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The Russian Plan

from Slap Shot at the NY Times,

Russian hockey teams, fueled by petro dollars, are reversing the flow of Russian players: Increasingly, they are luring NHL players back home, and they have designs on catching and surpassing the N.H.L. as the world’s premiere hockey league.

Alexei Yashin moved back with a $17.63 million buyout from the Islanders. He now plays for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. “Less and less players are going to the N.H.L. and more and more are coming back here,” Yashin said in an interview in English after a recent game.

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Rangers On Their Way Up

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

Now it can be told.

The once-unthinkable CAN be thought.

Yes, the Rangers very well could top the Eastern Conference on April 6, closing the regular schedule.

Once-invincible Ottawa is crumbling by the minute.

Sure, the early-season Atlantic-leading Flyers are coming on again but when they visit The Garden on Sunday afternoon, the Blueshirts should take them.

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Five Helpers For Richards

from the Dallas Morning News,

As debuts go, Brad Richards’ was, well, perfect.

The Dallas Stars’ blockbuster trade deadline acquisition tied the franchise record – and set a personal best – for assists in a game, recording five to help lead the Stars to a 7-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at a sold-out American Airlines Center.

“Maybe I shouldn’t have done that,” Richards joked when asked about elevated expectations.

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Marian Hossa Out

My understanding he took a knee to knee hit from Glen Murray.

Will be re-evaluated tomorrow according to FSN Pittsburgh.

added 9:59pm, via TSN,

Marian Hossa’s first game as a Pittsburgh Penguin ended pre-maturely as the Slovakian sniper left after suffering a grade 1 strain of his MCL.

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The Playoff Road

from On the Forecheck,

While the web-surfing hockey fan can find reams of analysis as to which teams did or did not help themselves on the NHL’s Trade Deadline Day this week, there’s another question worth answering when one considers how tight the playoff races remain. To what extent has the remaining schedule for various teams gotten tougher or easier, depending on what their upcoming opponents have done to their rosters?

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Sharks Have Cap Room For Campbell

from Victor Chi of the Sporting News via Yahoo,

The Sharks should be able to offer Campbell the two most important enticements for a free agent: Money and success. They have the salary-cap space to accommodate him, and the team is positioned to be competitive for several seasons—- Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo are signed through 2011.

San Jose’s ace, though, might be the Ottawa connection. Campbell and GM Doug Wilson both played junior hockey under legendary Ottawa 67s coach Brian Kilrea. Wilson often cites Kilrea as one of the most important influences in his life, and the alumni network of 67s is tight. He believes in the way Kilrea develops hockey skills and character, and his track record with the Sharks is a reflection of that.

read on

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Too Many Goalies

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

The Washington Capitals demonstrated three goaltenders do not fit in front of two nets.

Newly acquired Cristobal Huet presided at one end of the rink Thursday during his first practice with the team. Longtime face-of-the-franchise Olie Kolzig was at the other end.

As for reliable backup Brent Johnson? All he could do was watch from the bench.

“I think everybody realizes how weird it is in here right now,” Kolzig said.

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added 7:37pm, Kolzig’s agent talks about this move at Capitals Insider...

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Looking At The Richards Trade

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Tampa Bay general manager called Brad Richards on Tuesday morning to tell the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner he had been traded to Dallas. Feaster, Richards and Richards’ agent, Pat Morris, had been talking about the potential move for days, so the news was hardly surprising. Still, Feaster had to hang up the phone.

“I phoned Brad and I couldn’t finish the conversation. I broke down and I couldn’t finish talking to him,” Feaster told ESPN.com a day after he sent Richards to Dallas along with backup netminder Johan Holmqvist for goalie Mike Smith, forwards Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halpern and a 2009 fourth-round pick.

“It was the weirdest day of my life,” Richards told ESPN.com shortly after his first practice with the Stars.

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Rob Blake Activated

The Los Angeles Kings have activated defenseman Rob Blake from the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

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The NHL Hour

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is on the airwaves from 4-5 p.m. ET today for the NHL Hour on XM (Channel 204) and NHL.com.

NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, including Commissioner Bettman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, and Senior Executive VP of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. The show is co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement. 

*At showtime, listen live at this link.  While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.

**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

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