Marek Svatos is prepared to leave Colorado

It’s been a tough season for Marek Svatos and it looks like he’s on
his way out of Colorado. The right winger is in the midst of a
two-season slump and it’s only getting worse; for some making $2 million
and scheduled to be a free agent this summer, that’s usually a sign
he’ll be moved. If someone will take him.

Svatos is
prepared for what may come.

“If it happens, it happens. I’m ready for it,” Svatos
said. “I just put it in the back of my mind. We’ll see.”

Prior to signing his two-year contract ins 2008, Svatos had two 45+
point seasons and twice scored more than 25 goals with the Avalanche.
Since then, he’s managed just 20 goals and 24 points in 113 games. Not
to say he’s slacking — by all accounts Svatos is a hard worker and has
been doing everything he can to get out of this slump — but too many
times you see players get their contract and then the production drops
off.

Perhaps this could be a case of a new environment sparking
him again. He’s a right-handed right wing with proven scoring ability;
there’s value in that around the NHL. Chicago (interesting) and San Jose
had scouts at last night’s game; there’s bound to be some interest
somewhere.

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    Wild must overcome Alex Ovechkin’s 14th career hat trick

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    Death, taxes and Alex Ovechkin winning the Maurice Richard Trophy.

    OK, the third thing on that list isn’t technically inevitable. It just feels that way lately in the NHL.

    It’s unclear if the Washington Capitals can hold on against the Minnesota Wild, but we know for certain that Ovechkin already has a hat trick, the 14th of his high-scoring career.

    This propels Ovechkin to the goals lead as of this writing, as he already has 34. As impressive as Patrick Kane has been, No. 8 is heating up, and may just edge No. 88 if Ovechkin can remain healthy.

    One has to feel a little sympathy for the struggling Wild. They played well but lost against the Dallas Stars earlier this week and now must deal with Ovechkin and the just-as-hot Capitals.

    Bylsma believes league will look at Gudas’ hit on Catenacci

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    Rugged Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas may get in trouble with the league once again.

    At least, it will be that way if Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma has his way regarding Gudas’ five-minute charging major hit on Daniel Catenacci.

    “I think there’s no question it’s head hit,” Bylsma said, according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl. ” … I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”

    As far as the injury portion of possible suspension considerations go:

    Marcus Foligno‘s analysis of Gudas was … well just check it out.

    The Flyers ended up winning 5-1. Gudas was a busy man overall, racking up 17 penalty minutes.

    Fight video: Patrice Bergeron vs. Blake Wheeler (seriously)

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    Regular Selke winner Patrice Bergeron can do it all on the ice, it seems. Apparently that means he’ll even drop the gloves.

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    (Not as unlikely, but still.)

    Video: Dion Phaneuf’s assist is his first point with Senators

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    Dion Phaneuf‘s first home game as a member of the Ottawa Senators is going more smoothly than his debut did on Wednesday.

    Ottawa fell 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings last night, and they need another goal to tie up the Colorado Avalanche. Still, Phaneuf’s making a bigger impact on Thursday, collecting two assists … his first two points in a Sens’ sweater.

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    Here’s his second assist for good measure:

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