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Regehr Deals With Trade Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

With the Feb. 28 trade deadline fast approaching, Regehr can expect to hear and read even more speculation in the coming weeks during the countdown to what is shaping up like an unofficial national holiday north of the border.

“It’s part of what goes on with pro sports,” Regehr said. “I’ve been here for a long time now. Every so often things like that heat up.

“There’s really nothing I can do about it until I get approached by Jay (Feaster) or someone else who wants to talk about that.”

Internet rumours run rampant that Regehr has agreed in the past to waive his no-movement clause, but the rugged defenceman said he hasn’t been approached on the subject.

“So far that hasn’t happened,” he said. “I just have to go out there and play. There’s certain (media) guys who have had me traded since the fall.”

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Red Wings-Senators game thread: axing Ackbar

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

The Red Wings chose not to skate at an unfamiliar rink where they’ll face an unfamiliar team tonight (7 PM EST start, FSD/TSN/WXYT) because Kanata is a good half hour west of downtown during the best of times, so and the Wings are facing the classic Ackbar equation as the Senators have all the qualities of the kind of team that lurks in the weeds and tends to beat the Wings on a nationally (Canadian) televised game—a “hot” rookie goaltender, a trapping style of play, a seven-game losing streak and, for good measure, two pains-in-the-butt returning in Jarkko Ruutu and Jesse Winchester.

Here’s hoping that the Wings keep the bad times rolling in Ottawa.  Live blog it, if you will.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“If I had to make a decision today, it wouldn’t be that positive, because (the pace of play) was quick.  I’ve just got to keep skating for the next couple of days, and then make a decision very quick.  I’ve just got to keep on working. It’s hard to make a decision after just three (full) practices. I’ve got to keep on skating and see how close I can get.”

-Peter Forsberg, who has been practicing with the Colorado Avalanche.  More from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.

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Thrashers Looking For A Defenseman & Two Forwards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley is actively looking to make a trade to improve a struggling team on the verge of falling out of the playoff race.

Dudley told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that there is a heightened sense of urgency following a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders Tuesday.

As of last night, yes [we are actively looking for a trade],” Dudley said. “Are we looking to do something? Absolutely. We don’t want to let this go. Obviously we haven’t given up on the season. It would be ludicrous. We haven’t given up on improving either. If it doesn’t come from within, it will come from outside.”

The Thrashers hold a tenuous one-point lead on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They have won just seven times in their past 22 games, erasing a once comfortable playoff margin.

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All-Star Weekend Was A Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (February 2, 2011) – The NHL® All-Star weekend, highlighted by the first ever NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco, was a huge success for the League, earning significant increases in viewership in Canada and the United States, a 42 percent increase in sponsorship revenue over the last All-Star Game in the U.S., an all-time record for video starts on NHL.com and the best retail performance for a U.S.-based All-Star Game in seven years.

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THN’s ‘Top Ten 40-year-olds’ list is a sound one

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Hockey News tends to stir up a solid amount of controversy via their “Top Ten” lists, but it’s hard to argue with any of Adam Proteau’s choices as the best players to grace the NHL with their on-ice presences at 40:

7. Chris Chelios This is the first season the NHL has been without Chelios since 1982-83, the year before he made his debut with the Montreal Canadiens. In the 26 seasons that followed, Chelios made the playoffs 24 times, won three Norris Trophies and as many Stanley Cups. In his final season, Chelios also played in the American League, becoming the oldest player in that circuit’s history; he also is the second-oldest player in NHL history.

 

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LeBrun: Pegula May Not Spend To Cap

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

From Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com,

On the Sabres front, Pegula has agreed to buy the team for $189 million ($175 million in cash and $14 million in assumed liabilities). It’s good news for Sabres fans because the dude has deep pockets (he’s worth around $4.7 billion). But I was also told yesterday it doesn’t mean he’s going to spend to the cap every year. He’s rich because he’s made smart business decisions in his life. Buffalo remains a small market no matter who owns the team.

more, including what GM Darcy Regier told LeBrun this morning, and more Sabres and NHL ownership talk with LeBrun and colleague Scott Burnside.

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On a Louis-Marc Aubry, Greg Amadio and Red Wings afternoon gnus

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Updated 3:30 with news about Mike Babcock, Dove softy and Steve Yzerman: The Red Wings raised a few eyebrows when they signed long (6’3”), lean (maybe 180 lbs) and baby-faced Louis-Marc Aubry to an entry-level contract all of three-and-a-half months after drafting him, and the fact that he’s spent the vast majority of the QMJHL season on the Montreal Juniors’ injured reserve list hasn’t helped his stock among some Wings fans, but Wings scout Mark Leach told RedWingsCentral’s Matthew Wuest that the Wings still believe that Aubry’s on track to grow into his body and slowly evolve into a gigantic third-line center:

“The injuries are a bump in the road but he’s a guy who has a big frame and body and he’s just a real smart two-way player,” said Red Wings scout Mark Leach. “He’s real responsible, good wherever he is on the ice, and he just makes things happen. He’s a real committed player who plays well at both ends.”

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Wednesday Observations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

• Lindy Ruff revealed this week he declined to sign a two-year extension from the Sabres earlier this season. That might change with the team being sold to billionaire Terry Pegula. But if Ruff is a free agent in June, he will be in hot, hot demand. If Brian Burke decides that’s it for Ron Wilson, Ruff would be a perfect fit in Toronto.

• Since Tom Renney declared “it won’t surprise me when we make the playoffs,” Oilers are 2-13-3. What was the point, looking back, of exiling Sheldon Souray to the minors again?

• Dwayne Roloson has four shutouts in 11 games. Incredible. The best part of his acquisition was that it was an admission by GM Steve Yzerman that his summer signing of Dan Ellis wasn’t the answer. Unlike the Leafs with Andrew Raycroft and then Vesa Toskala, Yzerman didn’t stubbornly insist Ellis was the man but instead acknowledged he wasn’t and found something better.

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Bolts waive goalie Mike Smith

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per the Tampa Bay Lightning’s official Twitter account:

The Lightning have placed Mike Smith on waivers.

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