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from an Q & A interview Kevin Mio of the Montreal Gazette did with Mathieu Dandenault of the Montreal Canadiens,

If there was one figure from history you would like to meet, who would it be and why?

“Probably Jesus, have a glass of wine with him.”

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Blues Trade Deadline Actions Revolve Around Jackman

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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Jackman reportedly turned down the Blues’ initial offer, a three-year extension that averaged less than $3 million per season. Once believed to be seeking a contract with an annual payout in the $4 million to $5 million range, Jackman’s camp now appears to be looking for a figure closer to “market value.”

What is market value for the Calder Cup winner who will turn 27 on March 5? Jackman has struggled offensively (two goals, six assists) this season, but he ranks second on the team in ice time per game (21 minutes, 56 seconds).

Last week, Chicago re-signed Brent Seabrook to a three-year extension that averages $3.43 million per season. On Saturday, Minnesota signed Nick Schultz to a six-year extension averaging $3.5 million a year.

more

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Lou Does It Right

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

For all the grumbling around here about the Sabres losing Chris Drury and Daniel Briere — who, me? — the Devils endured much the same last summer with center Scott Gomez and defenseman Brian Rafalski.

No matter, the Devils entered the weekend a point from the Eastern Conference lead, tied with Montreal and Pittsburgh, with a retooled lineup and rookie coach Brent Sutter. Out with the old, in with the new, back in contention.

“What you do, in a sense, is structure your own market,” Lamoriello said recently by telephone. “I’ve always said we have a five-year plan that changes every day.” Some concept.

more and some trade talk too…

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With Playoffs In Sight, Columbus Needs The Right Moves

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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

That doesn’t mean Howson should hold out hope for a miracle and hang onto every pending free agent he doesn’t plan to sign at the end of the season. It doesn’t mean he should feel compelled to sit there facing a gaping hole in his roster and have nothing to show for it. What it means is that he shouldn’t start dealing players who might help the Blue Jackets reach the playoffs—for draft picks.

At this point in franchise history, “draft picks” are dirty words to most Blue Jackets fans. After seven seasons, a handful a draft picks means about as much to them as a handful of potato chips. No one wants to sacrifice even a remote chance to make the playoffs for more draft-day fliers. Unless we’re talking about a high first-rounder, it’s probably not worth the risk.

more

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Gainey’s Night

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from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

With his son, Stephen, and daughters Anna and Colleen at his side, along with members of his family, dear friends and many former teammates, Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey watched a banner bearing his name and his No. 23 pulled to the rafters of the Bell Centre at 6:53 p.m. tonight, an emotional and fitting tribute for the giant-hearted Hall of Famer.

continued with links galore…

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McCabe Doesn’t Want To Move

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

...But before all those critics gleefully start putting together their “Bon Voyage Bryan” placards in the hopes of his eventual departure, he had a strong message for the fans when he emerged from the dressing room after the Maple Leafs’ 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers last night.

“I want to stay. I signed here and chose to stay here because this is where I want to be. I think there would be nothing better than to bring a championship to this city,” he said.

“There are no guarantees, but I don’t want to move. My wife is seven months pregnant. We don’t want to go anywhere.”

read on

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At Least On More Day Of “What Will Mats Do”

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,  .

..Still, Fletcher has not yet been told no definitively. And Sundin at least acknowledges he is still wrestling with a final decision.

“I have some things to think about, some things to sort out,” he told Hockey Night interviewer Elliotte Friedman.

Then, in the Leaf dressing room, he faced another large media scrum.

“No matter what happens, I’ll always love Toronto and I’m going to love the Toronto Maple Leafs,” Sundin said. “It’s been home for the last 13 years and that’s never going to change.

“I hope people respect whatever decision is going to come out of this.”

read on

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Watch Out For…

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Risebrough is facing an interesting dilemma with C Pavol Demitra. A soon-to-be UFA, there’s no chance he’ll return to the Wild. Complicating matters, his team is in the middle of a playoff race. It’s believed the Bruins, Devils, Rangers and Stars have shown interest in Demitra, but this would be a tough deal for Risebrough to make. Expect to see Demitra return to the Kings in the off-season.

read much more trade rumors and just think, this will be over by 3pm ET Tuesday…

added 9:41am, Spector gives his take on some of these rumors and others too.

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Buy Early And Save

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Wasn’t it interesting that season-ticket holders were told that if they committed to renew for next season by Friday — or four days before the trading deadline — they will pay regular-season prices for their seats in this year’s playoffs ... if the Avs make it?

That means the Kroenke Sports folks already have at least a hint of how much their season-ticket base might further diminish for next season. And maybe about how desperate they want Giguere to be as he seeks a means to strengthen the Avs’ chances of just making the playoffs, which might stem a bit of the bleeding.

On Tuesday morning, the Avs still will be at least mathematically in the running for a postseason berth. They still should make a run at Hossa.

more NHL trade speculation from Frei…

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It Would Look Very Fishy

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• I am insinuating nothing. I am implying nothing. But if Anaheim GM Brian Burke sends a package of major prospects to the Maple Leafs in order to rent Mats Sundin and then Burke becomes Toronto GM over the summer - the man doth protest his lack of interest way too much - while Sundin returns to Toronto next season, well, how exactly will that look?

• John Tortorella is operating on borrowed time in Tampa, and everyone knows it, including him. Question: Does he wind up in San Jose, Detroit or Philadelphia?

more NHL type talk…

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