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Ryan Suter begins a week of blogging at NHL Connect.  Wonder if we will read any Foppa stories!

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Rent The Guy

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How do you feel if your teams acquires a rent-a-player for their playoff run?
I would be interested in your opinion.

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Blue Jackets Getting Calls, No Action

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

“I’m talking with lots of teams,” president and general manager Doug MacLean said yesterday from Miami, site of the general managers meetings. “But I’ve got nothing that’s seriously close.”
The Blue Jackets are expected to trade right winger Anson Carter and defenseman Bryan Berard for draft picks before the 3 p.m. deadline next Tuesday.
It’s unlikely, however, that either player will be moved until the ball gets rolling on some of the bigger names on the trading block.
Mac-Lean said that most of the calls he has been receiving are about Fredrik Modin, but he reiterated that he will not trade the left winger.
It’s likely the Blue Jackets will sign Modin to a multiyear contract extension by the end of this week.

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Devils Keep An Eye On The Rangers

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from the Staten Island Advance,

Oh, the joy of it. What could be better for the Devils and their fans than leading the Atlantic Division while keeping the pressure on the Buffalo Sabres for first place in the Eastern Conference?
Actually, that’s an easy one: Watching the rival Rangers struggle just to claim a playoff spot and taking some sinister satisfaction. And a Devils sweep in this week’s home-and-home showdown with the Rangers would be like stepping on their rivals’ fingers as they hang onto the playoff cliff for dear life.

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Pens Looking To Buy

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

For a change, they’re buyers rather than sellers, so adding help is at least an option.
Their needs are another defenseman, a first-line winger and a face-off specialist, in that order. And the Pens, presumably, wouldn’t have to pay a Peter Forsberg-type ransom to address at least two of them.
They should be able to obtain an experienced defenseman (Jassen Cullimore of Chicago or Aaron Miller of Los Angeles) for much less.
Phoenix center Yanic Perreault figures to be more pricey, but still affordable, as are Canadiens defensemen Sheldon Souray, Andrei Markov and Craig Rivet.

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Going In Reverse

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from the Edmonton Journal,

The artificial laboratory that was the 2004-05 lockout year, when GMs, players and owners could all focus on the overall good of the game since no actual games were being played, keeps receding like the tide.
But self-interest is reasserting itself with vigour. So Burke, who wants to deploy toughness and physical intimidation as a tactic, wants the rules to be tweaked to help that cause. Shero, who does not employ a goon to ride shotgun for Crosby, is disinclined to favour such a rule change.
It will be up to the owners to hold the line on the NHL agenda of selling its stars, not letting the league backslide toward the pre-lockout game, in which brute force was valued as highly as skill, in which vigilante justice dominated.

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Preds Push Foppa

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from the Tennessean,

The Predators have aggressively marketed Forsberg, including taking out full-page advertisements in The Tennessean. Steve Violetta, the Predators executive vice president of business affairs, would not disclose how much the Predators will spend on marketing and promoting Forsberg but did say the organization has not spent any money beyond what originally was in the marketing budget.
The strategy seems to be working. According to Predators officials, at the start of last week, the team had sold 9,432 tickets for Monday night’s game against Phoenix. After the Forsberg trade, and just before the puck dropped Monday night, the total of paid tickets had surpassed 12,000.
“That’s an incredible amount of tickets sold for a Monday game in a short amount of time,” Violetta said.

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Change Is Hard

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from the Denver Post,

Avalanche captain Joe Sakic has worn the same shoulder pads since 1989. He stopped wearing them in games two years ago, but still straps them on for every practice.
They look like an old newspaper, held together by a couple pieces of string. They are old enough to look like they should be in a museum. That, or a good laundromat.
“I don’t like new stuff,” said Sakic, 37. “I had to finally break down and change them for the games, though. Otherwise, they would have rusted out.”

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Wings Won’t Overspend

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Quote of the Day from Mike Babcock via the Detroit Free Press,

“You’d always like to improve your hockey team, but I’d like to have a house on a hill in Aspen, too,” coach Mike Babcock said Monday. “But there’s a cost to that, so that’s where you have to do your math and work it out. How do we win at playoff time and how do we have the best roster we can for next season? That’s where the tough decisions come.”

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Giving Stick Checks The Hook

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from the Vancouver Province:

Interpretations of NHL hooking infractions are like the Vancouver weather during the monsoon season—grey, foggy and frustrating.
Amid confusion as to what actually constitutes hooking—and the lack of consistency in its enforcement—general managers will discuss a better definition of the penalty before their meetings conclude Wednesday in Naples, Fla.

“What’s happening is guys are making good stick checks and getting penalized,” added [Willie] Mitchell, who’s the least penalized Canuck blueliner with 24 minutes in 44 games. “Stick-on-stick checks with a coming-down motion where you knock it out of the way, I think is fine as long as it’s not up on the hands—I do believe that’s a penalty.
“But the lifting of sticks is not rewarding good play. They’re trying to free up the game and the league wants more offence, but as players all we ever ask for is consistency.”


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