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“When we talk in our organization about what is our strategic plan, our plan is to win the Stanley Cup,” he said. “We made a step last year. Now we need to make another step this year. We can’t trade any of our young players that we think are going to be a huge part of winning that Stanley Cup. We were able to accomplish that and still get a great player [Moulson] and a player who we think can take us to another step. That’s why we did the trade. It’s not so we make the playoffs, it’s so we get to go further.”
-Craig Leipold, owner of the Minnesota Wild. More from Leipold by Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.
from Rick Sadowski at NHL.com,
Colorado Avalanche right wing PA Parenteau injured his right knee on his first shift in the first period Monday against the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center and is likely to miss the remainder of the regular season.
"We'll see for playoffs, but he will be out for four to six weeks," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said of Parenteau, who sustained an injury to his medial collateral ligament and wore a brace on his right leg after the game, which the Avalanche won 3-2 in overtime.
Parenteau attempted to come back for an early power play, but he wasn't able to skate well enough and left the ice for the rest of the game.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Anyone who couldn't believe what they saw Monday from the Vancouver Canucks hasn't been paying attention the last two months.
You may have been horrified, disgusted, disillusioned, sad or angry, but shocked? No, not with these Canucks. Not with the way their disintegration has been accelerating in recent weeks, how a team that was one of the best in the National Hockey League only a couple of years ago has completely dissolved before our eyes – and the eyes of coach John Tortorella and general manager Mike Gillis – this winter.
The collapse on home ice against the New York Islanders is merely the grotesque next step of a team that long ago lost its way and only barrels deeper and more hopelessly into the abyss week by week.
On the day Gillis sent a letter to season-ticket holders re-stating the organization's goal to win the Stanley Cup, the chalice hasn't looked as far away in 15 years as it did Monday night when the Canucks were outscored 7-1 in the third period by a lousy Islander team long ridiculed for its ineptitude.
Watch the game highlights below and also John Tortorella post-game...
from Mark Stepneski of the Dallas Stars website,
Stars forward Rich Peverley was in stable condition at a Dallas hospital after collapsing on the bench during Monday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center. Doctors said Peverley had a heart related incident.
“We successfully treated him for a cardiac event with standard therapy,” said Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Emergency Medicine. “We provide oxygen for him. We started an IV. We did chest compressions on him and defibrillated him, provided some electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart, and that was successful with one attempt, which is very reassuring.”
“As soon as we treated him he regained consciousness. He was alert and talking to us after the event and quickly got transported to the hospital. I was actually able to talk to him in the back of the ambulance; he was able to tell me where he was and wanted to get back into the game.”
Peverley has a history of with heart issues. A physical prior to training camp revealed that the 31-year-old Peverley had an irregular heartbeat, a condition that Dr. Salazar said is a “quivering of the heart that does not allow him to send blood to places where he needs to, in his brain and heart.”
Peverley collapsed in the bench area, can hear a pin drop in Dallas right now.
More information as it becomes available. Teams now heading to dressing room.
added 9:12pm, Dallas rink announcer updates the crowd with Peberley is conscious and has been taken to the hospital.
added 9:36pm, video of the incident below...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
In hockey they have the Video Review Room in Toronto, and they are hesitant to include a referee and off-ice monitor into the process. In baseball, basketball and football, the referees (or umpires) leave the playing surface and make the call themselves with the help of video. Each of those leagues is, in turn, studying the value of setting up a control centre like the one the NHL uses.
Speaking with the GMs here in Florida, the concern is having so many reviews that games take too long to play. Speaking with Devorski, who has ref’ed more games than any active player has played, he’ll tell you that there are instances in a lightning fast game where referees are forced to make calls they aren’t entirely confident about.
“Goaltender interference,” he said. “Getting it wrong, then looking back and it’s not goaltender interference. That would be the primary one. Maybe you do it for major penalties. Did a guy go in headfirst? Did he jump into the boards? What you don’t want is to give out a major, have them score three goals, and find out later that it was probably just a minor penalty call.”
A well done video...
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers will memorialize legendary Hall of Fame coach Fred Shero, who led two Flyers teams to Stanley Cup Championships (1974 and 1975), with an eight-foot tall, 1300-pound bronze statue at XFINITY Live! The statue will be unveiled as part of a free, open-to-the-public celebration in front of the Spectrum Grill at XFINITY Live! on Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m.
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that the club will honor former captain and Stanley Cup Champion Dave Andreychuk with a statue on Ford Thunder Alley in front of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Lightning will unveil the statue in a pregame ceremony at 6:30 p.m. prior to their home game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday, April 5.
Tonight will be first game Carlyle has coached in Anaheim since he was let go by the Ducks.
from Dave McCarthy of TSN,
NHL General Managers convened for the first of three days of meetings and picked up on a discussion that has been ongoing for the last few years and picked up traction the last time the group met back in Toronto in November: namely how to reduce the number of games that are decided in a shootout.
“The shootout, there's nothing wrong with it, I think it's an exciting part of the game but it's just one small aspect,” said Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. “It's a skill exhibition. If you can get it back closer to regular hockey and have it decided that way; that would be my preference.”
“I don't think it's a knock on the shootout, I think more of the managers would like to see it end in overtime,” added Washington Capitals GM George McPhee. “Shootout's fun though, people like it, kids love it.”
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