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Boosting the Roster Before Deadline Day

From Lyle Richardson (Spector) at FoxSports:

With the NHL trade deadline less than a month away and the race for playoff berths in both conferences heating up, several teams could soon find themselves in the market for roster depth to improve their postseason chances.

Here’s a look at several of the Eastern Conference clubs struggling to nail down playoff positions. We’ll examine the Western teams next week.

Montreal Canadiens: They’ve blown hot and cold throughout this season and have only two victories in their last seven games since mid-January. GM Bob Gainey signaled a month ago he was interested in adding an experienced puck-moving defenseman. With top-scoring center Robert Lang out for the season he might also need a first- or second-line center. Ignore those silly rumors of Gainey selling the farm for Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier. That’s not going to happen.

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  Tags: trade+deadline, trade+rumors

Malkin Discovers That Bribery Works

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

Yesterday afternoon, Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Luca Caputi was a guest on former WCW announcer Mark Madden’s 105.9 FM “The X” radio show (listen to the podcast here). The conversation turned to Penguins star Evgeni Malkin, and Caputi let slip an interesting behind-the-scenes detail about Pittsburgh’s huge rally to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning the other night: That Malkin offered up $1,000 between periods if the Penguins came back to win.

read on for a transcription of the relevant part of the interview.

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Manny Legace Waived by St. Louis

From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

The Blues will place goaltender Manny Legace on waivers at 11 a.m. today, the Post-Dispatch has learned.

The team will know this weekend whether Legace has been claimed by another team.

If he is not, Legace will be sent to Peoria. 

“It’s extremely tough,” Legace said this morning. “You play your heart out for a team, and the minute you hit a little bit of a rough patch, they dump on you.

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Update 1:11pm ET: Press Release from the St. Louis Blues—

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has recalled goaltender Chris Holt from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

Update 1:20pm ET: From Jeff Gordon at St. Louis Today

Actually, the Blues hockey staff has been patient this season. Legace started the year as the clear No. 1 goaltender and had every chance to keep that job.

With top prospect Ben Bishop needing more time in Peoria, Legace had a chance to extend his stay in a city he clearly loves. But nagging injuries and inconsistency marred his season and hurt the Blues’ competitive chances.

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Talking About Racial Diversity in Hockey

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News:

Hockey and Black History Month have a sort of awkward relationship. Inevitably, February serves as the convenient time to tell stories of diversity in the NHL’s past and present, but also consequently reminds the reader how these plotlines are largely ignored during the other 11 months of the year.

This presents much hand-wringing amongst members of hockey’s media, who, by and large, have the diversity of a John Mayer fan club. The result? Wishy-washy columns about how skin color shouldn’t matter anymore backed up by testimonials from black NHLers forced to confirm a loaded question: Hockey’s not racist, right? Your teammates, the 20-plus guys you see every day for nine months and will no doubt hear your answer to this question, aren’t racist, right?

Talk about a Catch-22.

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AHL Coaches to the NHL

From Brian Compton at NHL.com:

With many successful coaches in the NHL, it can be difficult for aspiring coaches to reach the most prominent League in the sport. This season, though, there’s been somewhat of a breakthrough, and it’s due to the number of talented coaches the American Hockey League has produced.

Entering this season, nine coaches who began the 2007-08 campaign behind an AHL bench were at the top level. With only 30 teams in the NHL. Just last week, Cory Clouston became the ninth when he took over for Craig Hartsburg behind the Ottawa Senators bench.

NHL.com takes a closer look at the 10 AHL head coaches who have moved to the NHL this season.

Cory Clouston— Cory Clouston was at the halfway point in his second AHL season with the Binghamton Senators when he got the call from Ottawa General Manager Bryan Murray to replace Craig Hartsburg.

continued… with the other nine coaches who’ve made the NHL jump this past year

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  Tags: coaches

Recchi Not Showing His Age

From Damian Cristodero at the St. Petersburg Times:

Sometimes, Mark Recchi said, the life of a 41-year-old professional athlete isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

“Some days, it gets a little, you know,” said Recchi, who went on to describe an occasional reluctance “to go and do my 25 sprints and feel like pukin’. “

The results, though, must make Recchi feel it is worth it.

The Lightning right wing’s 35 points and 24 assists are third on the team behind Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier.

continued with a look at Recchi’s potential to be moved before the deadline

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Tkachuk Trade Speculation

From Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com:

Tkachuk is no stranger to trade deadline turmoil.

In 2007, with Tkachuk an unrestricted free agent, the Blues sent him to the Atlanta Thrashers, a team desperate to make the playoffs. The Thrashers did make it to the post-season with Tkachuk, but were swept in the first round by the New York Rangers. Tkachuk then re-signed with the Blues in the off-season.

At the 2001 trade deadline, Tkachuk went to the Blues for the first time in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes for Michal Handzus, Ladislav Nagy, Jeff Taafe and a first-round draft.

This year?

read on

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  Tags: keith+tkachuk, trade+deadline

Rangers Want Avery Back

From Larry Brooks at the New York Post:

The Rangers have conducted thorough internal discussions regarding the feasibility of bringing Sean Avery back to Broadway and appear to be on the verge of allowing Dallas to send Hockey’s Public Enemy No. 1 to Hartford in what would be the first step of the process, The Post has learned.

The organizational meetings included management personnel, coaches and players. They yielded a consensus that Avery’s return to the Rangers New York Rangers is very much worth pursuing and that his injection into the lineup this season would be a constructive move.

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Update 10:14am ET: From Steve Zipay at Blue Notes:

Should the Rangers reacquire Avery—-who hasn’t played since Nov. 30 after being suspended for an inappropriate televised remark about former girlfriends and would first have to pass through waivers twice—-it could pretty much detour any other significant deals before the trade deadline.

I think the Rangers could be kicking the tires—-team execs speak a lot—-but I can’t believe this is anything but a long shot for this season, especially after Avery’s remarks about some current Rangers as a Star.

Update 11:36am ET: An overview of all the speculation and issues from Stu Hackel at the NYT Slapshot blog.

Update 12:19pm ET: Deadspin today is looking forward to Avery return, and speculates on his recent behavioral therapy—

The details of his treatment haven’t been specified, but I imagine it’s Avery being shuffled around from doctor to doctor trying to explain that there’s actually nothing wrong with him, and the NHL is just antiquated and boring. Then they show him a picture of a black splotch on a white piece of paper, give him some Prozac, and then pump him full of positive reinforcement before he goes off shopping for chinchilla-lined pea coats.

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  Tags: sean+avery

Strong Outing From Giguere Gives Carlyle Options

Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Coach Randy Carlyle, who had ridden mostly strong play from backup Jonas Hiller for five consecutive games and seven of the previous eight, again has two seemingly attractive options when choosing whom to play in Saturday’s matinee against the Calgary Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

“Hopefully, it’s a starting point for Jiggy,” Carlyle said. “He made some big stops. He gave us a chance, gave us everything he had. That’s a huge positive.

“It’s good to see him back in the net.”

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Up To The Players In Calgary

Via The Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

The Flames failed quite emphatically in yet another opportunity to test their ‘elite team’ credentials against the young, relentless, Hawks.

That’s three losses on the trot. With Anaheim and Montreal due in within the next four days.

Clearly, Sutter and Keenan both took their shot at trying to shake them out of their lethargy. And failed.  It’s now up to the players themselves to get this sorted out before this mini-slide starts getting out of hand, in a hurry.

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