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Team Canada Handled The Pressure

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from Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,

Long after the game was over, the crowd stood cheering. So did a nation. The Canadian men’s hockey team’s sudden-death victory over the United States had truly made these Canada’s Golden Games.

The hockey showdown with the U.S. was the final event of the 2010 Winter Olympics and how beautifully it punctuated maybe the most inspirational two-week period in our nation’s history. Canada may not recover from this for a very long time. It may not want to.

By any measure, these Games were a towering achievement, which included the best performance ever by a team of Canadian Winter Olympians - a team that was bombarded by doubts early on, as it always seems to be, but came on strong and put on a monstrous show under the most extreme pressure imaginable.

And on no one was the burden of success greater than the hockey team.

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There Is A Difference

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from Dave Davis of Inside Hockey,

Welcome to hockey journalism in the post-web 2.0 world, where any half-literate dreamer, armed with only a keyboard and a seventh grade knowledge of spelling and sentence structure, can piggyback public updates from Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger and broadcast them as scoops from “inside sources” to thousands of information-starved hockey fans.

One can only imagine what rumor reporting will be like leading up to the first NHL trade deadline of the Twitter Age after all of the unprofessional, uncorroborated and even comedic material that we’ve witnessed these past few years throughout much of the blogosphere.

more and I recommend you read it…

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Bruins Looking For Offense

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from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

“We’re in on a couple of things, but there hasn’t been much traction during the Olympic break,” said Chiarelli. “Talks have picked up. It’s not idle chatter. There have been more substantive discussions. But at the end of the day, you can’t do a deal until (today).”

As Chiarelli pointed out, you only have to look at his team’s statistics to know what’s on his wish list.

“We’d want to get some type of top-nine forward that has an offensive bent to his game,” Chiarelli said. “But there aren’t many of those guys out there.”

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Kaberle Plans To Stay In Toronto

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from Jonas Siegel of 640am,

It’s not happening.

That’s at least the latest impression from Kaberle who reiterated Sunday his much-repeated stance of remaining in blue and white beyond the March 3rd trade deadline.

“I hope so,” Kaberle said of staying with the Leafs through March 3rd. “Nothing changed on my side so we’ll see.”

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Making A Trade

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How is a trade made?

After two clubs have come to an agreement on a trade, the clubs must advise the League office, either by telephone or by FAX, of the terms of the trade. The League office then schedules a conference call with the two teams to review the transaction and give final approval for the deal.  Prior to the trade call, the League office will ensure that the team has the appropriate salary cap space to make the deal; if draft choices are involved, that the club has the available choices; and that the team has available space on its reserve list to add the player (s). It should be noted that the 23-man roster restriction is no longer in force from March 3 on.

On the trade call, the League will a) review the terms of the player contracts and ensure that teams are aware of their respective obligations to the player (s) involved; b) ensure that, should a player have a no-trade clause, that the player has waived that right; and c) ensure that any conditions to consummation of the transaction have been clearly defined and agreed upon.

The trade becomes official after the trade call has taken place.

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Yzerman Leaves His Imprint On Team Canada

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from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Winnipeg Free Press,

Steve Yzerman stayed out of the limelight at the Vancouver Olympics but behind the scenes he played a key role in Team Canada’s road to gold.

During practices or team gatherings, the executive director of the Canadian men’s hockey team would quietly take one of his players aside to offer a bit of advice or a few calming words. He knew some were feeling the weight of expectations — he was carrying a pretty heavy burden himself.

It was a different style than that of Wayne Gretzky eight years ago when Canada won gold in Salt Lake City, but it was equally effective.

“It’s not something I really planned,” Yzerman said Sunday night. “You’re sitting there thinking — you’re watching the game or you’re watching practice and something comes through your mind — you want to pass that on to a guy. Hopefully it helps.

“Amazingly, great athletes and successful guys, they just like to talk a little bit and be reassured.”

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Flyers May Be Looking For A Goal Scorer

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

If the Flyers make a move before the deadline, it will likely be for a winger who can provide offense to one of the top three lines. They could make a strong push for Carolina veteran Ray Whitney, but without a first-round pick this year or next—both surrendered to Anaheim in the Chris Pronger trade—Holmgren will be hard-pressed to give any team a package that brings back a goal-scoring forward.

If Holmgren cannot land a goal scorer, the Flyers will head into the stretch run with a team whose talent level is considered inferior to the Washington Capitals’ (90 points) and Pittsburgh Penguins’ (76). Holmgren disagrees, saying the distance between the teams is not as great as the standings suggest.

“One thing that has been proven since the lockout is that once you get into the playoffs, anything can happen,” Holmgren said. “We’re working our way back into the fight. I think our team stayed together when things were rough back in December and they showed a lot of perseverance to right the ship.

“Every team has gone through down periods, and hopefully the one we went through will benefit us in the long run.”

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Babcock Goes For The Win

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,

In the aftermath of the gold-medal win, when the strategies - good and bad - can be dissected, coach Mike Babcock said the Canadian team had a simple plan for the overtime period of Sunday’s win-or-else game against the United States.

“We talked as a coaching staff when we put our groups together,” said Babcock. “Did we want to be careful, or did we want to play? We decided we want to go for it the best we can. That’s how I like to coach anyway. We thought we’d get the best players out there as much as we could.”

Babcock’s decision - to play for the win, rather than risk deciding the gold medal in a shootout - paid off when Sidney Crosby converted a Jarome Iginla pass for the deciding goal in a 3-2 overtime win.

Canada is always a work in progress as these international tournaments; the key is to come together as a team before the games run out.

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A Refresher Course On Who May Be Available

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The standings in both conferences are a jumbled mix of contenders and hopefuls, with only a few also-rans tossed into the fray. It could mean fewer sellers. Of course, players ranging from tweaks to splashes abound, so it could be a few days filled with conference calls.

Splashes

• Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings: The 23-year-old helped anchor the United States’ blue line during the Olympics and should be a centerpiece in L.A. However, he was furious in late January after GM Dean Lombardi called him “awful as a hockey player” while skating for the University of Michigan.

• Pavel Kubina, Atlanta Thrashers: The hulking defenseman (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) with offensive talent (29 assists) has a $5 million contract that is expiring.

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Wild News

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via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

I talked to GM Chuck Fletcher Sunday morning and he said, “We have nothing imminent. Whatever we do, I think it would be closer to the deadline, assuming we even do anything.”

You can read the story in Monday’s paper, but if Marek Zidlicky isn’t signed by Wednesday, it would be absolutely shocking if he is not traded. The priority is to sign him, but Fletcher made clear that Zidlicky is a significant asset in the same category as Kim Johnsson. And as you know, he traded Johnsson in the Cam Barker deal.

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