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NHL Protects The Knee, Why Not The Head

from Peter Andrew Sacco, Ph.D., at the American Chronicle,

I must say I am at a loss for why the brain is not as valuable a commodity as knees are in the NHL. Rarely am I ever at a loss, but this is one of those monumental, humbling moments. I do have one theory, albeit it doesn’t hold a heck of a lot of water but hey, at least I have tried to come up with some cause-effect scenario which might explain when knees replaced heads as priority number one in the NHL.
Bobby Orr is considered to be the greatest hockey player to ever wear a pair of skates in the NHL. Even though I was young at the time, I was still lucky enough to see him play. By all accounts he could do it all. He was the complete deal! By today’s standards, no one compares to Orr, not even the retired Wayne Gretzky or Sidney Crosby. Orr had to retire in the very prime of his career because of guess what? If you said concussion problems, then you are wrong!

more... great read…

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Hotstove Talk

On CBC tonight… Detroit, Ahaheim and Atlanta are the players in the Guerin and Tkachuk talks. 
Toronto looking at someone like Mayers but St. Louis had talks with his agent today.
Guys would be very surprised if Laraque is with the Yotes after the deadline.
On Blake, Scott Morrison said Blake staying put.
Sharks may be after Rivet.
Pierre Lebrun said Sopel is likely to be moved.
Duhatschek mentioned the Flames may be interested in secondary dman, like Sopel or Berard.
Lebrun mentioned Zednik is available and Zubris may be moved if a contract is not settled on.
Morrison stated none of secondary players will be moved until the action on the front line players picks up.
Souay- what to do, he is the key to the Montreal pp.

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The Available List Is Shrinking

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

While Pittsburgh has some level of interest in Laraque, the Penguins aren’t knocking down the Coyotes door by any means. Laraque, who has a no trade clause, would likely prefer to hook up with Sidney Crosby, but other teams may have more interest in the heavyweight including Dallas, Vancouver and Calgary.

more player talk from Bob…

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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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