"I think the players love when they play only three lines. They know their line is up every third shift and I think if you ask most players I think secretly they prefer they have three lines."
-- Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, winning today's prize for 'most reasonable assessment of the Devils' playing short-handed due to injuries and cap issues.'
The NHL says the Devs-Philly NHL Network telecast will be blacked out in NJ area.
If anyone is going to tell them all I'm still alive, it's got to be you, because you've always done it for me. Here we go again. They're trying to kill me before I'm dead. I come to Quebec to spend some time with my family and they say I'm dead. I'm not dead, far (expletive) from it. They've had me dead since June. Tell them I'm alive. Set them straight.
"We were today advised of the ruling by the Commissioner with respect to the Kovalchuk matter. We disagree with the decision. We acted in good faith and did nothing wrong. We will have no further comment." - Lou Lamoriello
I am a kind of person who never looks back. I only look to the future. There is no point feeling sorry for the past. You have to live for today and look forward to what's ahead of you.I will now play for a team that is always a contender for the Stanley Cup.It's something that I always wanted.
On old rejected deal the last 5yrs=2.75M. On new 15yr/100M deal the last 5yrs of deal=10M
I can confirm Don Fehr will take on the NHLPA job. He is in town at the world hockey summit but has not yet met with the media.
NJ owner Jeff Vanderbeek, NJ GM Lou Lamoriello and Ilya Kovalchuk's agent Jay Grossman met with NHL execs at league's NY office today. Hmmm?
"I can tell you that during bargaining, that the league was not successful in negotiating rules to limit the length of contract a player can sign with a club,"
"We are extremely disappointed that the NHL has decided to reject the contract of Ilya Kovalchuk. The contract complies with the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. We will have no further comment until the process outlined in the CBA is complete."