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Rental Costs Are High

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Thrashers Blog,

Your Thrashers GM did say that the prices for rental players is sky high right now, one of the reasons you aren’t seeing many trades. It’s also why he thinks we’ll see more trades like the one between Carolina and Ottawa where both teams try to address their weaknesses. But as for trading UFA’s, Waddell said this: “If I’m a team that’s trading a UFA, where last year you’re happy getting a first and third round pick, now you’re saying that’s not good enough.”

more on Atlanta…

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Evening Line

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via Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

Former Windsor Spitfires captain Adam Graves is a wonderful person and deserves every accolade he receives, but aren’t the New York Rangers getting a little carried away when the recent announcement that they plan to retire the No. 9 sweater worn by Graves sometime during the 2008-09 season? Sure, he was a 50-goal scorer, a Stanley Cup winner and a stand-up guy in the community, but sweater retirements should be rare occurrences and left for players headed to the Hall of Fame - like Andy Bathgate, another Ranger who wore No. 9, won a Hart Trophy with them and is already enshrined in the Hall.

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  Tags: adam+graves

Starting All Over

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

What if the NHL started from scratch?

What if every player’s contract was shredded and we started all over?

What if the NHL restocked all 30 teams through a league-wide draft in which every player was available?

What would the first round look like?

Well, I’m going to play the part. I’ll be all 30 general managers. Once I take a player, I have to react, but as another organization, considering history and market. Money is not a factor.

continued

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Lightning May Have To Take A Half-Step Back

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

So rather than proximity to the playoffs determining whether Tampa Bay will be a buyer or seller, Campbell spoke generally of “reconfiguring your team to give it the best chance to win as soon as possible.”

And while he said, “There is no plan today to give up on the season” and “we could be buyers,” he acknowledged this scenario:

“So you sit back and say, ‘We could make the playoffs because of the maturity of our team, but maybe we’re not ready to go to the Eastern Conference or Stanley Cup finals.’ So you know what? Maybe we take a half-step back for this year, but it makes us that much stronger for next year.”

Players on a team fighting for their playoff lives said they can’t worry about what is happening in the front offices.

more on Tampa Bay…

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Capitals Getting Noticed

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from the CP via the Hockey News,

“The guys are just starting to really believe that we’re a good hockey team,” said Kolzig. “It took a little while. After so many years of losing, especially with young guys, you have to learn how to win.”

And the fans have noticed. While the Caps remain 27th in the league with an average home attendance of 14,431, they’re up 19 per cent in the New Year to 16,033 and over the last three games drew 17,205, 18,204 and 17,873.

more on Washington…

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How The East May Shake Out At The Trade Deadline

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from Scott Cullen of TSN,

The NHL trade deadline is two weeks away and as the deadline draws near, there will be more and more talk. While the talk won’t necessarily result in a lot of blockbuster deals, there will surely be movement as some teams gear up for the playoffs while others set their sights for the future.

Here is a breakdown of upcoming free agents, prospects and other players that may be among those discussed in trade talks.

continue on for a look at the Eastern Conference…

added 4:03pm, You can look at the West too…

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Campbell Wants To Stay In Buffalo

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from the Buffalo News,

Defenseman Brian Campbell reiterated today that he hopes the Buffalo Sabres do not move him before the NHL trade deadline and, in fact, said he’s still hopeful of working out a new contract with the team.

Asked after the team’s pregame skate in Scotiabank Place if he expects to be with the Sabres next year, Campbell’s answer was, “That’s what I fully expect.”

continued

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Talking Hockey

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I want to talk with you, and you and you!  Check out my NHL.com blog today. 

Note: Audio players appear to be having trouble again. Until that’s resolved, the audio can also be downloaded directly - mp3’s now added to post. 

Selected audio is added below, mostly unedited.

Three

Four

Five updates added so far.

Continue Reading »

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JFJ- Trade Analyzer

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from TSN,

With two weeks to go until the NHL Trade Deadline, TSN today announced it has acquired John Ferguson Jr. as a guest analyst for the NHL on TSN and TradeCentre 08, marking the former Toronto Maple Leafs GM’s debut as a television analyst.

“I made many trades over 10 deadlines in management with St. Louis and Toronto,” Ferguson says. “I look forward to plying a new trade with TSN this deadline.”

continued

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Facing The Public Opinion Court

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Defenceman Ryan O’Byrne and Tom Kostopoulos were arrested yesterday, and the first thing that jumped out at me as I read the police report was the time and place of the incident - 3 a.m. outside a bar.

Over the years, we’ve seen numerous stories about athletes running afoul of the law. The offences have run the gamut from players urinating in alleys to incidents where people have been killed. The two constants in many of those cases have been alcohol and late hours.

How come these incidents nev er take place at 3 p.m. in a library?

The legal system will decide whether O’Byrne is guilty of third-degree grand theft and whether Kostopoulos was out of bounds when he went to the defence of his teammate and was charged with resisting arrest without violence.

But the two have already been subjected to the court of public opinion and they’re both guilty of being stupid.

more

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