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via the Boston Bruins,
The Boston Bruins have claimed right wing Josh Langfeld off waivers from the San Jose Sharks, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. O’Connell also announced that goaltender Craig Anderson has been claimed off waivers from Boston by the St. Louis Blues.
The Wings flagship radio station, 1270am in Detroit, is reporting Niklas Kronwall will be in the Wings lineup tomorrow when they face St. Louis at the Joe tomorrow. This goes against all reports that Kronwall was headed to Grand Rapids to get into playing shape. I wonder if the NHLPA and the new CBA has anything to do with this? update 3:34pm, Mentioned again, said he was scheduled to go to Grand Rapids, but Wings decided he will play with the Wings tomorrow.
According to Leafs Lunch, St. Louis has recalled Lalime, but he must clear waivers. Will anyone take a chance with Patrick? update 2:12pm, via Sportsnet,
St. Louis Blues have placed goaltender Patrick Lalime on re-entry waivers, allowing any other NHL team to pick him up for half his remaining salary. Pittsburgh Penguin Rico Fata was claimed off re-entry waivers by the Thrashers earlier Tuesday. Atlanta will only have to pay for half his remaining salary as well.
via the Edmonton Oliers,
Moreau suffered a sprained right ankle while playing basketball on Monday, January 30th and is out of the lineup indefinitely.
Grampapinhead says, "There has been a lot of talk in HockeyTown lately of Even Strength Goals, or the lack thereof, and I decided to apply my own special case of OCD." Mathematicians will love it, hockey fans will understand it!
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Peter Forsberg isn't buying into any controversy dealing with his left-groin injury and whether a trip to Turin, Italy, could make matters worse. But he will invest time today to seek out the advice of William Garrett, a specialist in the injury, at Duke University. "I think it should be fine," he added. "If everything's OK, I should be back playing before the Olympic break."read on...including Clarke's views if Forsberg should go to Turin...
from the Edmonton Sun,
He's worth every penny. There was some debate about that early in Chris Pronger's tenure with the Edmonton Oilers after GM Kevin Lowe signed him to a five-year contract worth $31.25 million. With the 31-year-old beanpole trying to re-groove his game after a year out during the NHL lockout, there were times when his big ticket looked pricey, indeed.continued
-The National Hockey League, which has a two-year rights agreement with OLN, is a loser. Without NFL games, OLN's growth will continue at a slow pace. The dream is over for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman; NHL telecasts won't be making rapid inroads on cable.- William Houston of the Globe and Mail -They didn't win it," said Jagr, after losing last night to Philadelphia. "We lost it." -Gary Bettman insists that his obstruction-crackdown crusade won’t falter in the homestretch. “Stephen Walkom, our chief of officiating, has guaranteed it,” The Commish asserts. “What makes this time different is 1) We have better competitive balance of the new economic system; 2) As part of our partnership, we’ve had a complete buy-in and some contributions by the players and; 3) Everybody is overwhelmingly pleased with the results. That’s a form of positive reinforcement.”- from Stan Fischler of MSG Network
from the London Free Press,
Van Massenhoven is back, as solid as ever, and wiser. Does he approach the game any differently? No. Does he handle himself differently? Yes. "You're supposed to watch the play, not the puck, but I'm more aware of the puck now," he said.more
New Jersey Devils forward Sergei Brylin has criticized club president and general manager Lou Lamoriello for making decisions that have shocked his team mates. "I don't think it's normal that such a great player like Malahov is forced to quit hockey," Brylin was quoted as saying by Russian daily Sport-Express. "The Mogilny case made even less sense. I have no doubt that Mogilny could still play at the highest level but (Lamoriello) made a strong-willed decision to send him to the American Hockey League, the level of which is not comparable to the player's ability," Brylin said.more
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