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Malkin Hype Machine Starts

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via the Ptiisburgh Tribune-Review,

Evgeni Malkin is still under contract to his Russian team and there is no transfer agreement in place between the NHL and the Russian hockey federation. But the Penguins appear confident that they'll be able to get Malkin to Pittsburgh for the 2006-07 season. A promotional video shown on the Jumbotron at last night's game featured clips of the 19-year-old center, drafted second overall in 2004, and ended with the words "Malkin. Coming to an arena near you 09/06."

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Lindros Out For The Year

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from the CP via TSN,

On a night when they fell seven points behind Montreal for the eighth and final playoff spot in the NHL's Eastern Conference following a 4-2 loss to rival Ottawa, they also lost centre Eric Lindros for the season after the Big E reinjured his right wrist. "I tore it again," said an emotional Lindros, fighting back tears. "I'll need surgery this week. "It's not a lot of fun."

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Wild Moves

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from the Star Tribune,

On Saturday the wild claimed Weinhandl, a skilled right winger with deft hands and an opportunistic style, off waivers from the New York Islanders. To make room for him on the roster, the Wild placed Daigle, whose 2005-06 season hadn't matched his comeback to the NHL in 2003-04, on waivers.

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Cole Injured

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via the AP,

Carolina Hurricanes left wing Erik Cole left the ice with an apparent injury to his right arm during the third period of Saturday's game against Pittsburgh after scoring two goals for the second night in a row. Cole left after being driven hard into the boards by Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik with 14 1/2 minutes remaining. Orpik was given a five-minute boarding major and was ejected from the game.

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Islanders Celebration

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from NHL.com,

The Nassau Coliseum used to be a place where a dynasty reigned. On Saturday, it will be once again ? at least for a night. The New York Islanders are honoring their 1979-80 team, which brought the first of four consecutive Stanley Cups to Long Island. General Manager Bill Torrey, coach Al Arbour and most of the players on the Isles' first championship team will be on hand for the festivities.
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Refs Remain Consistent

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via the LA Times (reg. req.),

Defenseman Keith Carney said he thinks the referees intend to remain consistent with their approach in eliminating hooking and holding to impede a skater's progress. "In past years, usually by this time of the year it's really slacked off and they let things go a little bit," Carney said. "This year, they made a plan and said, 'This is the way it's going to be.' "

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Bettman Dreamed Of Nights Like This

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from the Buffalo News, Seated alongside B. Thomas Golisano in the owner's suite, the commissioner of the NHL couldn't help but smile. "It's spectacular to see this building this filled, this alive, this energized," he said. "This is what I've always known hockey in Buffalo to be." read on

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Bertuzzi Rumor Denied

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from the Courier Post,

The latest trade rumor involving the Flyers has goaltender Robert Esche and perhaps Donald Brashear heading to Vancouver for Canucks hulking winger Todd Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi's agent, Pat Morris, could not be reached for comment on Friday, but his partner, Don Meehan, said he was not aware of such a deal. "I can tell you on the record I haven't heard a thing like that," Meehan said. "Not a word."

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Best Move This Year

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun via Slam,

Regardless of what happens between now and Thursday's trading deadline, it says here Darryl Sutter has already sewn up GM of the year honours. In what first appeared to be a relatively insignificant deal involving a minor-league tough guy for a veteran defenceman, Sutter brought to Calgary one of the biggest talents the city has ever seen.
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Good Decision

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via the Philadelphia Inquirer,

With 1 minute, 53 seconds remaining in the third period and the game long decided, the rugged winger (Brashear) attacked Kasparaitis, who refused to drop his gloves. For the incident, Brashear was given 29 minutes in penalties and the automatic suspension. "It was perfect the way they responded to me, with Brashear going after me on every shift," said Kasparaitis, who anticipated the Flyers would want to settle a score for taking out Gagne. "I'm not fighting Brashear. That's not my game. I'll get beat up."

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