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A Players Only Lunch In San Jose

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Call it a players-only meeting or players-only lunch, but the guys who wear the uniform decided Sunday that what the Sharks needed most was time together on their own.

One day before the NHL trade deadline and reeling after on 0-6-2 record on home ice for February, the Sharks asked coach Todd McLellan if they could forsake their scheduled practice for a chance to air things out privately.

"We spoke last night and a couple players wanted a day where they could gather and get the group together," Mclellan said. "We came in, we did some gym work, we did some freshening up of legs and that type of stuff, and now they're going on their own and they're going to go deal with some things. It's a good thing."

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Patrick Sharp On The Rumors Of Problems In The Chicago Blackhawks’ Dressing Room

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

It was an emotional Patrick Sharp who stood in the dressing room of the Chicago Blackhawks' practice facility and spoke of the toll that rumors on the Internet have taken on him and his family.

"It’s been tough," Sharp said Sunday at Johnny's IceHouse West. "As a hockey player, as a professional, you’re out there and you’re up for grabs for on-ice play. I’m OK with that. Trade rumors, talk about my play on the ice — I’m fine with that, I can handle that. But when people delve into your personal life and make up rumors and things that are completely false and untrue, it takes a toll on you. And it takes a toll on your family, your friends, and it’s completely unnecessary. It’s been tough, but I know I’ve got a strong group of teammates here, we’re going to stick together.”

The rumors have ranged from infidelity to rifts with teammates and have spread like wildfire on social media and the Intenet. One Web site listed numerous alleged incidents. Sharp said he is considering legal action to stop the spread of the rumors.

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Stars Of The Month

NEW YORK (March 1, 2015) – Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of February.

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Afternoon Line-Terry Frei On Cody McLeod

 What Cody McLeod did last night at the end of the game was, to me, as much a stupid outgrowth of the North American game’s code and culture as it was a single despicable act. I’d ask anyone expressing outrage: Flip it 180 degrees or put the skate on the other foot … however you want to put it. How would you react?

-Terry Frei of the Denver Post where you can read more on McLeod.

What did McLeod do?... watch below...

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Curtis Glencross Traded To The Washington Capitals

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added 3:49pm, Washington release is below...

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Waiver Action Today

from TSN,

Several NHL clubs have taken to the waiver wire Sunday as they attempt to prepare their rosters for potential trade deadline moves.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames added a player each via the waiver wire Sunday.

Toronto claimed defenceman Tim Erixon from the Chicago Blackhawks while the Flames added defenceman David Schlemko from the Dallas Stars....

However, a few teams placed players on waivers as well.

Those players include Anaheim Ducks forward Rene Bourque, Boston Bruins forwards Craig Cunningham, Edmonton Oilers defenceman Keith Aulie, Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Carey and San Jose Sharks forward Tye McGinn.

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NHL Short Notes

HAMMOND, SENATORS STAY HOT IN CALIFORNIA SWEEP . . .
First-year netminder Andrew Hammond stopped 28 shots and rookies Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman each found the back of the net in the third period to rally the Senators to their fifth straight victory, their longest stretch since Apr. 5-13, 2014. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it also marks the first time that Ottawa has defeated the Sharks, Ducks and Kings (in any order) on the same road trip.
 
* At 27-23-10 (64 points), the Senators sit seven points behind the Bruins (31-22-9, 71 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa owns two games in hand, but Boston owns the ROW tiebreaker (BOS: 29, OTT: 24). The Senators and Bruins will go head-to-head twice in March, with both contests at Canadian Tire Centre on Mar. 10 and Mar. 19.
 
* Hammond has been in net for each game during the winning streak, becoming the first goaltender in Senators history to win his first five career starts. He is the second goaltender in the past three seasons to begin his career with wins in five straight team games (also Martin Jones with LAK, Dec. 3-14, 2013).

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The Boston Bruins Are Still Shopping

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Peter Chiarelli is still looking for a right winger with some physicality, a depth defenseman and potentially a backup goaltender, and wants to acquire any and all these things without dealing away the team’s first round pick, or any of their top young players.

For the players in the B’s clubhouse, it’s a nervous time where they hope to still be in Black and Gold when things have settled on Monday. There were vague, suspicious reports that a deal was imminent for the Bruins on Saturday, but a Bruins source insisted to CSNNE.com that nothing was about to break in the hours following the Saturday night win over Arizona....

Veteran names like Dennis Seidenberg and Loui Eriksson had been mentioned as potential trade targets should the Bruins look to shed some salary, and there are a large number of players the B’s could bring into the fold. Chris Stewart and Erik Cole are at the top of the list as true power forward-types with the ability to generate offense, and Curtis Glencross remains a possible fit if Boston is one of his desired NTC destinations.

There was plenty of chatter in B's circles this weekend about 5-foot-7 Columbus forward Cam Atkinson as a potentially interesting target as a restricted free agent. Given that Atkinson is a young RFA, scored 21 goals last season and is only 25 years old with a price tag that would be rightfully steep, it will be a challenge for the B's to reel in the former Boston College standout.

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A Two-Year Extension For Jay McClement In Carolina

 

added 10:09am, Carolina press release is below...

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Morning Line- Dave Hodge On The Toronto Maple Leafs And Philadelphia Flyers

Every time I decry the supposed virtues of the salary cap, I'm surprised to hear from fans who think it's the best thing the NHL and Gary Bettman ever did.

Sorry, but "thumbs down" - yet again - to that belief.

The level playing field the cap is supposed to create shows a current gap of 46 points between first and last place in the NHL standings. It figures to grow larger.

In the season (2003-04) before the advent of the salary cap, the first and last-place teams were separated by 50 points. A small-market club or fan that needs a way to make sure teams like Toronto and Philadelphia don't bury the opposition with unlimited spending should realize the obvious - the way to keep the Leafs and the Flyers from becoming superpowers is to encourage and allow them to spend as much as they wish.

Because look how they spend it.

-Dave Hodge of TSN.

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