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Thinking Of Spezza In Edmonton

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

I know the Senators are more inclined to deal winger Antoine Vemette before anybody else for a puck-moving D-man, but how is that going to shake things up in Ottawa? Believe me, the earthquake will only happen when they move centre Jason Spezza. I think the Oilers would be interested

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No To Nylander

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Sources familiar with the negotiations say the Blackhawks turned down a deal last week that would have had ex-Bruin Michael Nylander, now with the Capitals, wearing the Indian Head by this weekend. Someone in that Hawks’ lineup would have to be going back to D.C. to even out some of the $8.5 million Nylander is due over the two seasons after this one. The likeliest candidates: Dustin Byfuglien (two more years at $3 million per) or Brent Sopel (two more years at $2.5 million per).

If the Bruins keep the juices flowing, and the Panthers continue to struggle, UFA-to-be Jay Bouwmeester, 25, would be a dream addition to the Boston back line.

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Would Elias Leave New Jersey

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So now the Devils, who also must contend with a woefully underachieving Gionta (a franchise record 48-goal 2005-06, followed by 25-, 22- and now two-goal outputs) have Elias, who had his captaincy stripped last season by coach Brent Sutter, was denigrated at times last year by Sutter, was moved from the wing into the middle and back, with four more years on this killer deal and with no way out.

No way out, that is, unless Elias agrees to go, and without any of the coercive and degrading tactics used by the amateur- hour bunch in Tampa that ultimately convinced Dan Boyle to pack up and leave for San Jose.

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  Tags: patrik+elias

Report- Dalls & Ptttsburgh Swap Dmen

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from TSN,

According to RDS, the Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins have swapped veteran defencemen with the Stars dealing Philippe Boucher to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Darryl Sydor.

In the final year of a contract that pays him $2.5-million this season, Boucher is a 35-year-old who has three points and a minus-4 rating in 16 games with the Stars this season.  He has 91 goals and 294 points in 723 career games.

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  Tags: darryl+sydor, philippe+boucher

Calgary’s goaltending Issues

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Calgary Flames are not having a particularly bad season.  They currently have a 9-9 record (with one regulation tie point).  This is not a particularly good season either.  If the season ended now, they would hold down the eighth and final playoff spot in the west.  The main reason they have been held back is goaltending.

Miikka Kiprusoff has proven himself to be an elite goalie in the past.  He won the Vezina Trophy in 2005/06.  He was a nominee for the Vezina in 2003/04 and 2006/07.  Since then, he has not been an elite goaltender.  Last year his goals against average grew to 2.69 and his saves percentage dropped to .906.  This made him an average NHL starter.  So far this season, he has a 3.49 GAA and a .885 saves percentage.  Those numbers just won’t do.

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Selanne Frustrated With Ducks Mindset

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from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

Our whole mentality has to change,” a frowning Selanne said, standing in the middle of an otherwise empty locker room. “We’re thinking too much about scoring right now. We have to get back to our old mindset.”

And that is?

“The last three years, the success we’ve had here . . . our main focus was to shut down goals-against,” said Selanne, who has produced 18 points in 18 games. “We could always find a way to score three or four goals, and sometimes two was enough. But right now it’s more like, let’s score more than them, and the whole mentality has changed.

“We can’t expect to win games 5 to 4. This team has never been like that. Some nights – here and there, maybe – but not on a regular basis. We need to start thinking differently.”

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Melrose Speaks Out On Firing

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from CBC,

“When people are staying away from you, and you see people talking together that don’t usually talk [then you know],” Melrose told Hockey Night In Canada. “I’ve been around a long time and have been through this before so I wasn’t caught by surprise by this.”...

Melrose believes some disgruntled players who were wary of his no-nonsense approach went to ownership and complained about his coaching style.

Melrose also criticized the club’s skaters for not supporting goaltender Olaf Kolzig offensively in his return to Washington, where he played for more than 15 years. The Lightning scored just twice in the Monday loss.

“I think the players didn’t want to play for me,” he said.” You don’t have to be Kreskin to figure that out. I demand players play hard and play with passion and courage.

more and you can watch the interview Ron MacLean did with Melrose earlier this evening.

added 9:25pm, The video can also be viewed below…

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Is It Time To Move Spezza

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from Scott Cullen of TSN,

What kind of package could the Blackhawks offer for Spezza?  It’s not as easy as it sounds when the two most similar salaries in Chicago belong to winger Martin Havlat and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, because both will be unrestricted free agents at seasons’s end and it would be downright nuts to trade a long-term asset like Spezza for less than a full season of another player.

Perhaps a deal involving Khabibulin would work if other pieces are involved…

Who else might have the pieces to offer?

Columbus has long been searching for a pivot to join Rick Nash on the number one line and the Jackets probably have enough pieces to make a viable offer if they are willing ot surrender some of their top young prospects.

more with other teams mentioned plus other hockey topics.

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  Tags: jason+spezza

Komisarek Scheduled To See Specialist Regarding Arm Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Habs Inside/Out,

Mike Komisarek won’t be in the lineup when the Canadiens host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, but head coach Guy Carbonneau is holding out hope the defenceman will be able to accompany the team on a three-game road trip that begins tomorrow in St. Louis.

“He’s having some tests (yesterday) afternoon and the doctors should be able to give us a better idea (today),” Carbonneau said of his defenceman’s condition.

Cassie Campbell of HNIC just reported Komisarek will not be on the three game road-trip and is seeing a specialist regarding a right arm problem.

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Andrew Ference Out With Fractured Tibia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Bruins Blog,

...Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins General Manager, just announced outside the Boston dressing room that defenseman Andrew Ference sustained a fractured tibia (right leg), will undergo surgery Monday for the insertion of a surgical pin, and will be lost to the lineup for up to eight weeks.

‘‘He’ll be out a bit,’’ said Chiarelli. ‘‘Maybe, collectively the whole year, he’s been our best defenseman. He’s played a solid game, moving the puck….we will miss him.’‘

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  Tags: andrew+ference

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