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Salo Back With Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that defenceman Sami Salo has been recalled from his conditioning assignment with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. Cody Hodgson has been re-assigned to Manitoba.

Salo, 23, appeared in three games for Manitoba, recording two goals and two penalty minutes during his conditioning assignment. The 6’3”, 212 pound defenceman has played 665 career NHL games, recording 273 points (81-192-273) and 228 penalty minutes.

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Forsberg Returns

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

After nearly three years since playing his last NHL game, Peter Forsberg will be back in the lineup tonight for the Avalanche.

Forsberg will skate at left wing on a line with Matt Duchene and Milan Hejduk in tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“I’m excited — and nervous,” Forsberg said, after taking part in the morning skate with teammates at Nationwide Arena. “I don’t know how it’s going to go, but I’m going to be skating with two great players, so hopefully they can help me out a little bit out there.”

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Is Spezza Tradeable?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Of greater interest, however, is the status of Jason Spezza, he of the $7-million annual cap hit and the no-trade clause. Spezza’s contract makes a deal problematic, and not necessarily just because of the dollars that he is owed. (For the record, it’s four more years after this one, with the next two at $8-million, and then the third year at $5-million and the final year at $4-million. In terms of actual dollars out, it adds up to about $3-million less than the overall cap hit on a contract that was front-loaded just like Dany Heatley’s.) Some teams - put the Los Angeles Kings at the top of the list - can afford to take on that sort of money, especially as the dollars dwindle down in the years ahead. The larger problem is Spezza’s ongoing health issues. He’s just back in the lineup after missing five weeks recovering from a separated shoulder.

Spezza was also absent for 22 games last year because of groin problems. In the six years since the lockout ended, he’s only played a full season once - 2008-09.

more plus other hockey topics…

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Sabres Finally Hit The Trifecta

Before last night’s 3-2 overtime win in Florida, the Buffalo Sabres since last March had literally as many three-game winning streaks as they had ownership changes. 

So perhaps you can understand why some Sabres fans were feeling a bit giddy after the victory, to the point of making the game-winning goal scorer a trending topic on Twitter.

Noone here is planning a Stanley Cup parade just yet, but there’s a newfound wave of optimism in the midst of a healthy 12-4-1 run that has Buffalo back in the playoff conversation.

While the successful power play has been a big part of the turnaround, there’s also been a steady improvement in the play of the defense, even during the streak itself.  In the first eleven games of this run, Buffalo gave up more than three goals five times.  In the past six games, it’s only happened once.

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Does Detroit Need A Shake-Up?

from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report at TSN,

At the moment, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland isn’t looking to shake things up. But if his team doesn’t improve defensively over the next two weeks, Holland says he may have to do something.

Holland doesn’t like the way his team has played the past six weeks, even though Detroit sits second in the Western Conference standings behind Vancouver and third overall.

The Red Wings GM says Detroit is giving up too many goals. Calgary, Columbus, Colorado and Edmonton are the only teams in the West to have given up more goals this season than Detroit.

Holland added he will monitor the play of his team and weigh that against who’s available on the trade market before making a decision in a couple of weeks.

read on for some Mike Fisher talk and dmen who may be available…

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Islanders Refuse To Quit

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

I’ve got news for you: the Islanders moved into the No. 14 spot in the Eastern Conference with their stunning win, but I didn’t see an iota of quit in them from start to finish. Not from goaltender Koskinen, who made 36 stops in regulation, one in overtime and was perfect on the four shooters he faced in the shootout. He was, clearly, the No. 1 star of the night ahead of Kyle Okposo, who scored the shootout winner, and surely ahead of Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec, selected Nos. 2 and 3 by the fans.

What I saw from my first star, even though this was only his second NHL game, and the rest of the Islanders was their refusal to play anything less than their best with what they had. It’s what teams that have a respect for the game do -despite facing more problems than any team should be asked to handle

The Islanders came into this game leading the league in one area: 336 man games lost to injury. It’s a team that used five goaltenders thus far this season.

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Who To Blame In Chicago

from Dan McNeil of the Chicago Tribune,

More than anything, I can’t put my finger on how to feel if the defending champion Blackhawks miss the playoffs. Smart observers knew a repeat was unlikely — given the reconstruction of the roster — but whiffing at the postseason after winning the Stanley Cup just isn’t acceptable….

Who’s to blame? It will be popular to pin the horns on former general manager Dale Tallon. I won’t.

Tallon was administratively challenged, but that fresh banner wouldn’t be hanging in the United Center if it weren’t for his keen eye for talent. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were his draft choices. Marian Hossa and Brian Campbell were his free-agent moves. He traded for Andrew Ladd, the most missed component of last year’s Hawks. He found Antti Niemi.

Do you blame Tallon’s successor, Stan Bowman? I can’t. It’s hard to go 18 skaters deep when all you have to float at an attractive free agent is a minimum-wage position.

It’s true the marquee players — Patrick Sharp excluded — have underwhelmed. But it’s tough to be mad at guys who’ve battled injuries (like Hossa) or are logging far more ice time than they should because the end of the bench is inadequate.

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Cooke Avoiding Those Dangerous Hits

from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Addressing the media for the first time since the NHL suspended him for four games, Cooke acknowledged Thursday he has met with Penguins coach Dan Bylsma three times this season about not shying away from his physical approach.

Yet Cooke admitted he has, to a degree.

“I’ve altered my game,” Cooke said, a reference to eliminating hits like the one that sidelined Boston center Marc Savard for two months last season. “I’ve had a meeting with the coach for not hitting a guy coming through the middle. There’s a really high risk of being suspended, and I’ve not hit that guy.”

Cooke said he has received support from Penguins ownership and his teammates, but at least one teammate didn’t have a problem with the NHL’s punishment.

“I think it’s fair,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “That’s a dangerous hit.”

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Video- Call Of The Night

Rick Jeanneret with the call of the Tyler Myers OT goal with 4.5 ticks left on the clock.

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Félicitations Sur 600 Victoires Jacques Lemaire

via Tom Gulitti tweet,

Lemaire on 600th: “A coach is always as good as the players are and I’ve been fortunate to work with good people around me all through my career and I thank them because they were a part of it, all the players that played hard.”

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