After half of the season the Phoenix Coyotes are not in the place almost everyone predicted…the bottom.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Teemu Selanne will make his decision to retire or not within the next two weeks.
Coming from a true die hard Flyers fan, I am tired of the Leafs articles on here, and when I came across this one, it explains exactly what the Leafs should do with Mats Sundin so we don’t need about 100 more articles until he gets traded.
Given their current predicament, there really is only one unthinkable result to this season for the Maple Leafs.
That would be to miss the Stanley Cups playoffs – already a likely result – and then allow Mats Sundin to walk out the door as an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.
Bob Gainey had a meeting with the media today to discuss the teams season so far. There are positives and negatives like usual but he spoke very frank and sent a message to the players.
Bob Gainey says:
“If the players here can’t solve it, I’ll look at adding or replacing a player here with one who can win….”
Brett Hull just announced live during the Wild/Stars game that they have re-signed Ribeiro to a 5 year, $25 million extension.
They didn’t want to go the risky route of the Isles or Flyers. I think this was a very reasonable signing, though Ribeiro could slump in the future.
Marian Hossa came to Atlanta in a somewhat unorthodox way. He was an NHL superstar who had just signed a new contract with his snow-belt team in Ottawa, only to get shipped south when circumstances forced the Thrashers to take bids for the distraught Dany Heatley.
According to a source on www.hockeybuzz.com,
The team is slowly dying and getting fed up with John Torterella. Being a one line hockey club doesn’t exactly develop team work an a winning attitude. Jay Feaster may have to make some changes…
Now that most teams have played 41 games, it’s time to recap the first half of the season and who you think should win what award (for the first half of the season, not predicting the full season).
One note: some teams like the Blues have games in hand and thus should be considered potential playoff teams.
According to philadelphiaflyers.com, Joffrey Lupul has been diagnosed with a mild concussion and a spinal cord contusion after colliding with Derien Hatcher during the game between the Flyers and Maple Leafs on Saturday Night. He will be completely shut down from all hockey activities for two weeks, at which point his status will be re-evalutated. Sami Kapanen, who took a puck to the face midway through the first period Saturday night, is listed as day-to-day after receiving 25 stitches.
Additionally, winger Scottie Upshall is still recovering from a mild ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the lineup for three games. Simon Gagne, who suffered a concussion on October 27, is hoping to return to the ice sometime this week, although he has stated that he would not play until he is 100%; he continues to be bothered by a nagging neck injury as well. Both Upshall and Gagne are listed as “day-to-day.”