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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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Report- Edmonton After Belfour, Not Joseph

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from the Toronto Star,

Don't be surprised if the Edmonton Oilers take a serious run at Maple Leafs goalie Ed Belfour before next Thursday's trade deadline. With his team's playoff fortunes sinking fast, largely because of sub-par goaltending, Oilers GM Kevin Lowe is under considerable pressure to get a proven NHL stopper and there is speculation that he has Belfour, not the much-speculated Curtis Joseph, in his sights.
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Tkachuk Won’t Waive No Trade Clause

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from the Edmonton Sun,

He's always been a regular-season force, closing in on 1,000 points, but Tkachuk's teams have never gone far in the playoffs, bowing out in the first round nine of 11 times. He's only made it as far as the third round once. He doesn't want to be the Dan Marino of the NHL, but knows he's running out of time. "I want to win,'' he said. "It's very difficult to win, there's a lot of guys who haven't, but there's no question in my mind I want to win a Stanley Cup. "It doesn't look like it's going to happen this year because I'm not waiving my no trade, and if it doesn't happen ever, it's not from a lack of trying. Hopefully I have about three more years left and we'll see what happens.''
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Yotes Not Active & Wings Invade Phoenix

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from the Arizona Republic,

The trade deadline is Thursday, but Gretzky said he doesn't expect any major deals around the league until Tuesday at the earliest. Gretzky also said the Coyotes aren't being very active. "At this point in time, we're still mostly answering calls rather than making calls," Gretzky said.
Also from the same article,
Tonight's game at Glendale Arena is sold out, which is not surprising considering the opponent is the Detroit Red Wings. Valley hockey fans typically come out en masse when the Red Wings play here and neutralize Phoenix's home-ice advantage.
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Cheechoo Under The Radar

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Is anybody keeping track of hockey's Cheechoo train? Sharks winger Jonathan Cheechoo, who set up Joe Thornton's third-period goal Friday, has 28 goals in 34 games over a three-month stretch. Nobody in the NHL has high-balled it like Jumbo Joe's sidekick. Cheechoo has 35 goals, including 18 on the power play and seven clutch goals in the last five minutes of games.
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Teams Want Bodies, Not Picks

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from the Denver Post,

"A lot of teams don't have cap room," Lacroix said. "It's a new era, a new landscape. So when you make a trade, you need to have both your hockey hat and your accountant hat, but that's all right. ... If we could find someone to tango with who has about the same wares and same soup, we'll have to, we'll do it." ..."Thus far, there has not been a real sentiment to move players for draft picks," Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Jay Feaster told the St. Petersburg Times. "People want bodies back."
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The Making Of “The Mask”

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from the Montreal Gazette,

Enter Al McKinney of Lachine, until now the unknown Igor to whom every hockey goalie of the past five decades owes a few of their own teeth. Almost 50 years ago, face caked in a thick plaster, straws inserted up his nostrils so he wouldn't suffocate, McKinney surrendered himself to Bill Burchmore, a sales and promotion manager at Montreal-headquartered Fiberglas Canada Ltd. Then, on Nov. 1, 1959, Canadiens goaler Jacques Plante skated onto Madison Square Garden ice behind a fiberglass mask. He was the NHL's startling answer to Lon Chaney in the 1925 horror film Phantom of the Opera - or, of a more recent vintage, Anthony Hopkins's Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs.
more...long read but very informative... image picture via hockemasks.com

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Sundin Frustrated

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from the Toronto Sun,

Mats Sundin has doubts about this team. It has been suspected since mid-season that the Leafs leader has concerns about the direction the franchise is going. ...Deep inside, Sundin must be stewing at some of the leadfoots he is being forced to play with. Nothing against Alexei Ponikarovsky, but why put Sundin with the plodding Nik Antropov? Sundin's emotions bubbled over late in the second period. At one point he skated to the bench and waved his glove in disgust, obviously peeved that one of his linemates had butchered what he considered to be a perfect setup.
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