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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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  Tags: blake+wheeler, dan+ellis, dustin+byfuglien, dwayne+roloson, eric+brewer, mark+stuart, tomas+vokoun

Southeast AHL Affiliate Update: 2/23/11

With the trade deadline approaching, might a Southeast team or two peddle one or more of their AHL prospects for some immediate help? We’ll know in five short days. For now, let’s take our latest look (a belated one this week – apologies…) at results and stats for the Southeast Division’s AHL affiliates from the week gone by:

Click for individual box scores

Tuesday, 2/15/11: Albany Devils 3, Charlotte Checkers 0
Charlotte goal-scorers: none
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Justin Pogge (25/28)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Dave Caruso, ALB; 2 – Adam Henrique, ALB; 3 – Brad Mills, ALB

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Freezing Out Winnipeg

from Randy Turner of the Winnipeg Free Press,

So some NHL players are reportedly balking about coming to Winnipeg—even before the city gets a team, or may never get one?

That’s a head-scratcher for Manitoba Moose head coach Claude Noel.

“You know what? People with no-trade clauses in their contracts dictate where they want to play,” Noel said. “But for me, it isn’t about location. That’s all fine and dandy, but I think it’s about the environment and that’s what you create. I mean, is Detroit a better destination that Winnipeg? And players want to play in Detroit.

“I have nothing against Detroit (ravaged during the current recession), but I’ve been in cities that were maybe not ideal. You go where the winning becomes the environment. And I think if Winnipeg got a team they’d have to re-establish themselves as whatever that is. (But) Players want to have success.”

Noel was reacting to a Free Press question relating to comments made by Hockey Night in Canada analyst Glenn Healy on the Hot Stove segment Saturday night. The topic was the tenuous financial situation surrounding the Atlanta Thrashers and Healy, a former NHLPA executive, said it’s common for higher profile NHL players to have lists of teams where they can’t be traded

“Guess what name is appearing on a lot of players’ no-move teams? Atlanta,” Healy said. “Why? Because if the team goes to Winnipeg, it’s not a desirable place for them to play their winters.”


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A Week to the Deadline: What Will Southeast Clubs Do?

NHL trade deadline fun is only a week away and the five Southeast Division teams have either joined the party already or will be late arrivals, taking part in the festivities before “last call” at 3:00 PM Eastern next Monday afternoon. None, I suspect, will sit idly by without at least some effort to tinker with their roster (further than they have already, in some cases) either for a playoff push or some more long-term planning.

With a week to go, today we’ll have a look around the division to try and gauge what each Southeast club might do, with an eye on where they sit in the standings currently, what they’ve done already and names that have been bantered about here and there.

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Pending Atlanta/Boston Trade

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Not official yet, but BOS trading Wheeler and Stuart to ATL for Peverley and Valabik. Pending trade call.

added 1:40pm, McKenzie tweet makes it official.

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Patrice Cormier and Ed Jovanovski Go Head To Head

Jovanovski is listed day-to-day with an upper body injury.

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Atlanta Co-Owner Admits They Need Money

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Atlanta Spirit co-owner Michael Gearon said there is now a “sense of urgency” to find additional investors or a buyer willing to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta. If the ownership group does not get additional financial help in the near future the franchise could be sold and moved to another city.

“If we are faced with that as the only alternative, that’s what’s going to happen,” Gearon told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an exclusive interview Tuesday. “I don’t think there is an ability to stomach another $20 million in losses. We just can’t do it.

“The reality is we need fans showing up and we need investors, or a primary investor.”


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Atlanta Extends Dustin Byfuglien

via Chris Vivlamore tweet,

Thrashers have re-signed Dustin Byfuglien to multi-year contract. Details to come.

added 4:01pm, via Craig Custance tweet,

Told the Byfuglien deal is for 5-years in the $5 million per year range.

added 4:05pm, via Thrashers PR…

The Atlanta Thrashers have signed defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to a multiple-year contract extension, according to General Manager Rick Dudley.

“Dustin has emerged into an elite player this season and been invaluable as a leader both on and off the ice,” said Dudley. “It was a priority to sign him and we’re looking forward to witnessing his All-Star caliber play for many years to come.”

Byfuglien, 25, leads the team and ranks fifth in the NHL among defenseman in scoring with 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) this season while leading all league defenseman in goals. He has tallied six game-winning goals, one shy of the NHL record for a defenseman in a single season and tied the Thrashers single-game scoring record for a defensemen with four points (one goal, three assists) against Boston on Nov. 28. Byfuglien was named the NHL’s second star of the week (period ending Nov. 28) and the league’s third star for the month of November. For his efforts this season, he was also named an NHL All-Star.


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Southeast AHL Affiliate Update: 2/15/11

Time once again for a look at this past week’s AHL results for the affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division teams.

Let’s get right to it:

Click for individual box scores

Tuesday, 2/8/11: Charlotte Checkers 4, Providence Bruins 1
Charlotte goal-scorers: Jerome Samson (26), Chris Terry (20), Brett Carson (3), Jon Matsumoto (15)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Mike Murphy (31/32)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Mike Murphy, CHA; 2 – Jerome Samson, CHA; 3 – Jon Matsumoto, CHA

Wednesday, 2/9/11: Grand Rapids Griffins 7, Chicago Wolves 5
Chicago goal-scorers: Nigel Dawes (24), Riley Holzapfel (6), Andrew Kozek (7), Ryan Garbutt (13), Darren Haydar (19)
Chicago goaltenders (saves/shots): Drew MacIntyre (15/19), Peter Mannino (11/13)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Francis Pare, GR; 2 – Mark Matheson, CHI; 3 – Jamie Johnson, GR

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The Avery ‘Rules’

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If it wasn’t one thing, it was another for Avery in the Rangers’ 3-2 loss to the Thrashers. He appeared to be yelled at throughout the match by the officiating crew, did not get a call when slashed at the end of the second period by Andrew Ladd (though coach John Tortorella, furious behind the bench at the time, said after the game it was not a penalty) and was cited for a bogus charge in the third.

Avery, who has had a good relationship this season with nearly all of the on-ice officials and who has been guarded with his comments, was furious after the match, worked by referees Frederick L’Ecuyer and Brad Watson and linesmen Darren Gibbs and Derek Amell.

“If the people watching the games don’t see that there are two sets of rules, one for me and one for everyone else, then I don’t know what they’re watching,” Avery told The Post. “I don’t play under the same rules as everybody else.

“When I go to [the officials] for an explanation, they tell me to [kiss] off.”

more on the Rangers…

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