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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don’t miss a single trade announcement leading up to next Wednesday’s March 4 NHL trade deadline. Get the earliest official word in the U.S. or Canada from NHL Mobile.

Sign up now for free alerts on your phone by texting ‘NHL’ to 81812 or going to this page, for online registration with only one click and enter your phone number.

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Be on the first-alert list whether the trade happens this weekend…or in the minutes before the official deadline of 3 p.m. ET on March 4.

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Nightmare Scenario

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Lindy Ruff informed the media this morning that Patrick Lalime is demonstrating flu symptoms, and there’s no certainty he can play tomorrow night.  In that scenario, Mike Harrington at Sabres Edge explains the problem:

If Lalime can’t go, rookie Jhonas Enroth would get his first NHL start. Lalime will travel with the team today but if he can’t dress, the Sabres don’t have another healthy goalie in their system to back up Enroth because Adam Dennis and John DeCaro are both injured at Portland.

Wow. Nightmare scenario.

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  Tags: jhonas+enroth, patrick+lalime

Stop The Vinny Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Vinny isn’t available and anyone who suggests he might have been available earlier in the year– and the suggestees included Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey – had better check their sources.

It doesn’t mean Lawton won’t try to be active in shedding payroll. It just means the Lecavalier trial balloon they floated just before the All-Star break was so badly received the Lightning figured it out in a hurry – it was a road they couldn’t go down and retain any credibility in their market. It’s one thing to show Brad Richards and Dan Boyle the door; it’s quite another to ditch the face of the franchise, even if the face of the franchise is set to earn $85-million over the next 11 years on a heavily front-loaded contract – the first four years are all worth $10-million in cold hard disposable cash in Lecavalier’s pocket,a tidy sum considering how iffy the team’s financial picture is at the moment.

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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

Bell Claimed By Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The New York Rangers have claimed Mark Bell from Toronto according to Fan590.

Update 12:30pm ET: From TSN

Although he has been claimed by the Rangers, he will not be in the lineup tonight when the Blue shirts face the Maple Leafs on TSN.

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  Tags: mark+bell

Trade Questions Answered

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN answers some questions from fans regarding possible trades.  The following is NOT an example of most of them..

Flyers need goaltending and a true 3rd line center. Flyers send Briere, Biron, Jones and a 1st round pick to Vancouver, for Luongo and Kesler and a conditional pick. Briere would waive his no trade clause because his best friend Biron is going with him. Very wishful thinking I know.

LeBrun: Ah ... no. Unless Canucks GM Mike Gillis falls on his head, he’s not going to move Roberto Luongo any time soon. I’m not sure he would even do it for Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. Luongo is the best goalie in the world and those players don’t grow on trees.

read on

added 11:59am, More trade talk from Pierre and Scott Burnside.

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Brodeur Activated, Clemmensen Sent Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Martin Brodeur was activated by the Devils Wednesday morning and fellow goalie Scott Clemmensen was sent back to Lowell (AHL).

The move sets up the scenario for Brodeur to start Thursday night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Prudential Center. Were the Devils not planning to start Brodeur, there would’ve been no reason to demote Clemmensen.

“It’s the best of all worlds, other than (for) Scotty,” GM Lou Lamoriello said as practice was beginning Wednesday morning. “You always have to make the best decision for the organization.”

Clemmensen, who was with the Devils the past four months under emergency recall, did not have to clear waivers. Kevin Weekes would’ve had to clear waivers.

read on

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  Tags: martin+brodeur, scott+clemmensen

The Washington Ice Dogs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Most of the players on the Ice Dogs have autism.  Watch as the kids grasp the game of hockey.

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  Tags: autism

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Michael Russo reports Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke attending a recent Wild game but he was there on official USA Hockey scouting and not to make a blockbuster deal with the Wild.

Wouldn’t surprise me though if a rumor-monger tried to suggest Burke is planning to move Antropov to Minnesota for Gaborik..

-Spector (Lyle Richardson)

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GDT - Game # 61:  Red Wings host Sharks (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Clash of the Western Conference Titans tonite at the JLA. The Sharks have set the pace in the Western Conference this season, with the Wings trying to keep up.  Almost at the 3/4 pole, and the Sharks are beginning to show signs of their perennial late season meltdowns, going 5-1-4 in their last 10 games (but winners of 4 straight).  Detroit has had three days rest since their anemic performance at MIN on Saturday.  San Jose is coming off a 1-0 win in their Monday night tilt at Dallas.  This game could well be a preview of the WCF.  You have to wonder if the level of competition will encourage the Wings to play 60mins tonite.  If you’re interested in the statistics, and the latest from the MSM on tonights game, I encourage you to continue reading. 

Also, in case you’re interested, you can check the GDT threads between games for post-game, and any additonal newsworthy items.

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Carlyle Not Happy With Hit On Getzlaf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Ducks were none too happy with a hit by Gaustad in the final 15 seconds that left center Ryan Getzlaf with a broken nose and a nasty facial cut.

“That’s one that’s going to be looked at very closely because Gaustad left his feet and hit him with a shoulder, blindsided him,” Carlyle said. “It may look like he (Gaustad) got hurt on it. Look at the replay. He’s in the air after he hits him (Getzlaf). So it was one of those that we’re going to have to take a look at.”

While Gaustad received no penalty, the NHL could choose to impose supplementary discipline.

Getzlaf, still bleeding and clutching a towel to his face long after the game ended, said he “was fine.”

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  Tags: ryan+getzlaf

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