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Chicago Looks To Improve Through Trades

from the Daily Herald,

Tallon hopes to make a trade or two before the deadline to strengthen the team, with his focus still on defense and scoring. This is where it could get tricky for Tallon, since he wants to add people that also can be part of the team next season….

It’s one of the worst-kept secrets in the league that the Hawks covet defensemen Brian Campbell of the Sabres and Dan Boyle of the Lightning.

Both offensive-minded defensemen may be available in the coming weeks, so the dilemma for Tallon is, does he try to get one or the other now or wait until July when he might be able to sign one or both as unrestricted free agents without giving up any assets?

The talk out of Buffalo is getting stronger that the Sabres want to move Campbell rather than risk losing him this summer and getting nothing in return, which is what happened in July when Daniel Briere and Chris Drury walked away.

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Fight & Skate

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The league is rife with similar multi-taskers. The New Jersey Devils’ David Clarkson, 23, who ranks third with 14 fights, participated last weekend in the NHL All-Star Game’s YoungStars competition. The New York Rangers’ Colton Orr is a legitimate heavyweight but plays on a shutdown checking line.

Perhaps no example is more vivid to Blue Jackets fans than Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo. In some ways, Tootoo is a lowercase Boll, a fire starter who drives opponents to distraction.

“These are guys who can compete between the whistles and not just after them,” Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. “You physically intimidate opponents more through hitting than fighting.”

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Why Fight

from Media News at Inside Bay Area,

Jody Shelley often has a hard time explaining what exactly he does for a hockey team. Talking to kids especially can leave him tongue-tied.

“When I visit elementary schools, that’s always the first question — ‘Why do you fight?’” Shelley said. “I’m always like, ‘Well, uh, you shouldn’t fight. Fighting is bad. And don’t you do it. But I fight to help my teammates.’”

Pause.

“You know, it’s not an easy question to answer.”

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Ovechkin Takes Over

from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,

In the wake of Sidney Crosby’s ankle injury, a theory exists that Ovechkin is very much driven to making the NHL his league.

“While I don’t believe Alex would ever think in terms of the NHL being ‘his’ league, he does believe that it is his responsibility to be the best,” McPhee said.

“That was driven into him at a young age. He is comfortable performing in this light, seems to revel in the constant challenge it brings and may, indeed, see an opening this year to be regarded in this light.”

Whatever the motivation, it is working and if the Capitals stay close in the playoff hunt, and especially if they get there and he is at or near the top of the scoring leaders, it will be hard to bypass him for MVP honours.

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NTC Hampers The Game

from Mark Spector of the National Post at Faceoff.com,

The point is, the no-trade deals do not work for the fans. And wouldn’t it be nice if, in this eternal squabble over whose rights are most important in the NHL, the fans’ rights won out now and again?

The argument can be made that a no-trade stops an evil owner from dealing away a player who has become a fan favorite. But that’s an old economy,

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On the same page, Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald gives an opposing point of view.

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Nolan No Longer Needs To Prove Anything

from George Vescey of the New York Times,

Hardly a day goes by that Ted Nolan does not open the refrigerator door, just to stare at the shelves stocked with food.

“I’d wake up in the morning and the house would be cold,” Nolan recalled of his childhood, without running water, on an Indian reserve in Ontario.

“I’d take a piece of fried bread, a galette, and put it in my pocket and go to school,” he added.

The sense of being an outsider still drives Nolan, 49, the coach of the Islanders, whose mystique includes nine full seasons without a job in the National Hockey League, amid rumors that he was blackballed.

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Tarnstrom To Columbus

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Dick Tarnstrom from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for left wing Curtis Glencross, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

added 4:34pm, Edmonton Oilers link...

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Kozlov Won’t Waive NTC

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Since I’m trying to prepare for every possible scenario as the trade deadline approaches, I’ve been trying to gauge who might get dealt if the Thrashers completely fall out of the race and become sellers. Obviously there’s Hossa, and we’ve talked about Mark Recchi and Bobby Holik’s possible value. But what about Slava Kozlov? He’s another veteran with playoff experience and a Stanley Cup. His numbers are down, but he could still be attractive at the deadline. Well, forget it. He has a no-trade clause that extends the length of his contract and he said he’s not waiving it. “I signed this summer, I could pick any team but I like it here. I don’t think I’m going to waive it. I just signed, what? Six months ago?”

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Read All About The Rumors

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Some highly-skilled forwards could be available for the right price, teams are clamouring for a new Swedish star and the Sens are in the middle of several rumours.

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Lehtinen Returns

via the Dallas Stars,

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has activated right wing Jere Lehtinen from the injured reserve list.

Lehtinen, 34, missed the past 33 games (from Nov. 23 – Jan. 29) with an abdominal injury that required surgery. In 21 games this season, he has tallied six goals and 13 assists for 19 points with a 5 rating. The 6-0, 192-pound right wing missed only 11 total games over Dallas’ previous two seasons.

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