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Scouting Columbus

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Scouts from five clubs, representing both conferences, agreed to give their opinions regarding the Blue Jackets’ strengths and weaknesses, what has gone well and what has gone wrong, what the future might hold.
To encourage frankness and clarity, the scouts were promised anonymity.
• Scout 2: “I like this club, and I like where Hitch (coach Ken Hitchcock) is taking them. They’re sort of like the Arizona Cardinals. You keep thinking next year is going to be their year, but it never quite happens. Sooner or later, these guys are going to blossom.
“I’ll take Fritsche on my team any day. Of all the guys on this club, he’s the one who shows up every night. And he’s figured out the kind of goals he’s going to score in this league. He’s only going to get better, too. Smarter.

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Zetterberg Gets Noticed In Sweden

The Afton Bladet sent a reporter to Detroit to talk with Zetterberg, the hottest player in the NHL today (he had two goals last night).
A rough translateion follows…

The boozing era chain the whole NHL chatters about
The chemistry is fantastic - Zäta dominates in the gang’s hotest chain
The has done 50 points together on the ten last games.
The is the hottest chain in the whole NHL.
Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmström and Pavel Datsyuk.
The dignified ice hockey’s noble pinch in chemistry.
Yesterday, I stood eye against eye with them in Detroit’s omklädningsrum before the night’s game against Chicago.


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Pay The Price For Guerin

Wings beat writer Ansar Khan answers some mail,

“Would the high price for Guerin really be worth it for the Wings? I don’t want to be doom & gloom, but are they capable of getting past an Anaheim, Nashville or San Jose in the west? I know anything can happen, but I just don’t see it, so I don’t think it’s worth it to further mortgage their future.’’—John.
It’s a delicate balancing act, for sure. But when you have Dominik Hasek you better seize the opportunity to win it all now because you might not get this good a chance in the next few years. I think Guerin would be ideal for this team and I think they’d give up a first-rounder and a medium prospect (they’re not trading Valtteri Filppula, Jakub Kindl, Jimmy Howard or Cory Emmerton), but the Blues might want a second-rounder as well.

more Wings talk…

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Attention Center Ice

The Ice Block points out some issues that need to be corrected…

Center Ice refers to the channels as NH01 to NH14. NH11 to NH14 are the “new” channels.
Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like the online schedule was ever updated. When there’s been a game recently on channel NH11 or higher it was simply left off the list. The only way to know about the broadcast was to turn to one of the NHxx channels on a day you want the schedule for.

read on... morre issues…

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Maybe May

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Of course, if the Senators GM really wants to make a big deal before the deadline, he could ignore the naysayers and make a trade for Panthers winger Gary Roberts.
However, a source told the Sun late yesterday another interesting name has surfaced on Muckler’s radar screen: Colorado winger Brad May, who played for Muckler with the Sabres, is a UFA on July 1 and doesn’t come with a list of demands.

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No To The Rangers

from the NY Post,

“We don’t want the Rangers in the playoffs,” Jersey Jimmy Dowd declared yesterday, prepping for the Devils’ return match at the Garden tonight.
It’s a distinctly uncharitable sentiment toward a team that is threatening to miss the playoffs for the eighth season in nine. The Rangers need help, and the Devils are only willing to help them miss again. Seven other teams will make the Eastern playoffs. Dowd prefers anyone else, just not the Rangers.
“That team’s a scary team. If they get on a roll, you don’t want to play them,” Dowd said.


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For The Love Of Jerseys

from Bob Mutszak at DallasStars.com,

“I’ve always loved the Canadiens jersey and colors,” he said. “I think just about every boy in Quebec wore that jersey growing up, pretending he was a Hab.”
It is that fantasy feeling that helps drive kids and adults alike to their local pro shop to buy the jerseys of their favorite hockey teams and players, displaying their chic new garb like a proud parent.
“Jerseys are real popular with hockey fans because they can wear their team’s logo on their chest,” Stars winger Matthew Barnaby said. “You can’t say that for every sport, so that’s unique to hockey. They also can support the guys because the players’ names are on the back, and the numbers are big.”


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Cole Out With Hip Injury

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Carolina left wing Erik Cole is expected to miss at least two weeks with a hip injury.
The team announced on its Web site Wednesday that Cole could miss up to four weeks after tearing a muscle near his hip.


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Report- Guerin & Tkachuk Told They Will Be Traded

via Hadley On Sports,

Both Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk have been informed they will in fact be dealt in the very near future.
I write because many readers are under the impression that there is a chance that one or both could be retained.
That certainly isn’t the case… management has told both unequivocally they will be dealt.

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Quick Update

Kevin Allen was just on Detroit radio and said he doesn’t see the “sellers” lowering their trade demands.
Could we see a lack of deals if what Kevin says is true, or will a team bit the bullet and go for it.
Kevin also mentioned the trade talk of Souray coming to Detroit is a joke.  Not sure where that came from, but I agree 100%.

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