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Gary Roberts Talk

The folks on Hockey Central on the Fan 590 in Toronto said Roberts has told people he would not demand a year to be added to his contract if he was traded to Ottawa.
So, will the Sens meet the Panthers needs and get a deal done?

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Trading In The New CBA

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

After all, cheap doesn’t much matter if good isn’t part of the equation. The problem always is how far can a team afford to dip into its system — to surrender blue-chip prospects that could turn out to be the next Getzlafs, Penners or Perrys — in order to add what may be the final piece of a Stanley Cup puzzle? Or at least makes the difference between winning a playoff round or two?
Even as every team wants desperately to win, the urgency varies from market to market. For example, the Thrashers have never made the playoffs. Waddell made a guarantee that they would do so last year coming out of the lockout and actually, they finished pretty well, but couldn’t overhaul either Montreal or Tampa, who nailed down the last two spots.

read on...plust trade talk…

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Fight Night Reaction

from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Just as St. Louis’ Dallas Drake is the master of the jump-hit, Ottawa’s Chris Neil has made a career out of the slightly late, high bodycheck. His number on Buffalo’s Chris Drury Thursday night was the NHL’s conundrum, late and high, a clear headshot but one made with the cup of the shoulder pad and not the elbow.
Still, it’s always amazing that the guys people want to give authority to “police” the game are quite often the ones who start the crazy stuff.
- I like Lindy Ruff a lot as a coach and a person. Too bad he’s got to be suspended for putting his goons out to start a line brawl against the Sens. C’mon, that’s junior hockey stuff. Every once in a while you have to think of the game and its image ahead of your own gut reaction.

more NHL bits from Damien…

added 10:12am, from Ian Mendes at Sportsnet,

A tip of the hat to Adam Mair of the Sabres for going over to the Sens dressing room and apologizing to Dany Heatley after the game. Further to my first point above, I think sometimes in the heat of battle, players do things they regret. Mair was probably uncomfortable with his role in that situation and went over to the Sens room afterwards to convey that message.

more on the Sabres/Sens…

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Vancouver Looking For Dman

from the Province,

“Getting another D to give us some depth is a pretty safe bet there,” Vigneault said when asked what he hopes the Canucks can get at the deadline. “If that’s going to happen, we’ll have to see.”
Vigneault understands first hand the impact of losing one of his big four. The Canucks have played 22 games this year without either Willie Mitchell or Sami Salo. They are barely above .500 in those games with a 10-9-3 record. With both of them in the lineup, the Canucks are an impressive 25-12-1.
“When we’re missing one of our [top four] and one of the other guys has to get a lot more minutes—a lot more tough minutes—it makes it challenging for us,” Vigneault said. “We need our guys to be healthy. We’re no different than a lot of teams in the NHL.”

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What Is Regier Doing

from Bob Dicesare of the Buffalo News,

Too bad the general manager of the Buffalo Sabres isn’t as tough as his team. How unfortunate that while the players, their ranks ever dwindling, are giving their all to hold things together, the man in charge of the hockey operation cowers at the threat of a check.
It’s unusual to take a someone to task for what could be perceived as a show of integrity, but what exactly was Darcy Regier thinking in saying publicly, for the record, before Thursday night’s donnybrook against Ottawa, that he expects all his injured players back before the end of the regular season?

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Whatever

I am more amazed that a Celebrity Baby Blog even exists than with Jason Blake getting named…

Jason Blake of the New York Islanders is a father for the third time following the birth of his daughter, Annabelle Marie, on Wednesday, February 21 at 12:32 p.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Jason said,

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Not Fair

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The NHL salary cap is expected to rise from $44 million to close to $47 million or $48 million next season, but there might not be a rush by all teams to increase their payrolls by that amount.
“Not all markets can afford to keep doing that,” says Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke. “What makes this difficult for us is that we aren’t eligible for revenue sharing, and we are trying to beat teams who are and they are beating us with other team’s money.”

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Attention NHL Owners and management- This is the 3rd NHL team this week that has complained about the CBA.  You were behind the new CBA, if you didn’t like it, you should not have approved it!

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Sharks Not Happy With Tuomo Ruutu Hit

fromm the Mercury News,

McLaren crumpled to the ice in a daze. But fortunately for the Sharks, their hard-hitting defenseman said he suffered only a bad headache from the hit that cost Ruutu a five-minute major for boarding, plus a game misconduct.
“I didn’t see him coming,” McLaren said. “My head feels like it got squeezed like a melon.”
“Ruutu does this all the time, and doing it in the last minute, that’s a shame,’’ Sharks Coach Ron Wilson said.
“We don’t need that stuff. You know maybe we do need goonery so he’s held accountable. Run a guy from behind, and I don’t think he could get off the ice fast enough with his game misconduct. Play with class. You hit a guy from behind at that point in the game, it’s ridiculous.’‘

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Columbus Not That Bad

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

But Hitchcock isn’t some guy spinning a cocoon around his rear end. He didn’t construct this mess; he inherited it. While he doubtless agrees with some of the scouts’ characterizations — the general weakness of the defense corps, for example — he doesn’t think the Jackets are as far away as some of the scouts do.
“But are we far away from being a playoff team? No, not at all. As we sit here, there’s a fivegame difference between us and the New York Rangers, who were picked to win it in October.”
The simple phrase “Wait until next year” feels like a punch in the gut to most Blue Jackets fans. They want to believe. But they have been told so many times that next year is the year that they have tuned all that nonsense out.

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No Jagr In Shootout- Again

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers captain did not shoot for the sixth consecutive time after two initial misses because he previously told Tom Renney he does not feel confident enough to participate in the one-on-one showdown in which the great ones generally thrive.
It is unimaginable that Jagr, battered and bruised though both his left shoulder and psyche must be, would not demand to go. It is beyond belief that he would not demand the opportunity to have the game on his stick, if for no other reason than to prove himself unafraid of failure to his teammates.

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