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NHL Needs A Few Good Fights

from Tim Dahlberg of the AP via the Sporting News,

The real danger in hockey brawls isn’t the fighting but the culture that contributes to cheap-shot retributions. That’s where players can really get hurt, as witnessed a few seasons ago when Todd Bertuzzi attacked Steve Moore in one of hockey’s ugliest episodes.
But relaxing the rules so goons can carry out their enforcement more easily would send a message that the NHL isn’t really serious about cutting down on violence in the sport. It would signal that the league was merely paying lip service to critics when it tried to curb fighting.
Then again, it might do something the NHL needs even more desperately than a new image.
It might get a few more people watching.

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Ducks Deal Away O’Brien to Lightning

From TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks have traded defenceman Shane O’Brien and a third round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for goaltender Gerald Coleman and a first round pick.
This season, O’Brien has scored two goals and added 12 assists while amassing 140 minutes in penalties. The Port Hope, Ontario native was drafted in the eighth round of the 2003 Enty Draft and re-signed as a restricted free agent last summer.

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(Note: O’Brien played 62 games with the Ducks this year. Coleman has 2 games NHL experience with the Lightning back in 2005-06)

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Report- Rob Blake Will Waive NTC

via RDS (translated),

RDS learned that the defender of Kings of Los Angeles Rob Blake agreed to raise his clause of not-exchange.

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Bruins Claim MacDonald

via TSN,

The Boston Bruins added some goaltending depth on Saturday, claiming Joey MacDonald off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings.
The move will create about $117,000 in salary cap room for the Wings, who are reportedly trying to land a top-six forward by Tuesday’s 3pm et trade deadline.

added 1:41pm, also from TSN,

The Dallas Stars claimed defenceman Nolan Baumgartner off re-entry waivers on Saturday from the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Sturm Stays With Bruins

from the CP via TSN,

Marco Sturm took his name off the trade market Saturday, signing a new deal that will keep him with the Boston Bruins.
Sturm will make an average of $3.5 million a season in his new deal after signing a $14-million, four-year contract.

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Ruff Pays Up

from TSN,

Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff has been fined $10,000 by the National Hockey League for putting out his tough guys against Ottawa’s top line in Thursday’s melee-filled game at HSBC Arena on Thursday.

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Blues Sign Brewer & Legace

from the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Eric Brewer and goaltender Manny Legace have agreed to contract extensions with the club. Brewer has agreed to a four-year extension while Legace has agreed to a two-year extension.
“This is a big day for the Blues organization as we move forward,” said Davidson. “Both players have had an excellent season and we felt it was important to keep them in the fold as we continue to build.”

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There Is A Difference

from Elliotte Friedman of the CBC,

One of my favourite internet bookmarks is a blog entitled Sports Media Watch. Although 95 per cent American in its focus, it contains plenty of intelligent and useful commentary.
Until Friday.
The blogger – identified only as Paulsen – posted a YouTube link to Thursday’s wild Senators-Sabres brawl. (You might have heard about it.) Underneath the video was the following comment:
“In the NHL, fighting—no matter how bloody—is accepted and okay. Punches thrown and wild brawls are cause for excitement.”

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Where Have We Heard This Before

from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

On Friday, ESPN analyst Barry Melrose told New York radio station WFAN that a deal was close that would send Guerin to the New York Islanders. The Atlanta Thrashers are another team with interest in Guerin.
Tkachuk’s name has been linked at various times to Detroit, Anaheim and the New York Rangers. He still has not been asked by the Blues to waive his no-trade clause.
Deal or no deal—and at this point something seems almost certain to be done—the Blues still have a shot at reaching the postseason.

more...Norm, where did you get this from?

added 10:25am, from a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story pointed to earlier today,

Davidson denied a rumor that the Blues had a deal in place to trade Guerin to the New York Islanders.
When reached Friday, Guerin said he hadn’t heard anything.

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Esche Hears The Rumors

from the Philly Burbs,

Esche, 29, looks at everything philosophically.
He says he wants to stay and get himself back on track. But he’s also realistic to know he’s not Peter Forsberg or Jeremy Roenick — that is, he can’t go to the Flyers and hand them a list of his favorite destinations.
“As much as I like it in places, you can’t be scared to get fired,” he said after yesterday’s practice. “You can’t be scared to move on. You just have to play for your teammates and my teammates are the Flyers. Whatever happens, happens. Nothing I can control.”

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