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According To Bruce

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Isles are going to try to bring back D Kenny Jonsson next season, but he doesn’t have much desire to return to the NHL. He wants his children to go to school in Sweden, where he is currently playing with Rogle BK ... While the Panthers are going to try and sign G Roberto Luongo to a long-term contract in the off-season, there’s a strong belief he’ll thumb his nose at it and go for a one-year deal in order to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2007.
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O’Connell Gets Fired Earlier Than Expected

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Tuesday night, in an interview with the Globe, Jacobs was adamant about the need for change, but added he would not do anything as a kneejerk reaction. He also said he wouldn't disclose those decisions in the media and, no matter what, no decisions would be made prior to the end of the season. Last night, reached by telephone during the Bruins-Sabres game, Jacobs made it clear he pushed aggressively, and was the lead voice, to dismiss O'Connell. ...So, what happened? In part, two more dreadful games happened, including a shootout loss to the Thrashers on Tuesday, with Jacobs in his Garden luxury box, no doubt wincing, for most of it. The mood in the building all night was almost funereal. No pulse. Not the least bit of anticipation or excitement.
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Avery Takes Shots At Murray

from the LA Daily News,

In a brief, and seemingly half-joking, but effective tirade, Avery chastised reporters but clearly was taking shots at Murray, with whom he often clashed during their three years together. "Why did you guys get brainwashed by that guy?" Avery said. "Do some work on your own now. Come up with some original (stuff) instead of letting him script everything for you. "You can't call him now for a quote. Sorry, he doesn't work here anymore. Look at you guys, you're in shock. You're not writing anything down. You're in shock."
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Good Losers

from the Edmonton Sun,

The Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins and Anaheim Mighty Ducks are in line for a prize. They're the the National Hockey League's most efficient losers. All are tied for first place in one of the sport's saddest categories: points gained for being beaten in shootouts or overtime sessions. Without the slightest doubt, the artificial points have helped Edmonton's murky playoff picture.
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Leafs Are Big, Slow & Lost

from the Montreal Gazette,

The Maple Leafs slunk back to Hogtown last night after another lopsided loss to the Canadiens, this one by a 6-2 score. Toronto was not even above one final embarrassment when Darcy Tucker (who else?) attempted to take out Alex Kovalev's knee with an ugly submarine move in the dying minutes. Here's a news flash: Hockey Night in Canada's prime property is a stinker. The Toronto Maple Leafs are a franchise in full flounder, a team without a clue. The defence is big and slow, the forwards are big and slow and old and fragile, Ed Belfour is done and Mikael Tellqvist is good but not good enough.
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Rangers Caught A Break

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The pertinent point is that Jagr's cap charge gives the Rangers the freedom and flexibility to build around him, and the more pertinent point is that it could not have simply happened by accident. This was no favor bestowed upon Broadway's team by the NHL Sixth Avenue Headquarters. This was, we infer and submit, a result of power politics practiced by Gary Bettman and by Jim Dolan. Dolan on Friday praised the commissioner for his ability to hold the owners together throughout the lockout that canceled 2004-05. Only the most naive would believe that Bettman was not playing pork-barrel politics in order to maintain unity the financial haves and have-nots. His promises to the small markets were made publicly. We're submitting that promises to big markets were issued in a far more subtle manner, or did that OLN deal with the Comcast Flyers materialize out of cheese cloth?
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Rucinsky Out With Broken Finger

via the AP,

New York Rangers left wing Martin Rucinsky will have surgery on his broken finger within the next week and is expected to be out for a month. Rucinsky sustained a multiple fracture of the finger on his right hand when he was slashed by Florida's Jay Bouwmeester in the third period of New York 3-2 shootout loss to the Panthers. Bouwmeester was not penalized.

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MOC Fired

via TSN,

Mike O'Connell has been fired as general manager of the Boston Bruins. A formal announcement is coming at 6pm et/3pm pt. Assistant GM Jeff Gorton has been named interim GM.
update 6:27pm, Jaci at Wicked Bruins Fan has an update on the press conference.

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Is Kansas City An Option For The NHL

from the Kansas City Star,

Is Kansas City in danger of losing the Chiefs and Royals? That seems to be the subtle but clear threat the two teams are giving the region. As voters in Jackson County, Mo., consider a proposal on sales and business taxes that would raise about half a billion dollars for extensive renovations to Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums, radio and TV ads are saying, "Keep the teams ... "
continued...not really hockey related, but there has been talk K.C. would be a viable option for a NHL franchise...

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Samuelsson Signs Extension

Mikael Samulsson signs a three year extension with the Wings. No details yet. update 12:25pm, from the CP via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings have signed Swedish forward Mikael Samuelsson to a three-year contract extension.
update (with a pointer from A2Y) 3:35pm, via the Detroit Free Press,
“I wanted to stay, I wanted to stay for sure,” Samuelsson said after the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena. “I think I played pretty good on this team. ...Was a no-brainer for me.” “Now I’m stuck with him for three more years,” Zetterberg said with a laugh. “He’s been in and out from the power play and I think he’s scored a lot of goals five-on-five, big goals for us, too. He deserves three years for sure.”

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