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Penguins News Conference

via NHL.com, USA viewers can watch the Penguins news conference beginning at 2:00pm. Canadians can view through the NHL Network.

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Rivers To Be A Leaf

According to Leafs Lunch, the Leafs are in the process of acquiring Jamie Rivers from the Detroit Red Wings. Probably a draft choice or future considerations will be headed to the Wings. Looks like the Wings are preparing for the return of Kronwall. update Wednesday, 11:17am, via the Toronto Sun,

One report making the rounds yesterday had the Leafs acquiring journeyman defenceman Jamie Rivers from the Detroit Red Wings. Rivers was in the St. Louis Blues organization from 1995-99, making him a commodity Leafs general manager John Ferguson would be familiar with. But while Leafs scout Craig Button was in Detroit for the Wings-Nashville game last night, Ferguson was quick to deny any transaction had been completed involving Rivers. "That is not factual," Ferguson said.
To be fair to Leafs Lunch, they did say this transaction was going to happen, although it may take a day or two before it is actually made public. update Wednesday 1:26pm, Bill Watters from Leafs Lunch mentioned today that they were told that Rivers would be a Leaf. He then said no matter if Rivers comes, it is a minor deal....They also had Toronto GM John Ferguson Jr, on earlier and nothing was mentioned about this deal.

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The Blues Remain Competitive

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

For a night, anyway, the Blues stopped their suffering and made somebody else miserable for a change. “We were just (manure),” Canucks power forward Todd Bertuzzi told the Vancouver media after the 4-0 loss. ...Most of the veteran players have heard their name in trade rumors. Doug Weight will become a free agent at season’s end, so he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to head to a contender. The Blues hold an option on Tkachuk for next season -– at a budget-friendly rate -– so he could become an even greater trade chip.
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The Maven’s Moments

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Two prominent NHL execs – with no axes to grind – unequivocally tell us who Charles Wang should hire as his next GM. The man in question is Dean Lombardi. When he was Sharks GM, the club improved for six straight years. Dean, wisely, was snatched by the Flyers, for whom he’s one of Bob Clarke’s pro scouts. -Mike Babcock rates a helluva lot more kudos for keeping the Red Wings flying than he’s getting. Ditto for Michael Garnett. The Thrashers third string goalie produced an admirable 10-7-4 mark, keeping Atlanta in the playoff race while Kari Lehtonen and Mike Dunham were sidelined.
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Report- Mario To Retire

Radio station 104.7fm in Pittsburgh is reporting Mario Lemieux will retire today. A news conference is scheduled for 2pm according to the station. thanks to Tony, a regular reader of KK for passing this on. update 9:36am, via TSN,

One of the greatest NHL players in history is calling it a career. The Pittsburgh Penguins have called a 2pm et press conference where Mario Lemieux will announce his retirement.
update 12:26pm, The Legacy of Lemieux, by Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports

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What’s Next For Arnason

from the Chicago Tribune,

It's becoming very clear, however, that Arnason's temperament is not conducive to being "the man" on a team. "We've tried everything," Tallon said. "I've talked to him, Trent has talked to him, we've been nice to him, we've given him lots of ice time. I don't know what to do." The next move for Arnason might be out of town. Toronto and Florida are rumored to have expressed interest in Arnason, whose $1.2 million contract expires after this season. "I haven't had any feedback from anybody," Tallon said. "We're not in a position to say no to anybody right now. I'm listening to everybody on anything."
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NHL Needs To Promote The Players

from the Morning Call,

Let's get something straight right away — the mission of the new NHL should be all about creating the next Wayne Gretzky. Gary Bettman and the NHL can give us all the reasons in the world for the rule changes they've made — from promoting more scoring, to making a fan-friendlier game, to nurturing a revenue environment where small market teams can compete with the larger ones — but if he wants to reintroduce the league to a broader public, he needs to concentrate all his efforts on one thing: Promoting a superstar for a league desperate for a superstar.
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Hull For Commish

via the Star-Telegram,

Former Star Brett Hull needs to be named NHL commissioner as soon as humanly possible. Why? It's simple. He has something the guy currently holding the position does not. He loves this game. And what the NHL desperately needs after a lockout that served as a virtual eviction from the sporting conscience is a salesman to spread the gospel of hockey. "I mean [Bettman's] office has not done things to intentionally hurt the game," Hull continued. "But, in some capacity, the NHL needs a face that is hockey."

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Laraque Gets It Right

via the Calgary Sun,

"I think it's too much," he said prior to last night's 3-1 Flames win. "Yeah, it's great to have the Battle of Alberta but it's too much. "You'd like the chance to see other teams instead of too much of the same ones. Sometimes it's seemed like they're only team we're playing." "You want a chance to see those other teams and fans do, too," Laraque said

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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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