It hasn’t taken long for the after-shock of the Sergei Fedorov trade to hit the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets are preparing to unload some salary to make way for Fedorov and veteran centre Todd Marchant, who makes $2.47 million this season, has been placed on waivers.
Sean Avery’s recent comments on how he thought he was a target because of a recent NHL fine for diving were, well, stupid.
Diving has to be addressed — the NHL knows it and it is doing something about it. I am glad it is. And to criticize Colin Campbell, the NHL’s director of hockey operations, is foolish. He played the game, he’s coached the game, he knows the game. He has the experience to know a dive, whether he is at the game or in an office.
First, Alexander Ovechkin rescued the Washington Capitals from a seemingly inevitable loss with a marvelous goal late in regulation.
Then, during the shootout, the rookie made sure his heroic performance wouldn’t go for naught.
Ovechkin forced overtime by scoring with 1:15 left, then got the only goal in a shootout to rally the Capitals past the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 Tuesday night.
In a season where just about everything has gone right, one thing seems occasionally to go wrong for the Flyers.
No, not the penalty kill. That’s related to their injury list, which includes premier killers Sami Kapanen, Turner Stevenson, Keith Primeau and Eric Desjardins.
What we’re talking about here is forecheck pressure from quick teams, such as the Rangers, Canadiens, Hurricanes and Lightning. Which, by the way, hold the only four victories against the Flyers this season.
Pittsburgh Penguins owner-player Mario Lemieux will miss Wednesday night’s game in Philadelphia because of a stomach virus.
Defenceman Sergei Gonchar will also sit out the contest against the Flyers with a strained groin.
You are the executive director (a.k.a. general manager) of Team Canada and you are staring at a five-week window to decide the players you and your staff feel have what it takes to defend the gold medal Canada won at the ’02 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Injuries are playing a little havoc with your plans.
The question becomes who replaces the injured, and that’s where things get tricky.