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Trade Market Still Dead

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Two GMs, attending All-Star festivities in Dallas, said the market is still pretty much dead, for two obvious reasons — one, that 29 teams still figure they have a chance to qualify for the playoffs; and secondly, the longer they wait, the less of a salary-cap hit they’ll have to absorb — and one less obvious one.
Some teams that are potential sellers have been quietly contacting player agents to see if the future unrestricted free agents on their rosters are interested in signing contract extensions with their current teams.

much more from Eric in his weekly wrap…

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Ryan Miller Looked To Izzo

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from the AP via Yahoo,

It prompted the first of many conversations the two would have, and a reason Miller, in the days leading up to making his NHL All-Star game debut at Dallas this past week, credited Izzo as having had a significant influence on his career.
“It was big,” Miller said. “It was my first real step in the right direction.”
Miller was 21 and entering his junior year when he was drawn to Izzo. The goalie was searching for ways to deal with the pressures that came after he was named college hockey’s MVP, and the expectations of fans wondering why he couldn’t get a shutout every game.

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ASG Ratings On Versus

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STAMFORD, Conn. (January 26, 2007)—VERSUS, the national cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), garnered a .7 HH rating which translates to 474,298 viewing homes and 672,948 total viewers for its telecast of the 2007 NHL All-Star Game on January 24.  This was the first time the All-Star Game has been played since 2004.  The viewership figures propelled VERSUS to a Top 15 ranked cable network in all of ad-supported cable television from 8:00p-11:15 p.m. ET on January 24 among the key male demographics:  Men 18-34 (ranked #12), Men 18-49 (ranked #13), Men 25-54 (ranked #14).  All figures are according to Nielsen Media Research and VERSUS Research.

The 2007 All-Star Game on VERSUS showed a bigger rating increase over its regular season average than any All-Star Game since at least 1999.  The game on VERSUS was up 250 percent in HH rating from the regular season average (.7 vs .2) and in contrast, the All-Star Games on ABC showed a much smaller increase of 64 percent in both 2004 and 2003 (1.8 rating vs 1.1 rating, both years).

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Interesting Trade Talk On Zherdev

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Well, hockey is back again tonight, let the trade talk start again. 
Spector covers it all, including Zherdev not fitting in with Hitchcock’s style.

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Lang & Draper Out

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Both Lang & Draper have the flu, out for tonight.

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Sid Wins Door Prize

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from Eyes On The Prize,

Sometimes youth and noteriety has it’s downside.
Sidney Crosby learned all about this Wednesday evening while attending a private party with all of the NHL’s elite.
According to Martin Leclerc of Le Journal de Montreal, Crosby tagged along with the NHL All-Stars entourage to “The Ghost”, a Dallas nightclub atop the chic W hotel.

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Off The Record, Foppa Wants Out

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News:

No one in the Flyers’ locker room will say so on the record, but the story is that more than one person has heard Forsberg say that he is getting older, that he wants to win another championship before he retires, and that he can not do that on a team that is rebuilding.
Flyers management, the story goes, is aware of all of this and so are other teams around the league. Just before the All-Star break, a report in New York had Forsberg agreeing to drop his no-trade clause and going to the Rangers in a wink-wink arrangement for just the playoffs.
That’s not what is circulating among the Flyers. It’s closer to move me than rent me.

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For The Hockey Bloggers

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from Eric at Off Wing Opinion,

One disturbing piece of news: Our old pal Eklund actually participated in an event in conjunction with the Professional Hockey Writers Association (a group with no online presence) in order to present “the view of the bloggers.”
A note to hockey writers around the country: Eklund doesn’t represent anyone except himself. And while there are plenty of folks who blog anonymously for a whole host of reasons, Eklund is the only one who continually abuses the cloak of anonymity in order to deceive.

I agree with Eric.  How the PHWA bought into the deception of Dwayne is unbelievable.  Do you realize the deceptive tactics this person has used throughout the years?  Dwayne has stated he has worked for the NHL, worked for an NHL team, wrote for the Hockey News and written a best selling book.  When I emailed him about these claims, he has no answers except to tell me this is his “schtick” and he would reveal more if I signed a NDA (Non=dsclosure agreement).
It gets much better, but you will have to wait for it…

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Time For The NHLPA To Open The Books

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

While Saskin has been clearly hoping the dissidents would gradually lose steam and fade away, the decision of the player reps is clear evidence that over the past year many moderate and disinterested players have slowly become increasingly militant, frustrated at the stories and speculation surrounding the union and their inability to get answers to straightforward financial and procedural questions….
The turning point, in retrospect, may have come last November when ex-player Steve Larmer, a widely respected individual in union circles, stepped down from his position as the NHLPA’s director of player relations.
Larmer said he felt the union had taken “a giant step backwards, back to the days of (Alan) Eagleson where a select few made decisions for the group.”

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Looking To Jagr

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It is up to Jagr to shoulder the burden over the final 34 games and the Rangers in the middle of a seven-team pack hunting for the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. And No. 68 understands that.
“I’m not going to talk about what the team should do; I have to be the first guy to do it,” said Jagr, who chose his words very carefully so as not to appear egotistical. “I’m not saying that I am the team, but if I play good, the team will play good.
“I understand that it’s a team game, but when the game is on the line, individuals have to make the difference. That’s what I truly believe.
“If you want to be a special guy, you have to have special moments. That’s what I play for. That’s what I live for.”

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