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Don’t Expect Big Names To Be Moved By Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The upcoming NHL tradeline of March 4 won’t be about Vinny Lecavalier or Ilya Kovalchuk or Alex Kovalev.

It’s going to be Mark Recchi’s day, and Niclas Havelid’s day and Ian Laperriere’s day. It’s the only day of the NHL season when aging veterans, steady defensemen and gritty third-liners become stars of the show.

My expectation is that there will be plenty of action on trade day, but I believe that the majority of players will be dealt for second-, third- and fourth-round picks.

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At This Point, The Top Goals Of the Year

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The top goals of the year through yesterday.

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Rangers Can’t Afford To Do Much At The Trade Deadline

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from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

With the NHL trade deadline two weeks away, Western Conference teams are scoping out the Rangers—and vice versa.

But pressed up against the salary cap, the Rangers can probably only tweak their roster, possibly adding the Stars’ Sean Avery if the former Broadway pest is not grabbed on recall waivers on a team below them in the standings. They also could sign a low-rent defenseman, especially with Paul Mara’s injured shoulder expected to keep him out or performing well under 100 percent until past the deadline….

Among the defensemen who might fit and reportedly are available: Kyle McLaren (San Jose), David Hale and Derek Morris (Phoenix), Sean O’ Donnell (Los Angeles), Adrian Aucoin (Calgary), Daryl Sydor (Dallas), Ville Koistinen and Greg Zanon (Nashville) and Jordan Leopold (Colorado). In the East, there’s Niklas Havelid (Atlanta) and Ryan Whitney and Rob Scuderi (Pittsburgh).

read on for more on the Rangers…

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Evening Line

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“I hope I don’t see him fight again.  You don’t want those hands fighting.”

-Ken Holland talking about the fight Marian Hossa had last night.  Check out a story from Craig Custance of the Sporting News for more from Holland regarding Hossa and playing in Sweden next season.

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Teams That May Have An Interest In Khabibulin

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via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Daily Herald,

Maybe this latest injury has the Hawks thinking hard again about trading Khabibulin before the deadline and going with Cristobal Huet, especially with Khabibulin set to walk in July as a free agent.

While the Hawks are better with Khabibulin in net, what good is he if he’s not on the ice?

Who needs a goalie? Philadelphia, for one. The Flyers are talking with Atlanta about Kari Lehtonen, but wouldn’t they rather have the playoff-tested Khabibulin?

Washington is looking for a goalie. So is Detroit, but the Hawks couldn’t do that. Could they?

Does Anaheim need a goalie? Just asking. The Ducks need some jolt.

Are the Canadiens happy with Carey Price?

I am really not sure where some of these “Detroit needs a goalie” rumors are coming from.  Sort of makes you wonder how ‘connected’ writers are.

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HDIC Comes To Campbellton

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from Alan Adams of CBC Sports,

A bone-chilling wind was whipping up the snow as Marjorie Nicolle stood on an old railway bridge spanning the Upsalquitch River.

Only minutes earlier, Nicolle was in her kitchen in the settlement of Upsalquitch when word spread that Ron MacLean was just down the road.

Nicolle tapped her husband Albert on the shoulder and off they went to watch MacLean film parts of his opening segment for Tim Horton’s Hockey Day in Canada broadcast on Saturday.

Nicolle and a handful of friends that live along the road that hugs the Upsalquitch River didn’t flinch when the wind turned a pleasant day into a reminder that winter is far from over in northern New Brunswick.

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Pushing Wellwood

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from Canucks Nation at the Vancouver Province,

Alain Vigneault told the rest of the world how he felt about Kyle Wellwood after Tuesday’s game.

So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he let Wellwood in on this Thursday morning at practice — he’s not happy.

“I’m not here to be liked. I’m here to get the most out of him,and that’s what I’m trying to do.” Vigneault said. “As a coach you have to push the right buttons. Some guys need to be pushed a little harder, some guys need to be handled differently. Kyle needs to be pushed and that’s what I’m doing.”

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Flyers Defense Is Just Fine

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from Jack McCaffery of the Delco Times,

Without substantial new investment, Stevens has aligned his seven defensemen so snugly that should the March 4 trade deadline pass without Paul Holmgren adding one more big body to the group, the Flyers will be no less likely to make a serious postseason push….

Holmgren still could add a defenseman at the deadline. Injuries happen, and the Flyers’ defense was fractured during the last postseason. Derian Hatcher is still threatening to make a return. Luca Sbisa likely will rejoin the team for the playoffs. Lasse Kukkonen remains with the Phantoms, providing depth.

But for now, the Flyers’ defense is set, complementary and effective, with just enough youth, just enough experience, just enough offense, defense and skill to work.

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Smolinski On The Come-Back Trail

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We’ve got an update for you on one of our “in-limbo” guys we wrote about this past November. Veteran center Bryan Smolinski will join a minor league team next week in an effort to revive his career.

He’ll check in Monday with the Port Huron Icehawks of the International Hockey League. Will it lead to a return to the NHL? Who knows.

“I have an open mind. I’m not expecting any miracles,” Smolinski told ESPN.com on Thursday. “An opportunity presented itself. A friend of mine [Chris Bogas] plays there. It was a conversation we had, ‘Would you like to play?’ and I said, ‘You know what? Yeah.’ I’m healthy again, I feel good. I’ve been working out and skating.”

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  Tags: bryan+smolinski

Babcock Talks Wings - “We Got One Goalie Playing Better Than The Other Goalie”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The bench boss of the defending Stanley Cup champs joins The Game Plan on Fan590 to discuss being the fastest coach to ever reach 200 wins, his team’s struggles between the pipes, and whether he would be interested in coaching the Canadian Olympic team.

Mike Babcock also talks, Hossa, Lidstrom, the goalie situation and Datsyuk.

Well worth a listen if you are fan of the Wings.

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