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Wings Talk Trade Deadline

from the Detroit Free Press,

“It is going to be interesting, just because of how early the trade deadline is and how many teams think they have a chance to get into the playoffs,” Kirk Maltby said. “I think it’s not going to be like that last-day thing where you see a hundred trades all at once. I think the last week—week-and-a-half, whatever—is going to be done within that time frame.”
Chris Chelios pointed out that among the names being mentioned are St. Louis’ Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk and Philadelphia’s Peter Forsberg. The Wings are interested in Forsberg, and the fact that he used to play for Colorado hardly matters. “I would take him in a heartbeat,” Chelios said.


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Messier Always Wanted To Direct

from the Edmonton Sun:

Messier told Sun Media yesterday that he wants to take over from his old coach and GM when Glen Sather retires from the job in New York. Messier led the team to a first Stanley Cup since 1940 back in 1994.
Furthermore, Messier says he has decided to get proactive about it.

“I’m going to have discussions with Glen. I don’t know how long Glen is going to keep doing it. Maybe he’ll continue for another five or 10 years.



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Obstruction Creeping Back In?

from the Trenton Times:

The crackdown on obstruction fouls was started so superstars could showcase their skills. And for one season, it obviously worked. The number of power plays per game was up, scoring skyrocketed and the league hailed the coming of a new day, when superstars could be superstars and muckers and grinders would go the way of the mask-less goalie.
But in Season 2, some players see the bad old days coming back. Knuble said it’s not as bad the pre- lockout days—when playing in Boston, [Mike] Knuble watched linemate Joe Thornton often skate to the net with opponents hooked on like ice-skating leeches—but he has seen Forsberg’s frustration first hand.
“It’s got to be frustrating for guys at times,” Knuble said. “I’m sure players that have reputations, like Jagr and Peter, guys who carry the puck, grind it out in the corners and the way the new rules are, you can’t take the puck away from them a lot of times. You have to bend the rules. And they are letting them bend them a little bit.”



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The Power Of Intimidation

from Chris Foster of the LA Times:

The acquisition of winger George Parros by Ducks General Manager Brian Burke in November didn’t appear to rank high on the list of significant hockey transactions. After all, Parros, then of the Colorado Avalanche, had only five points in 74 NHL games.
Indeed, Burke’s trading of former first-round pick Stanislav Chistov appeared to make the most noise of the three he made that day.
The deal for Parros, however, raised some eyebrows around the league because the Ducks’ executive gave the Avalanche a second-round pick — something that has become valued currency in a new salary-cap landscape.
The message was clear: Fighting still matters.

continued (reg. req.)


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Pohl & Legace Have Faced Adversity

from the Globe and Mail (Tuesday edition),

Toronto Maple Leafs rookie John Pohl has never faced St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace in a National Hockey League game, but the two underdogs should feel a kinship when they share the ice tonight….
Pohl and Legace, who turned 34 on Sunday, have turned in tales of perseverance in their careers. Legace starred for Canada at the 1993 world junior championship, and Pohl was Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey in 1998 and an All-American at the University of Minnesota in 2002, but they had difficulty breaking into the NHL.


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What’s Up With Leetch

from the New York Times,

“It’s been great,” Leetch said in a recent telephone interview from his home in Boston. “I used to always be thinking about the game. It’s a big weight off my shoulders. I get to enjoy being a dad.”
This is semi-retirement for Leetch, a defenseman who spent the first 16-plus seasons of his career with the Rangers. He has decided not to play this season, so far, although at 38 he has not yet called it a career. He and his wife, Mary Beth, have stayed in Boston, where Leetch played last season.
He said he still received calls from teams with offers to play, but none had felt quite right, including a possible return to the Rangers.


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Caps Talking Contract With Zednik

from the Washington Post,

The Washington Capitals have approached Richard Zednik’s agent about extending the right wing’s contract. Although the sides are not close to reaching a deal, according to David Schatia of Octagon Athlete Representation, the move does provide insight into the club’s plans for the veteran as the Feb. 27 trade deadline approaches….
“They are interested,” Schatia said by telephone from Montreal. “We’ve had several discussions, exchanged ideas, figures and concepts, but nothing has been resolved. I would like to think the [negotiations] are positive.”

read on (reg. req.)

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Team USA- A Group Effort

from ESPN,

Following the disappointing finish of the men’s U.S. Olympic hockey team in Torino a year ago, USA Hockey has assembled an all-star lineup of NHL general managers to make sure the program gets its best players on the ice at future international competitions.
ESPN.com has learned Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell, the GM of that ill-fated Torino squad, will be joined by Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke, Nashville Predators GM David Poile and Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero on the management advisory board.
USA Hockey is expected to make an announcement Tuesday.


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Avery To Rangers

Breaking News per TSN…. more to follow.

added 5:42pm, Sean was recently on NHL Live during the ASG break, and was in NYC conducting the interview.  He said he would love to play for the Rangers, talks with Shanahan all the time…

update 5:46pm, per TSN,

The Los Angeles Kings have traded centre Sean Avery and prospect John Seymour to the New York Rangers for right winger Jason Ward along with prospects Marc Andre Cliche and Jan Marek.

added 8:00pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The question for Rangers fans is whether Avery is the main course or just the appetizer as the clock ticks toward the Feb. 27 trade deadline. No doubt fans won’t confuse Avery with the highly coveted Peter Forsberg and, presumably, Rangers management will continue to beat the bushes for a scoring center and puck-moving defenseman.


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Flyers Will Honor Primeau

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

Former Philadelphia Flyers captain Keith Primeau took part in a conference call with the local media on Monday regarding his being honored by the club prior to the game on Monday, February 12 against the Detroit Red Wings. Below is a transcript of the conference call.
How do you feel about this tribute, your decision and everything that has gone on since?
Primeau: “It’s definitely mixed emotions. I am extremely honored and humbled. I [would] prefer to be still playing, but as I explained before, I think I started to come to the realization last summer and still know that I have made the right decision. To be honored this early following the conclusion following my career is exciting.”


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