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from the NY Post,
It is expected that Charles Wang will make great strides toward hiring a new GM to replace Mike Milbury during the break and with the trade deadline approaching in March, there is a chance for moves before the end of the season. Mark Parrish, Mike York, Jason Blake, Oleg Kvasha, Arron Asham and Radek Martinek are all in the final years of their contracts and could be attractive for contending teams tinkering down the stretch. With a new GM coming in, Milbury heading out and proof that the current core hasn't set the world on fire, a drastic dismantling of the Isles would hardly be shocking.more (reg. req.)
from the AP via the Globe and Mail,
The head ice-maker at the Winter Olympics isn't putting his money on the Canadian hockey team. Or any team for that matter. Canadian Dan Craig said he has turned down a request to place a loonie coin in the ice — something one of his workers did in 2002 at the Salt Lake City Olympics, where the Canadian men and women both won hockey gold.more
from the Tennessean,
The Predators beat the seasonal rush in acquiring center Mike Sillinger, but they may not be done with their trade-deadline shopping just yet. Predators General Manager David Poile said the team remains interested in acquiring a physical defenseman in preparation for a run at a second consecutive playoff berth. Teams may be eager to make transactions before Sunday, when a roster freeze goes into effect for the length of the Olympic break. When teams return from the break on March 1, there will be just over a week before the March 9 trading deadline.more
from the Delco Times,
While history proves to us that the framers of our constitution got it right, the jury is still out on whether this salary cap will make the NHL have more parity than the pre-cap era. The primary reason? Only one of those former "Big Seven" has taken a serious fall this season, while five of them are still considered among the league’s elite.read on
from the Globe and Mail,
When the National Hockey League's 30 general managers gather near Las Vegas this week, one of the new rules they will discuss -- and possibly alter -- is the delay-of-game infraction when a player flips the puck over the glass.continued
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, "I know one of the reasons we were picked to finish in last place is because of the large number of Europeans we have on the team, and I think that a lot of that was because I'm on this team," Jagr told The Post after Saturday's 4-3 OT victory in Philadelphia. "I think people were saying that I didn't care about the game anymore, that I didn't care about working hard and winning. But that was not true. People didn't understand some of the things that had happened with me, but I didn't doubt myself." more (reg. req.),
from Hockey Refs,
The four NHL referees assigned to the Winter Olympics are preparing for their duties by officiating select AHL games this week. Dan Marouelli, Dennis LaRue, Don Van Massenhoven, and Paul Devorski are being sent down to the minors for one game each because, unlike the NHL, the Olympics feature a three-official system with one referee and two linesmen.
via the LA Times (reg. req.),
Defenseman Aaron Miller, concerned about his back, has withdrawn from the United States Olympic hockey team at Turin, Italy. Miller informed Team USA officials last week. "I need to use the time for my health," said Miller, who played in the 2002 Olympics. "The Kings come first."
Enter Atlanta Thrashers' general manager Don Waddell, whose team is in the midst of an intense playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference. “We'll be in the playoffs," Waddell told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday night. “If you want to write 'guarantee,' I have no problem with that.”more
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