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REPORT: GAME CRUNCH PROMPTS TRADE-DEADLINE SHIFT

The trade deadline will be moved back a day because the date announced during the summer has a heavy game schedule, ESPN.com reported.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, the trade deadline must be 40 days from the end of the regular season. That falls on March 3 this season, and 12 games are scheduled for that night. The league promised general managers a light schedule for trade-deadline day, so it asked the players association whether it would be willing to move the deadline, ESPN.com said.

As it turns out, neither side wants a lot of games on that day. The league offered March 2 (one game) or March 4 (two games) as options. The union chose March 4.

The switch will be announced this week, the Web site said.

Hurricanes: Center Brandon Sutter was released from a Long Island, N.Y., hospital, one day after being checked in the head and knocked unconscious in a game. Doctors in Raleigh, N.C., will continue to observe him, general manager Jim Rutherford said. There was no timetable for his return. The Islanders' Doug Weight hit Sutter's head with his shoulder on a play during the third period of Carolina's 4-3 victory, leaving Sutter on the ice for several minutes. Weight was not penalized.

Islanders: Goalie Rick DiPietro was expected to see a doctor today for an undisclosed injury and was questionable to play tonight against the Rangers. DiPietro, who has played in only three games after offseason knee surgery, was injured in the first period Saturday against the Hurricanes. He allowed two goals on 12 shots and didn't return after the intermission.

Red Wings: Forward Johan Franzen is out for three to four weeks because of a sprained left knee. He damaged the medial collateral ligament during a collision with Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel in the neutral zone in Saturday night's 6-5 shootout win.

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