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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Feb. 15

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Yesterday at thn.com:

Adam Proteau discusses the elimination of an affordable second contract for players coming out of their entry-level deals in his Screen Shots column.

In his blog, Edward Fraser tells the mediocre teams of the NHL to give up hope and trade!

In Year of the Ram, we go away from the rink with a group of the team’s regulars and see what they normally do.

In his blog, Rory Boylen says USA Hockey should mandate neck guards in the minor leagues, something that is currently missing.

Click HERE for NHL standings.

Yesterday’s Action…

Pittsburgh 2, Carolina 4 (story/highlights)
- Ray Whitney had a goal and two assists and Cam Ward stopped 20 shots.

Tampa Bay 5, Philadelphia 3 (story/highlights)
- Johan Holmqvist stopped 27 shots and Martin St-Louis had a three point night.

New York Islanders 5, Toronto 4 (story/highlights)
- Ruslan Fedotenko scored twice and Bryan Berard had three points.

Chicago 6, Nashville 1 (story/highlights)
- Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist and Patrick Lalime stopped 24 shots.

St. Louis 4, Colorado 1 (story/highlights)
- Manny Legace made 39 saves and David Backes had a two-point night.

Dallas 2, Phoenix 5 (story/highlights)
- Steve Reinprecht had three assists and Radim Vrbata added three points of his own.

Minnesota 5, Vancouver 4 (SO) (story/highlights)
- Stephane Veilleux had two goals and Mikko Koivu won the game in a shootout.

Edmonton 3, San Jose 2
(story/highlights)
- Fernando Pisani scored the game-winning goal and Mathieu Garon made 28 saves.

News and Views…

Carolina:
Bret Hedican, Tim Gleason and Joe Corvo are all day-to-day, while Rod Brind’Amour is out indefinitely with a torn left ACL… Recalled Joey Mormina, Tim Conboy and Casey Borer.

Chicago: Andrei Zyuzin and Nikolai Khabibulin are day-to-day… Assigned Jack Skille to Rockford and recalled Corey Crawford.

Colorado: Ryan Smyth returned from injury that kept him out of 18 games… Scott Parker is day-to-day with the flu, while Brett Clark is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.

Detroit: Brian Rafalski is day-to-day with a groin injury.

Minnesota: Kim Johnsson returned from an illness that kept him out of one game.

Nashville: Ville Koistinen is day-to-day with the flu.

New York Islanders: Bruno Gervais is day-to-day.

New York Rangers:
Signed Henrik Lundqvist to a six-year extension. (analyis)

Philadelphia: Recalled Ryan Parent… Derian Hatcher is day-to-day with a knee injury.

Phoenix: Assigned Matt Murley and recalled Mike Zigomanis.

Pittsburgh: Erik Christenson is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury… Recalled Tyler Kennedy.

Tampa Bay: Brad Lukowich and Andreas Karlsson are day-to-day.

Toronto:
Chad Kilger returned after missing six games for personal reasons.

Vancouver:
Willie Mitchell returned from a sore back that kept him out of 10 games.

What’s on tap…

Atlanta at New Jersey, 7:00 p.m.
Washington at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Anaheim, 10:00 p.m.
Calgary at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

The Hockey News Daily Dish, a roundup of all the previous day’s news, appears each morning only on THN.com.

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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Feb. 15