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Vanek Expected Back For Sabres Next Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Vanek, who has missed the last nine games with a broken jaw suffered Feb. 7 in Ottawa, skated fully in contact drills Monday and proclaimed himself ready to take the ice against the Habs.

“That’s the plan for right now,” Vanek said. “It’s always tough to watch the team, especially when they’re not winning. That makes it even tougher. If you’re watching the game and you’re out injured or a healthy scratch, you hate watching your team struggle and lose. It’s nice to get back and hopefully help out.”...

Ruff said winger Maxim Afinogenov is “definitely a possibility” to make the lineup Wednesday as well if he’s not traded. Afinogenov, who was battling groin and hip injuries, has been healthy for two weeks and reiterated for reporters Monday what he told The News Saturday on Long Island—he wants back on the ice or he wants out of Buffalo.

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  Tags: thomas+vanek

Canadiens Ink Conboy to 3 Year Deal

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Alanah McGinley

Montreal Canadiens Press Release:

Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Monday the signing of forward Andrew Conboy to a three-year contract (2009-10 to 2011-12). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Conboy, the Canadiens’ fifth-round pick, 142nd overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, registered one point (one assist) and served four penalty minutes in seven games this season with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

More on Conboy from the Associated Press at the NY Post.

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  Tags: andrew+conboy

Do Bruins Need a Trade?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Gary Dzen at the Bruins Blog posted the video below today:

With the trade deadline on Wednesday, Bob Ryan and Kevin Dupont debate whether or not the Bruins need to make a trade.

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  Tags: trade+rumors

Havelid Now A Devil

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Atlanta Thrashers traded defenceman Niclas Havelid to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for blueliner Annsi Salmela.

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  Tags: niclas+havelid

Perrin Hopes He Is Traded

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Eric Perrin hopes to be playing for some team other than the Thrashers come Wednesday evening.

“I’d be a liar if I didn’t say that,” Perrin said after Monday’s practice. “It’s no secret things haven’t gone the way I wanted them to.”...

Now, as the 3 p.m. Wednesday trade deadline nears, Perrin hopes there’s another NHL team that remembers him that way and hasn’t forgotten the 45 points he scored last season.

“I’m disappointed I’m at this point with this organization,” said Perrin, who has 15 points this season, with five goals and 10 assists. “I thought I’d proven something, that I’d be a part of the rebuilding. I thought I deserved a better fate.”

read on

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  Tags: eric+perrin

A Look Into The Past

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What will general managers go through over the final days before Wednesday’s trade deadline? ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun spoke with six GMs who shared their war stories from deadlines past, stories that give you an idea of what to expect.

read on for stories from Ken Holland, Don Waddell, Jim Rutherford, Kevin Lowe, Lou Lamoriello and David Poile.

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Steve Ott Gets 1-Game Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Heika at the Dallas Stars Blog:

Steve Ott has received a one-game suspension for his eye gouging with Travis Moen at the end of Saturday’s game.

Ott served that Sunday against Pittsburgh and is eligible to play Tuesday at San Jose.

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Wings Make Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings have recalled defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and right wing Aaron Downey from Grand Rapids and sent down forwards Darren Helm and Ville Leino.

This gives the team an opportunity to look at Ericsson while it still has some cap space, before Tomas Holmstrom returns to the lineup in a week or two and every player who started the season in GR must be sent down.

Helm and Leino will be back for the playoffs. And Ericsson also has a chance to earn a spot in the lineup for the postseason, when the salary cap does not apply.

continued

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Trade Speculation Free-For-All

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

Ah, but do not fret. There are dozens of other players, from the stars to the grunts, whose futures are unpredictable as the NHL Trade Deadline arrives. Leahy and I have taken a gander at 30 such players, breaking down their contract status, where they could be headed, why they might be traded and why they may end up staying put.

Read it now, before reality ruins everything ...

read on for a list of 30 players for your trade-rumor consideration. First up, Niclas Havelid…

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Devils Looking Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Brophy at Sportsnet.ca:

I’ll be watching all 30 teams because that is what I am paid to do, but I’ll tell you one thing, there is no more intriguing team heading into the final third of the season than the New Jersey Devils. So, with apologies to the other 29 teams, the Devils are the team I’ll be watching with particular interest. I think old Lou Lamoriello has positioned his team to take a serious run at winning its fourth Cup in 15 years.

No disrespect to the Boston Bruins, who currently lead the Eastern Conference and are eight points ahead of the Devils, but New Jersey is peaking at the right time of year and I find it difficult to visualize any team in the East beating them in a seven-game playoff series.

How much do I like the Devils’ chances? Let me count the ways.

continued

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