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Lafleur On Kovalev

Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette quoting Guy Lafleur,

- “If I were in (Alex Kovalev’s) skates, I’d have played my last game for the Canadiens.

No player with his talent would accept being humiliated like that. ... I don’t know what (Bob) Gainey is trying to prove in front of everybody.”

- “If you’re paying guys $4 million, $5 million a year, give them the tools to make sure they’ll produce. You just can’t switch lines and try things every night and hope something will come out of it.”

- “I don’t think this club has a team spirit. They don’t play for each other. They’re not playing as a team and they’re not ready to sacrifice themselves to win.”

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Vanek Not Sure When He Will Return

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Thomas Vanek is back doing some light exercise but the Buffalo Sabres’ leading scorer says returning in 3-4 weeks from his fractured jaw may be an overly optimistic timetable.

“I hope that I haven’t lost too much of my fitness but we’ll see about that once I start skating again,” Vanek wrote in a diary entry posted on his official Web site for fans in his native Austria. “The doctors said that I would miss at least four weeks altogether but it also could be five to six weeks. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

continued

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Reasons To Feel Disappointed

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Here are the NHL’s 10 biggest disappointments, with the Canadiens and Penguins leading the way.

1. Underachieving Pittsburgh
“We’re still confident we can make the playoffs,” Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis told SportingNews.com on the night Therrien was fired. They might be the only ones.

The Penguins could get a boost with the firing of Therrien, but the bigger boost comes from the return of defenseman Sergei Gonchar. Even with Gonchar, this team is still a scoring winger away from returning to the playoffs

read on

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Ducks Need Points

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

“We’re in a situation where if we don’t get points, it’s a grim outlook,” Coach Randy Carlyle said.

With the NHL trade deadline looming March 4, it is by no means a stretch to think a number of Ducks might have played their final home game at Honda Center. Having seen the club go from Stanley Cup champions to potentially missing the post-season in only two years, General Manager Bob Murray is undoubtedly considering dramatic personnel moves in an effort to re-tool the team sooner rather than later.

“That’s really not up to us,” Niedermayer said. “Our job is to go out there and compete and focus on being a good hockey club here, and I think that’s what we’ll do. So I don’t expect anything.”

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“That’s Insanity”- Pierre McGuire

Alexander Ovechkin scores a goal from his back last night against the Canadiens.

added 11:12am, Japers’ Rink breaks down the goal.

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Albany River Rats Involved In Bus Accident

from the Times Union,

Three players and employees of the Albany River Rats were seriously injured this morning after their team bus slid in snow and rolled on the Massachusetts Turnpike just before 3:30 a.m., Massachusetts State Police said.

The injured people are a mix of players and team employees, River Rats coach Jeff Daniels said, but declined to identify any of them until families can be contacted.

Police describe the injures as serious, but Daniels said they did not appear to be life threatening.

“We were very fortunate and lucky,” Daniels said.

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Any Team Want Kovalev?

from TSN,

According to a report in Montreal’s La Presse, Habs’ forward Alex Kovalev is not expected to rejoin the team after he was sent home on Tuesday by general manager Bob Gainey.

Gainey is reportedly in the process of attempting to move the veteran forward prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 4th.

“Bob called everybody about Alex Kovalev,” one unnamed agent told La Presse. “This player is on the market for the next two weeks; it’s not a secret around the hockey community.”

read on

added 8:35pm, TSN has updated the same link after speaking with Kovalev directlty.. The story has now changed since it was first posted.

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NHL.com In Trade Deadline Mode

from NHL.com,

To get the Writing on Deadline blog ball rolling, let’s start with the 10 questions facing the League and its member teams as the deadline begins to loom on the immediate horizon….

With all that said, who will be the biggest name moved by the time the curtain falls at 3 p.m. on March 4?

My money is on Chris Pronger, just because he would likely bring the biggest return if the Ducks fall out of the playoff race. Pronger has one year left on his current deal, so there is not the pressure to move him usually associated with impending free agents. But, he will be in high demand among the Eastern Conference’s top playoff contenders as they look for separation from the pack. That means someone will cave under the pressure and make an offer the Ducks can’t refuse.

read on

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Pahlsson Out With Mononucleosis

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Center Sammy Pahlsson, out of the Ducks’ lineup since Feb. 2, has mononucleosis and is week to week, a club spokesman said after the team’s game-day skate in advance of tonight’s game against the Kings at the Honda Center.

The Ducks had previously said only that he had a viral infection.

Pahlsson, a valuable two-way player who has centered the Ducks’ stopper line with Travis Moen and Rob Niedermayer the last few seasons, will be examined again next Tuesday. He can’t skate again until he’s cleared medically, and after that would need another week or so to get in shape.

continue for more on the Ducks…

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Coyotes Confirm Interest In Team

GLENDALE, Ariz.—- Phoenix Coyotes Owner Jerry Moyes has confirmed press reports stating that the Coyotes have received expressions of interest from potential investors in the team, which expressions of interest are under review.  Moyes will continue conversations with potential investors to enable the Coyotes to retire debt and obtain working capital, which will reduce Moyes’ ownership percentage in the team. Moyes stated, “Wayne Gretzky and I have had discussions with potential investors interested in joining us in continuing the team’s presence in Glendale. I have met with Glendale city management, who expressed strong support for the team, and whose assistance would contribute to helping the Coyotes operate on a positive cash flow basis.”

Until the investment process has been concluded, Mr. Moyes will not have further comment on this subject.

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