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from Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers,
Sergei Fedorov was traded for a Notre Dame freshman. Not long ago, he was the best player in hockey.
more on Columbus…
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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Pavel Kubina says the contretemps over a failed trade that would have sent him to the San Jose Sharks was all a misunderstanding.
Both he and his agent, former NHL player Petr Svoboda, said the Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman never agreed to waive his no-trade clause and then reneged on Monday night.
via the OC Register,
The Ducks could have a short-term hole on defense in light of their revelation that captain Chris Pronger underwent surgery Monday to repair a “small fracture” in his jaw suffered in Sunday’s 6-3 victory over visiting Chicago.
“It’s not clear how much time he will miss,” Burke said. “It’s certainly not expected to be lengthy. A game or two is the expectation at this time.”
from Darryl Dobbs at the Hockey News,
Just more than five weeks left in the regular season, some big decisions need to be made - let’s get to some letters…
Hey Dobber. My son and I are in a keeper league pool and we want to rebuild for the future. We have 20 players – 14 good ones – and keep only 10 at the beginning of each season…
read on for all the fantasy advice you may need…
From CBC Sports,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a U.S. House subcommittee on Wednesday that hockey is not plagued by steroid use among its players.
Bettman joined his major-league counterparts — baseball commissioner Bud Selig, NBA commissioner David Stern and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — in Washington where he testified that only one player has tested positive for steroid use in the 2½ years since the NHL resumed play after the 2004-05 lockout.
“As a historical matter, the many years that NHL players have been tested in international competition, as well as recent testing under our program, suggests that performance-enhancing drugs had never been part of the culture of the NHL…”
How did we do yesterday?
Slap Shot at the NY Times took the pulse of some of the hockey bloggers on the trades their teams made.
added Part 3 at 2:12pm.
from Ted’s Takes,
I think we helped ourselves without hurting our team’s future. We entered the sessions with a list of “must NOT do’s”:
1. Do not trade any young players in the lineup that we count as core.
2. Do not trade any first round picks.
3. Do not pick up any major salary requirements in the out years that make us NOT re-sign our young players. If we could add to the team without “blowing our brains out”, we would do so and we did.
from the Vancouver Province,
So the Canucks held on to their future, sacrificed the present and raised questions about their fate.
For this year, that will be in the hands of a star goalie, a potentially high end blueline and what general manager Dave Nonis dubbed “a middle-of-the-road” offence.
Is that enough to make a legitimate run at the Stanley Cup, considering a similar combination wasn’t enough last year, considering the significant improvements the Stars, the Sharks and the Avalanche all made Tuesday?
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