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Memo to Darren McCarty:

Accept the frigging offer

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Moreau Done For The Year

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via TSN,

The injury list continues to mount for the Edmonton Oilers, as the team learned on Monday that captain Ethan Moreau is out for the rest of the season with a broken ankle.

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Tension In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bolts Report,

Things are so tense right now, it wouldn’t shock me whatsoever if John Tortorella is not behind the bench the next time the Lightning take the ice Wednesday against Minnesota.

There is word running through the grapevine that Koules and his partners want to pare back payroll to the floor, which this year is around $38 million. Can you imagine what this team will look like with a payroll under $42 million next season? You might want to get used to it.

read on

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Yea, That Will Work Out Real Well

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from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

A deal sending McCabe to the Islanders remains a longshot at this point, but if Fletcher yields his first-round pick, it could become a real possibility.

more on this…

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Canadiens Game Starts With Defense

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

The player who has made a career out of scoring goals says it’s time the Canadiens started winning a few 1-0 games.

“We know we can score,” Canadiens sniper Alex Kovalev said Saturday, if not speaking specifically of his team’s punchless 3-0 Bell Centre loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“We just have to focus on playing defence more. Lately, we’ve been giving up too many goals. The last three games, we made a couple of bad mistakes and they cost us. It’s important for us to go back to basics….”

continued

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Huselius Should Be Moved

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via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

If indeed the Flames are to be active at this year’s trade deadline, the name Flames fans should hope is in play is that of Kristian Huselius….

Truth is the team has been doing just fine without him for the last month when the one-dimensional dispsy-doodler has chipped in with just one goal in his last 20 outings. It confirms what GM Darryl Sutter has been saying about him all along—he’s not a first-line winger.

He’s rendered useless when the going gets tough, he can’t contribute physically or defensively and he has no future here.

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The Rafters Are Getting Full

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Before we launch into today’s topic, here’s a trivia question: What do the following players have in common? Rick Ley, Al Hamilton, Ken Daneyko, Yvon Labre, Barclay Plager, Johnny McKenzie, Bob Nystrom and Dale Hunter. And you can’t give the Cliff Clavin answer from Jeopardy, “Who are eight people who’ve never been in my kitchen?”

OK, time’s up.

If you guessed they’re nine average to above-average NHLers, you’d be right. But the more interesting distinction shared by these players is this: They’ve all had their numbers retired.

continued

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Rangers Interested In Boyle

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sources have told The Post that the Rangers’ interest in Boyle goes far deeper than merely acquiring the defenseman as a rental. Indeed, it is believed that GM Glen Sather would ask for permission to negotiate a long-term contract with Boyle, among the most feared power play quarterbacks in the NHL, prior to pulling the trigger on a trade.

The Boyle situation is complicated by incoming ownership’s strong preference that Brad Richards, whose contract runs for three more seasons at $7.8M, be moved as a pre-condition to keeping the defenseman

more on the Rangers…

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Medical Records Get Traded Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

The NHL last season mandated that its 30 teams begin using a new computer program created by Toronto’s Sutton Medical Technologies Ltd. to digitize the medical files of the league’s 700-odd players, and those playing in the minors.

A year on, league and medical-industry executives say Sutton’s program has been embraced by team officials and has added a new and unlikely wrinkle to player signings and trades. The NHL is the first North American pro league to use the technology. Unlike other leagues like the NBA that insist players pass a physical exam before being traded, the NHL has no such rule. In past seasons, that left some teams agreeing to acquire players without insisting they first pass a physical. And in many cases, a player’s complete medical file wouldn’t be forwarded to his new club until weeks after he joined the team.

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Devils Looking At St. Louis Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

When Blues defenseman Barret Jackman goes on the league-wide market today, it will be a signal that the Devils couldn’t come up with a satisfactory package to land the 2003 Rookie of the Year, an upcoming unrestricted who doesn’t turn 27 until March 5.

The asking price will be a first-rounder, a star prospect and a valuable veteran, and that would probably be too much for Lamoriello. Instead, the Devils’ GM would more likely turn to Jay McKee from the Blues’ backline by tomorrow’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.

read on

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