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from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
The Blackhawks’ Martin Havlat is scheduled to undergo surgery on his injured left shoulder in Cleveland on Thursday, according to coach Denis Savard.
It will be the third time the winger has had surgery on the shoulder, the second while with the Blackhawks. He injured it twice this season, missing 22 games after suffering a dislocation during the first game of the season and hasn’t played since re-injuring it Feb. 27.
Savard said Havlat’s rehabilitation should last, “at least four months. Part of it is he’ll have to be in a sling for three weeks doing nothing and then start rehab from there. They’re going to solve that problem that’s in there.”
via Inside the Kings,
(Rob) Blake indicated that he still favors a return to the Kings next season and perhaps beyond, and sees many reasons to be excited about the future.
“I feel like I want to play another year or maybe a couple,” he said. “I’ll approach that this summer and I’ll train like I always do and then see the options that are there for me. My focus has always been Los Angeles since I returned, and even though I don’t like the position that we are in, I still think there are steps that can be taken this summer to really improve this team and take it to another level.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Although nothing is official, the momentum to play Winter Classic II in New York, preferably at Yankee Stadium, live on NBC, on New Year’s Day 2009 is growing, with NHL quietly exploring the possibility by conducting a feasibility study to discuss the pros and cons of the venture.
Even though outdoor games can be risky, expensive and bothersome to stage, there is a growing sentiment in the league to schedule one every year for the foreseeable future, preferably on New Year’s Day, to take advantage of its potential as a made-for-TV event.
from Kent Youngblood at Russo’s Rants,
Lemaire was asked Wednesday where Brodeur ranked among goaltenders he had seen in his time in the league as a player and coach.
No. 1, Lemaire said.
‘’I’m thinking, you know,’’ Lemaire said. ‘’(Ken) Dryden, he was really good for a short time. And I know, at a time, he couldn’t get ready to play and that’s why he stopped. This guy (Brodeur), he’s been doing it for a long time, and he’ll do it ‘till he’s 40. So he’s got to be the one.’’
Better, even, than Patrick Roy? ‘’Patrick was good at a time,’’ Lemaire said. “You’re talking about (Wayne) Gretzky, (Mario) Lemieux, Bobby Orr. Who is the best player? Every opinion is good.’’
read on and Wild talk too…
from Karl Samuelson at NHL.com,
“I think Niklas Kronvall will continue to develop and be a strong offensive guy for us,” Babcock said. “With Brian Rafalski and Niklas Lidstrom, plus Kronvall, it gives us three real puck movers. Brett Lebda, Andreas Lilja and Chris Chelios can move the puck, but the other three are all guys you can count on offensively and are among the top scorers in the NHL on the back end. In today’s game you need offense from your defensemen.”
Kronvall is an exceptional skater with great hockey sense and those talents allow him to join the Red Wings rush as the fourth attacker and even step into the deep slot to one-time the puck. Some regard Kronvall as the next dominant European defensemen.
From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
Call it a dog’s breakfast or a fantastic race, but I can’t remember the last time five teams were neck and neck for the Eastern Conference title with only three and a half weeks remaining in the regular season.
“Isn’t it something?,” agreed New York Rangers head coach Tom Renney.
Oh yeah, in case you haven’t noticed, the Rangers have knocked down the front door to the first-place party and are dancing with New Jersey, Montreal, Ottawa and Pittsburgh in the bid for the No. 1 seed in the weaker Eastern Conference (let’s be honest, Detroit, San Jose, Dallas and Anaheim would walk away with this conference… but I digress…)
from Marty Henwood of Hockey.com,
Call me sentimental, a purist or just plain old, but there are times when I just miss those grand old ladies.
Some of you may remember them, others probably choose to say good riddance in an era of luxury boxes and eight-sided scoreboards.
Maple Leaf Gardens. Montreal Forum. Boston Garden. Chicago Stadium. The Olympia. The Spectrum.
Buildings with character. With memories. With ghosts.
Update 12:08pm ET— via WTAE-TV:
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby says he won’t play against the Buffalo Sabres because the ankle he injured in January is sore. Crosby said he’s sitting out just as a precaution when Buffalo plays the Penguins in Pittsburgh Wednesday night.
TORONTO (March 12, 2008) - Buffalo Sabres’ forward Andrew Peters has been suspended for one game, without pay, for an altercation involving New York Rangers player Colton Orr in NHL game #1045 on March 10, the National Hockey League announced today.
The incident occurred at 20:00 of the third period. While on the players’ bench, Peters became involved in a confrontation with Orr on the ice. Peters was assessed a 10-minute misconduct on the play.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Peters will forfeit $2,807.49. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Peters will miss tonight’s game at Pittsburgh.
Update 10:45am ET: Video here shows the incident in question, just over one minute into the footage.
Stress is starting to consume some of the NHL fans and they must learn to relax.
More at my NHL.com blog today…
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