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Is Z Hart Material

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

But while Crosby is running away with the Art Ross, the Hart looks like it is up for grabs. There’s no doubt that Martin Brodeur, with his 37 wins and 11 shutouts, belongs in the conversation. And now, after a two-month run of superlative play, so does Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg.
Zetterberg’s been an upper echelon player for several years, but he’s never played with this sustained level of excellence at any point in his career. As far as the Red Wings are concerned, his timing couldn’t have been better.

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These Deals Worked Out

via the NHL,

There have been a number of notable trades made at the trade deadline featuring draft picks that would turn into star players.

March 10, 1980 – Los Angeles Kings obtained D JERRY KORAB from Buffalo for Los Angeles’ first-round choice in 1982 Entry Draft (D PHIL HOUSLEY)—trade completed one day before the trading deadline.
The Kings received 10-year veteran Korab, who had been a mainstay on the Sabres clubs that contended for the Stanley Cup in the mid 1970’s. The Sabres used the future first-round draft pick to select Housley out of St. Paul South (Minnesota) High School. Housley played eight seasons in a Sabres’ uniform, tallying 60+ points in each season.

March 10, 1981 – Los Angeles Kings obtained LW RICK MARTIN from Buffalo for Los Angeles’ third-round choice in 1981 Entry Draft (D COLIN CHISHOLM) and first-round choice in the 1983 Entry Draft (G TOM BARRASSO).
The Kings received Martin, who posted eight seasons of 30-or-more goals and was a member of the Sabres’ famous “French Connection” line with Gilbert Perreaultand Rene Robert. Buffalo used the future first-round draft pick to select another high school phenom, goaltender Tom Barrasso of Acton-Boxboro (Massachusetts).

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Tie Domi Files Lawsuit

From CanWest News,

Former Maple Leaf enforcer Tie Domi has launched a $950,000 defamation lawsuit against Toronto radio personality John Derringer and his employer.
Domi alleges the Q107 morning show host falsely alleged in a broadcast on Oct. 2, 2006 that he charged fees to appear for charities.
The lawsuit also claims Derringer led his listeners to believe that the former Leaf “is a morally flawed” personality who misleads the public about his philanthropic contributions.

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*thanks to David for the tip

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Detroit Fans Tough On Goalies

from the St. Louis Blues,

Thanks to a first round elimination at the hands of the eighth-seeded Edmonton Oilers in April 2006, Legace wasn’t offered a contract from Detroit and was left to explore the free agent market, where he sat for weeks before teams started calling. His 2.65 goals-against average in the postseason was hardly cause for alarm, but Legace shouldered the blame for Detroit’s early playoff exit and was forced to pack his bags.
“You have to live in Detroit (to understand),” Legace explained. “They (had) to do something for the fans, who (were) asking for a change. Goaltending is the obvious big change.”

more on Manny, good read…

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Can’t Go Back

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

The Doug Weight Rule.
And that rule would be: If you’re traded during the calendar year when your contract is expiring and you could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, there is one restriction on unrestricted free agency. You can’t re-sign with the team that traded you.

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Mayers A Fit In Toronto

from Adam Proteu of the Hockey News at the Globe and Mail,

So, although whispers in local circles have Toronto most interested in Bill Guerin, it is unlikely Ferguson will be sucked into the bidding war John Davidson and Larry Pleau are praying for. And those same whispers believe the Leafs could still do a deal with the Blues.
That deal would be for winger Jamal Mayers, and you could see why Ferguson might do it.

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Dats In D.C.?

Hockey Amor dreams of Datsyuk with the Caps next season.
Would Ted over spend for him is the question?

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52 Years Covering The Canadiens

from the IIHF,

There are some records in hockey that will probably never be broken:
USSR’s nine consecutive world championship titles.
NHL-goaltender Glenn Hall’s 502 consecutive games.
Red Fisher’s 52 consecutive years as a hockey reporter.
It’s not very often that people that deliver news, make the news. In the 35 previous IIHF Ice Times back-page interviews we have never featured a journalist. Red Fisher is an exception. The 80-year old has covered hockey, the NHL and the Montreal Canadiens virtually on a daily basis for 52 straight seasons.

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Enough Rumors

EJ Hradek is on NHL Live and started discussing rumors and how someone on the internet may get 1 right out of 100 and then will say, “You see, I got it right, look at me, I am the best.”
EJ says he has had enough and I tend to agree.

With that said, KK will continue to deliver hockey news as it breaks…

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Crashing The Goalie Continues

from the Ottawa Citizen via the StarPhoenix,

The NHL appears to have a major problem on its hands. While Emery has acknowledged he went too far in smacking Lapierre - the incident came after several run-ins with Canadiens players earlier in that game - it was thought the episode might have inadvertently served to help protect goaltenders around the league by drawing attention to crease-crashing.
Instead, it appears players have been running goaltenders even more in the 12 days since. Last Saturday, Jim Slater of the Atlanta Thrashers responded to a mild hook from Senators defenceman Wade Redden by cross-checking Senators goaltender Martin Gerber in the face, knocking him to the ice inside the net. It was the third consecutive game in which a Thrashers skater had knocked down a goaltender.

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Update 12:30pm ET: title typo fixed

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