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Morning Line

Brenden Morrow of the Dallas Stars when asked if he thinks he will be back for the playoffs…

I do. That’s how I approach every day when I get to the gym is to make sure when the playoffs are here, I’ve done everything in my ability to be up to speed.

A few more questions for Brenden from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars blog…

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Sean Avery Making Personal Changes

From Arthur Staple at Newsday:

“It was just a real important time in my life,” [Sean Avery] said today. “Just one of those things where I took some time to sit back and help myself become a better person. It was amazing. It was something that was important for me as a person, as a man. Actions speak louder than words.”

It’s Avery’s actions that will be scrutinized when he does get into a game with Hartford. That likely won’t happen until Saturday, or possibly a week from today—he said he did not do much skating in his two months away—and then, he’ll have to show he can be the abrasive, sometimes abusive, edge player who got himself that multi-million dollar deal.

“I’ve been playing hockey for a long time, and my on-ice game has never been an issue,” he said. “It’s other things I was working on. But I’m sure there’s still going to be an element of Sean Avery hockey that’s exciting to watch.”

read on

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What If…

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

At this point, it doesn’t appear the Devils intend to send Martin Brodeur down to Lowell for a rehab game before he comes back to play in the NHL, but wouldn’t it be interesting if they did for Lowell’s Feb. 20 home game against the Hartford Wolfpack?

The Dallas Stars assigned Avery to Hartford (with the Rangers’ permission) today. It’s unclear how long Avery will stay there before the Stars put him back through re-entry waivers. It would be kind of funny if Avery and Brodeur were to face each other in the AHL, though. I would imagine that the Devils—if they ever decided to have Brodeur play in an AHL tune-up game—would be sure to avoid having him face Avery.

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Avery & Sather Statements

via the NY Rangers,

On Tuesday, the Dallas Stars assigned forward Sean Avery to the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford. The following are statemtents from Avery and Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather:

STATEMENT FROM SEAN AVERY:
“I would like to thank Glen Sather and the Rangers organization for giving me the chance to resume my hockey career by affording me this opportunity with the Hartford Wolf Pack.  I am looking forward to getting back on the ice,  working my way back to the NHL and playing the game I love.  While I appreciate the many interview requests, at this point in time, I would like to focus on hockey and will not be making any further statements while with the Wolf Pack.”

STATEMENT FROM GLEN SATHER:
“Sean and the Dallas Stars approached me looking for an American Hockey League team for him to resume playing, and I am happy to provide him with the opportunity to continue his career.  Sean was a good player for the Rangers during his time here and has worked extremely hard off the ice over the last two months.  He remains under contract to and property of the Stars, therefore, any further comment would be inappropriate.”

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The Future Of Avery

from Fan590,

NHL player agent Pat Morris checks into the Hockey Central studios to talk about Sean Avery and where he might end up after being placed on waivers. Pat details what Sean Avery will look to do in order to get back to the National Hockey League.

Pat was on about a half hour ago after Avery cleared waivers.  A good listen if you are interested in the future of Avery.

Update 2:40pm ET (alanah): From Eric McErlain at the Sporting News, the Rangers need Avery:

Were the Rangers a better team last season with Avery in the lineup? The answer to that question was an emphatic yes. The real problem, simply put, was that the team couldn’t afford to keep Avery on a roster that added Markus Naslund, Wade Redden and a passel of interchangeable checking forwards to the payroll. But now that New York GM Glen Sather has spent all this cash with the aim of constructing a team designed to go deep into the playoffs, he’s running out of options.

In that way, the Rangers are a lot like the Vancouver Canucks. The money has been spent, and the players—and their massive contracts—are in place. At this point and for the foreseeable future, rebuilding isn’t an option for the Rangers. Either they make the playoffs with the players they have or they don’t. And if they don’t, heads will undoubtedly roll.

In light of that information, I can understand why the Rangers would break the glass and reach for Avery. But let’s not pretend that it’s a good option. Rather, it’s just the only option available with time running down on the season.

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Get Avery Now

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It would be the smart play for the Rangers to accelerate the process rather than allowing the Stars to assign Avery to the Blueshirts’ AHL Hartford affiliate for an indeterminate period of time before going the re-entry route.

The Rangers gain nothing by allowing teams to get a free look at Avery for a week or two before deciding whether to pluck him. That’s a time frame in which some club might suffer a series of injuries and thereby choose to take a shot at him. If any team wants him, the Rangers should force the decision to be made immediately, sight unseen.

Plus, it best serves the Rangers’ interests to get Avery into the organization as quickly as possible in order to integrate him into the equation as smoothly as possible and to have complete control of the process and the timetable.

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Avery Officially on Waivers

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,

The NHL does not make a big deal about this stuff, so he sort of snuck on there this morning.

That means the suspended winger has completed his anger management therapy and is cleared to resume his NHL season. The Stars own his rights, so he has to go back on their roster, where he will take up a roster spot and salary cap space.

However, Avery has already been placed on waivers by the Stars and will clear at 11 a.m. on Monday.

continued

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Ott Coming Into His Own

From Richard Durrett at the Dallas Stars Blog:

Ott bangs the boards, fights for loose pucks, gets in front of the net and has shown a deft scoring touch too. He’s becoming more and more like a Brenden Morrow clone by the game. Ott had a goal and two assists on Friday, extending his career-long point streak to seven games (4 goals, 6 assists). He also has at least one point in nine of the last 11 games.

“If I can be a quarter of the player Brenden is, that’s great,” Ott said. “He’s a great leader and a team guy and I’d love to have him back in this dressing room. I’m just trying to play hard hockey and tha’ts something Brenden brings on a nightly basis and he’s a mentor to me so I want to keep playing that way.”

Ott has said for years that he was more than just a physical player. Now he’s proving it.

read on

Also, Tom Cowlishaw has a piece on the “rejuvenation” of Mike Ribeiro in today’s Dallas News, as well

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Turco Has Found His Game

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The 33-year-old is 6-1-0 in his last seven games with a 1.70 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage.

“I feel good right now, that I’ve come a long way,” he said. “My ability to stay on my feet longer to react to second plays or even third plays from a balanced position has been a great feeling for me lately.

“I have been fighting my body and my movements this year, and I’ve worked hard to get that back. I just want to be the guy they deserve back there.”

Turco has been the biggest reason for the Stars’ turnaround, providing key stops at critical times and also helping the defense with his ability to handle the puck.

“No matter what you do, your goaltending has to be good,” Tippett said. “It can do so much for the team’s confidence. It can allow players to overcome mistakes, it can change a game with a big stop early or late. Marty has done that for us lately.”

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Avery’s Departure Not the Only Reason for Surging Stars

From Mike Brophy at Sportsnet,

The signing of Avery was a mistake - and at $15.5 million over four years it might be one of the most expensive mistakes in NHL history. Not a single player was happy with the addition of the controversial, self-centered winger and his presence had an adverse affect on numerous players the team depends on.

The Stars were 8-11-4 with Avery and are 16-7-4 without him.

Avery aside, the Stars desperately needed Turco to return to form if they were going to dig themselves out of a hole. It looks as though Turco is back on his game.

read on for more on Dallas’ turnaround

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