Kovalchuk Named Captain, Shanahan Signs Deal: NHL News Around The League

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IJanuary 12, 2009

It has been a while since I last wrote an NHL article, and thought an article going around the league is best.

Ilya Kovalchuk: The New Captain In Atlanta

After going through the first 41 games without a captain, the Atlanta Thrashers have selected Ilya Kovalchuk as captain for the rest of the season. A little interesting—Kovalchuk doesn`t really seem like captain material.

However, the other four players who have worn the ``A`` for Atlanta this season went up to coach John Anderson and asked for this to happen. It should help downplay the trade rumors, and potentially help the Thrashers resign Kovalchuk to an extension after his contract expires on July 1st.

Mactavish rips Rob Schremp a new one

From the Edmonton Journal: "We all know what he (Schremp) can do: he's got decent hands, he can play the power play OK. But he's slow, he's not a physical player, he's soft at (the NHL) level. There are a lot of things in his game that he needs to address to be that guy that gets called up."

Well, while what Mactavish said is true, is ripping a player through the media really the best way to go? I`m thinking not. Is Mactavish nearing the end of his stay in Edmonton?

Laraque already on the rocks in Montreal?

Montreal Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau is not impressed with Laraque's glass groin. Laraque has missed as many games (17) as he has played in, and Carbonneau is getting fed up as evidenced of this quote: "We've talked to him and we want him to give us eight, nine minutes a game, but he can't play two games in a row."

Rumors are circulating that Laraque is feeling the pressure now playing for his home town and needs a few days off. I bet Bob Gainey is regretting the three year contract now.

Sullivan makes return after two years off

After injuring his back in February 2007, Sullivan thought he would out be out for no longer then a week. Unfortunately, that week stretched out to nearly two years.

According to Elias Sports Bureau: Sullivan became just the third NHL player since World War II to have played at least 150 games for one team, then missed at least 600 consecutive days, then returned to the same team.

The others? One was a Calgary player by the name of Jim Peplinksi. The second was some guy named Mario Lemieux. This is a great story and Sullivan managed three shots in just under 13 minutes of icetime.

Shanahan finally reaches deal, returns to New Jersey

Nothing has been finalized, but Shanahan is returning to New Jersey, likely playing his first game of the season in a couple of weeks.

This is a good move for New Jersey, as they have now added a veteran and some scoring punch to help their good, but inconsistent offense.

Vincent Lecavalier on the outs before contract even begins?

Everyone knows the mess the Lightning have been this season, and reports are saying that a Lecavalier trade to Montreal is possible. This is despite the fact that the Lightning signed Lecavalier to a 11 year, $86 million deal during the offseason, and it doesn`t even come into effect until July 1st.

I guess they feel a total rebuild is necessary in Tampa Bay, but who could have seen this one coming? Of course, Lecavalier has a no-trade clause, but has said that he would be willing to waive it in order to get out of the situation he is in.


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