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A Look Into The Past

What will general managers go through over the final days before Wednesday’s trade deadline? ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun spoke with six GMs who shared their war stories from deadlines past, stories that give you an idea of what to expect.

read on for stories from Ken Holland, Don Waddell, Jim Rutherford, Kevin Lowe, Lou Lamoriello and David Poile.

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Steve Ott Gets 1-Game Suspension

From Mike Heika at the Dallas Stars Blog:

Steve Ott has received a one-game suspension for his eye gouging with Travis Moen at the end of Saturday’s game.

Ott served that Sunday against Pittsburgh and is eligible to play Tuesday at San Jose.

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Wings Make Moves

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings have recalled defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and right wing Aaron Downey from Grand Rapids and sent down forwards Darren Helm and Ville Leino.

This gives the team an opportunity to look at Ericsson while it still has some cap space, before Tomas Holmstrom returns to the lineup in a week or two and every player who started the season in GR must be sent down.

Helm and Leino will be back for the playoffs. And Ericsson also has a chance to earn a spot in the lineup for the postseason, when the salary cap does not apply.


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Trade Speculation Free-For-All

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

Ah, but do not fret. There are dozens of other players, from the stars to the grunts, whose futures are unpredictable as the NHL Trade Deadline arrives. Leahy and I have taken a gander at 30 such players, breaking down their contract status, where they could be headed, why they might be traded and why they may end up staying put.

Read it now, before reality ruins everything ...

read on for a list of 30 players for your trade-rumor consideration. First up, Niclas Havelid…

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Devils Looking Good

From Mike Brophy at Sportsnet.ca:

I’ll be watching all 30 teams because that is what I am paid to do, but I’ll tell you one thing, there is no more intriguing team heading into the final third of the season than the New Jersey Devils. So, with apologies to the other 29 teams, the Devils are the team I’ll be watching with particular interest. I think old Lou Lamoriello has positioned his team to take a serious run at winning its fourth Cup in 15 years.

No disrespect to the Boston Bruins, who currently lead the Eastern Conference and are eight points ahead of the Devils, but New Jersey is peaking at the right time of year and I find it difficult to visualize any team in the East beating them in a seven-game playoff series.

How much do I like the Devils’ chances? Let me count the ways.


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Gaborik Feels Great

from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,

Expected then to be back in 10 to 14 weeks, Gaborik, said he believes he’s ahead of schedule but said his return would depend on his upcoming workouts.

“I feel really good,” he said, adding that training at nearly 8,000 feet of elevation, skating, swimming and working out in Vail “definitely helps.”

He called Vail “the best place to rehab,” but said his skating has been limited to hitting the ice without pads and equipment.

That changes Thursday, when he will begin zeroing in on getting back into the lineup. The Wild have made the target date between March 10 and March 20.

“I’m going to come back and skate with gear on and progress, and when that time will come, I’m definitely looking forward to it,” he said.

more and Marian talks about his future too…

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Murray Expects Kings Won’t Make Changes

From Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings:

This was tucked into the bottom of the Kings’ ``road report’’ yesterday, a quote from Terry Murray about Wednesday’s trade deadline…

MURRAY: ``We’re trying to put something together here to get a foundation in place with young players. This is the group I expect us to have on Thursday.’‘

Of course, the flip side of this is that Dean Lombardi makes the trades, not Murray, but obviously they communicate quite a bit.


Hammond also notes that Tom Preissing has been placed on waivers.

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Hawks Should Be Looking at Pronger

From the RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune:

But still, this is a deal the Hawks have to press for. San Jose is looking at him, too, yet another reason the Hawks must make this happen.

The Hawks brought up Jack Skille for obvious trade showcasing and they also have some depth at young defensemen that should interest the Ducks, who apparently realized the window’s closed, they got their ring, time to reload.

The Hawks have made it clear that winning the Cup is why they’re here. From Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough on down, the object of the exercise is to win the Cup. NOW.

[Chris] Pronger would get this team closer than anyone might’ve believed. And whoa, look who’s coming into the United Center for a game Tuesday.

read on

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Stars Of The Month

NEW YORK (March 2, 2009)—Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green and St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the month of February.

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Detroit Hockey Media Gives Holland a ‘Pass’

From Jim Hughson at CBC.ca:

Here’s the difference between Hockeytown and a hockey town.  The Montreal Canadiens leave Alex Kovalev at home for two games to rest and get his head together and it’s front-page news. President Obama’s visit to Canada paled in comparison.

The Detroit Red Wings take goaltender Chris Osgood out of the lineup for a week to rest and get his head together and it’s greeted with a yawn and so what.

Goaltending is the biggest obstacle between the Red Wings and another Cup and if he was in Montreal, you can bet GM Ken Holland would be vilified for refusing to address the obvious deficiency. Yet, in Detroit, he gets a free pass.

What will the reaction be if the Wings repeat the collapse of 2006 when they lost in the first round to Edmonton because they couldn’t get a save?

read on for comment on other issues & teams

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