Flames Forward Marc Savard has seen his entire season become mired in controversy. All seemed to be going well for Savard in Calgary going into the season, but he’s had a dismal year up to this point; he’s had a clash with the system the team plays; disgruntled over being bumped of star player Jarome Iginla’s line, and has constantly quarreled with coach Greg Gilbert. Savard is an offensively gifted player on an offensively starved team, and he should be a tremendous part of the group, but he’s not. Now its up to GM Craig Button to decide whether its worth it to keep Savard and try to resolve the situation, or deal the most marketable of your expendable players to help shore up extremely the poor depth up front.
Four games into the season Savard was kneed by Detroit winger Darren McCarty, and sustained a knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for six weeks. In his absence Iginla was paired with Craig Conroy and the two, along with Roman Turek, carried the team to a 13-2-2 start. When Savard came back, the team started to slump. It was unsure what do with Savard, because of the success Iginla and Conroy had enjoyed.
Eventually, Iginla was primarily kept on Conroy’s line and Savard was forced to play with less talented linemates, and saw his
production drop accordingly. Last year Savard enjoyed a career year, scoring 65 points, but his shortcomings, namely poor defensive play, were overlooked. Savard was a +12 last season, but his lack of commitment to the defensive game really came under scrutiny this year now that he has only 18 points in 33 games. In Read more»
Team: Toronto St. Michael’s Majors
Birthdate: Dec. 13, 1984
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario
Weight: 185 lbs
·Was St. Michael’s 2nd round pick in the 2000 OHL draft
·Klein is considered to be a top prospect for the 2003 NHL draft Read more»
For every dark cloud, there’s a silver lining, goes the old saying. After a bittersweet silver medal performance at the World Junior Championships three weeks ago, Jarrett Stoll’s silver lining isn’t much compensation for what he considers a dark cloud of losing the gold medal game to Russia. Even being named both WHL player of the week (Jan. 13-19) and a WHL Western Conference All-Star selection was little solace for the still simmering emotions.
Improving on the bronze medal performance a year earlier by Canada in Moscow, the captain of the 2002 national junior squad had the unenviable assignment of accepting the silver for his teammates. As team leader, it was one of the more difficult duties he had to perform. “It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with in hockey,” said Stoll after arriving back in Cranbrook after a week’s vacation at home in Saskatchewan.
Although an experience of a lifetime and the country’s best result in four years, the second place finish still leaves a bitter taste in Stoll’s mouth. So much so that some three weeks after the end of the tournament the Yorkton native still hadn’t seen the now infamous overhead T.V. shot of the Russian goaltender Serguei Mylnikov purposely pushing the net off it’s moorings with less than twenty seconds remaining as the Canadians buzzed around the net in a wild flurry looking for the tying goal. It’s an offense that should’ve warranted a penalty shot and could’ve turned silver into gold for Canada. “The Russians getting the medal and taunting us the way they did and the way the game ended Read more»