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Babcock: Filppula’s Going Nowhere

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That’s according to Khan(!), who blogged from the evil depths of Rexall today.

Also worth noting that, as rumors swirl prior to Tuesday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, Babcock said Valtteri Filppula isn’t going anywhere. He had been rumored as possible trade bait for Atlanta’s Marian Hossa. Filppula was back on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom in practice.

Believable? Yes.  Could Babcock by lying?  Yes.  Gut tells you?  Fil’s staying.

And from Helene St. James’ blog,

“Guys like Val Filppula and (Johan) Franzen, they’re not going anywhere, I can tell you that right now,” Babcock said.

And how about “guys like Hudler, Kopecky or Lebda?”  No word on that…yet.

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Mara Out Two Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Blue Notes at Newsday,

Paul Mara is undergoing surgery for broken facial bones today and is expected to be sidelined for two weeks.

Mara was hammered in a helmet-to-helmet hit by the Sabres’ Pat Kaleta on Saturday in the first period and didn’t return.


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  Tags: paul+mara

Floppa Returns to Tenth Place Dive

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Hey…did ya hear?  Yep. The Emperor had it about fifteen minutes ago.

Continue Reading »

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Forsberg To The Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has come to terms with unrestricted free agent Peter Forsberg on a new contract through the 2007-2008 season. 

“We’re proud to announce to our fans that Peter Forsberg has decided to come back and play with our franchise where he’s enjoyed so much success early in his career,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “His addition should complement our roster and will bring our team to an even higher competitive level.”

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Columbus Still Working On Deal For Foote

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

With less than 24 hours to go before the NHL trade deadline, the Blue Jackets are continuing to negotiate a contract extension with captain Adam Foote, while a possible trade for Tampa Bay center Brad Richards remains in play.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson expects to speak with Foote’s agent, Rick Curran, either later tonight or early Tuesday.

The two sides are working on a two-year contract worth between $3 million and $4 million per season.


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  Tags: adam+foote

Stars Get Boucher Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Dallas Stars,

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has activated defenseman Philippe Boucher from the Injured Reserve. Boucher had shoulder surgery on December 5 and has missed the last 38 games due to the injury.

Boucher, 34, has registered one goal and 10 assists for 11 points with 24 penalty minutes in 28 games with Dallas this season. He currently ranks second on the club in average ice time (22:20) and third in blocked shots (54).


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  Tags: phillipe+boucher

Report- Campbell Could Play His Last Game In Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres fans attending tonight’s game should say goodbye to Brian Campbell.

The News has learned the game against Philadelphia is expected to be Campbell’s final one in Blue and Gold. A trade before Tuesday’s 3 p.m. deadline will end an eight-year run for the defenseman.


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  Tags: brian+campbell

New Canadiens Practice Facility Collapses

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

Sections of a training facility being built for the Montreal Canadiens collapsed in Brossard on Monday afternoon.

The centre was being built in the South Shore suburb near Autoroute 10 and 30.

Half of the steel structure gave way around 1:30 p.m. ET, giving crews a major shock, police said.


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  Tags: habs, training+facility

Sutter Has No Plans To Trade Tanguay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

With 24 hours to go until the NHL’s trade deadline, the Calgary Flames don’t appear willing to deal away winger Alex Tanguay.

General Manager Darryl Sutter told reporters on Monday afternoon that he is not trading Tanguay and he likes the make up of his team.


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  Tags: alex+tanguay

Youth Isn’t Everything

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

As the trading deadline approaches, fans prepare for the familiar scene. 

The also-rans ship out their veterans. In return, they may take youngsters with potential, but only when they can’t get first-round draft picks.  Those first-rounders are widely believed to be the most valuable currency in the National Hockey League.

Listen to the average fan and he knows the answer: “You’ve got to build through the draft,” he will say. “You need to start with good young kids and you only get them with high draft picks.”

Nice theory. Totally wrong.


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  Tags: nhl+draft, prospects

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