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Will It Be A Trading Frenzy

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Read the columns and the blogs and the rumor mongers, and you'd think there would be 100 NHL players on the move between now and the March 9 trade deadline. Sadly, for those fans who plan to book the day off to track the onslaught of deals, it's not likely to happen. Oh, there'll be lots of tire kicking and exploratory talks and a thousand crumpled pieces of paper that day as GMs work out exactly what their cap room is. But in truth, GMs around the league say they expect the trade period to be pretty quiet.
read on

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Elias To Replace Prucha

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via Eurosport,

The Czech Republic have called up New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias to replace the injured Petr Prucha for the Turin Olympic Games, coach Alois Hadamczik said on Monday.

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Going Rate For Goalies

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With the going rate of front line goalies being set at around +$5 million a year, the Wings are going to face a huge contract bump at the goaltending position. Both Legace and Osgood are UFAs and I am sure Legace will be shooting at that figure. Are there any other options available, would you pay Legace $5 million a year? I will hold judgment until after the playoffs, which is probably what the Wings management will do too.

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NHL Ratings On NBC 2/4/06

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The overnight ratings are in for Saturday's games and just about what we have seen before- 1.2 rating and a 3 share. Also, NBC will not be broadcasting another NHL game until April- Sat., April 8 St. Louis @ Colorado 2 p.m. ET New York Rangers @ Boston Anaheim @ Los Angeles (West Coast only) 3 p.m. PT Sat., April 15 New York Rangers @ Philadelphia 2 p.m. ET Minnesota @ Dallas Boston @ Atlanta

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Touching The Trophy

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from Sports Illustrated,

The worst thing about the broadcast (Super Bowl) was the series of spots in which Steelers and Seahawks players (mostly Steelers) pitched a kind of adolescent woo at the Lombardi Trophy -- whispering sweet nothings its way, telling it how special it is, doing their best to cop a cheap feel on the sly. Until they've earned it, NHL players treat the Stanley Cup with the same kind of reverence that that Indiana Jones showed the Ark...

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Q & A With LaRue

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from Hockey Refs,

Dennis LaRue has been in the NHL since 1989 and is considered the top American-born referee. His career includes some 600 NHL regular season and 19 Stanley Cup games; three Olympic assignments in 2006, 2002, and 1988; and both the 1986 World Championship and World U20 Championship. LaRue resides in the Spokane, Washington area and is engaged to be married this summer. HockeyRefs.com: How does it feel a few days before your third Olympic assignment? LaRue: I kind of had to pinch myself to be honest. I was lucky to be selected the first time in 1988 and it was fantastic, but it was different with the amateurs, and when I was selected in 2002, it was a big thrill and something I was excited about and pleased to be chosen again, and this third time, I wasn’t expecting it. I am just as thrilled now and maybe more so because I have never got to do the Olympics [outside of North America]. I am looking forward to going to Europe and comparing and contrasting the Olympics in and outside of North America. Going to Italy will be terrific and I have always wanted to go just as a tourist.
much more...very informative...

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Team USA Announces Replacement & Taxi Squad

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from the CP via TSN,

Defenceman Bret Hedican of the Carolina Hurricanes will replace Aaron Miller of the Los Angeles Kings on the United States Olympic hockey team, USA Hockey announced Monday. Miller has been bothered by a bad back most of the season. USA Hockey also announced that forward Matt Cullen of the Hurricanes, defenceman Paul Martin of the New Jersey Devils and goalie Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres will make up the team's taxi squad.
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H. Sedin & Miller POW

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via TSN,

Vancouver Canucks forward Henrik Sedin, who tallied seven points in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week. Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, who led the Sabres to three victories with a 1.63 goals-against average and .944 save percentage, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.

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OLN Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tonight OLN will feature a double dip of games. According to OLN, Nashville takes on Dallas at 7:30pm (NHL.com has the game starting at 8pm) and then Calgary visits San Jose at 10:30pm. If you want a game in HD with Comcast, you can watch Tampa Bay and the Islanders on delay, beginning at 1am Tuesday and again 7am Tuesday. Since INHD has shown the OLN game in HD, maybe this is not correct. The Tampa/Islanders game was scheduled for OLN but changed to the Nashville/Dallas game recently.

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Will Islanders Make Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

It is expected that Charles Wang will make great strides toward hiring a new GM to replace Mike Milbury during the break and with the trade deadline approaching in March, there is a chance for moves before the end of the season. Mark Parrish, Mike York, Jason Blake, Oleg Kvasha, Arron Asham and Radek Martinek are all in the final years of their contracts and could be attractive for contending teams tinkering down the stretch. With a new GM coming in, Milbury heading out and proof that the current core hasn't set the world on fire, a drastic dismantling of the Isles would hardly be shocking.
more (reg. req.)

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