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Senators Woes

From Damien Cox at ESPN,

Well, the Senators haven’t been looking so much like those old Montreal teams of late. In fact, suddenly this season’s Habs are bearing down on Ottawa in the Northeast Division, largely because recent losses to teams like Washington and Florida have contributed to a mediocre 7-6-0 record in January.

Even ESPN hockey guru Barry Melrose has abandoned the Sens, now suggesting that Montreal will win the East. Murray chuckled when asked if his team’s confidence has been shaken by its recent struggles.

“Our confidence is really good,” he said. “But our dedication to checking is really shaky.”

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Tootoo Agrees To Extension

via TSN,

The Nashville Predators and winger Jordin Tootoo have agreed on a contract extension.

Sources tell TSN it’s a two-year deal worth just under $1 million a season.

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Modry On Being Traded

from Jaroslov Modry at the Hockey News,

Being traded at the deadline is really a shock. Even though you can see it coming sometimes, you feel like the team you’ve been working with just kind of gave up on you. But on the other hand, you have to look at it in a positive way: The other team really wants me, they want to upgrade themselves and I’m part of it.

It also means you might get a chance to be part of a Stanley Cup contender, if you’re going from a team that’s out of the playoff race to a club that’s in a good position to win that ultimate prize. If that happens, it’s a great bonus.

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Duck JSG

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Islanders Have To Give To Get

from Newsday,

Without a whole lot of future to give up, and steadfastly opposed to dealing Kyle Okposo, the Islanders will have to set their sights lower. And who might be available for import is anyone’s guess because there are few teams that are dead in the water (aside from the L.A. Kings, who visit the Coliseum tonight). Florida’s Radek Dvorak has been mentioned, as have the Lightning’s Vinny Prospal, Chris Gratton and Jan Hlavac.

An intriguing question is what the Islanders could give up. Because teams that trade veterans often want youngsters, you could say Blake Comeau has played well enough to make his name marketable. Then again, he is just the type of guy the Islanders want to keep. Nolan likes him.

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Getting Closer To The Trade Deadline

Spector has the latest trade and rumor talk, including Forsberg deciding to play in the NHL (if you didn’t see this happening, raise your hand).

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Two Greats Talk

Wayne and Gordie talk hockey before the Coyotes/Wings game last night.

added 11:11am, The NHL Frozen Moment caught Wayne and Gordie too.

 

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  Tags: gordie+howe, wayne+gretzky

Naslund Must Get Offensive

from the Vancouver Province,

Naslund started Tuesday’s game against Dallas playing with Brad Isbister and Mason Raymond. That didn’t last long and by the end he had played with just about every forward on the team.

“I think his overall attitude has been real good,” Vigneault said.

“But I do think the fact I’ve tried him with so many guys, his morale has been challenged. Mentally, he has been challenged. Sometimes his effort slips a little bit and it happens, probably, without him knowing.”

Whether his harsh critics believe it or not, $6 million can buy a lot less than Naslund.

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Move Out The Cars, Put The Ice In

from the Barrie Examiner,

There’s no room for cars in Tim Bailey’s two-car garage in a south Barrie neighbourhood.

The ‘Ice Box Arena’ takes up all of the floorspace, 16 feet by 14 feet of natural ice for his children and area kids to play hockey.

“You get in there and it really takes you back,” said Bailey, 47, a former professional hockey player. “You hear the kids playing and the laughter.

“It’s such a great feeling. The passion comes out in the neighbourhood.”

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Oilers Not Showing Up

from the Edmonton Journal,

Hard to watch. Easy to play.

Those aren’t the kind of calling cards any team wants attached to its logo, but they couldn’t describe the Oilers fruitless state of flux more perfectly.

Stuck between the team they want to be—a highly-skilled, high-offence attack—and the team they used to be—a band of relentless blue-collar mongrels who were short on talent and long on tenacity—the Oilers don’t do anything particularly well right now.

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