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Bloggers & Mainstream On The Trades

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Abel to Yzerman points his readers to all of the post trade day talk on the web. I was going to take a tour of the hockey bloggers today, but now I don't have to thanks to Bill!

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Geoffrion Dies

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from TSN,

Legendary Montreal Canadiens sniper Bernie (Boom-Boom) Geoffrion died Saturday morning, the day he was to be honoured by the club. The Canadiens announced that Geoffrion, 75, died quietly this morning in an Atlanta hospital following a brief battle with stomach cancer.
continued update 12:00pm, Press release from the Montreal Canadiens. image CP photo

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Part Of The Game

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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

In the sports world, hockey injuries are unique in the grotesque domain. It's a contact sport played on ice, with sticks and a frozen piece of rubber cylinder. Skates propel the athletes much faster than one could run. Oh, don't forget about the stationary boards and glass. Almost on any given night in the NHL, some player somewhere might suffer an injury that requires stitches, dental work, broken bones or worse. During the Olympics in the quarterfinals against Finland, the United States' Derian Hatcher knocked out four of Teemu Selanne's teeth with his stick. The loss of teeth is so common in hockey players — creating the familiar gap-toothed smiles — that in the sport's lingo lost teeth are sardonically referred to as "chicklets."
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Are The Flames Better This Year

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from the Calgary Sun,

The 2006 version, when broken down player by player, is capable of doing the same -- even without the element of surprise the underdogs enjoyed when NHL playoff hockey was last played. "I think we're a better team," said Iginla yesterday. "I think that we're stronger defensively. "Up front, we're not scoring as many goals as we can -- everyone's been talking about that, we talk about that, we know that. But if you look around in our room ... we're all capable of more. We're more offensive than we've shown. It's on us to bring that out."
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Vyborny Wants One Final Contract

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets right winger David Vyborny will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but yesterday he divulged that he’s not looking for a longterm contract. "Two years," Vyborny said. "I’m looking for two years, and then when it’s done, I will go back home. "It’s probably my last NHL contract. Not probably, but for sure." Vyborny, 31, plans to return to Prague, so his son Michael, now 6, can grow up in the Czech Republic.
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Ozolinsh Wants To Make A Difference

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from the Journal News,

Sandis Ozolinsh just laughed when he was asked if he felt like a new person after going through the NHL's substance-abuse program. Then it was suggested to the newest member of the Rangers that perhaps he was just a better version of the old person. "Maybe, that's not for me to judge," said the 33-year-old defenseman, who voluntarily entered the program Dec. 29 and was cleared to resume his career Feb. 14. "I'm just enjoying the time right now, playing hockey, being on the ice. It's all good right now. If I have a bad game, which I don't think will happen, of course, I'll be singing a different song."
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Unhappy Domi Benched

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from the AP via TSN,

"Am I happy with it? No. Do I agree with it? No," the 36-year-old Domi said. "I know what I bring to the team, to the dressing room, and my teammates know." "The most puzzling thing is I've probably played my best hockey in the last three games," he said. "I just figured I'd make a little change," Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "It was just a coach's decision before the game. I didn't expect him to like it."
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Avs Blew It

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from Terry Frei of ESPN,

For the record, though apothecary standards are stricter in Colorado than in Canada, Propecia is readily and legally obtainable at the corner drive-through drugstore. With that out of the way, one of the strangest things about Wednesday's bombshell of a deal is that when Jose Theodore had that little accident outside his home, suffered a fractured heel and rendered himself hors de combat for at least the foreseeable future, it actually helped facilitate his trade to the Avalanche.
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Lidstrom Contract Update

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Nick was just on WDFN in Detroit and said Wings are now talking extension with him. It was his request to wait until after the Olympics to talk contract. Lidstrom says he feels a young 36, wants to stay in Detroit and sees no reason why things won't work out. Look for at least a 2 year extension before the playoffs unless this totally blows up, which I highly doubt it would. update 5:10pm, You can listen to the interview courtesy of Mlive. You will need real player and look for the story with the headline "High-praise from a great player".

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What Are The Odds After The Trades

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from the CP via Slam,

Best odds for the NHL championship rest with the Ottawa Senators (7-2), Detroit Red Wings (9-2), Carolina Hurricanes (6-1), Dallas Stars (7-1) and New York Rangers (7-1). The Calgary Flames and the Philadelphia Flyers were next (10-1). The Buffalo Sabres keep moving up (18-1).
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