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NHL Hedges Bets On Vegas

from the Miami Herald:

The NHL won’t rule out Las Vegas, but said changes would need to be made regarding sports gambling issues.
‘‘Las Vegas we’ve had talks with—it’s a great sports town and certainly could be considered,’’ NHL spokeswoman Bernadette Mansur said. ‘‘There would have to be restrictions with gambling. But it’s all speculation. We are not considering any expansion or relocation of clubs.’’ Mansur reiterated the NHL hopes the Penguins—whose future is in question—will remain in Pittsburgh.


Paul added this at 8:46am, from the New York Times,

Meanwhile, given the N.H.L.’s struggles, perhaps it was not surprising that Bill Daly, the league’s deputy commissioner, said in a telephone interview Friday that the league would have a “flexible approach” toward local betting on the sport if a franchise ended up in Las Vegas.
Goodman first met with officials from the N.H.L. several years ago. “There’s clearly a return interest,” Daly said, adding that some private parties in Las Vegas were having continuing discussions.

more on a professional sports team in Vegas, but not the NFL or MLB…


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Bruins/Flames Trade

Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau to Calgary for Andrew Ference & Chuck Kobasew, per 960 radio in Calgary.
added 11:06pm, Bruins give up a pick too.

added 11:16pm, from the Boston Bruins,

Stuart Traded: The Boston Bruins have acquired defenseman Andrew Ference and forward Chuck Kobasew from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau.

added 11:26pm, via TSN,

Sources say the deal has been in the works for about a month. No extension has been discussed between Calgary and Stuart.

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One Punch KO

Ronald Petrovicky of the Pens delivers a right to the face of Toronto’s Kris Newbury.
Newbury was on the ice for about five minutes, looked like he was knocked out. 
Reports are his eyes were open and was recovering while been taken off the ice on a stretcher.


added 10:43pm, YouTube video now up…

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Hot Stove Talk

from the CBC Hot Stove… Sabres are eying Aaron Miller.
Columbus meeting with Modin, want to keep him, Anson Carter likely gone.
Nagy contract talks with Phoenix are done, look for him to be traded.  Curtis Joseph has no future in Phoenix, could go to a team as goalie insurance.
Blues want to keep Brewer and Legace, talking contracts with them, but it they don’t sign, look for them to move the last 24 hours of the deadline.
Forsberg- same stuff we have heard.

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Versus Talking NHL Highlight Show

Eric at Off Wing Opinion had a coversation with Bill Daly today and he mentioned the NHL has been in discussions with Versus about a nightly NHL highlight show, beginning next season.

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Leading After Two

from the New York Times,

Through Thursday, 827 games had been played this season. In 655 of those games, one team had the lead going into the third period. In 47 games, or 5.7 percent, the leader going into the third period lost in regulation.
The teams that led through two periods had a record of 552-47, with 56 overtime losses, an .843 winning percentage. Six teams had not lost in regulation in the games they led after two periods. Carolina was 19-0.


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Douglas Orr Passes Away

from the CP via CTV,

Douglas Orr, the father of legendery Boston Bruins defenceman Bobby Orr, has died. He was 82.
His daughter Patricia confirmed his death to The Canadian Press from Orr’s home in Parry Sound, Ont., but would offer no further details.


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Hasek Out With Wrist Problem

from Mlive,

Dominik Hasek has tendinitis in his right wrist and won’t play the next two games, the Wings said Saturday. Tests revealed the wrist is not broken, but general manager Ken Holland said if Hasek doesn’t feel better by Monday, he might get a cortisone shot.


added 3:00pm, from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

I once said about Dominik Hasek that he protects his goal as if his children were in the net behind him. I made that remark about a dozen years ago and it is still true today.
Hasek is 42 now, and he’s all about the purpose of helping bring another Stanley Cup to Detroit.
But he can’t do that if he’s not healthy, and given his chronic groin problems the Red Wings are holding their collective breath that Hasek holds up through the playoffs


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Belanger Keeps On Moving

via TSN,

The Nashville Predators picked up the veteran defenceman they were seeking Saturday when they sent centre Eric Belanger to the Atlanta Thrashers for defenceman Vitaly Vishnevski.
The trade was the second in two days for Belanger, who was acquired by Nashville from the Carolina Hurricanes for centre Josef Vasicek.

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Atlanta Claims Hamel

via the Ottawa Senators,

The Atlanta Thrashers claimed today Ottawa Senators left-winger Denis Hamel on waivers. The Senators had placed Hamel on waivers at noon on Friday.
In 43 games this season with Ottawa, Hamel had four goals and three assists; a +4 plus-minus rating and 10 penalty minutes.

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