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Report- Gaborik May Have A Concussion

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Marian Gaborik, who did not accompany the Rangers here after being diagnosed with a concussion on Sunday, will be examined by a specialist in Manhattan at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

While the Rangers remain uncertain exactly how the winger suffered the injury, The Post has learned that Gaborik has told teammates and management he believed it occurred a week ago Sunday, Feb. 13, during the Blueshirts’ match at the Garden against Pittsburgh on a hit from Brooks Orpik.

The official game sheet has two Orpik hits on Gaborik recorded, one at 14:45 of the second period and the other 1:42 into the third. Gaborik took a hard hit 5:29 into that match from Tim Wallace that drew a response from Brandon Prust.

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Pull The Trigger Dean

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

A general manager identifies a need for a productive left winger. He decides to trade a valuable asset to fill that need but gives his team a better chance to go deep in the playoffs this season and in the future.

Congratulations, Ray Shero of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

What, you thought it might be Kings GM Dean Lombardi shaking off his paralysis by analysis?

While the Kings sit outside the top eight in the West and Lombardi dithers about filling a hole he recognized last summer, Shero’s Penguins on Monday acquired power forward James Neal — a three-time 20-goal scorer — and defenseman Matt Niskanen from the salary-dumping Dallas Stars for defenseman Alex Goligoski.

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How Important Are The Trades Made On Deadline Day?

from Chris Iorfida of CBC,

In the playoffs last spring, none of the four teams in the conference finals had made any significant deals on deadline day. The only “new” player of significance in the playoffs was Ville Leino, who Philadelphia acquired three weeks before the deadline.

As far as players acquired on the actual deadline day, only Andrew Alberts of Vancouver played into the second round. That’s right, Andrew Alberts. The rest of the acquired went to teams out in the first round or out of the playoffs entirely.

Of course, general managers themselves have done a lot to change the dynamic by locking up players for extended contracts (many before they’ve proven themselves consistently).

There are about 100 players who beginning in 2011-12 will have at least three years remaining on their contracts. There’s even a couple dozen or so who have a whopping five or more years left.

Each of the 30 teams also has a handful of players still on their entry-level deals.

Players from these aforementioned groups aren’t impossible to trade, but realistically, what per cent of them gets moved? Five? We’re largely talking about players coveted by their own teams.

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Tuesday Hockey Notes

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• One thing to know about the Kings: Dean Lombardi and Terry Murray feel their players have shown real commitment to the organization and each other. Therefore, they don’t want to break up the group unless forced to. That means an ownership directive, or a sense of supreme underachievement. This is still a young team that needs to add, not subtract.

• Two things others say about the Avalanche: they are targeting a young goalie and they will trade John-Michael Liles. It’s believed they like Jonathan Bernier and Cory Schneider, although I can’t imagine the Canucks doing that. I had also heard Steve Mason, but that appears to be incorrect. As for Liles, every year, he must submit a list of 12 teams he will agree to be traded to. His best friend in the NHL is Ryan Miller and it sounds like Buffalo is interested. By now, you’ve heard Toronto is, too. It is believed both Buffalo and Toronto are on his list.

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A New Chapter In Buffalo

NEW YORK (February 22, 2011)—The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors today unanimously approved the sale of the Buffalo Sabres to Terry Pegula.

“We are pleased to welcome Terry to the National Hockey League,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Terry’s clear commitment to the Sabres and the NHL signal the start of an exciting new chapter in the history of the franchise. We also thank Tom Golisano and Larry Quinn for their devotion to the Sabres, the fans and the city of Buffalo.”

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Report- Does Nicklas Backstrom Have A Fractured Thumb?

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

The Capitals declined to comment on whether Nicklas Backstrom would miss time with what the team’s No. 1 center told a Swedish news outlet was a fractured thumb after he was slashed by Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang on Monday night.

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Panthers Need to Start From Scratch

from David J. Neal of the Miami Herald,

The NHL trade deadline is Monday. Get with the selling, Panthers.

Prospects? Make sure they’re good ones. Draft picks? Take ’em. Untouchables? None. The playoffs shouldn’t be a thought this year and only a passing thought for next year.

The past week – close losses to powerhouses Philadelphia and Detroit, beating good teams from San Jose and Tampa Bay, Monday’s rout by a fast, free-spirited Islanders team – supports the truth the standings tell about Los Panteros. They’re better than anticipated, yet still living virtually unseen in the dark subway lines running several staircases below Good Street.

It’s just as well. What good would the playoffs do? Well, other than ending an NHL-record run for playoff futility, providing two home games of playoff money and enlightening experience for the kids the Panthers keep around. They’re still too far away for a humiliating first-round loss via sweep to be any long-term help.

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It’s Finally Here - Pegula Day In Buffalo

The last time there was a sports related press conference of this magnitude in Buffalo, it was a championship fever-fueled circus.  Fans lined the streets to get a glimpse of the limo as it arrived.  Even the governor showed up.

It was August 18, 1986, when Jim Kelly came to town.  That week, renowned Sports Illustrated sportswriter Paul Zimmerman referred to Kelly as “Joe Namath with knees”. 

25 years later, the son of said governor is now the governor himself, and Buffalo is still without a championship.  But the excitement level today is off the charts, because Terry Pegula is bringing his money and passion for Sabres hockey to Buffalo. 

He passed up opportunities to purchase other NHL teams.  Keeping in tune with the style of Dr. Z, the New Boss is “Passionate Sabres fan with money”.  And today, he finally speaks.  Commissioner Gary Bettman will also be on hand.

I’ll be down at HSBC Arena for the 11:00 EST presser and will report back to you afterwards.  To listen to today’s festivities, click here.  To watch, click here or here.

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You Call This A Classic?

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The only thing classic about these games was the classic extremes in the weather. Rain and unseasonably warm weather in Pittsburgh on New Year’s Day meant that the NHL had to take out extra insurance to cover accidental drowning.

The Canadiens-Flames game was supposed to provide the players with memories of growing up on outdoor rinks and it did just that. It reminded them of the days when they worked hard to make a team that played in an arena.

While conditions may vary from arena to arena, the state of the playing surface at McMahon Stadium seriously undermined the credibility of the NHL. Hockey at this level should showcase speed and physical play, but the ice was so hard that it was difficult to maintain speed, particularly in the corners. And the bone-chilling cold meant players spent most of the time tip-toeing away from the opportunity to make big hits.

This was a game between two teams battling for playoff berths and they should have played under conditions that reflected the importance of the game.

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Bruins Head West, Look To Bond On Road Trip

from Douglas Flynn of NESN,

The Bruins underwent a significant overhaul in the last week with a trio of trades, so maybe it’s a bit fortuitous that they are in the midst of their longest road trip of the season.

As the club works on forging some chemistry on and off the ice with newcomers Tomas Kaberle, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley, a little over a week on the road together can do wonders to speed that process.

“I think it’s a great chance for us to get that team bonding going again,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic said. “For the new guys to fit in, kind of get away from here and fit in with the team, it always helps more to be on the road. It’s going to be a lot of fun, but we definitely have to take care of business.”

Lucic will get to play tour guide once the Bruins get to his hometown of Vancouver, but first up is a matchup with the red-hot Flames in Calgary on Tuesday.

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