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Going, Staying, Who Knows

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If Detroit’s Matt Schneider is available, that’s news to the veteran defenseman given that the Red Wings are attempting to sign him to a multiyear extension.
The Flyers accepted Nashville’s offer for Peter Forsberg rather than an equally intriguing one from San Jose, Slap Shots has been told. According to sources, the Sharks were willing to send netminder Evegni Nabokov to goaltending-needy Philadelphia as part of a package that included young defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

more player talks from Larry…

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What Would It Be Like

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from the Denver Post,

“I’m a rock star, baby,” Sakic told reporters. “The fans come to see No. 19, not the man with the gray hair standing behind the bench.”
That scenario never has - and never will - happen. But, can you imagine the press coverage it would get him, the Avs and the NHL if it did? TV reporters and talk-radio hosts who don’t know the color of the blue line would run - run - to the Pepsi Center to crowd around Sakic. Newspaper sports columnists would come down off their thrones to see what the fuss was about. The “PTI” guys might even slip it in their countdown, right between some contrived debates over Terrell Owens’ Sharpie and Mark Cuban’s new goatee.

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Turco Works Off The Ice To Get On The Ice

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from the Dallas Morning News,

And the big picture is that Turco will be the starting goalie when the playoffs begin. He is 31 with 302 NHL games under his belt. He boasts a 163-79-2 career record. Smith is 24 and has played 15 NHL games. So the Stars are going to do everything to make sure Turco is ready for the playoffs.
“He’s had some days to work in practice and he’s got some good work in, and now we’ll see if that translates into how he plays,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said.

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Jovanovski Playing Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

There was a story this morning in the Arizona Republic saying Jovanovski had an abdominal muscle injury and the Yotes were thinking about a few different options for him.
Well, he is in the lineup tonight against the Wings.

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Surgery For Huet

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via the Montreal Canadiens,

The Montreal Canadiens announced tonight that goaltender Cristobal Huet will undergo surgical repair of an injury to the left hamstring muscles on Sunday, February 18 in Montreal. He will be out indefinitely.

added 9:00pm, CBC Hot Stove mentioned Mike Knuble suffered broken orbital bone and out for the season.

 

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Chelios Misses Old-School Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the New York Times:

“Coaches like Mike Keenan and Darryl Sutter encouraged going out there antagonizing and intimidating,” Chelios said of his time with the Blackhawks, which ended with a 1999 trade to Detroit and a coach with a different philosophy. “Scotty Bowman didn’t like that type of play, the scrums after the whistle, the penalties.
“You look back at the old Chicago days, players hated coming into that building. It was like the gladiators, a battle every time they came in there. I love that type of game.”
Chelios added: “But the league is changing. It’s more of a European style of play. If they think that’s going to fly in North America, I’m all for it if it helps the game, but I’m an old-school defenseman.”

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Souray Not Being Shopped

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via Sportsnet,

All-star defenceman Sheldon Souray has been given a vote of confidence by Canadiens management, Sportsnet has learned.
The team has no intention of shopping the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent going into the NHL trade deadline on Feb 27.
With the impression Souray will now finish the year with the Canadiens, sources are telling Sportsnet the club will make every conceivable effort to ink Souray to a long-term deal.

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Shanahan Taken Off On Stretcher

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Knuble and Shanahan collided, both went down.  Shanahan looked knocked out and had some movement in legs.
Knuble was helped off the ice but looks ok.

update 4:13pm, TSN has more from the CP…

He moved his left leg slightly as medical personnel attended to him, and he appeared to also be bleeding from the mouth one day after extensive dental work. He lost a tooth Thursday night at Carolina after being struck by a puck.
Shanahan blinked his eyes and was talking to Rangers trainer Jim Ramsay as the stretcher rolled across the ice to the Zamboni entrance. Chants of “Shanny, Shanny,” trailed him during the ride. He was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital for evaluation. First reports were encouraging.

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Wings Extend Homer

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via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Tomas Holmstrom to a three-year contract extension.
Additional terms of the contract are not available.

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KK- Guess The Attendance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Peter Forsberg makes his Nashville debut tonight against the Wild.
How close can you get to the attendance figure for tonight?
KK members- pick the attendance figure and win a $25 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com (affiliate link).
Your guess must be in by 7pm ET tonight (game time is 8pm ET).  If more than one person gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be held between the people who submitted the correct answer.
If the correct guess is not submitted, the person closest to the figure (over or under) will win.  Again, if more than one person ties for this, a random drawing will be held.
The boxscore area at NHL.com which lists the attendance will be the official attendance figure.
If you are not a KK member, you can register on the left sidebar under KK Sections.  Emails will not be accepted, you must submit in the comment area of this post.  Good luck!

Added 2:10pm, Remember folks, this contest is open to KK members.  If you are not a member and submitted a guess, you need to become a KK member to be eligible-  Look on the left sidebar under KK Sections.

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