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from the National Post,

“You know, for 365 days, we have ‘GMs 101’ down pat,” (Nashville GM David) Poile joked. “But for that one day we do things we shouldn’t do.”

Why do GMs tend to wait right until deadline day to make those big deals? “Because we don’t want to do it,” he said.

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NHL Debut

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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

Just before the national anthem on Saturday night, Sami Lepisto lifted his head as he stood at center ice. What he saw—a near-capacity crowd at St. Pete Times Forum and, across from him, Tampa Bay Lightning star forwards Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis—might have intimidated most players about to make their NHL debut.

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Killing Time

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from the Detroit Free Press,

As an Eastern time zone team placed in the NHL’s Western Conference, the Wings fly a great deal. The past three days, for example, saw them head to Dallas and to Denver, and on Thursday, they’re scheduled to fly to Calgary, where they begin a three-game trip that also stops in Vancouver and Edmonton. That many airborne hours can’t be killed off solely by snoozing, so players find alternatives.

“Me and Malts talk,” Chris Osgood said of Kirk Maltby, his neighbor on the team’s Red Bird II airplane. “We’re intellectuals, so we have conversations. We talk about love.”

read on

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Cut The Flaps

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from the Vancouver Province,

The NHL has changed its tune with regard to Roberto Luongo’s pads, singling out the Canucks’ star netminder by asking him to chop off his controversial flaps even though other goalies in the league still wear them.

Just two months after Marty Turco and Mike Smith created the so-called “pad flap,” the NHL seems to have reversed its opinion. In response to Turco’s mock protest in December, Kay Whitmore, one of the NHL “goalie police,” said there was nothing wrong with Luongo’s knee flaps, two pieces of equipment that jet out from his leg pads.

Before the Feb. 5 game in Dallas, Luongo was asked by Whitmore to cut them off and he did.

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Update 6:00pm ET: From Scott Morrison at CBC,

There has been a flap over the flaps on Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo’s pads. It was first reported that the NHL told him to remove the flaps. Actually, he was told to properly fasten them down, the way they were intended to be worn.

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Some Trade Chatter

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Lightning GM Jay Feaster is trying to move C Brad Richards, who has a no-trade clause. Feaster would like to keep potential UFA D Dan Boyle, but can’t unless he deals Richards, who is making $7.8 million US a season. Boyle could be headed to the Sharks, Rangers or Senators

Devils D Karel Rachunek is about to be dealt. He was a healthy scratch yesterday vs. the Hurricanes. The chatter is he could be sent to Chicago for C Robert Lang.

read on for more, but it is the same names, just a different day…

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Too Comfortable

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from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,

Vesa Toskala says he’s “comfortable” playing the rest of the season. Of course, when he was losing 7-1 to Washington and platooning with Andrew Raycroft he said he was “comfortable” too. He leaves the impression someone could put him on a bed of nails and, if there was a reporter around, he’d give him a bemused grin and insist that he was, indeed, “comfortable.”

So, we’ll bite: Just how does a team keep its comfort zone when it can win three like Toronto did in January and move all the way up to 13th. Or beat Detroit, Montreal and Ottawa, and not gain an inch?

read on

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Fans Are Watching Columbus Moves

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from Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch,

With the NHL trade deadline a week away, the decision whether to buy or sell rests not only in the mind of Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson, but in the mail of season ticket-holders.

The 2008-09 ticket renewal packages arrived at homes and businesses the past few days. It will be interesting to see if they are immediately returned with a renewal check, are held for a few weeks to see whether the Jackets strengthen the roster through trades—either to add talent now in hopes of making the playoffs or to slash payroll so they can afford to bring in better players in the offseason—or are burned in protest.

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Burke At It Again

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from Slap Shot at the NY Times,

What’s the lead item on the agenda this year from the same men who brought you penalty-shot contests, the trapezoid, and the guaranteed point?

Why, the one-minute penalty!

Three guesses as to who cooked that one up — ah, but you’ve guessed already. Of course you’re right, it’s Brian Burke, GM of the Anaheim Ducks. His take on the proposed rule: “One-minute penalties in overtime just makes so much sense.” Vintage Burke.

more

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Fun For The Whole Family

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Wake up the kids.  Have them bring their Cocoa Puffs to the Commodore 64.  In the event they didn’t see last night’s game on Gary’s Versus, here are the highlights.

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Beat Down

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Mike Keane was on Hockey Night in Canada radio a few weeks ago, talking about his life in the minors playing for the Manitoba Moose.  Hard not to respect the things he had to say, that he realizes he’ll probably never play for an NHL team again; but that he loves hockey and would like nothing more than to help Manitoba to a title.

It was one of those interviews that would typically leave you liking the guy because of what he represents as a hockey player.  And it almost made me forget that Keane referred to the Wings as “cowards” after McCarty dragged Claude Lemieux’s bloody face across the Joe Louis ice, closer to the Wings bench so that Kris Draper could get a better view.

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