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Flyers Were Not Trading Carter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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Campbell Has One Last Request

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

Brian Campbell’s last message to Sabres fans was a simple one, and it came from the heart.

“Don’t boo me when I come back,” the defenseman said this afternoon shortly after being traded to the San Jose Sharks.

Campbell fought back tears but also chuckled with reporters as he discussed the trade. He was sent to San Jose along with a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for 22-year-old right wing Steve Bernier and a first-round pick.

“It’s life changing,” Campbell said in HSBC Arena.

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Did The Penguins Give Up Too Much

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

OUR TAKE: We don’t like this deal at all on many levels.

1.) Hossa is a noted playoff underachiever. He’s produced only 35 points in 55 postseason games. After racking up 100 points during the regular season last year, he disappeared in Atlanta’s four-game sweep at the hands of the Rangers producing only one assist.

2.) This flies directly in the face of the philosophy the Penguins supposedly have as far not giving up too much of the future for the present.

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added 4:37pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For Pittsburgh, meanwhile, there is a considerable long-term risk attached to the move. Given that Crosby’s contract extension kicks in next year (for $8.7 million per season) and they will ultimately have to pony up big to retain Evgeni Malkin the year after that, it is unclear how general manager Ray Shero might also find the $8 million or so required to sign Hossa beyond July 1.

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Tampa Trades Hlavac to the Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Tampa Bay Lighting trade Jan Hlavac to the Nashville Predators for a 7th round pick. [TSN]

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Thashers Trade Giroux to Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Via a Sportsnet SMS alert and noted on TSN, Alexandre Giroux goes to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Joe Motzko.

Update 4:13pm ET: TSN link

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