Things sure are looking up for the Avalanche. Paul Stastny scored in his first game back from an appendectomy, and the team won a crazy long shootout against the Coyotes. For a struggling team like the Avs of late, this was a huge win. Colorado was watching that number eight slot get smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror.
The Coyotes are certainly contending for a playoff spot, while firmly outside of the playoff bubble. Jim Gintonio says despite that, Phoenix GM Don Maloney isn’t about to make any blockbuster trades that are going to compromise the team’s youth movement. Having seen Maloney develop a fantastic farm system for the Rangers, I kind of assumed that’s where his head was at.
Speaking of the Rangers, GM Glen Sather told the Edmonton Sun (NOTE: Not the local papers) not only is he not interested in trading Jaromir Jagr, but he wants him back next season. Which kind of runs contrary to every rumor I’ve heard in the past few weeks, so I don’t know. Sather might be trying reverse psychology. Or he might have Jagr confused with another player. Perhaps Jari Kurri.
Speaking of rumors, I love how The Press of Montreal is standing by its story that Marian Hossa has already ordered his Canadiens gloves. As has his brother, Marcel, currently a New York Ranger. Didn’t the Habs gladly trade Marcel because he was nothing like his brother? Is it possible the two brothers just like maroon? Honestly, the last time I heard this much glove talk, I was a juror on the OJ trial.
Blah blah blah. Giant goaltenders (login info.). Why does the NHL pretend to care? It’s just not that hard a problem to solve. Unlike steroids, it’s pretty obvious when a goalie is wearing giant pads.
And how is Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff getting his first shutout almost 60 games into the season? Not that it matters. Calgary is still leading the Northwest division. But still. He obviously needs bigger pads.