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Ducks Still Looking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

Anaheim is believed to have interest in Florida center Olli Jokinen, but it would have to create enough space to fit Jokinen under the salary cap for the next two seasons. Jokinen, who leads the Panthers with 30 goals and 60 points, is owed $5.5 million in 2008-09 and $5.75 million in 2009-10.

General Manager Brian Burke sent a strong signal that he will hold on to the Ducks’ potentially high first-round pick in this year’s draft that they gained from Edmonton if teams don’t lower their demands or he doesn’t come across an offer he can’t refuse.

Burke said if he does trade that pick, it will be for a player he’ll have next season and beyond….

The Ducks are believed to have also pulled their interest in Kings defenseman Rob Blake,as he would be another rental situation.

more on the Ducks (reg. req.)

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Where They Could End Up

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

- Tampa C Brad Richards: The Lightning asked him to waive his “no-trade” clause and he agreed to consider it. The Canucks, Jackets and Hawks are interested. Sources say a deal to send Richards to the Hawks for goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has been discussed, while the Canucks’ package would include prospect Luc Bourdon.

- Isles C Mike Comrie and RW Miroslav Satan: The belief is Comrie rejected the latest contract offer from New York and will likely be dealt—possibly to Philly. As for Satan, he won’t comment on whether he’s negotiating an extension with Isles.

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Plan B For The Leafs

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The next thing to do is clear the roster and open cap space so the next general manager of the Maple Leafs has a fighting chance to rebuild. Right now, the Leafs have $43.3-million (all currency U.S.) committed in salaries to 18 players next season. Most of the expensive ones are not pulling their weight.

Fletcher’s only alternative is to put the worst offenders on waivers and, when no other NHL team claims them, send them to the Toronto Marlies farm team or elsewhere. That would take their salaries off the cap.

His targets could include Jason Blake, Darcy Tucker, Pavel Kubina, Mark Bell and Andrew Raycroft. That represents a potential trim of $16.2-million from next season’s salary cap.

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added 6:59am, from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

This is an organization without class and without conscience. Was a time that could be attributed to the deranged persona of Harold Ballard, a bully and misanthrope who abused staff, shamed players and held fans in contempt. But at least there was a face to put to the bungle and a desk where the buck stopped.

If you were to call the Leafs’ front office today and ask to speak with the person in charge, who in the world might that be? It’s a board of directors accountable to no one except shareholders and immune from scandal.

A few years back, the Leafs announced things were going to be done different. Alumni were welcomed back, the diaspora of beloved ex-Leafs embraced, vows of integrity expressed. In practice, little has changed. It remains a franchise without a soul, for all its iconic stature, thoughtless and disloyal.

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As The Deadline Approaches

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from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

Memo to my friends and family (all five of you, four being family):

Do not attempt to contact me over the next two days (unless you know where Marion Hossa has been traded).

I am sequestered in a television studio until Wednesday. Send food, and fresh powder puffs.

NHL Trade Deadline Day has not always been the colossal all-day television telethon it has become.

continued

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Hossa Could Be Moved Today

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

In addition to Sundin not waiving his “no-trade” clause on Sunday morning Fletcher also sat down with Pavel Kubina, who said no. He sat down with Tomas Kaberle who also said no as did Darcy Tucker. The lone bright spot may be Bryan McCabe who said he would consider waiving his clause if it was with the right Eastern conference team….

Montreal and Ottawa appear to be the two front-runners for Marian Hossa’s services and there is every reason to believe that this is a trade that could go down as early as Monday as opposed to Tuesday.

more talk regarding Richards and Boyle…

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Trip Notes

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Back in DC after a short-fused weekend return to Michigan.  Missed the Calgary game entirely and caught a few minutes of the Vancouver game from “The Post” in Detroit.  UM/MSU game from the Joe was great. 

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Sundin Staying

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin is staying put….

“I have carefully considered the team’s request that I waive my no-trade clause,” Sundin stated. “I have always believed I would finish my career as a Toronto Maple Leaf so the actual request was still a very difficult one for me to contemplate.”

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A Lot Of Talk, But No Comments

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from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

“Nothing to report,” Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell told Sportsnet.ca as he hopped on a plane Sunday night headed for Montreal. The Thrashers play in Montreal on Tuesday and the question is whether winger Marian Hossa will be dressing in the home or visiting dressing room at the Bell Centre. Or in another city altogether….

Vancouver and Chicago surfaced over the weekend as two of the clubs possibly interested in Richards, who has a no-movement clause.

“No comment,” Canucks GM Dave Nonis said Sunday night, refusing to confirm the rumour. Same held true when we reached Hawks GM Dale Tallon.

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Trade Marleau

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from the Mercury News via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

I also think it doesn’t really matter what happens to Marleau after he goes, since it seems that the key thing right now for the Sharks is merely that he goes.

For chemistry. For a dressing room kick start. For the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Sure, the Sharks won their second in a row Sunday in a shootout at Pittsburgh to steady their No. 5 playoff positioning in the Western Conference. Sure, once it gets home, this team could suddenly get hot and Marleau could be the igniter.

But Marleau was a ghost again Sunday. He wasn’t on the ice when Jonathan Cheechoo scored the team’s only regulation goal, which meant Marleau maintained his mind-boggling plus/minus mark of minus-21.

read on

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Your Input Is Requested

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

To get the KK readers prepared for the trade deadline, I know there are some teams that just won’t deal with each other.

Earlier today I pointed to a story stating look for Sather to deal with a team that he has a good history with, but I want to know which teams just won’t deal with each other.

For example, if owner Bill Davidson of Tampa Bay is still calling the shots at the trade deadline, you won’t see a deal between the Bolts and the Wings.  The history of Davidson/Ilitch goes way back and I don’t think you will see these two gentlemen helping each other out.

The same could hold true with the Canes and Wings- any others we could basically say, that trade won’t happen?

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