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Breaking Down The East For Trade Deadline

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from Scott Cullen of TSN,

The NHL trade deadline is less than a week away and as the deadline draws near, there will be more and more talk. While the talk won’t necessarily result in a lot of blockbuster deals, there will surely be movement as some teams gear up for the playoffs while others set their sights for the future.

Here is a breakdown of upcoming free agents, prospects and other players that may be among those discussed in trade talks.

continued... note this is a breakdown of the Eastern Conference teams…

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Hossa Still A Thrasher

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Amid published reports out of Montreal, that the Canadiens have ordered equipment for Hossa in the event they secure his rights, and out of Ottawa, where the Senators are apparently in a holding pattern on Hossa, the focus in Atlanta today is strictly on the Thrashers’ game tonight against Carolina.

Sources say Atlanta GM-head coach Don Waddell is in full coach mode today and won’t be working the phones or advancing any trade talk for the talented winger who is likely to be dealt before Tuesday’s NHL trade deadline.

But sources also told TSN that before Waddell resumes trade talk on Hossa, he wants to take one final stab at seeing if he can sign the winger to a contract extension.

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Shrink The Goalies

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from the Vancouver Sun,

The sounds you heard out of the managers’ meetings in Florida this week were of frustration, of anger, and of determination to cut through all the horsedoodle the Goaltenders’ Benevolent Protective Association has been dispensing for years about how reducing the size of their padding is a safety issue.

The GMs have always known it’s not true. The only difference is that now, having turned the rulebook upside down in an effort to create more offence, they have been forced to confront the obvious: It’s the goalies, stupid.

“We’re tired of the conversation,” said Detroit’s Ken Holland, himself a former netminder.

“We’ve got to shrink the goalies. If we can’t get this right, then we have to sit down and look at the alternatives. And obviously bigger nets is one of the alternatives.”

No one wants bigger nets. No one wants the game’s history bastardized by tinkering with the dimensions of hockey’s most fundamental focal point. But there is no mistaking the threat.

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It’s A Poker Game Now

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald via Faceoff.com,

GM 1: “Do me a favour, will ya’? Don’t make any trades.”

GM 2: “Why not?”

GM 1: “Because if you make one, then my owner’s going to expect me to make one. And that never works.”

GM 2: “Good point.”

This hypothetical conversation pretty much sums up the bluffer’s poker that’s going on in the NHL’s dormant trade market….

Which is not to say the trade stalemate is a bad thing. Stupid deals are stupid deals no matter when they’re made, and if the GMs are having sober second thoughts about mortgaging the future for six weeks on a guy with a bad knee and a worse attitude, then good for them.

read on

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Edmonton May Have Interest In Hossa

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Edmonton Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe may be in pursuit of free-agent sniper Marian Hossa of the Atlanta Thrashers, according to sources….

It seems inconceivable that Hossa would want to play in Edmonton because the Oilers aren’t an elite team. He’s 29, in his prime and wants to win a Stanley Cup.

But maybe Lowe still wants to give it a shot, even if he may be baying at the moon. He presumably has got the money for Hossa with the immiment takeover of the team by billionaire drugstore magnate Daryl Katz—the big winger is expected to command $7.5 million a year come July 1.

Hossa’s agent, Ritch Winter, is a Katz fan, too. Whether Winter sees a future for his client in Edmonton is debatable because it also gets to be 30-below zero in the winters and Hossa might want a more established cast of players.

read on

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Morning Line

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from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,

“The system today is designed to make it difficult to remain on top for very long and you shouldn’t remain on the bottom very long, either,” Fletcher said. “The difference between us and a team solidly entrenched in a playoff spot is five wins ... we want to improve to the point that we can compete with the top teams in the league night in, night out. That’s our goal.”

more on the Leafs…

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St. Louis Blues On The Road To Recovery

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from Bernie Miklasz at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Even if the Blues fall short in the standings, they are achieving a broader and more important goal this season: They’ve re-established a strong and meaningful presence in the St. Louis sports culture.

Fifteen is a huge number of sellouts considering that the Blues had only three home sellouts, combined, in the previous two seasons. In 2005-06, the Blues were 27th in the NHL in average home attendance (14,213). The team’s on-ice performance improved last season, but the crowds were slow to return. The 2006-07 Blues were last in the NHL in average home attendance (12,250) and sold only 59.6 percent of available tickets.

This season, the Blues are selling 83 percent of their seats, and their average home attendance of 17,456 ranks 13th in the NHL.

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Czech National Team Needs Players

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from the Prague Post,

“We’ve become a supermarket for the NHL, where they get top products at discount prices,” said Zbyněk Kusý, the national team’s general manager. “We are left begging NHL clubs to pay our players while letting them play for the national team in their free time.”

The national team’s head coach, Alois Hadamczik, is planning to leave late this month on a North American tour, hoping to lure some Czech NHL players in for the World Championship in May. The more NHL players on the national team, the stronger it will be, Hadamczik said.

“The days when NHL players merely boosted our team are gone. … Now, we must form the whole team with them in order to be competitive,” he said.

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Foote Wants To Stay

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

After meeting with general manager Scott Howson in recent days, Foote has expressed his desire to sign a contract extension with the Blue Jackets rather than risk being traded at Tuesday’s NHL trade deadline.

“I want to be here,” Foote said. “That’s been made clear to Scotty by both me and my agent (Rick Curran). To my understanding, Scott Howson wants me to be here, too. So there we go.”

read on

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Rangers Shopping

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Blueshirts are believed interested in bringing back St. Louis winger Martin Rucinsky for a fourth tour of duty on Broadway. Rangers would deal Marek Malik - whom St. Louis president John Davidson likes - but would need to get a defenseman back either while or before moving him.

Sharks and Thrashers have talked about a blockbuster in which Patrick Marleau and Matt Carle would go to Atlanta in exchange for a package featuring Marian Hossa and Bobby Holik .

read on for more, including Avery going the AO route, Boyle talks and some other rumors…

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