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Deadline Mentioned For Forsberg Extension

from the Courier Post,

If the Flyers and Peter Forsberg cannot come to an agreement on a contract extension by the end of the NHL All-Star break later this month, they may elect to trade the star center prior to the Feb. 27 trading deadline, club general manager Paul Holmgren said Saturday.
“At the trade deadline, if we didn’t have something done for future years, we might just be inclined to roll the dice,” Holmgren said. “I really haven’t thought that far ahead to be honest with you. I think he’s still a tremendous player. But I haven’t really looked at that.”

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Free Food Draws Fans

from the News Democrat,

The rare attraction of free food brought many fans to the St. Louis Blues game at Scottrade Center on Saturday, including Dupo High School teachers Jerry Devany, John Daab and Scott Hamm.
“I probably wouldn’t have (been here),” said Daab, part of a crowd of 17,868 in attendance. “We talk hockey at school and about how well they’d been playing lately. We saw the deal and said ‘hey, let’s go.’”
“I just started laughing when I saw everything, I felt like a kid in a candy store,” said Daab, who had three hot dogs, two orders of chicken strips and some peanuts. “How they had it set up was perfect, there were no lines. We got here and whatever we wanted, they had it for us.
“The longest lines I saw were the bathroom lines.”

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That Hockey Smell

from the Port Huron Times Herald,

Ask anyone in town for the International Silver Stick Tournament this weekend. Hockey helmets, pads and gloves - especially the gloves - are notoriously stinky, and the stink is nearly impossible to expunge.
“It doesn’t matter what you do. The smell is there,” said Anderson, whose son, Ashton, plays for the Mississauga IceDogs. “It’s an ongoing problem.”
Hockey parents have various strategies and coping methods for the stench. There are even services and machines designed to clean hockey equipment, although there is some disagreement about how well they work.

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What Were They Thinking

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

On the slippery surface, the Senators were near perfect yesterday.
On the video scoreboard, however, they committed a major faux pas.
During a first-period stoppage in a skit promoting the team’s Hockey Night in Barbados fan contest, Spartacat forced a fellow wearing a Montreal Canadiens jersey to jump off a ship.

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Eyes on the Prize chimes in too…

In the moments during the pregame buildup between the Senators and Habs, a scene on the video screen above the ice sent a rage throughout the Canadiens organization.
In an inconsiderate display of brash idiotic arrogance, heartless timing, and ill will, a cartoon featuring the Senators mascot Spartacat teases a Habs fan in a boat, inviting him to jump in the lake, so to speak. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk steers the ship, while the mascot taunts and pokes at the fan, before finally throwing him overboard.

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Rating Brett

Mike Chen breaks down the “First Day of Hull”,

The much ballyhooed debut of Brett Hull was a total success. Hull’s brashness came through right away, and it injected some life into Ray “Chicken Parm” Ferraro who is usually duller than Jacque Lemaire power play. Some highlights of Hull’s comments:
On Jarko Ruutu: “Here’s a typical play by a typical player in the NHL. Jarko Ruutu refuses to drop his gloves…he’s got one goal in 40 games. It’s players like that we have to weed out of the league.”

read on... And NBC still needs to let us know what happened with the HD broadcast, numerous break ups throughout the game…

added 7:44am, from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Brett Hull debuted as NBC’s hockey analyst on Saturday afternoon, but he could have been doing the job for years.
Hull is a natural for TV. Working with host Bill Clement and co-analyst Ray Ferraro in the studio, he was smooth, appeared comfortable in front of the camera, and, of course, wasn’t short of opinion.

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The Goalie Makes The Difference

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

They were two young NHL general managers facing similar challenges, both running Canadian teams that had missed the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs and in desperate need of a starting goaltender.
One went big. One went medium-sized.
The GM who went big was Vancouver’s David Nonis and, as the grinding NHL season moves through January, the Canucks are discovering the benefits of almost never having to wonder or worry about the identity of their goaltender from night to night.

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Shake-Up The Bruins

from the Boston Herald,

Dave Lewis has seen enough.
After watching his team stumble to its sixth defeat in seven games yesterday with a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden - Tim Thomas [stats]’ 35 saves prevented another lopsided result - the Bruins [team stats] coach vowed to shake up the lineup for tomorrow’s matinee against the Buffalo Sabres.
“We need to either change the lines or change the rotation on players, because right now it’s not working,” Lewis said.

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Rangers Want To Make Moves

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Post has learned the Rangers are not content with what might be termed as a rearrangement of the deck chairs on the S.S. Minnow. Rather, sources report that management this week has intensified efforts to reacquire Martin Rucinsky from the Blues while also engaging in protracted conversations with the Penguins, believed to be focused on top-six winger Ryan Malone, and perhaps on physical defenseman Brooks Orpik as well.

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The Uniform System

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Propaganda Alert! Scheduled to unveil its new uniform design at a press event in New York on Wednesday, the NHL will attempt to control the message from the players through talking points distributed by a PR agency.
“To assist us in the launch, we have hired public relations agency Fleishman-Hillard to collaborate with NHL players in the role of player advocacy, so that we will build consensus, keep everyone informed and educated, and work toward a product launch that will reflect well on the league, Reebok and the players whose input was - and will remain - critical to all phases of this project,” reads a memo distributed by the league to its teams last week, and obtained by Slap Shots.

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What About Jagr

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

Sather acknowledged yesterday that his consultation consisted of calling league vice president Colin Campbell and telling him the Rangers would be happy if Jagr were bypassed.
“I’d have loved to have seen him go,” Sather said. “But the best thing for the team and for him is to take the time and work on his leg and heal. You don’t want a guy going down there for three days and get really hurt.”
Campbell could have said the heck with it, chosen Jagr and put the onus on the superstar and his team. But hockey people don’t do that. They take the hit for one of their own.

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