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The video tells story in last night’s Flames/Coyotes game.
from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
The fact Smyth’s brains got scrambled in the second period was reason enough for Colorado teammate Ian Laperriere to seek out Johnson to inflict some vigilante justice.
“I did what I had to do,” said Laperriere, who admitted he was only following the code of hockey. “I told (Johnson) at some point he was going to have to fight someone.”
But although both men put up their dukes later in the game, the fight never erupted, because L.A. veteran Rob Blake stepped in and made peace before the first punch.
And true to the caveman logic that rules the NHL, Blake was promptly given a two-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
From the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the team has signed forward Brad Boyes to a long term contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Getting Brad signed was one of our top priorities this season,” said Davidson. “We are counting on him to be an integral part of our offense for years to come.”
Update 2:02am ET: From the CP via TSN,
Brad Boyes, among the NHL leaders with 32 goals, signed a new US$16-million, four-year contract with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
Jack Johnson of the Kings rode Ryan Smyth into the boards, and his head met the glass partition that starts at the end of the bench.
Smyth was out cold but did come to and he was talking while being strapped down to a body board.
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added 10:04pm, via TSN,
In the lockeroom after the hit, Smyth was conscious and walking. He was being taken to hospital for tests.
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from the Calgary Herald,
As was the norm in those days, the clunkiest skater on the squad was handed lumpy leather pads, a battered blocker and a tattered trapper, and pointed toward the net.
“I had a passion to score goals,” said Joseph, “but I wanted to be on the team also. So there was a little give and take there.”
Give and take as in Joseph gave up on his dream of being a scorer and took the opening given him. Progress was slow for the neophyte netminder.
According to Red Wings Corner, Hasek will start tomorrow in Buffalo and Rafalski will travel but not play.
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
The Pittsburgh Penguins, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks opted to go for it now, swinging deals to pick up three big-time players who hit the market in Marian Hossa, Brad Richards and Brian Campbell.
Other clubs took a more low-key approach. The Philadelphia Flyers didn’t want to sacrifice a young player like Jeff Carter for a short-term run. Ditto the Detroit Red Wings, who augmented a strong lineup with veteran defenseman Brad Stuart. Ditto the New Jersey Devils, who kept their core intact while adding a dependable defenseman in Bryce Salvador, but not the big scorer some had been wanting.
So, who’s right? Who is wrong? The answer will not be known in the short term, that’s for sure.
from Spector’s Blog at Fox Sports,
Malkin’s performance will likely merit him consideration for the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player. I still believe Alexander Ovechkin will win it, but Malkin’s performance means it’s no longer a sure thing.
It also puts pressure upon the Penguins management to lock up Malkin a year before he becomes a restricted free agent as they did with Crosby last summer, but like Crosby it’s gonna cost them, probably in the neighborhood of $8.5 million per season.
from the Daily-Herald,
So, earlier this week, Savard pulled out the markers, pulled out the big sheets of paper and went to work—a la “A Beautiful Mind,” devouring every last detail.
“I wrote everything,” he said. “I put all the six teams—Vancouver, Nashville, Colorado, St. Louis, Columbus and us. There’s two spots open. Not that we can’t get the sixth (spot) if Minnesota falls apart or somebody else does.
“Realistically, though, there’s two spots open for those six teams. You look at everybody’s schedule … Colorado has to play Vancouver four times, Nashville’s on a six-game road trip, St. Louis has to go on a nine-game road trip … our schedule favors us.
“We have to win our games, no question, but we hope that Colorado or Vancouver—that one of them—sweeps those games and, if we win our games, we’ve got a shot.
from the Boston Herald,
Manny Fernandez skated for the first time since undergoing knee surgery Dec. 12. The goalie had struggled with the injury through November and December.
“It went really well,” Fernandez said. “It was just skates and gloves, shooting some pucks, doing laps. (Today) I’ll strap on some equipment and do the same stuff. We’ll take it a step at a time, every day get a little more stuff included. Next thing I know, I’ll be back on my knees again and going forward.”
GM Peter Chiarelli said recently he thought it was possible Fernandez could play in an NHL game before season’s end.
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