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You’d Think A Team Could Use Peca

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Sources tell me that Peca had a chat with Sabres GM Darcy Regier and that would be a good fit given that he’s put down roots in Western New York what with a home and having his kids in school there, but Buffalo’s roster appears set at least for now. There were rumors that a team in the West had some interest but it was simply too far away. The Philadelphia Flyers were rumored to be interested but they have cap issues. Toronto is close by and the GTA is where Peca was born, but the Leafs haven’t revisited and even if they did it’s not exactly a Cup contending team.

As a result his options are limited, but that’s not as big a problem as you might think.

“I don’t think I’d be comfortable with the decision of having it be over,” he said. “Right now things are different, but I think it would be difficult to concede that this is the end. I still think there’s a fit out there somewhere.”


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Lilja Visits A Vancouver Chiropractor & Headaches Seem To Be Gone

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“It’s unbelievable,’’ Lilja said. “I’d been having headaches for eight months. Then I see him for one day and headaches disappear for three days.’’

Lilja said there is no timetable for his return, but he has picked up the pace in practice. The next step is seeing how he reacts to contact.


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All Zeroes

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from Brian Duff at NHL.com,

0 - Goals for the two hardest shooters in the League – Zdeno Chara (healthy), and Sheldon Souray (injured).

0 - Shots on goal by Georges Laraque, Wade Belak, Garnet Exelby and Darcy Hordichuk in a combined 37 games played.

0 - Hockey analysts who lauded/believed in the management/coaching changes made by the Colorado Avalanche.


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Forseberg- Clear Waivers Or Not

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Even if Peter Forsberg plays in the Karjala Cup as he plans to and then decides to sign with a team in the NHL, there will be no waiver requirements on him per Bill Daly who was kind enough to respond to an email inquiry from me.

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Tearing Up The AHL

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There is an incredible offensive performance underway in the AHL.  Alexandre Giroux of the Hershey Bears (the Washington Capitals affiliate) is tied for the league lead in scoring with 17 points.  He is tied with Corey Locke of the Hartford Wolf Pack (the New York Rangers affiliate).  Giroux’s performance so far is impressive because he has done it in only eight games played.  He has scored more than two points per game in the AHL so far this season.  By comparison, Locke has 12 games played.  Giroux was called up to the NHL for a short time.  He played three games with the Washington Capitals scoring a goal.  This has limited his AHL games played.

Giroux is no stranger to being an AHL top scorer.  Last year he won the John B Sollenberger Trophy as the top scorer in the league as well as the Les Cunningham Award for MVP.  Giroux is an AHL superstar and he appears to be getting even better as time passes.  So why is he not an NHLer?

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Will Gretzky Show Up For HHOF Weekend?

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place in Toronto beginning this weekend and the question that’s got everybody abuzz in hockey circles right now is, will he or won’t he? Will Wayne Gretzky attend with his wife Janet when the careers of five of his closest friends in hockey are honoured? Or will he sit it out, part of his lingering discontent with the NHL over how shabbily he was treated during the Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy hearings by an organization that he helped put on the map in the first place?


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Budd Gets A Bobblehead

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from Lynn Henning of the Detroit News,

In his broadcaster’s version of a world he relishes, Budd Lynch has been on the power play for 65 years. Not the penalty box, mind you, which is what one might figure would be the disposition of a man who left his right shoulder and arm on a tract of land in France in 1944, a few hours after a three-inch German rocket bored through him.

“My mother always had an Irish philosophy in life,” Lynch was saying over lunch last week.

“It’s a pleasure to grow old.

“Many are denied the privilege.”

So, there we have it, one man’s credo for happiness that he will again celebrate tonight at Joe Louis Arena as a big crowd, with Budd Lynch bobblehead dolls in hand, toasts a 92-year-old hockey icon whose life has been as resonant as his voice. Not coincidentally, it will be the 60th anniversary of the first Red Wings telecast that had as its play-by-play announcer one Budd Lynch.


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Boogaard Keeps Waiting To Score

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The next time Derek Boogaard scores a goal, the NHL should allow the game to be stopped for a ceremony.

The Hall of Fame should swoop in and collect Boogaard’s stick, gloves and skates. The beaten goaltender might want to consider early retirement.

And if the Wild bruiser’s next goal comes at Xcel Energy Center, like maybe tonight against the Vancouver Canucks, bring some plugs to protect your eardrums from rupturing. “It’ll be sick,” Boogaard said, chuckling. “Hopefully I do it here.”

In recent games, the Boogeyman has been flirting with career goal No. 3—and his first in almost four years. “I think it’s getting close,” right wing Cal Clutterbuck said. “Boogey was the first star of video this week, and he’s throwing no-look backhand passes in practice.

“I’m going to say he scores, hmmm ... before Christmas.”

Boogaard’s last goal was on Jan. 7, 2006, or about seven NHLPA administrations ago.


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Darren Pang Talks Blues & HHOF Class

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Bruins Offense Hurting Without Savard

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

After David Krejci agreed to a three-year, $11.25 million extension June 2, the sentiment around the league was that the Bruins had gotten themselves a bargain.

The slippery Krejci was coming off a 22-51 -73 season that saw him serve as a potent No. 2 center behind Marc Savard. At times, he was so sublime that the club could project him as the eventual No. 1 center, which would give the Bruins the option to cut ties with Savard after this season.

Right now, neither scenario looks likely.

Fourteen games into a deflating 2009-10 season, Krejci has one goal and four assists. He has recorded one multi-point game (two assists against Colorado). Savard, out the last seven games because of a broken left foot, looks assured of earning a Black-and-Gold extension - a league source said the center is seeking a five-year deal - given how poorly the offense has performed without its best playmaker.


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