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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The first NHL trade, post-Olympics, didn't get much notice Tuesday — and why would it? The Calgary Flames picked up Cale Hulse, a 33-year-old journeyman from the Columbus Blue Jackets... In the larger picture, it is also indicative of the type of transaction that we'll see between now and next Thursday's NHL trading deadline. There is no Jaromir Jagr sweepstakes to liven up the proceedings this time around, no Brian Leetch or Sergei Gonchar or Robert Lang, moving on to the highest bidder. The biggest name, Doug Weight, has already moved on...more
via Doug Ward of NHL.com,
Kings' center Sean Avery, the NHL's leader in penalty minutes with 203, is rumored to be on the block, with Washington as a possible destination.
Two writers in a battle of words- discussing the NY Rangers and this was brought up. from the New York Press,
Those McHockey clubs of Carolina and Dallas are the disgrace of hockey. Hockey below the Mason-Dixie line? Pure heresy. These fair-weather teams are the downfall of the NHL. Look, I could get all WFAN sports-talk on you, or I could lead with my gut and heart—the two organs that led to my getting into sports in the first place.read on
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
How good was teenaged Russian Evgeni Malkin in Turin? When he wasn't the team's second best forward behind Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, he was its best. Yeah, he was that good. After a slow start to the tournament, Malkin adjusted to the pace and proved his value at both ends of the iceread on
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (reg. req.),
Needing a goalie for their top minor league affiliate, Anaheim acquired Hurme for Portland (AHL). Stepp, 23, will initially be assigned to the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL), but he is then expected to join Chicago, the Thrashers' top affiliate. He has played for Portland and Augusta (ECHL) this season. General manager Don Waddell is pursuing other moves, although he said Wednesday nothing is imminent. The NHL trade deadline is next Thursday. "Everything is still pretty slow right now," said Waddell, who hopes to upgrade the Thrashers at center for the playoff push. "With so many teams in contention, no one is looking for draft picks or prospects. They want players to help them now."
from Karl Samuelson of NHL.com,
The latest backup to join to this prime time group is Manny Legace of the Detroit Red Wings. Manny is an inspiration," says former NHL netminder Glenn "Chico" Resch, now color commentator on New Jersey Devils broadcasts. "There is no greater example of perseverance than Manny Legace when it comes to hanging in there, waiting and believing that he is a No. 1 goalie. It's tough if you don't come (into the league) with the tag of being a big-time goalie...."more
from the Las Vegas Sun,
In his second season as the lone Zamboni driver for the Las Vegas Wranglers at the Orleans Arena, Costilis said maneuvering the big rig is most definitely an art. "The art is knowing how to control your fishtail," he said, "and controlling how much water you're laying down and how fast it freezes, and pretty much knowing the thickness of the ice ... conditions have to be perfect." ...The worst mistake you've seen? Someone drove way too fast on the straightaway at Addison and hit the brakes. The key with the Zamboni is, you don't hit the brakes. If you're hitting the brakes, you're done for. He slid into the boards, and the metal (sideboard) brace bent in. The whole glass came down. It was unbelievable. We called it a ZUI - Zamming Under the Influence.much more...
from the Tampa Tribune,
Modin called the Lightning from Turin on Sunday after Sweden's 3-2 victory against Finland and requested permission to attend the celebration, which drew thousands of cheering, flag-waving Swedes to a public square on Monday. He said he was the only Swedish player not to attend. "Obviously, I'm very disappointed not being able to go," Modin said. "I don't want to stir anything up. I asked if I could go and I couldn't go. Let's leave it at that."more
from Sherry Ross of the NY Daily News,
Add Darius Kaspariatis to the list of casualties from the Olympics. The Rangers defenseman suffered a fractured toe in the bronze-medal game against the Cezch Republic on Saturday and did not participate in yesterday's optional practice at the Rangers training facility in Greenburgh.more on the Rangers...
from the UCLA Daily Bruin,
The National Hockey League leadership, starting at the top with Commisioner Gary Bettman, has never attempted to create a pro league that restricts violent body checking and promotes swift goal scoring. Critics have long called for Bettman and his cronies to change some of the rules so that the game can put the spotlight on wholesome competition rather than embarrassing bare-knuckle boxing fights on ice. NHL leadership will never change the lenient penalty for roughing or fighting (five minutes) because it thinks that is what the public wants to see.more
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