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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Unsung defenceman Francois Beauchemin, who ripped up his left knee in mid-November and needed surgery, skated with the Ducks on Friday morning and will be on the road trip here. He hopes to play in the post-season if they make it.

• Are there any free agents this summer who are going to get a six- or seven-year contract offer for $7 million to $8 million a year?

“Maybe (Jay) Bouwmeester,” said one NHL executive, who wasn’t including Marian Hossa, 30, or Johan Franzen, 29, on his list. Bouwmeester’s ace in the hole: he’s only 25 years old. Here’s the best of the rest: Habs Mike Komisarek (big hitter, shut-down defenceman); Tim Thomas (Bruins will likely retain him for $4 million a year); the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel (they have to come as a package though); Martin Havlat (Blackhawks will offer him one year at about $5.25 million); Alex Tanguay (only 29, and almost a point-a-game player); Derek Morris (good No. 2 defenceman in the $4-million range); Travis Moen ($2.5-million third-liner who would look good in Jersey); David Moss (six-foot-three, nice hands; the Oilers should take a run at him); Marian Gaborik (but you don’t want to sign him longer than two years with his injury history).

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If The Wings Sign Hossa & Franzen

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland knows that trying to sign Marian Hossa and Johan Franzen is like trying to stuff a set of golf clubs into a carry-on, but there are ways to do it.

What if he traded forward Valtteri Filppula, which would take $3 million off the books? This would be pain for some gain, but he has another Finn, Ville Leino, ready to step in next season at one-third the price. He could also consider moving Dan Cleary, too, who has a cap hit of $2.8 million, but Cleary is more versatile, a better checker, and also has a no-trade clause.

He has to deal Group 2 free-agent forward Jiri Hudler, who is going to want $3 million a year off this year’s 60-point season, up from this year’s $1.15 million. And this might be a stretch, but he could buy out the last two years of 37-year-old centre Kris Draper’s contract at two-thirds of the $3 million remaining and spread it over four years on the cap.


added 12:24pm, Mike of Crash The Crease responds to some of the proposals made in the above article.

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GDT - Game #76: Red Wings host Predators (5:00)

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DET hosts NSH in a late afternoon tilt at JLA.  DET squandered a golden opportunity to take the outright lead in the race for first overall in the League on Friday night; despite hosting NYI, the league leader in the John Tavares sweepstakes. DET failed to muster any sort of intensity for the first two periods against NYI, once again displaying remarkable indifference to their circumstances.  DET did play with some passion in the 3rd, firing 19 SOG and hitting iron at least three times, to no avail.  DET suffered their 2nd shutout of the season.  DET’s only bright spot was Osgood’s play, he stopped 28/30 for a .932%.

NSH are joined in the fight for the post-season, and are playing like it, having taken points in 8 of their last 10 games (4-2-4).  NSH currently sit 7th in the Conference, 1 pt ahead of STL and EDM and only 2 pts above ANA.  NSH are coming off a Steve Sullivan OT winning goal over LAK on Saturday. Rinne proved mortal stopping 24/27 for a .888%.

DET fans will, unfortunately, long remember the February 28 tilt with NSH.  NSH posted 5 of their 8 total goals in the 1st period.  Conklin was chased after only ten minutes of play, surrendering 4 goals on 9 shots.  NSH picked up their most lopsided shutout in franchise history.  It is fair to speculate whether the Red Wings will remember that beatdown?

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Darryl Sutter Wants Improvement From Top Players

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Currently ranked 25th in the loop with an average of 3.05 goals surrendered per game, the high-flying Flames have completely abandoned the defence-first system Sutter implemented when he coached the squad up until three years ago. That’s almost a goal-per-game more than the top-ranked Boston Bruins. No other team ranked worse than 21st in the category is playoff-bound.

But the big problem his team is having now is much broader than that.

“I just think our top players all at once aren’t playing very well,” said Sutter, whose club lost seven of its last 10 games before last night.

“We’re sort of in a position where we’re comfortable with a playoff spot and everyone else is playing and fighting like hell to get one. If our top guys get back to playing, we’ll stay in first place.”


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Marleau Considered Day-to-Day

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from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The Sharks came from behind Saturday night to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 at HP Pavilion for a franchise-record 109 points — two more than the Detroit Red Wings in the battle for NHL supremacy with both teams having seven games to play.

But the victory could come at a price as center Patrick Marleau was injured late in the first period, tried a few shifts in the second and did not return.

“I just tweaked something in the lower body and that’s it, that’s all I can give you,” Marleau said after the game. “It was kind of a contact play, but not big contact.”

Coach Todd McLellan described Marleau as day to day, adding he probably would not be able to skate at today’s morning practice before the team leaves for a two-game trip to Calgary and Edmonton.

more on the Sharks and their victory over the Coyotes…

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Ruff Not Happy With Hit On Kaleta

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

(Patrick) Kaleta was injured just three minutes into the Sabres’ 4-3 shootout victory over Montreal. Kaleta was playing the puck along the wall in the Buffalo zone when Maxim Lapierre hit him in the back and drove the winger headfirst into the boards.

Lapierre was given a two-minute boarding penalty. Kaleta played a few more shifts before retiring to the dressing room.

“Their doctors deemed him to have a concussion,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “That’s disappointing. When a player’s got his back turned, it’s disappointing. He took a tough blow there. You hope that it’s dealt with.

“That’s serious. Head injuries are serious. It’s been a big topic. It’s been talked a lot about. He was defenseless on the play. I don’t like it. I don’t think we should like it. I think the players need to respect each other a little more….”


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Season Just About Over For The Stars

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Dallas is 0-5-1 in its last six games, despite scoring the first goal in five of those games. The Stars fall to 33-33-9 (75 points) and probably need to win all seven of their remaining games just to get into the conversation for the eighth playoff spot in the West.

“It’s not acceptable,” said center Mike Ribeiro, who had a goal and an assist. “It’s our fault, and that’s what happens when you don’t play as a team.”

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Battle For Playoff Position

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Right about the middle of next month, the Blackhawks are sure to make their first postseason appearance since 2002.

With the season dwindling to its final games, they’re already getting a taste of what that experience will be like. That learning process should continue when the Hawks play their biggest game of the season when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night at the United Center.


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Blues Just Won’t Go Away

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“Before the season,” Commodore said, “if you would have looked at their roster and said, ‘OK, this guy, this guy, this guy and this guy are going to be done for the year ... how do you think they’re going to do?’ With seven games left, I don’t think anybody would have guessed they’d be one point out of the playoff race.

“They just never went away. It’s been very impressive.”

“I think everybody did count them out,” Nash said. “I don’t think anyone saw it coming. I played for Andy Murray at the World Championships (with Team Canada) and know how good of a coach he is. Plus, they’ve got great players, so it was surprising to see where they were at the bottom. But they’ve been great lately, and they’ve got a shot at it.”


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Koharski On His Career

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Elliott Friedman did another great interview with retiring referee Don Koharski last night in the ‘Inside Hockey’ segment of the HNIC pre-game show.

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