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Vancouver Looking For Dman

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from the Province,

“Getting another D to give us some depth is a pretty safe bet there,” Vigneault said when asked what he hopes the Canucks can get at the deadline. “If that’s going to happen, we’ll have to see.”
Vigneault understands first hand the impact of losing one of his big four. The Canucks have played 22 games this year without either Willie Mitchell or Sami Salo. They are barely above .500 in those games with a 10-9-3 record. With both of them in the lineup, the Canucks are an impressive 25-12-1.
“When we’re missing one of our [top four] and one of the other guys has to get a lot more minutes—a lot more tough minutes—it makes it challenging for us,” Vigneault said. “We need our guys to be healthy. We’re no different than a lot of teams in the NHL.”

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What Is Regier Doing

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from Bob Dicesare of the Buffalo News,

Too bad the general manager of the Buffalo Sabres isn’t as tough as his team. How unfortunate that while the players, their ranks ever dwindling, are giving their all to hold things together, the man in charge of the hockey operation cowers at the threat of a check.
It’s unusual to take a someone to task for what could be perceived as a show of integrity, but what exactly was Darcy Regier thinking in saying publicly, for the record, before Thursday night’s donnybrook against Ottawa, that he expects all his injured players back before the end of the regular season?

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Whatever

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I am more amazed that a Celebrity Baby Blog even exists than with Jason Blake getting named…

Jason Blake of the New York Islanders is a father for the third time following the birth of his daughter, Annabelle Marie, on Wednesday, February 21 at 12:32 p.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Jason said,

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Not Fair

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The NHL salary cap is expected to rise from $44 million to close to $47 million or $48 million next season, but there might not be a rush by all teams to increase their payrolls by that amount.
“Not all markets can afford to keep doing that,” says Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke. “What makes this difficult for us is that we aren’t eligible for revenue sharing, and we are trying to beat teams who are and they are beating us with other team’s money.”

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Attention NHL Owners and management- This is the 3rd NHL team this week that has complained about the CBA.  You were behind the new CBA, if you didn’t like it, you should not have approved it!

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Sharks Not Happy With Tuomo Ruutu Hit

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fromm the Mercury News,

McLaren crumpled to the ice in a daze. But fortunately for the Sharks, their hard-hitting defenseman said he suffered only a bad headache from the hit that cost Ruutu a five-minute major for boarding, plus a game misconduct.
“I didn’t see him coming,” McLaren said. “My head feels like it got squeezed like a melon.”
“Ruutu does this all the time, and doing it in the last minute, that’s a shame,’’ Sharks Coach Ron Wilson said.
“We don’t need that stuff. You know maybe we do need goonery so he’s held accountable. Run a guy from behind, and I don’t think he could get off the ice fast enough with his game misconduct. Play with class. You hit a guy from behind at that point in the game, it’s ridiculous.’‘

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Columbus Not That Bad

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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

But Hitchcock isn’t some guy spinning a cocoon around his rear end. He didn’t construct this mess; he inherited it. While he doubtless agrees with some of the scouts’ characterizations — the general weakness of the defense corps, for example — he doesn’t think the Jackets are as far away as some of the scouts do.
“But are we far away from being a playoff team? No, not at all. As we sit here, there’s a fivegame difference between us and the New York Rangers, who were picked to win it in October.”
The simple phrase “Wait until next year” feels like a punch in the gut to most Blue Jackets fans. They want to believe. But they have been told so many times that next year is the year that they have tuned all that nonsense out.

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No Jagr In Shootout- Again

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers captain did not shoot for the sixth consecutive time after two initial misses because he previously told Tom Renney he does not feel confident enough to participate in the one-on-one showdown in which the great ones generally thrive.
It is unimaginable that Jagr, battered and bruised though both his left shoulder and psyche must be, would not demand to go. It is beyond belief that he would not demand the opportunity to have the game on his stick, if for no other reason than to prove himself unafraid of failure to his teammates.

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Avs Are Done

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from the Denver Post,

It ain’t happening.
The NHL insists there are 21 games remaining on the schedule for the Avs to get their act together.
But the hockey season ended in Colorado on Thursday night, with a 4-3 loss to Minnesota.
Since moving to Denver in 1995, dark days have been few and far between for the Avalanche.

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Sturm Will Stay In Boston

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from the Boston Herald:

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, who has made deals in recent weeks that improved his team both now and in the future, was close last night to another: signing winger Marco Sturm to a contract extension.
The Bruins were, according to a well-placed source, “very close to signing him. All that’s left is the dotting of the i’s and the crossing of the t’s.”
Yesterday morning Chiarelli confirmed that the B’s want to keep the 28-year-old Sturm, who has been on fire with seven goals in eight games going into tonight’s match with the Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum. There had been widespread speculation the Bruins, as they had with free-agents-to-be Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau, would try to trade Sturm and not risk losing him for nothing in July.
But Chiarelli said his intention all along has been to try to hang on to Sturm, who has 19-10-29 totals and a minus-19 in 53 games while earning $2.1 million.

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Blues To Offer Brewer Extension; Tkachuk And Guerin Remain Available

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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Members of the Blues’ management staff met Thursday at the team’s practice facility in Hazelwood, and after several hours of deliberation, club president John Davidson said that no trades involving Bill Guerin or Keith Tkachuk are imminent.
“We’re exploring (options),” said Davidson, who noted there wasn’t much talk Thursday because several NHL general managers were traveling after three days of meetings in Florida this week. “We went over the stuff that (Blues general manager) Larry Pleau brought back ... talked about all the different scenarios.”
Whether Davidson decides to deal before Tuesday’s NHL trading deadline - and it’s still very likely he will - the Blues are reportedly on the cusp of offering defenseman Eric Brewer a contract extension.
The extension probably will be a multiyear offer worth at least $4 million per season but not exceeding $5 million. If that doesn’t satisfy Brewer, 27, the Blues might consider putting him on the trading block before Tuesday’s deadline.

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