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Patience Pays Off

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Winners of 16 of their last 22 games, the Lightning are within shouting distance of the Southeast Division lead (they trailed Atlanta by five points and had a game in hand as of Thursday) and more closely resemble the team that won the 2004 Stanley Cup than the one that was mired in the Eastern Conference cellar before Christmas.
If anything, the Lightning are a testament to patience, holding firm to a belief that whatever the questions, the answers are in the room and nowhere else.
“It’s not always about making changes,” Tortorella told ESPN.com this week.


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Wild/Rangers Trade

from the Minnesota Wild,

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired RW Adam Hall from the New York Rangers in exchange for LW Pascal Dupuis.

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A Long Way From Voskresensk

from the Sunday Paper,

At the height of the Cold War, Vyacheslav (or “Slava”) Kozlov was born. At that time, it was almost inconceivable that life’s road would lead him all the way from Voskresensk, Russia to Atlanta.
“When I was a kid, I had no idea what the Stanley Cup was,” he says of growing up in communist Russia. “We could not think about the NHL. There was only the Russian National Team. There were no Russians in the NHL.”
Then, when Kozlov was a teenager, Mikhail Gorbachev came to power. And while we’re all familiar with his contributions to world peace and politics, he also had a huge impact on Russia’s best athletes—especially hockey players.


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Minor Trade

via the Nashville Predators,

Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has acquired center Eric Belanger from the Carolina Hurricanes for center Josef Vasicek.

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Waiting On Bert

I firmly believe the GMs of the hockey world are waiting on any trades until Bertuzzi takes to the ice.  Reports are he could play this weekend or sometime next week, but he has been participating in full practices.
Look for the “This Scout Was In Attendance” stories as soon as Todd starts playing.
Most of the other players involved in the trade talks will fall into place once Bertuzzi’s health status is determined.
The Panthers are about to draw a lot of media attention!

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Be Prepared Gary

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Secret note to commissioner Gary Bettman: Watch your back.
I can’t say where exactly I heard this from, or who exactly told me, but there may be a move afoot to relieve you of your position. Normally I’d have some irrefutable evidence at hand to prove my case, but truthfully, I’m going more by vague hearsay and Nona who works down at Supercuts. Heed this warning, however: Nona is connected.
Sure, for now your job seems safe.


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The Race For The Hart

from Damien Cox at his blog, The Spin,

The race for the Hart Trophy as league MVP is down to two, and it’s going to be one heck of a charge to the finish line.
It’s crystal clear that Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur have separated themselves from the crowd, a very deep and talented crowd that includes Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo, Tampa Bay centre Vincent Lecavalier and Anaheim blueliner Scott Niedermayer.
But Crosby and Brodeur are clearly the two to watch.

read on

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From The ECHL To Covering Iggy

from the Calgary Herald,

He was there. Maybe his nose didn’t look like a potato back then, but that was him.
Decked out in red, cheering his head off for the Calgary Flames during the Stanley Cup final.
In particular, he was rooting for the captain.
“It was something,” Zenon Konopka, hard case of the Columbus Blue Jackets, said Thursday morning. “You’re in the ECHL, you’re in hockey pools. I actually had Jarome Iginla in my pool. Now? I’m trying to get under his skin, trying to get him to drop his gloves. It’s funny what a difference three years makes.”


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Dedicated To AO

A fan site dedicated to Ovechkin called Alex Ovetjkin.
Why the name?- Ovetjkin is the spelling of Ovechkin in Swedish.

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Considering Changes

from the Star Tribune,

Some of us were under the impression that the NHL was a declining league, stuck on a boondocks cable channel, in desperate need of realignment and more logical scheduling.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman resoundingly agrees ... that his league is considering alignment and schedule changes.


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