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Rangers Caught A Break

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The pertinent point is that Jagr's cap charge gives the Rangers the freedom and flexibility to build around him, and the more pertinent point is that it could not have simply happened by accident. This was no favor bestowed upon Broadway's team by the NHL Sixth Avenue Headquarters. This was, we infer and submit, a result of power politics practiced by Gary Bettman and by Jim Dolan. Dolan on Friday praised the commissioner for his ability to hold the owners together throughout the lockout that canceled 2004-05. Only the most naive would believe that Bettman was not playing pork-barrel politics in order to maintain unity the financial haves and have-nots. His promises to the small markets were made publicly. We're submitting that promises to big markets were issued in a far more subtle manner, or did that OLN deal with the Comcast Flyers materialize out of cheese cloth?
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Rucinsky Out With Broken Finger

via the AP,

New York Rangers left wing Martin Rucinsky will have surgery on his broken finger within the next week and is expected to be out for a month. Rucinsky sustained a multiple fracture of the finger on his right hand when he was slashed by Florida's Jay Bouwmeester in the third period of New York 3-2 shootout loss to the Panthers. Bouwmeester was not penalized.

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MOC Fired

via TSN,

Mike O'Connell has been fired as general manager of the Boston Bruins. A formal announcement is coming at 6pm et/3pm pt. Assistant GM Jeff Gorton has been named interim GM.
update 6:27pm, Jaci at Wicked Bruins Fan has an update on the press conference.

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Is Kansas City An Option For The NHL

from the Kansas City Star,

Is Kansas City in danger of losing the Chiefs and Royals? That seems to be the subtle but clear threat the two teams are giving the region. As voters in Jackson County, Mo., consider a proposal on sales and business taxes that would raise about half a billion dollars for extensive renovations to Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums, radio and TV ads are saying, "Keep the teams ... "
continued...not really hockey related, but there has been talk K.C. would be a viable option for a NHL franchise...

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Samuelsson Signs Extension

Mikael Samulsson signs a three year extension with the Wings. No details yet. update 12:25pm, from the CP via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings have signed Swedish forward Mikael Samuelsson to a three-year contract extension.
update (with a pointer from A2Y) 3:35pm, via the Detroit Free Press,
“I wanted to stay, I wanted to stay for sure,” Samuelsson said after the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena. “I think I played pretty good on this team. ...Was a no-brainer for me.” “Now I’m stuck with him for three more years,” Zetterberg said with a laugh. “He’s been in and out from the power play and I think he’s scored a lot of goals five-on-five, big goals for us, too. He deserves three years for sure.”

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Hasek Getting Rest

via the Buffalo News,

Hasek has a history of groin problems and has not skated in equipment since suffering the injury in Italy. Muckler expected The Dominator to be back for the playoffs and said the injury might have been a blessing. "We're not rushing him back," Muckler said. "It's kind of a good thing in a way that he's not playing. He's getting rested. He's going to have all kinds of strength when he does come back. I think it's going to help him to get through the playoffs. We're probably in a better position now than if he played."

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Lowe Wants More From Veterans

from the Edomonton Sun,

"Now's the time for our leadership group, and that includes a lot of guys, to come up now and respond and have a big game," Lowe said. "What concerns me about our team is there's two mindsets. You can have a mindset of wanting to win. There's a mindset of being afraid to lose. You can never win if you have that mindset of being afraid to lose. You've got to play to win." There's plenty of evidence to support Lowe's contention his team isn't getting enough gamesmanship and leadership from its veterans.
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Weight & Recchi Sacrifice For A Cup Run

from the News & Observer,

The children around his ankles, the rides to and from school, the voices at the kitchen table all blended into Doug Weight's routine right up until he left his wife and three young kids in St. Louis at the end of January. Only a run at the Stanley Cup could tear him away, which is why he finds himself living in a hotel thousands of miles away and playing for the Carolina Hurricanes. Weight comes "home" now, and there is no one waiting. Just the TV, the newspaper and hours of free time he hasn't had in so long he can't even remember.
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AO Was Just Relaxing

from the Washington Post via MSNBC,

Since he was benched briefly last Monday for operating outside of the Washington Capitals' system, left wing Alex Ovechkin has responded the way the coaching staff hoped he would. "I try do what the coach says about how I must attack in the offensive zone and defensive zone," Ovechkin said after Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss in Tampa... Ovechkin confirmed that he's put the incident behind him, joking, "When I sit on bench [against Montreal] I was just relaxing."
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Leafs Thinking Youth Movement

from the National Post,

Although no one at MLSE will admit it publicly, the Leafs' post-season prospects for the next couple of seasons are not expected to be any more promising. That unspoken prognosis is largely the consequence of a youth movement advocated by Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. in a blueprint he presented two years ago to MLSE's owners -- a strategy that, sources say, will likely result in the firing of head coach Pat Quinn at the end of this season, as well as the departure of fan favourite Tie Domi and a handful of other underperforming veterans.
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