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All Nerves, All Day

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Who said it? Someone in the East.

“There are always people who are a little nervous. Maybe their heads aren’t into skating. They really want to know what’s going on or if there are any rumors about themselves.

“It’s a tough day. You try to stay with your cell phones and check what’s going on. There’s nothing else you can do.”

Read on for more…

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Nashville Rising

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Via the Daily Tennessean,

“We talked about staying persistent and good things will happen,’’ Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. “You can only go up the ladder one rung at a time, and Edmonton was the rung tonight that we had to get to.’‘

The Preds will get another chance to reel in a rival Thursday, when they take on sixth place Columbus, which has two more points than Nashville.


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Return Of Vanek Could Be Buffalo’s Best Deal

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From the Buffalo News,

This news is better than virtually any deal the Buffalo Sabres could make before Wednesday’s NHL trading deadline.

Thomas Vanek is back.

The All-Star winger, who was en route to a career year before suffering a broken jaw Feb. 7 in Ottawa, is scheduled to return to the Sabres’ lineup Wednesday night in HSBC Arena against Montreal.


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Injuries Piling Up In Calgary

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From the Calgary Sun,

Looking around the dressing room, you can understand the Calgary Flames feeling like they’re in an episode of M*A*S*H.

All around, players are off to the infirmary.

The latest is Todd Bertuzzi, out day-to-day with a “lower-body” injury. But reportedly could be out a few weeks after going down awkwardly in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“You look around the room and feel you’ve lost all your buddies. ‘Where did all my dinner partners go?, ’ ” centre Craig Conroy said.


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It Could Be A Slow Day

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Talking with a couple of front-office and other official type of people from the NHL today, a picture is starting to emerge about the trade deadline: it could be quiet tomorrow.

Here’s the deal: teams are scared to death about what the salary cap could be reduced to in a couple of years….

That’s why I feel pretty confident that Ryan Smyth won’t be going anywhere tomorrow, at least. And, why you may not see guys like Brett Clark or Ruslan Salei going anywhere. Clark’s and Salei’s contracts extend one more year, but at more than $3 million each.


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Garrioch: Wings May Have Offered Up Howard For Neil

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Despite claims from Kenny Holland that he’s had no contact with Bryan Murrary?  Bruce Garrioch is reporting the Wings might have made an interesting offer to Ottawa for Chris Neil.

As many as 10 teams—including the Sharks, Wings, Penguins, Rangers, Bruins and Habs—have called the Senators about Neil, who is seeking $2.5 million per season on a long-term deal. The belief is the Wings have offered G Jimmy Howard and a third- round pick.

Much more speculation and “belief” from Garrioch here.

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Hot For The Stretch

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Since the beginning of January 2009, the best player in the NHL has likely been Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers.  He leads the NHL with 23 goals in that time frame.  He has not been noticed because he plays in the hockey purgatory of Atlanta.  The Thrashers are the second worst team in the standings (only the New York Islanders are behind them) and are well out of the playoffs. 

Kovalchuk has climbed to seventh in the NHL scoring race after a slow start.  He has 71 points going into tonight’s games.

Kovalchuk is a star player and a top goal scorer.  If he is ever given a talented team to play with and a good passing centreman for a linemate, he could do some amazing things.

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Holland On The Chris Neil Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ken Daniels, Wings TV play-by-play man, talked with Ken Holland today regarding the Chris Neil rumor that the Wings may have interest in trading for him.

Holland says he has not talked to Bryan Murray since the Wings acquired Igor Larionov.  So you can put that rumor to rest.

Holland also said he had no idea where that rumor came from, the Larry Murphy spoke up and said the Canadian media started it.

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Report- Burrows Extended By Canucks

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via ESPN,

Forward Alexandre Burrows has agreed to an $8-million, four-year contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday.

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Morris May Be Moved Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The word on the street is that the Phoenix Coyotes may trade Derek Morris as early as this evening.

We have heard this before, but obviously the clock is ticking and there are some other signs that allow us to get creative.

Boston, Philadelphia and Washington have been the supposed front-runners since the beginning of the Morris sweepstakes.


added 10:43pm, Update from Bob,

The word out of Phoenix was that the Derek Morris trade was likely to go down tonight, but now it looks as though it will carry over to tomorrow.

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