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Where Will Witt Play

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from the Toronto Sun,

Brendan Witt's wish to be traded remains and George McPhee is adamant a deal will be done before the March 9 NHL trade deadline. "It will happen this year, I just don't know when," McPhee, the Capitals' general manager, said after practice here yesterday. "He has asked for a trade and he will be traded. I am not going to comment any further. (We just want) what is best for the team and the organization."

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NHL ‘Clean”

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via the Toronto Sun,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players' Association executive director Ted Saskin both said yesterday that the first batch of drug tests have come back negative. "There have been well over 100 (returned samples) and at least six to eight teams have already been tested in full," Saskin said.

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Avs Suffer More Than A Loss

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

This defeat will go down as one of the most difficult the Colorado Avalanche will endure this season. Defenseman Ossi Vaananen, on his second shift, suffered a broken right ankle that will require surgery and probably end his season and right wing Milan Hejduk sustained a neck injury on his fifth shift and didn't return. "Those are two big guys on our team," said captain Joe Sakic, whose goal with 8:49 to play in the third period put the Avalanche ahead 3-2. "It's a tough loss, but I think everybody pulled together and played pretty well."
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NHL On NBC Rating Drop

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via the LA Times,

The Arena Football League got off to a good start on NBC last weekend. The AFL drew a 1.3 national rating, which beat, among other events, the NHL (0.9) and the Sunshine Millions horse racing (1.2) on NBC and the Arizona-North Carolina basketball game on CBS (1.2).

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Steven’s Jersey Goes To The Rafters

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What do Slava Kozlov, Eric Lindros, and Paul Kariya have in common? from Sherry Ross of the NY Daily News,

Each of the trio was the target of jarring playoff hits by Stevens, producing the fear that made East Rutherford famous. "The opponent was always so petrified of him," said goaltender Martin Brodeur, who until this season had played his entire career with the captain, No.4, as a teammate. Name the Cup year, and you can identify the Stevens open-ice hit that defined it.
continued update 10:54am, from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
"I still remember our first day in New Jersey," Stevens said. "Lou met us at the airport and he had two baby seats in the back of the car. That certainly says everything about Lou and what he has done for me and the New Jersey Devils. "It's definitely a family here, that's Lou's philosophy. That's why we stayed here and made our home here. There have been a lot of players here who moved on, you know, the grass is always greener, but the feedback later on is they did it right here. It's a team game here, not a bunch of individual players like in other places."
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Is Ovechkin Hart Worthy

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from the Toronto Sun,

The Hart Trophy traditionally is awarded to a player whose hockey club has been a serious playoff contender, but to discuss possible Hart candidates and leave Alexander Ovechkin out of the mix wouldn't seem right. ..."I don't want to be case-specific, but sometimes you see some of the great players and they are just robots," Caps coach Glen Hanlon said. "They don't seem to bring a passion. It's just like: 'Oh, well, I'm going to do this for 12 years and go play golf.' Alex is fun, he's a fan of the game and I think it rubs off on all the players."
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Kolzig Begins Contract Negotiations

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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

The Washington Capitals and Art Breeze, the agent for Olie Kolzig, have recently have begun "conceptual" and "exploratory" negotiations on a contract extension that would fulfill the 35-year-old goaltender's desire to finish his career as a lifelong Capital.
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No!- Traditionalists Unite

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

RBK, the hockey company -- you know, Sidney Crosby's other employer -- has spent millions of dollars testing and re-designing the performance and look of the traditional hockey uniform and has come up with a sleek new design that many traditionalists will view as radical. Most GMs have a prototype in hand, some have even had one of their players privately model and test them. But here's the rub. Hockey traditionalists, and that would be most of the GMs, don't like the look of them. Not a bit.
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Lightning Back

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

"The old Lightning style is back," Feaster says. "Our forecheck has been very aggressive. Our D are pinching more aggressively and we are standing up better against the rush. The work ethic is back." He said the team's early struggles were simply about "a lack of intensity." "We were inconsistent in so many areas of our game," Feaster says. "And I think part of that is that we are now the hunted instead of the hunter."
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NHL Should Drop 8 Games In Olympic Year

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from Eric Duhatshek of the Globe and Mal,

The NHL schedule should be reduced from 82 to 74 games by dropping eight divisional games from the schedule....That averages out to one lost home date per year over a four-year period. If a team can't lose one home gate per year to accommodate the Olympics, maybe it doesn't belong in the NHL to begin with.
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