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Aaron Ward Out 3-6 Weeks

via the AP,

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Aaron Ward will miss three to six weeks after surgery Wednesday to repair a hernia. Ward left the Hurricanes' 3-2 win against Detroit in the second period Tuesday with the injury.

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Old School- Roger Crozier

from NHl.com,

It has been 10 years (Jan. 11, 1996) since Crozier passed away at the age of 54. Just four years following his untimely death, the NHL honored Crozier's memory by creating the MBNA/Master Card Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award. The award is presented to the goaltender having played a minimum of 25 games with the NHL's best save percentage during the regular season. "Roger was the foundation of the Buffalo Sabres franchise. That was why Punch Imlach traded for him. The minute Punch got Roger from the Red Wings, it gave the Sabres instant credibility. And that said a lot about the Sabres, which was just an expansion team at the time".
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Blues Still Looking For Buyer

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues owners Bill and Nancy Laurie have decided to end their exclusive negotiations with General Sports and Entertainment CEO Andy Appleby, a source has told the Post-Dispatch. The Post-Dispatch has learned that Appleby signed his agreement with the Blues on Dec. 20 and that the deal expired Tuesday. It is believed that Appleby still has interest in purchasing the Blues and the Savvis Center lease, but when reached Tuesday, he declined to comment.

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Hawks Want To Make Moves

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Sources say Senators GM John Muckler is one of several teams that has talked to the Hawks. The club is believed to be trying to move several veterans -- including Matthew Barnaby, Curtis Brown, Martin Lapointe, Jaroslav Spacek, Jassen Cullimore, Jim Vandemeer, Todd Simpson and Kyle Calder.

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Esche Not Rushing His Return

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

There is no confirmed date when Esche will play again. Or even practice with the Flyers. "It's day to day with me, and I have to get where I can practice for an hour and a half to an hour and 45 minutes to get to my fatigue point and see how I feel," he said. The Flyers are not pushing Esche to come back. That's because they are in better shape than anyone expected. Esche's injury has permitted the entire NHL a glimpse into what Antero Niittymaki is capable of as a starter.
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The Other Norris Candidate

from the LA Daily News,

Nicklas Lidstrom, Scott Niedermayer and ... Lubomir Visnovsky? Anyone compiling a list of the NHL's best defensemen this season can be excused for pausing before scribbling down Visnovsky's name. After all, the third-year Kings defenseman hasn't made much of a name for himself outside of Los Angeles, but that is changing with every solid game he plays.

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Koivu Still Battling

from the Denver Post,

Saku Koivu will take the ice at the Pepsi Center tonight as the captain of the Montreal Canadiens. A little more than four years ago, Koivu wondered if he would ever put on a pair of skates again.
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They Live Hockey

from the Journal News,

To understand why Rosen and Davidson have become one of the most beloved and enduring broadcast teams in New York sports — they are the longest-tenured pair in the NHL, and the second-longest in professional sports — you should see as well as hear them over the course of a broadcast. They are skilled, yes, and insightful, and any number of different words to describe men who are leaders in their profession. But beyond that there is a boyish enthusiasm that never seems to wane. "They just live hockey," said Joe Whelan, the pair's producer on the MSG Network. "They eat it and drink it and that's something that comes across."
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One Big Bust

from the Beaver County Times,

Over the summer, Pittsburgh general manager Craig Patrick was being hailed for putting together a team that was supposed to lift the Penguins out of the dregs and into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Six months later, Patrick's detractors are fuming, and rightfully so. After all, Patrick is in control of a team that was supposed to contend. Instead they have already gone through one coach and are 14 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the NHL's Eastern Conference.
more After last night's loss to Edmonton, Pittsburgh coach Therrien went off, via the Edmonton Sun,
“Half the team doesn’t care!" “It’s like ‘Are you going to be happy to play eight minutes? I’m not going to be happy with eight minutes!" “We should take 50% of their salaries because they only played 50% of the time!" “I’m really starting to believe the goal of our defence is to be the worst defensive squad in the league!" “They’re doing the best job to be the worst defensive squad in the league!" “They turn the puck over. They have no vision. They suck! “I’ve never seen a bunch of defencemen suck like this!" “The guys don’t care! They pretend to care, but I know they don’t care!"

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Be Very Careful

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

If there is a lesson to be learned for NHL teams from what has happened in recent days and weeks with Dave Andreychuk and Alexander Mogilny, as well as Vladimir Malakhov, it is quite obvious. Be careful - be very, very careful - when signing veterans who are older than 35 to multi-year contracts.
more I wonder how the Penguins feel about the 5 year, $25 million contract Gonchar signed?

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