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via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Duvie Westcott off injured reserve, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Westcott, who has been sidelined since November 24 and missed the past five games, is available to return to the lineup tonight when the Jackets host the Minnesota Wild.
Looking to add some experience to their lineup, the Atlanta Thrashers have claimed veteran winger Mark Recchi off re-entry waivers.
What a difference two weeks makes.
Fourteen days ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs hit rock bottom with a dismal 5-1 defeat in Phoenix. The loss, Toronto’s third straight, dropped the team to 8-11-5 and had fans and media alike waiting — some hoping — for the axe to fall on general manager John Ferguson and head coach Paul Maurice.
Fuuny how some MSM folks and one particular “entertainer” told us the end was near. Now what do they have to say?
from the Globe and Mail,
“When you’re down you sit back and wonder what’s ahead, but that has made my time here that much more enjoyable,” said Devereaux, who has a modest two-game point streak going. “With Toronto, as a player on the outside, you always wonder what it is like to play in this hockey-mad city. It’s turned into a special experience.
“It’s been a crazy ride sometimes, but I’m so thankful to be playing here in this city where it is exciting every day, win or lose. It’s a challenge, but a challenge you relish daily.”
The video describes the action. Hasek received a 2 minute tripping call.
Hasek commented he asked the ref about the penalty call and was told, Come on Dom, the score is 5-0, lets just finish up. Hasek was concerned about his shutout which he did get.
added 10:42am, A2Y has another video of the play…
from Philly Burbs,
Don’t show me the money. At least not yet. That’s the vibe Jeff Carter gives off when questioned about the possibility of beginning contract talks now, rather than wait for his three-year deal to expire in June….
He’s a restricted free agent, so there’s really no urgency to begin negotiations. Like Mike Richards and R.J. Umberger, whose contracts also run out in June, there’s no need for Carter to think about money now.
“There’s nothing I can do about it, just go out and play,” Carter said at Friday morning’s skate. “It doesn’t really matter to me.”
from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres’ reputation the past few seasons has been that of a smaller team built for speed.
But the game is tilting back toward bigger bodies and tighter checking, and the Sabres need to show they can adapt.
“It’s just an attitude more than anything,” goaltender Ryan Miller said. “Now we have to decide if we’re going to do it or not.
“We’ve got big enough guys in here. We’ve got a lot of guys that are 190, 200 pounds. You don’t have to be 6-[foot]-5 to make a play. If you’re going to stick around and battle, if you’re going to stay in your position, you’re going to be supported by the other players.”
from the Boston Globe,
Tuukka Rask learned Lesson 1 about NHL goaltending twice in less than 24 hours this week. Gotta be sharp at the drop of the puck, no matter when, no matter where.
“You learn when you play, and that’s what I’m learning now,” the Bruins’ sudden starter said after practice yesterday, as his travel-weary teammates packed their bags for three more road games in five days, beginning with the red-hot Maple Leafs tonight.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
MacTavish said he didn’t make the moves to take Torres and Stoll out of the lineup to achieve some sort of ripple effect on the team.
“I didn’t give it too much thought when the game was starting,” was how he put it.
MacTavish made Torres a healthy scratch for his well documented inconsistencies. He said way back in training camp that Torres was going to be on a short leash this season. And he gave that leash a good strong tug by pulling him out of the lineup after playing 215 consecutive games.
Stoll was provided a seat in the press box to deliver the message that he’s had 30 games to come anywhere near his form prior to missing all those games at the end of last season with a concussion and hasn’t come close.
Garry Bettman answered some fan email with Stan Fischler and Al Trautwig last night.
This was a 2-part Q & A and the first part can be viewed here...
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