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Vyborny Wants One Final Contract

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets right winger David Vyborny will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but yesterday he divulged that he’s not looking for a longterm contract. "Two years," Vyborny said. "I’m looking for two years, and then when it’s done, I will go back home. "It’s probably my last NHL contract. Not probably, but for sure." Vyborny, 31, plans to return to Prague, so his son Michael, now 6, can grow up in the Czech Republic.
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Ozolinsh Wants To Make A Difference

from the Journal News,

Sandis Ozolinsh just laughed when he was asked if he felt like a new person after going through the NHL's substance-abuse program. Then it was suggested to the newest member of the Rangers that perhaps he was just a better version of the old person. "Maybe, that's not for me to judge," said the 33-year-old defenseman, who voluntarily entered the program Dec. 29 and was cleared to resume his career Feb. 14. "I'm just enjoying the time right now, playing hockey, being on the ice. It's all good right now. If I have a bad game, which I don't think will happen, of course, I'll be singing a different song."
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Unhappy Domi Benched

from the AP via TSN,

"Am I happy with it? No. Do I agree with it? No," the 36-year-old Domi said. "I know what I bring to the team, to the dressing room, and my teammates know." "The most puzzling thing is I've probably played my best hockey in the last three games," he said. "I just figured I'd make a little change," Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "It was just a coach's decision before the game. I didn't expect him to like it."
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Avs Blew It

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

For the record, though apothecary standards are stricter in Colorado than in Canada, Propecia is readily and legally obtainable at the corner drive-through drugstore. With that out of the way, one of the strangest things about Wednesday's bombshell of a deal is that when Jose Theodore had that little accident outside his home, suffered a fractured heel and rendered himself hors de combat for at least the foreseeable future, it actually helped facilitate his trade to the Avalanche.
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Lidstrom Contract Update

Nick was just on WDFN in Detroit and said Wings are now talking extension with him. It was his request to wait until after the Olympics to talk contract. Lidstrom says he feels a young 36, wants to stay in Detroit and sees no reason why things won't work out. Look for at least a 2 year extension before the playoffs unless this totally blows up, which I highly doubt it would. update 5:10pm, You can listen to the interview courtesy of Mlive. You will need real player and look for the story with the headline "High-praise from a great player".

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What Are The Odds After The Trades

from the CP via Slam,

Best odds for the NHL championship rest with the Ottawa Senators (7-2), Detroit Red Wings (9-2), Carolina Hurricanes (6-1), Dallas Stars (7-1) and New York Rangers (7-1). The Calgary Flames and the Philadelphia Flyers were next (10-1). The Buffalo Sabres keep moving up (18-1).
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Boynton Suspended

via the NHL, Boston Bruins defenseman Nick Boynton has been suspended for one game for directing an inappropriate, threatening gesture toward Montreal Canadiens player Mike Ribeiro during NHL game #928 on March 9. The incident occurred at 16:13 of the second period and Boynton was assessed a game misconduct on the play. He will miss Saturday's game against the New York Islanders.

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The Maven Breaks Down The Trades

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

WORST DEAL Well-ensconced in a playoff berth, the Oilers were conned by their media into thinking they needed a first-rate goalie to replace Ty Conklin & Co. Okay, fine, but get a first-rate goalie, not Dwayne Roloson. A second-stringer in Minnesota, Roloson is no better – and likely worse! – than Conklin.
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Boom Boom Too Ill To Attend Ceremony

from the CP via TSN,

Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion will not be able take to part in his jersey retirement ceremony because he is too ill. The retirement of Geoffrion's No. 5 will still go ahead Saturday at the Bell Centre before Montreal's game against the New York Rangers.
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Nothing Much Changed

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

There was nothing on Thursday that would tip the balance of power or divert the route of the Stanley Cup. It will still go through places like Ottawa and Carolina in the East, Detroit and maybe stand-pat Dallas in the West. The drama was in the sheer numbers, not the names. But for a day, anyway, Rutherford and his colleagues kept all of Canada warm
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