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from Philly Burbs,
There was plenty of injury news for the Flyers on Sunday, and it was all bad.
Steve Downie suffered a concussion in Saturday night’s game at Montreal and is sidelined indefinitely.
Derian Hatcher will miss a minimum of three weeks due to soreness and weakness in his surgically repaired right knee.
Joffrey Lupul, who suffered a high sprain to his right ankle Saturday night, also figures to be out of action a minimum of two to three weeks.
Sun Media’s Bruce Garrioch takes a team-by-team look at what may happen as NHL teams approach the trade deadline.
Needs: If anything, the Ducks will deal for offensive help, but GM Brian Burke doesn’t want to give up a lot off his roster. Sure, the Ducks will make calls about the likes of Atlanta RW Marian Hossa and Toronto C Mats Sundin, but Burke isn’t big on deadline deals.
Who’s available: D Sean O’Donnell and C Todd Marchant.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
At least a couple of them (GM’s) will be pushing the league to change the way it does business. Darcy Regier, the general manager of the Buffalo Sabres, says he wants the league to add a new department of research and development.
Regier thinks it is high time the league hired people whose sole responsibility would be to study and test new ideas for the game, from rule changes to equipment changes. The overriding purpose of an R & D department, Regier says, is to stay ahead of the coaches, whose lifework is to take any pizzazz out of the game with stifling defence.
“I just think there are always things you have to do to stay ahead of the players and coaches,” Regier said. “That means you always have to open the offence because the defence catches up.
from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,
The NHL lockout seemed like a disaster at the time, a foolish and petulant move by a professional sport with already tenuous prospects. Nearly three seasons later, it’s hard to argue with the results. Just about everything has gone according to plan.
The league is on pace for its third consecutive season of record revenues and attendance. It has a new costcontaining salary cap that allows for massive player contracts. Perhaps most important, the product itself is thriving, with dozens of exciting young players and competitive parity that has 26 of 30 teams within at least five points of a playoff berth with less than 30 games remaining.
So why does everyone have a pet project that will “fix” the NHL?
The Chicago Blackhawks have secured a big piece of their blueline as they have signed defenceman Brent Seabrook to a three-year, $10.5 million contact.
via Inside The Kings,
Rob Blake doesn’t expect to be back on the ice before the Feb. 26 trade deadline, which could obviously affect his tradeability. He attempted to skate today and it didn’t go well. He is going to have an MRI to check on the ankle’s progress tomorrow and said he won’t try to skate again until next week.
added 6:54pm, from the LA Times,
Kings defenseman and captain Rob Blake said today that he has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause by the organization and does not want to do so.
“I want to stay here and remain a King,” said the injured Blake, who was at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. “I stressed that with them and talked about the plans of the Kings and the future. . . . That was it.”
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added 8:02pm, from another blog post at Inside the Kings,
On meeting with Lombardi: ``Nothing’s changed on my part. I expressed my feelings to stay here again and kind of do what I wanted to do when I came back here two years ago. That’s not going to change. Hopefully it works out that way.
``He was just saying there are teams inquiring. But there’s been no talk of waiving the no-trade on either side. I think a lot of things you hear are people blowing things out of proportion. I’m not going to respond every time I read something….”
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer on the last post on Blake…
The Coyotes teamed up with the Maricopa County Sheriff Department for a day of training.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Sportsnet,
NAPLES, Fla.—With anticipation growing as the trade deadline approaches, the NHL’s 30 GMs are gathering in this picturesque part of Florida for their annual three-day meeting.
Officially, there’s an agenda from the league to look at possible rule changes and the general state of the game in meetings Monday through Wednesday. Unofficially, it’s a great opportunity for GMs to get some face time with their potential trade partners ahead of the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Feb. 26.
from Sabres Edge,
(Lindy) Ruff, on whether the trade rumors are dogging his team: “It’s part of the game, part of the rumor mill. It can affect a few players. But you focus on the fact we’ve lost one of our last 11. If it was bugging us, it should have been bugging us [before]. The rumors will come up and you guys will make up rumors—which you guys are usually good at. And I’ve told them not to listen to you guys so they know better.”
more on the Sabres…
from Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,
As players battle on the ice, there’s a battle of wits going on elsewhere in the arena between coaches who probably haven’t watched more than a handful of live hockey games in years.
Video replay coaches, who observe from off-ice areas, are in constant communication with assistant coaches. They try to pick up trends and nuances, and their suggestions and observations often translate into success on the ice seconds later. It could be a tweak in a power play that leads to a goal or player who is able to find a little crease to squeeze through and help set up a breakaway.
Technology has reached a point where almost every sequence in a game can be broken down with the right equipment and a trained eye.
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