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via the AP,
Chicago Blackhawks center Tuomo Ruutu will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery Monday to repair a partially severed tendon in his right ankle.
According to Sports Business Journal The NHL is very close to reaching agreements with Apple Computer Inc. for video downloading. “It would be fair to say we are close,” said Doug Perlman, NHL executive vice president of media.
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
As for Kovalchuk, he showed a little personality. He gave a Thrashers-Penguins game a little life. He put another little rivalry into the game. He showed a little passion and a lot of talent. Let it go, folks. Sidney Crosby will survive the gesture and let's hope Kovalchuk is allowed -- with two arms intact -- to show a his personality and his skills for seasons to come.more
Some traditional NHL powers, like the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues, have struggled to adjust to the new business models of the League. The Detroit Red Wings, however, have weathered the winds of change beautifully. "Any time your team's gone from $80 million to $40 million, they cut (the payroll) in half. We didn't cut our team in half, obviously," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "So that's been real positive."continued
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from the Chicago Tribune,
Just 41 games into his NHL coaching career, Yawney is faced with holding together a team whose high hopes at the start of the season have been obliterated at just the halfway point. "Anybody that's ever been involved in a sporting event knows there is no magic pill you can buy that's going to change everything," Yawney said. "I'm disappointed for the players because they are working hard and they deserve better, but at the same time, we have to keep forging ahead."read on
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
No one knows when or if Primeau will play again this season. He is wearing a tinted visor on the ice to filter out bright light and reduce the spinning sensation he sometimes feels. He still is experiencing some concussion symptoms. "The spinning sensation that I was having, it's subsiding and doing a lot better," he said. "It's really a visual thing when I start handling a puck. Things move quicker in front of me that I can't concentrate on, and that is when I get the spinning, and it aggravates that sensation."more
from Tarik El-Bashir,
Kolzig said he expects his agent, Art Breeze, to speak by telephone with Capitals General Manager George McPhee in the coming days about a deal that will ensure the goaltender's career will end in the city where it began. The 35-year-old Kolzig, one of the league's best goaltenders and the heart of the Capitals' locker room, repeatedly has said he wants to finish his career in Washington. His feelings haven't changed, he reiterated yesterday. McPhee and Coach Glen Hanlon have said they consider Kolzig to be a key cog in the team's rebuilding blueprint.read on (reg. req.)
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Post has learned that Sykora, who grew up in Martin Straka's hometown of Plzen in the Czech Republic and lists No. 82 as his idol in his Anaheim media-guide bio, phoned Sather on Dec. 10 (with Anaheim GM Brian Burke's permission) to inform the GM that he wanted to come to New York. That was the night assistant GM Don Maloney was dispatched to Montreal to watch Sykora against the Canadiens. The Rangers yesterday became much better and they became that much more dangerous in adding a legitimate top-six forward who not only bolsters their credibility on the attack, but allows Tom Renney to move Steve Rucchin into a more appropriate checking role.more (reg. req.)
from the Montreal Gazette,
If the goal is to make the playoffs, the Canadiens have reached the midway point in the National Hockey League season with a failing grade. There are any number of reasons that can be offered to explain the poor performance. Inconsistent goaltending, injuries and difficulty adjusting to the new rules have been cited as factors in the team's slide after the best start in the team's history. The bottom line is that the points the Canadiens squirreled away in the fall haven't been enough to keep the team in the top eight in the Eastern Conference.read on
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