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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Reacting to criticisms from Bill Watters, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns the Leafs, has expunged from the Air Canada Centre all references to the Toronto broadcaster.

Advertisements promoting the Watters afternoon radio show on AM640 Toronto have been removed from the arena’s electronic display panel.

Posters publicizing the show have disappeared.

“We provided them with new material once we were told the Watters stuff had to come down,” Gord Harris, AM640’s program director, said yesterday.

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Played By Foote

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Thoughts that have remained dormant for years have worked to the front of my brain this week. Wisps of memory have emerged, unbidden, and they’re telling me that we’ve all been played by Adam Foote, that he is not the leader of men that he purported to be, and not just because he quit the Blue Jackets….

Lesson No. 1: Foote said he put his Dublin house on the market last summer because he wanted to “downsize.” What he didn’t say was he was hunting for a smaller house in the greater Denver area.

Lesson No. 2: Foote professed shock that he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche—yet he rigged the game for just this outcome.

Here’s what we know:

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We’ll Take Your Goalies, You Take Ours

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from the Ottawa Sun,

Senators coach and GM Bryan Murray is never afraid to think outside the box.

That’s why one of the best stories post-trade deadline is how he tried to package both his goaltenders, Martin Gerber and Ray Emery, put them in the box, and try a 2-for-2 deal.

continued

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He Didn’t Call “Net”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sports Network,

The Sharks took a 3-1 lead on an odd goal. Craig Rivet blasted a shot from the high slot that hit a stick in front, went over the net and appeared to hit the mesh on top of the boards, which would have whistled the play dead. The puck went to the low right side where Setoguchi knocked it in with 10:43 to play. Since a goal can’t be reviewed for a dead puck, the score was allowed to stand.

Wings lose the game 3-2.  I was at the game and saw the play.  When the puck hit the netting behind the goal, I basically relaxed, expecting a whistle and a face-off. Tthe next thing you know, the puck is in the net and the Sharks are celebrating a goal.

On-ice officials missed it, plain and simple, nothing you can do but move on to the next game…

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Hossa Expects to be Out Roughly a Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

But it’s not all bad news. Hossa considered himself fortunate to have avoided anything more disastrous than the mild sprain of his medial collateral ligament he did suffer.

With the Penguins in Ottawa to face the Senators on Saturday, Hossa, wearing a brace, was able to work out off the ice to rehab his knee while his teammates ran through a practice at Scotiabank Place on Friday afternoon.

‘‘It’s bad news, but it’s also good news because I didn’t know what to expect and it’s a first-degree MCL and it should be better within hopefully a week,’’ he said.

more…

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Pronger Talks About Stick To Mouth

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from the OC Register,

While Pronger’s absence figures to be considerably closer to one week than six, the injury was and remains scary. Sharp, who scored immediately off an offensive-zone faceoff, struck Pronger flush with a big follow-through.

“Those plays happen probably 10 times a game, where a guy is following through and he might hit the guy in the chest or hit the guy in the helmet, or just miss the guy,” Pronger said. “I was pulling out of the way. I saw it coming. I was too close. Things like that happen all the time. He took a pretty good swing at it. Stuff happens. The old adage – what comes around goes around. I’ve hit the odd guy in the head, too. It all plays out in the end. They all even up somehow.”

more on Pronger…

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Brad Richards Conference Call Transcript

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

It’s been a busy week for Brad Richards.  On Tuesday he was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Dallas Stars along with Johan Holmqvist for Mike Smith, Jeff Halpern, Jussi Jokinen and a fourth-round pick in 2009.  Last night he played in his first game for the Stars and made it a memorable one by becoming the first player in NHL history to record five assists in his first game with a team as Dallas defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 7 to 4.

Today, Richards participated in an NHL teleconference and below is the transcript of that Q&A with various members of the media.

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  Tags: brad+richards, dallas+stars, media, tampa+bay+lightning, transcript

Hard To Have A Big Three In Cap World

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

In the cap era especially, isn’t investing heavily in three forwards at the very least a huge risk?

This is a league with some teams operating under a budget and others pushing the cap, and the gaps between the former and latter are widening as the cap goes up. But even for the teams that have clearance to push the upper levels of the cap (leaving some wiggle room for final-minute moves is not being spendthrift, but wise), the issue of how to divide up the available payroll by position is crucial.

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Key Players Down The Stretch

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from Bill Clement at NBC Sports,

Here’s a look at my top six players who should have the most impact on determining how things shake out between now and the final day of the regular season.

Sergei Fedorov

I’m anxious to see which Sergei Fedorov will show up with the Capitals after the trade-deadline deal that sent the six-time All-Star to Washington from Columbus in exchange for Ted Ruth. Will it be the Fedorov who still has the potential to be an extremely valuable on-ice force to a team striving to make the playoffs or will it be the Fedorov who at times becomes invisible.

read on for 5 more players…

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“There is a lot of daggers being thrown around, no question as (Leafs coach Paul Maurice) is going through it, and all coaches do. That’s part of the business. Listen, I’m not going to do my job to please people. My job is to do the job the correct way, and I’m going to stay with the way I feel it’s supposed to be done….”

Any guesses on who said that?

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