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Blackhawks Continue To Build

from the Chicago Tribune,

Tallon could pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman as soon as Friday, and it likely would be more significant than Thursday’s deal in which he sent seldom-used defenseman Magnus Johansson to the Florida Panthers for a seventh-round draft selection in 2009.

“We’re excited about where we’re going, and we’re going to try to get better every day,” Tallon said. “That’s the bottom line. We’re not going to sit.”

In his quest to ride the momentum this season has generated, Tallon likely will continue to seek deals and could venture into big-name territory closer to the NHL’s Feb. 26 trade deadline.

“We’re looking at our options,” Tallon said. “Whether it’s a big deal or not, it has to make sense for us. We’re building something for the future here.”

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Fading Hope

from the Tampa Tribune,

It would have been a fine night to start something, anything, especially after winning in New York on Tuesday, then grabbing the lead against Pittsburgh.

Instead, a Lightning team that was coming off a four-game road trip in which it scored three or more goals scored just one at the Forum on Thursday, despite 36 shots and a four-minute power play in the third period (six shots, one crossbar, no goals).

“We’re trying to build on anything,” St. Louis said.

The building is close to being condemned.

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Lundqvist Has To Be Better

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Last night’s tying goal was scored at 8:45 of the second because of the netminder’s indecision playing a potential icing. The third goal - the winner -was scored on a shot from the left corner that originated from below the goal line.

“I can’t let in goals like these in a game like this; I have to better,” Lundqvist said. “I think as a team we’re fighting the game right now, and the same goes for me.

“I want to be the one to make the difference for our team, and I haven’t been. It’s very disappointing, but I’m not going to give up.”

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No Complaining Allowed

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Well, isn’t this interesting. Didn’t we have a year-long lockout a couple of years ago because teams like the Washington Capitals couldn’t afford to pay runaway salaries like the one they’re going to be giving Alex Ovechkin for the next 13 seasons?

So this is what you must do the next time Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, or any one of his cronies complain about their financial state.

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Dominic Moore On Waivers

from Russo’s Rants,

The Wild has placed center Dominic Moore on waivers, sources confirmed this morning, so Koivu will be able to return tomorrow in Chicago.

After talking to Jacques Lemaire, Doug Risebrough said Lemaire made clear he wants to continue to play Pavol Demitra at center and that Moore would be the odd guy out.

more on the Wild…

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  Tags: dominic+moore

Report- Ovechkin Signs

via RDS (translated),

Alexander Ovechkin is in Washington to stay. RDS a appris que le jeune attaquant russe vient de signer une prolongation de contrat de six ans d’une valeur de 54 M$ avec les Capitals. RDS has learned that the young Russian striker recently signed a contract extension of six years with a value of $ 54 million with the Capitals.

Update 3:02pm ET: From On Frozen Blog (*sourced at SovetskySport):

Earlier today, Alexander Ovechkin, accompanied by family and an attorney, walked into the Washington Capitals’ team offices in Arlington, Va., reviewed with counsel terms for a new contract with the club, and agreed to a six-year pact that will pay him $54 million.

Update: 3:18pm ET: TSN is citing the same reports.

update 3:31pm, TSN added to their link…

Contract negotiations between the Capitals and leading scorer Alexander Ovechkin continue a deal has yet to be reached.

added 4:04pm, from the AOL Fanhouse,

But hold one one second: TSN is now reporting that no deal has been reached and that negotiations are continuing. The bottom line: Stay tuned as we finally learn the fate of the player who has scored more goals in the NHL over the last three years than any other.

UPDATE: Kurt Kehl, the team’s Vice President of Communications is denying the story. Stay tuned for updates.

Update 4:25pm From Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals Insider:

I checked with one of my sources late last night at Verizon Center and was told that “the atmosphere is right” for a deal to come together, but he stopped short of confirming that terms had been reached or that a deal was imminent.

Update 5:32pm More from Capitals Insider,

Update:I can confirm that talks are going on right now at the Caps headquarters. But I’ve been told by my sources to refrain from going with the numbers that are out there right now.

added 5:52pm, via the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals will announce a new contract with left wing Alex Ovechkin at an 8:30 p.m. news conference at Verizon Center, immediately following the team’s Meet the Team Party for season-ticket holders.

added 6:59pm, 13 years, $124M!!!

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Magnus Johansson Traded To Florida

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have obtained a late round draft choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Magnus Johansson.

Johansson, 34, has played in 18 games for the Blackhawks this season, picking up four assists and four penalty minutes.  Johansson was originally acquired by the Blackhawks when he was signed as a free agent on June 4, 2007

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Chicago Extends Sopel

via the Daily Herald,

The Blackhawks and Brent Sopel have agreed on a three-year contract extension that will keep the veteran defenseman from becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Financial terms of the deal were being finalized. Sopel is being paid $1.5 million this season.

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King for a Day

From Chris Zelcovich at The Star,

“I was telling him about how even though he has cerebral palsy and is one of the smallest guys on the team, he’s one of our best players,” says Peddle. Then he said that Johnson was his hero.

Peddle’s father, who winters in Tampa, mentioned he lived next door to Johnson’s godfather, Jeff Horne. A few phone calls later, the rendezvous was set up after Horne learned that Hill was taking Desmond to L.A. to visit his aunt and attend Thursday’s game against the Maple Leafs.

Johnson says he jumped at the opportunity to meet Desmond when Horne called him.

“I had trouble believing anyone in Canada liked me,” Johnson says with a laugh, referring to some of the devastating hits he registered against Team Canada while playing for the U.S. at the world junior tournament in 2006. “When I heard he had cerebral palsy but was playing with older boys I thought I had to meet him.”

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Vanek Set Up for Failure

From Brian Duff at The Hockey News,

At 23-and-a-half, he had the world by the tail. Six months later, his family’s finances secure for generations to come, the world of hockey is spinning him by the tail, in a tale of too much too soon for a player who has yet to complete his third NHL season.

On Jan. 19, Thomas Vanek will turn 24. And try as he might to live up to the pressure of a seven-year pact worth $50 million, nothing on the ice is going his way.

You know, it’s funny. When Vanek signed his long-term deal, a lifelong supporter of the team suggested to me “a contract like this could kill his career.” Sadly, her foreshadowing has been accurate so far.

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