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Here’s a behind the scenes look at all the best sights and sounds from the NHL All-Star weekend.
from Rich Hammond of the OC Register,
Kings general manager Dean Lombardi talked to reporters about the decision to put Mike Richards on waivers. Here's what he said...
(on how Richards took the news…)
LOMBARDI: ``You can ask him. The process isn’t done, obviously, because he still has to clear tomorrow, so we’ll probably talk again tomorrow. I’m sure it’s not easy on anybody, but these are the tough decisions you’ve got to make.’’
(on not buying out the contract…)
LOMBARDI: ``We expect loyalty from our players, and I think it’s a two-way street. Under the circumstances, with what he had done for us, I thought he deserved a chance to get back to where he knows he’s capable of. That’s a hard balance. Obviously I thought about that a lot, but there’s the new-wave thing about there where players are commodities, and things like passion and loyalty are values that I thought made sports special. Commodities guys will tell you that doesn’t matter. Well that’s been a big part of the success of this team, I certainly believe. That’s kind of the way I came down on it. If you’re going to expect loyalty from your players, then you, at times, have to show loyalty to them....
added 3:50pm, Reports say Phaneuf was injured on Ottawa, perhaps in a fight. Watch below...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 26, 2015) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will suspend defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who missed today’s practice, for failure to report to the team on time following the NHL All-Star break.
“We anticipate Nikita joining the team at some point during this week’s western road trip,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray.
NEW YORK (Jan. 26, 2015) – Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen, Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 25.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
What to watch for
- Rangers rising: With the Pens ailing and the Blueshirts riding a three-game winning streak, New York has a chance to gain ground this week in the Metropolitan Division standings. Rick Nash is rolling with 28 goals -- he’s tied with the Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin for the league lead -- and it doesn't hurt that the Rangers play the next five games in New York, either.
- Toronto tailspin: Expect the level of hysteria and histrionics to only intensify if the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to stumble out of the All-Star break. A coaching change has yielded a more structured, defensively sound playing style under Peter Horachek, but that hasn't translated into wins as the Leafs are teetering dangerously close to falling off the proverbial cliff and missing out on the playoffs once again.
- Los Angeles Kings: Winners in just two of their last 10 games, the defending Stanley Cup champions are looking less and less like the team that we saw last spring. Discipline seems to be one issue that is apparent, with the Kings surrendering two power-play goals to the San Jose Sharks in their most recent loss before the break and a struggling penalty kill that ranks 25th in the league with a 77.8% success rate.
- Arizona Coyotes: Definitely a team that deserves a spot in the Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel conversation for the No. 1 overall draft pick, it’s a wonder that the fire sale has not yet begun for a downtrodden team that dropped six straight heading into this weekend’s festivities. How much further can the ‘Yotes slide down the standings? A five-game road trip coming up should give us a good idea.
TEAM TOEWS TRIUMPHS IN HIGHEST-SCORING NHL ALL-STAR GAME
Led by 3-3—6 from Jakub Voracek and four goals from John Tavares, Team Toews defeated Team Foligno 17-12 in the highest-scoring All-Star Game in NHL history.
* Team Toews’ 17 goals were the most ever by one team in an NHL All-Star Game, surpassing the record of 16 set by the Prince of Wales Conference in 1993.
So how about 3 1/2 minutes of slow motion action from the last week in the NHL?
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