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“Athletes are no different than anything else. Sometimes you have bad days and kids walk away saying, ‘It wasn’t as great as I thought it was going to be.
“For me, every time I look at the picture I always have the same thoughts. He couldn’t have been nicer, better or bigger when I met him than I thought he was going to be. Every time I look at the picture or sign the picture, it’s nothing but great memories.”
-Wayne Gretzky on meeting and taking the now famous picture with Gordie Howe. More from Gretzky on Gordie Howe by Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the StarPhoenix.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On the surface, the Kings appeared to be in adequate spirits despite the drop-off in the standings. They’re aware of the situation they’re in. They’re frustrated, even if they aren’t always demonstratively so when speaking with reporters during off-day practice sessions.
But deeper down, given the seven wins in 25 games during the dog days of what was supposed to be a legitimate defense to their second title in three years, there’s clearly a simmering umbrage towards the season’s direction in what has been a cruel calendar year of 2015.
“I hear you people say it all the time,” General Manager Dean Lombardi said. “You don’t even have to be the general manager or coach to get a feel for a room, right? And you guys have been around long enough, and you can sense it. It’s weird. But you know what? It’s not weird, because 50 years from now with these brain scans and understanding of neutrinos, we’re going to find out that there is a scientific basis for that innate feeling we get that we can’t explain.”
Neutrinos aside, that innate feeling has been with Lombardi for a long time – even since the club’s six-game winning streak in October.
“Let’s get real here, this has been going on all year,” he said. “We’d show signs, like Chicago we played well. We played well in Boston, and it looks like we’re coming, and then we get this. This has been a year-long thing. This whole ‘flick switch’ thing is the kiss of death if you look at history. The only difference now is you’re in February, right, but in reality you’re seeing the same things.”
via the CP at the Times-Colonist,
Kane's agent, Craig Oster, said the forward considered undergoing surgery last summer but decided to rehabilitate the injury instead. When Kane missed practice Thursday, Maurice said the winger was seeing team doctors for an undisclosed ailment that has bothered him all season.
Reports initially indicated Kane was benched because he broke the team's dress code by wearing a track suit instead of a suit to a team meeting.
"The decision to have surgery ... is based simply on health reasons, nothing more," Oster told The Canadian Press in a phone interview.
The benching only heightened speculation about Kane's long-term future with the club. A source confirmed to The Canadian Press that Kane had a run-in with teammates the day of the Vancouver game that included Dustin Byfuglien throwing Kane's track suit into the shower.
"The event itself — I think there's been a terrible amount of speculation and rumours in terms of what may or did happen," Oster said. "I don't know the facts. I don't know that anybody really knows all of the facts so I really don't have anything to comment (on) because I refuse to speculate about it."...
Kane hasn't asked for a trade, Oster said.
"He continues to be a Winnipeg Jet and will be until his contract expires or until he's traded," Oster said.
NEW YORK, February 6, 2015 – Henrik Lundqvist suffered a vascular injury on Saturday. We have been conferring with leading medical experts to ensure the best possible care. Henrik will remain sidelined at least three weeks, until he is revaluated and we have completed the process of conferring with the medical experts.
Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington when asked if Mike Green would take a discount to stay in Washington...
I have seen veteran players agree to take “hometown discounts” over the years and there is no question Green wants to stay in Washington. But how much of a discount are we talking? Green is making $6.1 million this season and there is no doubt in my mind someone will pay him very close to that, if not more, on the open market. Orpik [$5.5 million] and Niskanen [$5.75 million] take up a big chunk of the Caps’ spending on the blue line and I’m guessing the Caps would like to keep Green in the $4.5 million range to have enough to spend in other areas.
more on Green and other Caps related questions...
from Darren Dreger of the Dreger Report,
There has been much speculation on Nashville's interest in Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Cody Franson.
However, general manager David Poile is as much or more interested in one of Toronto's forwards to strengthen his lineup. Poile isn't looking to add a major piece and risk disrupting what he has up front, but there could be a fit with centre Mike Santorelli or winger Daniel Winnik. Poile and Leafs GM Dave Nonis met in Nashville on Thursday night, but neither appears to be in any rush to make something happen.
The Maple Leafs did have some discussions with Santorelli's agent J.P. Barry about re-signing the pending unrestricted free agent, but the Leafs have not made an offer to extend. It's believed Santorelli is looking for a three-year term with a minimum of $3 million per season to stay in Toronto.
read on for Evander Kane and Mike Richards talk...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
It’s bad, Rangers fans.
Franchise goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will be sidelined for at least one month, and perhaps longer, with a neck injury he sustained last Saturday night when struck in the throat by a shot, sources have told The Post.
The Rangers, who have kept the exact nature of the injury a secret, neither denied nor confirmed the timeline of Lundqvist’s expected absence when contacted by The Post.
Lundqvist not only completed Saturday night’s game against Carolina after being hit square in the throat by Brad Malone’s shot just over three minutes into the second period, The King played the full 60 minutes in the Rangers’ victory over the Panthers two nights later.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It's clear from talking to other teams around the league that Bergevin has talked to many clubs over the past month, making sure he's doing his homework in terms of who's available. He wants to be ready closer to March 2 in case something materializes that makes sense.
But at this point, it's more background work rather than the Habs GM being aggressive, as far as we can tell. With the uncertainty of the Canadian dollar and the salary cap, and the possibility of this effecting teams for the next few seasons, you get the sense that Bergevin believes that keeping the roster young, as much as possible, is the way to go in order to keep ultimate cap/roster flexibility.
Is he willing to act before March 2? Yes. But it has to make sense on many fronts.
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