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Spector's Rumors 2-4-2004

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    FEBRUARY 4, 2004. CUJO NOT A LOCK AS RED WINGS STARTER. DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports Red Wings GM Ken Holland denied a report that appeared on TSN over the
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      FEBRUARY 4, 2004.

      CUJO NOT A LOCK AS RED WINGS STARTER.

      DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports Red Wings GM Ken Holland denied a
      report that appeared on TSN over the weekend where he was quoted as
      saying the starting goalie's role was Curtis Joseph's to lose, even
      if Dominik Hasek returns healthy from his groin injury. Holland
      claims TSN misterpreted his comments, where he stated a month ago
      that if Hasek returned but wasn't able to play at the same level he
      did two years ago that Joseph would likely keep his role as the
      starting goalie for the upcoming playoffs. Holland said that role was
      determined by the coaches, not by him.

      DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports the Wings remain in the
      market for "a big skilled forward" although the need is not as
      serious as it was earlier in the season. St. James also believes the
      Wings could still move Curtis Joseph by the trade deadline if Hasek
      returns healthy and in top form by March 1.

      HAS ZHAMNOV PLAYED HIS FINAL GAME FOR CHICAGO?

      CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Tim Sassone reports it's possible Alexei
      Zhamnov may have played his final game as a Blackhawk in last night's
      4-1 upset of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 'Hawks don't play again
      until next week in Nashville and with all the league's GMs in
      attendence at this weekend's All-Star game, Sassone believes the time
      is right for Zhamnov to be dealt.

      THE LATEST ON THE FLYERS.

      CAMDEN COURIER-POST: Chuck Gormley reports Philadelphia Flyers GM Bob
      Clarke is relieved starting goalie Robert Esche sustained only a
      Grade 2 sprain of the MCL in his left knee this past Monday, meaning
      he'll only be out for three weeks. Clarke called up prospect goalie
      Antero Niittymaki, and hopes Jeff Hackett will have fully recovered
      from his positional vertigo after the All-Star break. If both are up
      to the challenge of replacing Esche, Clarke won't need to make a
      trade, but if both stumble Gormley suggests Clarke could be forced to
      trade for either a "stop-gap" goalie like Arturs Irbe or sacrifice
      youth for a veteran like Olaf Kolzig or Sean Burke.

      ASSOCIATED PRESS: reported Philadelphia Flyers centre Claude Lapointe
      has been cleared by the NHL to return to action after spending some
      time in it's substance abuse and behavioral health program.

      THE LATEST ON THE CAPITALS.

      WASHINGTON POST: Jason La Canfora reports the Capitals have made it
      clear they're not interested in picking up salary should they deal
      away another of their star players. Topping the list of those Caps
      who might be next to go is goalie Olaf Kolzig, whom La Canfora claims
      the Philadelphia Flyers have scouted closely this season. Flyers GM
      Bob Clarke and Capitals GM Mike McPhee have a "cordial relationship"
      and have swung a major trade in the past, with the Caps shipping Adam
      Oates to Philly two years ago for a package centered around goalie
      Maxim Ouellet. Other teams believed interested in the Capitals top
      players include "Detroit, Toronto, Ottawa, Dallas, and Los Angeles"

      THE LATEST BLUES CLUES.

      ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: Derrick Goold reports the struggling St.
      Louis Blues are lacking the depth needed to swing a trade for more
      scoring depth. The Blues have fallen dramatically in the standings of
      late and are in danger of falling out of the playoff race. Goold
      claims the club is holding off on making any deals as they're hoping
      to find improvement from within, but if they fail to improve they
      might shop impending UFA players like Dallas Drake at the trade
      deadline.

      ARE THE PANTHERS INTERESTED IN JASON SMITH?

      EDMONTON SUN: Robin Brownlee reports the presence of the Florida
      Panthers assistant GM Grant Sonier at three recent Oilers homegames
      (coinciding with the return of team captain Jason Smith from an ankle
      injury) is leading to speculation the Panthers, who are seeking a
      rugged defenceman, might be interested in Smith. GM Kevin Lowe stated
      he wasn't interested in trading Smith and added there are no trade
      talks going on between him and the Panthers. Sonier is apparently
      scouting Western Conference clubs and Edmonton happened to be one of
      his stops.

      FLAMES TO MOVE A DEFENCEMAN?

      CALGARY SUN: Todd Saelhof reports the recent callup of defenceman
      Mike Commodore by the Flames means the club will be carrying eight
      blueliners. Saelhof suggests GM Darryl Sutter might either send a
      defenceman down to the farm or trade one to make room for Commodore
      if he plays well. Denis Gauthier has been the subject of trade
      rumours for months, while Steve Montador and Andrew Ference have been
      healthy scratches.
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