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NHL Looking For Ratings Therefore No Small Market Teams

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

At 3 p.m. today, the mind-set of the National Hockey League's New York office will undergo a radical shift. Until that time, the movers and shakers will be doing what they have done all season -- silently but fervently rooting for the success of the small-market teams. But after 3 p.m., they'll fall back on the widely accepted attitude so succinctly expressed by the late John McMullen, owner of the New Jersey Devils at the time, when he said: "To hell with the small-market teams."

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Jagr Needs A Protractor

In last night's loss to Atlanta, Jagr was called for a penalty in OT for using an illegal stick. In the shootout another Jagr stick was measured and found to be illegal therefore eliminating him from participation in the shootout. "It was not illegal," Jagr insisted. "I know they're going to measure. Why would I go out with an illegal stick? It depends on how you measure it. You have to measure from the bottom of the stick. If [the referee] doesn't do it, what are you going to do?"

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NYI Pull Plug On Season

from the NY Post,

The Islanders essentially pulled the plug on their season last night when they traded popular right wing Mark Parrish and defenseman Brent Sopel to Los Angeles for young talents Jeff Tambellini, Denis Grebeshkov and a conditional draft pick. While the deal was made for the future, at present the Islanders have had a dependable core player and assistant captain ripped from the room.
more (reg. req.)

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JFJ A .286 Hitter

frsom Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

John Ferguson has a plan. I know this to be true because he keeps telling me he has a plan. He said so last April. He said so last June. "The plan," he said, "is already in motion." Last August, after free agency began and the Leafs didn't, he said: "We have a plan and we're sticking to it."
read on

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Gainey Takes A Chance

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

I'll say this about Bob Gainey: the guy has never been afraid to take chances. He has the backbone to rock the boat. Trouble is, there's always the chance of sinking it. Jose Theodore for David Aebischer? Hoo boy! Clearly, for the Canadiens, it starts with the money game. Salary-cap money. With Theodore, his three-year contract, ($4.5 million this season) averages out to $5.3 million.

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Good Morning

I wonder who made the decsision to do a service upgrade to the streaming of the Fan 590 in Toronto today? Hopefully it is an overnight thing and will be up sometime this morning. update 9:23am, FYI, the Fan 590 stream is now working.

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Rumors Everywhere

deom Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Wild is demanding a king's ransom for D Willie Mitchell. The Canucks are interested, but Vancouver GM David Nonis is having a difficult time choking back Minny's asking price of a No. 1 pick and a top prospect. The Flyers are also looking for blue-line help, but they aren't going to give up F Mike Richards in return.
read on for all kinds of last minute rumors...

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Recchi & LeClair May Be Moving On

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Precisely who the Penguins are shopping -- and with whom they are willing to part -- isn't clear, but right winger Mark Recchi remains the leading candidate to change teams. At least six clubs have inquired about his availability and, unless Recchi declines to approve a deal, it's nearly certain that he'll be moved. Left winger John LeClair, who had four goals in five games before last night, could draw some interest, although no specific team is known to have shown interest.

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Witt Waiting For His Next Destination

from the Washington Post (reg. req.),

Witt "made a difficult situation very easy," Capitals Coach Glen Hanlon said. "He played extremely hard every game. He's made a decision for his family and his career and we respect that. We just want to make sure that when we play against him, that we beat him." Nashville and Vancouver appear to be the leading candidates to land Witt, but the New York Rangers are also said to be interested.

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Jokinen Apparently Off The Market

from the Palm Beach Post, While General Manager Mike Keenan declined interview requests on the eve of the deadline Tuesday night, Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said Keenan had informed Senators GM John Muckler that Jokinen had been taken off the market. "It looks like they're going to try and sign him," Murray, the former Panthers GM, told the Ottawa media. continued

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