about a mercurial star quitting, but a talented star (and captain) who has hit the wall. It is not a stretch to suggest Jagr’s departure would free up the rest of the forward contingent to be more productive; addition by subtraction, if you will.
from Thrashers Blog,
...Hossa said the chances of him signing an extension before the trade deadline are “very slim.” I imagine that’s the closest he’ll come to saying, there’s no way he signs before the deadline.
He still hasn’t ruled out signing with the Thrashers down the road, but he understands the ramifications of not doing it before the deadline. It puts the ball in Don Waddell’s court, because Waddell has been maintaining he’d like to sign Hossa to an extension before the deadline. It doesn’t look like that is going to happen.
added 6:45pm, from Blueland Blog,
If the Thrashers don’t trade Marian Hossa between now and Feb. 26 he’s still under contract for the remainder of this season and the team retains exclusive negotiating rights with Hossa up until July 1. A lot could happen between now and then. For example, Don Waddell could work his magic and pick up some key pieces at the deadline like he did last year.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Today is Valentine’s Day, anybody in the National Hockey League feeling the love?
Certainly not NHL general managers, who going into their upcoming meetings this weekend are pretty much obsessed with how best to handle relationships that are on the verge of falling apart.
from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,
Trading for prospects and draft picks can drastically improve your chances of making a Cup run in the future, so why settle for two or three playoff home games now when you could have upwards of 16 in the not-too-distant future?
So, to the teams that are likely thinking of buying in an effort to make the post-season (that’s you, Capitals, Sabres, Bruins, Rangers, Thrashers, Panthers, Islanders, Flames, Predators, Avalanche, Canucks, Blue Jackets, Coyotes and Blues):
Don’t do it. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is your year. Build for the future and, on Feb. 26, sell, sell, sell.
Howson confirmed Thursday morning he will be talking to Rick Curran either today or Friday about whether the Blue Jackets can afford to re-sign the team captain. Foote, 36, is an unrestricted free agent and is believed to be seeking a two- or three-year deal.
The general manager said he won’t need to talk to Foote again before discussing money with his agent. The Jackets have seven unrestricted free agents and Foote is the only one management is negotiating with, Howson said.
more on Columbus…
via the Detroit Free Press,
Quick update from practice: Wings coach Mike Babcock said defenseman Brian Rafalski would miss Friday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with a groin injury.
Babcock said he thought Kyle Quincey would be called up to replace Rafalski in the lineup.
via Red Wings Corner,
Pavel Datsyuk’s sense of humor doesn’t always come out in articles and TV interviews. But he is one clever guy.
I asked him once about his on-ice vision, trying to find out how many of the other nine players he is aware of when he’s passing.
“When you have the puck, how many people do you see?”
Without smiling, Datsyuk answered, “18,000”
He was joking ... wasn’t he?
From Bob McManaman at The Arizona Republic,
Rick Tocchet is calling himself an unlucky rabbit’s foot, noting that the Coyotes are 0-3 since his return behind the bench after a two-year suspension for his involvement in a gambling investigation.
Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky went golfing with Tocchet on Tuesday and said their golfing buddies are calling Tocchet something even worse.
“Schleprock. Bad Luck Schleprock,” Gretzky said, referring to a character in the Flintstones cartoon series.
But Gretzky is as thankful as anyone that Tocchet is back and serving on the Coyotes’ coaching staff again. Tocchet is not only an extra set of eyes in practices and games, but his personality helps the team.
from Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald,
While it’s believed Forsberg would prefer to sign with a team that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup right now—if he decides to even play again—the Hawks are in the picture because of their financial flexibility beyond this season.
Forsberg has told the Hawks he hopes to play for a few more years if he can skate on his gimpy feet and ankles, and it’s likely the deal Tallon has presented Forsberg is for at least two years past this one, perhaps in the neighborhood of $5 million a year.
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