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Yotes Not Active & Wings Invade Phoenix

from the Arizona Republic,

The trade deadline is Thursday, but Gretzky said he doesn't expect any major deals around the league until Tuesday at the earliest. Gretzky also said the Coyotes aren't being very active. "At this point in time, we're still mostly answering calls rather than making calls," Gretzky said.
Also from the same article,
Tonight's game at Glendale Arena is sold out, which is not surprising considering the opponent is the Detroit Red Wings. Valley hockey fans typically come out en masse when the Red Wings play here and neutralize Phoenix's home-ice advantage.

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Cheechoo Under The Radar

from the Edmonton Journal,

Is anybody keeping track of hockey's Cheechoo train? Sharks winger Jonathan Cheechoo, who set up Joe Thornton's third-period goal Friday, has 28 goals in 34 games over a three-month stretch. Nobody in the NHL has high-balled it like Jumbo Joe's sidekick. Cheechoo has 35 goals, including 18 on the power play and seven clutch goals in the last five minutes of games.

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Teams Want Bodies, Not Picks

from the Denver Post,

"A lot of teams don't have cap room," Lacroix said. "It's a new era, a new landscape. So when you make a trade, you need to have both your hockey hat and your accountant hat, but that's all right. ... If we could find someone to tango with who has about the same wares and same soup, we'll have to, we'll do it." ..."Thus far, there has not been a real sentiment to move players for draft picks," Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Jay Feaster told the St. Petersburg Times. "People want bodies back."
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The Making Of “The Mask”

from the Montreal Gazette,

Enter Al McKinney of Lachine, until now the unknown Igor to whom every hockey goalie of the past five decades owes a few of their own teeth. Almost 50 years ago, face caked in a thick plaster, straws inserted up his nostrils so he wouldn't suffocate, McKinney surrendered himself to Bill Burchmore, a sales and promotion manager at Montreal-headquartered Fiberglas Canada Ltd. Then, on Nov. 1, 1959, Canadiens goaler Jacques Plante skated onto Madison Square Garden ice behind a fiberglass mask. He was the NHL's startling answer to Lon Chaney in the 1925 horror film Phantom of the Opera - or, of a more recent vintage, Anthony Hopkins's Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs.
more...long read but very informative... image picture via hockemasks.com

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Sundin Frustrated

from the Toronto Sun,

Mats Sundin has doubts about this team. It has been suspected since mid-season that the Leafs leader has concerns about the direction the franchise is going. ...Deep inside, Sundin must be stewing at some of the leadfoots he is being forced to play with. Nothing against Alexei Ponikarovsky, but why put Sundin with the plodding Nik Antropov? Sundin's emotions bubbled over late in the second period. At one point he skated to the bench and waved his glove in disgust, obviously peeved that one of his linemates had butchered what he considered to be a perfect setup.

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Players Calgary May Move

from the Calgary Sun,

If you believe Calgary Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter is trying to land a big fish, who is he dangling as bait? That is the question on most fans' and pundits' minds as Thursday's trade deadline approaches. But you can't say the same about defenceman Jordan Leopold, whose name has been mentioned on TV sports networks, radio call-in shows and Internet forums as the Flames' tastiest worm. Leopold, though, lives by the motto ignorance is bliss.
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Wild Sign Fernandez

via the CP,

The Minnesota Wild have re-signed goaltender Manny Fernandez to a multi-year contract, the team announced Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Nashville Hit With Injury Bug

from the Nashville Predators,

Predators defenseman Mark Eaton and center Yanic Perreault were placed on the injured reserve roster Friday and are each expected to miss two to four weeks with strained knee injuries.

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Bad Attendance OK In Original Six City?

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Last night for its game with the Thrashers, Boston drew 16,009 fans. We’re all aware of the difference between official attendance figures and how full the place actually looks – virtually regardless of sport and team – so let’s just say the T.D. Banknorth Garden looked about two-thirds to three-quarters full. Had the same happened in Atlanta, Carolina, Nashville, Phoenix or San Jose, hockey snobs would have said it’s the product of a bad market. What’s the excuse for Boston?
more (reg. req.)

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Oilers Activate Smith & Moreau

via the Edmonton Oliers,

The Edmonton Oilers have activated captain Jason Smith and assistant captain Ethan Moreau from the NHL Injured List and have placed centre Michael Peca and defenceman Matt Greene on the injured list. Smith has missed six of the Oilers last seven games (Feb. 2-Mar. 1) after suffering a fractured toe versus Phoenix on January 29th. He was placed on the NHL Injured Reserve List on February 11th. Moreau returns to the lineup after missing seven games (Feb. 2-Mar. 1) due to a sprained right ankle suffered in an off-ice conditioning session on January 30th. Peca was placed on the NHL Injured Reserve List with a groin injury, while Greene has been sidelined due to a bruised leg.

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