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Raffi Torres Likely To Be Traded By Deadline Day

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson and the agent for unrestricted free agent Raffi Torres spoke during the Olympic break and were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension, the Dispatch has learned. Torres almost certainly will be dealt by Wednesday’s trade deadline.

No surprise here, of course. Howson likes Torres—he’s been part of two organizations that traded for him—but the Jackets are anticipating the return of Nikita Filatov and are likely going to be spending money on rebuilding their blueline.

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Afternoon Line

Clearly, Lawton and Tocchet are not in the same book right now, let alone on the same page. And that is not what is best for this team.

And once again, the hockey world is taking notice of just how dysfunctional things are being run down here in Tampa in the past 24 months and waiting to see what happens next.

-Eric Erlendsson of Bolts Report.  Read more on the state of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Auld Claimed By Rangers

via Darren Dreger Twitter, Alex Auld claimed by Rangers on re-entry

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Dealing With The Trade Deadline

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

Team brass have stated there will be changes, but time will tell if the rebuilding starts at the March 3 deadline or if the changes start unfolding at the draft and/or on July 1 when free agency opens.

“It’s your future. You don’t know where you’re going to be in a week,” winger Fernando Pisani said. “I think the worst part for everybody is the not knowing. But it’s one of those things, it’s really out of my control.”

“It will be an interesting three days but as a player, as an individual, you just can’t think about all the rumours or the what ifs,” said defenceman Tom Gilbert.

“It can be tough when you do hear rumours. You think, what if I end up here. You can get caught up in it ... but maybe five per cent of the rumours are true.”

Pisani and Gilbert, O’Sullivan and Ladislav Smid have all had their names linked to one deal or another. Smid, Andrew Cogliano and Dustin Penner were offered to the Ottawa Senators for Dany Heatley back in June.

“You never know what’s going to happen. They could keep this group together for the rest of the season,” Smid said. “We just have to stick together and win some games.”

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Ovechkin And Brodeur Have Points To Prove

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Keep an eye on two NHL players in the coming weeks, because I have a feeling that both Alex Ovechkin and Martin Brodeur are coming out of Vancouver with a burr under their respective saddles.

Ovechkin had the 1,000-yard stare as Team Canada ended Russia’s medal hopes in a brutal 7-3 shellacking that saw the Canadians simply dismantle a Russian squad many thought would at least be competitive with Canada.

That didn’t come close to happening and Ovechkin was completely shut down by the Canadians, going minus-2 with just three shots and a very bad feeling about the experience.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, martin+brodeur

Burke Trying To Build The Leafs Like Team USA

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Believe it or not, Burke, broom in hand, is trying to do the same type of housecleaning with his NHL squad that he admirably completed with Team USA.

Once the final horn has sounded and the medals — whatever colour they might be — are dangling around the necks of his American players, Burke and his right-hand man, Dave Nonis, will turn their attention to resuming their facelift of a Toronto franchise that has not hoisted a Stanley Cup since 1967. With the NHL’s roster freeze lifted at the conclusion of the Olympics Sunday, Burke has vowed to be “busy” as the clock clicks down to the league’s March 3 trade deadline.

Burke wants to bring the average age of his Leafs down while bringing its intensity up. He wants to change the culture both inside the dressing room and out on the ice.

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A Crack In Ovechkin’s Game

from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

None of us know the details regarding Alex Ovechkin shoving a person with a camera in the wake of Russia’s embarrassing 7-3 loss at the hands of the Canadians, but no matter what the circumstances, the Capitals and/or the NHL need to send a message by suspending him.

The once-congenial and ultra-media-friendly Ovechkin has shown progressive cracks in his off-ice demeanor for some time now, culminating with his Olympic availability where he essentially ignored the English media during the tournament.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, team+russia

Tkachuk Has Finger Surgery

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Blues forward Keith Tkachuk underwent successful surgery on his left pinky finger and will be sidelined 10 days.  The surgery was performed today by Dr. Charles Goldfarb of Barnes Jewish Hospital.

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Kozlov Will Waive NTC For The Right Situation

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Thrashers forward Slava Kozlov has requested a trade due to his lack of playing time and would be willing to waive his no trade clause, he told me on Friday.

“I don’t know if I’m going to be on this team or another team,” Kozlov said. “If we can find a team which I like and which is good for me and my family I will go. If not, I’m going to be here. …

With coach not playing me, what can you do? That’s why I feel I could go play for somebody that needs my help. Is so, I’ll waive my no trade clause.”

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  Tags: slava+kozlov

Yzerman Talks Wings

All Wings talk with Steve Yzerman.

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