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Holland Won’t Deal Prospects

from the Windsor Star,

“I can tell you what I want to give, but if the other guy doesn’t want it, then there’s no deal,” Holland said.
Holland makes no bones about what lengths he’s willing to go to make it happen.
“To trade a player off our roster, we’re going to have to get a much better player,” he said. “Would we trade away a draft pick? Yeah, we’d trade a draft pick.”
What he’s not as willing to do is deal prospects. Competing for the Stanley Cup year after year has cost the Wings several draft picks, and their future talent pool isn’t nearly as deep as other clubs.
“We might have 5, 6, 7 players we think are going to be NHLers, while some other team might have a dozen,” Holland said.

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Coffey Happy With What He Does

from the National Post via Canada.com,

But there were no goaltenders, nor Calgary Flames forecheckers to be found at Coffey’s Toyota dealership in Bolton the other day, just a crew of employees who had been slugged in the gut by a colleague’s abrupt departure for a competitor.
Coffey had heard a few speeches in his time. From Glen Sather, Scotty Bowman and the rest.
But now it was his turn to do the talking.
“When we lost Carter, I said to Dean our sales manager: ‘It’s time for you to step up,’ ” Coffey says. “I said to him: when Gretzky left in ‘88 Messier stepped up. And Dean said to me: ‘F—-, I love Messier. I love Messier.’
“They love when I talk about that stuff around here.”

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Players Blogging On FHM

from Hockey Rants,

As I was wasting time around the web, as I am prone to do, I came across FHM’s (For Him Magazine) website, which has an interesting web-based project called The NHL Locker Room.
They’ve signed up a few NHL players and personalities who do a few journal entries (faux blog style) for the site, including Martin Havlat, Marty Turco, Marian Hossa, Jeremy Roenick, and Derek Boogaard.

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Father, Son, And Cancer

from Mark Ormsby Of The Toronto Star:

They are bound by blood, defined by hockey and mirrored in each other’s voice and looks.
They even share a name.
John Ferguson.
When an aggressive form of prostate cancer burrowed into the father’s bones in 2006, it was only natural the son would help steady his father through the knee-buckling load of drugs, radiation and exhaustion the disease inflicts on anxious families. Another round of chemotherapy began yesterday in Toronto as père and fils brace themselves for the next difficult stage in the cancer fight.

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Things Are Looking Up For Budaj

from the Toronto Sun:

Every time he steps on to the ice at Denver’s Pepsi Center, the kid from St. Mike’s knows all too well he is guarding the same crease once occupied by the legendary Patrick Roy.
In fact, Peter Budaj is reminded of it whenever he peers skyward at the rafters.
“Whether it be a game or a practice, I find myself looking up at Patrick’s banner all the time,” Budaj said from Denver. “It’s an honour to be following in his tradition, so I don’t care if I’m in his shadow. I’m actually grateful to be in the shadow of the greatest goalie in hockey history.”

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Dogfight In The East

from the National Post via the Ottawa Citizen,

...prior to last night’s results, only nine points separate the sixth-place Pittsburgh Penguins from the 14th-place Boston Bruins. And why only four points divide the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs and new York Islanders.
With about 30 games remaining in the regular season—and the trade deadline less than four weeks away—here is a breakdown of the six main teams that are battling for the final two playoff spots:

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Hockey Fans Are Hockey Fans

from the Leader-Post,

Contrary to what some may believe, hockey is no laughing matter south of the border.
Not to Melrose, anyway.
“The Americans are great people and they love hockey,” he continued. “I just talk to them like I talk to my buddies back in Kelvington. Hockey fans are hockey fans, wherever they are. Some may know a little bit more than others but others make up for it with excitement. Hockey is certainly not as big in the United States as it is in Canada and it’s something we’re continuing to work on but the American hockey fan is a passionate hockey fan, no doubt about it.”

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Drury One Of The Top 6 Forwards

from the Buffalo News,

The goal was clearly stated back in the summer of 2003. The Buffalo Sabres wanted to acquire a top-six forward, someone who’d fit on one of the top two lines. So they traded for Chris Drury.
They got more than they were asking for. Drury is no longer just a top-six forward on his own team. It could be argued he’s grown into one of the top six forwards in the Eastern Conference, if not the whole NHL.
Drury is getting better at every facet of the game. His offensive talent has long been recognized. He scored 20 or more goals in his first five seasons. He set a career high last year with 30.

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Bring It On

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The message seemed to be: Bring it on.
“The main thing is, we stick together,” Penguins center and NHL leading scorer Sidney Crosby said yesterday. “As long as we keep that pack mentality, where everyone sticks up for each other, and we make sure that if they’re messing with one guy, they’re messing with the rest of the team, too, that makes us a tough team to play against.”

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Red On Shanny

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Shanahan shouldn’t be blaming the referees. Instead, it lies with the blizzard of new rules in this new My NHL 2. Calls made on some nights aren’t called on others, and the biggest reason for it is that refereeing is difficult enough without having all of their calls assessed and often second-guessed on television monitors by a gang of hanging judges in Toronto.
Referees enter every game wearing cuffs - at least in their own minds - and it’s been that way ever since the two-referee system was introduced. Their jobs depend on it. At the very least, their calls dictate how far they’re allowed to work in the playoffs - if at all.

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