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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Flyers winger Simon Gagne is finished for the regular season and the playoffs.
That is the advice of concussion specialist James Kelly, who examined Gagne today in Denver.
The Flyers’ left wing has suffered three concussions in five months. General manager Paul Holmgren expressed “disappointment” but said the club would agree to shut Gagne down.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
How GMs handle of the pressure of the unknown between now and then will say a lot about the future of their respective teams, not just come playoff time but moving forward.
One GM told ESPN.com Wednesday there are always competing interests regarding whether to make a deal early and miss out on something better, or wait too long and miss out on something you really needed. He said the key is to know what you want to do and not stray from that.
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Mathieu Schneider of the Ducks will carry an interesting streak into Wednesday night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center. The veteran defenseman has finished each of his past 26 games with a plus or even plus-minus mark.
Schneider’s streak is the longest active run in the NHL and only four games shy of the longest such streak in the league this season, established by defenseman Glen Wesley of the Carolina Hurricanes from Oct. 3-Dec. 8. While Wesley was plus-8 over that stretch, Schneider is plus-15 over his past 26 games.
From Richie Whitt at the Dallas Observer,
Admittedly stripped to a die-hard, bare-bones fan base after years of late-season flirtation begetting only playoff headaches, the Stars are at it again. Quietly, efficiently producing successful hockey that begs to be noticed. But for the most part playing to a city that doesn’t give a damn. [...]
“We’re down to the core,” says Stars president Jeff Cogen, charged with regenerating a hockey buzz in our disappointed, disjointed sports town. “It’s not ‘Woe is me.’ It’s just that, compared to who we once were we’ve fallen off quite a bit. We admit that, and we’re reacting to it to get those fans back.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL’s 30 general managers ended their annual winter meetings Wednesday by singing from the same song sheet with apologies to Nilsson: “Everybody’s talking at me but I don’t hear a word they’re sayin’.”
There were one or two things that were advanced on the official agenda, such as introducing a one-minute penalty in overtime for experimentation by the American Hockey League next season, but trade talks dominated the sessions, since the NHL’s trade deadline arrives next Tuesday.
The names flying about were mostly the same all week — Mats Sundin, Marian Hossa, Brian Campbell, Brad Richards, Dan Boyle, Vinny Prospal and Ollie Jokinen with Alex Tanguay and Michael Ryder being late arrivals.
Update 3:15pm ET— From the CP via TSN:
No, there weren’t any significant moves made, but when the big trades are pulled off before Tuesday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, the roots will be found in their time in Naples.
“It goes from kicking tires to sketching and we’ll see where we are when we go home,” said Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi.
from Russo’s Rants,
Columbus has two centers available — 38-year-old Sergei Fedorov and 33-year-old Michael Peca. Fedorov is the guy I have a feeling the Wild is eyeing. I know his age might scare many of you, but I watch Columbus a lot, and there’s no doubt he can still play.
He’s also a very quality defensive player, so that fits into Minnesota Wild hockey, and he’s got 162 games worth of playoff hockey experience.
If the Wild is looking at defensemen, there’s Adam Foote and Ron Hainsey as potential guys to be dealt in Columbus….
To get Jokinen, the Wild would likely have to give up at least one core piece, possibly a guy like Pierre-Marc Bouchard — a player who’s a potential restricted free agent who’s one year from being unrestricted.
From John Glennon’s blog at The Tennessean,
Over the past couple of months, the Predators have signed David Legwand to a six-year contract, Jordin Tootoo to a two-year contract and forward J.P. Dumont to a four-year contract. It’s time to show a little commitment to the organization’s coaches and scouting staff as well.
Predators general manager David Poile has already said new contracts are in the works for Barry Trotz and company, but it’s not clear yet what length the deals will be. The coaches have become accustomed to working on one-year pacts (they’re doing it again this season), but they deserve a little more security.
from Thrashers Blog,
...But the most interesting thing from my conversation with Waddell is in regards to Hossa. He continues to say that keeping Hossa is a viable option, especially considering the offers he’s getting in Naples. He’s standing firm on his stance that he wants a player back who can help the Thrashers win games this year. He hasn’t mentioned specific players, but some of the names we discussed yesterday seem like a good place to start: Jonathan Cheechoo, Valtteri Filppula and you can add Chris Higgins to that list.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Speaking of the Lightning – a retired NHLer and one-time assistant coach weighed in Tuesday on the Bolts’ need for a coaching change.
“It’s clear that team has stopped listening to (John) Tortorella,” the former player, who asked that his name not be used, told THN.com. “And that’s not saying Torts has forgotten how to coach. But guys who use his (hard-edged) style only have a limited shelf life….”
more and Richards talk too…
fromMike Brophy of the Hockey News,
Last year, Detroit made it to the conference final, but lost to Anaheim in six games. With all the Red Wings are going through at the moment, you almost wonder if they aren’t poised for another playoff disappointment after yet another great regular season. Or will the past couple of weeks just amount to a blip on the screen when all is said and done?
The Red Wings have a tough road ahead of them. If they were playing in the East they could forfeit their next 10 games and still win the conference title. But the West is a whole different kettle of fish. This post-season, once again, promises to be a knock ’em down, drag ’em out affair with any of the eight playoff teams having a legitimate shot at advancing to the Stanley Cup final.
So even when the Red Wings get back on track, they still have a huge mountain to climb.
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