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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“It’s not really on my mind whether I’m going to be a free agent or not,” Jagr told The Post yesterday. “The only thing that bothers me is that even if I do become a free agent, I would like to continue playing next year in the NHL and in New York, no other place, but we have to do good this year because why keep someone around if they don’t do it?...”
from Lightning Strikes,
We already know the basic plot of the day after the Lightning’s bad loss on Jan. 15 to the Avalanche; the 8 a.m. skate and then the players-only video session that lasted two hours and forced the players to be accountable to each other. We also have heard from coach John Tortorella about how it wasn’t done to embarrass the players.
But in a meeting with reporters on Wednesday, Tortorella for the first time gave a few extra details about the players-only session, what was expected and what was accomplished, and why, perhaps, it was the starting point for a three-game winning streak.
from the AP via Yahoo,
(Larry) Quinn, the team’s managing partner, was both defiant and upbeat during a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. He had no time for excuses, blame or regret over questionable personnel decisions, injuries, and plain bad luck that have contributed to the Sabres’ free-fall - from first overall a year ago to the NHL’s near-worst.
“It’s been a tough stretch, and there’s no hiding that,” Quinn said. “But like I said to everybody, ‘We got here together and we’re going to get out of it together.’ And that’s all we can really do.”
Ilya Kovalchuk gets a one game suspension for his hit on Rozsival last night.
added 5:23pm, via TSN,
After the game Kovalchuk tried to explain the hit. “I just tried to finish my check, and he kind of turned right before I tried to hit him,” he said.
“He hit the boards; it wasn’t my [intention] to hurt him or anything,” added the 24-year-old. “It’s a contact sport. I wasn’t trying to kill anybody.”
added 5:27pm, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
“Personally, what I can’t judge is they see these every night in the room. I’m only looking at one circumstance. I don’t think it’s that bad, but they’re the ones that review it. They see it every night,” said Waddell when asked if he thought the NHL would suspend Kovalchuk. “He has no history at all, that all weighs in your favor.”
The AJC also reports Kovy received a fine.
Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas participated in a NHL conference call with the media today. His current record is 15-11-3 with one shutout, and his 2.38 GAA and .927 save percentage leads all NHL goaltenders.
Here is the transcript of the Q & A session.
Q. I think for a lot of us, you’re sort of the poster boy for determined belief in yourself. It’s been a long haul, and at one point there wasn’t room in the National Hockey League for you and now they have to make room for you in the All-Star Game. Can you talk about this whole long experience that you’ve gone through?
via Elias Sports Bureau,
Florida was outshot by Ottawa, 46-40, but the Panthers beat the Senators, 5-3, Tuesday. It was the first NHL game in which both teams had at least 40 shots on goal since March 6 last year, when the Flyers beat the Devils in overtime and outshot them, 44-41. It was the first non-overtime game in which both teams had at least 40 shots since Feb. 7, 2006, when the Panthers shut out the Capitals, 5-0, though Washington had a 44-40 edge in shots.
Kris Beech has been claimed off waivers by the Washington Capitals, reports CKNW radio in Vancouver.
Pierre McGuire was asked what he would want in return for Sundin, assuming he would agree to waive his no-trade clause.
“I want to get the best possible assets in exchange for Sundin,” McGuire said, and then he listed some “fantasyland” scenarios he would chase.
“From the Detroit Red Wings I want Niklas Kronwall, a shut-down defenceman, and a first round pick.
“If I’m dealing with the San Jose Sharks, I want Milan Michalek and a first round pick.
“If I’m dealing with Vancouver then I want Ryan Kesler, a great two-way centreman, and a first round pick.”
more...Wanting and getting are two different things.
...here comes the Big Line!
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy will miss the YoungStars Game at the NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta this weekend due to mononucleosis, it was announced Wednesday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. Kennedy will be sidelined for an indefinite period of time.
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