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from the Miami Herald,
Belfour believes he is worth considerably more now that he has proved his durability. He earned a base salary of $750,000 last season as part of an incentive-laden deal.
‘‘My base was low because I had back surgery,’’ Belfour said. ``Throughout my career, my base was a lot higher. . . . I proved that I was durable and I’m not going to play for that kind of money this year, that’s for sure.’‘
via the NY Post,
Lou Lamoriello yesterday told The Post the Devils will pick up the option on Sergei Brylin’s contract, preventing their ace utilityman from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
In addition, Lamoriello said he will tender qualifying offers to all of his big club restricted free agents, all but ensuring Cam Janssen and Johnny Oduya will remain with New Jersey. That announcement also will cover Zach Parise and Paul Martin.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Needing to win four straight games against the red-hot Ottawa Senators with only one in the bag so far remains an enormous task any which way you spin in it.
So let’s ignore the bigger picture for the moment, shall we?
What about today?
The Sabres, it would seem, have managed to re-invent themselves, or at least they did to win Game 4 on Wednesday night in the nation’s capital.
from the OC Register,
“What I want to say and what I actually say are two different things,” Pronger said. “No matter what I say, it’s not going to matter.”
Pronger and teammate Rob Niedermayer sandwiched Holmstrom against the boards, with Holmstrom’s helmet popping off and him suffering two cuts that required 13 stitches when his forehead hit the glass.
“I’m going in for the hit, and I don’t see Robbie coming in as I’m hitting him,” Pronger said. “It’s a nothing play if Robbie doesn’t hit him. Just the sheer force of him coming back at me, of course I’m going to hit him in the head as he’s coming back to me. He’s quite a bit shorter. It’s just the law of physics.”
via the Arizona Republic,
Three of the Coyotes’ general manager candidates will return for second interviews with team officials early next week.
An industry source said two of the candidates are Don Maloney, assistant general manager of the New York Rangers, and Kevin Cheveldayoff, general manger of the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
Although it is likely that the new GM would be selected from that group, the door was not closed on the possibility than an 11th-hour candidate could emerge.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
“Yeah, things have changed,” Maple Leafs defenceman Wade Belak said. “I came into the league hearing tales of guys who got hammered all the time after a game, some because they were too scared to fly (during the expansion years, when trains became planes).
“Myself, I listened to the great drinking stories of people my dad’s age. I’ve been on teams where there’s a big keg in the room.
“I think everyone still enjoys a nice, cold beer after a game, but now you have to weigh that against the risk to your career, a DUI charge and the chance you’ll really hurt someone.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“Buffalo is going to have to show me they can play a lot better,” said (Denis) Potvin. “Even in Game 4, I didn’t think Buffalo played that well. They weren’t skating very good, they were showing signs of what they showed in the first three games and they were still hesitant.
“I think they’re intimidated and I still think that Chris Neil’s hit on Chris Drury early in the season is still having an effect on Buffalo. I absolutely do.
“It appears to me that this series has been determined around the boards and Buffalo can’t come out with the puck.”
That’s why Potvin isn’t convinced the Senators will give up this lead.
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The thing is, Backstrom gave his agent, Don Baizley, a clear directive. They met last weekend in Finland, face to face. “And it was good for me and him. It got really clear for both of us that I want to stay there, and stay in Minnesota,” Backstrom told me earlier this morning. “So we went through everything and he knows exactly what I think, and what I want. Of course, if something new comes up, then he just calls me and wants to know what I think about it, but we went through a lot of things.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Overshadowed in the Pronger melodrama was the fact that Red Wings-Ducks match-up is slowly morphing into the most compelling playoff series since the opening round. Anaheim played its two best games of the series on the road and earned only a split. Detroit upped the tempo in the two games in Anaheim, held an overall edge in play, but also earned just the split. It’s hard to argue that the series isn’t exactly where it should be — deadlocked at 2-2 and waiting to see which team can raise the level of its play still another notch.
Red Wings’ coach Mike Babcock put forward a theory the other day — that in most playoff series, one team tends to get better while another team tends to get worse. If that is the case and holds true, then the Red Wings are in the stronger position.
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