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Chicago in the Race

From Len Ziehm at the Chicago Sun-Times,

With every game now, it seems the Blackhawks’ goal of reaching the Stanley Cup playoffs isn’t a pipe dream anymore.

On Sunday, the Hawks responded to a raucous sellout crowd of 21,715 with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center. The Hawks aren’t in playoff position yet, but they’re closing in after winning three consecutive games in regulation time and going 4-0-1 in their last five.

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Tracking Holland

Thanks to an NHL source who helped me with this, we were able to install a mini-gps tracker and audio chip (will open your audio player) in Ken Holland’s watch.

Ken is keeping busy at the GM meetings and if you look closely, you can see his ball in the right bunker…

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What The Blues Could Do

from Jeff Gordon at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

But Davidson is sitting in much better position than he was two weeks ago. This upturn put the Blues back in the hunt and changed his perspective on the looming trade deadline.

There is no reason to bail now. Instead, Davidson can look for a defenseman-for-forward swap. He can also put some of his available budget room for 2008-09 to use, perhaps taking on a forward with remaining money (Alex Tanguay) or a pending free agent looking for long-term dollars.

The better the Blues play between now and Feb. 26, the better his options will be. They must keep grinding away toward the 96-point goal Murray has set for them.

more on the Blues…

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Imagine Forsberg In Minnesota

from Russo’s Rants,

Talking to my writer pal in Philly, the Flyers are still confident they’re going to sign Forsberg. But again, the Flyers are in the tank, Simon Gagne’s out and all this could make a big difference to Forsberg.

I’ve been told he is intrigued about potentially playing in between Gaborik and Demitra, and I can tell you 100 percent, they’re intrigued about the possibility of playing with him. Wild players keep asking me daily what’s the latest, so there’s great anticipation here….

As I said on FSN last night, if they don’t get Forsberg, they need to come up with a Plan B in my opinion. This team needs a center. They have no depth at the position, which to me was apparent last night on that 5-on-3.

more on the Wild…

I actually had a dream last night, a bad one, that Peter was going to sign with Minnesota.

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Delvecchio Talks Old School

from the Saginaw News,

Delvecchio, 76, who grew up in Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay) doesn’t begrudge the big-money contracts of today’s players.

‘‘You know what, when we played, we played for $50,000 or $60,000 and that was big money,’’ Delvecchio said. ‘‘A lot more than I would have made had I stayed in Thunder Bay. I don’t begrudge these guys making the big money. It’s great for them. Some are overpaid, but that will happen at any time. Good for them.

‘‘In those days, you did your own negotiating with Jack Adams or Sid Abel, and they never did at contract time how good a year you had. It was forget last year; what are you going to do for me next year? When you came out of the room, you were generally happy with what you got.’‘

Delvecchio isn’t happy with the way games are officiated today, insisting the referees almost seem to make up penalties.

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Blues Follow The Pittsburgh Plan

from the News-Democrat,

“Our mission is not to do anything out of a sense of panic or short term that would prevent us from taking our young kids and having them grow and making them better,” Checketts said. “Some of our biggest contributions this year have come from our younger guys.”

Davidson pointed to the Pittsburgh Penguins as an example of how a team turns around.

The Penguins were in danger of leaving Pittsburgh until the arrival of No. 1 draft pick Sidney Crosby and other high draft picks. Their core group of youngsters also includes Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Ryan Whitney and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

They made the playoffs last season and are on the verge of becoming one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

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Don’t Expect A Big Trade From The Oilers

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Lowe may be on the sidelines this year. Maybe sampling a few nibbles around the edges and not backing the truck up and off-loading players, although the chances of getting an offensive player to help the club, if they’re still in the playoff hunt, is certainly a possibility. (Say Michael Ryder, an unrestricted free agent, for Marc Pouliot).

“If we can do a hockey trade we’ll make one, but we don’t have a lot to move because we’ve got a lot of injured guys right now (Shawn Horcoff, Sheldon Souray, Raffi Torres, all gone for the year) and a lot of young guys that we like,” said Lowe.

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This Would Be A Great Playoff Matchup

from the Calgary Sun,

Imagine the heat if the Flames and Ducks met more often.

This has the makings of a nasty rivalry. Last night’s 4-2 Anaheim victory had plenty of bad blood simmering with the possibility of it coming to a full boil.

“We knew they like to play every game on the edge physically and their discipline can go either way,” said Flames blueliner Robyn Regehr. “That goes back to them being the most penalized team. We were trying to take advantage of that.”

It involved plenty of nastiness. The tone was set when Calgary’s Eric Godard took his first shift, duking it out with Anaheim policeman George Parros in a spirited heavyweight battle.

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Want To Talk Trade, Use The Phone

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi could don a paper hat and apron, and set up a stand in the Ritz Carlton lobby this week, with his team in 30th place in the 30-team NHL and the trading deadline set for Feb. 26. But he wasn’t predicting a lot of action.

“The reality is, it’s sometimes hard to do a deal in Naples,” Lombardi said. “Everybody is in same room for most of the day, and when they leave the room you’re in groups of two, three, four guys. Sometimes you might want to talk, but it’s a hard atmosphere to talk to them in.

“So it works the other way: the reality is, if you want to talk seriously, it’s still easier to pick up the phone. That’s the irony.”

more on the GM meetings…

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Canucks Won’t Shake-up The Team

from the Vancouver Province,

We won’t trade a couple of big pieces from our team to acquire scoring,” said Nonis, who has $2.7 million US of available salary cap space. “At that point, what we’re doing is we’re creating two holes or three holes and we’re filling one.

“Are we going to move some of our younger players—the Alex Edlers, the Ryan Keslers—for players who are unrestricted that may be able to put the puck in the net the odd time? That’s not going to happen.”

That means unrestricted free agent winger Markus Naslund isn’t going anywhere and pitches for top-tier free agents such as Marian Hossa and Mats Sundin are unlikely. The cheaper Vaclav Prospal is a more tempting target.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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