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NHL.com In Trade Deadline Mode

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from NHL.com,

To get the Writing on Deadline blog ball rolling, let’s start with the 10 questions facing the League and its member teams as the deadline begins to loom on the immediate horizon….

With all that said, who will be the biggest name moved by the time the curtain falls at 3 p.m. on March 4?

My money is on Chris Pronger, just because he would likely bring the biggest return if the Ducks fall out of the playoff race. Pronger has one year left on his current deal, so there is not the pressure to move him usually associated with impending free agents. But, he will be in high demand among the Eastern Conference’s top playoff contenders as they look for separation from the pack. That means someone will cave under the pressure and make an offer the Ducks can’t refuse.

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Pahlsson Out With Mononucleosis

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Center Sammy Pahlsson, out of the Ducks’ lineup since Feb. 2, has mononucleosis and is week to week, a club spokesman said after the team’s game-day skate in advance of tonight’s game against the Kings at the Honda Center.

The Ducks had previously said only that he had a viral infection.

Pahlsson, a valuable two-way player who has centered the Ducks’ stopper line with Travis Moen and Rob Niedermayer the last few seasons, will be examined again next Tuesday. He can’t skate again until he’s cleared medically, and after that would need another week or so to get in shape.

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Coyotes Confirm Interest In Team

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GLENDALE, Ariz.—- Phoenix Coyotes Owner Jerry Moyes has confirmed press reports stating that the Coyotes have received expressions of interest from potential investors in the team, which expressions of interest are under review.  Moyes will continue conversations with potential investors to enable the Coyotes to retire debt and obtain working capital, which will reduce Moyes’ ownership percentage in the team. Moyes stated, “Wayne Gretzky and I have had discussions with potential investors interested in joining us in continuing the team’s presence in Glendale. I have met with Glendale city management, who expressed strong support for the team, and whose assistance would contribute to helping the Coyotes operate on a positive cash flow basis.”

Until the investment process has been concluded, Mr. Moyes will not have further comment on this subject.

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Leafs Thinking About A Trade

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Brian Burke was a guest speaker at the London Chamber of Commerce…

from Morris Dalla Costa of the London Free Press,

What he did say from a hockey standpoint is that he expects the March 4 trade deadline to be a busy time in the NHL in general, that he was offered a trade Tuesday and his staff spent yesterday looking into the player offered in terms of his character….

Burke wouldn’t give out any information about the potential trade but that “we’re really looking at the player.”

more on the Leafs…

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Trade Questions Answered

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Pierre LeBrun of ESPN held an online chat today with readers…

You think the Panthers would accept a trade of Dion for JB? I know it would make my life better here in Calgary?

Pierre LeBrun: No question the Panthers would, but there’s no way the Flames would trade a star player under contract for a star player that’s not going to be under contract….

But yes, I do think the Flames have interest in Bouwmeester.

Will the penguins trade for Marian Gaborik? Seeing as he is a pretty good winger who might fit well with Crosby.

Pierre LeBrun: I don’t think so. I wouldn’t be surprised if Minny kept Gaborik in the end because the offers won’t be great for an injured player…

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Columbus Talk

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from an online chat today at the Columbus Dispatch,

Prospal, Lombardi, or Antropov, who do you prefer and who currently tops the CBJ’s wish list?

Aaron Portzline: I’m a Lombardi guy because I know he can play center. The other two might be best served as wingers. Plus, Lombardi has a history of playing with Rick Nash in international competition, and they’ve done well together.

What do you believe it would take on our part to get Lombardi here? Do you know if there are any other teams interested in him? What would his cap hit be?

Aaron Portzline: I’ve heard they want a defenseman, so Klesla makes sense. Not sure Methot would do it. Don’t worry about the cap hit, as it’s not really pertinent in Columbus. He’s making $1.85M this season and $2.35M next season. After that, he’s a UFA.

much more on the Blue Jackets…

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Sundin Talks Eastern Trip

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Canucks’ schedule will likely protect Sundin from the worst of the media hordes anyway. At the moment, they are supposed to stay over in Ottawa to practise Friday, and not travelling to Toronto until much later in the day. Hockey Night in Canada will do its obligatory interview with him there. Sundin will likely not appear in public until Saturday morning’s day-of-game skate at the Air Canada Centre.

“I might be more excited to play the game than he is,” said Canucks’ goaltender Roberto Luongo. “I’m looking forward to that. It’s going to be a great atmosphere in the building. Everybody will be really pumped up. I enjoy playing in those cities to begin with. With all that added hype, it’ll be fun.”

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Sabres Send Gerbe Back To AHL

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BUFFALO, NY (February 18, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have returned forward Nathan Gerbe to Portland of the American Hockey League.

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HDIC On NHL Network

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NEW YORK (February 18, 2009) – The NHL Network will simulcast CBC’s Hockey Day In Canada programming in the United States, with over 13 hours of continuous coverage planned in celebration of the sport. Hockey Day In Canada is a yearly day-long broadcast of special features that celebrate hockey in Canada. This year marks the ninth annual broadcast.

The celebration commences from Campbellton, N.B. on Sat. Feb. 21 at 12 Noon ET as Hockey Day In Canada programming begins its 13.5-hour broadcast with Ron MacLean hosting live from the Memorial Civic Centre in Campbellton, N.B.  Don Cherry, Scott Morrison, Dick Irvin and other special guests will join MacLean in Campbellton.

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Options For The Blue Jackets

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from Ray Slover of the Sporting News,

Hitchcock believes he has a solid enough defense, with shutdown guys and puck movers. Now, the Jackets need that extra kick for the offense. They miss shiny rookie Derick Brassard, whose season is toast after shoulder surgery.

Does Jordan Staal unbutton your jacket? If the Penguins go into sell mode, he’ll be available.

Does Nik Antropov turn down you collar? The idea of Antropov playing with Nash has Jackets watchers slobbering all over themselves.

Does Erik Cole add shine to your buttons? If he’s on top of his game, Cole could be a Hitchcock player and the power forward they need.

Or is Bill Guerin that trick up your sleeve? That might be a stretch, because of his so-so playoff production, but when Billy’s hot, he’s hot.

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