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Holik Out With Broken Foot

via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( reg. req.),

Just when the Thrashers seemed ready to make a big playoff push, they have another obstacle to overcome. Center Bobby Holik is expected to miss two-to-four weeks with a broken bone in his foot suffered when hit by a shot from Ilya Kovalchuk during Sunday’s game at Washington.

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Good News- Cuthbert Part Of NHL On NBC Team

from NHL.com,

Emrick, Davidson and Pierre McGuire comprise NBC's lead broadcast team; Clement hosts NBC studio show Dave Strader, Joe Micheletti, Brian Hayward, Chris Cuthbert, Peter McNab, Cammi Granato, join NHL on NBC as regional broadcast teams

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Fire Sales Starting Soon

from the Globe and Mail,

There is not much out there at present, since the only teams out of the playoff race are the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets. However, in the next four weeks there could be as many as seven more teams joining the above five in a league-wide fire sale. With a hard salary cap, teams are more likely to start dealing once they figure the playoffs are out of reach because they want to be in optimum position under the cap for next season. Keep an eye on the New Jersey Devils, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers and San Jose Sharks and maybe even the Colorado Avalanche in this regard.

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A New Blog Made For Wings Fans

If you have not yet checked out a new blog making a big splash on the scene, do so now. Abel to Yzerman is a blog intended for Wings fans, but also cover hockey in general. I have never met the blogger, but have kept in touch with him for over two years in different hockey forums. I can assure you he knows his hockey, has his own views and pays homage to USA TODAY hockey writer Ted Montgomery whenever he has the chance.

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Stuck In The AHL

from the Terrace Standard,

Wade Flaherty was in Vancouver last month but he wasn’t holding his breath about getting a chance to suit up with the NHL’s Canucks. The starter with Vancouver’s top minor league team, Flaherty found himself essentially “stuck” in Winnipeg because of his contract. “(The Canucks) want to bring me up,” Flaherty said. If it was strictly a hockey decision, the Terrace native would likely have been re-united with Auld in Vancouver. But due to his American Hockey League salary, Flaherty must clear waivers, a process where every NHL team has a chance to choose that player, to be called up to Vancouver or returned to Manitoba.

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Carnival #17

d-lee of the red and black blog is anticipating your participation in the NHL Carnival.

Whether you have mid-term report cards for every team, or you want to hand out mid-season awards, or you want to send cheers and jeers to certain teams or players or officials. How about the rule changes? If you want to address any of these, submit your best stuff.

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Teaching The Game

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Ivan Christensen has coached amateur ice hockey for more than two decades, mostly at the competitive level. All that time, he’s been unhappy with how North American youths are taught the game’s fundamentals. “There’s no serious focus on skills development,” he said. So, he decided to do something about it. Christensen developed his own teaching style – and hockey school – based on how players in the old Soviet Union were trained. His approach goes further than just talking about the great players the Soviet Union has produced or watching old films. It’s much more unique.
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The Mullet Report

Focusing on the Bad this week from Mr. Melrose. from ESPN,

What is wrong with the Vancouver Canucks? They have lost seven of their last eight games, a slump that shouldn't happen with a Naslund-Morrison-Bertuzzi top line. No one on the team is scoring consistently and no one is strong mentally or physically.
read on...including the good and ugly...

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Holland On The Wings

Holland was on Leafs Lunch today and mentioned at the very latest Kronwall will be playing with the Wings on February 28th. But he could actually start playing early February if he feels ok. Wings Dr. would have to give him clearance to play for Sweden in the Olympics Holland was asked about Fischer, says he is doing ok, meeting with doctors and just trying to lead a normal life. Right now, playing hockey is not a priority, getting his life back is. If hockey is in his future later on, than fine, but he should concentrate on getting his health back first.

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What Will The Wild Do

from the Star Tribune,

With nine weeks before the March 9 trade deadline, Wild General Manager Doug Risebrough has found himself in a delicate position. Beginning Jan. 1, all NHL teams were given authorization to resume -- or begin -- negotiations with their own players who can become unrestricted free agents July 1. Nine Wild players on its NHL roster -- goalies Manny Fernandez and Dwayne Roloson; defensemen Willie Mitchell, Filip Kuba, Andrei Zyuzin and Daniel Tjarnqvist, and forwards Marc Chouinard, Alexandre Daigle and Randy Robitaille -- are due to become unrestricted free agents. "This is definitely an uncomfortable part of the job and something I have to careful of," Risebrough said. "I've got guys here that I've got to legitimately try to re-sign. These guys do provide continuity.

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