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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Centre Mike Richards, who has emerged as one of the league’s top two-way forwards this season, has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers, sources tell TSN.
Updated 4:49pm ET:
TSN’s story has been updated with this information,
TSN has learned it is a 12-year extension for $69 million that averages out at $5.75 million per year for the cap hit.
The International Ice Hockey Federation announced Thursday that its member associations and leagues will exercise the option to re-open the player transfer agreement with the National Hockey League.
According to a statement released by the Federation, representatives from the Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland made the decision unanimous.
The NHL informed the IIHF on Tuesday that the league decided to exercise the same right. Sources tell TSN a meeting has been scheduled in New York for Jan. 16 with the IIHF and its members. NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Paul Kelly will also be in attendance.
from Philly Burbs,
Coach John Stevens was still somewhat annoyed by Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien’s post-game comments suggesting the Flyers ran up the score (by using their first power play unit) and resorted to rough-house tactics.
It should be noted the Penguins scored eight goals twice against the Flyers last season and finished 8-0-0 against them.
“When you [Pittsburgh] take running head shots at guys, breaking sticks [over bodies] away from the play and running your goalie ... I would be disrespectful if I didn’t put those guys out there,” Stevens said. “I have a lot of respect for the Penguins, but not for what he had his players do. If you’re going to take those kinds of penalties against us, why wouldn’t we try to score?”
more on the Flyers…
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
This is not to suggest Khabibulin should be traded. That is the business of Hawks general manager Dale Tallon, who has given no indication of being either eager or willing to do it. Tallon wants to make the playoffs and likely realizes the best chance for that to happen is with Khabibulin in goal.
But what if Khabibulin’s game stays where it’s at? What if Tampa Bay comes calling offering either Martin St. Louis or Brad Richards in a deal? There has been an ownership change in Tampa, and there probably isn’t another team in the league that needs better goaltending than the Lightning.
At this point, the assumption has to be made that the Hawks are going to keep Khabibulin and let him play into next season, the last on his contract. Coach Denis Savard never misses an opportunity to back his No. 1 goalie to anyone questioning the quality of play the Hawks are getting out of the position, which is fine.
via Brian Compton at NHL.com,
“We got outworked. We got embarrassed in our own building,” defenseman Glen Wesley said. “It’s unacceptable. The bottom line is that there is nothing to talk about. It’s embarrassing. It’s disappointing.”
Make sure to check out Brian’s feature, a great recap of the NHL from last night.
from the National Post,
Sundin has pledged to end his career with the Leafs, even though all eyes around the league could look his way if Toronto falters near the NHL’s trade deadline on Feb. 26. His contract expires after the season which, combined with his productivity, could make him the most attractive commodity the market has seen for some time.
“Points or not, I’m not sure how much better a guy can play for us,” Maurice said. “If he hits that plateau, fine. If he’s under it, he may have actually played better.
“I don’t think the numbers will tell us how important he is to our team in the end.”
more on Sundin…
Did you get your Christmas card from the Canadiens yet?
via the Toronto Sun,
National Hockey League teams have until midnight Wednesday to complete a trade, waiver move or loan before the holiday roster freeze takes effect until midnight Dec. 27.
“There has been (trade) talk around the league and it continues,” Toronto general manager John Ferguson said last night. “But I don’t get the feeling that a one-week freeze is going to be the impetus for anyone to (fast track a deal).”
from James Mirtle,
It’s from this secret location, somewhere in northern California, where this strange creature spends his days pumping out all sorts of wacky hockey-related numbers for our perusal.
And it’s a good thing, too. Because, more and more, I’m stopping by his site to look at what certain players are up to.
Desjardins’s latest concoction is a look at shots on goal at even strength, something that tells us Alex Ovechkin leads the way with 103.
Talking about shots on goal… via the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche combined for 32 shots last night, with each team taking 16. That’s the lowest combined total in Blue Jackets franchise history. The previous record was 35 set twice.
from Slap Shot at the NYT,
The most sobering part of Wednesday night’s Rangers-Capitals game had nothing to do with the game — a 5-4 overtime victory by Washington, which was wildly entertaining unless you are a big fan of goalies — but the lack of people watching in Washington’s Verizon Center.
The team announced the attendance at 12,553, which is laughable. There were entire empty sections. Any camera shot that caught the sections behind the nets showed swaths of empty seats.
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