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Preparing For The Trade Talk

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from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,

Palms sweaty? Heart beating? Breathing heavy? Congratulations, you have NHL trade deadline fever.

‘Round the Hockey Bunker we view Feb. 26 as a day of holy obligation, a term acquired from Ronald Caron, patron saint of deadline transactions, for a late-round pick to be disclosed.

Take a look around the web, and NHL rumor sites are working overtime. Before you get too foamed up which one to track, take my advice and bookmark spectorshockey.net. Lyle Richardson runs the best rumor site on the web. Other sites run from good to “Ek” in terms of quality.

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Three Years Ago Today & Never Again!!!

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Three years ago today, the official end to the NHL 2004/05 season was announced.

We missed it, and please don’t let it ever happen again.

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And Why Was There A Lockout…

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Well, it’s official. In only the third season since the 2004-05 NHL season was cancelled because of the lockout, total salaries for NHL players already have surpassed the total league-wide payroll at the 2004 trade deadline. In March 2004, the 30 NHL clubs combined to pay its players a total of $1.34-billion in salaries.

Even with the 24 per cent salary rollback that the players surrendered during the lockout and the salary cap ($50.3-million this season), the total amount that will paid out to players in 2007-08 will be approximately $1.4-billion, a $60-million increase.

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The Fading Pond Hockey Game

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from Charles McGrath of the New York Times,

Almost no one skates outdoors in New England anymore. People seldom do it even in Canada or Minnesota. For hockey players the indoor area has long replaced the backyard rink or the frozen prairie slough as the incubator of future talent, and even in those northerly climes skatable outdoor ice has become an uncertain commodity. Around here it’s like oil, so scarce that its value goes up every year.

read on

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Panic Starting To Set In

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You know the Wings fans are starting to panic when they call up a sports radio show today and say the Wings should get Adam Deadmarsh.  The fan hasn’t heard much about him lately, but he would be a good pickup.

You know the sports jocks on Detroit radio don’t know much about the game when they are demanding the Wings trade for Dwayne Roloson- today!

Another example, trade either Franzen or Filppula for Fedorov.

One last remark from a sports jock today- if the Wings wanted Tomas Kaberle, well getting a rental like him would cost a lot (guys, he is signed thru 2010-11 season).

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Zednik- ” I Knew I Was In Trouble”

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Richard Zednik barely felt the skate slice into his throat, but the blood that immediately gushed from his neck gave him all the information he needed. He knew he was in grave danger if he didn’t skate to the Florida Panthers’ bench. He was well aware he could be facing death.

“I knew I was in trouble,” Zednik said Friday before leaving the Mansion on Delaware, where he spent Thursday night after being discharged from Buffalo General Hospital, and flying back to Florida. “I didn’t feel anything, but there was just so much blood. I was like, ‘Whoa.’ I knew I had to get to the bench.”

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Rumors & Talk Before The GM Meetings

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The GM meetings begin on Monday, February 18th and the trade talk is going strong.

Spector breaks down the latest rumors.

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Keep Them Or Trade Them

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

“If we think he or anyone else can help us get in, we’ll keep him,” Jackets GM Scott Howson said.

The question is, how close is close enough at the trade deadline? Only Howson can determine that, and he’s taking his time and keeping quiet. This is what we do know: Howson is not currently negotiating with Fedorov. Neither is he speaking with future unrestricted free agents Michael Peca, David Vyborny, Jan Hejda and Ron Hainsey. It is an indication that these players will be left to ply the market this summer. It follows, then, that any or all of them can be had in trade next week.

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Leafs And Their NTC

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from the Toronto Sun,

McCabe, for one, was intrigued by the implication in the Post story that the Leafs are “engaged” in getting him to waive his no-movement clause.

“That’s interesting since no one from the Leafs has even approached me about such a thing,” said McCabe, whose deal averages $5.75 million per season. “Besides, like I keep saying, I want to be a Leaf.”

Interim general manager Cliff Fletcher backed up McCabe’s claim.

“I haven’t approached anyone on the subject of no-trades,” Fletcher said.

“Quite frankly I would only approach someone if something tangible was (on the table).”

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Think About These Trades

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from Slap Shot at the NY Times,

The frenzy leading up to the trading deadline can be likened to the run on liquor stores in the days before New Year’s Eve. Enough Champagne? Better load up. The wine you brought to the party last year disappointed? Better get a more expensive vintage.

There will be buyers (teams with legitimate or grandiose chances at long playoff runs) and sellers (no date this year, they’ll be home alone to watch the ball drop)....

Marian Hossa to Detroit for Valtteri Filppula, Brendan Smith and a first-round pick. Atlanta GM Don Waddell simply doesn’t want to lose Hossa for nothing. Filppula has flashed lots of promise, and Brendan Smith is a hard-nosed defense prospect with offensive skill, but Wings GM Ken Holland is under pressure to get back in the finals.

read on for more trades…

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