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Nashville Hit With Injury Bug

from the Nashville Predators,

Predators defenseman Mark Eaton and center Yanic Perreault were placed on the injured reserve roster Friday and are each expected to miss two to four weeks with strained knee injuries.

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Bad Attendance OK In Original Six City?

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Last night for its game with the Thrashers, Boston drew 16,009 fans. We’re all aware of the difference between official attendance figures and how full the place actually looks – virtually regardless of sport and team – so let’s just say the T.D. Banknorth Garden looked about two-thirds to three-quarters full. Had the same happened in Atlanta, Carolina, Nashville, Phoenix or San Jose, hockey snobs would have said it’s the product of a bad market. What’s the excuse for Boston?
more (reg. req.)

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Oilers Activate Smith & Moreau

via the Edmonton Oliers,

The Edmonton Oilers have activated captain Jason Smith and assistant captain Ethan Moreau from the NHL Injured List and have placed centre Michael Peca and defenceman Matt Greene on the injured list. Smith has missed six of the Oilers last seven games (Feb. 2-Mar. 1) after suffering a fractured toe versus Phoenix on January 29th. He was placed on the NHL Injured Reserve List on February 11th. Moreau returns to the lineup after missing seven games (Feb. 2-Mar. 1) due to a sprained right ankle suffered in an off-ice conditioning session on January 30th. Peca was placed on the NHL Injured Reserve List with a groin injury, while Greene has been sidelined due to a bruised leg.

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Good Man Hired By NHL

from TSN,

John Shannon has been a driving force behind hockey broadcasting in Canada for many years. Now he’ll be doing it on both sides of the border at the same time and on behalf of the NHL.
more update 5:08pm, You can read more about John Shannon here from an old article I found. I also believe John was the man behind Hockey Day In Canada.

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Deals That Would Make Both Sides Happy

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Boston deals Sergei Samsonov to Detroit for Jiri Hudler. Detroit is primed for a run deep into the playoffs, but could use some speed, creativity and finish on the wing. Hudler's close to a blue-chipper, but the Wings have a wealth of undersized offensive-minded prospects.
nine more "happy" deals that would satisfy both sides...

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Sens Making A List

from the CP via TSN,

John Muckler expects to see plenty of buying and selling before Thursday's NHL trade deadline and the Ottawa Senators are up for some wheeling and dealing. ''We're looking for a forward, we'd like to get maybe a depth defenceman,'' he said, adding that with No. 1 goaltender Dominik Hasek recovering from a muscle strain in his groin area, the Senators may also pursue some insurance between the pipes. ''We've looked at it, we know who's available. We just haven't made a decision.''

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Stars Extend Boucher Contract

via the Dallas Stars,

The Dallas Stars took a proactive step to ensuring that one of their most consistent blue-liners will remain with the team for at least three more years. General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Friday that the club has signed defenseman Philippe Boucher to a new three-year contract extension through the 2008-2009 season. Boucher's current contract was set to expire on June 30, 2006.

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Yotes & Islanders May Be Moving Players

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The trading-deadline guessing games are in full swing nowadays, with less than a week to go before the Mar. 19 deadline and two of the teams most worth watching are the Phoenix Coyotes and New York Islanders, both of which had just about played themselves out of playoff contention until they won big games Thursday night. The other quality the two organizations share is that philosophically, neither is opposed to making multiple player moves.

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Latest Trade Talk

from TSN,

Eight points out of a playoff spot, the Phoenix Coyotes are prominent on the trade rumour front, the Canucks are cautiously looking for defencemen and the Leafs might be tempted to part with their leading scorer.
read all the the rumors, some new and some re-hashed...

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Non-Stop Shootout Action

The Hockey News Charile Teljeur discusses the stick measurement during the shootout.

This is where it starts to get tricky. In essence they want the referees one step ahead in the shootout. They don't want a delay in the spectacle, nor do they want officials chasing unmeasured players to the net. By alternating like this, fans at one end of the building will see the dramatic one-on-one while fans at the other will be treated to a man in a striped shirt brandishing a protractor (Go Obtuse Angle!).
more...god for a laugh...

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