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Eric Staal did a live chat earlier today on NHL.com,
DICE How do you think your team will fare against teams come playoff time? Eric Staal Our group of guys are really hard-working and great-skating. We've got guys who have been in the playoffs, who've won Stanley Cups, so I think we can matchup against anybody in this league. Hopefully we can go a long ways. davedaman007 What team in the Western Conference do you feel would be the toughest to play against in the Cup Finals? Eric Staal I'm not sure. Detroit's been a very good team for a long time. Calgary, with the way they're playing this year and with the run they made two years ago. We don't see those teams very often, but I think we'd fair pretty well.more
from the CP via TSN,
The Stars signed Marty Turco to a $22.8 million, four-year contract extension Thursday, keeping the star goaltender in Dallas through the 2009-10 season. The Stars scheduled a news conference for Thursday evening to formally announce the extension.more
via the AP,
The New York Islanders will be without backup goalie Garth Snow for up to four weeks after the 12-year NHL veteran sprained ligaments in both knees. The 36-year-old Snow was diagnosed Thursday with medial collateral ligament sprains in both knees. He was injured with 8.5 seconds left in regulation in Wednesday night's 4-3 overtime win against the Florida Panthers.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
With the clock ticking toward the March 9 trade deadline, dozens of names will surface as part of potential trades as teams jockey for playoff positioning. Here's a look at some of those players and the probability they'll actually change jerseys.check out the long list...
According to Leafs Lunch, Tampa Bay has waived Dave Andreychuk. update 1:08pm, via Sportsnet,
One day after the New Jersey Devils raised eyebrows throughout the hockey community by placing veteran forward Alexander Mogilny on waivers, word has leaked out of Tampa Bay that the Lightning are trying to unload Dave Andreychuk. Sources tell Sportsnet Lightning general manager Jay Feaster sent a fax earlier this week to the 29 other NHL teams announcing the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer is available.update 2:02pm, I made a call to Leafs Lunch asking them if they are still reporting Andreychuk is on waivers, since I have not heard it on their updates for the last 45 minutes. They hung up on me!!! Now, Sportsnet and Leafs Lunch work hand in hand, somewhere along the line someone may have messed up. As I stated in the comments of this post, Tampa may be offering Andreychuk around the league, but actually placing him on waivers is another thing. Leafs Lunch should have clarified their remarks instead of being silent about it. update 3:22pm, via TSN,
Tampa Bay forward Dave Andreychuk has not been waived by the Lightning, contrary to a radio report out of Toronto, but the veteran is being shopped to other teams by GM Jay Feaster.
from All Headline News,
The U.S. Olympic women's hockey team was beaten by a high school boys' team on Wednesday. The Warroad High School team managed a 2-1 victory in the exhibition game that was attended by 1,500 people, reports The Associated Press.more
from the East Valley Tribune,
If Phoenix is to return to the postseason for the first time since 2002, coach Wayne Gretzky has identified one player who can be the difference maker for his club in the second half of the season. It is not someone outside the organization but rather a player who has been with the team all along: Center Petr Nedved. "We need Petr going. For us to go to another level, he has to be the player we know he can be," Gretzky said.continued
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
I would bet that after the trade deadline deals, the Stanley Cup will be raised by Ottawa, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Nashville, Calgary, Atlanta or Dallas. But certainly, Buffalo, Toronto, Carolina, Edmonton, Vancouver, Los Angeles and San Jose have realistic chances at a Cup Cinderella story, depending on what they can do by the March 9 deadline. I firmly believe the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs could be the most exciting ever.more
from the Montreal Gazette,
For the Canadiens, that makes six wins in the last 22 games. They narrowly avoided tying an all-time franchise record for consecutive losses on the road when they won in Tampa over the holidays, then resumed the losing streak with losses in Florida and Carolina. Only in My New NHL do they have what looks like a winning record, thanks to the absurd practice of awarding points for overtime and shootout losses. Check the standings and it says the Habs are 18-14-6 for 42 points; what it should say is that they are 18-20 for 36 points. Whatever, after a very strong start to the season they are now tied with the Atlanta Thrashers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.more
from the Toronto Star,
Eric Lindros hopes that a new cast will help the damaged ligament in his right wrist heal properly, but won't know for at least two weeks whether he'll still need surgery. Lindros, who has not played since Dec. 10, could not handle a stick in his right hand yesterday. "I'm told the cast will stay on for two weeks ... then doctors will take it off," said Lindros. "Hopefully, it heals on its own and we won't have to worry about alternative ways (surgery) to deal with it."
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