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from Fire & Ice,
The Kings will be without defenseman Rob Blake tonight. He returned to Los Angeles because of a stress fracture in his ankle/foot and is expected to miss two weeks.
more on the Kings/Devils matchup…
added 2:25pm, More on Blake at Inside the Kings…
from the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres are breathing easier today because goaltender Ryan Miller’s knee injury is not serious and he should play Tuesday night in Boston.
Miller, who did not come out for the third period of Friday’s 5-4 shootout loss in Atlanta, suffered a bruise to the right knee when he was hit by Atlanta’s Chris Thorburn late in the second period.
“It looks like Ryan will be OK,” coach Lindy Ruff said after this morning’s 40-minute practice in the Buffalo State Ice Arena. “I would expect him back at practice on Monday. We didn’t think it was too serious and that was confirmed. For sure, I would anticipate him playing on Tuesday.”
a little more...
Sportbladet (Swedish newspaper, not translated) predicts the percentages for the likelihood of certain NHL teams getting Forsberg…
Philadelphia Flyers 35%
Colorado Avalanche 20%
Detroit Red Wings 13%
Nashville Predators 12%
Ottawa Senators 12%
Anaheim Ducks 8%
They also mention Peter is going through exercises, rehab and training and all is going well. Also stated he wants a contract for next season too.
from the News & Observer,
Cullen was scratched from Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs because of vision problems stemming from the hit he suffered Dec. 26 at the hands of New York Rangers forward Colton Orr.
“It’s been frustrating, because physically, I feel great,” Cullen said Friday as he watched the Hurricanes practice at the RecZone. “I can practice fine, I can skate, I can handle the puck. I’m just having trouble seeing things on the ice normally.”...
“Hopefully he’ll feel better with time off and will make it back,” Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. “Beyond that, I have no idea.”
Cullen said he has difficulty shifting his focus from near to far, particularly among moving objects. Needless to say, that makes playing the game of hockey difficult.
from the Daily Herald,
Tallon hopes to make a trade or two before the deadline to strengthen the team, with his focus still on defense and scoring. This is where it could get tricky for Tallon, since he wants to add people that also can be part of the team next season….
It’s one of the worst-kept secrets in the league that the Hawks covet defensemen Brian Campbell of the Sabres and Dan Boyle of the Lightning.
Both offensive-minded defensemen may be available in the coming weeks, so the dilemma for Tallon is, does he try to get one or the other now or wait until July when he might be able to sign one or both as unrestricted free agents without giving up any assets?
The talk out of Buffalo is getting stronger that the Sabres want to move Campbell rather than risk losing him this summer and getting nothing in return, which is what happened in July when Daniel Briere and Chris Drury walked away.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
The league is rife with similar multi-taskers. The New Jersey Devils’ David Clarkson, 23, who ranks third with 14 fights, participated last weekend in the NHL All-Star Game’s YoungStars competition. The New York Rangers’ Colton Orr is a legitimate heavyweight but plays on a shutdown checking line.
Perhaps no example is more vivid to Blue Jackets fans than Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo. In some ways, Tootoo is a lowercase Boll, a fire starter who drives opponents to distraction.
“These are guys who can compete between the whistles and not just after them,” Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. “You physically intimidate opponents more through hitting than fighting.”
from Media News at Inside Bay Area,
Jody Shelley often has a hard time explaining what exactly he does for a hockey team. Talking to kids especially can leave him tongue-tied.
“When I visit elementary schools, that’s always the first question — ‘Why do you fight?’” Shelley said. “I’m always like, ‘Well, uh, you shouldn’t fight. Fighting is bad. And don’t you do it. But I fight to help my teammates.’”
“You know, it’s not an easy question to answer.”
from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,
In the wake of Sidney Crosby’s ankle injury, a theory exists that Ovechkin is very much driven to making the NHL his league.
“While I don’t believe Alex would ever think in terms of the NHL being ‘his’ league, he does believe that it is his responsibility to be the best,” McPhee said.
“That was driven into him at a young age. He is comfortable performing in this light, seems to revel in the constant challenge it brings and may, indeed, see an opening this year to be regarded in this light.”
Whatever the motivation, it is working and if the Capitals stay close in the playoff hunt, and especially if they get there and he is at or near the top of the scoring leaders, it will be hard to bypass him for MVP honours.
from Mark Spector of the National Post at Faceoff.com,
The point is, the no-trade deals do not work for the fans. And wouldn’t it be nice if, in this eternal squabble over whose rights are most important in the NHL, the fans’ rights won out now and again?
The argument can be made that a no-trade stops an evil owner from dealing away a player who has become a fan favorite. But that’s an old economy,
On the same page, Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald gives an opposing point of view.
from George Vescey of the New York Times,
Hardly a day goes by that Ted Nolan does not open the refrigerator door, just to stare at the shelves stocked with food.
“I’d wake up in the morning and the house would be cold,” Nolan recalled of his childhood, without running water, on an Indian reserve in Ontario.
“I’d take a piece of fried bread, a galette, and put it in my pocket and go to school,” he added.
The sense of being an outsider still drives Nolan, 49, the coach of the Islanders, whose mystique includes nine full seasons without a job in the National Hockey League, amid rumors that he was blackballed.
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