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The Talk Of Trades

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via the Toronto Sun,

Will Peter Forsberg be changing addresses at the NHL trade deadline next month?
At this point, it is doubtful….
Minnesota general manager Doug Risebrough has sent out a fax to all 29 teams to let them know winger Pascal Dupuis is available….
Several teams have called the Bruins about defenceman Brad Stuart—including the Oilers, Sharks, Wings and Canucks….

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Give The Medal Back

via the CP,

The gold medal-winning goalie from Canada’s sledge hockey team had his most prized possession stolen at a charity event Saturday.
Paul Rosen of Thornhill, Ont., was signing autographs at a fundraiser for spinal chord research at Downsview Park in north Toronto when he turned around and discover the theft.
“I don’t care if it was a lark. I don’t want to prosecute. I just want it back,” Rosen said. “I worked for four years every single day to win that medal.”
Rosen made 18 saves to help Canada defeat Norway 3-0 in the Paralympic Winter Games gold-medal games last march in Turin, Italy.

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Kings Will Become Sellers

from the LA Times,

Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky probably will remain with the Kings, team officials said Saturday at a meeting with season-ticket holders.
Visnovsky, the subject of several trade rumors, is a “core player” who “we’ll look to sign this summer,” Ron Hextall, assistant general manager, told fans. He later qualified that by saying, “Well, I would never say never, but it would take a lot.”
Still, although Visnovsky appears to be an untouchable, General Manager Dean Lombardi indicated the Kings would now start to look to next season as the Feb. 27 trade deadline approaches.
“With the way the team is now, we will end up being sellers while many other teams are buyers,” Lombardi said. “We can end up getting good young players and picks.”

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Forget GAA, Sv%- Think PI

from Jeff Z. Klein & Karl-Eric Reif of the New York Times,

A rating system called the Perseverance Index gives fans a better read on whose save percentage benefits from a light workload and whose suffers beneath a hail of frozen vulcanized rubber.
Basically, it combines six parts save percentage to one part shots against. Above is a chart of the top performances this season by that measure, through Friday’s games, with category leaders in bold.

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Forget Parity

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

At the risk of being banned from every NHL arena, parity might be overrated.
I used to be all for it. I used to preach and preach about the importance of it in Sunday columns when I worked in another market….
Apparently, I was wrong. Clearly the fans aren’t buying into the fact that 23 teams of about identical stature have amazingly defied mathematics to all be above “.500.”
Just look at the attendance. And not the attendance figures the NHL releases, but actually walk into arenas or turn on your TV. Most every U.S. market’s arena is half to three-quarters full.

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First Japenese-Born NHL Player Sees The Ice

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Los Angeles Kings goalie Yutaka Fukufuji became the first Japanese-born person to play in the NHL when he entered Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues at the start of the third period.
Fukufuji replaced Barry Brust, who allowed five goals in the first two periods.

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Therrien On the Hot Seat

from TBM at NBC Sports,

As Pittsburgh stumbles into the weekend with just three wins in their last eleven games, The Moose is hearing that Penguin management is seriously considering a coaching change before the team’s playoff hopes disappear completely. The only factor holding them back is a lack of qualified replacements.

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NHL All Stars

Your complete roster for both conferences.

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NBC Games

Not a good start for NBC and their affiliates.
Here in Detroit via Comcast, we are getting the Pens/Flyers game in HD, but numerous video breakups and black screen for a few moments.
Hopefully they will get things settled down.

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A Long Day Of Live Blogging

Follow along with Alanah at C&B today, tonight, and for some of us, even tomorrow, as she live-blogs during HDIC.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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