Clicks and Clippings: Cam Ward, Ovechkin, Gleason and Corvo

News from Edwards Mill Road

Canes expect Ward back Dec. 9 - WRALSportsFan.com
Carolina had originally hoped to get their No. 1 goalie back for Saturday's game with Vancouver. Now it looks like next Wednesday night in New Jersey - the Devils and of course, Martin Brodeur.

Changes Easier Said Than Done - Carolina Hurricanes - Blog

"It’s hard to accelerate [change] because you really can’t move contracts out," said Rutherford. "If we could, we would probably move a handful of guys out today and move the younger guys in, even if they weren’t ready, and start that process."  Wow. I wonder how the Canes' over-30 set feels now?

Ovie-saturation 

Ovechkin suspended two games for knee-to-knee hit :  Washington Capitals' forward Alexander Ovechkin has been suspended two games after his knee-on-knee hit with Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Tim Gleason. It was Ovechkin's second game misconduct in the last three games. Also this: Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average salary, Ovechkin will forfeit $98,844.16. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Ovechkin gets 2 game suspension; next time, 'repeat offender’ - Puck Daddy  From the offender: "I regret that this has happened. I'm glad that Tim wasn't injured because I never ever want to see anyone get hurt. I am disappointed to miss these games and I can't wait to get back on the ice next week to help my team." I do appreciate those first 2 words. Maybe it'll save you some hurt on December 11th.

UPDATED: This link was broken earlier but here's the Video from TSN on the suspension of the league's MVP, with both Ovechkin and Boudreau on camera describing the incident and the future. Entitled "Over the Edge?" Not the first time - love him or hate him. Check it out.

Coach calls Ovechkin 'reckless'; Caps star defends 'risky' style - Puck Daddy - (earlier this afternoon)

After his latest incident, will Alex Ovechkin be forced to alter his style of play? - ESPN   Part of Alex Ovechkin's charm has been his willingness to go through people as opposed to around them. But given his latest hit, has the Caps star gone too far? (Scott Burnside)

UPDATE #2  This tonight from ESPN.com's Scott Burnside following the suspension decision, with interesting embedded video commentary of Barry Melrose (taped prior to the league's announcement). Melrose loves Ovie, but thinks now it would be appropriate for him to think a moment before lining up his next hit. He also stated flat-out that if the situation was reversed, and Gleason had done the same thing to Ovechkin, our D-man would have received a full 5 games to sit in the corner and think about it. 

Alex Ovechkin OK, says he won’t change his ’risky’ ways - BostonHerald.com ARLINGTON, Va. — Alex Ovechkin’s right knee doesn’t seem to be the issue. He says it’s just sore. The concern is that he’s now been tossed out of two games in less than a week, and his coach is suggesting that maybe it’s time for the league’s two-time reigning...

Caps star Ovechkin day-to-day with knee injury; hit spurs new debate - NHL - Yahoo! Canada Sports  ARLINGTON, Va. - Alex Ovechkin's right knee doesn't seem to be the issue. He says it's just sore. 

Reliable Source - Quoted: Alex Ovechkin has no time for your games (Washington Post)  (Courtesy of Men's Journal)

After the jump, some more on Joe Corvo, and a few happy thoughts.

And wuddya know about Joe?

Rutherford: Joe Corvo Difficult to Replace - Carolina Hurricanes - Blog "You don’t completely replace him," said General Manager Jim Rutherford. "We’ve struggled and a lot of guys have not played up to their potential, but he’s one guy that has played very well for us. He plays a lot of minutes, he does a lot of good things and he’s a real good player. We’re going to miss a good player at a time when we need every player we can get.".

Link on Canes Site to send your Get Well wishes to Senor Corvo

HockeyBuzz.com - Eric Engels - Habs-Leafs, Equipment for Back of the Leg Should be Mandatory! Now he tells us!

A few miscellaneous Feel Good Links 

Burlington’s Tom Barrasso to be inducted into U.S. hockey hall tonight - BostonHerald.com.by Chip Alexander RALEIGH, N.C. — As a kid growing up outside Boston, Tom Barrasso never dreamed of slugging homers for the Red Sox or draining jumpers for the Celtics. The Boston Bruins were his team, and street hockey was all the rage in Burlington, Mass., especially in his neighborhood.

Manny Legace's sprawling save in Anaheim got recognized in the Top-10 last week, coming in at #4. Well done, little man! Re-live the moment:


Finally, Hurricanes' Bowman eager to get to NHL ASAP - NHL.com The Carolina Hurricanes' prospect Drayson Bowman is eager to make take the next step. (this link is a repeat from the comments last night - but worth repeating for those who missed it.)

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