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Who Won

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

In the wake of the Peter Forsberg trade, there will be a rush to judgment.
Some will proclaim the Predators just dealt their way to the Stanley Cup.
Others will say the Flyers parlayed a rental player into a bountiful harvest of picks and prospects.
We are likely to get the early returns on Nashville’s half of the equation before Philadelphia’s, but it is fair to say both scenarios are fraught with peril.

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added 9:41pm, from TBM at NBC Sports,

That’s it? That’s all Philadelphia gets for Peter Forsberg?
E-mail the Bellowing Moose
The Moose told you on Wednesday that Nashville was the front runner in the Forsberg derby, but what he didn’t know was how little the Predators would be giving up to land the player who may very well deliver them to the Stanley Cup Finals this June.

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added 10:29pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

A long playoff could help solidify their fan base, in the same way that both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes became far more viable franchises after they won Stanley Cup championships in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
A lot needs to go right for the Predators to join those teams in the winning circle — minimal injuries, ensuring that Forsberg contributes to team chemistry. Still, on paper, they now have as close to a Murderer’s Row lineup as a team can ice in the new collective bargaining agreement, with three lines all able to score, skill on the blueline and depth in goal in case of injury.
Forsberg’s addition could be the final piece of the puzzle that turns Music City into Hockeytown - and not at some indeterminate time in the future either.

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added 10:36pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Never mind winning the Stanley Cup. Nashville Predators GM David Poile may well have saved his entire franchise Thursday evening.
With ruthless efficiency that belies his understated demeanor, Poile has established himself as one of the gutsiest, most assertive GMs in the business with his coup de grace acquisition of Philadelphia center Peter Forsberg.

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Forsberg Not In Lineup

According to Bob McKenzie on TSN, he may be headed to Nashville.

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added 7:17pm, via TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Nashville Predators have agreed to trade Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent, a first round pick and a third round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for Peter Forsbeg.
The deal will not be official until the completion of a trade call with the NHL.

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Be Patient Pens Fans

via WPXI,

Leaders are urging fans to be patient about a power play to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl indicated Thursday that a deal is more likely than not.
Ravenstahl said there are no details outstanding that are insurmountable.
Ed Rendell said Thursday that progress is made each time officials meet.
Rendell did not get into specifics and did not say when a deal might be announced.

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Are The Habs A “Flub” Team?

from the blog of Stan Fischler,

When Montreal scored first last night at the Meadowlands, I figured this would be another occasion when the Devils would just fold up before a flub team.
But Claude Julien’s lads somehow got their act together and Marty Brodeur does what’s become a habit with him; beat the Habs.

more on the Devils…

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Use The Ammunition

from the Thrashers Blog at the AJC,

Hartley also said that there was a good team meeting before practice, maybe a wakeup call. And his comments after practice were pretty pointed, stuff like: “This is time to declare war. You go to war with warriors, you don’t go with water pistols.”

more on the Thrashers

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Kovalev Out With Elbow Injury

via TSN,

The reeling Montreal Canadiens, losers of five straight games, but more bad news on Thursday. According to RDS, Montreal forward Alexei Kovalev will miss three weeks with an elbow injury.

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Caps Comfortable In Snow

from D.C. Sports Bog,

As I listened to school closures on the radio and dutifully shoveled about an inch of snow off my front steps this morning, it occurred to me that this massive winter weather onslaught was, perhaps, a topic worthy of Capital discussion. After all, the current roster has more than a dozen native Canadians, not including Donald Brashear (who was raised in Canada), plus two Russians and a Lithuanian. Surely, they had never seen anything like the one-inch blizzard of ‘07, I attempted to say with a straight face.

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Will Ducks Get Their Winning Ways Back

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Pronger maintained the season “can be easily turned around.” The issue, of course, is whether this is an aberrational period, a somewhat inevitable slump involving injuries and a loss of focus (as evidenced by too-many-men minors) rather than an indication that this is the real Anaheim.
My guess?
The Ducks are going to be fine. Thanks to the soft Central Division, both the Predators and Wings have passed them in the conference, and, yes, they have looked shaky of late. Pronger and Scott Niedermayer at times seem as if they’re not 100 percent, but they’ll get back to it.

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The Top 20 Rookies

from Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

After discussing dream jobs in the opening segment of last week’s Crashing the Net, this week’s Opening Faceoff focuses on 20 young men living out their hockey dreams. This week, CTN rates the 20 best rookies in the NHL this season.
10. Travis Zajac, New Jersey, C—The fifth center to crack the Top 10 on this list, Zajac is not as offensively polished as the ones who precede him on this list, but he is solid in all three zones and has assumed a key role as New Jersey’s second-line center

read on for the rest…

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Looking At The Thrashers

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

From night to night, you never know what to expect from the Thrashers. They are the poster children for the new NHL. They can win 8-2 one night with an explosion of offence and then lose going away 5-1 the next. They can run roughshod over an opponent in one game and then find themselves steamrolled by the same opponent the next time out.

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