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League reacts to Adam Foote's retirement

Friday, 04.08.2011 / 6:30 PM / NHL Insider

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What others are saying about Colorado Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote, who on Friday announced his retirement:

Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix: "Adam was a warrior, a player who gave it everything he had every night. He was an integral part of the team that moved from Quebec to Colorado in 1995 and established a winning tradition in Denver. We thank Adam for helping lay the foundation for this franchise."

Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman: "On behalf of the Colorado Avalanche, congratulations. Your career has been an excellent career and it will come to an end Sunday. You should be proud of what you have accomplished."

Avalanche center Matt Duchene, who has been living with Foote's family for two years: "He's been a huge mentor. There's probably a group of people I can count on one hand -- maybe two at most -- that have been influences on my career, and he's one of them. He's going to be a guy that when I'm hopefully still in Denver and sitting at that table in my retirement, he's going to be a guy that's going to be here. I'm thankful for what he's brought to me. It's amazing to be able to experience and be a part of a great career like that, having him as almost a family member, as an uncle figure. He's been great for me."
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Retiring Foote reflects, ready to play one more

Friday, 04.08.2011 / 5:50 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche captain Adam Foote announced his retirement Friday morning, but the 39-year-old defenseman isn't quite ready to put the finishing touches on a 19-season NHL career.

Foote, who will sit out his 12th consecutive game Friday night against Dallas because of an ankle injury, plans to put on his No. 52 sweater one last time Sunday when the Avalanche close out the regular season against Edmonton at the Pepsi Center.

"I bled burgundy and blue, and it's great that I can retire today in an Avs uniform," Foote said during a news conference at the Blue Sky Grill inside the arena.
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Emery issue makes Ducks' goalie situation murky

Friday, 04.08.2011 / 4:04 PM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

"It's just another hand that you get dealt. Obviously we feel comfortable that no matter who we put in the net has proven that they can play NHL-caliber goal for us and stop the puck and give us a chance." -- Randy Carlyle

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle feels comfortable with all three of his goaltenders.

It's a good thing, because he's got some hard decisions to make between the three of them.

Ray Emery is questionable for Friday's game against rival Los Angeles with a lower-body injury, Carlyle said. Emery was not on the ice at the morning skate but worked out and received treatment.

Carlyle said a decision will be made Friday afternoon on Emery. He also said Jonas Hiller and Dan Ellis are options for Anaheim's biggest game of the season.
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Bylsma not counting on having Sid for opener

Friday, 04.08.2011 / 2:46 PM / NHL Insider

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"We've said it before and continue to say it -- he has a couple more steps to go in his rehabilitation before he can even think about returning to play. I don't know how fast that's going to happen, I don't know if that's going to happen. There's no way to even make a timetable." -- Dan Bylsma

Sidney Crosby was on the ice again Friday morning with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the team's morning skate in preparation for Friday night's game against the Islanders, but when, or even if, he might return this season remains undetermined.

The Penguins have two games left in the regular season and will begin play in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs sometime next week. Without providing any kind of definitive answer, Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma did not sound optimistic about having Crosby at the start of the postseason.

"We've said it before and continue to say it -- he has a couple more steps to go in his rehabilitation before he can even think about returning to play," Bylsma told reporters. "I don't know how fast that's going to happen, I don't know if that's going to happen. There's no way to even make a timetable. And considering that he has two more steps to go through, it would seem like anything in the immediate future is out of the question."
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Blackhawks solely focused on their game

Friday, 04.08.2011 / 2:38 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"We just want to get into the playoffs. That's what we're worried about right now" -- Patrick Kane

DETROIT -- There's no need to go searching for a map of the big picture. The Blackhawks can leave the scoreboard watching for the other teams. They can let their opponent worry about potential matchups.

Their mission Friday here at Joe Louis Arena against the Red Wings (7:30 p.m. ET, VERSUS) is a simple one: Win.

"We just want to get into the playoffs," Patrick Kane said after Chicago's morning skate. "That's what we're worried about right now."
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Superstitious Canes control their own destiny

Friday, 04.08.2011 / 2:28 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

"I'm not counting on any fatigue factor from them (Atlanta). I think the light's kind of at the end of the tunnel. They had a big win, they're feeling good, they're coming to the game. It's going to be really our responsibility to do enough of the hard, grinding work to make it a tough game for them, but we're going to get their best."
-- Carolina coach Paul Maurice

ATLANTA -- With their playoff fate hanging in the balance, the Carolina Hurricanes have turned to superstition.

The Hurricanes, who have two games remaining in their regular season, regained control of their playoff destiny Thursday when the Atlanta Thrashers -- Carolina's opponent Friday -- defeated the New York Rangers 3-0 at Madison Square Garden.

But Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice refused to watch the game until this morning.

"Well, there's so many superstitions that we have to talk about," Maurice said. "I did watch the entire Boston-Ranger game (last week when the Rangers rallied from a three-goal deficit to win 5-3), and that didn't go so well. I watched 'NHL On The Fly' and got pieces of the live game (Thursday) and then came in this morning and watched the game."
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Howard set to shoulder Red Wings' hopes

Friday, 04.08.2011 / 1:46 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

"I was learning on my feet last year. It's one thing to sit here and watch, but it's another to actually be out there experiencing it. The intensity does pick up and guys are coming to the net a lot harder and there's a lot more screening going on. You have to be that much more focused to pick up pucks."
-- Jimmy Howard

DETROIT -- A common perception is the three toughest sports jobs in this city are closer for the Tigers, quarterback for the Lions and goalie for the Detroit Red Wings.
 
In just his second full NHL season with the Wings, Jimmy Howard now knows enough firsthand to agree with at least one third of that statement.
 
"You've just got to live in your own little bubble," Howard said, following Detroit's morning skate Friday at Joe Louis Arena. "It kind of comes with the job."
 
"It," being the criticism he's faced this season despite a 36-16-5 record as the Wings starting goalie. Howard burst onto the scene in Detroit last year as a rookie and was a Calder Trophy finalist after spending four years with the Grand Rapid Griffins of the American Hockey League.
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Thrashers not worried about being spoilers

Thursday, 04.07.2011 / 11:14 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Thrashers have been resigned to the fact they will not be part of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since they were eliminated from contention Saturday.

That doesn't mean they won't have a say in who gets the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

They played the role of spoiler on Thursday night, beating the New York Rangers 3-0 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers had every reason to be the better, more motivated team, but it was the Thrashers who controlled play for nearly the entire game.

The Rangers maintained control of eighth place in the Eastern Conference -- but they now need help from none other than the Thrashers, who will host the ninth-place Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
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Canucks receive Presidents’ Trophy, honor Neilson

Thursday, 04.07.2011 / 10:44 PM / NHL Insider

Dhiren Mahiban - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Vancouver Canucks celebrated what has been the greatest regular season in franchise history when they were presented with the Presidents’ Trophy prior to the opening faceoff of Thursday's night's home finale against Minnesota.

NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Kris King was on hand to present the trophy, given to the regular-season champion. Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, along with alternate captain Manny Malhotra, stood for pictures with King and the trophy -- but were careful not to touch it.

Malhotra, who is out for the remainder of the season with an eye injury, received a loud cheer from the Rogers Arena crowd.

The Canucks clinched the League’s best record with a 3-1 win over the L.A. Kings on March 31. Vancouver heads into the playoffs with franchise records for victories (52), points (113) and road wins (26).
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Shorthanded Canucks look to rebound vs. Wild

Thursday, 04.07.2011 / 5:45 PM / NHL Insider

Dhiren Mahiban - NHL.com Correspondent

"You know what? The Presidents' Trophy is not something we really think about. Really (heading into the playoffs), it doesn't mean anything. From my experience you can both win or get knocked out -- that's why I'm saying it doesn't really matter what you do in the regular season." -- Mikael Samuelsson

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Vancouver Canucks will look to avoid losing their third straight for just the second time this season when the Minnesota Wild pay their final visit to Rogers Arena on Thursday night.

Vancouver will have to get the job done without Raffi Torres, who was suspended for four games Thursday afternoon by the NHL for his hit on Edmonton Oilers rookie Jordan Eberle in a 2-0 loss on Tuesday.

"I strongly disagree with it, but we're going to move on here and get ready for the playoffs," Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis said of the suspension. "I thought it was a hockey play."

Torres, who will be unavailable for the first two games of the playoffs as well, commented on the Eberle hit this morning before hearing the decision.
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