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A Minnesota Fan’s View on Wild’s Deadline Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Derek Felska at The State of Hockey News:

Any team more or less makes a covenant with its fans to do the absolute best it can.  In the case of the fans, they have shown incredible devotion and dedication to the Minnesota Wild selling out every home game in team history up to this point.  The fans have made its merchandise amongst the top selling teams in the league, and have filled the arena to over 100% capacity for the last few seasons.  That covenant is a trust between fans and ownership.  The actions or in this case the inaction of this team is a huge betrayal of that trust.  With the team’s fortunes this season clearly heading south, the Wild opted not to be a big seller and chose not to trade soon-to-be unrestricted free agents Stephane Veilleux, Martin Skoula, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Kurtis Foster, or star winger Marian Gaborik.  It seems strange a team that will likely not qualify for the post season did not even attempt to trade off assets with the hope of acquiring picks or prospects for the future.

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At the Star-Tribune, Michael Russo notes there was some action in Minnesota yesterday, but it fell apart:

While the Wild won’t confirm what “major deal” it was involved in until Wednesday morning, sources say General Manager Doug Risebrough continued his longtime quest for Jokinen, the former Florida Panthers captain who was ultimately traded from Phoenix to the Calgary Flames.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, olli+jokinen, trade+deadline

Should You Choose To Accept It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Morning Wing fans.  You’re first place in the conference, first place in the league, first place in the world.  A glorious day. 

Naturally, with a three-games-played deficit to make up…that lead probably won’t last long.  We probably need to discuss that a bit.  And we need to talk about yesterday.  I’ll tell you right now I’m not pleased with the last minute deals from San Jose or our little brothers in Chicago.  No sir.  I’m not. 

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Downie Gets 20 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced that Norfolk Admirals right wing Steve Downie has been suspended for twenty (20) regular-season games as a result of his actions in a game at Hershey on Feb. 28.

At the 19:48 mark of the third period, Downie was assessed a game misconduct under the provisions of AHL Rule 41.2 for deliberately striking an official with his stick.

Downie has already served three games of the suspension. He is scheduled to be eligible to return to the Norfolk lineup on Apr. 11.

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  Tags: steve+downie

Avery’s Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

How do you think the return of Sean Avery to the Rangers will impact the team play?  The Rangers do play tonight on Long Island.

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Trades With Impact

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside ad Pierre LeBrun break down the trades and grade the impact the trades will have.

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Ducks Still Looking At The Playoffs, Kings Still Waiting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks’ trades said they want to make the playoffs now. If they miss, which is likely, they have restocked enough talent and promise to rightly feel optimistic. They don’t have to rebuild from the ground up.

The Kings’ trade said fans who have endured four decades without a Cup title will have to wait again.

Wait two weeks to see Williams, twice a 30-goal scorer but a victim of knee, Achilles’ tendon and hand injuries the last two seasons.

Wait until next season for the team’s first playoff berth since 2002.

Wait for a day that never seems in sight.

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Thanks Everyone!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Last year we had 970,712 pageviews on trade deadline day, this year we went over the million mark, all the way to 1,328,786!

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The Top 10 Deals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

10. Calgary acquires Jordan Leopold from Colorado for Lawrence Nycholat, Ryan Wilson and a second round draft pick
The Flames are much better today than they were yesterday, but Colorado wins this deal….

9. Pittsburgh acquires Bill Guerin from the New York Islanders for a conditional draft pick
This was a real head-scratcher on the Islanders’ part….

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The Time Is Now For Jokinen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

It’s put-up or shut-up time for Olli Jokinen.

After years of teasing and flirting with becoming a truly elite player, rather than just a solitary figure trapped in unhappy situations, Wednesday’s trade to the Flames gives him every opportunity to finally fulfil his vast potential.

His lack of leadership in the past has come into question. Well, he isn’t obliged to be a centrepiece in Calgary. No one’s looking for him to lead the charge into Joe Louis or The Shark Tank. There’s already many strong personalities inside the Flames’ room. Jarome Iginla and Robyn Regehr, for starters. There’s plenty of insulation for him to just go out and dominate on the ice - and certainly all the ingredients are in place for that.

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  Tags: olli+jokinen

Flyers Take A Step Backwards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

While many of the Eastern Conference contenders got better today, the Flyers took a step backward.  All because they were backed into a corner by their lack of cap space.

So they traded energetic winger Scottie Upshall to Phoenix for tough-guy winger Dan Carcillo, the NHL’s leader with 174 penalty minutes .

My first reaction: The Broad Street Bullies are being resurrected _ and that won’t work in today’s speed-first NHL.(Carcillo and Flyers winger Riley Cote are second in the NHL with 18 fights each.)  Still, general manager Paul Holmgren deserves a mulligan. In two years, he has transformed the Flyers from a laughing stock to one of the Eastern Conference’s elite teams.

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