The Hockey News Daily Dish: April 1

Yesterday at

The 2008 GM rankings by Ken Campbell has Brian Burke at No. 1.

In his blog, Mike Brophy wishes Gordie Howe a happy 80th.

In Campbell’s Cuts, Ken Campbell writes Alex Ovechkin deserves Hart consideration regardless if the Caps make the playoffs.

Adam Proteau writes that when Todd Bertuzzi takes Marc Crawford to court, the game of hockey itself will be what’s on trial.

The Rumor Roundup focuses on the busy off-season the Wild are in for.

The Power Rankings have the Sharks holding down top spot.

The Fantasy Pool Look lists a group of dark horses that may be good late-round selections for your playoff pool.

Yesterday’s Action…

Pittsburgh 1, New York Rangers 2 (OT) (story/highlights)
– Chris Drury and Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist each, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots.

Atlanta 2, Tampa Bay 0 (story)
– Ilya Kovalchuk scored both goals and Kari Lehtonen earned a 36-save shutout.

Click HERE for NHL standings.

News and Views…

Carolina: Signed Chris Terry and Brett Bellemore to amateur tryout contracts… Justin Williams and Ray Whitney are probable for tonight’s game against the Capitals, writes Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News and Observer. (more…)

Chicago: All 82 Hawks games will be broadcast on television next season, writes Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. (more…)

Detroit: Tomas Holmstrom could return to the lineup Wednesday and Brad Stuart should be ready for the playoff opener, writes Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News. (more…)

Edmonton: Glenn Fisher was assigned to Stockton and Bryan Pitton was signed by Springfield for an amateur tryout contract.

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Florida: Signed Andrew Sweetland to an entry-level contract.

Minnesota: John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes how Kurtis Foster is working towards a return to the Wild next season after suffering a broken femur. (more…)

New York Islanders: Recalled Kip Brennan and assigned Justin Bourne to Utah of the ECHL.

New York Rangers:
Brendan Shanahan is day-to-day with a lower body injury.

Phoenix: Matt Paulson of the East Valley Tribune writes about the Coyotes signing of top draft pick Kyle Turris. (more…)

Philadelphia: Jeremy Duchesne was assigned to Dayton of the ECHL.

Tampa Bay: Shane O’Brien is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, while Mike Smith returned from a knee injury… Assigned Marc Denis to Norfolk… Team president Ron Campbell defended GM Jay Feaster on his being ranked 30th by The Hockey News in the GM rankings, writes Carter Gaddis of the Tampa Tribune. (more…)

Toronto: Damien Cox of the Toronto Star writes that buyouts are not the answer to the Leafs’ problems. (more…)

What’s on tap…

New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 7:00 p.m.
Carolina at Washington, 7:00 p.m.
Florida at Atlanta, 7:00 p.m.
Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Montreal at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Nashville at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m.
Calgary at Edmonton, 9:00 p.m.
Colorado at Vancouver, 10:00 p.m.
Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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