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Will Kaberle Stick in Boston?

From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News:

At this stage it’s too early to tell how contract talks will go between Kaberle and the Bruins as he’s still settling in with the team.

He might be tempted to test the summer’s free agent market, where he’d be among the few notable stars available and thus could earn top dollar. It’s believed Kaberle would prefer to remain in the Eastern Conference and, if he enjoys playing in Boston, would consider a longer term for perhaps less money than he’d fetch in free agency.

read on for more on Kaberle and Vokoun’s future in Florida

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Brent Sutter Has Come a Long Way This Season

From George Johnson in the Calgary Herald:

He’s swayed a veteran group over to his way of thinking when all appeared lost.

That, people, is an Adams-worthy achievement. Not that he gives two hoots, but if the Flames do reach the post-season, he richly deserves consideration at the June ‘do in Vegas. If they could somehow crack the Top Four and nail down home-ice for the first round, it should be a slam dunk.

It seems a lifetime, not 82 days, that not-so-long-ago morning in Anaheim when the stench of change permeated the Honda Center like a gas leak, when the coach’s future apparently hung by a thread.

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Stumbling Along at the Top of the Standings

From Eric Duhatschek in the Globe & Mail:

One thing to remember as the NHL heads into the home stretch and the jockeying for playoff positioning heats up: Stanley Cups are not won or lost in February.

Also, being the best team in the league with six weeks to go in the regular season is not necessarily a good thing, because it suggests you’ve peaked too soon and when the inevitable lull comes, it’ll happen at exactly the worst time - early in the playoffs.

It is something to think about as both of the Western Conference leaders - the Vancouver Canucks and the Detroit Red Wings - stumbled a little this week.

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Morning Line

This was and is a bad deal, and its never going to be anything but a bad deal. Glendale needs to run, not walk, from Hulsizer and the NHL. Taxpayers there should listen to the Goldwater Institute and not the politicians who want to steal more of their money to prop up pro hockey.

-Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star where you can read more on the Phoenix situation.

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Gaborik Unsure Of His Status

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When Marian Gaborik said he didn’t know if he would be able to play tonight in Ottawa despite having headaches yesterday morning, the Rangers winger was talking like a man with a brain injury.

“He still has symptoms,” John Tortorella said when asked if Gaborik might be in the lineup.

Yet, Gaborik accompanied the Rangers on the charter flight to Canada’s capital following the team’s 3-1 loss to the Wild at the Garden.

Yet, the Rangers are not having a morning skate.

Yet, neither the coach nor anyone else testified that Gaborik definitely would not play, so, as strange as it seems, and especially regarding an organization that historically has been conservative with concussion victims, who really knows?

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Suddenly The Canucks Are Struggling

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The highlight of the evening was when they showed a little boy on the jumbotron at centre ice holding a sign which read ‘this is my first Canuck game.’

You have to wonder whether that kid has been traumatized for life after this one. If he never comes back to Rogers Arena, who could blame him? Just when everyone thought an NHL game couldn’t get any worse than the horror show on Tuesday night against Columbus, a new level of outrage was established Thursday.

This season the Canucks have almost always been entertaining but evidently they’re taking a break and most of the paying customers leaving the building last night won’t be upset they’re going out of town for a while. Perhaps their only wish is that this tour could last as long as that Olympic trip last season. At the moment they’re playing so poorly at home you’d think it was the playoffs.

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Columbus Can’t Afford To Leave Points On The Table

from Tom Reed of Puck-Rakers,

The loss was their third straight and easily their poorest effort among the three.

“We didn’t come to compete,” coach Scott Arniel said. “We didn’t win many one-on-one battles, our power-play (0-of-5) stunk. We did a lot of ugly things tonight, really out of character of what we’ve been doing the last month and a half.”

Mason surrendered three goals in 21 minutes in a city that’s becoming his own private Nashville. The Jackets’ offense, meanwhile, is withering at the most inopportune time. They’ve scored just five goals in the three road defeats.

“These were critical points we had to have tonight,” R.J. Umberger said.

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Flyers In Search Of Offense

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

Here are recent numbers compiled by some of their top-9 forwards:

* Andreas Nodl _ one goal in his last 25 games.
* Mike Richards _ two goals in his last 15 games.
* Scott Hartnell _ two goals in his last 14 games.
* Ville Leino _ three goals in his last 17 games.
* Nik Zherdev _ one goal in his last 13 games.
* Danny Briere _ two goals in his last 13 games.

more

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Video- Hall Hurts Ankle In Fight With Dorsett

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Edmonton Oilers’ rookie Taylor Hall said Thursday morning that he had only been in two junior fights in his hockey life and didn’t like his chances with the bigger boys in the NHL, but after one goal and a dazzling rush later, Hall shockingly dropped the mitts with one of the toughest pound-for-pound customers, Derek Dorsett, eight hours later.

Give Hall an A for bravery, but an F for foolishness after he exchanged punches with the Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward, who’s had 14 fights this season. Hall hung in after instigating the scrap in the wake of a hard Dorsett hit along the boards, but fell to the ice, landed awkwardly and injured his left ankle. There was no immediate word on how badly he was hurt but it didn’t look good as he limped to the dressing room.

continue for more on the game… and watch the fight below….

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Video- Hit Of The Night: Phaneuf On Komisarek

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