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What Can The Leafs Do

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The way the Leafs are playing, the figurative end of their season is almost at hand. In the short term, Ferguson could fire Maurice, who cannot get his players to perform. But he, too, was not talking after the game, although he spent a lot of time around the Leaf dressing room engaged in a long conversation on his cellphone before telling the media he would have nothing to say.

Even if he is contemplating firing Maurice, Ferguson is in a difficult position. He would have to clear that move with Peddie and the MLSE board of directors. Since it is clear the board will dump Ferguson if the Leafs miss the playoffs, the directors may tell the GM there is no sense firing the coach because there will be an entire house-cleaning come spring.

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Secrets Revealed

That brings me to the next step. You need to sell your rumor. For the sake of time, let’s pretend your already have a medium to disseminate your rumor from. Print, internet, radio… Doesn’t matter. It’s all the same in the end. What you need to do now to make this thing serious, is that you need to be a salesman (or woman) about it. You have to know what you’re talking about (or at least sound like it) and convince your viewers that this is, in fact, inside information. Tell them how hard you’re working to find out the truth about the rumor. Tell your viewers that you have similar reports from multiple sources. And, most importantly, you have to leave them wanting more. Leave saying, “check back later for more updates” or better yet, use a classic “hook” like the pros—hint that there is more to the deal than is being revealed. “[Player]‘s name has been kicked around as part of the package, but I can’t confirm anything yet.”

Sources are the best invention ever. It’s simple and yet so amazing! You can’t be held accountable for what you say (“My source gave me bad info!”).

read on at Barry Melrose Rocks…

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Come Home Foppa

from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

OK, here’s my prediction of something soon regarding the Avalanche: they will make a BIG pitch to Peter Forsberg IF IF IF he decides he can play again this year. That decision should come soon. I’m not hearing anything overly negative about his latest condition, so it might happen.

Here’s why the Avs will make a big pitch if he wants to play: First, he’s still Peter Forsberg. Second, the Avs are DESPERATE for some offensive punch right now. Third, the Avs need to get some buzz back with their fans and sell some tickets.

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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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NHL TV Numbers Up

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Hockey audiences won’t challenge the numbers produced by football, baseball and basketball any time soon, but the bleeding caused by the cancelled 2004-05 season has stopped.

At the midway point of this season, national audiences on Versus are up 32 per cent from this time last year.

Versus is drawing numbers comparable with ESPN2’s viewership in 2003-04, which was the last year of its deal with the NHL.

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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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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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