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No Intention Of Trading Jovo

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from the Arizona Republic,

Despite the team's 6-13-0-0 record, and newspaper and Internet reports to the contrary, General Manager Mike Barnett said Phoenix has not had a single discussion about trading defenseman Ed Jovanovski to the San Jose Sharks for goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Furthermore, Barnett said, the Coyotes have not discussed any trades involving Jovanovski with other teams. "Ed Jovanovski was a key acquisition for our hockey club this summer, and we believe strongly that he will be part of the group that will see us an improved hockey club for the next several years to come," Barnett said. "We have no intention of discussing him with any other hockey club."
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Deal Forsberg

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from Phil Anastasia of the Courier Post,

For every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction, especially in sports. Action: Flyers show signs of life on West Coast. Reaction: Trade Peter Forsberg. Now. Two things don't go together in professional sports: Rebuilding teams and aging superstars trying to squeeze one last championship out of the twilight of their careers. Forsberg is 33 and dealing with a variety of health issues. He doesn't have a contract for next season. He's uncomfortable in his role as captain, especially for a struggling young team that might not make the playoffs.
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Demystifying Hockey Nicknames

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Macomb Daily:

"I'm not sure that I'll ever learn all their nicknames. There are a lot of them in this Red Wings lockerroom." "Don't look at it that way. There are really only a handful of nickname variants." "Nickname variants?" "Yup. OK over there, who's that?" "That's Robert Lang, right?" "No, that's Langer. The 'er' suffix has been a favorite of hockey players for a long time."
continued, and never ask a goaltender named "Killer" how he earned his nickname...

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Bruins Still Searching For Goaltending

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from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,

Supposedly, the Bruins are interested in San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov or Philadelphia goalie Robert Esche, which may be the only accurate part of the rumors. Esche, like all the Flyers, is off to a horrible start, but who wouldn’t be interested in a 28-year-old goalie with career numbers of 2.68 and .900? Ditto for the 31-year-old Nabokov (2.44, .910), although his $5 million salary would be a lot harder to swallow than Esche’s $1 million. The bottom line: The Bruins wouldn’t pull the trigger on a major deal this early knowing what panic trading did to this team last year, not to mention what it did to Wall Street in 1929.
more on the Bruins...

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Nolan Not Happy With Lack Of Calls

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via Newsday,

The day after the Islanders' 3-2 shootout loss Friday night in Tampa, coach Ted Nolan still couldn't get over the fact that the Lightning played 65 minutes of hockey without being whistled for a single penalty.... "The coach on their team ranted and raved about the inadequacies of the referees a couple days before, and all of a sudden, he gets no calls against," Nolan said. But he's not planning to lodge his own complaint with the NHL. "I'm not sure if squeaky wheels get some grease or not, but we're not here to complain about that."

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Tallon Wants A Fair Trade

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from the Chicago Tribune,

Sources in Vancouver ay the Canucks, the Hawks' opponent tonight in the third game of their road trip, are ready to part with veteran center Brendan Morrison. The Canucks would love to pry Brent Seabrook, the 21-year-old defenseman who grew up in British Columbia, from the Hawks, who need a centerman to play with Havlat. This deal probably won't come off because Hawks general manager Dale Tallon is reluctant to part with his young players. ''It depends on the player [offered],'' Tallon said. ''We wouldn't want one at the end of his career. To give up a prospect, you have to get a young player back.''
more on Chicago, and you might be interested in what ex-Blackhawks play by play man Pat Foley has to say about his old team...

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Backing It Up

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Parros may be not be the NHL's toughest guy -- that's still Georges Laraque, who went after Derek Boogaard and beat him -- but it's Burke's longstanding feeling that players need a night watchman on patrol in case trouble breaks out. That goes against the grain of today's NHL where many teams -- Edmonton, Calgary, Detroit, Vancouver, Dallas, Colorado, Carolina -- are choosing not to dress a heavyweight. But Burke wanted one after Todd Fedoruk broke his cheekbone when Boogaard nailed him. Enter Parros. "There's a split amongst general managers on this where some feel team toughness is enough," said Burke. " Me? There's physical contact. You need to back it up.
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Say It Ain’t So

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The CFL may be looking to the NHL for its next commissioner. John Shannon, the NHL's senior vice-president for broadcasting, will meet next week with the headhunting firm Korn Ferry International after being contacted by league representatives last week. Shannon, who was instrumental in founding the Canadian Football Network in the late 1980s and is well known in CFL circles, refused to comment yesterday whether he is seriously interested in the commissioner's job.
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No Panic Moves For Blues

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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

"It's different in the sense that, in the (broadcast) chair, I did so many different games," Davidson said. "I did all the Rangers games, and then I'd do the network games. And so you were not emotionally attached to the way the team plays, as opposed to how it is now. You're much more emotionally attached now, and you get frustrated at times when you know things could be better." Fire the coach. Trade this player, that player. Davidson has heard it all, and the Blues' season is only 1½ months old. Believe it or not, he pays attention. "We need fans," he says. "I pay attention to them. A good fan is a fan that loves the Blues and is an emotional person about it. And that's great. But it's my responsibility to not be panicky about it. That's my job."
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Cam Finally Has Hip Replacment

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Boston Globe:

More than 10 years after playing his final shift for the Bruins, Cam Neely underwent hip replacement surgery Thursday at the New England Baptist Hospital. According to Neely's longtime agent, Jay Fee, the 41-year-old Hall of Famer will remain hospitalized through the weekend and was told by his orthopedic surgeon, Stephen Murphy, that the procedure was without complications. "All of it was pretty routine," Fee said yesterday afternoon, just prior to visiting the legendary power forward. "He's recovering, and the first few days are pretty painful, from what I understand. But he's doing OK."
Neely said he'd need his hip replaced sooner than later when he retired; when Ulfie Samuelsson whalloped him in the 1991 playoffs, Neely suffered a charley horse so severe that part of his thigh muscle calcified, requiring his left hip to compensate. The joint just wore down. continued

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