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Douglas Orr Passes Away

from the CP via CTV,

Douglas Orr, the father of legendery Boston Bruins defenceman Bobby Orr, has died. He was 82.
His daughter Patricia confirmed his death to The Canadian Press from Orr’s home in Parry Sound, Ont., but would offer no further details.


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Hasek Out With Wrist Problem

from Mlive,

Dominik Hasek has tendinitis in his right wrist and won’t play the next two games, the Wings said Saturday. Tests revealed the wrist is not broken, but general manager Ken Holland said if Hasek doesn’t feel better by Monday, he might get a cortisone shot.


added 3:00pm, from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

I once said about Dominik Hasek that he protects his goal as if his children were in the net behind him. I made that remark about a dozen years ago and it is still true today.
Hasek is 42 now, and he’s all about the purpose of helping bring another Stanley Cup to Detroit.
But he can’t do that if he’s not healthy, and given his chronic groin problems the Red Wings are holding their collective breath that Hasek holds up through the playoffs


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Belanger Keeps On Moving

via TSN,

The Nashville Predators picked up the veteran defenceman they were seeking Saturday when they sent centre Eric Belanger to the Atlanta Thrashers for defenceman Vitaly Vishnevski.
The trade was the second in two days for Belanger, who was acquired by Nashville from the Carolina Hurricanes for centre Josef Vasicek.

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Atlanta Claims Hamel

via the Ottawa Senators,

The Atlanta Thrashers claimed today Ottawa Senators left-winger Denis Hamel on waivers. The Senators had placed Hamel on waivers at noon on Friday.
In 43 games this season with Ottawa, Hamel had four goals and three assists; a +4 plus-minus rating and 10 penalty minutes.

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Pens = Nordiques

from Rich Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,

A downtrodden hockey team finishes last in its division for several seasons, misses the playoffs and begins to build a powerhouse with young talent fetched with high draft picks.
Just when it appears the team is ready to make a run at a championship, the franchise is sold and moved to another city.
Sound familiar?
It happened with the Quebec Nordiques, who moved to Colorado in 1995 and won two Stanley Cups as the Avalanche, and the Pittsburgh Penguins could be on the same path.

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Gelinas Dreams Of A Cup

from the Miami Herald,

“In Marty’s case, maybe we will get some calls, I’m not sure, but right now I’m still focusing on getting our team in the playoffs.”
Gelinas has never had to deal with trade talks during an NHL stretch run because he usually has been with a contending team. Yet, a change of scenery would not be the worst thing to happen to him.
“[Being a possible part of trade talks] is a first for me,’’ said Gelinas, who holds the NHL record with three series-winning overtime goals. “I’m 36 years old and I still dream to win a Cup….”

more on the Panthers inlcuding Bertuzze not ready yet…

added 10:27am, A little note from Bob McKenzie at TSN,

But after joining the team on the road and practicing hard with teammates, sources say Bertuzzi has discovered he is perhaps not quite as ready as he thought he would be. The target of about a week from now seems extremely doubtful.
It is not considered a major setback, but could be enough to affect teams that were considering Bertuzzi as a potential stretch-drive pickup.

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Center Stage Tonight

from the Toronto Sun,

Sidney Crosby is even more motivated than usual, if that’s possible.
“It’s a big game,” Crosby said of the Leafs-Pittsburgh Penguins tilt at the Air Canada Centre tonight. “It’s centre stage. Toronto is a big hockey town. It is Hockey Night in Canada so this is a big stage for us and I think everyone gets excited, not just us.
“(The Leafs) are going to be pumped up, too. They played pretty well against Nashville and came up short, but we are going to expect a desperate hockey team.”


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Duck Talk

from the OC Register,

Niedermayer returned to the ice this week after missing three games because of a stress fracture in his right foot, but he does not look fully recovered.
He didn’t seem to have his usual explosive speed chasing the puck or getting back on defense Wednesday night against the Sharks, and he was a minus-2 while logging 26:03 of ice time.

more on the Ducks plus… you guessed it, Forsberg talk…

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Fill Those Seats Nashville

from the Tennessean,

If the Nashville Predators don’t boost paid attendance by one-fourth for the rest of the NHL season, owner Craig Leipold will be able to ask for about $2 million in help from the city and lay groundwork for a possible departure.
Under the team’s 30-year lease, average paid attendance has to reach 14,000 a game for this year or Leipold can declare next year his pivotal “cure” season — a designation that among other things would let the club ask Metro government to buy thousands of tickets to prop up sales with taxpayer money.
It also would set the stage for the Predators to consider moving to another city at the end of next season, although they would have to pay an $18 million exit fee.


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A Different Game

from the Columbus Dispatch,

“I’ve seen everything over in Europe,” Norrena said yesterday. “I’ve been able to win in two different countries. Basically, this was a whole new challenge. I knew in August when I showed up what was more or less going to happen.”
He knew he was going to be faced with a different game.
“The way defense is played here is a little different — the way teams collapse on the goalie,” he said. “There are a lot of shots from the points, a lot of traffic. There are a lot of small details to work out. Things happen quickly when you turn over the puck. A lot can happen in five seconds.”

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