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Huselius Should Be Moved

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via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

If indeed the Flames are to be active at this year’s trade deadline, the name Flames fans should hope is in play is that of Kristian Huselius….

Truth is the team has been doing just fine without him for the last month when the one-dimensional dispsy-doodler has chipped in with just one goal in his last 20 outings. It confirms what GM Darryl Sutter has been saying about him all along—he’s not a first-line winger.

He’s rendered useless when the going gets tough, he can’t contribute physically or defensively and he has no future here.

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The Rafters Are Getting Full

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Before we launch into today’s topic, here’s a trivia question: What do the following players have in common? Rick Ley, Al Hamilton, Ken Daneyko, Yvon Labre, Barclay Plager, Johnny McKenzie, Bob Nystrom and Dale Hunter. And you can’t give the Cliff Clavin answer from Jeopardy, “Who are eight people who’ve never been in my kitchen?”

OK, time’s up.

If you guessed they’re nine average to above-average NHLers, you’d be right. But the more interesting distinction shared by these players is this: They’ve all had their numbers retired.

continued

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Rangers Interested In Boyle

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sources have told The Post that the Rangers’ interest in Boyle goes far deeper than merely acquiring the defenseman as a rental. Indeed, it is believed that GM Glen Sather would ask for permission to negotiate a long-term contract with Boyle, among the most feared power play quarterbacks in the NHL, prior to pulling the trigger on a trade.

The Boyle situation is complicated by incoming ownership’s strong preference that Brad Richards, whose contract runs for three more seasons at $7.8M, be moved as a pre-condition to keeping the defenseman

more on the Rangers…

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Medical Records Get Traded Too

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

The NHL last season mandated that its 30 teams begin using a new computer program created by Toronto’s Sutton Medical Technologies Ltd. to digitize the medical files of the league’s 700-odd players, and those playing in the minors.

A year on, league and medical-industry executives say Sutton’s program has been embraced by team officials and has added a new and unlikely wrinkle to player signings and trades. The NHL is the first North American pro league to use the technology. Unlike other leagues like the NBA that insist players pass a physical exam before being traded, the NHL has no such rule. In past seasons, that left some teams agreeing to acquire players without insisting they first pass a physical. And in many cases, a player’s complete medical file wouldn’t be forwarded to his new club until weeks after he joined the team.

read on

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Devils Looking At St. Louis Players

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from the NY Post,

When Blues defenseman Barret Jackman goes on the league-wide market today, it will be a signal that the Devils couldn’t come up with a satisfactory package to land the 2003 Rookie of the Year, an upcoming unrestricted who doesn’t turn 27 until March 5.

The asking price will be a first-rounder, a star prospect and a valuable veteran, and that would probably be too much for Lamoriello. Instead, the Devils’ GM would more likely turn to Jay McKee from the Blues’ backline by tomorrow’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.

read on

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Ducks Still Looking

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from the LA Times,

Anaheim is believed to have interest in Florida center Olli Jokinen, but it would have to create enough space to fit Jokinen under the salary cap for the next two seasons. Jokinen, who leads the Panthers with 30 goals and 60 points, is owed $5.5 million in 2008-09 and $5.75 million in 2009-10.

General Manager Brian Burke sent a strong signal that he will hold on to the Ducks’ potentially high first-round pick in this year’s draft that they gained from Edmonton if teams don’t lower their demands or he doesn’t come across an offer he can’t refuse.

Burke said if he does trade that pick, it will be for a player he’ll have next season and beyond….

The Ducks are believed to have also pulled their interest in Kings defenseman Rob Blake,as he would be another rental situation.

more on the Ducks (reg. req.)

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Where They Could End Up

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

- Tampa C Brad Richards: The Lightning asked him to waive his “no-trade” clause and he agreed to consider it. The Canucks, Jackets and Hawks are interested. Sources say a deal to send Richards to the Hawks for goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has been discussed, while the Canucks’ package would include prospect Luc Bourdon.

- Isles C Mike Comrie and RW Miroslav Satan: The belief is Comrie rejected the latest contract offer from New York and will likely be dealt—possibly to Philly. As for Satan, he won’t comment on whether he’s negotiating an extension with Isles.

more

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Plan B For The Leafs

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The next thing to do is clear the roster and open cap space so the next general manager of the Maple Leafs has a fighting chance to rebuild. Right now, the Leafs have $43.3-million (all currency U.S.) committed in salaries to 18 players next season. Most of the expensive ones are not pulling their weight.

Fletcher’s only alternative is to put the worst offenders on waivers and, when no other NHL team claims them, send them to the Toronto Marlies farm team or elsewhere. That would take their salaries off the cap.

His targets could include Jason Blake, Darcy Tucker, Pavel Kubina, Mark Bell and Andrew Raycroft. That represents a potential trim of $16.2-million from next season’s salary cap.

more

added 6:59am, from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

This is an organization without class and without conscience. Was a time that could be attributed to the deranged persona of Harold Ballard, a bully and misanthrope who abused staff, shamed players and held fans in contempt. But at least there was a face to put to the bungle and a desk where the buck stopped.

If you were to call the Leafs’ front office today and ask to speak with the person in charge, who in the world might that be? It’s a board of directors accountable to no one except shareholders and immune from scandal.

A few years back, the Leafs announced things were going to be done different. Alumni were welcomed back, the diaspora of beloved ex-Leafs embraced, vows of integrity expressed. In practice, little has changed. It remains a franchise without a soul, for all its iconic stature, thoughtless and disloyal.

more

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As The Deadline Approaches

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from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

Memo to my friends and family (all five of you, four being family):

Do not attempt to contact me over the next two days (unless you know where Marion Hossa has been traded).

I am sequestered in a television studio until Wednesday. Send food, and fresh powder puffs.

NHL Trade Deadline Day has not always been the colossal all-day television telethon it has become.

continued

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Hossa Could Be Moved Today

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

In addition to Sundin not waiving his “no-trade” clause on Sunday morning Fletcher also sat down with Pavel Kubina, who said no. He sat down with Tomas Kaberle who also said no as did Darcy Tucker. The lone bright spot may be Bryan McCabe who said he would consider waiving his clause if it was with the right Eastern conference team….

Montreal and Ottawa appear to be the two front-runners for Marian Hossa’s services and there is every reason to believe that this is a trade that could go down as early as Monday as opposed to Tuesday.

more talk regarding Richards and Boyle…

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