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From the Canadian Press,
A statement of claim filed in Ontario court by Moore’s lawyer and obtained by CBC alleges that Crawford pointed to Moore’s name and number on a board in the Canucks dressing room during the second intermission of that game and said “. . . (Moore) must pay the price.”
In an accompanying document, Moore’s lawyer claims Crawford’s statement was disclosed by Bertuzzi while under oath, and by Canucks GM Dave Nonis.
added 8:09am (Paul), Crawford’s reaction to the report via Inside the Kings,
“I don’t think this is the forum to be talking about that. We’ve got enough of our own issues here with the Los Angeles Kings. Those are the things that I’m concerned about. I’m not concerned about anything that’s said otherwise.”
from the Detroit Free Press,
The NBA announced Wednesday that coaches in ABC, ESPN and TNT games will have to wear a microphone on the sidelines during the game, as well as do in-game interviews during TV timeouts.
Players too will be asked whether they will wear a mike. They can decline, unlike coaches.
The league has assured coaches they will carefully edit what content they choose to broadcast. Of course, they won’t be able to use anything with swearing in it, but they’ll also edit out strategy. Or so they say.
Ha, can you imagine some of the NHL coaches doing this? Hey, start skating you bleepity bleep!
via Working the Corners,
Veteran right wing Mark Recchi cleared waivers today and TSN’S Darren Dreger has reported that both the Sharks and the Stars could be interested as the two teams had been in trade talks with Pittsburgh in recent days. A source with the Sharks advises me, however, that I’d be smart not to give any credibility to the idea of Recchi ending up in teal.
So, there you have it.
Ducks have a 6:30pm PT press conference called. Any ideas?
Update 5:50pm ET: From Adam Brady at Ducks Blog,
Now, let me mix in the biggest development of the day. Word has it there will be a press conference tonight at Honda Center just before the game in which Brian Burke will announce ... something. We will report on that press conference immediately after it’s complete and let you know what the announcement is. Spoiler alert: I’m told Scotty’s’ coming back.
“I’m excited to be rejoining my teammates and getting back on the ice,” said Niedermayer. “I would like to thank the Samuelis, Brian Burke and especially my teammates for their patience while I wrestled with this very difficult decision.”
more at the Ducks website…
From Tom Gulliti at Fire & Ice,
There appears to be a slim chance it will happen before tonight’s game against Boston or it might not be until later this week, but the Devils are about to name Jamie Langenbrunner as their captain.
The usually-talkative Langenbrunner became extremely tight-lipped when asked this morning if he had been given the captaincy.
“Something will happen soon,” he said. “Let’s just leave it at that.”
What would it mean to Langenbrunner if he were named captain?
Update 6:37pm ET: Langenbrunner is now officially the captain, it appears. Gulliti updates that he was wearing the “C” in warmups. (*thanks to a KK reader for pointing it out…)
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
The NHL - always craving for attention - should create a similar event to baseball’s winter meetings where front-office staff and media converge to create an amazing buzz for fans.
Here’s my proposal: use the February NHL GM meetings as the basis for a trade deadline bonanza.
For example, this year’s meetings run Feb. 18-20 in Naples, Fla., with the trade deadline a week later on Feb. 26. There likely won’t be any deals at this year’s meetings, just like there weren’t last year even though the GM meetings were also just a week before the trade deadline. Sure ‘‘the foundation’’ for deals were laid (if I hear that one more time I’m going to vomit) but the real moves didn’t happen until the 48-hour period leading up the actual deadline.
From the CP,
“When Wade Belak gets a point, we win,” Belak said. “It’s been proven.
“You look back at all my goals and see if we won or not. Usually it’s a bad night for the other team.”
He was asked if the stick he used in practice was the same one with which he’d scored his rare goal.
“No, no. That’s in the Hockey Hall of Fame now,” he replied.
more… *an entertaining read as Belak gets on a roll with the one-liners. As the writer notes, “That’s Wade Belak: often lost near the net but never lost for words.”
from Lightning Strikes,
The interview finally wound around to how Lightning players were quite down on themselves after the game; glad for the victory but upset that they let the third period get away from them by allowing two goals in 36 seconds with under two minutes remaining.
Said Tortorella: “The team has always been that way,’’ meaning good at self-assessment. “Some of the (media) clowns around here don’t understand it. Not you two,’’ he said of me and Erik.
Tortorella didn’t say at whom he was upset. But something certainly got under his skin somewhere between the morning skate and the end of the game.
read on... you will find out who are not the clowns…
From the CP via TSN,
The Colorado Avalanche activated forward Ian Laperriere from the injured reserve list Wednesday. He missed nine games after suffering a knee injury during a game on Nov. 11 against Minnesota.
*numerous other Avalanche players are still having injury/illness issues however, including Joe Sakic
from Ian Winwood at the Guardian,
It’s my belief that no set of fans care more about the health of their game than those attracted to hockey. This is why the mood that surrounds the game is one of despondency and fear. Your team may be doing well, but the league in which it plays is not. It’s not in spite of Bettman’s actions that the NHL is in a worse place now than it was 15 years ago, but because of them….
I suppose this is the point where I’m supposed to call for the Bettman’s head - that’s how these things normally end. But to be honest, I’m not sure how this column should conclude. So I’m going to hand it over to you. What should be done?
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