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Modry On Being Traded

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from Jaroslov Modry at the Hockey News,

Being traded at the deadline is really a shock. Even though you can see it coming sometimes, you feel like the team you’ve been working with just kind of gave up on you. But on the other hand, you have to look at it in a positive way: The other team really wants me, they want to upgrade themselves and I’m part of it.

It also means you might get a chance to be part of a Stanley Cup contender, if you’re going from a team that’s out of the playoff race to a club that’s in a good position to win that ultimate prize. If that happens, it’s a great bonus.

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Islanders Have To Give To Get

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from Newsday,

Without a whole lot of future to give up, and steadfastly opposed to dealing Kyle Okposo, the Islanders will have to set their sights lower. And who might be available for import is anyone’s guess because there are few teams that are dead in the water (aside from the L.A. Kings, who visit the Coliseum tonight). Florida’s Radek Dvorak has been mentioned, as have the Lightning’s Vinny Prospal, Chris Gratton and Jan Hlavac.

An intriguing question is what the Islanders could give up. Because teams that trade veterans often want youngsters, you could say Blake Comeau has played well enough to make his name marketable. Then again, he is just the type of guy the Islanders want to keep. Nolan likes him.

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Getting Closer To The Trade Deadline

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Spector has the latest trade and rumor talk, including Forsberg deciding to play in the NHL (if you didn’t see this happening, raise your hand).

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Two Greats Talk

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Wayne and Gordie talk hockey before the Coyotes/Wings game last night.

added 11:11am, The NHL Frozen Moment caught Wayne and Gordie too.

 

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Naslund Must Get Offensive

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from the Vancouver Province,

Naslund started Tuesday’s game against Dallas playing with Brad Isbister and Mason Raymond. That didn’t last long and by the end he had played with just about every forward on the team.

“I think his overall attitude has been real good,” Vigneault said.

“But I do think the fact I’ve tried him with so many guys, his morale has been challenged. Mentally, he has been challenged. Sometimes his effort slips a little bit and it happens, probably, without him knowing.”

Whether his harsh critics believe it or not, $6 million can buy a lot less than Naslund.

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Move Out The Cars, Put The Ice In

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from the Barrie Examiner,

There’s no room for cars in Tim Bailey’s two-car garage in a south Barrie neighbourhood.

The ‘Ice Box Arena’ takes up all of the floorspace, 16 feet by 14 feet of natural ice for his children and area kids to play hockey.

“You get in there and it really takes you back,” said Bailey, 47, a former professional hockey player. “You hear the kids playing and the laughter.

“It’s such a great feeling. The passion comes out in the neighbourhood.”

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Oilers Not Showing Up

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Hard to watch. Easy to play.

Those aren’t the kind of calling cards any team wants attached to its logo, but they couldn’t describe the Oilers fruitless state of flux more perfectly.

Stuck between the team they want to be—a highly-skilled, high-offence attack—and the team they used to be—a band of relentless blue-collar mongrels who were short on talent and long on tenacity—the Oilers don’t do anything particularly well right now.

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Leafs Have Other Options

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

What the Leafs should try to block, however, is the possibility they would net nothing for Sundin before the trade deadline, and then he would play for some other team next season.

So get his name on a contract extension. The Leafs have no handy successor for him as captain or as their No. 1 centre, and probably won’t for several years.

If he doesn’t want to leave, lean on him to commit to stay. After all, there are other viable trade options.

Starting with Nik Antropov. He doesn’t have a no-trade contract, has another year on his cheap deal and any number of teams would pay heavily to get him in their lineup for the post-season. The Sharks and Red Wings would be happy to get an extra big body with which to confront the Ducks.

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Screw ESPN

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from Rich Hofman of the Philadelphia Daily News,

You can’t measure our success whether or not we’re on ESPN,” (Ed) Snider said. “Screw ESPN. Most of our television is local and we do very well in our local markets.

“We could have gone to ESPN. They offered us bupkus. Then they acted like they had us over a barrel, that we had no place else to go. I never liked the way they treated us . . .

“Gary Bettman has done an absolutely fantastic job,” Snider said. “There is no equivocation on that at all.”

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