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from the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has extended the contract for Head Coach Dave Tippett through the 2008-09 season. Tippett’s contract was set to expire on June 30, 2008. In addition, the Stars announced that Associate Coach Rick Wilson and Assistant Coach Mark Lamb have also signed extensions through the 2008-09 season.
from the Chicago Sun-Times,
The Hawks have called up eight players from Rockford, including Dave Bolland and Petri Kontiola twice each. In 37 games, they have used a league-high 33 players; they used 41 all last season.
‘‘It’s frustrating because it’d be nice to see what we really have,’’ Tallon said. ‘‘But our guys are playing with character, and the younger guys are doing the job.
‘‘Our farm system is working. We’re very fortunate that we have depth now, and the younger guys are a year closer than they were last year at this time. That’s probably why we’re hanging in there.’‘
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
When the Oilers come to making new year’s resolutions, maybe they could start with doing something about their home record.
* Get out of 30th place in the powerplay statistics.
* Finish some checks. Make some hits. Become a tougher team.
* Close the back door on all those cheap weak side goals.
* Win more games than you lose against Northwest Division opponents.
It goes on and on. But winning games at home has to rank right up there.
via the News & Observer,
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday afternoon that he is keeping his ears open.
“In the new system and the way things are now, it’s hard to project if you’re ever close to anything or not,” Rutherford said. “So, we continue to look at things. I think the one area—and we’ve talked about this the first half of the season, but it becomes more obvious now—is maybe an enforcer.
“It seems like every week one of our guys is getting hit pretty hard and getting hurt, so we may try to look a little harder at that.”
Rutherford also said the Canes might be in the market for a puck-moving defenseman.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
We speak here of the NHL Network, which now has been made widely available for NHL fans in the U.S., given most all of the important satellite or cable carriers in the country are running the service. Talk about a shepherd finally feeding his flock.
While you can say it’s long overdue, finally the standard NHL fan in the U.S. can be guaranteed of seeing highlights of virtually every NHL game.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
With the Lightning carrying three goaltenders on its roster, and the league’s holiday roster freeze having expired Thursday at midnight, something has to budge. Marc Denis, a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game Thursday, would be the most likely one to be placed on waivers, and that could happen as early as today.
more on Tampa Bay…
added 1:01pm, Denis has been placed on waivers.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
After swinging his goalie stick and sending some Gatorade bottles on the club’s bench flying, Emery tossed his stick into the stands before heading to the dressing room.
Alfredsson said last night if Emery wants to get back in net he has to work harder in practice and earn a start from coach John Paddock because the current situation is frustrating for everyone involved.
“To get considered for a start, (the coaching staff) is looking for (Emery) to show that he wants to be in there,” said Alfredsson, who didn’t see the incident. “You have to work hard in practice to show that you want to play. That’s what most players do when they’re not playing and the goalies are no different.”
added 12:42pm, via the Globe and Mail,
The Ottawa Senators held an open practice on Friday morning in Ottawa with only one goaltender on the ice.
Ray Emery, who ended Thursday morning’s skate with an on-ice tantrum, was nowhere to be seen a day later. He was sent home by team officials after showing up at the rink.
added 12:50pm, from the Ottawa Sun,
“I told him to go home because he wasn’t feeling good,” said Senators coach John Paddock after practice. Paddock added he expects Emery to be back at practice on Saturday.
via Rangers Report,
“I never enjoy playing in Toronto really. Why? I don’t enjoy hockey-obsessed Canadians. The exchange rate is not very good right now. And it’s going to cost me a lot of money for tickets for people I don’t even like. How’s that for a list?”
from the Washington Post,
Ovechkin left the game early in the third period after being cut on the leg by a skate. The Capitals’ leading scorer (he tallied his 26th goal in the second period) required “a few” stitches to close the cut, but he will play on Saturday in Ottawa, General Manager George McPhee said. Ovechkin declined to talk to reporters as he limped to the team bus, saying only that he was “okay.”
The prognosis was not so good for Johnson, who will miss the next two to four weeks with a sprained left knee.
more (reg. req.) on the Caps loss to Pittsburgh…
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Brian Campbell hasn’t issued a deadline for a contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres, at least not yet. His desire is to stay with the organization that drafted and developed him, a wish he has practically screamed from the mountaintops. Let’s face it, he has an ideal situation in Buffalo.
Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier insisted Thursday that he wants to keep Campbell, but the defenseman wasn’t about to play games with these guys. He can simply finish the final 47 games of his contract, shop his services in the open market and make a pile of dough elsewhere.
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