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Evening Line

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“I believe that it will work out and we will be back in the 16 million home that we were on in the DirecTV universe once they work this out.  And I am hopeful that the sides will work this out in advance of the playoffs. But in terms of the coverage we get and the treatment we get, we couldn’t be treated better by anybody else.”

-Gary Bettman on the Versus/Directv dispute and the Versus coverage.  More at Chicago Breaking Sport News.

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  Tags: directv, gary+bettman

Emery Done For The Season

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Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren released the following statement today regarding goaltender Ray Emery:

“Ray Emery will have surgery in the near future to repair his right hip. He is suffering from avascular necrosis and will have a bone graft done to alleviate his hip issues. Ray will be out for the remainder of the season.”

The surgery will be performed by Dr. David Ruch at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. The date and time of the procedure have not yet been determined.

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  Tags: ray+emery

All Talk, No Action Yet

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from Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN,

A source told Scott Burnside on Tuesday afternoon that the Preds continue to get lots of calls on Hamhuis but were not close to a deal. Philadelphia is among the clubs interested.

Meanwhile, in Washington, a Capitals source told me Tuesday that although the team would like an upgrade “anywhere,” the feeling at this point is the team may not do anything. GM George McPhee has never been a big fan of overpaying at the trade deadline, but we’ll see this time around. The Caps have never had a better chance at a Stanley Cup than this season.

In Columbus, UFA-to-be winger Raffi Torres hadn’t found a new home yet. A Blue Jackets source said nothing was close as of Tuesday afternoon.
In Pittsburgh, the Penguins were interested in Torres or Alexei Ponikarovsky, but not Marek Svatos. All three are set to become UFAs on July 1. The prices for Torres and Ponikarovsky were still considered “too high” to one Penguins source. It’s the old chicken game all the way to Wednesday’s deadline.


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Trade Talk Before The Deadline

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All from tweets of hockey guys…

Bob McKenie,

Carolina’s Ray Whitney may not get dealt at deadline unless the L.A. King scenario gets revived. It’s his call but Pittsburgh appears out.

Toronto’s Alex Ponikarovsky likely to fetch a second-round pick and a good prospect. L.A. one of many teams interested.

Colorado’s Wojtek Wolski is in play and the Phoenix Coyotes are one team that has shown some interest.

Michael Russo,

I do believe there’s a very good chance Owen Nolan will be dealt

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Report- Zidlicky Re-Signs With Wild

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from a Michael Russo tweet,

Sources: The Wild has signed Marek Zidlicky to a three-year, $12 million contract

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  Tags: marek+zidlicky

Islanders Trade Sutton

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via Katie Strang tweet,

BREAKING: Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton has been traded. Details to come….

added 1:38pm, Darren Dreger tweet,

Sutton to the Senators. working on details and confirmation.

added 1:42pm, Bruce Garrioch tweets for a second rounder.

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  Tags: andy+sutton

Afternoon Line

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“The biggest surprise to me is how everybody threw Marty Brodeur, the greatest goalie in the history of the game, under the bus and backed over him, and forward, backward, forward, backward. It’s the greatest goalie that’s ever played and it almost tarnished his career on one night. He didn’t have a good night, but part of that had to do with how well we pressured them.”

-Team USA Coach Ron Wilson.  More Olympics talk from James Mirtle at the Globe and Mail.

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  Tags: martin+brodeur, ron+wilson, team+canada, team+usa

Chelios A Thrasher

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via Ben Wright tweet,

Official- Thrashers have signed Chelios.

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  Tags: chris+chelios

Morning Line

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“I don’t want to talk about it. It happened. I feel sorry, but it was an emotional moment for me. I don’t want to say something bad or do something bad, but this happened. Let’s forget about it and move forward.”

-Alexander Ovechkin on the camera girl incidentMore from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, team+russia

Goalies Under Fire

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

If you’re a Calgary Flames fan and you see the way Miikka Kiprusoff flailed and ailed against the Americans in the semifinal, are you going to reach for the Maalox when the playoffs roll around, or would you prefer any drug whose side effects include temporary blindness?

Same goes for San Jose Sharks supporters and that team’s No. 1 goalie Evgeni Nabokov, as well as New Jersey boosters and surefire Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur. Both of those guys looked horrendous at times and deserved their respective Olympic fates.

I know all three netminders will be playing on drastically different teams with no discernable connection to their Olympic squads. Nevertheless, it can’t make Darryl Sutter, Doug Wilson or Lou Lamoriello feel good to see key components of their post-season hopes look so lost in high-stake showdowns.

More than a few hockey observers thought some pre-trade-deadline deals would be made directly as a result of what NHL GMs saw at the Vancouver Games. If any of those deals involve a goalie joining the Flames, Sharks or Devils, we’ll have a good idea as to the reason why.

more hockey talk…

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