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Who’s Wanted

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from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

FOXSports.com takes a look at the 10 players it feels will be most in demand come Thursday. These players may not be the 10 biggest-name players to eventually switch teams this week, but they are the players — if made available — who will generate the most interest from the buyers in the market. No 6 Sheldon Souray Last seen: Losing his luster in the hockey-mad city of Montreal, where the Canadiens are on the precipice of missing the postseason.
read about the other nine...

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All Things Are Equal

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

"This is the way it should be," Anaheim GM Brian Burke said Sunday after his Ducks dropped a shootout decision to Columbus and remained four points out of the last playoff position. "This is what we voted for." He recalled his tenure in Vancouver, when the annual trade deadline meant big boys such as Colorado, Detroit, Philadelphia and Toronto scooped up most of the available big-name players because the small markets were unloading salary to keep their bottom line in order or were unable to obtain those players because of the same economic constraints. No more.
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Kevin Allen Sees Luongo To Kings

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Kevin Allen of USA TODAY was on WDFN in Detroit and stated the talk of Luongo to the Kings is real and sees it happening before the trade deadline. Also sees Roloson and Joseph moving, plus Theodore getting traded in the summer to either Vancouver or Colorado. Kevin mentioned goaltending in Detroit is not a major worry and the Wings feel Legace has proved himself and Osgood is getting back into good graces of team management. Said Pat Quinn is done in Toronto unless he turns the season around quickly.

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Ducks Prospect Jordan Smith Loses Vision In Left Eye

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from the Soo Today,

The professional hockey career of Mighty Ducks prospect Jordan Smith is over, after officials of Maine Medical Center announced tonight that he won't regain vision in his injured eye. The following news release was issued tonight by Portland Pirates: Smith is under the care of orbital specialist Dr. Natan D. Kahn M.D., and retinal specialist Dr. Jeffrey K. Moore M.D. "Today Jordan underwent a second surgery on his left eye, which was uncomplicated. It was determined pre-operatively that vision in the eye could not be restored and the intent of today's operation was to keep the eye comfortable and achieve the best cosmetic outcome. The surgery was successful in all aspects and he is recovering well and will be discharged tomorrow," said Dr. Moore.
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Lidstrom Talks

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It is not often that you hear an interview with Nick Lidstrom that lasts longer than a minute. Tonight, Lidstrom was a guest on the Mitch Albom radio show for about ten minutes. He talked about the Olympics (after having a team dinner when they won the gold, they went back to the Olympic village where they met up with the women from the gold medal winning Swedish curling team) and his future. Nick plans on taking it a year at a time, doesn't see himself playing at age 44 like Chelios, but is motivated by seeing Cheli and Yzerman performing at their age. He credits his success to his off-season workouts and his positioning on the ice. Mitch asked him about Babcock and he stated Babcock is doing a great job. Starting to get the Wings into playoff hockey mode, wants them to play more in a straight line, go directly to the net and play a little tougher. All in all a good interview, and nice not to hear he is thinking about retirement.

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Oprik Suspended

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Penguins defenseman Brooks Oprik was just suspended for three games for his hit on Eric Cole. update 6:18pm, via NHL.com,

"While it is apparent that there was no deliberate intent to injure on this play, Mr. Orpik's careless hit on his opponent resulted in a serious injury," said NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. "Even if a player leaves himself vulnerable, the checking player does bear some responsibility in avoiding a hit on a defenseless opponent."

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Latest Trade Talk

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from the CP via 940 Montreal,

Hockeytown will be quiet this week - a clear indication this won't be like previous NHL trade deadlines. "We used to get more calls here in other years for sure, people knew we had money to spend," Wings GM Ken Holland said with a laugh from his Detroit office Monday. "But that's OK, it's the same for everybody. Other teams are in the same position we're in."
more...all kinds of trade talk... Plus, if you heard rumors of Belfour coming to Detroit, you might want to check out Abel to Yzerman...

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Trades Will Be Made

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

With the standings in both conferences so tightly compacted before Thursday's trade deadline, it isn't all that clear cut who the outright sellers are.... It will shock me if the first trade deadline with a salary cap in play fails to produce a few blockbuster trades. There are just too many enticing scenarios for the GM's around the league to idly ignore.
read on for all kinds of scenarios...

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Savard Soon To Calgary?

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network, -The talk of Calgary is that Marc Savard will soon be a Flame again. -The Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons has a good question: “If you’re John Ferguson, Jr., do you sign Bryan McCabe for $5 million or wait for July and see if you can sign Zdeno Chara for upward of $7 million? You can build a winner around Chara. Can you build a winner around the nervous McCabe?” Our answer: No! more

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Sharks Trying To Find Their Way

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson, the most difficult part of a weirdly up-and-down season is that every time it looks as if his team is about to make that one final surge into a playoff spot, something bad happens... Nor is Wilson giving up hope. The Sharks made an organizational decision during the lockout to stick with home-grown prospects and not shop the free-agent market. Accordingly, there has been a significant turnover in their personnel since thee 2004 trip to the finals (and three more players, Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart left in the Thornton trade). So they are a young group, new in the league and new to each other, still trying to find their way.
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