Mike Modano Still Has It

Veteran Mike Modano continues to show that even at 39 years of age he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. Heading into the season many believed that this 20 year veteran who has spent his entire career with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars organization would retire once his contract was up after this season. Modano who led the Stars to a 1999 Stanley Cup once again showed on Friday night that age hasn’t caught up to the former 1988 first overall pick. With four points in his last five games Modano continued his strong play with two goals in leading his Stars to a 3-2 win at home against the Colorado Avalanche. A huge reason for his strong play is that his coach Marc Crawford has instrumented a plan to give Modano some much needed rest between games to avoid any fatigue down the stretch. “I’ve been feeling much better lately,“ Modano who has now scored six goals in his past eight games said. “I`ve been able to rest up and primarily focus on games.“ In helping Dallas achieve their fifth straight home win Modano passed Mats Sundin for 25th spot on the NHL all time scoring list with 1,351 career points. Even though his best scoring days are behind him Modano who now has 12 goals on the season is still looked upon as a dangerous player among his opponents. “He`s still a dangerous player,“ Colorado centre Paul Stastny said. “He has an unbelievable release and still has one of the best shots. He`s still a threat out there and it showed tonight.“ Dallas who had lost the first two games against Colorado this season got a solid performance from back- up goalie Alex Auld as they moved to within two points of that final playoff spot in the Western Conference with only about a third of the regular season remaining. “We want to put a run together and get in a playoff spot,“ Stars left winger James Neal said. “These points right now are going to mean a lot in the end.“ Besides for Modano also scoring for Dallas on this night was Jamie Benn. Scoring for Colorado was Matt Duchene and T.J. Galiardi.

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Mike Modano Still Has It

Veteran Mike Modano continues to show that even at 39 years of age he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. Heading into the season many believed that this 20 year veteran who has spent his entire career with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars organization would retire once his contract was up after this season. Modano who led the Stars to a 1999 Stanley Cup once again showed on Friday night that age hasn’t caught up to the former 1988 first overall pick. With four points in his last five games Modano continued his strong play with two goals in leading his Stars to a 3-2 win at home against the Colorado Avalanche. A huge reason for his strong play is that his coach Marc Crawford has instrumented a plan to give Modano some much needed rest between games to avoid any fatigue down the stretch. “I’ve been feeling much better lately,“ Modano who has now scored six goals in his past eight games said. “I`ve been able to rest up and primarily focus on games.“ In helping Dallas achieve their fifth straight home win Modano passed Mats Sundin for 25th spot on the NHL all time scoring list with 1,351 career points. Even though his best scoring days are behind him Modano who now has 12 goals on the season is still looked upon as a dangerous player among his opponents. “He`s still a dangerous player,“ Colorado centre Paul Stastny said. “He has an unbelievable release and still has one of the best shots. He`s still a threat out there and it showed tonight.“ Dallas who had lost the first two games against Colorado this season got a solid performance from back- up goalie Alex Auld as they moved to within two points of that final playoff spot in the Western Conference with only about a third of the regular season remaining. “We want to put a run together and get in a playoff spot,“ Stars left winger James Neal said. “These points right now are going to mean a lot in the end.“ Besides for Modano also scoring for Dallas on this night was Jamie Benn. Scoring for Colorado was Matt Duchene and T.J. Galiardi.

Players Want out of Toronto

Things have gone from bad to worse for the spiralling Toronto Maple Leafs who unless a miracle occurs are on the verge of missing the playoffs for a fifth straight season. This one proud franchise who hasn’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967 enter Friday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils on a two game losing streak while sitting 11 points out of a playoff spot. If that wasn’t bad enough for this drastically underachieving club word leaked out of the Leafs camp this week that two players in defenceman Garnet Exelby and forward Jamal Mayers aren’t happy and want out of Toronto. Exelby who provides grit on the Leafs blue line has been seldom used this season which was a huge reason in why he would welcome a trade. “It’s funny how things change and never quite work out the way you hope they might,” Exelby who was traded to the Leafs last summer from the Atlanta Thrashers said. “I understand we have a team that’s deep in defenceman and it’s tough for me to get in the line-up and stay in the line up. It’s been that way all year.”  “If there’s not much use for me here then I’ll be happy to go somewhere if it helps the team and so something that’s right for the organization.”  Meanwhile Mayers who is  his 12th season wants to go to a team that will give him more ice time. To the credit of both players they refuse to pout and create bad karma by not working hard for what is now a fragile Leafs team who after 53 games find themselves 10 games under .500 with a 17-27-10 record. “The reality is that I am a Leaf and I’m going to continue to work hard,” Mayers who has five points this season said. “That won’t change and hopefully people notice that.”

Markov versus Price

It will be interesting to see what kind of carry over the heated controversy between defenceman Andrei Markov and goalie Carey Price will have on their club. According to various reports these two teammates got into a heated verbal exchange following a recent 4-3 overtime loss last Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues. Apparently only half the players came to the goalie’s defence when Markov questioned the young goalie. Markov, who has scored 16 points in only 19 games this year told Price, ” If you are not going to play with heart, stay home.We don’t need you here.” Price who is a former 2005 first round Montreal draft choice has 11 wins this season with a 2.73 GAA and a .913 save percentage

Ottawa Senators on A Roll

The Ottawa Senators managed quite the feat last Tuesday night when they chased arguably the best goalie of all- time in New Jersey Devils Martin Brodeur out of the game. Tonight they beat teh Pittsburg Peguins handily 4-1 to make it seven in a row. Riding the momentum of a six game winning streak when they met the Devils, Ottawa was not intimidated by the all time wins leader in Brodeur who on this night surrendered three goals on only 12 shots before getting the hook. Meanwhile Sens goalie Brian Elliott who was the NHL’s first star last week stood tall in making 24 saves in shutting out the Devils 3-0. Elliott who won his fifth straight start and now has three shutouts on the season had a relatively easy night as Ottawa who are now fifth in the Eastern Conference took control of things by jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead on first period goals from Alex Kovalev and Milan Michalek. Another good sign for Ottawa came in the second when Jason Spezza who earlier missed 20 games due to injury looked to be rounding into form as he scored the game’s third goal. It was a perfect night for the streaking Senators as they managed to beat New Jersey for the first time since October 27, 2007. On a side note Brodeur has now been pulled in three of his last 10 starts.

Sheldon Souray Wants to Stay in Edmonton

Veteran defenceman Sheldon Souray wants to make it absolutely clear that he is not asking out of Edmonton. This 33 year-old who has scored 13 points this season in only 34 games stressed that he wants to remain with the rebuilding Oilers but knows that he might be asked by management to waive his no-trade clause at the March deadline. Souray who is from Alberta recently had a sit down with Oilers GM Steve Tambellini and submitted a list of teams he would go to if in fact they wanted to trade him for some younger players. “The ball’s in their court,” Souray who signed a five year contract in July 2007 said. It’s been a nightmarish season for the Oilers who in the next few weeks are expected to make several moves geared towards the future. Even though they have only one win in their past 18 games and are miles out of a playoff spot Souray was adamant that he wasn’t asking to be traded. “There were reasons I chose Edmonton, so the situation will have to be a good one for me to change,” he said. “But they could wait (until July) and do whatever they want. Maybe they’ll want to keep me here. Maybe they’ll move me out.” There is no question that Souray who is a former 1994 New Jersey Devils draft choice will fetch lots of interest leading up to the March 3 deadline. This veteran who had his best season with the Montreal Canadiens in 2007 with 26 goals is a big boost to any power play and at 6 foot 4 is a physical force in his own end.

Vincent Lecavalier Going to the Rangers?

It seems like a hockey season is never complete without a Vincent Lecavalier trade rumour.This Tampa Bay Lightnings 11 year veteran who is the franchise leading scorer has been reportedly offered to the New York Rangers who are in desperate need for scoring. Even though Lecavalier is having an off season this former first overall draft choice who scored 52 goals only two years ago is on pace for a respectable 21 goals and 70 plus point campaign.When reached for comment Lightnings GM Brian Lawton strongly denied the swirling rumours that reportedly had Lecavalier being traded for defenceman Wade Redden, Matt Gilroy and one of two forwards in Brandon Dubinsky or Ryan Callahan. “I haven’t talked to Glen Sather (Rangers GM) in weeks so that is completely false that he contacted me to inquire about that,” Lawton said. “It absolutely did not happen.” Tampa Bay who with 48 points sit four points out of an Eastern Conference playoff spot believe that Lecavalier will have a huge second half that will propel them into a post season position. “I still think it’s going to happen for him,” Lawton said. “I still think he gets 30 plus goals. It will take a big push for him to get that, but I atill think he is capable of that.” “He’s that dynamic and he has that skill level.” A year ago Lawton was denying a rumour that had Lecavalier going to the Montreal Canadiens.