Daily Cupcakes: January 24th, 2011

 


Since there is absolutely no news about the Avalanche lately, let's start today's Cupcakes with a preview of the game against St-Louis. Seems like a good night for Chris Stewart to re-become CGDS, no?

St. Louis allowed five unanswered goals and lost for the eighth in 10 games Saturday, 5-2 to Columbus. The Blues did not record a shot during a 15:57 stretch that overlapped the first intermission.

A little mention about T.J. Galiardi

Lake Erie could have used T.J. Galiardi, who was demoted from the parent Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday but returned to the Avalanche on Friday to replace an injured player. Galiardi performed well Thursday in the Monsters' 2-1 overtime victory over Rochester; it was his first game with the club since the 2008-2009 season.

 

Evgeni Nabokov sure has put himself in a pickle, I get that he wanted to play for a contender, but hanging up on Garth Snow when he calls?

Snow said when he identified himself on the phone, Nabokov immediately hung up, The Associated Press reported.

I want to clear something up," Nabokov said. "Everybody wrote that Garth Snow left me messages. I have no messages on my phone from him. I didn't talk to him.

 

The best news to come out of the Bruins/ Avalanche game

Coach Claude Julien said Savard wasn’t showing any concussion-like symptoms.

News about the All-Star cast

The Tribune-Review says that Sidney Crosby definitely won't play as he continues to recover from a concussion, and Evgeni Malkin is very unlikely to play as he battles a knee injury and a sinus infection.

And

They've been dropping like flies, and now you can add the Edmonton Oilers' Ales Hemsky and Jordan Eberle to the list of players missing out on the NHL All-Star festivities due to injury.

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Alright, was that enough of a tease? Let's go with some Foppa news and quotes, shall we?

I'm going to start with an article on NHL.com

Forsberg added with a smile: "Hopefully the guys can get a win (Monday against St. Louis) and it'll be a little easier practice on Tuesday."

"It was great," he said. "The guys told me that not too many people have been watching the practices. It's great to be back here. I have great memories. It's definitely better to see some people here. At least they care a little bit."

 

Love hearing that he is still a rink-rat.

After players headed into the dressing room, Forsberg remained on the ice to hone his game. He would've been out there longer had a Zamboni driver not honked a horn so he could prepare the ice for a youth game.

 

Can you imagine being a Swedish reporter, on holidays in the Denver area on Saturday? How about the fact that ESPN has a bunch of articles about Foppa, that has to show his pedigree?!

It is a measure of Forsberg's pedigree that even the notion of a comeback was big news throughout the hockey world. Television cameras were set up to record the moment Saturday, and even a vacationing Swedish reporter was on hand to carry the news back home, where Forsberg remains a god-like figure.

 

An article about both Foppa and Matt Hunwick, I still can't believe how injured Forsberg was during that short season. Really, how can anyone say that this man lacks heart or a love of the game, or skill. Absolutely insane.

Forsberg said yesterday he has undergone more than 10 foot operations. He acknowledged that he was scared during shootouts in the last handful of seasons because he was afraid he might fall.

"He’s a good person. He’s a good player. I had a chance to chat with him real quick [Friday] in the hotel lobby. He seems very happy here.

"That’s what a coach likes to hear. When a guy moves on and he’s happy where he is, that’s great.’’

 

Keeping on how he felt he played in his last year

"I feel better than I did -- I can't say I played well then," Forsberg said. "Most of the goals and stuff you could barely see me in the highlights, if you didn't see the extended version. I have to be better than I was back then."
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