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Maybe He Should Take The Train

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Babcock said he has no idea about Kronwall’s status.

“We brought him back from injury (sprained MCL) way longer after we expected. We thought he was out for four weeks and then he was out for forever,” Babcock said. “We thought he was as healthy as can be. He kind of got hit from behind in the leg (in San Jose on Feb. 2) and then he was fine, no problem. He practiced the other day, was fine. He got on the plane, he couldn’t move.”


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Halak Hooked On Chocolate Milk

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Jaroslav Halak seems in the mood for confession, so it’s worth a shot: “What’s your greatest weakness, Jaro? Low stick-side? Five-hole? High glove-side?” “No,” the Canadiens goaltender says without a heartbeat’s hesitation. “It’s chocolate milk. Since I was a kid, I’ve had to have it every morning. Half a litre now, at home and on the road.

“When I started walking, I had a chocolate milk in my hand. When I was a baby, I had it in my bottle.” Halak laughs and leans back in his chair, chatting late afternoon this week in a Crescent St. restaurant. He is drinking tea.

“But my bottle on top of the net,” he says, “is just water.”

continue for a look at Halak…

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Morning Line

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“I don’t think he was ready to play.  He knew he was going to play. He’s had 12 days of practice and a game [in the minor leagues] under his belt. It’s his responsibility to be ready.”

“When you say, he’s rusty, it’s an excuse,” he added. “And excuses aren’t tolerated. The puck’s going through his legs? He’s been making that save since he was seven years old.”

-Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau on goaltender Semyon Varlamov.  More on the Capitals loss from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post.

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A Roster Move Is Coming, I Can Feel It In My Bones

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Update 16:45 According to the Mainpage Maltby may go on LTIR to get shoulder surgery and clear cap space for Lilja’s return.

St. James

In order to clear the last $700,000 needed, general manager Ken Holland said forward Kirk Maltby might go on long-term injured reserve because of a chronic shoulder injury that will, at some point, require surgery…
Holland said, “...Kirk Maltby has been playing with a chronic shoulder since last June, and it’s been progressively getting worse and worse and worse. He maybe should have had an operation earlier in the year, but given all the injuries that hit us, we were in no position to do it. So we’re going to have doctors in the next couple of days really look at his shoulder and see, is surgery something we should be looking at? So that’s also a possibility.”

Update 15:35 Other than waiving May, there have been no roster moves.  The roster freeze is now in effect until after the Olympic break.

Update 12:20 From the Mainpage:

May on waivers is official.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/12/10 at 12:13 PM ET


During the Wings/Sharks game Mickey Redmond indicated that Tick Tock said a roster move will be made Friday.

The presence of many pro scouts at the game is a good indication that will be the case.

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Lightning Could Be Adding Players

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from Damien Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

GM Brian Lawton didn’t make any predictions as to what the Lightning will do at the trade deadline, but he said being part of the playoff race means the team could be a buyer.

That, and Lawton said prospective owner Jeff Vinik, who already is writing payroll checks, is open to adding payroll if the right deal comes along.

“I explained what we were doing as a management group, and it didn’t rankle Jeff,” Lawton said. “We’re looking to be aggressive. That’s the way we’ve been preparing for the last month and a half as we see how the team is doing. Our people are out doing what they should be doing to prepare a team that hopefully stays in the hunt for a playoff spot.”


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No Untouchables In Florida

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via George Richards at his On Frozen Pond’s Facebook,

Let the rumors begin: Randy Sexton says no one—including Tomas Vokoun—off limits in trade talks with Panthers.

If Vokoun dealt, look for it tomorrow. Panthers GM Randy Sexton said other night that big money should be moved before Olympics.

added 9:10pm, via a tweet from George Richards,

Have just been informed that Tomas Vokoun WILL NOT waive no trade, at least not now

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Just Who Is This Keith Yandle Everyone Seems To Be Talking About?

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from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

General Manager Don Maloney says Yandle continues to mature, pointing to role models such as Jovanovski, Michalek and Adrian Aucoin who can show him how to prepare. As his minutes piled up, Yandle’s confidence grew proportionately, Maloney said.

“Now, rather being viewed as a young, developing player, we view Keith as a player we count on the generate offense from our blue line while playing sound defense. He is a very important player for us.”

Yandle’s ice time was in the mid-teens before the injuries hit, and then it increased by five to 10 minutes a game. Tippett said Yandle grasped the opportunity and responsibility when it was presented to him.

“He’s continued to build on that,” Tippett said. “He’s a young player, still has some things to learn, but he has a real fearless energy for the game. What we try to get him to do is to play smart, use the skills that he has but don’t play reckless, and he’s done a good job of that.”


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The Prospective Dallas Stars Owner?

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Allen Americans owner Doug Miller’s name keeps coming up as I try to find out who is interested in buying the Stars.

Several people offer ``no comment’’ when I ask about Miller, and Miller just told me on the phone that he also has no comment on the subject. But Miller makes sense. He was interested when Tom Hicks put the team up for sale a few years ago and then pulled it off the market, and he is a huge part of hockey in North Texas.

Miller, 61, has owned the Dallas Stars AAA Midget Major team for years, and his son Austin played there and on the Texas Tornado. Miller started the expansion Allen Americans this season, and has had strong success on the ice and off in Allen. He shares ownership on that team with former NHL player Steve Duchesne, while former Stars defenseman Craig Ludwig serves as an assistant coach with the AAA Midget Major team, so Miller has contacts with NHL players.


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Kypreos Reports Dominic Moore Traded To Montreal

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from Nick Kypreos Twitter,

Trade. Fla..Dom Moore to mtl for 2nd round pick.

added 6:37pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

I can confirm Fla has traded centre Dominic Moore to Montreal for a second round draft in 2011, pending trade call with NHL.

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