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Rumours du jour

Nashville Predators GM David Poile has a couple of big issues to deal with before the trade deadline in March. Goalie Pekka Rinne, 27, who has taken over the No. 1 job with the Predators, is making $725,000 and has the potential to become a Group III unrestricted free agent on July 1 because of his age. The Predators can’t afford to let Rinne just walk away in the off-season which means Poile has to find a way to get the netminder’s signature on a long-term deal with a healthy raise. Then there’s defenceman Dan Hamhuis.

Rumors, Stevens firing upset Flyers captain Richards

By FRANK SERAVALLI

Mike Richards was stunned.

Minutes after news broke that the Flyers decided to fire John Stevens and replace him with Peter Laviolette, both ESPN and WIP’s Howard Eskin reported that Richards relinquished his captaincy to defer to veteran Chris Pronger.

Rangers interested in Demitra

By BRUCE GARRIOCH

Desperate to make the playoffs, the New York Rangers are beating the bushes trying to find a top-six forward.

While the Rangers would prefer to bring in a centre, league sources told Sun Media yesterday that general manager Glen Sather is so desperate to find help up front, the club has investigated the possibility of acquiring injured Vancouver Canucks winger Pavol Demitra once he gets healthy.

Recovering from shoulder surgery he had in the off-season, Demitra, who can be explosive, might look good on a line with winger Marian Gaborik.

Future of Atlanta Thrashers is now

Scott Burnside

With every passing day, with each improbable win, with each surprising rung climbed up the NHL standings, the nervousness builds for the Atlanta Thrashers.

Will he sign?

Keep It The Same, Or Try To Get Better?

As you have seen lately, the Leafs have turned around their season. Now with a record of 5-1-2 in their last 8, would you still want to make a trade or two, or keep the roster as it is? Maybe until they start stuggling as bad as they did at the start of the season.

Leafs/Canes swap former 1st rounders

Leafs traded former 1st rounder Jiri Tlusty, the player who puts up huge numbers in AHL but just can seem to do so in the NHL, to Carolina for 2009 1st rounder Philippe Paradis, currently in the QMJHL

Rangers waive Valiquette

HOWARD KUSSOY

Last year, when then-Dallas Star Sean Avery called backup goaltender Stephen Valiquette a “minor leaguer,” it was an insult. Now, it’s a reality.

Team USA a Dark Horse at the Olympics

With all the discussions about the type of star power Canada and Russia will bring to the olympics, I wanted to acknowledge the possibility of the Americans being a very dangerous team, and potential gold medal winner.

Edmonton Oilers time to start over

Given the situation the Oilers are in its time to start thinking long term. With Hemsky out for the season and the team preforming terribly its time to start considering starting over. The oilers should be considering moving out a lot of there veterans for draft picks and prospects. This most likely won’t occur until closer to the deadline.

Bettman talks expansion, '14 Olympics

By REUTERS

The National Hockey League will expand into new markets before it relocates franchises from current cities, commissioner Gary Bettman said yesterday.

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