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Rangers Have Decisions To Make

from Bruce Garrioch of theOttawa Sun,

The Rangers haven’t had any talks with G Henrik Lundqvist, who can become a restricted free agent July 1 and is making $4.25 million this season. The Rangers are going to have to pony up about $8 million per season on a new contract to fend off the threat of an offer sheet from a team looking for goaltending help. The Lightning, Kings and Oilers would all be in the running.

If the Rangers decide to trade W Jaromir Jagr at the deadline, Detroit is a possible destination.

much more rumor talk…

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Problem In Pittsburgh

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The fall out of favor of Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik, scratched from the last two games, is merely symbolic of the dysfunction striking the Penguins.

A notable number of players in the room harbor bitter feelings toward head coach Michel Therrien and assistant Andre Savard. There is resentment, we’re told, over the manner in which veteran Mark Recchi was waived. Ruutuu and Gary Roberts have asked for trades.

more and some Simon and NHLPA talk too…

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Why Boo Briere

from Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

The comments have been nearly nonstop on whether Daniel Briere should have been booed mercilessly when he returned to Buffalo on Friday. And the words are passionate on both sides of the argument. One site even had to shut down the message board topic because the chatter turned into fans with opposing views typing vulgarities at each other.

For even more words on the matter, here we go: The booing of Briere was absolutely wrong, especially at the start of the game.

He helped make the Sabres matter again. When he arrived, games consisted of about 9,000 fans and a few writers.

read on and just a little reminder, Sergei Fedorov still gets booed in Detroit so it will probably continue in Buffalo too.

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Stick Debate

from Canada.com,

This hot-and-cold argument has raged almost from the time composite sticks became popular, early in the 2002-03 season. It was very much a topic in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ dressing room Friday after defenceman Pavel Kubina’s stick disintegrated as he leaned into a wide-open slapshot in Tampa on Thursday, which might have provided the visitors with a last-minute victory.

Instead, the Lightning broke away on an odd-man rush and Vincent Lecavalier slapped in the decisive tally with 41.6 seconds left in regulation time.

“Yeah, a broken stick probably cost us a game the other night,” forward Matt Stajan said.

read on

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Havlat Returns To Ottawa

from the Ottawa Sun,

Once the Blackhawks winger found out Chicago was playing in Ottawa, he purchased a private box at Scotiabank Place for all his close buddies in the capital….

“It’s going to be special to come back there and play in my first game,” said Havlat, 26, the Senators’ top pick in 1999 with the No. 26 selection. “I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. There were so many good nights in that building, so many special moments and the thing I enjoyed the most was that we always had a team that made the playoffs.

“We always had a chance ever year. The winning, and having the chance to win, was always something I enjoyed. That’s what every hockey player wants to have in his career.”


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Inside Sources

from Puck-rakers,

Minutes after the Blue Jackets escaped with a 2-1 win over the last-place L.A. Kings, a Russian journalist approached coach Ken Hitchcock with a bizarre question.

Were the Blue Jackets about to trade Sergei Fedorov to the Montreal Canadiens? The reporter said this is what his sources in Moscow are telling him.

Hitchcock denied the rumor. Fedorov, a free agent at season’s end, might be traded but it seems a bit early for such a deal….

OK, here’s the other little nugget of the night. New York Rangers scout Rick Kehoe has been spotted here on three occasions in recent weeks. On Thursday, Jackets’ general manager Scott Howson watched the Rangers play in Minnesota. Hey, we can speculate, no?



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Forget Practice, We’ll Have A Two Hour Meeting

from the Mercury News,

Just as the Sharks were supposed to begin practice Friday, they instead headed off the ice and right back to the locker room. And for two hours they talked.

At the prompting of General Manager Doug Wilson, the players held a closed-door, marathon meeting without the coaches present as they tried to sort out why a trendy pick to compete for the Stanley Cup continues to perform below expectations.

Consider this your official confirmation: Nobody is happy in Sharksland….

Nabokov and several other players declined to give specifics about what was said. But they indicated that Doug Wilson talked to the team first and then the floor was opened for the players to speak their minds about a team that has been inconsistent and sometimes lacked competitive fire.

read on (reg. may be req.)

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Knee Surgery For Justin Williams

from the News & Observer,

Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams will have reconstructive knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will be out of action for four to six months, the team has announced.

Williams suffered the injury when he was hit in the offensive zone during the first period of Thursday night’s game against the Florida Panthers.


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MRI For Holmstrom

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

I just spoke with Wings general manager Ken Holland and he said Tomas Holmstrom won’t play Saturday at Minnesota because of an injured right knee. Holmstrom is flying back to Detroit and will have an MRI on Saturday morning….

“After the game we didn’t think it was anything significant,” Holland said. “He woke up this morning and it’s a little swollen and tender in some areas. He’s not playing tomorrow night.”

a little more...

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  Tags: tomas+holmstrom

Tough Day For Craig MacDonald

via Lightning Strikes,

An update on center Craig MacDonald, who had to leave Thursday’s game after being hit in the mouth with a wrist shot from Maple Leafs defenseman Hal Gill.

The team said on Friday MacDonald lost nine teeth, five cleanly while four were shaved in half. He received numerous stitches to his tongue and the inside of his lower lip, and a few more on his chin.

As if that weren’t enough, Friday morning he needed three root canals.

Amazing that given all that damage he skated himself off the ice. He’s a hockey player.

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