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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• Take this to the bank: the next outdoor game on New Year’s Day 2010 will be at the brand new Yankee Stadium with the New York Rangers on the bill.
If the league’s smart, they will get Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals as the other headliners. It might be an idea for NBC and the curious audience in the U.S. to lobby for the game’s most exciting player, don’t you think?
“You never see him on Versus (U.S. once a week) or not very often on Hockey Night in Canada. That’s unfortunate,” said Dallas Stars’ Mike Modano, who’s a big fan.
• Sources say Crosby misses Ryan Malone and Jarkko Ruuttu to look after the talking in the Pittsburgh room while he leads on the ice, and he’s more upset about the Penguins not signing Marian Hossa than he’s letting on.
• Sergei Zubov’s hip surgery scuttles any plans Bob Gainey had of maybe trying to get the defenceman at the trade deadline from his old employers, the Dallas Stars, to work the point. Gainey’s plan B might be Scott Niedermayer, who’s on the last year of his contract in Anaheim, but that would mean the Ducks are in sell-off mode.
much more hockey talk…
A nice day to sit back and watch our game on the tube.
A great game to watch could be Calgary vs. Chicago. The Flames will be shooting for their sixth straight win while Chicago tries to end a two game losing streak. The Calgary Herald looks at the matchup.
Head Coach Michel Therrien speaks with reporters following the Penguins’ 6-1 loss to Florida.
via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• How long before Pat Quinn is coaching or managing the Ottawa Senators? Or both?
• The more the Leafs play Curtis Joseph in goal, the better chance they’ll have of being in the lottery for John Tavares.
• The next month or two of hockey should be fascinating, watching to see what Brian Burke gets in return for Tomas Kaberle, Pavel Kubina and Nik Antropov, three valuable pieces of playoff fodder.
• Word is around that the Vancouver Canucks plan to take a run at Antropov to play alongside Mats Sundin.
Spector’s Hockey has all the latest NHL rumors too…
“It’s time for us to start playing with a little smack, we played well, we competed, we battled. It was the most complete team game we’ve had in a while. It’s something we can enjoy tonight before we get moving forward.”
-Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller after defeating the Boston Bruins yesterday. More on the Sabres from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News.
from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
These days, it is quite all right to play like Poo.
Or Gags. Or Struds. Or Cogs. Or any of the Edmonton Oilers who are obviously more imaginative on the ice than off it.
“You have to earn nicknames. You can’t just come in and say, ‘I want to be called Hercules,’ ” said Jason Strudwick, better known as Struds to his teammates and coaches.
So, what of Horc and Roli, if that is the sole criteria? They have been around longer than Pens and Storts but still haven’t been given punchier handles, which is something most of the players need, particularly Marc Pouliot.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Way too much talent in that Penguins lineup for them to struggle so mightily on the power play, in part why they called a players-only meeting after the Bruins rubbed them out at the Igloo Dec. 30. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are among the two best young forwards in the game, and they can’t get the job done on the power play? Clearly, they miss Sergei Gonchar (shoulder), who has been out all year. But some of it is coaching, and Michel Therrien has always been a bit of a strange fit there, even when they made their run to the Cup finals last spring.
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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
“This should have been a game you jump into with both feet and scratch and claw with everything you have,” Tippett said of a battle against the slumping Oilers. “But in the first 10 minutes, we played on the fringes, we gave up two bad goals, we made mistakes in our own end, and that’s not the way to start a game like this.”
“The most disheartening thing is this was pretty much a playoff game, and we didn’t play like it was,” said forward Steve Ott. “They came out like it was a playoff game, and we didn’t. We have to realize that these are four point games, and we’re not the ones getting the four points.”
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,
Alexander Semin engaged in his first career fight tonight with Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, who had two small scratches under his right eye after the encounter. And for those of you who weren’t watching the game, check out the first video. Descriptions of Semin’s punches toward the end of the fight ranged from him playing the bongos to him looking like Energizer Bunny beating a drum….
go watch the video…
added 9:13am, On Frozen Blog comes up with the perfect Headline- “Alexander Semin Fights Scut Farkus”. Visit OFB to see the comparison.
via Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
Could some members of the Maple Leafs be fitted for a new jacket of the blue variety?
The Columbus Blue Jackets have had scouts shadowing several teams lately, and had two at the game Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre between the Leafs and Buffalo Sabres.
Nik Antropov and defenceman Pavel Kubina are said to interest Jackets general manager Scott Howson. And you have to figure Leafs GM Brian Burke, now just over a month on the job, is dying to make a deal. Burke apparently has told the Jackets that he gladly will move players with contracts to get draft picks in return.
Columbus also has a big interest in New York Islanders centre Doug Weight, who said last week he does not want to be a rental again.
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