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Who Wants Weight

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via Slam,

Though there's a belief the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and Calgary Flames are interested in Weight, it should be noted he's an unrestricted free agent with a no-trade clause in his contract. Indications are the Blues won't get much more than a draft pick for Weight or winger Keith Tkachuk, who they're also trying to move. "My belief is a lot of teams will hang on for Weight and Tkachuk until the NHL trade deadline is closer because nobody wants to spend the money," said a league executive yesterday.
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Connolly Suffers Knee Injury

from the Buffalo News,

Connolly suffered a Grade II ligament sprain when he was blasted into the boards by a nasty Darius Kasparaitis hip check. "The initial thought is, it shouldn't need surgery," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who will find out more when Connolly has an MRI today. Kasparaitis, a longtime Sabres villain who scored the series-ending goal the last time Buffalo was in the playoffs in 2001, took out Connolly with less than a minute left in the second period.
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Waiting For An Elevator

from the Globe and Mail,

More than three dozen reporters waited to get into the elevator only to be told by the operator they would have to wait for it to go down and come back because Flyers General Manager Bobby Clarke, injured player Eric Desjardins and a couple of Flyers' flunkies had to take it and they did not want any reporters on it with them. ...It is no secret that the Flyers organization's arrogance is matched only by the number of years without a championship - - that's 30 in case you were wondering - - but Bobby Clarke's unabashed lack of class is really a sight to behold.
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Battling Goalies

from the Rocky Mountain News,

With 32 seconds left in the game, there was a scrum in front of the net and Aebischer was slashed by Tony Amonte. Aebischer shoved Amonte, and Calgary goalie and Aebischer's former teammate, Phil Sauve, joined the scuffling in front of the net and invited Aebischer to fight. "All of a sudden he was behind me and asked me if I wanted to go," Aebischer said. "I couldn't say no. It wasn't really a fight, just a little pushing around, I guess. No punches landed. He may have been a little frustrated with the game." Flames coach Darryl Sutter seemed baffled by Sauve's action. "His game plan wasn't to be a fighter, it was to stop pucks," he said.
read on update 11:50am, via TSN,
The Calgary Flames will not face any fines or suspensions for last night’s late-game fight involving Calgary netminder Philippe Sauve and his Colorado counterpart David Aebischer. The NHL has reviewed the incident and decided to repeal the “automatic” one-game suspension to Sauve and the "automatic" $10,000 fine to Calgary head coach Darryl Sutter for Sauve instigating a fight in the final five minutes of a game.

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Lundqvist Hopes To Erase Memories

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's mission to put the New York Rangers into the playoffs for the first time since 1997 prepares him well for the monumental task he will face as Sweden's Olympic goalie. He has to help about 9 million Swedes erase the bad, 4-year-old memory of their country losing to Belarus in one of the greatest hockey upsets in Olympic history.
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Wings Plan For Super Bowl

from the Detroit Free Press,

Like millions of Americans, Mathieu Schneider plans to watch the Super Bowl from a local restaurant. No $600 tickets for this defenseman, and he's not the only Red Wings player not going. Kris Draper is trying to get tickets, and Manny Legace won't say no if someone hands him some -- he needs two, since he can't just leave the wife at home. There is a team-wide sentiment, though, that while tens of thousands of people converge on Ford Field on Feb. 5, the Wings will converge in Dearborn.
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NBC ‘Talking’ Hockey

from the Globe and Mail,

Old-style hockey broadcasting is under attack in the United States, and the new guys seem to be winning. When NBC launched its National Hockey League telecasts two weeks ago, it rejected the standard play-by-play format and opted for a new, more conversational style. ...For Davidson's part, he approves of the conversational play-by-play. But he believes the broadcast still needs a strong and precise call at critical points. "When the game is cooking, let the play-by-play man go," he said.
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What About Next Year

from the Chicago Tribune,

Many--in and out of the organization--believed Yawney's debut season would end in the playoffs. But postseason aspirations disappeared in early December, and now the questions looming for the Hawks are how they can retool themselves for next season and who--if anyone--will take the fall for the current debacle? "Everything is based on results," Yawney said. "I don't make those decisions. I know what I can do. If I get the opportunity, I'll do it. If I don't, I'll move on."
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14.29 GAA & .655 Save Percentage

How would like that hanging over your head? James Mirtle explores what liies ahead for Montreal goaltender Jose Theodore. I trust James double checked his numbers just to be on the safe side, after all, we did attend the same university.

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The Bloggers On Lemieux

from Brain Flush, Le Magnifique d'adieu, vous serez manqué

My heart is racing, my eyes are starting to well with tears, my emotions are all over the board. Mario Lemieux is retiring. I will never see Mario Lemieux play hockey ever again.
from Smart Guys Sports,
Mario Lemieux will go down as probably one of the three most important people in the history of hockey, behind Gretzky and the management of the Montreal Canadiens.
from Off Wing Opinion,
I recall Lemieux telling the Penguins cable television team that he was looking forward to returning to the ice. I'm guessing something significant changed in the interim.
from the Puck Stops Here,
In his rookie year, Lemieux was immediately a franchise player in Pittsburgh. He made his first of ten NHL all star games as a rookie.
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