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Florida Brings Back Semenov

from the Miami Herald,

The Florida Panthers are bruised and battered these days, and today reached out to an old friend for help.
Defenseman Alexei Semenov, who left the organization for Russia earlier this season, has rejoined the team and will be available to play Tuesday in Montreal.

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Credibility Out The Window

Alanah at Canucks and Beyond gives her view of a certain blogger appearing on Sportsnet’s trade deadline hockey show.
Make sure to check out J.J.‘s Canucks Hockey Blog which she points to-  Fine points all around.
For once, I am glad we do not get Sportsnet in the U.S.!

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Flyers Extend Kapanen

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have agreed to a two-year contract extension with 5’10”, 185-pound forward Sami Kapanen, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren. Kapanen is now signed through the 2008-09 season. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“We are excited about having Sami around for a few more years,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “We feel that he brings a lot of qualities to our hockey team in terms of what he does both on and off the ice. He is a quality person and he’s a good utility player who can play anywhere in our lineup.”

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Sometimes It Happens

from the CP via TSN,

It was so scary that Pittsburgh Penguins winger Ronald Petrovicky, who decked Newbury with a series of rights Saturday night, called the next day to make sure he was OK.
“I appreciate that and I told him that,” Newbury said Monday in the Leafs’ dressing room. “It was a freak accident that happens every once in a while in the game.”
They spoke for 10 minutes.
“I told him it wasn’t his fault,” said Newbury, who turns 25 next Monday. “He felt bad about what happened.”

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ROY Leader

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

To me, Staal is now at the top of the Rookie of the Year class. He has produced offense despite playing minimal minutes, averaging six fewer minutes per game than the Kings’ Anze Kopitar and five fewer than Malkin. Malkin and Kopitar have had ample power-play time compared to Staal, boosting their overall points totals. However, Staal’s meaningful minutes, defensive acumen, offensive production and shot-blocking grit make him the rookie with the largest impact.

much more from John, a huge mailbag…

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Remember This

from the newest blog of Stan Fischler,

Not that I’m into bragging or anything like that, but, remember, it was The Maven who reassured all you Rangers fans that the Blueshirts still had a heartbeat.
And let’s not forget that these reassurances were issues while virtually every other media type – especially the print guys – were jumping OFF the New York bandwagon faster than a Jagr wrist shot….
As I told you before the other blokes got around to it, the Sean Avery acquisition is the STEAL of steals and would be the catalyst for a revival.

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Zetterberg Leads The Three Stars

via NHL.com,

NEW YORK—Detroit Red Wing left wing Henrik Zetterberg, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Martin Havlat and Dallas Stars goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 11.
Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League’s top performances over the past week.

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Kolzig Suffers Injury During Practice

from the Capitals Insider,

Goaltender Olie Kolzig went down with what appeared to be a groin injury during today’s practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The extent of the injury was not immediately known. But I can safely say that it didn’t look good.

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update 2:52pm, reports are he will miss at least three weeks with a knee injury.

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Sellers

from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

So much for the concern that there would be next to little action before the Feb. 27 NHL trade deadline.
So much for the concern the salary cap would be too much of an impediment to activity, and that there wouldn’t be enough obvious sellers because of the closeness of the conference races.
So much for the worry that moving the trade deadline back to late February would suffocate the market.

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Emery Gets Three Games

via TSN,

The National Hockey League has suspended goaltender Ray Emery for three games after his slash on Canadiens forward Maxim Lapierre on Saturday.

added 12:21pm,

TORONTO (Feb. 12, 2007) – Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of a slashing incident during NHL game #835 against the Montreal Canadiens on February 10.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Emery will forfeit $14,839.56. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Emery was assessed a minor penalty for slashing Canadiens player Maxim Lapierre at 7:52 of the second period.
Emery will miss Senators’ games Feb. 14 against Florida, Feb. 17 against Atlanta and Feb. 20 against Edmonton. He will be eligible to return Feb. 22 at Buffalo.

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