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Florida’s Potential UFA’s Off To A Slow Start

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

The Panthers were counting on substantial production from four players who likely would financially benefit from putting up big stats.

Through the first six games, only one of Florida's pending free agents has done so.

Sean Bergenheim is tied for the team lead with two goals. Scottie Upshall has just one assist while Tomas Kopecky and Tomas Fleischmann have yet to register a point.

All four signed four-year deals with the Panthers in 2011 that expire after this season. 

"There is no concern from me because I think they are playing well,'' coach Gerard Gallant said. "To me, it doesn't matter who scores the goals but what's important is who competes and plays hard every night. These guys are working hard. I know they want to score goals but when you win, that takes care of everything else.''

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Will The Carolina Hurricanes Try To Cut Some Salary?

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Peter Karmanos is known as a budget-conscious owner. If things don't improve dramatically, the likelihood increases Karmanos puts heat on rookie general manager Ron Francis to trim the payroll that current stands at $66.2 million (according to capgeek.com). This seems somewhat obvious given the fact the Hurricanes invested money this season to put together a more competitive team.

Francis will preach patience, soundly supported by not having his top two centres, a crippling blow for any NHL club. The longer Carolina waits to make a significant deal, the more money that is paid down in salaries, which may not be budget friendly, but could lure a larger collection of bidders - including cap-strapped contenders - if a key piece like (Eric) Staal is legitimately in play.

What we know at this point is; Staal is not going to be the one to come out and say he wants out.

more plus some Calgary, Stamkos and OT talk...

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Afternoon Line - Barry Trotz

If you missed what Glenn Healy said, you can start here....

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Peter Chiarelli On Zdeno Chara’s Injury

from Caryn Switaj of BostonBruins.com,

"This is completely different, separate, isolated from the other ligaments that are more critical in the maneuvering of the knee, so good news is, it's isolated to that ligament," Chiarelli told media during the press conference.

"Bad news is he's out 4-6 weeks. Might be a little earlier than four weeks, but a conservative time frame would be 4-6 weeks."...

"Well, it's obviously a blow," said Chiarelli. "He's one of the premier defensemen in the League, but I'd rather have it 4-6 weeks than 4-6 months."

The good news is that as of right now, Chara will not require surgery for his recovery.

"Right now, it's not a likely option," said Chiarelli. "But as you said, anything can happen. Anything can happen with anything, so I mean, I can't give you a 100 percent statement, confirmation, really on any injury."

more
 

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Are The Washington Capitals A Playoff Team?

Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington answered some questions,

what's the caps odds of finishing top 4 in the metropolitan division? Or is too early to tell?

If the season ended today, the Capitals would be preparing to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the playoffs while the Pittsburgh Penguins would be polishing their golf clubs for an early summer vacation. From the start of training camp I’ve been saying the Caps are good enough to finish in the top five or six in the conference and I still believe they are good enough to nail down one of the top three playoff spots in the Metro.

I thought the Penguins would struggle out of the gates with new coach Mike Johnston and they’re off to a 3-2-1 start, just one point off the playoff pace.

I thought the Islanders improved themselves dramatically with the summer additions of goaltender Jaroslav Halak, center Mikhail Grabovski and defensemen Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk and they’re off to a 5-2-0 start.

The Ottawa Senators [4-1-0] and Detroit Red Wings [4-1-2] have been pleasant surprises so far, but I’d be shocked to see both teams get into the playoffs, especially with the Bruins and Penguins expected to rise to the top of the conference.

The Caps are off to a solid start under new coach Barry Trotz and they should get better as they grow more accustomed to his way of playing. So, yes, the Caps should finish in playoff position and, quote honestly, should not shoot any lower than a Metropolitan Division title.

more Washington related questions....

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Update On Injured Philadelphia Flyers

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

COBURN & MacDONALD OUT

Shortly after the Flyers resumed practice on Friday morning, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald both have lower-body injuries and will be out for approximately four weeks.

Coburn had been skating with the team for a full week, rehabbing from an injury he suffered on opening night in Boston that has kept him out of the last five games.

MacDonald has appeared in all seven of the Flyers contests, recording three points (1g-2a) and an average ice-time of 22:55 to rank second on the team, behind Mark Streit.

Also on the injury front, Zac Rinaldo is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He did not return for the third period in the Flyers’ 5-3 victory over the Penguins on Wednesday.

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NHL Short Notes

100 GAMES AND COUNTING
Thursday’s Blue Jackets-Sharks game marked the 100th contest of the 2014-15 regular season. Some highlights at the century mark (courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau):
 
* Sixty games have been tied or within one goal entering the third period.
 
* Forty-nine games have featured one-goal margins. Another 10 have been decided by two goals following an empty-net score.
 
* Thirty-nine games have seen a team overcome a deficit at any point in the contest, including 21 in the third period. Of those 39 games, nine have featured a multi-goal comeback.
 
* Twenty-seven games have required overtime, including 12 decided in five-minute extra period.
 
* Eight games have seen a tiebreaking goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation, including five in the last 60 seconds.
 
* Eight games have seen a tying goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation. Of those eight games, the team that recorded the tying goal went on to win five times.

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How About James Neal And The Predators

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

 Patric Hornqvist is off to such a nice start playing with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz in Pittsburgh that one almost forgets the player who went the other was as part of the draft day trade. Um, James Neal, anyone? How about a natural hat trick for Neal on Thursday night as his Nashville Predators topped the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 at a buzzing Bridgestone Arena? I wrote about the surprising Preds earlier on Wednesday and noted that most people are waiting for their bubble to burst. By handing the Blackhawks their first loss in regulation this season, the Predators -- the Predators! -- are the last remaining club in the entire NHL without a regulation loss. At 5-0-2, they are one of the great unexpected stories of the young season.

continue for Custance on Jonathan Quick and Strang on Pavel Datsyuk...

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Jordin Tootoo’s Life On Ice

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

 It is a long way from Nunavut to Newark.

For Jordin Tootoo, that unusual journey took him from the tundra through junior hockey stardom, a brother’s suicide, struggles with alcoholism and eight seasons as a fast-living fan favorite with the Nashville Predators.

Now Tootoo, the only Inuk to play in the N.H.L., is a little-used 5-foot-9 forward trying to extend his career with the Devils.

He tells the story of that journey in “All the Way: My Life on Ice,” an autobiography written with the prominent Canadian sportswriter Stephen Brunt that was published this week.

“I am very honored to be a role model for the North and for the aboriginal community,” Tootoo, 31, said during an interview after a Devils practice last week. “And for me to open up and tell my story may inspire others from small towns or in the North who face some of the same problems I’ve had.”

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Avoiding The Head Shots

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Guess how many players had been suspended this season for dirty checks or headshots going into Thursday’s games around the NHL.

The answer: Zero.

That’s right. Zilch, zip, nada.

No players had been forced to watch games for heinous acts on the ice, including in the pre-season. It’s something to be thankful for, seeing as we had more than a dozen a year ago at this point, and around half of them were because of headshots.

Could it be the message has gotten through?

“I’ll put it this way, I’m definitely more aware now of headshots than three or four years ago,” said Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano. “When you had a chance to give a guy a lick three or four years ago, you didn’t think, ‘I’d better not hit his head.’ You’re thinking of giving him a lick as hard as you can.

“In the heat of the battle, you don’t easily think about those things, but I honestly pulled up thinking exactly that, I didn’t want to hit his head.”

read on

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