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Gets the rebound off of Conklin’s pads, tries to clear, but…
Jaroslav Halak first with the pad, then the toe of his skate to keep the game tied late in the 3rd period.
from the CP at CBC,
Since every other NHL team had a chance to sign Wellwood and Svatos when the Blues did, was it a faux pas for the Sharks and Predators to then claim them off waivers?
“I think you’re probably better to ask other GMs that right now than me,” said Armstrong. “It’s somewhat frustrating — these other teams have had an opportunity to go do the work and they deemed it not necessary to go out.
“They’ve taken advantage of the situation that’s given them.”
Armstrong says he didn’t receive a call from Sharks GM Doug Wilson before Wellwood was claimed. He did hear from Predators GM David Poile before Svatos was grabbed.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
San Jose claims Kyle Wellwood on waivers from STL.
added 12:19pm, via Darren Pang tweet,
Wellwood just said he’s been thru all the time zones the last few yrs. He wanted to be a Blue, felt the chance to play was best in St Louis
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Blues’ president of hockey operations general manager John Davidson said Monday Oshie is “getting close” to playing again since suffering a broken ankle in early November. As for McDonald and Perron, both out with concussions, there is still no indication when either forward will be able to skate again, let alone play.
“Who knows?” Davidson insisted. “When and if they get cleared, they haven’t been skating for so long they’ll have to work themselves into game condition. Both have made progress and slipped back, made progress and slipped back.”
Davidson said physicians have told McDonald and Perron not to exercise and get their heart rate up. “(The doctors) don’t want you watching TV, on computers, texting, anything where you use your brain. It’s the world of the unknown.”
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Monday the club has signed free agent forward Kyle Wellwood to a one-year contract.
Wellwood, 27, has made 25 appearances with the Kontinental Hockey League’s (KHL) Mytishchi Atlant this season, recording eight points including five goals and three assists.
In 2009-10, the 5’10”, 181-pound forward tallied 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) in 75 regular season games with the Vancouver Canucks as well as two goals and five assists in 12 playoff outings.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
(Kyle) Wellwood has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues, according to sources. However, he is not eligible to play in Peoria this season because the Blues missed the Dec. 15 deadline that would have allowed him to be paid a two-way contract. Therefore, if signed, Wellwood must either play with the Blues, or be paid an NHL salary if he is waived. A deal may still happen, but currently it’s being held up.
The Blues also had interest in forward Jamie Langenbrunner, a veteran who would have been a solid midseason addition before being traded to Dallas from New Jersey. But the Blues weren’t able to pull off a deal with the Devils, in part because of financial constraints that continue while the club finalizes its paperwork with new investors.
In the meantime, the Blues are moving forward with no definitive timetable on the returns of McDonald and Perron, and with Oshie, while practicing, still not ready to join the lineup.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Kyle Wellwood, ex of KHL, is signing a one year contract with STL. Will have to clear waivers.
added 2:06pm, from Dan O’Neill of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
“It’s someone in which we do have some interest, but we haven’t signed him or done anything like that yet,” Armstrong said. “I don’t know where that information came from, but we’re on our way to Anaheim now so we’re not going to be signing him today.”
It’s never a cinch to select the rosters for an All-Star game in any sport and, with a bizarre “fantasy draft” format for this year’s NHL midseason showcase and the game’s first six participants already selected via fan balloting, filling out this season’s All-Star pool of 42 has some added challenge to it, to say the least.
For starters, dividing things by conference is no longer a provision, as the remaining 36 All-Stars named today will go into said pool along with the elected top-six for a field of 42. With that in mind, and factoring in at least one representative for every member club, there will be notable omissions, no matter how this list is put together, or by whom.
Nevertheless, always one to face a challenge head-on, in keeping with my annual tradition (whether an All-Star game has been played or not), I’ve put together my own list of mid-season honorees, complete with a set of 12 rookies to be featured in the skills competition at All-Star Weekend, as the NHL Hockey Operations department will do later today.
(For clarity’s sake, I’ve already accounted for the fan selections.)
Deep breaths, everyone. Here goes nothing, with a few explanations afterwards…
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Mikhail Grabovski of the Leafs with the spin move in the shootout.
Am I the only one not really impressed with these?
By the way, Leafs won the game.
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