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Detroit Hockey Media Gives Holland a ‘Pass’

From Jim Hughson at CBC.ca:

Here’s the difference between Hockeytown and a hockey town.  The Montreal Canadiens leave Alex Kovalev at home for two games to rest and get his head together and it’s front-page news. President Obama’s visit to Canada paled in comparison.

The Detroit Red Wings take goaltender Chris Osgood out of the lineup for a week to rest and get his head together and it’s greeted with a yawn and so what.

Goaltending is the biggest obstacle between the Red Wings and another Cup and if he was in Montreal, you can bet GM Ken Holland would be vilified for refusing to address the obvious deficiency. Yet, in Detroit, he gets a free pass.

What will the reaction be if the Wings repeat the collapse of 2006 when they lost in the first round to Edmonton because they couldn’t get a save?

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Conference Call Transcript: Martin Brodeur

After missing 50 games due to injury, Marty returned to the Devils’ lineup this past week recording three wins, including two shutouts to garner First Star of the Week honors. The three wins give him 547 for his 16-year NHL career, four behind all-time leader Patrick Roy who retired with 551.

Here is a transcript of his Q&A session with the media today, courtesy of the NHL.

        Q. Is it possible that this injury, the silver lining could be that you’ll be fresher down the stretch and in the playoffs as you’ve ever been in your career?

        MARTIN BRODEUR: Well, I hope so. I think you have to take every positive you can from an injury. Sometimes it’s hard to have them. But definitely not playing as many games, you know, we’ll see what that translates into, what kind of success in the playoffs.

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The Latest On Guerin

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

As I write this, Islanders general manager Garth Snow has a little more than 26 hours to put together a deal for Guerin before the NHL trade deadline at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday). If the original team Snow was dealing with Saturday night backs out, then he has to find another one to take Guerin. If he doesn’t, the Islanders will get their leading goal scorer back for the final 19 games of the season.


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As Expected, Avery On Waivers

via TSN Ice Chips,

The Stars placed exiled forward Sean Avery on waivers Monday. The team that claims him, likely the Rangers, would split the remainder of his four-year, $15.5 million contract with the Stars. If no team makes a claim, Dallas would likely return him to the minors.

I heard Bob McKenzie on one of the numerous radio shows today and he said the Rangers would have to clear some cap space in order to put Avery on their roster.

Update 3:30pm ET: More at TSN

The New York Rangers may well have cleared the way to allow Sean Avery to make his return to the Big Apple by assigning forward Mark Bell to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL on Monday.

Avery was placed on waivers by the Dallas Stars’ earlier in the day, with all signs pointing towards the Rangers willing to pick up the controversial forward for his second tour of duty in New York.  By sending Bell to the AHL, the team has freed up some space under the salary cap.

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How About Ryan Smyth To Vancouver?

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The longer Ryan Smyth remains a Colorado Avalanche before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline, the more plausible a case you can make for a trade to Vancouver. (Smyth has a no-trade clause, but hands up if you think “Captain Canada” would reject a back north).

Facing empty seats and a recession, Avalanche GM Francois Giguere needs to slash payroll, and Smyth is a huge ticket over the next three years: $16.5-million (all currency U.S.) with an annual cap hit of $6.25-million (read more on the Denver Post’s excellent Avs blog.

If Giguere requires pure return value for Smyth the Player, than there is no fit with the Canucks. But if Giguere just has to rid himself of Smyth the Contract, than Vancouver becomes a believable destination. (Smyth was traded from Edmonton exactly two years ago Wednesday. Since that deadline deal, the grass has not been greener.)


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The Monday Morning Talk

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

NHL GMs were hunkered down Monday morning as trade talks intensified.

“The phone lines are finally burning,” one GM told ESPN.com.

Let’s take a quick whirl around before we jump on a plane from Toronto to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn.

• Things were “moving along” in the Derek Morris trade talks in Phoenix. The veteran defenseman, an unrestricted free agent July 1 with a no-trade clause, gave the Coyotes a list of teams over the weekend—all in the Eastern Conference and described to us as “contenders.” As we suspected in our Saturday blog, Boston is among those teams talking to Phoenix, but they’ve got company.


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Smart Men Turn Stupid

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

These are smart men. Most are former players. Most are well educated. And most have years of on-the-job experience.

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson graduated from law school, while Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero grew up watching his father win championship after championship as the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.

But on March 4, as GMs desperately rush to the market for some last minute purchases, most will seem to have forgotten their shopping lists at home as they impulsively add to their carts.


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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (March 2, 2009)—New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla and Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 1.

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Holding On To Escrow

from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,

The NHL is poised to keep more than $120 million in player escrow money at the end of this season, sources familiar with the league’s projections say.

The anticipated escrow return will be the largest ever made to the NHL and could deliver more than $4 million to each club’s bottom line at a time when the economy has softened and many have seen declines in single-game receipts.

It will be the second time since the league passed its current collective-bargaining agreement in 2005 that the NHL has kept a portion of the escrow money.

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Leonsis Talks Caps

from Home Ice XM204,

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis joined Scott Laughlin for his monthly appearance and they talked about the upcoming NHL Trade Deadline, playoff expectations, and Don Cherry’s controversial comments regarding Alexander Ovechkin.

Listen here...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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