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Sit Them Or Play Them

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at his Spin Blog at the Toronto Star,

The next stage in the hurry-up-and-wait process involving Maple Leaf players that may be dealt by tomorrow’s NHL trade deadline comes tonight at around 7:30 p.m.

If the intent of the club, after all, is to deal Nik Antropov, Dominic Moore and/or other players, surely the wise move would be not to dress them tonight against the New Jersey Devils….

With 22 other clubs in action tonight, of course, more than a few GMs and coaches are facing similar choices, particularly those with an eye on qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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added 4:21pm, from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN neither Dominic Moore nor Nik Antropov will be in the lineup tonight when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the New Jersey Devils.

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Roberts Hopes His Career Doesn’t End Here

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob McKenzie at TSN:

“I’ve never been on waivers before,” the Tampa Bay Lightning forward said. “It’s a first for me. I hope this isn’t how it ends.”
       
[Gary] Roberts knows his contract is working against him. Because there is no performance bonus cushion this year, Roberts’ salary counts as a $2.42 salary cap hit, with a bonus of $10,000 for every game he plays.
       
Roberts was hopeful of perhaps finishing his career with the same team he started it with – the Calgary Flames – but it remains to be seen if the numbers add up for Calgary. Roberts’ team from last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are in Tampa tonight, although Roberts has been told he won’t be in the lineup until the Lightning see what happens tomorrow at noon.

McKenzie also notes that Roberts was not told by the Lightning organization personally that he’d been placed on waivers—he found out from his brother in Toronto.

More here on the post’s 2:40pm update.

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  Tags: gary+roberts

Sharks Sign UFA Brandon Mishinter

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed unrestricted free agent forward Brandon Mishinter to an entry-level contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

        Mashinter, a 20-year old left wing, is currently playing for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League, where he was acquired via trade from the Kitchener Rangers in December.

        The six-foot-four, 232-pound native of Bradford, Ontario has posted 53 points (30 goals, 23 assists) in 47 games, with a plus-nine rating and 67 penalty minutes.

        “We are very pleased to be able to add a player of Brandon’s caliber to our organization,” said Wilson.  “Brandon’s career has really blossomed this season and he deserves a lot of credit, along with Belleville General Manager and Head Coach George Burnett.

Also from the Sharks…

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled forwards Brad Staubitz and Lukas Kaspar from the Worcester Sharks, the team’s top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. 

 

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Bertuzzi Out With Lower-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Injuries are getting to be a way of life for the Calgary Flames.

The latest to go down is forward Todd Bertuzzi, who did not turn up for the morning skate at Scotiabank Place as the Flames prepared for Tuesday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Head coach Mike Keenan said Bertuzzi has a lower-body injury, suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and was left at home for rehabilitation.

“Todd is day-to-day,” Keenan said of Bertuzzi’s status. “We’ll have to get some reports on him and then decide.”

continue for more on the Flames…

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  Tags: todd+bertuzzi

Calgary Flames Pick Up Nycholat From Waivers

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Alanah McGinley

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the acquisition of defenceman Lawrence Nycholat off NHL waivers. 

“Nycholat is a similar type player to Mark Giordano,” said Sutter. “We were prepared to give up a draft pick to acquire a depth defenceman.”

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  Tags: darryl+sutter, lawrence+nycholat

Flyers After Bouwmeester

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers are stepping up their efforts to acquire defenceman Jay Bouwmeester from the Florida Panthers, but salary cap constraints are rearing their ugly head.
       
The Flyers are bumping up against the cap and they are working hard to try to free up some space.
       
Sources say one of the options is trading goaltender Marty Biron and turning the number one job over to Antero Niittymaki. One potential scenario has the Flyers trading Biron to the Phoenix Coyotes as part of a plan that would see the Coyotes flip Biron to another team.
       
But the Coyotes aren’t going to make that move unless they have the other deal already set up.

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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

Grier & Roenick Out For Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The San Jose Sharks are being bitten by the injury bug – again.
       
Forward Mike Grier is out for four-to-six weeks after getting his knee scoped and veteran Jeremy Roenick is also expected to be out for four-to-six weeks with a shoulder injury.
       
Both, however, are expected to return to the Sharks lineup prior to the playoffs.

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick, mike+grier

Ready for Deadline Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

My mind thinks ahead to around 6 p.m. tomorrow. How will I feel, will I be burned out or maybe wanting more of this trade deadline madness? The answer comes quickly, get this over with, quickly! I want the attention turned back to the game on the ice, enough of all these trade scenarios and dreams.

You see, no matter what trades are made, what GM’s and coaches say about their recent acquisitions, the game still has to be played on the ice. Only one team will skate off with the Stanley Cup and all the other teams will be left questioning the moves they made or did not make.

I am also thinking about the most important part of our game - the NHL players. I can only imagine a few are contemplating their future and are hoping the deadline passes and for the most part, they stay with their current team. All the trade talk has to be draining on them and even though they say it isn’t a problem, deep down they know there is the possibility they may have to pack up and move on.

read on

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  Tags: trade+deadline

The Cheechoo Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Checked the very readable blog that Adrian Dater writes for the Denver Post this morning and he’s there speculating that San Jose is eyeballing Ryan Smyth and that Jonathan Cheechoo could be coming the other way. Milan Hejduk also comes up as a possible target.

With Smyth’s salary ($7.25 million this year, $16.5 million the next three season) I just can’t see him in teal anytime soon. Hejduk at $4 million now and $4 million next season is even a big stretch. Anything’s possible, I suppose, but from what I’ve been hearing from the Sharks — and misdirection is common at this point in the season — they aren’t inclined to do anything that major.

more on the Sharks…

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Frolov Talk Is Just That

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

As far as Alexander Frolov goes, he should really run for prime minister in Canada. They’re ready to throw feasts in his honor up there. But it doesn’t make sense for Lombardi to make a move on that front right now, unless it’s an overwhelming offer, something where the Kings give up Frolov and a top pick/prospect to get a mega-star. I just don’t see that mega-star out there right now, at least one that the Kings are interested in. Plus, Frolov’s cap hit next season is $2.9 million, which is a steal.

more on the Kings…

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  Tags: alexander+frolov

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