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from the St. Petersburg Times,
Gratton and Boyle have no-trade clauses, meaning they must approve any deal. But that doesn’t make things any easier.
“I try not to pay attention to it,” Gratton said. “We’re trying to stay focused and trying to climb back into the playoff race and worry about the task at hand.”
Would he waive his no-trade clause as he did when traded to Tampa Bay from the Panthers?
“You have to wait and see,” he said. “I was thankful to get the opportunity to come back here. I’ve made it known I don’t want to leave. But you always want to do what’s best for the franchise.”
“Ask me in a month,” Boyle said. “The last thing I want to do is talk about getting traded. I want to concentrate on playing well and helping this team turn things around. That’s my focus.”
from the Arizona Republic,
“Nobody really anticipated us to be right in the middle of this at this point in time, but we believe we can still play even better than we’re playing, and that’s a good thing,” Gretzky said. “But I think that the reality is the organization cannot trade any of its youth or younger assets we have just for a quick fix for a month.
“I think common sense sort of says if there’s something available that can help us this year in the stretch drive and playoff run and yet also help us in the future, obviously our organization will look at it.”
The team’s CEO, Jeff Shumway, said a “rental player” won’t be brought in.
more on Phoenix and their hunt for a playoff spot…
from the LA Times,
Brad Stuart is looking forward to keeping things simple for a while. Jaroslav Modry said the time will allow the Kings to further bond as a team. Rob Blake, well, he’s just indifferent these days.
Such are the opinions of the most veteran Kings players, as they prepare for an eight-game, 16-day trip, one of the longest of their careers.
“It’s right up there, for sure,” said Stuart, in his eighth NHL season and first with the Kings. “It’s going to be a long haul, but I think the good thing is we’re spending a lot of time in an area where we don’t have to travel a whole lot.”
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from the AP via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
San Jose is among the league’s elite teams at 27-15-2-5, with remarkable team defensive play and Thornton’s usual playmaking brilliance in front of a workhorse goalie enjoying a career year. Yet the Sharks’ offensive struggles and lackluster home record have left even some players feeling that the club with the NHL’s third-best record is somehow underachieving.
‘‘I think we all realize we’re not even close to playing the way we want to,’’ said veteran defenseman Craig Rivet, whose steady play and off-ice leadership have been among the Sharks’ biggest assets. ‘‘We’ve got much more work to do in the next three months or so before the playoffs. We’ve got a lot to get done.’‘
From Cory Wolfe at Canwest News via the National Post,
Education and hockey were intertwined all along for Quinn. Following high school, he accepted a scholarship to Michigan Tech. However, he was ruled ineligible for American collegiate hockey because he had previously signed over his hockey rights to the Detroit Red Wings.
“I ended up back at home and I got a job with the steel company which is where most of my pals were working,” says Quinn. “It was a good job; it was Stelco at the time. But I quickly figured out that’s not where I wanted to spend the rest of my life, working shifts.”
Quinn headed west to Edmonton and joined the junior Oil Kings for the 1962-63 season. The club went on to win the Memorial Cup. The Oil Kings’ success didn’t propel Quinn directly into the NHL spotlight.
...and more of a brief biography on Pat Quinn, not quite ready with a “retirement plan” as yet. A happy birthday to Quinn who turns 65 on Tuesday.
from Rangers Report,
We know Marek Malik skated today. We know he had a talk with Tom Renney and his teammates before practice and we know, by all outside indications at least, that the team is trying to put the events of last week behind it.
from the Ottawa Sun,
Ray Emery is going to have some explaining to do.
The Senators goaltender, who has had his share of time management issues this season, showed up at 4:04 p.m. for the team’s 4 p.m. practice at the New York Islanders’ practice facility.
Senators coach John Paddock didn’t let Emery on the ice. The club is believed to be considering its options - including a suspension.
added 9:10pm, from Ian Mendes at Sportsnet,
After being late for another practice on Monday, you can make the argument that Emery’s trade value has never been lower. So if you are a general manager in Tallon’s shoes, now is the time to strike. He is looking to the future and despite what everyone is saying about Emery today, the guy still has a lot of upside.
And in the Blackhawks arsenal, Tallon holds a netminder with playoff experience that the Senators would likely covet.
And that man is Patrick Lalime.
Ok, just kidding.
While I will always be a fan of Lalime’s, the netminder I am speaking about is Nikolai Khabibulin.
from David Amber at ESPN,
Keep your head up, or you might meet Dion Phaneuf the hard way.
The 22-year old All-Star is geared up for a big game in Atlanta, where his bullet-like shot was on display. In this week’s Facing Off, the league’s hardest hitter tells us what it’s like playing for his hometown’s archrival, why he may be the most feared player in the game and who he thinks is the team to beat this season in the NHL….
Q: Mike Richards just signed a 12-year $69-million deal with Philadelphia. You will become a restricted free agent on July 1. What dialogue have you had with the Flames about signing a contract extension?
A: Can’t comment on that. We’ve haven’t been talking yet. As far as the deal Mike signed, I think it’s a great deal. Some guys are going to the longer-term deal, some guys prefer a shorter deal. It’s really up to the player and the team to work it out, and hopefully both sides can be happy.
from the Vail Daily,
Greg Pankewicz has ridden more dilapidated buses than he cares to remember.
He’s skated on ice rutted with potholes thanks to incompetent Zamboni drivers, played on teams rumored to be relocating, earned meager pay and taken so many punches and high sticks to the face that he’s running out of places for scars.
Yet Pankewicz wouldn’t change a shift in his 17 years of playing minor league hockey.
“The life of a minor leaguer isn’t all that glamorous,” said Pankewicz, now with the Colorado Eagles of the Central Hockey League. “But I’ve had a good ride.”
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