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Lightning Could Be Adding Players

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from Damien Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

GM Brian Lawton didn’t make any predictions as to what the Lightning will do at the trade deadline, but he said being part of the playoff race means the team could be a buyer.

That, and Lawton said prospective owner Jeff Vinik, who already is writing payroll checks, is open to adding payroll if the right deal comes along.

“I explained what we were doing as a management group, and it didn’t rankle Jeff,” Lawton said. “We’re looking to be aggressive. That’s the way we’ve been preparing for the last month and a half as we see how the team is doing. Our people are out doing what they should be doing to prepare a team that hopefully stays in the hunt for a playoff spot.”


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No Untouchables In Florida

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via George Richards at his On Frozen Pond’s Facebook,

Let the rumors begin: Randy Sexton says no one—including Tomas Vokoun—off limits in trade talks with Panthers.

If Vokoun dealt, look for it tomorrow. Panthers GM Randy Sexton said other night that big money should be moved before Olympics.

added 9:10pm, via a tweet from George Richards,

Have just been informed that Tomas Vokoun WILL NOT waive no trade, at least not now

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Just Who Is This Keith Yandle Everyone Seems To Be Talking About?

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from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

General Manager Don Maloney says Yandle continues to mature, pointing to role models such as Jovanovski, Michalek and Adrian Aucoin who can show him how to prepare. As his minutes piled up, Yandle’s confidence grew proportionately, Maloney said.

“Now, rather being viewed as a young, developing player, we view Keith as a player we count on the generate offense from our blue line while playing sound defense. He is a very important player for us.”

Yandle’s ice time was in the mid-teens before the injuries hit, and then it increased by five to 10 minutes a game. Tippett said Yandle grasped the opportunity and responsibility when it was presented to him.

“He’s continued to build on that,” Tippett said. “He’s a young player, still has some things to learn, but he has a real fearless energy for the game. What we try to get him to do is to play smart, use the skills that he has but don’t play reckless, and he’s done a good job of that.”


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The Prospective Dallas Stars Owner?

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Allen Americans owner Doug Miller’s name keeps coming up as I try to find out who is interested in buying the Stars.

Several people offer ``no comment’’ when I ask about Miller, and Miller just told me on the phone that he also has no comment on the subject. But Miller makes sense. He was interested when Tom Hicks put the team up for sale a few years ago and then pulled it off the market, and he is a huge part of hockey in North Texas.

Miller, 61, has owned the Dallas Stars AAA Midget Major team for years, and his son Austin played there and on the Texas Tornado. Miller started the expansion Allen Americans this season, and has had strong success on the ice and off in Allen. He shares ownership on that team with former NHL player Steve Duchesne, while former Stars defenseman Craig Ludwig serves as an assistant coach with the AAA Midget Major team, so Miller has contacts with NHL players.


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Kypreos Reports Dominic Moore Traded To Montreal

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from Nick Kypreos Twitter,

Trade. Fla..Dom Moore to mtl for 2nd round pick.

added 6:37pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

I can confirm Fla has traded centre Dominic Moore to Montreal for a second round draft in 2011, pending trade call with NHL.

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LB: You Think The Playoff Hill Is Too Steep To Climb?  It’s Tiny

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Once again the Wings are up against Hockeytown Todd.  And I’m not talking about Gramps, either.

Todd McLellan and his Tiburones are back in Hockeytown to face the Wings, and hope to avenge their recent 4-1 loss to Uncle Mike, as well as yesterday’s 3-0 shut-out by the BJs.  The Red Wings with their Mustache will not roll over and play dead and want to sink the fish again tonight.

The word on the street is that our Angry Chipmunk will be returning to the lineup, after suffering a bone bruise in his knee, and has ensured his tail pipe will be extra ripe tonight for maximum effectiveness.  Kronwall will not play.  He is trying on a new knee brace in hopes that he can be in the lineup before the Olympic break.  Also, he has a raging hard-on that he needs to get rid of by Saturday’s talent show.

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Oilers Trade Chatter Quiet Right Now

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

All is quiet on the western front, with the NHL roster freeze Friday before the two-week Olympic break, and the trade deadline March 3. Ethan Moreau is still an Oiler; so is Fernando Pisani, and defenceman Steve Staios. Ditto for Andrew Cogliano and Robert Nilsson and Patrick O’Sullivan.

Let’s face it, the only body safe on the Oilers is the Gretzky statue.

But nobody’s been traded yet. Moreau, who had his best game in weeks against the Ducks with his 15th career short-handed goal and a short-handed feed to Ryan Potulny, is still very much in limbo. If the scouts were looking for signs that he can still play, they saw it against Anaheim. Moreau, who’s the longest-serving Oiler player, hasn’t heard a thing from Tambellini.

read on

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Edmonton Owner Says Changes Need To Continue

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from Dan Tencer at 880iNews,

In his first lengthy media interview since the summer of 2008, Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz made it clear that what has transpired on the ice this year is not acceptable.

“Most of all, this experience has been no fun for our fans. I know it, our management knows it and our players know it.”

The struggles of the team this season have presented the obvious conclusion that changes need to continue to be made and the eye on the future needs to be focused intently. The last place record has put the Oilers in a position to likely come out of the season with the highest draft pick in franchise history, allowing them to add to a modest stable of young talent already within the system.

“We’re entering a very important time for the organization’s history,” Katz says. “We are in this for the long haul and over the long haul I really like what I see. We have a great young core with a lot more talent coming along.”


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Thursday Hockey Notes

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from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

• In addition to the Maple Leafs, Oilers and Hurricanes, some teams will look at the Olympic break to decide if they are buyers or sellers at the deadline on the first Wednesday in March. One manager told me the magic number is 10. That’s 10 points out of 8th spot. And when you consider that means that a team that is 10 down would probably have to go 15-5 in its last 20 games to have a chance. Do the math, by Valentines Day the list of teams down by double digits might be prove to make the trade deadline day a wild day indeed.

• Interesting to note that replacement players for Olympic teams can only happened based on a list that was given last year to WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). The list has to be very extensive, in order to cover any issue. It is so large, I’m told, the Canadian list includes Guy Lafleur. You also have to wonder, with all the public funding that the three levels of government are putting into the Games, why the list isn’t made public… ever!

more hockey notes…

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Patrick Kane’s Introduction To The World

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from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,

Are you ready, Chicago? Are you ready, world? Kane appeals to all ages, gossipy old nags that like sniffing the scandal sheets and bright-eyed girls and boys who can relate to a fella that’s part Huckleberry Finn, part Eminem, part Joe Namath, part Denis Savard, and pretty much three-quarters Bobby Hull, except for the hair. All live wire.

Kid Galahad could be the belle of this ball, because he so enjoys scrambling those letters to read KID HAD-A-GAL or simply KID GALA, a rollicking roustabout coming straight to your stage and the wide, wide world of sports (I know, I’m mixing networks) from Al Capone’s rootin’-tootin’ hometown, which is still how much of the world identifies Chicago….

Team USA’s Olympic opener is a 12 p. m. puck drop in Vancouver, so Kane still has time to gather the girl scout troop for a Monday night reprise in the party limo, get John Madden and Kris Versteeg on the laptop webcam, try reverse-role playing and have the gals be the ones that take off their shirts this time round for the paparazzi shoot, roast them a few marshmallows, drown them with Jagermeister shooters for the international spirit, park at Lover’s Leap in Stanley Park for belated Valentine canoodling under the moonlight and hit the hay without the need of a police escort to help him say his evening prayers.


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  Tags: patrick+kane, team+usa, winter+olympics

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