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Bolts Will Not Make Any Significant Moves

from the St. Petersburg Times,

“I think the answers for now have to come from within,” Feaster said, “certainly until we get a resolution with the sale situation. The one thing we’re not going to do is move the big three. It’s just not going to happen.”

Tortorella echoed that sentiment.

“We’ve got nothing coming this way,” he said. “That’s our way of life right now. We’re talked about this as a group. Don’t hold your hands out looking for help. ... There’s no help in the minors. There’s no help in signings. We have to figure it out.”

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No Outdoor Game For Columbus

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Why couldn’t the Blue Jackets play host to a game in Ohio Stadium? Schedule the Detroit Red Wings or the Pittsburgh Penguins, and you could draw up to 100,000, maybe more, the largest crowd to ever watch a hockey game.

“Logistically, you’ve got issues with the weather and the way we maintain the stadium in the winter,” said Don Patko, Ohio State’s assistant athletic director for facilities. “But we never say never. It would be like setting up for a rock concert.”

Blue Jackets president Mike Priest said Columbus is not on the NHL’s list for cities under consideration.

“It would be a hoot, I’ll grant you that,” Priest said. “But they made it clear that, in their mind, only a few U.S. cities could pull it off.”

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Morning Line

Paul Maurice when asked what he said to the team after the Leafs 6-1 loss to the Rangers last night, via the Toronto Sun,

“Some things you should keep to yourself,” Maurice said. “That’s a tough game to sit through when you are beaten that bad that early. Our penalty killers were dragging their butts (because they were on the ice so often). It doesn’t matter (about the skewed number of minor penalties). We’re not blaming anybody else for this.”

more on the game and the Leafs…

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Everyone Is Talking

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• Sources say Caps GM George McPhee “insulted” Ovechkin by offering a five-year, $37.5-million (all terms US) deal. Ovechkin thumbed his nose at the offer.

• Talk won’t go away that the Rangers will trade RW Jaromir Jagr.

• The talk is the Flames are having a tough time re-signing D Dion Phaneuf.

read on about all the talk...

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Gary Roberts Out With Broken Leg

via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Veteran forward Gary Roberts left the game between the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres at Mellon Arena tonight after a collision with Buffalo forward Tim Connolly during the second period.

Roberts was diagnosed by team doctors with a broken left fibula, and it is unknown how much time he will miss. Roberts will be re-evaluated by team doctors in the coming days.

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McCarty Thinking Comeback

from HockeyFights.com,

Darren McCarty is going to attempt to get back into the NHL through the IHL.

Brendan Savage of The Flint Journal is reporting that McCarty is close to signing with the Flint Generals.

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Teams Interested In Denis

from the Tampa Tribune,

“He needs to play and hopefully he performs real well and as I told him, we’ll give him every opportunity to get back to the NHL in the context of re-entry waivers,” Feaster said. “At $1.4 million this year and $1.5 million next year, that’s a very reasonable contract for an NHL goaltender so if he can get back on top of his game, then I think he stands a real good opportunity to have somebody show interest in him.”

Feaster said Denis has come up in conversations with other general managers around the league.

“I’ve had general managers say our guys really liked him and our guys don’t understand his numbers right now so from that standpoint clearly there are teams who recognize that he’s an NHL goaltender and he played and had that success and he’s not been able to have that success here,” Feaster said.

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Vokoun Not In the Net

A few Panthers had some fun today at practice…

from On Frozen Pond,

In net: Jozef Stumpel. On offense: Tomas Vokoun.

While Vokoun and Stumpel traded equipment and assignments, Rostislav Olesz kept feeding the puck and trying to get shots past Stumpel. Vokoun also tried defending Olesz on a breakaway, one time flipping on Olesz’s first move. Fun stuff after a pretty hard practice.

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Let’s Be Fair

BUFFALO (Dec. 29, 2007) – To ify any advantages or adversities created by weather conditions at Ralph Wilson Stadium during Tuesday’s AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic, the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins will switch ends halfway through the third period – ensuring each team would spend the equivalent number of minutes attacking or defending each goal, the National Hockey League announced today.

If necessary, a five-minute overtime period also would be divided in half, with the teams switching ends after 2:30 of play.

Should a shootout be needed, each goaltender would be given the option of determining which goal to defend. Thus it is possible that both teams would shoot at the same goal. Once a goaltender has chosen the goal he wants to defend, he must defend that goal for every round of the shootout.

The League also announced that length of intermissions between – and timeouts during – periods may be subject to modification depending on weather and ice conditions, as may be determined by the Game Officials and/or Commissioner Gary Bettman, in consultation with representatives of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

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Chicago Waives Samsonov

via TSN,

The Blackhawks have placed Sergei Samsonov on waivers

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