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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,
The Canadiens are considered one of the favourites but they may not be able to meet Atlanta’s price. With Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin and Alex Tanguay off the market, the law of supply and demand kicks in and the price for Hossa is reportedly an established young NHL player, a prospect and a high draft choice.
That may be more than Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey is willing to offer and it’s more than Carbonneau wants to lose.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Forsberg said Monday he hadn’t had a setback, but rather he didn’t want teams holding off on other plans by waiting on him. In short, he didn’t want teams depending on him. That’s not necessarily a good thing.
There are many reasons Forsberg ended up back in Colorado. One of them, apparently, is the Avs made it clear they were going to share the risk with Forsberg because risk is part of the package when dealing with Forsberg….
“I miss playing hockey,” he said. “It’s hard when you’re sitting on the side when I think I can go out and do good.”
Update 10:39pm ET: The Ice Block informs us that the NHL didn’t waste any time capitalizing on the return of Foppa.
from the St, Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Barret Jackman has agreed to a contract extension with the club. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Barret has been a staple on the blueline for the Blues since his rookie season,” said Davidson. “He logs plenty of minutes per game and will continue to be a key part of our team as we move forward.”
Cleary, currently sidelined with a broken jaw, was a teammate of Hossa during the NHL lockout in 2004-05, with Mora of the Swedish Elite League.
“Any team that gets this guy … he’s a real good person, a great team guy,” Cleary told CBCSports.ca reporter Doug Harrison on Monday. “He’s the most explosive player I’ve ever seen. Straight-away speed, no one touches him.”
While adding Hossa would allow Red Wings coach Mike Babcock to split up the dynamic duo of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, Cleary believes it’s wishful thinking.
from Blue Notes at Newsday,
Paul Mara is undergoing surgery for broken facial bones today and is expected to be sidelined for two weeks.
Mara was hammered in a helmet-to-helmet hit by the Sabres’ Pat Kaleta on Saturday in the first period and didn’t return.
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has come to terms with unrestricted free agent Peter Forsberg on a new contract through the 2007-2008 season.
“We’re proud to announce to our fans that Peter Forsberg has decided to come back and play with our franchise where he’s enjoyed so much success early in his career,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “His addition should complement our roster and will bring our team to an even higher competitive level.”
With less than 24 hours to go before the NHL trade deadline, the Blue Jackets are continuing to negotiate a contract extension with captain Adam Foote, while a possible trade for Tampa Bay center Brad Richards remains in play.
Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson expects to speak with Foote’s agent, Rick Curran, either later tonight or early Tuesday.
The two sides are working on a two-year contract worth between $3 million and $4 million per season.
From the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has activated defenseman Philippe Boucher from the Injured Reserve. Boucher had shoulder surgery on December 5 and has missed the last 38 games due to the injury.
Boucher, 34, has registered one goal and 10 assists for 11 points with 24 penalty minutes in 28 games with Dallas this season. He currently ranks second on the club in average ice time (22:20) and third in blocked shots (54).
from the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres fans attending tonight’s game should say goodbye to Brian Campbell.
The News has learned the game against Philadelphia is expected to be Campbell’s final one in Blue and Gold. A trade before Tuesday’s 3 p.m. deadline will end an eight-year run for the defenseman.
Sections of a training facility being built for the Montreal Canadiens collapsed in Brossard on Monday afternoon.
The centre was being built in the South Shore suburb near Autoroute 10 and 30.
Half of the steel structure gave way around 1:30 p.m. ET, giving crews a major shock, police said.
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