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Rangers Leave The Back Door Open

from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,

No matter how the Rangers fared Thursday against the Atlanta Thrashers, they could not earn a little “x” next to their name in the N.H.L. standings for having clinched a playoff berth. But they did have the power to skim much of the suspense from what has become a punishing playoff push.

Three nights after losing their catalyst, Ryan Callahan, to a broken ankle, the Rangers floundered, falling meekly at Madison Square Garden, 3-0. They can still make the playoffs, but now they need some help from the opponents of their pursuers, the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Rangers (43-33-5) remained 2 points ahead of the Hurricanes (39-30-11), the ninth-place team in the Eastern Conference, who did not play Thursday and have two games remaining. The Rangers’ regular-season finale is Saturday at home against the Devils.

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added 11:29pm
, Watch Tortorella post-game conference below…

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Split the Standings: The First 41 vs. Games 42-Now

Splitting the first half of a season from the second and comparing the two is about as useless, at the end of the day, as useless statistics get. Point being, the only thing that matters at the end of the year is the bottom line of 16 teams qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and 14 others following along like the rest of us.

But useless doesn’t mean uninteresting as we peek at the difference in the standings from the 41-game mark for each team until now.

Have a look, after the jump:

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Atlanta Extends Mark Stuart

Atlanta Thrasher release...

The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed defenseman Mark Stuart to a multiple-year contract extension, according to General Manager Rick Dudley.  Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Stuart, 26, has seen action in four contests with the Thrashers this season after being acquired by team in a trade with Boston on Feb. 18. Prior to arriving in Atlanta, the 6-2, 215-pound defenseman played in 31 games for the Bruins, totaling five points (one goal, four assists) with a plus-8 rating and 23 penalty minutes. In 287 career NHL games with Boston (2005-06 to 2010-11), Stuart has 40 points (13 goals, 27 assists) and 294 penalty minutes.

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Panthers Trade Dvorak To Thrashers

per Bob McKenzie on TSN Deadline Show. Going to Florida are Niclas Bergfors and Patrick Rissmiller and Florida also gives up a 5th rounder.

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What Do You Think Detroit Fans?

via Bob Duff tweet,

#thrashers asking price for Bogosian - Hudler, Ericsson or Kindl and high draft pick - too big a price for #redwings to pay at this point.

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A New Ownership Group For Atlanta?

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

At this point, here is what I can report on the ongoing Thrashers ownership issue. I caution that there is still a lot of reporting to do but according to people familiar with the situation there is an investment group that is progressing in an effort to buy the Hawks, Thrashers and Philips Arena and will keep the Thrashers in Atlanta.

There is one main investors with others in the group, some of whom are from Atlanta. The group is not only interested in purchasing the three properties but there is a “development element” to the deal, possibly involving the area around the arena.

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Montreal/Atlanta Trade

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

ATL trades Brent Sopel and Nigel Dawes to MTL for Ben Maxwell and a 4th rder. Done deal.

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Thrashers Extend Rick Dudley

(Atlanta) - The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed General Manager Rick Dudley to a multiple-year contract extension, according to President Don Waddell.

“Rick has a proven track record of building successful teams and is dedicated to improving the Thrashers and constructing a perennial contender,” said Waddell. “He has already taken great strides with our club and is committed to infusing our roster with key players. He has truly earned this opportunity and we look forward to his continued leadership.”

Dudley, 62, joined the Thrashers as associate general manager on June 22, 2009 and was named the second general manager in franchise history on April 14, 2010. 

“I’m excited to be part of this transformation and look forward to achieving our objective,” said Dudley. “I firmly believe this team is heading in the right direction and we are continuing to piece the puzzle together in the proper way.”

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Morning Line

The next time we see Rick Dudley should be when he thanks Rammer (Craig Ramsay) for his service, wishes him nothing but the best, reminds us all that it wasn’t all his fault…then introduces the next head coach for the Atlanta Thrashers, John Torchetti.

We can then only hope that the head coach’s exit door can at least stop swinging before we begin to think he needs to be shown it too.

-Bill Tiller of the Atlantal Journal-Constitution where you can read more on this topic.

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Southeast Tonight: Three Games on the Schedule

A look around at the Southeast Division teams in action tonight:

Atlanta at Buffalo
If Rick Dudley is deciding between buyer and seller mode, this might just be the game to shove him swiftly in one direction or the other.

Atlanta has been in a tailspin in the new year, with just three regulation wins since we said farewell to 2010. Currently, the Thrashers have lost seven out of their last eight and are just 2-10-4 in their last 16.

They sit five points behind eighth place Carolina and are tied, points-wise, with tonight’s opponent, though their meeting with Buffalo becomes is that much more pivotal with the Sabres having two games in hand on Atlanta.

New faces Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart, acquired last week from Boston, will each play in their second game as a Thrasher tonight. Both made an impact in their Atlanta debut in Edmonton Sunday, despite the team’s 5-3 loss, with Wheeler assisting on an Andrew Ladd tally and Stuart scrapping with J-F Jacques in the second period.

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