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Jokinen Expected To Get Panthers Into The Playoffs

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from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Olli Jokinen, favorite son of Canadian rumor mills, remained with the Panthers—as he fully expected.

He was so worried about being traded, he said Tuesday would be pretty routine. ‘‘I’m going to go home,’’ he said, ``eat some lunch, pick up my kids and go to the park like always. Nothing’s going to change.’‘

Florida coach and general manager Jacques Martin said teams asked about Jokinen, but ``from Day One, as I’ve said, you always try to improve our club and I wouldn’t make a deal that wasn’t good for the organization.’‘

‘‘Olli’s here, he should have piece of mind that the trade deadline is over,’’ Martin said. ``But the mandate hasn’t changed. We expect him to get us into the playoffs.’‘

more on the Panthers…

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Morning Line

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sather endorsed Jaromir Jagr, but did not guarantee would be back next year. “He’s been a very good player and great citizen here,” the GM said. “We’ll see how these things develop the next couple of months ... we’ll see how things go.”

more on the Rangers…

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Columbus Looks Ahead

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

The trades, Howson said, should not be read as a sign that management has given up on this season.

“I’m excited about this year and the future,” Howson said.

But it’s a tough blow to many players and, certainly, a tough sell to an agitated fan base.

“There will be a lot of disappointment that Adam won’t be there,” center Michael Peca said. “No disrespect to Sergei, but this is more so about Adam, because he was a big piece of this puzzle.

Coach Ken Hitchcock, who has never missed the playoffs when he has spent a full season with a team, did not want to comment.

“We’re going to meet with the players (today), Hitch and I,” Howson said. “We’ll talk about it, I’ll tell them my feelings and then we’ll move forward.”


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Who Went Where

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

NHL clubs made 25 trades, involving 45 players, between 9 a.m., ET, today and the 3 p.m., ET, trading deadline. The number of trades matches the trading deadline high, set in each of the past two years, while the number of players involved ranks second all-time to the 46 in 2003. Following is a list of the transactions:


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Flyers Were Not Trading Carter

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from the Philadelphia Daily News,

Holmgren said the Flyers were not willing to blow up their long-term plans and trade a player like Carter.

“There was not a day that goes by that someone doesn’t call about Jeff Carter,’’ Holmgren said. “I guess because they think we’re going to have problems down the road financially with [Carter], I don’t know. I don’t see that. He is a part of our future.

“We certainly have an eye on down the road. If you get in the playoffs, anything can happen. Right now we’re missing three real good forwards. We’re not going to get one back in [Simon] Gagne, but [Mike] Richards and [Joffrey] Lupul will be back at some point. [Derian] Hatcher is out, Modry is out; [that’s] a couple of pretty good NHL defensemen that have played in the playoffs.

more on the Flyers…

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Who Won Yesterday

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Anaheim general manager Brian Burke is bang-on that his NHL compatriotes tend to go goofy at the trade deadline, dealing with their hearts and not their heads in the almighty pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

But it’s hard to argue with Pittsburgh’s last-minute move to snag sniper Marian Hossa from Atlanta.

Sure, they gave up a package of bodies—Erik Christensen, Colby Armstrong, Angelo Esposito and a No. 1 draft pick—but it’s not like they had to give up Jordan Staal to get him, or good, young, puck-moving defenceman Kris Letang.


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The Day After

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated below with feedback on Derek Meech’s play last night.

Jiri Hudler was so excited that the Wings kept him in Detroit that he went out and sucked worse than he has all year.  Like invisibly sucked.  Four shifts in the second. Four more in the third.  None in OT and a shootout attempt he could have kicked from the bench with more chance of success.

If not for The Lilja Situation, Hudler could easily be considered a goat today.  But far be it from us to take any of the spotlight away from Lilja.  Trouble in his own end? Say it isn’t so.  My memory is foggy, of course, but I’m sure that’s the first time we’ve seen anything similar to that.

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Fletcher Tries Dealing From A Position Of Weakness

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

It’s believed the Edmonton Oilers or San Jose Sharks made some kind of preliniray offer for Kubina, while Fletcher turned down teams pursuing hot No. 1 goalie Vesa Toskala and 20-goal winger Nik Antropov.

Tuesday was a sobering day for Fletcher, who is used to making a big splash on deadline day.

“We weren’t skating in the same area as other teams,” he said after the final bell sounded. “I’m dealing for draft choices and others (Pittsburgh Penguins) are dealing for Marian Hossa. “The players who left weren’t part of the core. But we accomplished what we wanted today. We put four draft choices in the bank to help us, starting in June.”


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Semi-Dark Night

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It has been a long couple of days for us here at KK.  We plan to take it easy for the night, however we may pop-in here and there.

Feel free to leave comments, use the KK Forums or KK Chat Rooms and we will be back to normal tomorrow.

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Sharks Sign Boucher

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San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed goaltender Brian Boucher to a one-year contract.  Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Boucher, 31, has played seven NHL seasons with Philadelphia, Phoenix, Calgary, Chicago and Columbus and has spent the 2007-08 season with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League, where he posted 23-16-1 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage with four shutouts in 42 games.

Most recently, Boucher split the 2006-07 season between the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Phantoms.

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