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from the Province,
“I’m not disappointed in falling a spot,” Fitzpatrick said. “If I fall a couple more spots that would be even better. That way there’d be no chance of me having to make a decision on whether to play in the game. Then everybody who thinks this is so important and has personal things to say can drop it and move on to the next story.”
via the LA Times (reg. req.),
Dan Cloutier’s season got a little worse Wednesday, as the Kings put their struggling goaltender on injured reserve with what was called a hip injury.
Cloutier was scheduled to undergo an MRI Wednesday and did not accompany the team to Edmonton, where they begin a three-game road trip against the Oilers tomorrow night. The team will likely activate goaltender Mathieu Garon, who went through his first full practice with the team since suffering a groin injury Nov. 29.
“The soreness…in his hip is affecting his knee,” coach Marc Crawford said. “Hopefully by giving him a week off, will give him time to work through the issues he has and allow him to play at the level we need him to play.”
from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,
• Has there been a bigger stiff all season than Martin Gerber? His three-year, $11.1 million deal has John Muckler hamstrung beyond a reason.
• The downfall of Markus Naslund is no different than that of his countryman, Peter Forsberg – too many injuries. No more, no less!
• Brendan Shanahan sees things clearly and sees them whole, so it’s no surprise that his analysis of Steve Yzerman’s influence is cogent. “Steve displayed to teammates every night how playing both ends can benefit you and not take away from the attention you get for your stats.”
from Deb Kaufman at MSG Network,
In the words of the first (of now many) beauty queens to lose her title thanks to racy pictures, ‘Sometimes the very thing you’re looking for, is the one thing you can’t see.’
Nolan saw something no one else did, and the result has been Yashin’s best play as an Islander and Blake with 20 goals before Christmas.
Hope you all had a Happy Holiday! Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!
The Islanders are already having one - thanks to Garth Snow and Ted Nolan.
from the CP via TSN,
Dallas Stars captain Brendan Morrow will be out indefinitely after having surgery to repair tendons in his right wrist.
Morrow suffered the injury when he was stepped on in Dallas’ 2-1 loss to Chicago on Tuesday night.
He was discharged from a Chicago hospital on Wednesday morning and returned to Dallas, where he will be monitored and re-evaluated by the team’s medical staff.
Q & A with Chris Chelios and David Amber of ESPN,
Q: In the two decades you’ve been in the NHL, give me your All-Chelios Team (three forwards, two defenseman and a goalie).
A: OK. In net, I’ll give you three goalies, if you don’t mind. Patrick Roy, Eddie Belfour and Dominik Hasek. On defense: Ray Bourque and Larry Robinson. At forward, there are four guys: Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux. I had to pick a few extras, but when you’re great, you’re great. I had a chance to play with or against all of those guys, and it is incredible to be able to say that.
from the Toronto Star,
Nothing’s stopping Lindsay at 81. His face may be a roadmap for the hockey battles waged, but he’s in fighting trim and still working five days a week as an automotive parts rep in Michigan. His wit and tongue are still sharp, too.
Lindsay sat down with Unplugged to talk, among other things, about trouble with Gordie, who’s coming to dinner – Mother Teresa, for starters – and his lack of appetite for the new NHL.
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from the Edmonton Sun,
Ryan Smyth has been medically cleared to play.
Whether or not he’ll suit up tomorrow when the Edmonton Oilers host the Los Angeles Kings, however, has yet to be determined.
“You feel hungry, you want to be out there and you want to be a part of it and contribute badly,” Smyth said.
“But you don’t want to get out there and set yourself back, and that’s what I fear probably the most.
“I know if it was a desperate situation I’d probably play through it. But I don’t want to be hampering the team or getting hit again and knocking myself out for a couple or three weeks again.”
from the Buffalo News,
Ovechkin and Briere angrily went face-to-face during a stoppage in play late in the first period, but it was broken up before it escalated. Ovechkin reiterated during the morning that the boarding penalty was accidental.
“Everybody knows I’m not a dirty player, and it’s just one hit in people’s career. It was just an accident,” he said.
Some folks are claiming Briere speard Ovechkin last night, you be the judge...
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