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The Hockey News Daily Dish: March 27

Yesterday at thn.com:

In his blog, Adam Proteau wonders when a European will join the NHL’s brain trust.

In his Double OT column, Mike Brophy wonders what’s in store for the Leafs this summer.

Even though he shouldn’t cheer, Ryan Dixon hopes to see Alex Ovechkin in the playoffs…like anyone else.

In his third, and final, installment of his influences and role models, Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster talks about doing business in the NHL, the legacy he hopes to leave behind and Brian Burke.

The Fantasy Mailbag begins to tackle your questions pertaining to playoff pools.

The Top 10 counts down new ideas for chicken wing flavors, with a hockey twist.

Yesterday’s Action…

Chicago 0, Columbus 4 (story/highlights)

- Fredrik Norrena earned a 17-save shutout and Clay Wilson recorded a goal and an assist.

Edmonton 1, Minnesota 3 (story/highlights)

- Mikko Koivu had three assists and Niklas Backstrom stopped 32 shots.

Vancouver 3, Colorado 6 (story/highlights)

- Milan Hejduk had two goals and an assist and Peter Forsberg had three assists.

Los Angeles 1, Anaheim 2 (SO) (story/highlights)

- Bobby Ryan scored, Mathieu Schneider won the game in the shootout and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves.

Click HERE for NHL standings.

News and Views…

Carolina: Signed Brandon Sutter to a three-year entry-level contract.



Chicago:
Robert Lang returned from a sore back.

Colorado: Assigned Codey Burki to Lake Erie.

Detroit: Jimmy Howard was assigned to Grand Rapids.

Edmonton: Mathieu Garon is day-to-day with an ankle injury.

Minnesota: Pavol Demitra returned after missing a game for an undisclosed reason… Stephane Veilleux is day-to-day with the flu.



New Jersey:
Assigned Barry Tallackson to Lowell.

New York Rangers: Larry Brooks of the New York Post writes Henrik Lundqvist is puzzled by Martin Brodeur’s remarks in an issue of Sports Illustrated. (more...)

Phoenix: Ed Jovanovski is day-to-day with a calf injury.

Pittsburgh: Assigned Connor James to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton... Sidney Crosby is expected to return tonight and is eager to play with Marian Hossa, writes Mike Prisuta of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. (more...)

Tampa Bay: Assigned Jonathan Boutin to Norfolk and recalled Marc Denis.



Toronto:
Paul Maurice is shouldering the blame for the Leafs’ failure, writes Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star. (more...)

Washington: Assigned Sami Lepisto to Hershey.

What’s on tap…

Toronto at Boston, 7:00 p.m.

New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers, 7:00 p.m.

Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Phoenix at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

Dallas at San Jose, 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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