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Letter To Bettman

from LetsGoSabres… Sabres owner sends letter to Bettman…

Dear Gary,
I am deeply concerned with the standard the NHL has adopted that seems to allow violent hits to the head.
In light of the most recent injury to our captain Chris Drury, I am calling on you to address this issue immediately before another player is seriously injured or worse.


Update 4:44 am ET:
Ottawa writer Bruce Garrioch’s interview Saturday night, in response to “The Letter”

*thanks to KK reader bcrt for providing the link

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Olausson Retires, Faces Life-Threatening Illness

from the AP via ESPN,

Veteran defenseman Fredrik Olausson, who won a Stanley Cup ring with the Detroit Red Wings in 2001, will retire from hockey because of illness.
The 40-year-old Olausson needs a liver transplant, according to his Swedish Elite League team Farjestad Web site. He became ill in December and underwent surgery twice.



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Deal Between Florida & Ottawa Possible

from On Frozen Pond,

And as much as JM (Jacques Martin) doesn’t like the guys running things in Ottawa, don’t be surprised to see Florida and the Sens make some sort of deal.


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NHL Needs A Few Good Fights

from Tim Dahlberg of the AP via the Sporting News,

The real danger in hockey brawls isn’t the fighting but the culture that contributes to cheap-shot retributions. That’s where players can really get hurt, as witnessed a few seasons ago when Todd Bertuzzi attacked Steve Moore in one of hockey’s ugliest episodes.
But relaxing the rules so goons can carry out their enforcement more easily would send a message that the NHL isn’t really serious about cutting down on violence in the sport. It would signal that the league was merely paying lip service to critics when it tried to curb fighting.
Then again, it might do something the NHL needs even more desperately than a new image.
It might get a few more people watching.


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Ducks Deal Away O’Brien to Lightning

From TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks have traded defenceman Shane O’Brien and a third round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for goaltender Gerald Coleman and a first round pick.
This season, O’Brien has scored two goals and added 12 assists while amassing 140 minutes in penalties. The Port Hope, Ontario native was drafted in the eighth round of the 2003 Enty Draft and re-signed as a restricted free agent last summer.

(Note: O’Brien played 62 games with the Ducks this year. Coleman has 2 games NHL experience with the Lightning back in 2005-06)

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Report- Rob Blake Will Waive NTC

via RDS (translated),

RDS learned that the defender of Kings of Los Angeles Rob Blake agreed to raise his clause of not-exchange.

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Bruins Claim MacDonald

via TSN,

The Boston Bruins added some goaltending depth on Saturday, claiming Joey MacDonald off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings.
The move will create about $117,000 in salary cap room for the Wings, who are reportedly trying to land a top-six forward by Tuesday’s 3pm et trade deadline.

added 1:41pm, also from TSN,

The Dallas Stars claimed defenceman Nolan Baumgartner off re-entry waivers on Saturday from the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Sturm Stays With Bruins

from the CP via TSN,

Marco Sturm took his name off the trade market Saturday, signing a new deal that will keep him with the Boston Bruins.
Sturm will make an average of $3.5 million a season in his new deal after signing a $14-million, four-year contract.

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Ruff Pays Up

from TSN,

Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff has been fined $10,000 by the National Hockey League for putting out his tough guys against Ottawa’s top line in Thursday’s melee-filled game at HSBC Arena on Thursday.


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Blues Sign Brewer & Legace

from the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Eric Brewer and goaltender Manny Legace have agreed to contract extensions with the club. Brewer has agreed to a four-year extension while Legace has agreed to a two-year extension.
“This is a big day for the Blues organization as we move forward,” said Davidson. “Both players have had an excellent season and we felt it was important to keep them in the fold as we continue to build.”


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