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Arnason Gets The Message

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

With the trade deadline coming up on March 9, Arnason would likely be a player contending teams would like off the Hawks' roster. He doubts a trade would be in his best interests, however. "I like Chicago. I like the Blackhawks,'' he said. "I want to make it work here.'' The reaction to Arnason's benching somewhat surprised Yawney. "He's no different than anyone else,'' Yawney said. "No one talked about it when I sat Jassen Cullimore, Todd Simpson or Jim Dowd. They're all veterans who sat out. Arnie's part of the team, and my obligation is that if a player isn't performing, he has to be held accountable.''
more...and Khabibulin may be out longer than expected...

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Forsberg- “It Doesn’t Feel Good”

from the AFP via Yahoo,

Peter Forsberg, expected to lead Sweden at the Turin Olympics next month, aggravated a groin injury in Philadelphia's National Hockey League loss to Montreal. Signed as a free agent in August, Forsberg was playing in just his second game after missing a pair with a groin ailment. "I felt it right away," Forsberg said. "Its not like last time when it was coming on and on throughout the game, this time it was kind of like a more sharp pain right off the bat. "I dont think I came back too early," he added. "I played a game and it was fine. In three or four practices there was no problem. I felt good for a couple of days."
more update 2:42pm, from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
Peter Forsberg will miss at least two games with a slight tear in his left groin, a recurring injury that sidelined the Philadelphia Flyers' star center two games last week.

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Chara Situation

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Getting Zdeno Chara signed before the end of the season is going to be a tall task for the Senators. While the Senators defenceman told the Sun yesterday that his agent Matt Keator is willing to hold contract talks, Chara was also quick to add that his top priority is winning the Stanley Cup. And Chara understands -- as a free-agent to be -- if he doesn't have a new contract in place by the March 9 NHL trade deadline, the Senators could trade him.

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The Villain Quinn

from the Ottawa Citizen,

If we had to pick one of the NHL's best character villains, I guess Pat Quinn, coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, would be right up there. He certainly knows how to hold up a stagecoach, even if the sheriff and his deputies are inside. And he was back on the trail the other day. Instead of leaving quietly after his team lost to the Senators for the sixth time this season, there was old Quinn, in the bowels (how appropriate) of what is now known as Scotiabank Place, about to get under the skin of the Senators and their fans again.

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Nolan Wants To Talk With Sharks

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

Owen Nolan has hurdles to clear, but according to his agent, J.P. Barry, once those are accomplished, he plans to get in touch with the Sharks. Barry said Nolan is 7-10 days away from gaining medical clearance, then needs to "get the ground rules" on a grievance against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Ovechkin Speared Accidently

from the Beaver County Times,

Ovechkin was stretched out on the ice after he was speared in the abdomen by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney at the end of the second period at Mellon Arena. Whitney could be facing additional punishment after the NHL reviews the incident. He was given a major for spearing and a game misconduct. "He was coming to the net and I was going to try to get to him and box him out," Whitney said. "I went to put my stick between his legs to lift his stick up, but I just got him too high. I didn't mean to spear him, it was just an accident."

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Hasek Has Advice For Team Canada

from the Toronto Sun,

Dominik Hasek has a warning for Team Canada. Consecutive gold medals will be hard to capture next month in Turin, whether or not Canada meets Hasek's Czech Republic team along the way. "It's tougher to win the second time," Hasek said yesterday on a National Hockey League conference call. "There's a lot of pressure. It isn't like the Stanley Cup. One bad game and you go home."
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Kronwall Close to Return- But Where

I am sure the Red Winga are looking forward to Ncklas Kronwall returning to the lineup soon; but the Red Wings are also trying to get him ready for the stretch run of the NHL season, not the Olymipics. Could Kronwall be headed to Grand Rapids instead of Turin? I am not sure if this would apply to Kronwall or not, but players must be sent to the minors by Jan. 31st and cannot return until Feb. 17th. So a player would lose 12 days of playing time in the NHL but would at least be able to play while the NHL is dark for two weeks. Bob McKenzie of TSN thinks Kronwall may be headed to GR too.

...That has the Red Wings and the Swedish Olympic team excited. Kronwall would love to suit up for Sweden in Torino, but the Wings may have other ideas, such as a conditioning stint in Grand Rapids.
update 11:52am, for more on Kronwall, check out Abel to Yzerman and LGW.

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Report- Flames Waive Battling Goalie

via Sportsnet,

A day after leaving his crease to start a tussle with an opposing goaltender, Flames backup netminder Phil Sauve appears to be leaving Calgary. Sportsnet has learned Sauve has been placed on waivers by the Flames.
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‘Mighty’ No More

from Sports Logos,

Well it's finally happened, the hockey team named after a children's Disney movie, will be changing their name. Through various sources and some of our own investigation work SportsLogos.Net has learned that the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim will become the Anaheim Ducks in time for the 2006/07 NHL season.
read on...including a new color scheme, announcement date, etc... update 10:54pm, Brian Burke was just on during intermission of the Oliers-Ducks game and he was actually asked about a name change. Burke said he expects an announcement in the near future. He said a fan survey and sampling has been going on with the Duck fans.

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