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The Maven Talks Ducks

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

The Ducks have better personnel than their standing suggests. We wonder whether Randy Carlyle is extracting the best from his roster.

We also wonder about Chris Pronger’s future. The big guy remains one of the prime cheap-shot artists. He escaped punishment after a classic, unwarranted, last-second, blindside forearm/elbow to Zach Parise’s head in a game already won at Anaheim. One writer described it as “disgraceful.”

Meanwhile Pronger has a year left on a deal that nets him $6.25 million a season. He could be expendable for younger studs before the deadline.

more hockey talk…

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Wings Call Up Leino & Downey

via the Grand Rapids Press,

Grand Rapids Griffins forwards Ville Leino and Aaron Downey were recalled by the parent club Detroit Red Wings on Thursday morning.

The Red Wings were able to create salary cap space by placing defenseman Brad Stuart (ribs) on long-term injured reserve.

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  Tags: aaron+downey, ville+leino

Joe Thornton Thinking Shorter Contract Deal

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

That 12-year contract extension that Detroit gave Henrik Zetterbeg today isn’t the kind of job security that Joe Thornton lusts after. In fact, when it comes to term of contract, Thornton said he sees one year or three years as the ideal length. Thornton has another season after this one on his current three-year deal, and if he decides he wants to finish his career in San Jose, he said he’d want it to be in a series of three-year deals, not one gigantic extension.

“Three years is a long time when you think about it,” Thornton said. “A lot can change in three years so why put yourself in for such a long term when three is enough for me.”

Still, Thornton liked the 12-year, $72 million deal.

more on the Sharks including the Boyle injury…

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Chicago Thinking Of Keeping Havlat

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Maybe, just maybe, Martin Havlat is playing himself back into the Blackhawks’ future.

Havlat, who was the Hawks’ best forward heading into the all-star break, will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and all along it was believed there was no interest on the part of the organization in bringing him back.

The Hawks now are at least considering trying to re-sign Havlat when the time comes, but not at the $6 million he presently earns.

“It would have to be at the right price,” a Hawks official said. “But, yeah, why not consider it?”

conitnued and more Blackhawks talk…

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Reputation Hurting Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

After the Flyers’ 3-2 loss to Florida Tuesday, captain Mike Richards implied that the huge penalty discrepancy his club has this season was due, in part, to the franchise’s bad-boy reputation that goes back more than three decades.

In other words, the Broad Street Bullies are haunting the current Flyers.

For the season, the Flyers have had 174 power plays and have been shorthanded 238 times.

That minus-64 discrepancy is the highest in the NHL. By far

continued

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Holland Talks

Red Wings GM Ken Holland joined Scott Laughlin of Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204/Sirius 208 and spoke about signing Henrik Zetterberg to a 12-year contract and the controversy of Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom missing All-Star weekend.

Listen here...

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Would Wings Become Sellers?

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Holland knows he’ll be unable to sign both Hossa and Johan Franzen. If he chooses Hossa, Holland may opt to move Franzen before the trade deadline in order to avoid losing him to unrestricted free agency in the summer. Or he might decide Franzen, who is second on the Red Wings in goals with 21, is too important for this year’s playoffs to trade and will keep him in hopes of ending his Red Wing career with a Stanley Cup parade.

There are other players who probably shouldn’t feel too secure in Hockeytown these days. Valtteri Filppula comes in at a very reasonable $3 million for the next four seasons after this one. Tomas Holmstrom has one more year left on his deal at $2.25 million and Dan Cleary is on the books for $2.8 million for the next four seasons.

more

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When Brodeur Returns, Is He The Starter?

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

It’s the elephant in the room, the unspoken question that hangs over the Devils’ season.

What do they do when Martin Brodeur comes back? Will he, essentially, have to win his job back?

General manager Lou Lamoriello, who has instituted another cone of silence around Brodeur, brushed off the question. But he can’t laugh it off. Coach Brent Sutter said Brodeur will have to win games right away.

continued

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CBC Receives Complaint From Gay Rights Group

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

A gay rights group has complained to the CBC about the use of the term “pansification” by Hockey Night in Canada commentators.

Hockey Night commentator Mike Milbury coined the expression to describe how the NHL would be softened should the league heed calls to ban fighting. He has used “pansification” at least twice on Hockey Night this season, in November and again on Jan. 17. His colleague, Don Cherry, has also made reference to it.

Egale Canada, a gay advocacy organization, protested last week. But Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, said through a network spokesman yesterday that commentators are free to make their own decisions whether to use the expression.

continued

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Panthers Have To Trade Bouwmeester

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

What do you do, Jacques?  What in the world do you do?

You trade him.  That’s what you do.  You cannot watch Bouwmeester walk away for nothing.  A couple of (possible) home playoff dates aren’t worth it. 

And I believe that Martin will do just that, unless the trade offers are laughably bad, which they shouldn’t be.  As trade deadline approaches, they will get better and better.  Someone will put together an attractive package that works; perhaps a solid NHL player, a top prospect, and a first round pick.  And Jacques will take it.

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