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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• The Coyotes are also trying to move centre Olli Jokinen and there is plenty of interest. Sources say the Blue Jackets, Flames, Capitals, Oilers and Canadiens have all held discussions about acquiring Jokinen. Phoenix needs to shed salary, but also wants to get a decent player in return.

• Minnesota is still trying to sign goalie Niklas Backstrom. His agent, Don Baizley, has valued his client in the $6-million per season range and the Wild doesn’t want to pay that kind of price. This one is going to go to the wire. The Wild can’t risk losing both Backstrom and right winger Marian Gaborik as UFAs in the off-season for nothing in return

• The Panthers might be leaning toward keeping defenceman Jay Bouwmeester for the rest of the season. Florida is on the verge of making the playoffs and owner Alan Cohen has demanded the club make the post-season.

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Havelid Will Fit Right In

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Lamoriello believes Havelid’s game is not only well-suited for the way the Devils play, but also he is the type of individual that will fit in seamlessly in the locker room.

“Right now you have to be careful what we do with our team because of the chemistry involved,” Lamoriello said by telephone tonight. “Anyone you add has to be a seamless-type of individual and that’s what [Havelid] is. He will fit right in.”

Lamoriello said he wanted to add to his team’s depth on defense.

“There’s no question that’s what he does,” Lamoriello said of Havelid. “He’s a complete player that can do everything. He just gives us depth and experience. He’s been through playoff runs.”

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Watch Out For The Devils

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Since the beginning of January, the New Jersey Devils have had a 20-7 record which makes them the best team in the league during that period.  The Devils have done very well offensively in that period.  Four of the twenty highest scorers so far in 2009 are Devils.  Zach Parise has 33 points in a tie for third so far this year and he is followed by Jamie Langenbrunner with 30 points (7th place), Travis Zajac 28 points (14th) and Patrik Elias 27 points (19th). 

With that offence, Scott Clemmensen did very well in goal.  He was rewarded with a trip to the minors when Martin Brodeur returned.  In Brodeur, the Devils have probably the best goaltender in hockey.  He is the reigning Vezina Trophy winner (a four time winner of that award).  In three games since returning, Brodeur has two shutouts a 0.67 GAA and a .971 saves percentage.  That brings his season numbers to a 1.81 GAA and a .928 saves percentage.  Had he played all season (as opposed to only 13 games) those would be Vezina Trophy calibre numbers.

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Wings Respond To Cherry Comments

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from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star via the National Post,

Lidstrom said he’s never really had a conversation with Cherry during his visits to Detroit.

“I think I’ve said hi to him when I’ve seen him here,” Lidstrom said.

“Maybe (I’ll) check him (the next time I see him). He’s a character. He brings a lot of entertainment when he speaks.

“Sometimes he’s right and sometimes he’s wrong. I think just seeing him in his suits brings laughter from people.”

more and if you missed the Cherry comments, you can watch it here...

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  Tags: don+cherry

The ‘Supplemental Player’ May Be The Target

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail (Tuesday edition),

More and more, it looks as though the NHL trade deadline, circa 2009, is going to be about players in (Gary) Roberts’s category, ones who can fill a supplementary role on a team, but will not necessarily lead them to the Promised Land.

Getting those old-fashioned blockbuster deals done, during these rapidly changing economic times, is proving to be a difficult, if not impossible challenge, for the men at the controls.

With so much uncertainty over the industry’s direction, general managers are collectively turning into an ultraconservative bunch. Fewer and fewer seem willing to risk big in the go-for-broke manner we’ve seen in past deadlines.

For proof, consider how the New Jersey Devils went the safe route yesterday, acquiring Niclas Havelid from the Atlanta Thrashers to fill their need for a puck-moving defenceman.

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A 14 Hour Trip To Practice

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from Dave Joseph at FloridaPanthers.com,

Unable to fly due to an ear infection, Vokoun was joined by strength and conditioning coach Andy O’Brien and head athletic trainer Dave Zenobi while driving the approximate 640 miles between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.

Due to a winter storm dumping snow along the east cost, the trip, which began Sunday after the Panthers 6-2 victory in Washington, took 14 hours and was spread over two days.

After covering only 200 miles in six hours Sunday evening, the three decided to rest in Oxford, N.C., before driving the remaining distance Monday morning. Vokoun was in Atlanta by early afternoon and was practicing with some of his teammates at 2:30 p.m.

“I felt pretty good,” said Vokoun of his Monday practice. “You know, I haven’t played in a little time. I haven’t done too much the last four days. I felt terrible at first (in practice) but I knew I would improve.”

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St. Louis in Trade Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Damien Cox at The Spin:

Suddenly, it appears that Marty St. Louis, rather than Vinny Lecavalier, may be the Tampa Bay Lightning star that could be on the move.

Multiple teams are calling Lightning GM Brian Lawton about St. Louis’ availability even though the veteran forward has a no-trade clause in his contract. One of the most interested clubs may be the New York Rangers, particularly since St. Louis’ former coach, John Tortorella, is now behind the New York bench.

St. Louis would become the No. 1 forward available before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline if the Lightning were to ask him to waive his no-trade status. Not only is he still an elite and productive forward, the 33-year-old has Stanley Cup championship experience and will be heading into the final two years of a contract next season that will pay him a very affordable $4 million in salary.

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Vanek Expected Back For Sabres Next Game

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Vanek, who has missed the last nine games with a broken jaw suffered Feb. 7 in Ottawa, skated fully in contact drills Monday and proclaimed himself ready to take the ice against the Habs.

“That’s the plan for right now,” Vanek said. “It’s always tough to watch the team, especially when they’re not winning. That makes it even tougher. If you’re watching the game and you’re out injured or a healthy scratch, you hate watching your team struggle and lose. It’s nice to get back and hopefully help out.”...

Ruff said winger Maxim Afinogenov is “definitely a possibility” to make the lineup Wednesday as well if he’s not traded. Afinogenov, who was battling groin and hip injuries, has been healthy for two weeks and reiterated for reporters Monday what he told The News Saturday on Long Island—he wants back on the ice or he wants out of Buffalo.

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Canadiens Ink Conboy to 3 Year Deal

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Alanah McGinley

Montreal Canadiens Press Release:

Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Monday the signing of forward Andrew Conboy to a three-year contract (2009-10 to 2011-12). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Conboy, the Canadiens’ fifth-round pick, 142nd overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, registered one point (one assist) and served four penalty minutes in seven games this season with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

More on Conboy from the Associated Press at the NY Post.

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Do Bruins Need a Trade?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Gary Dzen at the Bruins Blog posted the video below today:

With the trade deadline on Wednesday, Bob Ryan and Kevin Dupont debate whether or not the Bruins need to make a trade.

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  Tags: trade+rumors

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