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Just over 4 1/2 minutes of highlights from the games....
It sort of looks good on Mr. Hartley who notched his 400th NHL win.
Below, watch the highlights of another Calgary come from behind win, the time against the Colorado Avalanche.
Daniel Alfredsson addresses the fans in Ottawa.
Nice gesture by the Ottawa players...
Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie, AKA as the TSN Insiders discussed the situation in Edmonton and the off the wall tweet from Jay Feaster.
The next topic was the Coyotes with Bob McKenzie saying GM Maloney addressed the team recently and a shakeup may be in the works.
The Washington Capitals are ready to move some parts according to Pierre LeBrun saying Mike Green may be a prime candidate.
LeBrun also discussed the goaltending situation in Anaheim.
Watch the segment here and yes, if you live outside of Canada, you are once again able to watch, at least for today.
from Rick Gethin of FoxSportsOhio,
"You don't see it in a lot of sports anymore," said Blue Jackets bench boss Todd Richards. "I think it is because of the economics (of the league). Now you have the salary cap in there. There are a lot of different reasons why. It doesn't surprise me."
While every player dreams of winning the Stanley Cup, it seems as if more players are chasing that dream by trying to sign with a perceived "winner" when their current contracts are finished. This is not an indictment of the players. Rather, it's an observation of the reality of the NHL in the 21st century.
"It the salary cap now, it's that simple," said defenseman Jordan Leopold. "It's all about numbers. You have guys that sign five-year deals or whatever, and at the end of that deal there may not be enough cash to sign them back. The free market sets that number.
"It's unfortunate because when I first started 12 or 13 years ago, a lot of guys were with the same team . . . the older guys that I played against all stuck with their same team. Then the salary cap came in (2005) and the rest is history. Now you see guys bounce around a bit more and play for more teams. The allegiance just isn't there due to the fact that it's a financial decision."
from Rob Antle of CBC,
The father of Newfoundland-born NHL player Ryane Clowe is among those charged in the wake of a police investigation targeting "high-level" cocaine trafficking in the St. John's area.
Anthony Clowe, 51, of Paradise is charged with money laundering and possessing property obtained by crime.
His case was called at Newfoundland and Labrador provincial court in St. John’s on Wednesday morning.
Defence lawyer Randy Piercey declined comment on behalf of his client.
Ryane Clowe, a forward with the New Jersey Devils, is not implicated in the Operation Battalion probe, and does not face any charges.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Again, it’s All’s Quiet on the Western Front (Oilers version). While Anaheim’s Bob Murray is wheeling and dealing (because of injury concerns mostly on his back-end) and fellow GM Marc Bergevin is making trade noises in Montreal to get defensive help and dumping players like Rene Bourque and proactively signing Brendan Gallagher to a six-year contract, the sounds of nothing happening in Edmonton is deafening.
Again, just say something MacT? Tell us you’re TANKING the season, not in those words (that’s an NHL no-no) and you see absolutely no need to put bandages on all the open sores on your hockey club now.
Eakins, who is in Year 2 of a four-year deal, doesn’t look or sound like a haunted man who’s going to lose job any time soon. As he said Wednesday morning after practice in Winnipeg, “this is not going to break me ... bring it on.” He did not look after the OT loss to the Jets like he was at the end of his rope. Frankly, he looks a lot more wrung out, stripped of his tie and jacket, shirt unbuttoned in his post-game pressers as he describes losses at Rexall Place, the NHL’s softest landing for visiting teams. Eight straight losses.
via Darren Dreger tweets,
I suspect the next few days will determine direction Oilers will go. Full forensic analysis from top to bottom will take place...
A culture change is required, but does firing coach and gm do that? Not if the team is fundamentally flawed. Tough decisions for Oil brass.
added 4:04pm, Below, watch Paul Maurice talk about the injury situation in Winnipeg...
from Travis Yost of TSN,
I think why these trades continue to occur is tied up into the front office and coaching staff's relative lack of trust in younger players to log bigger minutes when the games get meaningful. Sometimes, that lack of trust is warranted. But, ironically, to fix this issue, a team usually targets a defenceman who is years beyond his prime – alternatively, another defenceman who cannot get the job done. Only in this case, an asset – or multiple assets – will be required in order to acquire such a player.
I don't think the veteran defenceman acquisition is one that is going to die out in 2014-2015. There are a ton of 34+ age defencemen logging regular minutes this season; a good portion of these players are on short-term deals due to their age, and a good portion of these players currently play on teams who could be eyeballing a prospect or future draft-picks in lieu of a bid at a playoff berth. There's also the chance that a savvy playoff-bound hockey team will identify said veteran defenceman as a problem, and ship him off to create additional minutes and opportunity for a more competent player internally – the name Eric Brewer, recently traded to Anaheim for a third-round pick, certainly comes to mind here.
Make no mistake, most of these older defenders are a drag on their team's performance. Setting up some quick parameters (age 34+; at least 15-games played) can illustrate this.
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