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Sundin Frustrated

from the Toronto Sun,

Mats Sundin has doubts about this team. It has been suspected since mid-season that the Leafs leader has concerns about the direction the franchise is going. ...Deep inside, Sundin must be stewing at some of the leadfoots he is being forced to play with. Nothing against Alexei Ponikarovsky, but why put Sundin with the plodding Nik Antropov? Sundin's emotions bubbled over late in the second period. At one point he skated to the bench and waved his glove in disgust, obviously peeved that one of his linemates had butchered what he considered to be a perfect setup.
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Players Calgary May Move

from the Calgary Sun,

If you believe Calgary Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter is trying to land a big fish, who is he dangling as bait? That is the question on most fans' and pundits' minds as Thursday's trade deadline approaches. But you can't say the same about defenceman Jordan Leopold, whose name has been mentioned on TV sports networks, radio call-in shows and Internet forums as the Flames' tastiest worm. Leopold, though, lives by the motto ignorance is bliss.
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Wild Sign Fernandez

via the CP,

The Minnesota Wild have re-signed goaltender Manny Fernandez to a multi-year contract, the team announced Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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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?
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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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