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• Spoke with a player agent yesterday who speculated that Peter Forsberg’s days as a Philadelphia Flyer are numbered. “Is he going to re-sign with that team? I wouldn’t advise him to if I worked for him,” the agent said. “But where’s he going to go? I heard Nashville, but they’ve already got their center position set.”

He’s right. David Poile may have the cap room to make such a move – and he sure has a young group of blueliners Paul Holmgren would covet – but there are better fits for Forsberg, who has a no-trade clause in his current deal. More likely destinations include Calgary, Anaheim and, dare we say it, Toronto.

• Was that an actual come-from-behind win yesterday by the Phoenix Coyotes? Wow. Next thing you know, Wayne Gretzky will say, “We’re overjoyed with Georges (Laraque’s) production.” Wait, he did say that last night? About a guy with two goals and five points in 16 games? I’ve gotta go lie down for a while.

• In today’s Chicago Tribune, reporter Bob Foltman makes the case that the Blackhawks should trade Nikolai Khabibulin. It’s a solid argument, although I remain unconvinced Brian Boucher can be their No. 1 netminder on a full-time basis. If I’m Dale Tallon, I either want a young-ish goalie in return or I’m adding a third team to the mix that can provide me with one.

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• Perhaps Tallon should be calling Peter Chiarelli to gauge his interest in Khabibulin. The Bruins GM seems to be collecting goalies as if he gets a free one for every 10 in the system. In addition to Philippe Sauve (acquired yesterday from Phoenix), Boston now has Tim Thomas, Brian Finley, Hannu Toivonen, Tuukka Rask, and Jordan Sigalet in their employ. At this rate, Chiarelli is going to have to start a new league to find places for all of them to play.

Gretzky’s right to be excited about George Laraque’s performance of late. He may only have five points through 16 games, but at least that’s over production. I’d be more worried had Coach Gretzky said he was happy with the play of Jeremy Roenick, Owen Nolan, or even Curtis Joseph for that matter. Go Laraque! He’s the steady foundation on which the this non-playoff bound team was built!
– Matthew Onstad