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Right Man For The Job

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Finally, after a series of Americans -- who were capable in some areas, but not necessarily hockey -- the league has hired John Shannon, who until two weeks ago was the head man at Leafs TV. Shannon holds the distinction of having twice been fired by Hockey Night in Canada for wanting to do things properly, and also has had hockey broadcasting experience at the club level, both with the Leafs and the Minnesota North Stars. If there is a more respected man in the hockey broadcasting industry, it's hard to think of who it would be. Finally, the league has someone in place who can give American broadcasters some direction.
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Chara & Redden Staying Put- McCabe, Who Knows

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from the Toronto Sun,

The Ottawa Senators general manager must feel like the former host of TV's Let's Make A Deal after reading and hearing about all the supposed trades he is going to pull off in the coming days. Muckler wants to set the record straight. Yes, he is actively searching to improve his club by the March 9 trade deadline. But any swaps will not involve defencemen Zdeno Chara or Wade Redden despite scuttlebutt to the contrary. ...If the two parties can't come to an agreement in the coming days, there has been speculation Ferguson might deal McCabe in order to get some kind of return for him. Otherwise McCabe would be free to leave during the summer.
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Rem Murray Close To Signing With Edmonton

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from the Edmonton Journal,

In an attempt to add some grit, some two-way punch, some depth, the Oilers have put in a call to Rem Murray. The former Oiler flew to Edmonton on Saturday and will undergo a medical today. If he is cleared, he will sign a one-year deal. Murray, 33, had stepped away from the game in 2003-04 when he was diagnosed with cervical dystonia. The nerve disorder repressed the mobility in his shoulder and neck -- so much so that he couldn't turn his head to the right.
more update 5;15pm, Murray is in the Edmonton lienup today.

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NHLPA Still Has Controversy

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

A single sentence from the NHLPA constitution written in 1990 by Alan Eagleson is being used by Ted Saskin to empower the 34-member Executive Board to vote on changing the way team payroll caps and floors will be calculated under the collective bargaining agreement... The Executive Board currently consists of 34 voting members, including four officers (president Trevor Linden, VPs Bill Guerin, Bob Boughner and Daniel Alfredsson) and the 30 team player reps. If the vote both takes place and passes, the upper limit will be set at $5 million above the 54-percent midpoint with the lower limit established at $11M below it, rather than the symmetrical $8M and $8M that was adopted by the NHLPA's ratification vote last July. For next season, this likely will establish the range at $26-42M rather than $29-45M.
read on (reg. req.) Also from Brooks (reg. req.), these players may be drawing attention from the Rangers- Martin Gelinas, Dallas Drake, Gary Roberts, Brian Leetch, Sean Hill & Mike Van Ryn.

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Malkin Hype Machine Starts

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via the Ptiisburgh Tribune-Review,

Evgeni Malkin is still under contract to his Russian team and there is no transfer agreement in place between the NHL and the Russian hockey federation. But the Penguins appear confident that they'll be able to get Malkin to Pittsburgh for the 2006-07 season. A promotional video shown on the Jumbotron at last night's game featured clips of the 19-year-old center, drafted second overall in 2004, and ended with the words "Malkin. Coming to an arena near you 09/06."

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Lindros Out For The Year

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from the CP via TSN,

On a night when they fell seven points behind Montreal for the eighth and final playoff spot in the NHL's Eastern Conference following a 4-2 loss to rival Ottawa, they also lost centre Eric Lindros for the season after the Big E reinjured his right wrist. "I tore it again," said an emotional Lindros, fighting back tears. "I'll need surgery this week. "It's not a lot of fun."

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Wild Moves

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from the Star Tribune,

On Saturday the wild claimed Weinhandl, a skilled right winger with deft hands and an opportunistic style, off waivers from the New York Islanders. To make room for him on the roster, the Wild placed Daigle, whose 2005-06 season hadn't matched his comeback to the NHL in 2003-04, on waivers.

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Cole Injured

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via the AP,

Carolina Hurricanes left wing Erik Cole left the ice with an apparent injury to his right arm during the third period of Saturday's game against Pittsburgh after scoring two goals for the second night in a row. Cole left after being driven hard into the boards by Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik with 14 1/2 minutes remaining. Orpik was given a five-minute boarding major and was ejected from the game.

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Islanders Celebration

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from NHL.com,

The Nassau Coliseum used to be a place where a dynasty reigned. On Saturday, it will be once again ? at least for a night. The New York Islanders are honoring their 1979-80 team, which brought the first of four consecutive Stanley Cups to Long Island. General Manager Bill Torrey, coach Al Arbour and most of the players on the Isles' first championship team will be on hand for the festivities.
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Refs Remain Consistent

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via the LA Times (reg. req.),

Defenseman Keith Carney said he thinks the referees intend to remain consistent with their approach in eliminating hooking and holding to impede a skater's progress. "In past years, usually by this time of the year it's really slacked off and they let things go a little bit," Carney said. "This year, they made a plan and said, 'This is the way it's going to be.' "

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