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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• The Rangers’ Sean Avery won a settlement in his libel case against Toronto radio reporter Howard Berger following mediation earlier this month, Slap Shots has learned. The suit was brought in the aftermath of the pregame incident in Toronto on Nov. 10, 2007, after which Berger alleged that Avery had made comments to Jason Blake relating to the Leaf winger’s previously diagnosed cancer. Terms of the settlement are confidential. Avery has at least one more pending suit relating to the incident.

• The Coyotes, we’re told by an interested party, have received deposits on 1,800 season tickets and full payment on exactly, um well, on exactly none for the coming season. Gary Bettman’s check must be lost in the mail.

• Seems that Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf could have been given a match penalty for intent to injure on his mean, blind-side blow that concussed the Isles’ Kyle Okposo on Wednesday, but neither the league nor PA seems to have a clue how to legislate against technically legal hits to the head, even ones that appear premeditated.

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Brian Burke Introduces Phil Kessel To Toronto

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Sharks GM Will Lose His Job If They Experience Playoff Failure

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from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Now that Dany Heatley has been traded to San Jose, if the Sharks don’t reverse their long history of playoff failure, it will cost general manager Doug Wilson his job….

“We’re completely comfortable with the type of player Dany is, and more importantly, with the type of person he is,” Wilson told reporters. “There are often cases where players have asked for trades. ... Sometimes, it is best for everybody involved. We have zero concerns about that.”

What Wilson should be concerned about, however, is his job. The Sharks have greatly underachieved in recent years, even with the presence of Joe Thornton. They’ve been expected to challenge or outright win the Cup, but have faltered in the playoffs.

more plus other NHL topics, many of which appeared on KK in the past week.

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Afternoon Line

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A Maple Leafs general manager probably hasn’t acted with this much bully power since Conn Smythe was running the franchise years ago.

-Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY.  More on Burke and the Kessel deal.

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Dubinsky Signs

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via Steve Zipay’s Twitter,

Brandon Dubinsky signs two-year deal with Rangers.

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Boston Gives Up Kessel

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The Boston Bruins were unable to sign restricted free agent Phil Kessel because they had left no salary cap room for the young star.  The Bruins have traded him to the Toronto Maple Leafs for first round draft picks in 2010 and 2011 and a 2010 second round pick.  This is most likely a good trade for the Maple Leafs.  They get a proven young star and give up nothing immediately. 

Boston is a good team now.  They finished first in the East Conference last season.  Their best window to win the Stanley Cup is right now.  They need to strike now while Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard are in their primes.  They won’t have this window open when these draft picks become NHL players (if they ever do).

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Now What Does Nashville Do?

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from Dirk Hoag of On the Forecheck,

The good news for Predators fans is that GM David Poile was prepared to add a multi-million dollar salary to his roster, without sending a current player back in trade. While that budget might have had a little extra allowance considering that an elite, 21-year-old goal-scorer was on the market, this is a sign that Poile is indeed in a buying mood.

So what do the Preds need, and what’s available? Obviously a goal-scoring winger would be nice, but depth on defense is also a concern. As much as the organization touts the development of Alexander Sulzer, Cody Franson, and Teemu Laakso, it boggles the mind to think that the Preds seriously plan on relying on three rookies in the 5-6-7 spots on the defensive depth chart.

Combine that with the tremendous turnover in penalty killing personnel, and I’ll toss a name out there that I’d like to see the Predators sign - not at all a replacement for Kessel, but a guy who can bolster the 3rd pairing on D and soak up the PK minutes so that Hamhuis, Suter and Weber don’t have to.

His name? Greg de Vries.

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Phaneuf Needs To Fight His Own Battles

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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

He’s a hitter. He’s a hunter. And physical presence remains an integral part of the game.

What is troublesome, though, and what has become a disturbing trend, is the big No. 3 stepping back, surveying the carnage he has wrought and letting someone else—the willing, but unfortunate Mark Giordano in this case—wade in to clean up the mess. To often unpleasant results.

As if he’s somehow above it all.

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Comrie Impresses Oilers Fans

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from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

But as he warmed up his offensive act, they warmed up to him. When he thanked them in a second-intermission interview shown on the video scoreboard, the support was loud and unanimous. When he fought, they chanted his name. And when the 4-0 drubbing of a watered-down Panthers roster was over, and Comrie had drawn the first star for his four assists, they cheered again.

He saluted them and the love-in was an officially registered happening.

“That was pretty emotional out there,” Comrie said afterwards. “I’ve said since I signed I was going to try to earn their respect back. For them to chant my name, I’d be lying if I didn’t say it felt unbelievable. I just felt rejuvenated. I felt excited.”

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The Difference Between A Jersey And A Sweater

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from Don Barrie at the Peterborough Examiner,

The Petes unveiled their new hockey sweaters last Thursday. The new design and material are part of a move the OHL and the CHA are taking to tap into the endorsement money for sweater exclusivity as their NHL counterparts.

Unfortunately many of the reports and the Petes’ actual press release referred to the new hockey apparel as a jersey, not the sweater that it is.

Here in Canada there are three accepted definitions for “jersey” according to my Funk and Wagnall Dictionary.

Jersey is a breed of a top milk-producing cow that looks like a Guernsey cow but for the black tip on her tail; it’s a type of wool and “a tightly fitting elastic jacket for women.”

There are also two geographic “Jerseys;” an island in the English Channel where the above mention cow hails from and a state in the U. S. , whose only purpose many claim is to hold up one end of the bridges and tunnels going into Manhattan.

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Don Barrie is a retired schoolteacher, former scout for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame.

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