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Judge Dismisses Ovechkin Suit

via TSN,

A judge in Washington, D.C., has dismissed a lawsuit by Moscow Dynamo to have Capitals' star Alexander Ovechkin returned to the Russian League team. Dynamo wanted the U.S. court to enforce a Russian arbitrator's ruling that it still owns the rights to the 2004 No. 1 overall pick and leading candidate for the Calder Trophy.

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Turco Out With Lower Body Injury

via the AP,

The Dallas Stars called up goaltender Mike Smith from Iowa, because Marty Turco will miss tonight's game against Atlanta because of a "lower-body injury", officials announced today. Turco, Dallas officials said, is day-to-day.

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It Is Official- Palffy Retires

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Ziggy Palffy has announced his retirement, effective immediately, due to personal reasons.
update 12:39pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
About the only upside to Palffy's retirement decision is that it will give the Penguins some salary-cap relief. Last summer, he signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract with the team after spending the previous five seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. They will almost certainly apply for an injury-exemption, which would free up some salary-cap space for the team. Chances are, with the Penguins sinking fast, they may not even bother using the room.
more update 3:15pm, more from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
“Everyone was surprised,” Penguins General Manager Craig Patrick said. “[Tuesday] was a day off [for the team]. Ziggy came into my office around 9:30 [a.m.] and wanted to talk to me. We talked about a lot of things. At the end he said he wanted to retire for personal reasons. After our discussion, I understand all his issues and I respect his decision. He’s ready to move on from hockey.”
update 4:18pm, Jess at Hockey Rants takes a look back at Ziggy's career.

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Chat With Ovechkin

Just a reminder, the NHL.com chat with AO is 1:00pm today.

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Weight Wants A Shot At The Cup

from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

What Weight does know is -- that in spite of all of the trade rumors that have had him going to Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver among the most persistent rumors -- he hasn't asked for a trade and Blues General Manager Larry Pleau hasn't come to him to ask him if he would consider waiving the no-trade clause he has in his contract. But that doesn't mean that a contending team like the ones mentioned won't be knocking at the Blues' door before the NHL's March 9 trade deadline. "I've heard a lot of the speculation and I'm very flattered that so many good teams seem to be interested. I've heard about Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver -- and when it gets down to the crunch, who knows? I can tell you this: I want to win. I want to get a shot at a Stanley Cup and at my age there may not be that many more chances."
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Shaking The Stereotype

from the Lufkin Daily News,

In the macho world of the NHL, it is considered by many a sign of a lack of toughness to wear a visor. This also is the league where goalies once didn't wear masks and skaters resisted using helmets. "Personally, I would like every player to wear a visor," Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said the day before Slater's scare. "People talk about the macho side of the game. Well, that's one thing. To end up with one eye, though, isn't what anyone wants. Careers are too short to gamble on." Visor use has been on a steady increase for more than a decade, but still about only 38 percent of NHLers — according to a study by The Hockey News — wear the clear Plexiglass half shield, which attaches to the helmet and covers down through most of the nose.
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Mainstream Media Recognizes Bloggers

from the Buffalo News,

The technology is not intimidating, even if you don't have a 12-year-old to serve as technical consultant. It may be too early for a full outbreak of Cup craziness, but Buffalo Sabres fans have got a touch of the fever. They get cranky if their daily newspaper or sports-talk radio station diverts any of their resources away from hockey and toward such secondary concerns as the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics or even the war in Iraq. There is no cure for hockey fever, but the Internet can provide two forms of temporary relief: podcasts and blogs.
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Ducks Go For A Skate

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks headed for the great outdoors yesterday. SINCE THE POND --- as in Arrowhead -- they play on in sunny California isn't outdoors, the Ducks hit the ice on the Rideau Canal for an informal game of shinny and they didn't even bring their pucks. "Everyday when I was a kid I skated at the outdoor rink near my home (in Blainville, Que.)," said Giguere. "(Yesterday) was great and it was nice to get an opportunity to score some goals. I had a lot of chances and I was finally able to get one."
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Praise The Rookies

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY via Yahoo,

"The best thing that happened for most of these rookies is the lockout," Maguire says. "They got another year to mature away from the NHL. ... It made a huge difference for all of them." The NHL's rules changes also helped this class because the league is more about skill, quickness and creativity and less about hanging on to your opponent. "The guy who seems to be facing the most obstruction is Sidney Crosby," Maguire says. "He doesn't have the supporting cast to insulate him. It's unbelievable the beating he's taking." "This is great class, and a couple of these kids are just short of breathtaking," says Mighty Ducks of Anaheim general manager Brian Burke. "This has been a godsend for a league in a restart. And these are all kids with great personalities."
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Samsonov Unsure Of Contract Status

from the Daily News Tribune,

More than two weeks after the start of the period to negotiate with their players slated to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, the B’s have had no substantial contact with top winger Sergei Samsonov. "I talked to Mike (O’Connell) briefly after New Year’s, just touching base, but (had) no discussion of a contract and no indication one way or another what’s going to happen," said Neil Abbott, the agent for the 27-year-old Russian. "Our doors are open. If they want to talk, we’ll talk. But we’re not asking. I think there are other things on his mind right now besides doing deals. The indications were that he’s going to get back to me. We’ll talk at some point, I think. But there’s been no request or proposals back and forth."

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