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According to the Calgary Herald, Swedish club Vasteras was under the assumption that Backlund would rejoin them after the World Junior Hockey Championship.
‘‘Mikael Backlund has not been given permission to play for another club,’’ Vasteras official Anders Eklund told the Swedish media. ‘‘There is nothing in his agreement with us that allows him to play for a club in North America and we don’t think it’s right that he did this without communicating with us.
‘‘We are very disappointed in Backlund’s conduct in this case and do not think he acted honestly.’
Backlund suited up for the Calgary Flames last week. Read on.
Update 3:05pm ET: Here’s the original report in the Calgary Herald.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog,
Netminder Manny Fernandez remained out of uniform with what head coach Claude Julien referrred to as a ‘‘minor issue.’‘
‘‘We thought it could be resolved by today, but it wasn’t,’’ said Julien, who had Tuukka Rask filling Fernandez’ backup role on Saturday.
When asked if that meant the goalie was injured, Julien answered in the affirmative.
As the coach’s media session broke up, and reporters lightheartedly talked about clarifying the ‘‘minor thing’‘, Julien said, ‘‘I’m trying to stickhandle here, guys, and I am not good at it.’‘
Who knows what any of it means?
continued and do remember, Fernandez is UFA July 1st.
“It’s not a very good situation if you are talking about making the playoffs,” said general manager Bryan Murray on Monday. “I’m worried about winning tomorrow night and that’s at this stage of the year, the way we are playing or winning or losing - that’s what we have to worry about. We’re not in very good position for a playoff spot to be realistic. I think we can win some hockey games in the near future, I’m hoping, get some confidence back in this club and get rid of the frustration for all of us.”
And Murray, whose team is already 19 months removed from its trip to the Stanley Cup Final, knows that there is pressure on him to make big changes.
“I’ve been told by [Lightning GM] Brian Lawton that they are not actively shopping Vinny. They have received phone calls [from other teams] because people are hearing about the team maybe being in financial distress. But I was told they are not actively looking to move him.”
-Kent Hughes, player agent for Vincent Lecavalier. More on this topic from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
added 4:54pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
At some point, the folks in Tampa are going to have to get on the same page for a trade to occur, but that becomes a lot easier and much more manageable if the following happens: Vinny Lecavalier tells them he would just as soon move on.
Sources say that is precisely the type of soul searching that is going on now for the Lightning captain.
NEW YORK (Jan. 12, 2009)—Colorado Avalanche left wing Wojtek Wolski, Anaheim Ducks right wing Bobby Ryan and Florida Panthers center Gregory Campbell have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 11.
from Greg Couch of the Chicago Sun-Times,
See Patrick Kane get a little uppity because someone checked him or elbowed him in the throat. Or smacked him in the head. See the Blackhawks learn how to go through their first little slump. See other teams testing the Hawks, hitting them in the mouth and into the boards to let them know that they’re not kings yet.
Truth is, the Hawks aren’t even grown up yet. We’re still in the early learning stages. They are the one bit of fresh air in Chicago sports now, what with the Bulls collapsing and Lovie Smith trying to figure out whom he can blame for his Bears.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Rick Nash on Injured Reserve retroactive to January 6 and recalled forward Derek MacKenzie from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The big talk around the NHL’s water cooler right now is trade speculation surrounding Vincent Lecavalier.
There is a tug of war going on in the Lightning’s front office - some want the club to trade him and some don’t want him to be traded.
So general manager Brian Lawton’s job right now is to go out and collect information - collect the type of value you would expect in return for Lecavalier. And the Lightning’s expectations are extraordinarily high.
This is a player with an $85 million contract extension, so what does the team expect in return?
from Robin Brownlee at MetroNews,
Of all the questionable decisions the Edmonton Oilers have made with players this season, the handling of Gilbert Brule ranks up there in terms of head-scratchers.
Brule played his 152nd NHL game against St. Louis last night, meaning he is just eight games from having to clear waivers to move between Edmonton’s roster and the minors.
You’d think, seeing as Edmonton traded Raffi Torres to Columbus to get the talented speedster, there’d be some sense of urgency in wanting to assess Brule before that 160-game mark to see if he’s in the plans.
But there was Brule last night, stuck on the fourth line with Kyle Brodziak and Steve MacIntyre while Liam Reddox played alongside Dustin Penner and Shawn Horcoff.
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Penguins (20-19-4, 44 points) probably need to earn at least 60 percent of their remaining available points to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
They’ve earned only 51 percent through 43 games.
“We need to pick it up,” defenseman Ryan Whitney said before losses last week at Nashville and Colorado. “We needed to pick it up a while ago.”
They haven’t, of course, hence their status as one of the NHL’s worst teams for going on about two months.
Some of their putrid statistics from their 8-15-1 stretch dating to Nov. 22:
• 15.5 percent on the power play (16-for-103).
• 76.4 percent on the penalty kill (81-of-106).
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