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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“This was a hard-core 14-day treatment conducted in a lockdown environment in which Sean was grouped with patients who were experiencing serious addiction problems,” said the source, who spoke on the condition of remaining anonymous.
“Sean worked on a technique called, ‘mindfulness,’ which is a type of meditation exercise that gives an individual a type of checklist in his mind that allows him time to consider what he is going to say before he actually says it.
“It’s like installing a switch that slows things down.”
Since completing the two-week program after entering Stage 1 of the NHL/NHLPA behavioral health program, Avery has continued to receive counseling, with regularly scheduled sessions with a personal therapist in New York. These sessions will continue for an indefinite period, perhaps for the remainder of Avery’s career, if not life.
via Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray informed Chris Pronger and his agent Pat Morris his intention is not to move the all-star defenceman at the deadline, according to Sportsnet sources.
With the uncertainty over whether Scott Niedermayer will retire after this season, it’s believed Murray will hold off making further decisions on Pronger until the draft in Montreal in June.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Talking with a couple of front-office and other official type of people from the NHL today, a picture is starting to emerge about the trade deadline: it could be quiet tomorrow.
Here’s the deal: teams are scared to death about what the salary cap could be reduced to in a couple of years….
That’s why I feel pretty confident that Ryan Smyth won’t be going anywhere tomorrow, at least. And, why you may not see guys like Brett Clark or Ruslan Salei going anywhere. Clark’s and Salei’s contracts extend one more year, but at more than $3 million each.
Ken Daniels, Wings TV play-by-play man, talked with Ken Holland today regarding the Chris Neil rumor that the Wings may have interest in trading for him.
Holland says he has not talked to Bryan Murray since the Wings acquired Igor Larionov. So you can put that rumor to rest.
Holland also said he had no idea where that rumor came from, the Larry Murphy spoke up and said the Canadian media started it.
Forward Alexandre Burrows has agreed to an $8-million, four-year contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The word on the street is that the Phoenix Coyotes may trade Derek Morris as early as this evening.
We have heard this before, but obviously the clock is ticking and there are some other signs that allow us to get creative.
Boston, Philadelphia and Washington have been the supposed front-runners since the beginning of the Morris sweepstakes.
added 10:43pm, Update from Bob,
The word out of Phoenix was that the Derek Morris trade was likely to go down tonight, but now it looks as though it will carry over to tomorrow.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello said before Tuesday night’s game against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre that he will try to trade goalie Scott Clemmensen before Wednesday’s 3 p.m. deadline.
Clemmensen, who won 25 games for the Devils this season, is in Lowell (AHL) since Martin Brodeur’s return.
“We gave Scott Clemmensen our word we’d do whatever is possible,” Lamoriello said. “We said all along if something came about, we’d do it. Saying that, you just don’t give a player away.”
continue for more on the Devils..
via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Tom Poti came out for warmups, but when I looked up a few moments later, the veteran defenseman had been pulled from the ice. I don’t want to speculate here, but it certainly is curious considering tomorrow is the NHL trade deadline.
I’ll update when I know more.
added 8:17pm, Tarik says groin injury.
from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
It seemed unfathomable a few weeks ago, but Martin Gerber may have new life in the NHL.
There is interest in the waiver-available goaltender, and it comes courtesy of the Toronto Maple Leafs. There could be a couple of reasons for this. Obviously, one is that Vesa Toskala - who is starting Tuesday night against the Devils - gets traded. The other is that Toskala is hurting, with hip and groin problems.
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from Stan Fischler of Game On,
My gut feeling is that a reformed-enough Avery is precisely what the roster requires and at no cost to the current lineup – at least not yet.
Smart enough to have learned his lesson; young enough to still ooze with energy, grateful plenty for a second chance, Gabbo, I predict, be a galvanizing force in the dressing room as well as on the ice.
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