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The Bolts Break-Up

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from Eric Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

The Fantastic Four is no more.

The quartet of pillars the Lightning built their franchise around is down to a trio after cornerstone center Brad Richards was traded Tuesday to the Dallas Stars in a five-player deal. In exchange, Tampa Bay received what it hopes will be a No. 1 goaltender in 25-year-old Mike Smith.

“I think it’s a good deal,” Lightning coach John Tortorella said. “And I hate saying that because Brad Richards is involved in it. But you put that aside and you think of the business part of it and how it helps your team.”


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Once and Future Wings

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Couple stories to point you to this morning. First, Jiri Fischer will be returning to the ice in an exhibition in Saginaw this Saturday.

On Saturday, the hockey champion will make his first public appearance on the ice since his heart stopped beating. He will raise money to bring devices like the one that revived him to rinks, schools and nonprofit agencies across mid-Michigan.

Fischer will join doctors and paramedics in a 5 p.m. charity hockey game at TheDow Event Center’s Wendler Arena, 303 Johnson, Saginaw.


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Big Numbers

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

TSN’s Internet platform was busy yesterday. TSN.ca had 11.855 million page views as of 6 p.m. EST (preliminary figures), the second largest total after the 13.9 million views on the 2006 deadline day. The streamed TV coverage received 1.270 million hits over 10 hours, more than double last year’s total of 607,000. The Sportsnet and Score numbers were unavailable.

more on the TV coverage from the stations mentioned above…

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Hey, It’s A Start

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

There was no giant trade for the Maple Leafs. There was no Philadelphia Story. There was no garage sale reduction of salaries.

Trade Deadline Day was everything that is Maple Leafs these days: The production did not meet the promise.

But at least, and in fairness, consider the miserable circumstances Cliff Fletcher found himself in. Between the bad contracts, the no-trade arrangements, and the players of little value, this was at least a start for the Leafs.

read on

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Like The Good Old Days

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from Woody Paige at the Denver Post,

These are not the good old days of the Avalanche, but they are the good-news days for the Avs.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and their Hole-in- the-Wall Gang are riding together again, some for the first time.

Nobody knows how the season will skate out, but the fun’s about to begin.

Get my swan costume ready. I feel the thrill.


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Panic In Ottawa

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Once considered a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, the Senators are looking like easy, first-round playoff fodder—if they manage to hang on and qualify for the post-season tournament.

Crazy talk? Don’t think so. They have a nine-point cushion now, but the air is leaking out.

Hence, the growing speculation that Paddock will be replaced behind the bench by GM Bryan Murray, who took the team to the Stanley Cup final last season.

read on

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How Did Joe Know

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from Working the Corners,

(Joe) Thornton also told about seeing Campbell in a New York restaurant at the start of this road trip. That story got out to the national media when Campbell mentioned it at his phone conference call. But he didn’t mention how Thornton jokingly called Campbell over to the table where the Sharks were dining and asked the Buffalo defenseman if he’d like to be introduced to his new teammates. The man’s a prophet as well as a points machine.

more on the Sharks…

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Stars Get Their Man

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from Gil LeBreton of the Star-Telegram,

Doug Armstrong, fired from the GM job last November, searched in vain for nearly six years to find the Stars an impact scoring forward.

And the Ambassador of Fun finds one in three months?

Stars fans should be delirious. To get Richards, as well as backup goaltender Johan Holmqvist, Hull and Jackson had only to relinquish goalie Mike Smith, winger Jussi Jokinen and center Jeff Halpern.

NHL pundits are calling it the hockey equivalent of the lopsided Lakers-Grizzlies Pau Gasol trade


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Gainey Taking A Chance

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from Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com,

The general manager of the Montreal Canadiens didn’t make the biggest splash at the NHL trade deadline. But he might have shown the most nerve.

Bob Gainey dumped his only veteran goaltender, dealing Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals.

Gainey is staking the franchise on a 20-year-old goalie with 12 NHL wins.


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Jokinen Expected To Get Panthers Into The Playoffs

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from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Olli Jokinen, favorite son of Canadian rumor mills, remained with the Panthers—as he fully expected.

He was so worried about being traded, he said Tuesday would be pretty routine. ‘‘I’m going to go home,’’ he said, ``eat some lunch, pick up my kids and go to the park like always. Nothing’s going to change.’‘

Florida coach and general manager Jacques Martin said teams asked about Jokinen, but ``from Day One, as I’ve said, you always try to improve our club and I wouldn’t make a deal that wasn’t good for the organization.’‘

‘‘Olli’s here, he should have piece of mind that the trade deadline is over,’’ Martin said. ``But the mandate hasn’t changed. We expect him to get us into the playoffs.’‘

more on the Panthers…

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