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Avs Morning Skate Cancelled - No Ice

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Hello from the ATL, where the Avalanche was supposed to go through its normal paces this morning with a skate-around at the Philips Arena. But there will be no morning skate today.

That’s because the ice is not fit for skating. Ther circus was in town recently, at Philips, and has rendered ice conditions unfit. Despite being told by Thrashers personnel that the ice would be ready by this morning, it was not.

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NHL Network Free Preview

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NEW YORK – The NHL Network will offer a free preview to more than 34 million subscribers of multiple distributors in the United States, such as DIRECTV, DISH Network®, AT&T U-verse, Verizon, Cox Communications, Grande Communications and TVMAX, beginning Monday, March 2 through Saturday, March 7.

As the definitive hockey destination, NHL Network offers viewers a 24-hour all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games, robust game highlights packages and expert analysis. As a portion of this six-day free-preview period, viewers will be able to watch 52 hours of HD hockey programming including five live games, special Trade Deadline day coverage and 10 premieres of exclusive original NHL Network™ programming.

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Stars Recall Stephan & Place Petersen On IR

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FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club placed center Toby Petersen on Injured Reserve with a broken bone in his left foot, suffered during Monday’s game vs. San Jose. He will be re-evaluated in four weeks. The club has also recalled goaltender Tobias Stephan from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Petersen, 30, has appeared in 57 games for Dallas this season, recording four goals and seven assists with 14 penalty minutes. He had a career-high five-game point streak (3-2-5) from Nov. 30 – Dec. 10.

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Wings Send McCarty To Grand Rapids

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Detroit Red Wings activated veteran right wing Darren McCarty from injured reserve and assigned him to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

McCarty has missed most of the season after undergoing sports hernia surgery in January. In 13 games with the Red Wings, he has one goal and 25 penalty minutes.

The four-time Stanley Cup champion has registered 127 goals and 161 assists to go along with 1,477 penalty minutes in 15 NHL seasons, all but two with Detroit.

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Rangers Needed A Change

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

In a sense Glen Sather—announcing his new coach and looking to the immediate and distant Rangers future—sounded the theme of a recently-elected president.

CHANGE!

His Blueshirts needed a different personality, with a louder voice who would provide the Rangers with a go-go attacking style rather than over-worrying about goals against.

More than anything, those points explain why John Tortorella is the new head coach and Tom Renney is on a sabbatical he would not have wished on himself.

Oh yeah, and there’s also a not-so-small matter of the Rangers possibly even slipping out of a playoff berth had the Old Guard remained behind the bench.

“Over the last couple of weeks I watched the team slide,” said Sather in a far-reaching conference call, “and our game eroded. This was obvious from the last couple of games.”

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  Tags: glen+sather, john+tortorella

Sabres Turn To Lalime

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from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Necessity has dictated that Ruff turn his team’s fortunes over to backup Patrick Lalime, who inherited the starter’s job when Ryan Miller sprained his ankle against the Rangers on Saturday.

Ruff says he’s confident. He has faith in Lalime’s ability to hold the fort. Of course, he has no choice.

“Patty knows he’s playing,” Ruff said. “We’ve got a lot of trust that he’s going to play well for us, and I think he’s got a lot of trust that the team is going to play well in front of him.”

It’s hard for a backup to develop a rhythm when he plays once every two weeks. Ruff expects Lalime, 34, to find a rhythm quickly. Last year in Chicago, Lalime played more than expected because of injuries and went 16-12-2.

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Question Of The Day

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In my NHL.com article today, I asked readers of playoff bubble teams how they feel about their chances of making it into the second season.

So, I am also asking readers of KK the same question- Will your team make the playoffs and give me the reasons why they will or will not?

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Springtime Without Sidney?

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from On Frozen Blog,

In a wildly amusing bit of unintended condemnation, the media Sunday asked Crosby about the “appropriateness” of Alexander Ovechkin’s unbridled joy after scoring goals. (Because, you know, hockey is supposed to be just like golf when it comes to celebrations.) The obviously unspoken undercurrent of this question was “Is there room in hockey for a rock star, Mr. Neil Diamond?” This perhaps is the start of the much-needed, media-led realignment of stars. 

The NHL, however, remains in a horrendously awkward position. It’s confronting the very real possibility of a Crosby-less postseason, while his counterpart in the once barren hockey wasteland of Washington is turning the town on its collective sporting ear. Ovechkin’s Caps, with their Plan B goaltender, may well just play hockey into final four territory, or better. Crosby’s Pens, every reporter who watches them observes, aren’t altogether short on talent—qualifying for the postseason is something they should do in their shower sandals. What are we to conclude about the mettle of the faux messiah?

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On a siden ote to this, I was listening to late night radio last night and heard a national sports radio show mention the Crosby/Ovechkin feud was staged by the NHL to attract viewers.  Staged, ha, I think not.

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Duff Not A Crazy Girlfriend

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from Us Magazine,

Hilary Duff stands by her man!

The star said that she defends her boyfriend, New York Islander Mike Comrie, against the “intense fans” at his games.

“I like to sit in the audience, you know I don’t sit up in a box or anything, and people started to know that I’m sitting there, and they’ll be like ‘Mike sucks!’ Or [they] try to rile me up,” Duff told Rachael Ray on the set of her talk show. “And I’m like, ‘Hey, watch it! I’ll come up there, you know.’”

She added: “I try to not be that crazy girlfriend.”

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  Tags: hilary+duff, mike+comrie

One Of The Best Hockey Players In The World

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George Malik of SnapShots once again turns to the web for a story on Henrik Zetterberg,

Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg spoke to Expressen’s Mattias Eriksson recently, discussing a wide range of topics in a February 24, Expressen (roughly translated):

“Would not like to switch lives with someone”

He is one of the world’s best hockey players and recently signed contract worth almost 600 million [Swedish Kronor].  Henrik Zetterberg says with complete certainty: “I would not like to switch places with anyone.”

This summer, Henrik Zetterberg NHL won the finals’ scoring title and was named the finals’ most valuable player.  He took a stride [forward to become one] of the world’s best hockey players and at the end of January he signed in one of the biggest contracts in NHL’s history.

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