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Rangers Want Avery Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Larry Brooks at the New York Post:

The Rangers have conducted thorough internal discussions regarding the feasibility of bringing Sean Avery back to Broadway and appear to be on the verge of allowing Dallas to send Hockey’s Public Enemy No. 1 to Hartford in what would be the first step of the process, The Post has learned.

The organizational meetings included management personnel, coaches and players. They yielded a consensus that Avery’s return to the Rangers New York Rangers is very much worth pursuing and that his injection into the lineup this season would be a constructive move.

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Update 10:14am ET: From Steve Zipay at Blue Notes:

Should the Rangers reacquire Avery—-who hasn’t played since Nov. 30 after being suspended for an inappropriate televised remark about former girlfriends and would first have to pass through waivers twice—-it could pretty much detour any other significant deals before the trade deadline.

I think the Rangers could be kicking the tires—-team execs speak a lot—-but I can’t believe this is anything but a long shot for this season, especially after Avery’s remarks about some current Rangers as a Star.

Update 11:36am ET: An overview of all the speculation and issues from Stu Hackel at the NYT Slapshot blog.

Update 12:19pm ET: Deadspin today is looking forward to Avery return, and speculates on his recent behavioral therapy—

The details of his treatment haven’t been specified, but I imagine it’s Avery being shuffled around from doctor to doctor trying to explain that there’s actually nothing wrong with him, and the NHL is just antiquated and boring. Then they show him a picture of a black splotch on a white piece of paper, give him some Prozac, and then pump him full of positive reinforcement before he goes off shopping for chinchilla-lined pea coats.

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Strong Outing From Giguere Gives Carlyle Options

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Coach Randy Carlyle, who had ridden mostly strong play from backup Jonas Hiller for five consecutive games and seven of the previous eight, again has two seemingly attractive options when choosing whom to play in Saturday’s matinee against the Calgary Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

“Hopefully, it’s a starting point for Jiggy,” Carlyle said. “He made some big stops. He gave us a chance, gave us everything he had. That’s a huge positive.

“It’s good to see him back in the net.”

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Up To The Players In Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Via The Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

The Flames failed quite emphatically in yet another opportunity to test their ‘elite team’ credentials against the young, relentless, Hawks.

That’s three losses on the trot. With Anaheim and Montreal due in within the next four days.

Clearly, Sutter and Keenan both took their shot at trying to shake them out of their lethargy. And failed.  It’s now up to the players themselves to get this sorted out before this mini-slide starts getting out of hand, in a hurry.

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Flyers Look To Stem Stupid Penalties

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From The Times Herald,

“Awareness is the one thing that we need to focus on,” Stevens said. “The number did come down a little bit (against Boston) but there’s still a lopsided number between what we draw and what we take.

“It’s like anything else. It’s not something that you’re going to snap your fingers and it’s going to go away. It’s a process that you have to go through before it goes away.”

In other words, bad habits are hard to break.

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Zednik Heating Up In Miami

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From On Frozen Pond,

As many of you may remember, Zednik was really turning things on at this time last season, then that game on Feb. 10 happened in Buffalo. Sure everyone remembers that game. Anyway, if the Panthers are going to be serious contenders for the postseason this year, they’re going to need Zednik to be on.

Check out this quote from one Peter DeBoer: ‘‘He’s a game-breaker. Your best players have to be your best players down the stretch, and he’s in that group of guys. Right now, he’s delivering.’‘

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Update 10:28 am ET (alanah): Video of Thursday’s highlight-reel goal—

 

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Turning Up The Heat On Osgood

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Red Wing execs are not holding back this week about the poor play of Chris Osgood.

With 31 games remaining in the regular season, general manager Ken Holland said it’s vital for Osgood to step up his play—right away.

“Chris Osgood is not even close to where he was last year, but history has shown he’s been able to raise his game,” Holland said. “We need Chris to get his game back—and now.”

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Forsberg Retirement Near?

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Adrian Dater says that may be the case.

We have a story that just came up on denverpost.com, written by a Swedish journalist we hired, detailing Peter Forsberg’s first game of any kind since Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals for the Avalanche against Detroit.

It didn’t go so well. As reporter Anders Ronmark wrote in his story, quoting Forsberg: “This wasn’t fun at all. I have to go home and evaluate this. I don’t want to go into details, but it didn’t feel as good as I hoped it would.”

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AHL Top Teams

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Periodically I like to take a look at what is happening in the AHL.  It is great hockey and since most NHL players spend some time in the AHL in their careers it can directly affect the NHL, yet a large number of NHL fans do not pay attention to it.

This season, there is a two team race that has developed for first place overall in the league.  The race is between the Manitoba Moose (Vancouver Canuck affiliate) and the Hershey Bears (Washington Capital affiliate).  Currently Manitoba leads the league with 71 points, but Hershey is only one point behind with two games in hand.

Manitoba has done things so far by being a defensive power.  Their 117 goals against is the least allowed in the league.  Hershey has done things so far by being an offensive power.  Their 190 goals lead the league.

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Caps Goalie Johnson Out 6-8 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Capitals goalie Brent Johnson will have hip surgery next week and is expected to miss up to two months.

The decision to have the operation was made Thursday. The Capitals said Johnson could be out six-to-eight weeks.

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Peddling the Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail:

Gary Bettman struck out at least three times in attempts to peddle the Phoenix Coyotes, according to multiple sources.

The sources say the NHL commissioner was turned down by Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, by Phoenix Suns majority owner Robert Sarver and by Ken Kendrick, the managing general partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, on separate occasions. All three were said to have backed out after looking at the books of the Coyotes, who are expected to lose as much as $45-million (all currency U.S.) this season.

“It’s not happening,” a source close to Reinsdorf said yesterday. “They’re begging him to do it, but there’s no way. He has no interest. Who would?”

Reinsdorf, Sarver and Kendrick could not be reached for comment. Bill Daly, the deputy commissioner of the NHL, declined to comment.

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