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Lock Them Up

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from Brian Duff at the Hockey News,

The following are under contract through the 2008-09 season and will likely be extended prior to reaching RFA status. To what extent? We shall see.

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh, second overall in 2004 (174 points in 147 games). Forget Richards money, Crosby-type dollars await.

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles, 11th overall in 2005 (127 points in 141 games). The face of the franchise moving forward? He has to be one of them, but will it come at the expense of Mike Cammalleri, who is often mentioned in trade rumors.


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These Germans Love Their Hockey

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from the Reporter-Herald,

“Three of us were sitting in a bar, perhaps one too many beers, and we said, ‘Let’s go to Calgary’,” Reuther said. “Look what the prize is for this one question and the few beers we had that evening, is that we went with about 65 people to Calgary. The trip was so nice, we decided to do it again.”

And again, and again, as a matter of fact.

A 13th trip to North America took the group — this time around 25 people — to Colorado for the first time last week. Friday night, they had their first taste of the action in the Central Hockey League, as they attended the Colorado Eagles game against Mississippi at the Budweiser Events Center….

“It’s a universal sport, where everybody goes to see a fast game with hard hits, with action on the ice. That’s the reason we go to hockey games; otherwise, we’d go see volleyball or something else.”


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Modano Thinks A Little Ahead

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from the Star-Telegram,

Mike Modano watched Brett Favre break down and weep at his retirement press conference last week and suddenly had this out-of-body experience.

He could see himself sitting there, tears running down his face, too.

“When it’s my time, I’ll probably bawl like a baby,” Modano said Monday on the eve of his induction into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco.

The irony is that the last time we saw Modano cry, he was standing in front of his locker in Buffalo in the early hours of June 20, 1999, sobbing almost uncontrollably as he tried to get his mind around the fact that he and the Stars had just won the Holy Grail of hockey, the Stanley Cup.


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One Message In Detroit

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from the Detroit Free Press,

When Scotty Bowman coached the Wings, assistants Barry Smith and Dave Lewis frequently spoke to the media. But Babcock prefers to handle reporters’ questions and leave his assistants free to concentrate on other things.

“That’s the way I’ve always done it,” Babcock said. “We’ve got one message when we come in this room. We got one message when we’re talking to the media.”

Perhaps that extra concentration time has helped his assistants’ contributions to the Wings’ 45-18-6 record and league-leading 96 points.

MacLean oversees the penalty kill and is responsible for changing defensemen during games.

McLellan oversees the power play. During games, he’s either in Babcock’s ear suggesting matchups or talking to forwards.

read on

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Tanabe Still Experiencing Concussion Symptoms

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from the News & Observer,

The Carolina Hurricanes don’t expect defenseman David Tanabe, who has been out since December with a concussion, to play again this NHL season. Whether he ever plays for them again is very much in doubt.

Tanabe hasn’t been on the ice for two months and wasn’t even at the RBC Center for the team picture last week. The Canes may even be forced to consider buying out the final year of his contract this summer.


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Morning Line

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It was a memorable offensive night for a number of Calgary Flames: Jarome Iginla established a franchise record for goal-scoring…

“I dreamed of being a goal-scorer,” said Iginla. “I’m fortunate — I’ve been in those situations and good things have happened. But as I get older — I’m 30 years old and I can’t believe how fast things have gone — it’s really cool to set the goal-scoring mark, but I want to win a Stanley Cup. Looking back, I want to be part of the second team that brought a Stanley Cup to Calgary. People still tell stories about ‘89. I want to be part of that.”

more on the Flames game last night…

And I am really dragging this morning.  You know that flu bug that is going around, well, I think it hit too close to home for me this morning…

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Not Worth Their Pay

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

How much is too much? When seeking to determine the National Hockey League player who has delivered the least for the most, it’s a subjective question.

There are many candidates….

Todd Bertuzzi, LW, Anaheim Ducks ($4 million)

On his fourth team in less than two years, he continues to befuddle. Even though he’s scored 13 times, he’s no longer the force he once was.

Anaheim teammates are likely asking the same question that puzzled Bertuzzi’s teammates before them in Detroit, Florida and Vancouver—what happened to the old Bert?

read on

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Will Hossa Fit In

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from the National Post,

Jason Botterill didn’t want to make a commitment to Marian Hossa just yet. In fact, during an interview last week, whenever the Pittsburgh Penguins director of hockey operations was asked about Hossa’s future with the team, he changed the subject.

“I just think it’s exciting that in the playoffs, we’ll get to watch a team with as much skill and speed as this one has,” Botterill said after being asked a second time about re-signing Hossa.

Botterill, a 32-year-old former Winnipeger who was part of the three world junior championship teams, had his playing career cut short by post-concussion syndrome. But the MBA he picked up at Michigan, where he also won an NCAA championship, helped him become the man in charge of the Penguins’ salary cap.


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The Mysterious Forsberg

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from All Things Avs,

Never have I encountered a more mystifying person and player than Forsberg. As soon as you feel like things are going to be fine with him, something always pops up. That’s why I was surprised for about, oh, a tenth of a second last night when Avs Vice President, PR man and Official Voice of the Avalanche, Jean Martineau, told me Forsberg wouldn’t play because of a groin issue.

Here’s what I think might be the case: Forsberg wasn’t going to play all along last night. But rather than just say he was too tired to play, they said he had a groin pull.

Why they would do that, though, if that’s the case, doesn’t make a lot of sense. Why get the fans all worried - as they always are about No. 21 - by saying he’s hurt again?

more on the Avs…

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Not As Close As It Was

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from Lew Serviss of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

In the Eastern Conference standings today, you’ll find eight teams in close formation, with the Flyers in the eighth spot. Four points separate them from ninth-place Buffalo.

Over in the Western Conference, the break comes after No. 9 Nashville, tied in points with Vancouver at 78. Five points separate them from three teams tied at 73 points: Phoenix, Chicago and Columbus.

read on for more and find out who has the momentum right now…

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