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Would The Panthers Move Gudbranson?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Things would look far sunnier in Sunrise, Fla., this morning had flashy prospect Erik Gudbranson signed his entry-level deal in September and joined the likes of soft-and-skilled Dennis Wideman and Bryan McCabe on the Panthers’ back line.

Gudbranson, the No. 3 pick in the June draft, returned to Kingston (OHL) after the Panthers balked at sweetening his deal with maximum bonus clauses. Now they are on course for a 10th straight postseason DNQ and could really use Gudbranson’s grit.

Some NHL clubs might have opted to select the 6-4, 195-pound Gudbranson as high as No. 2 overall. What happens next? In all likelihood, the Panthers give the kid the max dough prior to 2011-12 and he’s in uniform next October.

However, he is such a stud that some clubs, possibly the Bruins, are expected to approach Florida GM Dale Tallon about prying away Gudbranson’s rights this season, possibly tossing the Panthers a roster player now and swapping first-round picks.

more plus other hockey topics…

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Shelley’s Dangerous Hit On McQuaid

from Douglas Flynn of NESN,

...first-year Flyer Jody Shelley doesn’t possess the reputation of a dirty player. A tough guy sure, his 1,420 penalty minutes in 569 career games in the NHL, most coming in five-minute chunks against willing opponents, attest to that.

But the last 15 PIMs were a little different. They came 5:08 into the second period Saturday night when Shelley appeared to shove Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid from behind as they raced to chase down a puck behind the Boston net. McQuaid crashed face-first into the boards and remained down for several minutes before being helped to the locker room.


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Bertuzzi Pays Tribute To Markus Naslund

Todd Bertuzzi could not be in Vancouver for the Naslund Celebration, but did make a video tribute…

Also, watch a tribute video the Canucks did to honor Naslund below…

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How Will Calgary Greet Phaneuf?

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun, Phaneuf admits he is looking forward to being back in Calgary on Thursday. He hopes the Flames fans do not jeer him. Of course, that might be asking too much.

“I’m wearing a different jersey now, so if it’s boos, well, I’ve been booed in different buildings,” he said. “I won’t take it personally. I don’t think they’ll boo me because it’s part of the business. I did not ask to be moved.

“It will be a special night. I played a lot of games in that building. I played a lot of games for that organization. I’ll have lots of people to say hi to. But once the puck drops, I’m on a different team. I’m sure the guys over there would say the same thing.

“I had a lot of real good times there. There were a good years that went well. Being up for the Calder was very special. So was being up for the Norris. There were good times.”


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Quick Hitters

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Time to send out an all-points bulletin for Patric Hornqvist. Last season, his 30 goals got him a $3-million US contract. He has one goal in his last 14 games for the Nashville Predators.

• Logan Couture, who has 14 goals and four-game winners, qualifies as a rookie if you’re thinking of Calder Trophy candidates, but barely. If you play more than 25 games in a season, you’re out of contention. The San Jose Sharks centre was right at 25 last year and also got into 15 playoff games. To me, he’s not a pure rookie. Getting in 15 playoff games is like playing 30 regular-season games, but that’s just me.


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Morning Line

One day in the near future Lidstrom will finally announce the end of his playing career. Hockey fans everywhere, at every age, should try to catch him in action as often as possible. A defenseman of his calibre comes along very rarely, and his talent should be appreciated while it is still possible to do so.

-Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey where you can read more on Lidstrom.

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Sunday Morning Points

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• A quick Sunday stat: There are 59 players with more assists than Ilya Kovalchuk has points, and 14 of those are defencemen.

• The amazing Sidney Crosby has 18 more goals than any other forward on the Pittsburgh Penguins and, at just past the one-third mark of the season, he’s 30 points ahead of any winger on his team in scoring. One thing Crosby doesn’t do that his owner, Mario Lemieux, managed: Crosby doesn’t elevate the scrap heap the way Lemieux made Rob Brown a 113-pount scorer once and Warren Young a 40-goal man another time.


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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night

Bryan Little of the Thrashers beats Rick DiPietro of the Islanders tonight.

The last replay at the end shows the best angle…

added 10:41pm, via Katie Strang of Isles Files,

“I feel like I want to throw up right now,” DiPietro said of the team’s 19th defeat in the past 20 games.

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Saturday Night Hockey Chatter

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Tomas Kaberle trade rumors resurfaced in cyberspace this week, but the defenseman’s agent told ESPN.com on Saturday that his client had no interest in leaving Toronto at this point.

Any move would have to go through Kaberle and veteran agent Rick Curran since the D-man has a no-trade clause. At this point, it appears Kaberle has no intention of waiving it, which means he could walk away July 1 as an unrestricted free agent and the Leafs wouldn’t receive any compensation….

It wouldn’t be a weekend blog without a Brad Richards update, right? Hey, he’s one of the most intriguing situations in the league this season, so why not.

I was told this week that the Toronto Maple Leafs are no longer among the top teams on Richards’ wish list come July 1. From talking to different people around the league and connecting the dots, I believe his most desirable destinations are Dallas (staying put), the New York Rangers (he won a Cup with coach John Tortorella), Tampa Bay (back to his roots) and the Los Angeles Kings (team on the rise). Never say never in terms of Toronto, because you never know how much money talks come July 1, but I get the sense the Leafs aren’t on the radar right now for Richards and his agent, Pat Morris of Newport Sports.

more topics…

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The Firing Is About To Begin In Calgary

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

Someone, rightly or wrongly, is going to be sacrificed for the current mess.

And, in a time-honoured skin-saving measure, a self-serving supervisor is going to point the finger. According to the trendiest guesses, that finger, on the hand of general manager Darryl Sutter, is about to trained directly at coach Brent Sutter.

There will be plenty of time to debate the (lack of) merit for that particular move.

But, for now, some sort of process is presumably still taking place.


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