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via the LA Times (reg. req.),
Scott Niedermayer, who sat out the last two games because of a stress fracture in his right foot, will be back on skates Saturday and could return to the lineup as early as Tuesday when the Ducks play at San Jose.
Niedermayer, who consulted with team physician Ronald Glousman, said he was given the OK to return to the ice after X-rays proved negative.
Niedermayer will travel with the team to Nashville but said he doesn’t plan to play in Saturday’s game against the Predators, even if he doesn’t have any problems with his foot during the morning skate.
Niedermayer played coy when asked if the fracture had totally healed. But he admitted there was some concern over playing on consecutive nights next week against the Sharks.
“You want to … try and be smart about it,” he said. “You want to make sure you’re there for the long haul.”
from the Calgary Sun,
Iginla, sidelined nearly a month with a knee injury, skated on a line in practice yesterday with recently re-acquired centre Craig Conroy. Alex Tanguay rounded out the trio on the left wing.
Iginla and Conroy were a dynamic duo for most of three seasons with the Flames, including the 2001-02 campaign in which Iginla won both the Art Ross and Rocket Richard trophies.
If Conroy does skate on a line tonight with Iginla when the Flames host the Colmbus Blue Jackets, it would separate the captain and Daymond Langkow.
You can hear the sound of his skates slicing across the ice, carving and slashing as he builds up speed and executes tight turns.
That sound is accompanied by the echo of a frozen disk being jiggled at the end of a long stick, and occasionally fired against the wooden boards that surround the ice rink.
It’s a sound that resonates throughout Canadian cities every winter.
The sport is hockey.
Here, it’s never referred to as “ice hockey”. It’s just “hockey” and it’s Canada’s favourite game.
from Tony Gallagher of the Province,
With more and more information about the NHL Players’ Association conference call during the all-star break leaking out, it’s beginning to look like Toronto lawyer Sheila Block’s investigation into the union’s affairs from Jan. 1, 2004, is going to be very eye opening to many of the players.
The affair will not be public, as a court case would have been had it gone ahead as the leaders of the upset parties, Dwayne Roloson, Trent Klatt and Chris Chelios, might have liked.
from the Salem News,
“He would tell me, ‘I wish I was going with you instead,’” she said of her famous hockey playing and coaching husband, Bobby Carpenter. “It killed him. He wanted to be home with me and the kids.”
The Peabody native doesn’t have to wish anymore. He is home.
Destined for a head coaching job in the NHL, Carpenter decided that dream, which is still there, can wait.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Bickering on both sides only accentuates the negative for hockey fans
As the 15th anniversary of Gary Bettman’s hiring passes without celebration, the level of unrest in the National Hockey League may be at an all-time high.
Animosity seems everywhere these days. Owners are fighting with owners. Players are fighting with players. If you listen long enough or hard enough to anyone who loves the game or the league, they will tell you what is wrong, instead of what is right.
This is what Bettman’s NHL has become—an argument that is never completed, a debate put off until the next board of governors meeting.
from the New York Times,
It was only one of 82 games for the Devils this season, on the road last Saturday night against the Florida Panthers. Not much will be recalled. The Panthers won, 4-2, in front of 18,136 fans at the BankAtlantic Center.
But something quite extraordinary occurred in the New York market: A hockey game broke out on MSG, but almost no one watched.
Only 736 households — a minuscule .01 rating — tuned in.
That is 736 out of nearly 7.4 million, from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Lidstrom turns 37 during the playoffs, and he’s supposed to be entering the twilight of his career and yet he is on course for his fifth Norris Trophy.
Early in the season, it seemed like Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger, building off his strong playoff performance for the Edmonton Oilers last spring, might unseat Lidstrom. Pronger was the difference in much of Anaheim’s early success, but a broken foot temporarily derailed Pronger and Lidstrom’s durability and consistency kept moving him forward.
Starting play Thursday, Lidstrom leads the NHL with a plus-minus of plus-31 and he’s tied with Scott Niedermayer for most points by a defenseman with 44.
Bob McKenzie at TSN says the NHL ASG in Atlanta will be on the weekend and the Pens deal looks very close to being done.
Plus more on the NHL, inlcuding some trade talk.
from the CBC,
The son of Montreal Canadiens’ legend Guy Lafleur faces a range of charges, including the sexual assault and forcible confinement of a minor….
Lafleur’s lawyer, Jean-Pierre Rancourt, said of his client’s famous hockey family: “They’re devastated.”
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