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from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
The Blackhawks left the ice a little while ago following their morning skate in preparation for tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.
There may be a surprise return of injured star Martin Havlat. The winger, who has missed the last six games with a groin injury, said his groin is “getting better. We’ll see how it feels tonight and we’ll go from there. We’ll probably make a game-time decision.”
“I just want to be back playing hockey again,” Havlat added. “That’s my goal right now and help the team. It felt pretty good yesterday and today, I just didn’t get a real test during a practice but we’ll see how it goes.”
more on Chicago…
Spector not only points out all of the trade talk that is starting to heat up, but lets us know if it can or cannot be a feasible move.
from Chuck Gormley at the Courier-Post Online,
With the NHL trade deadline less than two months away, some high-profile players already are being mentioned in trade rumors as teams try to trade heavy contracts for prospects.
Two of the most intriguing names are Mats Sundin and Jaromir Jagr. Some believe Jagr would rather retire than leave New York and it’s unlikely the Rangers will move the struggling, but still dangerous, right wing.
But if the Leafs continue to struggle, Sundin could be placed on the blocks, if only as a three-month rental. The problem in Toronto is that John Ferguson, Jr., could be on the way out and trading Sundin almost certainly would hasten that decision.
Others scheduled to become UFAs after this season are forwards Daymond Langkow, Mike Comrie, Sean Avery, Krisitan Huselius, Ryan Malone, Markus Naslund, Mark Recchi and Michael Ryder and defensemen Wade Belak, Dan Boyle, Brian Campbell, and Wade Redden.
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from the Star Tribune,
Don’t expect any monumental Wild trades by the Feb. 26 deadline, especially if it means mortgaging any piece of the future just for the prayer of acquiring a player who could help Minnesota win a playoff round or two.
“None, guaranteed,” Wild General Manager Doug Risebrough said. “I think the perfect example of why I won’t do anything like that happened last year.”
Risebrough is referring to the New York Islanders trading for Ryan Smyth, the Atlanta Thrashers for Keith Tkachuk and the Nashville Predators for Peter Forsberg.
Net worth? Two playoff wins ... total.
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Has anyone noticed the Western Conference is 46-25-4 (W-L-OTL) against the Eastern Conference?
7 of the top 10 point leaders are from the East and 7 of the top goaltenders in GAA are from the West.
9 out of the 12 +/- leaders are from Ottawa and Detroit.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Sources across the gabby NHL contend that Regier isn’t the primary reason the Sabres have lost so many players in recent years. Add up all the talk behind the scenes, and you see a pattern that suggests his own bosses are his biggest obstruction. Basically, he’s made the right call on players, only to have his decisions vetoed.
Understandably, Regier wouldn’t touch the subject with surgical gloves when reached last week. There was a sense he had become so accustomed to accepting blame that he didn’t know how to react when it was directed toward owner Tom Golisano, managing partner Larry Quinn and, to a much lesser degree, chief bean counter Dan DiPofi.
“I’m the general manager,” Regier said. “It’s my job. You can put it all on me. It’s OK.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
“Whatever rules you put in, you can’t unteach coaches what they’ve learned (to stop guys from scoring),” said Shanahan, who, like most people, feels many coaches are so under the gun to win, they preach defence, defence, defence.
He can see where they’re coming from; that’s the most effective way to win games, but how exciting is it?
“I had a coach tell me at the summit (session in Toronto), every coach should have a guaranteed, minimum four-year contract so they’d coach the way the fans want them to coach. Right now, they’re all in survival mode. It (the coach’s idea) didn’t make it out of the meeting in our top 10 list (of things to do). It was 11, though,” joked Shanahan,...
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
His contract expires at the end of this season and if he wants to continue playing next season, it’ll likely be in his Russian homeland.
Where did it all go wrong for Samsonov, the NHL’s rookie of the year in 1997-98? It’s hard to believe there was actually a time when people thought the Bruins lucked out at getting him eighth overall in 1997 at a time when first overall pick Thornton was stumbling out of the gate.
Samsonov outpointed Thornton 47 to seven that first season and 143 to 108 their first three seasons. It wasn’t until their sixth year in the league that Thornton passed the injured Samsonov in points.
Samsonov went scoreless in 23 games with Chicago this season.
from the Toronto Sun,
“It’s more than just the power plays (not producing),” said Sundin, after the Leafs scored on one of six.
“It’s a fine line in this league between winning and losing and we’re consistently shooting ourselves in the foot. The good hockey teams in this league aren’t that much better than us. The difference is that we have to be smarter.”...
“Tonight?” Sundin said. “It has been a bad theme we keep repeating. We played a good game. We put ourselves in a position to win and looking back there are 10, 15 games where we’ve played well ... or come back ... but in the end we don’t know how to win.”
more on Sundin and the Leafs…
Steve Downie with a cheapshot on Jason Blake.
Make sure to watch the complete video, comments from Don Cherry and Paul Maurice at the end.
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