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How The NHL Awards Show Ended Up In Vegas & Would A Team Make It There

from Ray Slover and Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

The Maloof family’s business interests include big-league professional sports, but SN’s Craig Custance reports George Maloof has not been approached by the NHL about a potential NHL franchise in Vegas.

“We’ve never had that conversation,” he told Custance. He also said that nobody has spoken to him about the Phoenix Coyotes, which is in the process of being sold.

That said, Maloof thinks the NHL could work in Las Vegas.

“Vegas would be a great market for a basketball or an NHL team,” Maloof told Custance. “Is this a testing ground? I don’t know. I think this is an event that the community is real excited about.”

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Will The Money Be There For UFA’s?

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Amid all the financial doom and gloom coming out of the GM Meetings in Naples, Florida this week, it seems like an appropriate time to look ahead to this summer’s free agent market, when teams will be forced to make a lot of tough decisions.

Here’s an early look at the unrestricted free agent market:

Marian Hossa, LW, Detroit - Signing a one-year deal with the Wings seemed a little risky at the time and seems that way even more with the prospect of a shrinking salary cap in years to come. Nevertheless, Hossa’s done his part, scoring 34 goals in 61 games.

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OHL Suspends Jordan Nolan For 20 Games

from the CP via the Toronto Star,

The Ontario Hockey League has suspended Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Jordan Nolan for 20 games.

The OHL announced the decision Friday after conducting a review of an incident in last Saturday’s game between the Greyhounds and Plymouth Whalers.

The incident resulted in a head injury to forward R.J. Mahalak. He was not seriously hurt. Nolan was given a two-minute minor for instigating, a five-minute major for fighting and a game misconduct for being the aggressor of an altercation.

The 19-year-old is the son of former NHL coach Ted Nolan.

Watch video of the incident below…

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Celebs & The Senators

from CBC,

Fans who come out to see the Ottawa Senators play may have noticed a little more glitter in the stands these days — two of the players’ celebrity girlfriends.

Singers Carrie Underwood and Hilary Duff have Ottawa abuzz with celebrity sightings and gossip.

Underwood is rumoured to be dating Mike Fisher and Duff has been spotted around town with Mike Comrie.

For those who follow the singers and not the Sens, Fisher and Comrie are both forwards with the Senators.

Stories of sightings have appeared in People magazine and on Entertainment Tonight.

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NHL Awards Coming to Las Vegas

NEW YORK (March 13, 2009) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that its annual awards celebration will take place in Las Vegas June 18 and will serve as the inaugural event of a three-year agreement with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). The 2009 NHL Awards, the first ever to originate from Las Vegas, will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.

“Las Vegas specializes in shining the spotlight on outstanding performers,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.  “Its innate energy offers an exciting setting for our celebration of excellence.”

This year’s event will bring together more players, celebrities, business partners and fans than ever and will provide more opportunities for all to participate in the celebration. Fans will be able to purchase tickets to attend the NHL Awards. Tickets to the 2009 NHL Awards will go on sale on Tuesday, March 24 at Ticketmaster.com and at the Pearl Concert Theater Box Office.

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McCormick Suspended For Two Games

TORONTO – Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McCormick has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a high sticking incident in NHL Game #1014 against the Minnesota Wild, the National Hockey League announced today.

McCormick was assessed a double minor for high sticking Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck at 11:47 of the second period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, McCormick will forfeit $5,618.28.  The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

McCormick will miss Saturday’s game at Edmonton and March 15 at Vancouver.  He will be eligible to return March 17 when the Avalanche face the Wild in Minnesota.

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Eastern Teams On The Playoff Bubble

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Thanks to a cap-induced leveling of the playing field, the must-win games for the league’s bubble teams start popping up early in March instead of the middle of April. Six teams are in contention for four spots in the Eastern Conference (even though the Flyers are just two points ahead of the Habs, I consider them a lock). So who will bemoan a season of missed opportunities while cleaning out their lockers a month from today? All will be revealed below.

Montreal Canadiens
Currently: Fifth place, 80 points
Last 10: 6-3-1
Remaining: 14 games—9 at home, 11 vs. teams below them in the standings

The Skinny: Give Bob Gainey credit for this much: he recognizes a losing hand when he deals one.

read on for more on the Eastern conference bubble teams…

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Kessel Was Wanted

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the years leading up to the 2006 entry draft, Phil Kessel was projected as a legitimate candidate to go No. 1 overall because of his breakaway speed and shifty moves. Gradually, over the course of that season, his stock dipped and he ended up sliding to fifth overall to the Boston Bruins. The Blues, one of the teams that passed him up (they took Erik Johnson first overall instead) tried to remedy that at the deadline, but couldn’t coax the Bruins to part with him in a package for Keith Tkachuk and David Perron. Anaheim also made a pitch for Kessel, but was turned down as well.

After adding Steve Montador in a deadline deal with the Ducks, the Bruins now boast five ex-Flames in their line-up: Stephane Yelle, Chuck Kobasew and Andrew Ference, all of whom played on Calgary’s 2004 Stanley Cup finalist team, plus Marc Savard, Jarome Iginla’s ex-centre.

many more hockey notes plus a feature on Martin Brodeur…

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Havlat Returns

from Chris Kuc of Icing,

Winger Martin Havlat said following the Blackhawks’ morning skate at the United Center that he would return to the lineup for Friday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

more on Chicago including Huet will be in goal tonight.

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Brodeur Feeling The Excitement

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Let the build-up of the hype begin.

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will head to his hometown of Montreal with a chance to tie Patrick Roy’s all-time wins record Saturday night against the Canadiens.

Brodeur notched his 550th career win in tonight’s 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Prudential Center.

“There’s something to be excited about now,” Brodeur said afterward. “We’ve talked about it before it was kind of hard. We had to win this game to make this a possibility on Saturday so definitely I’m happy that we won today and I’m happy that I have a chance to tie him up in Montreal. I think it just adds up to the story. You can’t ask for a better script to a certain extent. It will be interesting.”

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