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NHL off-ice official Gary Steffenhagen shows Blackhawks TV the process of keeping the pucks at a suitable game temperature.
Tarik El-Bashir, Caps beat writer for the Washington Post, did a fan Q & A today…
If the Caps meet the Flyers in the playoffs this year, what do they need to do to get past them?
Tarik El-Bashir: If that happens, the Caps could be on the golf course sooner than they would have hoped. What the Caps need to get past the Flyers is a Chris Clark type up front and a Chris Pronger type on the backend. Clark, we know, isn’t coming back. Pronger, however, ...
more on the Capitals…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In all likelihood, it also means that the Ducks will move one of their two high-priced rearguards – either Chris Pronger or Scott Niedermayer – before the deadline.
On a team where budget is going to be a consideration in the years ahead, it’s difficult to imagine that they can afford the combined $13 million that Niedermayer and Pronger currently gobble up in salary-cap space, particularly since Whitney’s contract is back-loaded, not front-loaded, and thus rises every year from now until its conclusion in 2013-14.
via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
A loss will still put the Buffalo Sabres out of an Eastern Conference playoff position, but at least they’ll try to avoid that with an experienced goaltender in the crease. The flu that felled Patrick Lalime on Wednesday dissipated today, and Lalime will be in the nets tonight when the Sabres face the Carolina Hurricanes in RBC Center. “Better, a little bit stronger,” said Lalime of how he feels.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have cleared up a bit of their log jam along the blue line as they have sent Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi.
added 2:45pm, More on the trade from a Pens point of view from Empty Netters.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
You can take this one to the bank - the ones that aren’t soon to be run by the government, too: The Detroit Red Wings are interested in Ian Laperriere as a deadline rental.
Lappy hoisting the Cup in a Wings uniform this June - how does that sound, Av-Ahaholics?
from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,
If the Capitals aren’t already among the league’s top contenders, they’re on the precipice of joining the Elite Three of Boston, San Jose and Detroit and GM George McPhee should make moves based on that assumption.
If he and coach Bruce Boudreau aren’t completely confident with Jose Theodore as a goalie who can lead them to the Promised Land, go out and make a pitch for a new top ‘tender. If any high-end or depth forward or blueliner becomes available, McPhee should pounce. Even if the asking price is a first round pick, a prized prospect like Karl Alzner, or a combination of the two, McPhee should lean toward the here-and-now side of the equation.
Because as the Penguins are proving this season, the window for winning can shut awfully quickly.
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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
With Brad Richards (wrist) and Toby Petersen (foot) possibly out until early April, there is a big hole at center. With Sergei Zubov (hip) gone until the summer, there still is a need for a high-level defenseman. With Marty Turco playing every game, a veteran backup goalie might not hurt.
And yet the Stars might not get any of that.
They might simply try to push forward with what they have and hope the injured can return in time to help out.
Why not do more? Well, the co-GMs might, if they can find the right player. And they can make the dollars fit.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
I’ll say it: I’m hoping we get to see a Sharks-Red Wings Western Conference finals series. Hey, I don’t mean to irritate the other 13 Western teams. I wish them all the best. Still, I want to see a best-of-seven series between the defending champs and their top challenger. I think that would be something special.
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