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The Ice Is Ready In Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

“There’s no relaxing for the next 48 hours - none, zero,” Craig said emphatically Sunday afternoon.

The NHL’s magic man when it comes to ice is up to his old tricks. People in and around hockey had serious concerns about a hockey rink going up at Ralph Wilson Stadium in less than half the allotted time the league had to build the ice surface at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton four years ago for the Heritage Classic - the NHL’s first outdoor foray for a regular-season game.

So far so good. Craig had his staff split up and work 12-hour shifts so that it was nearly non-stop 24/7 since last Sunday night at 7 p.m. The result? As of Sunday afternoon, they were pretty much right on par with where things stood in Edmonton 48 hours out from game time.

“The rink itself looks fairly well ready to go,” Craig allowed himself to say. “We’re ready to go, let’s drop the puck and play hockey.”

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The NHL In 2008

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Any idiot can tell you what’s happened in the first half of the NHL season. But only this idiot can tell you what’s about to happen in the league’s second half….

Feb. 26: After two weeks of near-hysterical trade rumours, the deadline comes and goes with just one major deal. Anaheim’s Brian Burke orchestrates a three-team trade in which he moves Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry to Buffalo for Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy. Buffalo then sends Getzlaf and Perry to Tampa Bay for Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis before Burke deals Vanek and Roy to Tampa for Getzlaf and Perry and the Lightning ship Vanek and Roy back to Buffalo for Richards and St. Louis.

True, all six players end up on their original teams but TSN fills four hours of programming on the deal.

“I was bored,” Burke explains.

“This is proof the new NHL is working,” says Bettman.

much more

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Rangers Should Wait On Trade

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from the NY Daily News,

The recent mutual observation society involving scouts from the Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets raised anticipation that a deal might be imminent. But the Rangers’ best course of action is to hold off as long as possible in case a big bang is required at the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

more plus another look at Sean Avery…

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Western Swing After Action

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Another productive trip West.  A whitewash of our JV sisters from St. Louis, a grinding win over the mediocre Dive and last night’s slush-fest in Phoenix.  6 possible points: done.

Check this out:  counting OT and the now completely lifeless shootouts, the Wings have lost seven times on the road out of twenty games. 

Of those 7 losses?

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Hurry Up And Sign Cleary

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The Wings have a stacked club, but GM Ken Holland doesn’t want to let unrestricted free agent forward Dan Cleary get away. He may be their most versatile player, creative enough to play with the big boys, strong enough defensively to be a shut-down forward. “Some other team may think Danny can be a No. 2 centre and may offer him a lot of money,” said one NHL scout.

much more Western Conference talk…

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Who Could The Bruins Trade

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from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,

Phil Kessel’s stock recently has plummeted in Boston, so maybe he’s a candidate, but that might be a move the Bruins would regret someday. Sturm, Savard, Murray and Zdeno Chara reportedly have clauses in their contracts that either bar trades or restrict them only to certain teams.

And if you deal Savard or Sturm, where does that leave your already-lame offense? Murray’s trade value, frankly, is limited by his age, salary ($4.15 million), and recent spotty production. Kessel, though the limitations in his game have become glaring recently, still could develop into a superstar in this league, and there are enough ex-Bruins already flirting with the NHL All-Star team right now, thank you.

That brings us back to Axelsson, whose name pops up as trade bait whenever the Bruins have a need.

more

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Rob Blake Would Think About Waiving NTC

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via Adrian Dater at the Denver Post,

He is 38 years old, has a no-trade clause and makes a lot of money. But Rob Blake would still be attractive to many NHL teams at the league trade deadline or sooner, and the former Avalanche defenseman said he would consider waiving his clause to go to the right team.

“(The Kings) would have to come to me first, but, yeah, it’s a possibility,” Blake said, after Saturday’s 3-1 Kings victory over the Avs.

Blake, who played with Colorado from 2001-04, is in the final year of a contract earning him $6 million. With the Kings having the worst record in the NHL, even after Saturday’s win, the team could become sellers by the Feb. 26 deadline. “Hopefully, we can turn things around here first, before any (trade) talk happens,” Blake said.

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14 Goals- 2 Players Had Half Of Them

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ovechkin with 4 goals, Mike Fisher with 3, all in the 3rd period.

Watch all 14 goals in about 7 minutes…

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Bolts Will Not Make Any Significant Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

“I think the answers for now have to come from within,” Feaster said, “certainly until we get a resolution with the sale situation. The one thing we’re not going to do is move the big three. It’s just not going to happen.”

Tortorella echoed that sentiment.

“We’ve got nothing coming this way,” he said. “That’s our way of life right now. We’re talked about this as a group. Don’t hold your hands out looking for help. ... There’s no help in the minors. There’s no help in signings. We have to figure it out.”

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No Outdoor Game For Columbus

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Why couldn’t the Blue Jackets play host to a game in Ohio Stadium? Schedule the Detroit Red Wings or the Pittsburgh Penguins, and you could draw up to 100,000, maybe more, the largest crowd to ever watch a hockey game.

“Logistically, you’ve got issues with the weather and the way we maintain the stadium in the winter,” said Don Patko, Ohio State’s assistant athletic director for facilities. “But we never say never. It would be like setting up for a rock concert.”

Blue Jackets president Mike Priest said Columbus is not on the NHL’s list for cities under consideration.

“It would be a hoot, I’ll grant you that,” Priest said. “But they made it clear that, in their mind, only a few U.S. cities could pull it off.”

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