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Seabrook, Blackhawks close to extension

Saturday, 02.26.2011 / 4:19 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Brent Seabrook is very close to joining the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks "core group" that's signed long term with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
 
A deal has not been finalized, but likely will be in the very near future according to Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman -- who met with reporters during the team's practice Saturday.
 
A report by TSN said a deal was already reached for five years and just less than $30 million, but Bowman didn't say it was finalized and declined to get into specifics about salary or the term negotiated.
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Sopel hopes to boost Montreal PK against Carolina

Saturday, 02.26.2011 / 1:48 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens will be welcoming a much-needed addition while the Carolina Hurricanes adjust without their star player when the two teams collide Saturday night in a key Eastern Conference matchup.

The game will be the Canadiens debut for defenseman Brent Sopel, a penalty-killing and shot-blocking specialist acquired Thursday from the Atlanta Thrashers.
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Tambellini's words have had big effect on Oilers

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 2:38 PM / NHL Insider

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

"People really don't know how painful it is to lose games." -- Andrew Cogliano

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini told his players to forget about big-picture issues such as lottery picks and the like 10 days ago and concentrate on winning hockey games.

The Oilers appear to have taken that to heart as they prepare to face the St. Louis Blues at Rexall Place on Friday. Edmonton has won 4 of its last 5 games following Wednesday's 5-1 win in Colorado.
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Playoffs now possible for Devils

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

The New Jersey Devils were dead and buried on Jan. 8. They had been eulogized and lowered into the ground as they sat in last place in the League standings, 27 points out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Six weeks later, there may be signs of a resurrection.

The Devils may have had barely discernible vital signs during the first half of the season, but now they are showing signs of life as the season hits the three-quarter pole.

To put that 27-point deficit at the halfway point in perspective, it's the equivalent of a baseball team sitting about 26 games out of the playoffs after 81 games. Teams just don't come back from that.
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West playoff race among top storylines

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

All season long, the Western Conference standings have been packed tighter than the crepes rolled by the Cubans who were actually Dominicans on that episode of Seinfeld.

As of Thursday morning, eight points separated third and 11th in the standings. It's essentially nine teams fighting for six spots, with the Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings all but locks for postseason berths.

So who will capture those remaining playoff spots and who will fall short?

Two teams that appear to be in the deepest trouble are the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars.
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Races get tighter at three-quarters mark

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 1:43 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The NHL season reaches the three-quarters pole today -- with all but four teams either in the top eight in their conference or within nine points of the top eight. We're at the point where a hot week can send any team flying up the standings, while a bad week will have the opposite effect.

Here's a look at how the races in each conference shape up after Thursday night's games:

Eastern Conference:

Division leaders:


Philadelphia (86 points after Thursday's 4-3 overtime win against to the Islanders) blew a 3-1 third-period lead and allowed the pesky Islanders to force overtime, but beat New York for the 12th consecutive time at the Wells Fargo Center when Andrej Meszaros scored with 17.6 seconds left in OT. The Flyers lead Pittsburgh by eight points in the Atlantic Division race and are nine up on the Lightning for first place in the conference.
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Pegula's goal: Build a classy champion in Buffalo

Thursday, 02.24.2011 / 7:39 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Terry Pegula Era in Buffalo is off to a flying start.

After the sale of the Sabres was completed and Pegula became the new owner, the team went out and recorded a 4-1 win Wednesday over the Thrashers, one of the teams they're battling with as they chase a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"It feels good," Pegula said on Thursday's "NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman" when asked about his first official game as an NHL owner. "I just hope it lasts a long time."
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Foote unsure if this will be last season

Thursday, 02.24.2011 / 4:31 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- He's 39 years old and his 19th NHL season is winding down, but Colorado Avalanche captain Adam Foote hasn't yet decided whether he's about to close out what has been a remarkable career.

"I've been on the back nine for a while. Of course I am, that's obvious. I said I wouldn't even think of things like (retirement) until the end of the season. I want to do my job and get back in the lineup and try to help this team go in the right direction and keep being professional and play hard."
-- Adam Foote

"No," he said Thursday. "I promised myself and my family that I wouldn't think about that or waste energy thinking about that until each season's over."

Foote did acknowledge he is in the twilight of a career that began in 1991-92 with the Quebec Nordiques.

"I've been down the stretch of my career the last three years," he said, laughing. "I've been on the back nine for a while. Of course I am, that's obvious. I said I wouldn't even think of things like (retirement) until the end of the season. I want to do my job and get back in the lineup and try to help this team go in the right direction and keep being professional and play hard."
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Goligoski trying to adjust quick to life with Stars

Thursday, 02.24.2011 / 3:56 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski is used to things moving fast on the ice.
 
The blur that he's going through off the ice, after being traded to the Stars by the Pittsburgh Penguins just three days ago, isn't nearly as familiar.
 
"Everything's moving fast, so I'm just trying to get to know the guys right now," said Goligoski, a 25-year old puck-moving defenseman whom Dallas acquired in exchange for talented forward James Neal and young defenseman Matt Niskanen. "It's good playing games. That's where I feel most comfortable right now."
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Leafs thrown curve by Martin's call to start Auld

Thursday, 02.24.2011 / 3:20 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek was just as surprised as everyone else.

Speaking ahead of Thursday night's game against his former team, the Montreal Canadiens, Komisarek began emphasizing the importance of getting into the face of goaltender Carey Price to get him off his game and give the Leafs a chance to score their first goal of the season in Montreal.

What Komisarek didn't know was that in spite of Price shutting out the Leafs in both their visits to the Bell Centre this season, Canadiens coach Jacques Martin had decided to go with backup Alex Auld in this game.

"What?" Komisarek said. "Wow. Scratch that." 
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