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Thrashers GM Could See Kovalchuk Signing With Devils

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell wasn’t able to re-sign Ilya Kovalchuk, so he traded him to the Devils on Feb. 4.

He doesn’t see a reason why Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello won’t be able to re-sign him, though.

“There is no reason why (not),” Waddell said this morning. “New Jersey is a good franchise. They’re very professionally run. Lou does a tremendous job and they have chance to win every year. So, I don’t see why it couldn’t happen.”


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Washington & Pittsburgh Meet Again

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The regular-season finale for the NHL’s best rivalry takes place tonight in what is hopefully just the appetizer and not the dessert this season.

Please, please, give us more of this when it really counts. In the meantime, we’ll settle for the fourth and final regular-season meeting between NHL-leading Washington and reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh.

“The Washington games always seem to bring out the best in both teams,” Penguins GM Ray Shero told ESPN.com on Monday evening. “There’s a lot more intensity, emotion and urgency in everyone’s game. You have to be real good against a team like Washington just to have a chance to win.”

The Penguins, despite solid efforts in their past two encounters against the Caps, are looking to break that ugly goose egg in the win column against their rivals.


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Getting Ready For The Playoffs

If you are a regular follower of KK, you know these names, but if you are not, you may want to check out my NHL.com blog today where I point out some of the MSM to follow during the playoffs.

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Thoughts From Friedman

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Are all of these goaltending struggles happening because they are not allowed to dress like the Michelin Man anymore?

• You have to give Sabres owner Tom Golisano credit. After butchering negotiations with Daniel Briere and Chris Drury, he’s locked up Ryan Miller, Derek Roy and Jason Pominville. Golisano has learned sports requires some different principles than the business world.

• Been very surprised at some of the venom directed at the Avalanche for their late-season falter. Obviously, they’d like to make the playoffs, but some perspective is in order. They’ve overachieved beyond belief.

more plus Elliotte says Winnipeg is plan C for the NHL…

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Time To Pick It Up Boys

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Joel Quenneville of the Blackhawks, Bruce Boudreau of the Capitals and Dan Bylsma of the Penguins share a common woe: Their respective teams fared well enough to clinch a playoff berth earlier than lower tenants, which is fine and dandy to a point.

But, in each case, it’s safe to say that once in the comfort zone, the players subconsciously ease off their A game and the results have been obvious.

The trick now is for Joel, Bruce and Dan to rev up the playoff engines before the rust sets in and we view an upset or two that certainly will displease their respective owners.

more hockey notes from Stan…

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Is Kaberle Playing His Last Home Game As A Leaf?

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

It is, Tomas Kaberle says, the last thing on his mind to say good-bye to Toronto on Tuesday night.

After all, he has faced the “this-could-be-my-last-game-here” scenario often enough to shrug it off.

And when you are around the Maple Leafs as long as the 32-year-old defenceman has been, you must get used to shrugging things off.

But what if the game against the Philadelphia Flyers is it for Kaberle, what if it is his last home game as a Leaf? How will he be remembered?


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Vancouver Hurting On Defense

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Nearly three months after the hit, Willie Mitchell still has a headache. Now, the Vancouver Canucks have one, too.

Christian Ehrhoff’s sprained knee is a potentially critical blow to the Canucks, who were able to survive the severe concussion suffered by Mitchell on Jan. 16 but are ill-equipped to handle another major injury on their defence. Not with the National Hockey League playoffs starting next Wednesday.

The good news is Ehrhoff did not appear to be limping Monday as he left General Motors Place for further, off-site medical tests, and the initial indications are the knee damage he sustained Sunday night during a puck battle with Colorado’s Andrew Brunette is minor enough for the Canucks’ top blue-liner to be ready for the Stanley Cup tournament.

The bad news is Mitchell, who made one of his periodic check-ins at GM Place later Monday, is nowhere near playing. Mitchell declined to speak on the record about his condition, but is still bothered by headaches and unable to undergo any rigorous exercise.


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Calgary’s Season Just About Over

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Calgary’s Sunday afternoon defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks was a tough blow to the team’s flickering playoff hopes.

The Colorado Avalanche’s overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks later Sunday has those hopes very close to being fully extinguished.

It could happen as early as Tuesday night. It’s over if the Flames lose in regulation time to the San Jose Sharks and the Avalanche beat the Vancouver Canucks, who clinched the Northwest Division title Sunday night and have little chance of moving up or down the seeding bracket.

That combination is hardly far-fetched, and you can bet the players know it.

Being reminded, though, would only make the frustration worse. And certainly make their tension build further. It’s already choking them.


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Many Of The Kings Anticipating Playoff Fever

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Over many dinners, Kings center Anze Kopitar has heard playoff tales from Rob Scuderi, who won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh last spring, and Justin Williams, a 2006 champion with Carolina, and soaked up every detail.

“The old stories come out,” Kopitar said. “They kind of walked me through it and I watch the NHL Network to see all the clips from a couple years ago. You see the atmosphere on TV but you definitely want to experience it when you’re on the ice.”

Next week Kopitar will get his wish, joining many teammates in an NHL playoff baptism.

Like Kopitar, Jack Johnson, Peter Harrold, Drew Doughty, Wayne Simmonds, team captain Dustin Brown, Alexander Frolov, Raitis Ivanans, Davis Drewiske, Rich Clune, Scott Parse and goaltenders Erik Ersberg and Jonathan Quick have never known the rigors and rewards of NHL postseason play.


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Kovalchuk Contract Talks Probably On Hold Until The Playoffs Are Over

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

It is arguably the biggest issue in Devildom: On the eve of his homecoming, upcoming unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk told The Post yesterday that he does not intend to negotiate a new contract until after the Devils’ playoffs are complete.

“I don’t think anything is going to happen before we’re done,” Kovalchuk said. “I don’t want anything to interfere with the team. I’m still looking for my first win in the playoffs.”

Often, Devils who are not re-signed before the season ends sign elsewhere. In this case, Kovalchuk might be more likely to return to the Devils if they do not win the Stanley Cup this year, as his championship quest would continue. The Devils, however, might deem him to have not helped enough if they don’t win the Cup.


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