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Paul Maurice when asked what he said to the team after the Leafs 6-1 loss to the Rangers last night, via the Toronto Sun,
“Some things you should keep to yourself,” Maurice said. “That’s a tough game to sit through when you are beaten that bad that early. Our penalty killers were dragging their butts (because they were on the ice so often). It doesn’t matter (about the skewed number of minor penalties). We’re not blaming anybody else for this.”
more on the game and the Leafs…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
• Sources say Caps GM George McPhee “insulted” Ovechkin by offering a five-year, $37.5-million (all terms US) deal. Ovechkin thumbed his nose at the offer.
• Talk won’t go away that the Rangers will trade RW Jaromir Jagr.
• The talk is the Flames are having a tough time re-signing D Dion Phaneuf.
read on about all the talk...
via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Veteran forward Gary Roberts left the game between the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres at Mellon Arena tonight after a collision with Buffalo forward Tim Connolly during the second period.
Roberts was diagnosed by team doctors with a broken left fibula, and it is unknown how much time he will miss. Roberts will be re-evaluated by team doctors in the coming days.
from the Tampa Tribune,
“He needs to play and hopefully he performs real well and as I told him, we’ll give him every opportunity to get back to the NHL in the context of re-entry waivers,” Feaster said. “At $1.4 million this year and $1.5 million next year, that’s a very reasonable contract for an NHL goaltender so if he can get back on top of his game, then I think he stands a real good opportunity to have somebody show interest in him.”
Feaster said Denis has come up in conversations with other general managers around the league.
“I’ve had general managers say our guys really liked him and our guys don’t understand his numbers right now so from that standpoint clearly there are teams who recognize that he’s an NHL goaltender and he played and had that success and he’s not been able to have that success here,” Feaster said.
A few Panthers had some fun today at practice…
from On Frozen Pond,
In net: Jozef Stumpel. On offense: Tomas Vokoun.
While Vokoun and Stumpel traded equipment and assignments, Rostislav Olesz kept feeding the puck and trying to get shots past Stumpel. Vokoun also tried defending Olesz on a breakaway, one time flipping on Olesz’s first move. Fun stuff after a pretty hard practice.
Watch the video…
BUFFALO (Dec. 29, 2007) – To ify any advantages or adversities created by weather conditions at Ralph Wilson Stadium during Tuesday’s AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic, the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins will switch ends halfway through the third period – ensuring each team would spend the equivalent number of minutes attacking or defending each goal, the National Hockey League announced today.
If necessary, a five-minute overtime period also would be divided in half, with the teams switching ends after 2:30 of play.
Should a shootout be needed, each goaltender would be given the option of determining which goal to defend. Thus it is possible that both teams would shoot at the same goal. Once a goaltender has chosen the goal he wants to defend, he must defend that goal for every round of the shootout.
The League also announced that length of intermissions between – and timeouts during – periods may be subject to modification depending on weather and ice conditions, as may be determined by the Game Officials and/or Commissioner Gary Bettman, in consultation with representatives of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
The Blackhawks have placed Sergei Samsonov on waivers
Nash, with anti-inflammatory medicine coursing through his veins, is expected to play tonight when the Blue Jackets face the Carolina Hurricanes in Nationwide Arena.
“I couldn’t swallow my own spit,” said Nash, who missed two games. “It’s hard to breathe, so you don’t have a lot of energy. You can’t do much. You can’t drink or eat because it hurts.”
more on the Blue Jackets at the Columbus Dispatch.
from the Tennessean,
In a recent poll of NHL executives, coaches, players and media, only one Predator earned mention among the 22 categories.
It wasn’t team captain Jason Arnott, slick scorer Alexander Radulov or promising defenseman Shea Weber.
Instead, it was 19-year veteran Martin Gelinas, who finished second in this category: nicest player.
The NHL action starts early today, with a 1:00pm ET game between the Flyers and Lightning. Then at 3:00pm ET, the Kings take on the Avalanche.
Games resume at 7:00pm ET… Check out the NHL schedule for more information including all the regional carriers.
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