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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Vanek, who has missed the last nine games with a broken jaw suffered Feb. 7 in Ottawa, skated fully in contact drills Monday and proclaimed himself ready to take the ice against the Habs.
“That’s the plan for right now,” Vanek said. “It’s always tough to watch the team, especially when they’re not winning. That makes it even tougher. If you’re watching the game and you’re out injured or a healthy scratch, you hate watching your team struggle and lose. It’s nice to get back and hopefully help out.”...
Ruff said winger Maxim Afinogenov is “definitely a possibility” to make the lineup Wednesday as well if he’s not traded. Afinogenov, who was battling groin and hip injuries, has been healthy for two weeks and reiterated for reporters Monday what he told The News Saturday on Long Island—he wants back on the ice or he wants out of Buffalo.
Gary Dzen at the Bruins Blog posted the video below today:
With the trade deadline on Wednesday, Bob Ryan and Kevin Dupont debate whether or not the Bruins need to make a trade.
The Atlanta Thrashers traded defenceman Niclas Havelid to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for blueliner Annsi Salmela.
from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Eric Perrin hopes to be playing for some team other than the Thrashers come Wednesday evening.
“I’d be a liar if I didn’t say that,” Perrin said after Monday’s practice. “It’s no secret things haven’t gone the way I wanted them to.”...
Now, as the 3 p.m. Wednesday trade deadline nears, Perrin hopes there’s another NHL team that remembers him that way and hasn’t forgotten the 45 points he scored last season.
“I’m disappointed I’m at this point with this organization,” said Perrin, who has 15 points this season, with five goals and 10 assists. “I thought I’d proven something, that I’d be a part of the rebuilding. I thought I deserved a better fate.”
What will general managers go through over the final days before Wednesday’s trade deadline? ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun spoke with six GMs who shared their war stories from deadlines past, stories that give you an idea of what to expect.
read on for stories from Ken Holland, Don Waddell, Jim Rutherford, Kevin Lowe, Lou Lamoriello and David Poile.
From Mike Heika at the Dallas Stars Blog:
Steve Ott has received a one-game suspension for his eye gouging with Travis Moen at the end of Saturday’s game.
Ott served that Sunday against Pittsburgh and is eligible to play Tuesday at San Jose.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings have recalled defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and right wing Aaron Downey from Grand Rapids and sent down forwards Darren Helm and Ville Leino.
This gives the team an opportunity to look at Ericsson while it still has some cap space, before Tomas Holmstrom returns to the lineup in a week or two and every player who started the season in GR must be sent down.
Helm and Leino will be back for the playoffs. And Ericsson also has a chance to earn a spot in the lineup for the postseason, when the salary cap does not apply.
From Mike Brophy at Sportsnet.ca:
I’ll be watching all 30 teams because that is what I am paid to do, but I’ll tell you one thing, there is no more intriguing team heading into the final third of the season than the New Jersey Devils. So, with apologies to the other 29 teams, the Devils are the team I’ll be watching with particular interest. I think old Lou Lamoriello has positioned his team to take a serious run at winning its fourth Cup in 15 years.
No disrespect to the Boston Bruins, who currently lead the Eastern Conference and are eight points ahead of the Devils, but New Jersey is peaking at the right time of year and I find it difficult to visualize any team in the East beating them in a seven-game playoff series.
How much do I like the Devils’ chances? Let me count the ways.
from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,
Expected then to be back in 10 to 14 weeks, Gaborik, said he believes he’s ahead of schedule but said his return would depend on his upcoming workouts.
“I feel really good,” he said, adding that training at nearly 8,000 feet of elevation, skating, swimming and working out in Vail “definitely helps.”
He called Vail “the best place to rehab,” but said his skating has been limited to hitting the ice without pads and equipment.
That changes Thursday, when he will begin zeroing in on getting back into the lineup. The Wild have made the target date between March 10 and March 20.
“I’m going to come back and skate with gear on and progress, and when that time will come, I’m definitely looking forward to it,” he said.
more and Marian talks about his future too…
From Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings:
This was tucked into the bottom of the Kings’ ``road report’’ yesterday, a quote from Terry Murray about Wednesday’s trade deadline…
MURRAY: ``We’re trying to put something together here to get a foundation in place with young players. This is the group I expect us to have on Thursday.’‘
Of course, the flip side of this is that Dean Lombardi makes the trades, not Murray, but obviously they communicate quite a bit.
Hammond also notes that Tom Preissing has been placed on waivers.
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