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Naslund Must Get Offensive

from the Vancouver Province,

Naslund started Tuesday’s game against Dallas playing with Brad Isbister and Mason Raymond. That didn’t last long and by the end he had played with just about every forward on the team.

“I think his overall attitude has been real good,” Vigneault said.

“But I do think the fact I’ve tried him with so many guys, his morale has been challenged. Mentally, he has been challenged. Sometimes his effort slips a little bit and it happens, probably, without him knowing.”

Whether his harsh critics believe it or not, $6 million can buy a lot less than Naslund.

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Move Out The Cars, Put The Ice In

from the Barrie Examiner,

There’s no room for cars in Tim Bailey’s two-car garage in a south Barrie neighbourhood.

The ‘Ice Box Arena’ takes up all of the floorspace, 16 feet by 14 feet of natural ice for his children and area kids to play hockey.

“You get in there and it really takes you back,” said Bailey, 47, a former professional hockey player. “You hear the kids playing and the laughter.

“It’s such a great feeling. The passion comes out in the neighbourhood.”

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Oilers Not Showing Up

from the Edmonton Journal,

Hard to watch. Easy to play.

Those aren’t the kind of calling cards any team wants attached to its logo, but they couldn’t describe the Oilers fruitless state of flux more perfectly.

Stuck between the team they want to be—a highly-skilled, high-offence attack—and the team they used to be—a band of relentless blue-collar mongrels who were short on talent and long on tenacity—the Oilers don’t do anything particularly well right now.

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Leafs Have Other Options

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

What the Leafs should try to block, however, is the possibility they would net nothing for Sundin before the trade deadline, and then he would play for some other team next season.

So get his name on a contract extension. The Leafs have no handy successor for him as captain or as their No. 1 centre, and probably won’t for several years.

If he doesn’t want to leave, lean on him to commit to stay. After all, there are other viable trade options.

Starting with Nik Antropov. He doesn’t have a no-trade contract, has another year on his cheap deal and any number of teams would pay heavily to get him in their lineup for the post-season. The Sharks and Red Wings would be happy to get an extra big body with which to confront the Ducks.

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Screw ESPN

from Rich Hofman of the Philadelphia Daily News,

You can’t measure our success whether or not we’re on ESPN,” (Ed) Snider said. “Screw ESPN. Most of our television is local and we do very well in our local markets.

“We could have gone to ESPN. They offered us bupkus. Then they acted like they had us over a barrel, that we had no place else to go. I never liked the way they treated us . . .

“Gary Bettman has done an absolutely fantastic job,” Snider said. “There is no equivocation on that at all.”

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Report: Phaneuf on Verge of New Flames Deal

From TSN,

It looks like the Calgary Flames are close to locking up one of their cornerstone players.

Sources tell TSN that Dion Phaneuf is on the verge of signing a contract extension with the club, with only a few minor details to be worked out.

added 8:27am, from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

For those of you obsessed with those silly Dion Phaneuf rumors being spread by the uninformed, TSN is reporting tonight that he’s on the verge of signing an extension with the Calgary Flames. That should put an end of all of the speculation.

By the way, I’ve been told that a certain blogger has been taking Devils’ info off of this site and posting it on his site without attribution. I hope it isn’t true because that would be unethical.

Well stated Tom!

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Kronwall Sustains Shoulder Injury

Niklas Kronwall was checked into the boards and his left shoulder was trapped against the glass. 

Babcock in his post game presser said it appears he has a slight separation, but will know more tomorrow.

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Kovalchuk Injured

From the AP via USAToday,

The Thrashers snapped a five-game losing streak, but Atlanta’s 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night might have been costly as leading scorer Ilya Kovalchuk left the game with an apparent knee injury.

Kovalchuk scored his 38th goal, but was forced out of the game for good in the second period. He was injured in a knee-on-knee hit from Pittsburgh’s Jarkko Ruutu and made a brief return later in the frame for one shift, but didn’t return.

Kovalchuk was leveled by Ruutu 3:21 into the second period. The collision left Kovalchuk laying on the ice in obvious pain in front of Atlanta’s bench before he limped to the locker room.

Updated 11:55pm ET: Video of the incident below.

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The Dallas Plan

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

So in the next three weeks, we are going to see if that can be done without the use of outside help. If it is clear it cannot, the Stars will attempt to make a trade for a shoot-first scorer who can play on Modano’s wing.

The co-GMs have made it clear they will not risk their future (top prospects or draft picks) to get said player. So what they have to deal from, probably, is a group that includes backup goalie Mike Smith, defenders such as Philippe Boucher, Mattias Norstrom and Trevor Daley, and forwards such as Ott, Halpern, Miettinen and Jokinen.

The plan is to try to compete for the Stanley Cup without doing anything too drastic. Some might say that is fence-sitting and that any fence-sitting plan is doomed to fail.

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Hockey in the Shredder

Most press releases sent out by the NHL’s hockey teams are simple and dry updates, as you’d expect—but the minor leagues come up with some rather creative promotions sometimes.

The University of Michigan’s new football coach Rich Rodriguez has become enemy #1 in Wheeling, W.Va., and so The Wheeling Nailers (the “AA” affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers) decided to take advantage of the hard feelings.

Below is the full text of the team’s official press release from a couple days ago:

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