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NoteOkie Jeff’s Game Day Thread will appear on A2Y at 1700 so all you trade deadline junkies can get your fix before then. 

This has the potential to be a Cory Cross kinda day.  Just throwing that out there.  There’s a strong possibility that Keith Tkachuk’s treadmill will see more activity today than the cap geniuses in the Wing organ-I-zation.  I just don’t see anything happening.

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The Avery Treatment

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“This was a hard-core 14-day treatment conducted in a lockdown environment in which Sean was grouped with patients who were experiencing serious addiction problems,” said the source, who spoke on the condition of remaining anonymous.

“Sean worked on a technique called, ‘mindfulness,’ which is a type of meditation exercise that gives an individual a type of checklist in his mind that allows him time to consider what he is going to say before he actually says it.

“It’s like installing a switch that slows things down.”

Since completing the two-week program after entering Stage 1 of the NHL/NHLPA behavioral health program, Avery has continued to receive counseling, with regularly scheduled sessions with a personal therapist in New York. These sessions will continue for an indefinite period, perhaps for the remainder of Avery’s career, if not life.


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Pronger Off The Market

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via Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray informed Chris Pronger and his agent Pat Morris his intention is not to move the all-star defenceman at the deadline, according to Sportsnet sources.

With the uncertainty over whether Scott Niedermayer will retire after this season, it’s believed Murray will hold off making further decisions on Pronger until the draft in Montreal in June.

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Good Morning On Trade Day

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from Kevin McGran and Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,

Coffee brewed, scouting charts laid out, and lists of wants and needs neatly organized, the general managers of the NHL’s 30 teams will meet in boardrooms across North America this morning prior to the trade deadline….

If things begin as normal, the morning will go slowly from a public perspective: Perhaps a few fourth liners, or fifth defender for some low-round picks as selling GMs try to talk up the price to the buyers. Behind the scenes, organizations quickly descend into chaos.

read on for a list of players who could or could not be in play today…

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All Nerves, All Day

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Who said it? Someone in the East.

“There are always people who are a little nervous. Maybe their heads aren’t into skating. They really want to know what’s going on or if there are any rumors about themselves.

“It’s a tough day. You try to stay with your cell phones and check what’s going on. There’s nothing else you can do.”

Read on for more…

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Nashville Rising

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Via the Daily Tennessean,

“We talked about staying persistent and good things will happen,’’ Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. “You can only go up the ladder one rung at a time, and Edmonton was the rung tonight that we had to get to.’‘

The Preds will get another chance to reel in a rival Thursday, when they take on sixth place Columbus, which has two more points than Nashville.


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Return Of Vanek Could Be Buffalo’s Best Deal

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From the Buffalo News,

This news is better than virtually any deal the Buffalo Sabres could make before Wednesday’s NHL trading deadline.

Thomas Vanek is back.

The All-Star winger, who was en route to a career year before suffering a broken jaw Feb. 7 in Ottawa, is scheduled to return to the Sabres’ lineup Wednesday night in HSBC Arena against Montreal.


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Injuries Piling Up In Calgary

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From the Calgary Sun,

Looking around the dressing room, you can understand the Calgary Flames feeling like they’re in an episode of M*A*S*H.

All around, players are off to the infirmary.

The latest is Todd Bertuzzi, out day-to-day with a “lower-body” injury. But reportedly could be out a few weeks after going down awkwardly in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“You look around the room and feel you’ve lost all your buddies. ‘Where did all my dinner partners go?, ’ ” centre Craig Conroy said.


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It Could Be A Slow Day

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Talking with a couple of front-office and other official type of people from the NHL today, a picture is starting to emerge about the trade deadline: it could be quiet tomorrow.

Here’s the deal: teams are scared to death about what the salary cap could be reduced to in a couple of years….

That’s why I feel pretty confident that Ryan Smyth won’t be going anywhere tomorrow, at least. And, why you may not see guys like Brett Clark or Ruslan Salei going anywhere. Clark’s and Salei’s contracts extend one more year, but at more than $3 million each.


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Garrioch: Wings May Have Offered Up Howard For Neil

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Despite claims from Kenny Holland that he’s had no contact with Bryan Murrary?  Bruce Garrioch is reporting the Wings might have made an interesting offer to Ottawa for Chris Neil.

As many as 10 teams—including the Sharks, Wings, Penguins, Rangers, Bruins and Habs—have called the Senators about Neil, who is seeking $2.5 million per season on a long-term deal. The belief is the Wings have offered G Jimmy Howard and a third- round pick.

Much more speculation and “belief” from Garrioch here.

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