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Turco Works Off The Ice To Get On The Ice

from the Dallas Morning News,

And the big picture is that Turco will be the starting goalie when the playoffs begin. He is 31 with 302 NHL games under his belt. He boasts a 163-79-2 career record. Smith is 24 and has played 15 NHL games. So the Stars are going to do everything to make sure Turco is ready for the playoffs.
“He’s had some days to work in practice and he’s got some good work in, and now we’ll see if that translates into how he plays,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said.


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Jovanovski Playing Tonight

There was a story this morning in the Arizona Republic saying Jovanovski had an abdominal muscle injury and the Yotes were thinking about a few different options for him.
Well, he is in the lineup tonight against the Wings.

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Surgery For Huet

via the Montreal Canadiens,

The Montreal Canadiens announced tonight that goaltender Cristobal Huet will undergo surgical repair of an injury to the left hamstring muscles on Sunday, February 18 in Montreal. He will be out indefinitely.

added 9:00pm, CBC Hot Stove mentioned Mike Knuble suffered broken orbital bone and out for the season.


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Chelios Misses Old-School Hockey

from the New York Times:

“Coaches like Mike Keenan and Darryl Sutter encouraged going out there antagonizing and intimidating,” Chelios said of his time with the Blackhawks, which ended with a 1999 trade to Detroit and a coach with a different philosophy. “Scotty Bowman didn’t like that type of play, the scrums after the whistle, the penalties.
“You look back at the old Chicago days, players hated coming into that building. It was like the gladiators, a battle every time they came in there. I love that type of game.”
Chelios added: “But the league is changing. It’s more of a European style of play. If they think that’s going to fly in North America, I’m all for it if it helps the game, but I’m an old-school defenseman.”



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Souray Not Being Shopped

via Sportsnet,

All-star defenceman Sheldon Souray has been given a vote of confidence by Canadiens management, Sportsnet has learned.
The team has no intention of shopping the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent going into the NHL trade deadline on Feb 27.
With the impression Souray will now finish the year with the Canadiens, sources are telling Sportsnet the club will make every conceivable effort to ink Souray to a long-term deal.

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Shanahan Taken Off On Stretcher

Knuble and Shanahan collided, both went down.  Shanahan looked knocked out and had some movement in legs.
Knuble was helped off the ice but looks ok.

update 4:13pm, TSN has more from the CP…

He moved his left leg slightly as medical personnel attended to him, and he appeared to also be bleeding from the mouth one day after extensive dental work. He lost a tooth Thursday night at Carolina after being struck by a puck.
Shanahan blinked his eyes and was talking to Rangers trainer Jim Ramsay as the stretcher rolled across the ice to the Zamboni entrance. Chants of “Shanny, Shanny,” trailed him during the ride. He was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital for evaluation. First reports were encouraging.


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Wings Extend Homer

via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Tomas Holmstrom to a three-year contract extension.
Additional terms of the contract are not available.

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KK- Guess The Attendance

Peter Forsberg makes his Nashville debut tonight against the Wild.
How close can you get to the attendance figure for tonight?
KK members- pick the attendance figure and win a $25 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com (affiliate link).
Your guess must be in by 7pm ET tonight (game time is 8pm ET).  If more than one person gets the correct answer, a random drawing will be held between the people who submitted the correct answer.
If the correct guess is not submitted, the person closest to the figure (over or under) will win.  Again, if more than one person ties for this, a random drawing will be held.
The boxscore area at NHL.com which lists the attendance will be the official attendance figure.
If you are not a KK member, you can register on the left sidebar under KK Sections.  Emails will not be accepted, you must submit in the comment area of this post.  Good luck!

Added 2:10pm, Remember folks, this contest is open to KK members.  If you are not a member and submitted a guess, you need to become a KK member to be eligible-  Look on the left sidebar under KK Sections.

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40 Years Later

Joe Pelletier has a great tribute to the 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs at his Legends of Hockey Network.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their last Stanley Cup championship - the magical Canadian Centennial 1967 Stanley Cup victory over the arch rival Montreal Canadiens. It is a moment that has lived on in hockey lore forever.
The moment is even more special as Dave Keon will end a 30 year cold war between himself and the Leafs. Finally the Maple Leafs fans will have a chance to thank Keon.


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Worse Than Iverson

from Martin Frank at Delaware Online,

Talk about selfish: Forsberg refused to take part in a shootout earlier this season to decide a game against the Rangers for some unexplained reason. Nice example for a so-called captain to set.
Talk about hurting coaches: When Ken Hitchcock was fired after the Flyers got off to a 1-6-1 start this season, Forsberg’s response: “I don’t think Hitch is a bad coach, but sometimes when a team is not performing as it should, it’s good to get a change.”...
Talk about not setting the right example: Forsberg essentially held the Flyers hostage for weeks, hiding behind a foot injury and refusing to commit to the team for the long term, though it begged him to stay.
But Forsberg didn’t want to stay. He waived his no-trade clause. Why couldn’t he have said that three weeks ago when it obviously was his intention?


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