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Starting All Over

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

What if the NHL started from scratch?

What if every player’s contract was shredded and we started all over?

What if the NHL restocked all 30 teams through a league-wide draft in which every player was available?

What would the first round look like?

Well, I’m going to play the part. I’ll be all 30 general managers. Once I take a player, I have to react, but as another organization, considering history and market. Money is not a factor.


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Lightning May Have To Take A Half-Step Back

from the St. Petersburg Times,

So rather than proximity to the playoffs determining whether Tampa Bay will be a buyer or seller, Campbell spoke generally of “reconfiguring your team to give it the best chance to win as soon as possible.”

And while he said, “There is no plan today to give up on the season” and “we could be buyers,” he acknowledged this scenario:

“So you sit back and say, ‘We could make the playoffs because of the maturity of our team, but maybe we’re not ready to go to the Eastern Conference or Stanley Cup finals.’ So you know what? Maybe we take a half-step back for this year, but it makes us that much stronger for next year.”

Players on a team fighting for their playoff lives said they can’t worry about what is happening in the front offices.

more on Tampa Bay…

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Capitals Getting Noticed

from the CP via the Hockey News,

“The guys are just starting to really believe that we’re a good hockey team,” said Kolzig. “It took a little while. After so many years of losing, especially with young guys, you have to learn how to win.”

And the fans have noticed. While the Caps remain 27th in the league with an average home attendance of 14,431, they’re up 19 per cent in the New Year to 16,033 and over the last three games drew 17,205, 18,204 and 17,873.

more on Washington…

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How The East May Shake Out At The Trade Deadline

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

The NHL trade deadline is two weeks away and as the deadline draws near, there will be more and more talk. While the talk won’t necessarily result in a lot of blockbuster deals, there will surely be movement as some teams gear up for the playoffs while others set their sights for the future.

Here is a breakdown of upcoming free agents, prospects and other players that may be among those discussed in trade talks.

continue on for a look at the Eastern Conference…

added 4:03pm, You can look at the West too…

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Campbell Wants To Stay In Buffalo

from the Buffalo News,

Defenseman Brian Campbell reiterated today that he hopes the Buffalo Sabres do not move him before the NHL trade deadline and, in fact, said he’s still hopeful of working out a new contract with the team.

Asked after the team’s pregame skate in Scotiabank Place if he expects to be with the Sabres next year, Campbell’s answer was, “That’s what I fully expect.”


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Facing The Public Opinion Court

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Defenceman Ryan O’Byrne and Tom Kostopoulos were arrested yesterday, and the first thing that jumped out at me as I read the police report was the time and place of the incident - 3 a.m. outside a bar.

Over the years, we’ve seen numerous stories about athletes running afoul of the law. The offences have run the gamut from players urinating in alleys to incidents where people have been killed. The two constants in many of those cases have been alcohol and late hours.

How come these incidents nev er take place at 3 p.m. in a library?

The legal system will decide whether O’Byrne is guilty of third-degree grand theft and whether Kostopoulos was out of bounds when he went to the defence of his teammate and was charged with resisting arrest without violence.

But the two have already been subjected to the court of public opinion and they’re both guilty of being stupid.


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Exciting Time Of Year

from Media News,

The NHL trading deadline has become the most active in pro sports. Dozens of players change jerseys in the days leading up to the final point where general mangers can shape their rosters. As many as 46 have switched teams on the last day alone.

“It’s the most exciting time of year,” said defenseman Craig Rivet, who came to the Sharks from Montreal two days before the 2007 deadline. “It’s the working engine of the NHL. It makes things interesting. Teams are trying to get better. Teams are trying to sell players off, looking into next year.”

The weeks leading up to the deadline are filled with trade reports, magnified in the Internet era with speculation often masquerading as fact. The deals that do get done? Few see those coming, including the players involved.

read on about the Sharks need for a dman…

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Finding Someone To Play With Modano

from the Star-Telegram,

Who exactly is going to be that guy for Mo in the playoffs?

Do you want the good news? Or the bad?

The bad is a trade for a sniper is probably a pipe dream. Too many teams have playoff aspirations, and those who don’t are talking crazy talk when called.

Why give up talented young defenseman like Matt Niskanen (real age 21, looks 14) or Nicklas Grossman (real age 23, also looks 14) and who knows how much else when Marian Hossa can be had in free agency?

Or for Miroslav Satan (which is Slovakian for Ladislav Nagy II)?

And does anybody want to ask goalie Marty Turco to waive his no-trade clause for Martin St. Louis? Vincent Lecavalier, maybe. St. Louis, only if everybody at StarsCentral is partaking in the pipe part of the dream.


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Message Sent

from the Ottawa Sun,

“I think it’s a message again to the community that this team wants to win a Stanley Cup,” the Senators GM said after sending defenceman Joe “Uh Oh” Corvo and winger Patrick Eaves to the Carolina Hurricanes for productive winger Cory Stillman and brawny defenceman Mike Commodore. “Does this put us closer? I believe so.”

As does his coach, John Paddock.

“It sends a message to the league, besides the fans here, that we’re serious,” said Paddock. “Teams that are really after players that have got Stanley Cup rings ... I think the message is clear, what the objective of this team is.”

read on

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Avery Belongs In New York

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Something is going on with Avery, who has not spoken to the press since last Tuesday morning. He did not talk after what must have been a mortifying game for him that night against the Kings, his worst as a Ranger. He did not talk after the following day’s fight with Marek Malik. Teammates have said that he’s been uncharacteristically quiet.

And what’s going on with Avery can likely be traced back to his impending free agency and the perception in his own mind that he’s no longer a favorite son.

read on

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