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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Feb. 14

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In his Double OT column, Mike Brophy says a patient rebuild will pay off for clubs like the Oilers, Hawks, Kings and Blues.

It’s tough for a GM to look in the mirror and make a move that might hurt an immediate playoff push, but Carolina GM Jim Rutherford knew exactly what to do, writes Ryan Dixon in his blog.

In Adam Proteau’s blog, he discusses how a tiff between Vinny Prospal and John Tortorella could lead to the winger being dealt out of town.

In the Fantasy Mailbag: Proposed trades, future drafts and the status of Joe Sakic.

In the Top 10, Brian Costello runs down a list of players who should be dealt by Feb. 26.

Click HERE for NHL standings.

Yesterday’s Action…

Chicago 7, Columbus 2

- Dustin Byfuglien had two goals and Nikolai Khabibulin made 24 saves.

Ottawa 2, New Jersey 3 (OT) (story/highlights)

- Brian Gionta score the overtime-winner and Martin Brodeur stopped 23 shots.

Washington 2, Atlanta 3 (SO) (story/highlights)

- Kari Lehtonen made 39 saves ane Slava Kozlov scored the shootout-winner.

Boston 2, Pittsburgh 1 (story/highlights)

- Tim Thomas stopped 21 and Vladimir Sobotka scored the eventual game-winning goal.

Montreal 2, Florida 1 (OT) (story/highlights)

- Saku Koivu had two assists, Carey Price made 35 saves and Alexei Kovalev won the game in overtime.

Toronto 0, Buffalo 1 (story/highlights)

- Paul Gaustad scored the only goal of the game and Ryan Miller earned a 35-save shutout.

News and Views…

Atlanta: The Thrashers will raise ticket prices for next season, writes Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (more...)

Chuck Kobasew is day-to-day with a back injury.

Columbus: Recalled Marc Methot… Freddy Modin returned to the lineup after missing six games with a hamstring injury.

Edmonton: Recalled Mathieu Roy from Springfield.

Florida: Stephen Weiss is day-to-day with the flu… Recalled Rob Globke and Stefan Meyer from Rochester.

Los Angeles: Assigned Peter Harrold and Matt Moulson to Manchester.

Minnesota: Assigned Anton Khudobin to Houston.

New York Islanders: Suspended forward Chris Simon is back practicing with the team and will be eligible to return Feb. 21 against Tampa Bay, writes Erik Boland of New York Newsday. (more...)

Ottawa: Assigned Jim McKenzie to Elmira of the ECHL.

Tampa Bay: The Lightning will be sold to Hollywood producer Oren Koules, four days after it was thought the deal may fall through because of the bank fraud in Paris, writes Erik Erlendsson in the Tampa Tribune. (more...)

Toronto: Alexei Ponikarovsky returned from a shoulder injury that kept him out of seven games… Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun writes that Cliff Fletcher will listen to offers on Mats Sundin, but he is not shopping the big center around the league. (more...)

Chris Clark is day-to-day with a groin injury and John Erskine returned from a lower body injury that forced him to sit out a game… Re-signed Tomas Fleischmann to a two-year contract extension.

What’s on tap…

Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:00 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Nashville, 8:00 p.m.

St. Louis at Colorado, 9:00 p.m.

Dallas at Phoenix, 9:00 p.m.

Minnesota at Vancouver, 10:00 p.m.

Edmonton at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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