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Trades That ‘Could’ Have Happened

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• Ray Shero was busy around deadline time. Trying to make sure his club gets to the post-season, sources say the Penguins GM tried to re-acquire LW Ryan Malone from the Lightning before making the deal to get LW Chris Kunitz from Anaheim. The belief is the Penguins offered D Ryan Whitney in exchange for Malone, who signed as a UFA with Tampa Bay in the summer. When the Penguins were rebuffed, Shero, looking to add a winger to play alongside Sidney Crosby, went and got Kunitz.

• The Panthers came close to moving D Jay Bouwmeester at the deadline. Sources say the Flyers dropped out of the running at the 11th hour because they didn’t have the cash and left the Canucks as the only suitor.


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Wings Humbled

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Captain Rick Nash scored three goals—all of them unassisted. The last time that happened? Try March 14, 1948 when legendary Maurice “Rocket” Richard pumped in four against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. That’s according to Sal from the Elias Sports Bureau….

The Jackets had lost four of their six games and were coming to an arena where they have lost 19 times in 25 tries (6-17-2). They have only lost more games in one arena—the Sommet Center in Nashville. And yet they put together a stellar all-around effort.

Of course, there were two teams on the ice and the Red Wings, a proud franchise, were simply humbled. Do you recall a Detroit squad so loose with the puck? Brian Rafalski should argue he deserves an assist on Nash’s second goal. The Wings have allowed eight goals twice in eight days. The magnficent Henrik Zetterberg was a minus-4.


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First Jagr In Edmonton, Now Renney

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Jagr, who accurately had been linked to the Oilers in mid-February, is all but certain to attempt to gain clearance from Omsk and the KHL to return to the NHL next season even though he had told friends throughout the year he is locked into Russia for 2009-10. If Tom Renney had remained behind the Ranger bench, it’s likely he would have sought to come back to New York.

That scenario is now inoperative. Indeed, if the Oilers miss the playoffs for a third straight year, it’s just possible Renney could replace Craig MacTavish as head coach and reunite with Jagr in Edmonton.

read on plus a few more hockey topics…

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Devils Should Be Embarrassed After Loss To Islanders

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice, T

he door to the visiting room remained closed for about 10 minutes following the Devils’ 7-3 loss to the Islanders this afternoon as head coach Brent Sutter ripped into his players for their lack of effort against the league’s last-place team.

“This team we played tonight worked hard again and we weren’t ready to match that work ethic,” a clearly upset Sutter said afterward. “Our compete level tonight, it’s hard to play this game when you’re not physically involved. Outside of maybe a couple of guys, we weren’t involved like we needed to be. When you get seven goals scored against you, it tells you something, especially with a team that takes pride in playing well without the puck. That’s tells you where your mindsets were and it’s disappointing. They should be embarrassed because they got embarrassed by a bunch of young players that play hard and compete.”


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Report- Tocchet Close To Contract Extension

via TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Tampa Bay Lightning are close to signing head coach Rick Tocchet to a three-year contract extension.

Tabbed interim head coach since taking over for the fired Barry Melrose on November 14, this would mark Tocchet’s first full-time head coaching job.

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Maurice Has High Praise For Stamkos

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice, one of the game’s best people, had an interesting take on the development of Lightning rookie Steven Stamkos. Maurice said Stamkos “is going to be a great, great player,” but not just because of his skill. In part, because of how he handled the pressure on the front end of his career.

Asked if the Lightning would have been better served not hyping expectations so much for the No. 1 draft pick, Maurice disagreed.

“I think that’s part of it,” Maurice said of the maturation process, “and maybe an important part of what he has to go through. You might be able to look back and say there was more pressure than was needed, but at the end of the day, this man is a high -pressure man. All of them go through it.”

Maurice said even now, Canes star Eric Staal, at 24, is still learning to deal with expectations, and even though the numbers have been there, Sidney Crosby is even struggling with pressure because it is constant.


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Saturday Hockey Talk

Today on the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll, their guests today are:  Dave Pagnotta (The Fourth Period), Lyle Richardson (Spector’s Hockey), Patrick King (Sportsnet.ca), NHL player agent Jay Fee, former NHLer Jim Cummins, and Conor McKenna (Team 990 Montreal).

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Home Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and on YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Coyotes Did Not ‘Dump’ Jokinen

from Darren Pang of Holy Jumpin! at PhoenixCoyotes.com,

When Olli Jokinen was traded to the Coyotes at the NHL Draft last year, the Coyotes felt they had that big, strong, offensive-minded centerman they had been craving.

It didn’t work, for whatever reason. There was chemistry that was missing. The big Finnish centerman was trying, but it just wasn’t working. He has another season at $5.5 million, so the assumption is trading him to Calgary was a salary dump….

he issue was chemistry. This is not Shane Doan’s fault, although he is such a stand-up guy, he will try to take the blame. Everyone was searching for the right combination on the ice. Wayne Gretzky tried every forward with him….

So, at the end of the day, watch the Coyotes play. Don’t just read someone’s written opinion and buy into the money and the selling of players. Evaluate their game and team speed and skill level.

All players, trainers and fans forge relationships with players and it is never easy seeing guys go. But make your own evaluation and then tell me this is a “sell-off.” You won’t see it that way.


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AO A ‘Go’ For Sunday Game Against The Penguins

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

• Alex Ovechkin and Tom Poti each completed this morning’s practice, but only Ovechkin said definitively that he’ll suit up tomorrow against the Penguins. Poti said he’ll wait until tomorrow morning before making a decision.

• Michael Nylander suffered an upper body injury on Thursday and will miss tomorrow’s game, Coach Bruce Boudreau said.

• Two young women told me on the way into KCI that they plan on distributing 500 pacifiers to fellow Caps fans on the way into Verizon Center tomorrow. I didn’t ask why, but it’s I’m assuming that dummies are meant to mock Pens captain Sidney Crosby…

more on the Caps…

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Bruins Following In The Flames Footsteps

from Joe Haggerty of WEEI,

The 2003-04 Calgary Flames were a rags-to-riches hockey story if ever there was one.

The Flames captured the imagination of a hockey-crazed city when they dragged themselves from a last place divisional finish one season prior to a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals….

Not surprisingly, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli always admired Sutter’s handiwork and the way he crafted that particular Flames team with a mixture of big-hearted grinders and skilled skaters all willing to take an occasional walk on the hockey wild side.

“I certainly liked Daryl Sutter as a person, I liked him as a player and I like him as a GM,” said Chiarelli. “I watched him coach and build teams, and he likes players that are like him. I think those players that he liked and could play for him are also the kind of players that make good Boston Bruins players….”

read on

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