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Trade Talk

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via the St. Petersburg Times,

The biggest move could involve St. Louis star Keith Tkachuk. Several teams, including the Devils, Flyers and Senators, are believed to have interest. The Devils are going to do something big because they have plenty of room under the salary cap. Don't be surprised if the Oilers pursue Phoenix goalie Curtis Joseph. The one name resurfacing in Lightning trade rumors is Washington defenseman Brendan Witt.
update 8:25am, from the Edmonton Journal,
The problem with moving the deadline back is that it arrives with more teams still in the playoff hunt. That means fewer sellers. As of the Olympic break, only five of the NHL's 30 teams are clearly playing for next year -- Pittsburgh, Washington, St. Louis, Chicago and Columbus. Florida and the Islanders are just barely alive. Some teams that might be in a mood to acquire players are already bumping up against this season's $39-million salary cap. Teams like Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Jersey, Atlanta, Boston and Colorado will have to be creative. Here's how the trade market is shaping up:
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Forsberg Hopes All Is Forgiven

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from the Toronto Star,

While blood pressure may be shooting up for certain people back in the City of Brotherly Love, patriotism courses through Peter Forsberg's veins. "I knew I wanted to go over and play. It was just a matter of whether I was healthy or not. I didn't care about the pressure from either side, whether Snider said I shouldn't go or the Swedish people wanted me to go. That's why I didn't read the Swedish papers for the last week. I don't think you can make a decision based on what other people think. "I had to make my own decision."
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Let The Amateurs Play

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from the Rocky Mount Telegram,

Stuck in cramped Olympic Village headquarters, halfway across the world, with no real reason to be there. Sure, an end is in sight, but it's time to start thinking about the big picture, the end to this charade. The end to the idea that the best "team" would be a bunch of NHL stars put on a plane and set to win gold. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman force-fed it down the owners' throats eight years ago under the guise of it being great publicity for the NHL. He said that it would show just how international the game has become and the talent level that exists every night at a city near you.
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NHLPA Still Torn

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin is recommending the union amend the CBA and accept a payroll band that will reduce each team's cap by $3M while at the same time reducing each team's floor by the same amount... The league's best players will earn less; options for free agents will be dramatically reduced; successful teams will have less opportunity to remain intact; big-market teams that drive league revenue will have more difficulty competing and satisfying their fan bases in their own unique markets...
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The Yzerman (19th) Edition Of The NHL Carnival

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On the Wings rightfully is hosting the newest edition of the NHL Carnival. Check it out and let Matt know how he did. I completely forgot about this one and even received a reminder email about it. Sorry Matt.

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Jagr Hit

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If you haven't seen the Ruutu hit on Jagr, here it is. The video is hosted by someone in Finland and save the person some bandwidth and right click and save as. It is about 12mb. Also, it is an .mpg file but some people have had some problems playing it, but I had none. update 7:13pm, from the AP via NBC,

After the game, Czech coach Alois Hadamczik said Jagr did not have a concussion and possibly could play Sunday against Italy, though he said, "It will be up to him.'' Hadamczik did not say if Jagr had any injuries, and the Czech team's medical staff was not available for comment. According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, no further action against Ruutu is planned and he can play Sunday night against Canada.

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Men’s Schedule For Sunday

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Jagr Hurt

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In today's Czech/Finland game, Jarkko Ruuto slammed Jagr's face against the boards in the 2nd period. Jagr received a facial injury with bleeding and is still being attended to by the doctors. Ruuto received a game misconduct for the hit. update 5:01pm, from the AP via TSN,

Czech Republic star Jaromir Jagr, the NHL's leading scorer, left the ice with blood pouring out of a cut on his forehead after being rammed into the boards by Finland's Jarkko Ruutu during their Olympic hockey game Saturday.
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Theodore Out 6-8 Weeks

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from TSN and the CP,

Jose Theodore's bad season just got worse. Theodore suffered a broken right heel in a fall outside his home on Thursday night and will miss six to eight weeks of hockey. Theodore slipped while walking down the stairs outside his home. Freezing rain had made conditions in Montreal treacherous that day.
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What Now

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Team USA loses to Slovakia 2-1 and if you saw the Canada/Swiss game you would swear you saw the same game but with different jerseys. The U.S did not have the offensive chances that Canada did, but the defensive style of both Slovakia and the Swiss were almost identical. Is it the wider ice, the coaching or is it the play around the world is catching up?

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