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Cleary, currently sidelined with a broken jaw, was a teammate of Hossa during the NHL lockout in 2004-05, with Mora of the Swedish Elite League.
“Any team that gets this guy … he’s a real good person, a great team guy,” Cleary told CBCSports.ca reporter Doug Harrison on Monday. “He’s the most explosive player I’ve ever seen. Straight-away speed, no one touches him.”
While adding Hossa would allow Red Wings coach Mike Babcock to split up the dynamic duo of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, Cleary believes it’s wishful thinking.
from Blue Notes at Newsday,
Paul Mara is undergoing surgery for broken facial bones today and is expected to be sidelined for two weeks.
Mara was hammered in a helmet-to-helmet hit by the Sabres’ Pat Kaleta on Saturday in the first period and didn’t return.
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has come to terms with unrestricted free agent Peter Forsberg on a new contract through the 2007-2008 season.
“We’re proud to announce to our fans that Peter Forsberg has decided to come back and play with our franchise where he’s enjoyed so much success early in his career,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “His addition should complement our roster and will bring our team to an even higher competitive level.”
With less than 24 hours to go before the NHL trade deadline, the Blue Jackets are continuing to negotiate a contract extension with captain Adam Foote, while a possible trade for Tampa Bay center Brad Richards remains in play.
Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson expects to speak with Foote’s agent, Rick Curran, either later tonight or early Tuesday.
The two sides are working on a two-year contract worth between $3 million and $4 million per season.
From the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has activated defenseman Philippe Boucher from the Injured Reserve. Boucher had shoulder surgery on December 5 and has missed the last 38 games due to the injury.
Boucher, 34, has registered one goal and 10 assists for 11 points with 24 penalty minutes in 28 games with Dallas this season. He currently ranks second on the club in average ice time (22:20) and third in blocked shots (54).
from the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres fans attending tonight’s game should say goodbye to Brian Campbell.
The News has learned the game against Philadelphia is expected to be Campbell’s final one in Blue and Gold. A trade before Tuesday’s 3 p.m. deadline will end an eight-year run for the defenseman.
Sections of a training facility being built for the Montreal Canadiens collapsed in Brossard on Monday afternoon.
The centre was being built in the South Shore suburb near Autoroute 10 and 30.
Half of the steel structure gave way around 1:30 p.m. ET, giving crews a major shock, police said.
With 24 hours to go until the NHL’s trade deadline, the Calgary Flames don’t appear willing to deal away winger Alex Tanguay.
General Manager Darryl Sutter told reporters on Monday afternoon that he is not trading Tanguay and he likes the make up of his team.
From Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
As the trading deadline approaches, fans prepare for the familiar scene.
The also-rans ship out their veterans. In return, they may take youngsters with potential, but only when they can’t get first-round draft picks. Those first-rounders are widely believed to be the most valuable currency in the National Hockey League.
Listen to the average fan and he knows the answer: “You’ve got to build through the draft,” he will say. “You need to start with good young kids and you only get them with high draft picks.”
Nice theory. Totally wrong.
Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne, Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending February 24.
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