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Q & A With Clarke

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Clarke sat down Monday to discuss his thoughts. Among the names out there for possible trades are those of Mark Recchi, Wes Walz, Derek Morris and Dallas Drake. The club would love to get Olli Jokinen from Florida - as would others - but he will command a high price. The Flyers have a little more than $2 million in salary-cap room. That's not a lot. Q: Is waiving two players an option to gain more cap space? A: You certainly don't want to do that. I don't think a player of that salary will be available, anyway. In my situation, you look at every option, just like every other team.
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Forcing Florida To Not Make A Trade

from the Miami Herald,

The Panthers' performance against the Senators, Luongo said, hopefully would ''force'' management not to pull the trigger on a trade, especially one involving himself or Jokinen. Martin said unloading players by Thursday's trade deadline would damage the Panthers' postseason push. ''We all like each other on this team,'' Van Ryn said. ``I don't think anybody wants to see anybody go. I think right now everybody is playing for each other and trying to make the playoffs.
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Mixed Message

from the Calgary Sun,

"I don't foresee our team doing anything, to be quite honest. I like what we have and that's pretty well it," Sutter said to the gathering. Yesterday, the media gathered were told Sutter wouldn't be available, with the explanation -- valid explanation -- being he was busy doing his GM duties. Instead, he spoke and even made a point to ensure one person who arrived late to the scrum had enough. Maybe he's fed-up with the asking price he's being given. So many teams believe they're still in a playoff race and are on the hunt for impact roster players. So, coming out with a bold statement now could be a firing shot across the bow as if to say he won't pay more than he wants to right now.
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Geoffrion Has Stomach Cancer

from the Montreal Gazette,

Bernard Geoffrion plans to be in Montreal on Saturday for the retirement of the No. 5 sweater he wore with Hall of Fame distinction for 14 seasons with the Canadiens - even though doctors have told him he's suffering from stomach cancer. The dreaded disease was discovered during a recent surgical procedure in Atlanta.
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No Major Deals For Columbus

from the Columbus Dispatch,

One phone call could change everything, of course. But with one day left before the NHL trade deadline at 3 p.m. Thursday, the Blue Jackets aren’t likely to be a major player. President and general manager Doug MacLean has had a handful of conversations, he said, but "only minor deals." And even those don’t appear likely.
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Finding The Solution Is Key For Rangers

from the Journal News,

"It's interesting; at what point in time do we stand up and say, we need this, we've got to fix this, change this?" Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "We know what we want, we know what we need. We also know we're not going to give up young people to do anything at all. We also know some of those solutions we don't have here this year are coming." "I don't know if we're a Stanley Cup contender right now but I think we can continue to surprise a lot of people by what we do these next 20 games and the playoffs," Renney said.
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What About It, NHL

TSN will be televising the Trade Centre Show beginning Thursday at 8:00am ET. Wouldn't it be great if the NHL could somehow stream that show or get it on Center Ice allowing hockey fans in the U.S. to catch deadline fever? Maybe they have it planned and if so, great, if not, it's not too late to do so.

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Rumor- Tyson Nash & The Wings

Bob Heethuis, radio play by play man for the Yotes, mentioned tonight there has been some talk of Tyson Nash going to the Wings. Now don't start spreading rumors about Nash is on his way to Detroit, because he is already in Detroit.

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Forsberg Will Wear “Arizona Brace”

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

Flyers center and leading scorer Peter Forsberg visited with a foot specialist in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday. Forsberg has had a chronic foot problem since 2001, and was being fitted for a special brace that he will wear in his skate. Forsberg will not miss any games due to this condition. The following is a conversation about the visit with Flyers Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Jim McCrossin, who accompanied Forsberg to Charlotte.
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McCabe Hopes To Stay In Toronto

from the CP via TSN,

''I would expect to, yeah, I would hope so,'' McCabe answered when asked if he thought he'd survive the trade deadline. ''I love it here, I want to be here,'' he later added. ''That's something you can't worry about. The trade deadline comes and goes every year. You can't lose any sleep over it.'' The Leafs have made an offer to McCabe which was rejected. ''Have you ever heard of a negotiation where you take their first offer? I don't think so,'' McCabe said after his team's pre-game skate at Air Canada Centre. ''It'll play out, I'm not too concerned. You guys keep bringing it up. We've got all summer, all the time in the world. It's no big deal.''
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