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Move Emery To Atlanta

from the Ottawa Citizen,

If Senators general manager Bryan Murray has had his fill of Emery and is already making inquiries about a trade for another goalie, he should zero in on the Atlanta Thrashers and offer general manager and interim coach Don Waddell a package, which would include Emery, to primarily secure the guy who was sent to Atlanta 21/2 years ago for Dany Heatley: Marian Hossa.

Sure, this might be the biggest fantasy or pie-in-the-sky scenario of the year. Yet speculation is rife about a Hossa trade because talks to get the player, who becomes an unrestricted free agent come June, re-signed to a multi-year contract aren’t going smoothly. Hossa, one of the best two-way players in the game, was a favourite in Ottawa before former general manager John Muckler pulled the rug from under him.

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No Sale In Edmonton

from the Edmonton Journal,

MacTavish dubbed Tuesday night’s fiasco “a humbling, humbling effort,” which was an accurate, but not quite adequate descriptor for the dreadful occasion.

And, with the Oilers seven points out of a playoff spot and the Feb. 26 trade deadline just 27 days away, don’t expect GM Kevin Lowe to go all Plan B on the faithful and jeopardize the future. But that sort of resolve will be tested by games like this one.

“I like our team overall, and we’re not trading any of our good players,” Lowe had said, earlier Tuesday. “I’m not going to do a deal for next year.

“If there’s something that can help us for this year, I’m not going to mortgage any of the young guys or any of that stuff.”

more on the Oilers…

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No Suspension For Laraque

from the Courier Post,

As a player, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made a living out of checking opponents into the third row.

So he chose his words carefully Tuesday when asked about Colin Campbell’s decision to let Georges Laraque’s hit from behind on Steve Downie last week go unpunished.

“The fact that Steve was able to come back, does that mean there shouldn’t be a suspension?” Holmgren asked rhetorically. “I’m sure there’s something to that.”

continued

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  Tags: georges+laraque

Posturing

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Don’t be fooled by that little charade this past weekend — the one in which National Hockey League Players’ Association head Paul Kelly chastised NHL commissioner Gary Bettman for scheduling a game in Europe next season.

It’s all part of the game as Kelly tried to find his footing in his new job.

The source of Kelly’s difficulties is the fact that he represents a diverse group. He’s got some of the bend-over-and-take-it variety. They were the ones who led the revolt against one of Kelly’s predecessors, Bob Goodenow.

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  Tags: paul+kelly

Rangers In Trouble On The Road

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The schedule commands the Rangers New York Rangers to go to Philadelphia for their next game tomorrow night, but it sure seems as if the Blueshirts are going nowhere on the road to the oblivion….

But in addition to all their other issues, the Rangers have become a dreadful road team. They’re 0-4-2 in their last six away from the Garden, 1-5-4 in their last 10, 7-11-6 overall.

Know this: 17 of the ninth-place team’s final 30 will be played on the road, including tomorrow night’s match, Friday night’s game in New Jersey and Sunday afternoon’s contest in Montreal.

Road to oblivion, indeed.

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Sharks Get Shelley From Columbus

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired a sixth round pick in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for left wing Jody Shelley, club General Manager Scott Howson announced tonight.

added 10:07pm, via the San Jose Sharks,

“Jody Shelley is an aggressive, physical player who adds a distinct element of toughness to our team,” said (Doug) Wilson.  “With the loss of players like Ryane Clowe and Brad Norton due to injury, this is something we have been trying to address and we like the capabilities that Jody brings to our mix of players.  He has tremendous character, has always been a team player and has the ability to make the opposition uncomfortable on the ice.”

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Pahlsson Will Visit Specialist

from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Samuel Pahlsson is tentatively scheduled to see a specialist this week to try and alleviate a perplexingly stubborn abdominal strain, Coach Randy Carlyle said Tuesday.

Pahlsson will make the upcoming eight-game, 15-day road trip and consult with a specialist on Friday. Carlyle said it is the same specialist who helped Minnesota star forward Marian Gaborik recover from a similarly-nagging groin injury last year, and Pahlsson apparently has positive history with him.

“This doctor has got some technique that made him feel really good,” Carlyle said.

continued

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In the Alberta Deep Freeze

From the Canadian Press,

NHL star Joe Thornton is walking through the freezer that is Alberta without a winter coat.

The San Jose Sharks centre, in Edmonton for an NHL game on Tuesday night, had on gloves and a toque but wore only a sports jacket when he and his teammates went to Rexall Place for the morning skate.

“He was telling everybody that he threw away his winter clothes when he moved to California,” said team media relations manager Tom Holy.

continued… and take note: factoring in wind chill it’s running about -44 (celsius) in Calgary and -51 in Edmonton. 

I really do not miss living in the prairies…  smile

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  Tags: dustin+boyd, jarome+iginla, joe+thornton

Keep The ASG

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

This midwinter classic should continue. It should be fun, joyful, intimate and creative. And it should always be viewed by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association as a vital vehicle that is important to the game. This takes energy and vision, and anyone who doesn’t have that in the NHL offices should get out.

The NHL does a professional, classy job in the overall staging of its big events. It’s the one area the current regime does not get enough credit for. The league has elevated the game in that regard. Now, just relax and incorporate some love and fun into the festivities on Saturday and a little incentive on Sunday, and this hockey weekend will return to what it should be—a fun, joyful get-together that celebrates the most joyous game in the world and the players who play it.

much more

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  Tags: all-star+game

The Bruise Brothers Rule

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

The incident occurred late last season and though Nieminen was ejected from the game and later suspended, in old-school fashion, he wasn’t forced to answer for his crime within the arena.
In the press box, former Blues tough guy and current team radio analyst Kelly Chase scowled.
“When I played, I didn’t have to call (National Hockey League commissioner) Gary Bettman to find out what the punishment was for running a guy from behind in Detroit,” Chase said. “The punishment was (Bob) Probert and (Joe) Kocur.”

According to popular logic, the reason why this form of capital punishment is no longer delivered is the instigator rule.  That’s Rule 56 (a) in the NHL rule book, if you are inclined to look it up.

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