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Chris Pronger(notes) is set to undergo surgery on his right foot that was injured Wednesday night against Montreal. A post-op exam on Friday will determine how much time he'll miss from the broken bone. TSN's Darren Dreger pegs it at 4-6 weeks. [Philly.com]

• BroadStreet Hockey on why Philly's dpeth makes Pronger's absence not as terrible as you'd think. [BSH]

• It's "Chris Chelios Heritage Night" in Chicago as the Blackhawks face the Detroit Red Wings. Dan McNeil is no fan of what will happen tonight at United Center: "The only former Red Wing I want to see return to the United Center anytime soon is Marian Hossa." [Chicago Tribune]

• Former Calgary Flames coach Mike Keenan tells Darren Dreger that Dion Phaneuf(notes) had issues with his ex-teammates to the point where the defenseman was nicknamed "Neon Dion" in the locker room. [TSN]

• Mark Spector examines the most recent of Daryl Sutter's poor moves as Flames general manager. [Sportsnet]

• Complex.com ranked the top 50 dirtiest players in sports history and Marty McSorley's stick swing to the head of Donald Brashear(notes) helped earn him No. 1 honors. [Complex] Stick-tap to Ben P. and Patrick B. for sending this in

• Bad news: The minor hockey coach from the Ontario Minor Hockey Association that pulled his team off the ice after a racial slur was directed at one of his players was suspended until April 10th. The player who hurled the insult was suspended three games. Part of the executive director's reasoning for the season-long ban? "(Taking a team off the ice) affects a lot of players and people and schedules and things like that." Wow. [Toronto Sun] Stick-tap to @Hockeycardshow

• Good news: A dozen jerseys stolen from the car of Pat Burns' widow during his funeral was returned to the family yesterday. [Montreal Gazette]

• Down Goes Brown looks at what we learned from the first episode of 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: " Every episode of the series will begin with a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Jaromir Jagr(notes) trade." Tip out a 40 oz. to the memory of Ross Lupaschuk(notes). [DGB]

• Not happy with the number of F-bombs he dropped int he first episode, Bruce Boudreau received a call from his mom who wasn't happy with her son. [Washington Post]

• The Capitals announced that they've signed defenseman John Erskine(notes) to a two-year, $3 millon deal. That's a lot of cheddar for a guy who's yet to play more than 52 games a season in his 10-year career, no? [@KCarrera]

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• From Deadspin, here's Keith Tkachuk(notes) looking like he's really enjoying the retired life.

• Chris Botta spoke with NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and found out that revenue-sharing in regards to lower profile teams in bigger markets may change in the next CBA. [NY Times]

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis(notes) backtracks on his remarks about Linus Omark's(notes) shootout goal last week: "I think a lot was made of the Omark thing. Bottom line, the kid scored. If he does something like that, that gets the fans off their feet in like it did in Edmonton, so be it. I think it was a little bit touchy for our team because it was the kid's first game and we thought it was a bit gutsy. In the end, if we want to go spin every time and put the puck in the net, then so be it." [ESPN 1040] Stick-tap Raw Charge

• Pierre LeBrun looks at 10 players that could be on the move by the time the trade deadline rolls around. [ESPN]

• Less than a week after having his number retired by the Vancouver Canucks, Markus Naslund(notes) was named general manager of Swedish club MoDo. [Vancouver Sun]

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel on the struggling Steve Mason(notes): "He's probably his own worst enemy. But we're going to stick with him and do everything we can to help him. Obviously, he has to be a big part of our hockey club." [Blue Jackets Xtra]

• For all your Team USA World Junior Championships news, please welcome United States of Hockey to the blogosphere. [USOH]

Georges Laraque(notes) is willing to put up $100,000 of his own money to help move an elephant from an Edmonton zoo to a warmer climate. [Sportress of Blogitude]

• Finally, here's the "Showcase Showdown" featuring Alex Ovechkin(notes) and Sidney Crosby(notes) on "The Price is Right":

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