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Thinking Of A Cheechoo Trade

from Spector’s Blog at Fox Sports,

Please note that the following is merely just speculation on my part and isn’t based on any reports I’ve read or heard. It’s merely based on a discussion I recently had with a friend of mine, who suggested the possibility of the Sharks trading Jonathan Cheechoo to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Here’s the basis of his opinion:

• Cheechoo isn’t producing the numbers he once did when he was on the Thornton line

• The Sharks obviously aren’t hurting because of his drop in production, and I think he may have missed the last game or more…not sure though

• Cheechoo eats up 3.5 million per

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Modano Eyeing His Future

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Modano’s time on the ice is winding down, which is why he’s begun looking not at those players whose names are listed above his in terms of goals and assists, but at those who have made a seemingly painless transition to hockey’s other side.

Many of Modano’s former Dallas teammates have made just such a move: Guy Carbonneau and Kirk Muller are the Montreal Canadiens’ head coach and assistant coach, respectively; Joe Nieuwendyk is a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ management team; and in Dallas, in a move that raised as many eyebrows as an Avery putdown, the Stars have Brett Hull as a co-general manager.

Toss in Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings and Ron Francis, who left the Carolina Hurricanes front office to become an associate coach, and it’s clear the attraction of becoming a hockey administrator and power broker without having to start squarely at the bottom is too great to ignore.

“Steve has become a key part of Team Canada, and I’ve always felt I want to be a part of USA Hockey — on the executive or helping select teams for the world championships,” Modano said.

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Leafs Need To Get Bigger

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

“The way I like my teams to play, we need to get bigger right away,” Burke said as the Leafs finished a 1-2 journey to California and Arizona. “It’s not that we don’t compete, but we’re not able to win some physical battles.

“I think a big part of winning hockey games is winning battles all over the ice.”

That won’t come easily or immediately given that initial trade offers to new GMs in need include an attempt at fleecing. But Burke is too smart for that, and given his belief that players shouldn’t be moved near the holidays, he likely won’t pull the trigger until the new year. Not that there hasn’t been talk.

“I’ve had some marvellous trade offers already,” Burke said sarcastically. “When you take over a team, everybody throws anvils at you. It has been really easy to say no. Trading and upgrading your team is not that easy to do in a cap system. That’s why I’m not making any bold promises or setting time frames.”

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Injuries Slowing The Islanders Growth

from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

Kyle Okposo, who was supposed to be back from his sprained right wrist by now, will now be out another 4-6 weeks after aggravating the injury earlier this week.

The young forward joins a seemingly ever-growing list of Islanders who have missed a substantial amount of time this season. Not only does Okposo’s injury, along with those to goalie Rick DiPietro and forward Frans Nielsen among others, hurt the team this year but they will likely impact the squad next year, as well.

“It’s disappointing,” said Gordon, whose team plays host to the Thrashers tonight. “Whatever we do this year, we want to build all our young players for next year. To lose Frans and Kyle, that’s lost time you can’t get back at a young age. And we have expectations for them for the future.”

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NHL Teams Should Support The Newspapers

from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

Newsday is firing 5% of its staff during a downturn in the newspaper industry one expert called “the worst since the Depression….

According to Newsday, the travel budget is expected to be cut.

I understand there are far greater issues here, but I recommend that Newsday and the Islanders broker an appropriate travel arrangement that’s beneficial for the newspaper and maintains the coverage of the team. Just as the Islanders travel with their radio and TV broadcasters on the private team charter, beat writer Greg Logan and any other assigned Newsday writers should fly with the team to and from games. (Needless to say, the Post and Daily News should be welcomed, too).

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Canucks Making Their Pitch For Sundin

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The Vancouver Canucks expect to speak with free-agent forward Mats Sundin this weekend, and they expect the former Toronto Maple Leafs captain will reach a decision on his NHL playing future in the next week….

...the biggest knock on Sundin joining the Canucks has been Vancouver’s extensive travel schedule. There was also the question whether the Canucks would be competitive in the Western Conference, as Sundin was expected only to consider teams that have a chance of winning the Stanley Cup.

But after next Saturday’s game against the Oilers, the Canucks will have played 19 of their 41 road games and have just two long trips remaining.

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Financial Issues Will Be Discussed At BOG Meeting

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Amid a global credit crunch, an undisclosed number of franchises with For Sale signs on the front lawn, and mounting economic pressures, the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors will convene at the Tony Resort Hotel, The Breakers, in West Palm Beach on Monday for two days of meetings….

It is unknown how many NHL teams might be for sale at the moment, but rumblings are that as many as five could be had. Again, as a secondary holding, NHL teams are becoming dispensable by owners whose primary businesses are struggling.

Like the housing market however, more teams for sale drive the price of each individual team down.

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Lemieux Driven In His Comeback Attempt

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

After seeing former Devils winger Claude Lemieux this week and talking to those who have watched his comeback attempt with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL, my belief is that he will make it back to the NHL. He is still driven, even at the age of 43.

Lemieux told me he still has the ingredient that made him a four-time Stanley Cup champion.

“I think it’s just the will to succeed at all costs,” he said. “I think it’s character.”

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Wrong Guy Handed Down The Avery Suspension

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Hockey players take great pride in never shirking their responsibilities to the sport. They’d rather crawl off the ice dragging a broken leg behind them than writhe around like an Italian soccer player with a hangnail. As the superb Orange County Register columnist Mark Whicker once wrote, “If Abraham Lincoln had been a hockey player, the day after the Ford’s Theater incident, he’d have been listed as ‘slight headache; will play.’”

So when Avery made his senseless remark — the latest in a series — he broke no laws, but he absolutely shattered hockey’s code.

This was his transgression and it was certainly deserving of the league’s action.

But the question that remains unanswered is this: Why was Bettman involved? This was a matter concerning hockey’s code of acceptable behavior, and where is there the slightest indication that Bettman has even the most cursory familiarity with that?

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Building A Hockey Stick

Heidi Androl visits the Easton Hockey Factory to help build Ryan Getzlaf’s next hockey stick.

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