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Coyote Curse

From Dan Bickley at The Arizona Republic:

Shane Doan is the eternal optimist. There are always better days ahead.

But lately, he isn’t so sure.

“Maybe the problem is me,” the Coyotes’ captain said.

It sounds funny. Doan is the remaining link to the team’s days in Winnipeg, a windy, frosty city where the franchise last won a playoff series. That was way back in 1987, when a ghastly mural of Queen Elizabeth II hung inside the arena. So that’s it. Maybe he’s the curse.


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Holland Talks Competition & Wings

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Holland said he wasn’t surprised there wasn’t more activity from Central Division rivals—except for Columbus—that are chasing the Red Wings but he was impressed with what Western Conference rivals San Jose and Calgary did.

“Calgary brought in a No. 1 center (Olli Jokinen) and a defenseman (Jordan Leopold) who helped them get to the Final in 2004,” Holland said. “Every year, they assess at this time and they had a huge day. Every year, there is one team that has a huge day and the others make little moves for depth.

“I’m looking for San Jose to get a boost because they added a defenseman (Kent Huskins) and two guys (Huskins and Travis Moen) who have won the Stanley Cup.”

Holland also thought the Blue Jackets helped themselves by acquiring Antoine Vermette from Ottawa for goalie Pascal Leclaire.

“Antoine Vermette will help Columbus, without a doubt,” Holland said. “We play Columbus a lot through the year and they play us tough. They’re building a big team, they’re very organized under Ken Hitchcock and they have a great, young goalie. In the last week or two, they’ve added Jason Williams and Vermette so they’ve added more skill.


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A Minnesota Fan’s View on Wild’s Deadline Day

From Derek Felska at The State of Hockey News:

Any team more or less makes a covenant with its fans to do the absolute best it can.  In the case of the fans, they have shown incredible devotion and dedication to the Minnesota Wild selling out every home game in team history up to this point.  The fans have made its merchandise amongst the top selling teams in the league, and have filled the arena to over 100% capacity for the last few seasons.  That covenant is a trust between fans and ownership.  The actions or in this case the inaction of this team is a huge betrayal of that trust.  With the team’s fortunes this season clearly heading south, the Wild opted not to be a big seller and chose not to trade soon-to-be unrestricted free agents Stephane Veilleux, Martin Skoula, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Kurtis Foster, or star winger Marian Gaborik.  It seems strange a team that will likely not qualify for the post season did not even attempt to trade off assets with the hope of acquiring picks or prospects for the future.

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At the Star-Tribune, Michael Russo notes there was some action in Minnesota yesterday, but it fell apart:

While the Wild won’t confirm what “major deal” it was involved in until Wednesday morning, sources say General Manager Doug Risebrough continued his longtime quest for Jokinen, the former Florida Panthers captain who was ultimately traded from Phoenix to the Calgary Flames.

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Downie Gets 20 Games

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced that Norfolk Admirals right wing Steve Downie has been suspended for twenty (20) regular-season games as a result of his actions in a game at Hershey on Feb. 28.

At the 19:48 mark of the third period, Downie was assessed a game misconduct under the provisions of AHL Rule 41.2 for deliberately striking an official with his stick.

Downie has already served three games of the suspension. He is scheduled to be eligible to return to the Norfolk lineup on Apr. 11.

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Avery’s Return

How do you think the return of Sean Avery to the Rangers will impact the team play?  The Rangers do play tonight on Long Island.

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Trades With Impact

Scott Burnside ad Pierre LeBrun break down the trades and grade the impact the trades will have.

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Ducks Still Looking At The Playoffs, Kings Still Waiting

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks’ trades said they want to make the playoffs now. If they miss, which is likely, they have restocked enough talent and promise to rightly feel optimistic. They don’t have to rebuild from the ground up.

The Kings’ trade said fans who have endured four decades without a Cup title will have to wait again.

Wait two weeks to see Williams, twice a 30-goal scorer but a victim of knee, Achilles’ tendon and hand injuries the last two seasons.

Wait until next season for the team’s first playoff berth since 2002.

Wait for a day that never seems in sight.

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The Top 10 Deals

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

10. Calgary acquires Jordan Leopold from Colorado for Lawrence Nycholat, Ryan Wilson and a second round draft pick
The Flames are much better today than they were yesterday, but Colorado wins this deal….

9. Pittsburgh acquires Bill Guerin from the New York Islanders for a conditional draft pick
This was a real head-scratcher on the Islanders’ part….

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The Time Is Now For Jokinen

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

It’s put-up or shut-up time for Olli Jokinen.

After years of teasing and flirting with becoming a truly elite player, rather than just a solitary figure trapped in unhappy situations, Wednesday’s trade to the Flames gives him every opportunity to finally fulfil his vast potential.

His lack of leadership in the past has come into question. Well, he isn’t obliged to be a centrepiece in Calgary. No one’s looking for him to lead the charge into Joe Louis or The Shark Tank. There’s already many strong personalities inside the Flames’ room. Jarome Iginla and Robyn Regehr, for starters. There’s plenty of insulation for him to just go out and dominate on the ice - and certainly all the ingredients are in place for that.


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