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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
So in the next three weeks, we are going to see if that can be done without the use of outside help. If it is clear it cannot, the Stars will attempt to make a trade for a shoot-first scorer who can play on Modano’s wing.
The co-GMs have made it clear they will not risk their future (top prospects or draft picks) to get said player. So what they have to deal from, probably, is a group that includes backup goalie Mike Smith, defenders such as Philippe Boucher, Mattias Norstrom and Trevor Daley, and forwards such as Ott, Halpern, Miettinen and Jokinen.
The plan is to try to compete for the Stanley Cup without doing anything too drastic. Some might say that is fence-sitting and that any fence-sitting plan is doomed to fail.
Most press releases sent out by the NHL’s hockey teams are simple and dry updates, as you’d expect—but the minor leagues come up with some rather creative promotions sometimes.
The University of Michigan’s new football coach Rich Rodriguez has become enemy #1 in Wheeling, W.Va., and so The Wheeling Nailers (the “AA” affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers) decided to take advantage of the hard feelings.
Below is the full text of the team’s official press release from a couple days ago:
from Canwest via the National Post,
An arrest warrant has been issued for former hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur over testimony at his son’s trial this year according to his attorney Jean-Pierre Rancourt.
Rancourt said an arrest warrant was issued for Lafleur for contradictory statements made during testimony in the trial of his son Mark. He said Lafleur was “devastated” by the warrant and could not understand why a summon had not been issued instead.
from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
...while Ron Wilson wanted to get a look at Shelley in practice before saying when he thought he’d be playing, the coach did sound as if he likes the idea of the added toughness in the lineup.
“When teams try to push us around and rough us up, we’ve got some artillery — a nuclear weapon,” Wilson said. “The guy will step out there and we’ve heard nothing but good about Jody being a team player. We’ve seen the damage he can do in the past.”
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Sources tell TSN that Forsberg’s agent Don Baizley has been given the green light by his client to start the process of talking to NHL teams that may be interested in the talented but oft injured Swedish forward who is making one final attempt to overcome troublesome and chronic foot problems.
But it should be made clear that beginning the process of talking to NHL teams - which Baizley has reportedly done with a number of franchises - about a potential contract is not to be confused with a firm commitment from Forsberg that he’s ready to return to the NHL.
from the Globe and Mail,
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continued... nice resource for folks looking for salary numbers…
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled center Gilbert Brule from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. He is expected to join the club in time for Thursday’s road game against the Nashville Predators.
Since being assigned to the Crunch on January 1, he has collected 4-4-8 and 16 penalty minutes in 12 AHL contests
from Pierre LeBrun at Sporstnet,
WARNING: This column is total fantasy and not based on any factual information. But if I had my way, here are 10 moves that I would like to see happen in my fantasy world before the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline:
1. Atlanta trades star winger Marian Hossa to Vancouver in exchange for impressive rookie defenceman Alexander Edler, centre Ryan Kesler and a second-round pick in 2008.
more and Wings fans, read #10!
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Thornton prefers to take the half-full view of the Sharks, noting that nothing is ever won in January; that Cheechoo was showing signs of life just before the break after a slow start recovering from abdominal surgery. As for Marleau, it is hard to imagine a player who’d averaged more than a point a game in each of the two post-lockout seasons, could have as poor a finish as he did a start to the year.
“I know Patrick and Cheech are going to get going,” said Thornton, who was finally re-united on a line with Cheechoo just before the break.
from Thrashers Blog at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
From Don Waddell’s end, he spoke briefly about Hossa today and, while he restated his stance that the priority is to sign Hossa, it sounds like he’s realistic to the fact that he might not have that chance. “The next eight to ten games will help us decide if we look at moving him for assets or look at keeping him because winning the division is within our grasp and something that is very important to us.” The GM meetings start in nine games. So essentially, if Hossa isn’t signed, Waddell will have made his decision by the time he goes to Naples.
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