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Questions With Answers

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What’s up with the Atlanta Thrashers and the New York Islanders? They trade away players and show signs of life?

Kudos to first-year coaches Scott Gordon (Islanders) and John Anderson (Thrashers) for not just keeping their teams focused, but actually winning in the wake of the March 4 trade deadline.

The Isles sent defenseman Chris Campoli and center Mike Comrie to Ottawa and Bill Guerin to Pittsburgh, and are without Doug Weight and Rick DiPietro, but are 4-1-0 in their past five games, including wins over New Jersey and Buffalo.

Atlanta, meanwhile, is playing its best hockey of the season after dealing two top defensemen, Mathieu Schneider and Niclas Havelid, to Montreal and New Jersey, respectively. The Thrashers are 7-4-1 in their past 12 games and have defeated Calgary, Montreal and Carolina along the way.

more questions and answers about the Sharks, Wings, Bruins and Flyers to name a few teams…

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Homer Back, Hossa Close

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from Dave Dye of the Detroit News,

Tomas Holmstrom is expected to be back in the Red Wings’ lineup Tuesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes, but not Marian Hossa.

Hossa, who has missed the last two games after crashing head-first into the boards last week, practiced Monday and hopes to play Thursday against the Calgary Flames.

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK— Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 8..

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Rangers/Bruins On NBC Ratings

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from Puck the Media,

NBC must be super excited about having another Ranger game to air next week.  The network’s telecast of New York’s victory over Boston drew a 1.0/3 in the 12:30 timeslot, according to Sports Business Daily.  It’s about even with the comparable Pens-Capitals telecast from last year, and should equal or beat the final 0.8 rating Pittsburgh-Washington drew a year ago.

a bit more...

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All About The On-Ice Officials

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Mike Robitaille of the Buffalo Sabres TV crew sits down for part one of an exclusive interview with NHL Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom.

Watch the 2nd part of the interview here.

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Hossa Practicing

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Update 1321 EST:  Hossa’s out.  Homer’s in.  Happy’s heaving.

Freep

Hossa has missed the last two games because of injuries, and Mike Babcock said after practice that Hossa won’t play tomorrow, either. Hossa said he hopes to be back Thursday against Calgary.

“The knee didn’t bother me when I was skating, which was good sign,” Hossa said. “My neck is a little stiff, still, but it’s slowly getting better.”

Hossa was hurt last Tuesday at St. Louis when he crashed head first into the boards, leaving his neck, back and right knee tender.

Babcock said Jiri Hudler missed practice because he’s sick, and wasn’t sure of his availability for tomorrow. Tomas Holmstrom, though, is definitely in tomorrow; he’s been out since last month because of a sports hernia.

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Van Ryn Done For The Year

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from TSN,

Mike Van Ryn’s injury riddled first season in Toronto has come to an end.

Maple Leafs’ head coach Ron Wilson told reporters Monday that the blue liner had suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and would miss the remainder of the season.

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Talking Head Hits At The GM Meetings

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

On the opening day of the annual NHL general managers’ meetings, the NHL Players’ Association proposed a new rule concerning hits to the head.

The proposal was delivered to the league’s GMs on Monday morning by NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly. It calls for three different penalties ranging from a two-minute minor to a match penalty for any player who “either intentionally or recklessly targets the head of that player and makes contact with any part of his body, whether it’s a hand, an elbow or a shoulder,” Kelly said.

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added 12:57pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

In addition to the head-checking issue, Kelly and Healy raised a number of other issues from the NHLPA perspective:

Kelly wants to see if NHL players may be able to participate in the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. The tight turnaround of the NHL schedule break may currently prevent that, but the NHLPA believes it would be a wonderful marketing opportunity for NHL players to be included as part of the Olympics’ opening ceremonies as a number of them could end up as flag bearers for their respective countries.

more topics…

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Keys To The Penguins Turnaround

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from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

There’s some bad news for the playoff contenders in the East. The defending conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins have found their way, winning six straight games, including all five on their just completed road swing. And it gets worse; the Pens will play nine of their next 10 games at home.

With that kind of schedule, the Penguins still can play themselves into a No. 4 seed and home-ice advantage in the first round.

I see a couple of obvious reasons for the club’s turnaround.

For me, the biggest reason is the return of top defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who missed the first 56 games after having preseason shoulder surgery.

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Horton Out With Broken Finger

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Florida center Nathan Horton will be out an undisclosed amount of time after having surgery to repair the ring finger on his left hand, The Miami Herald’s David J. Neal is reporting.

Horton told Neal today at Incredible Ice that his hand was stepped on right before David Booth scored his third goal against the Blues on Saturday. Horton had surgery following the game and has his hand in a splint. He says the trainers have not given him a timetable for a return.

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added 2:00pm, Miami Herald now reporting Horton will miss 2-4 weeks and McCabe dealing with orbital bone issue.

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