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Don’t Make Burke Happy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

...what are the odds that Anaheim’s GM will actually walk up to the podium on draft day and say, “With Edmonton’s first pick overall, a pick they could have kept if they hadn’t signed Dustin Penner to that desperate and irresponsible offer sheet, and then finished dead last, just like I said they would, because the Oilers suck so bad, the two-time Stanley Cup champions are proud to select, with Edmonton’s pick, franchise player Steve Stamkos ... with Edmonton’s pick.”

And then Burke gives Stamkos Penner’s old No. 17 sweater, taken in at the waist, of course.

Oh well, at least there’s a race to watch.

Only instead of chasing down eighth in the West, the focus shifts to 25th overall (since a team that wins the lottery can only move up four spots, the best Anaheim can get if Edmonton finishes 25th is second overall in the deepest draft in decades. So chew on that, Burkie).

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Trade Won’t Solve Flyers Problems

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from Wayne Fish at PhillyBurbs,

If the Flyers players believe that a trade or two will cure all their problems, they’re probably misguided.

And that comes from their general manager.

Paul Holmgren doesn’t deny he still has his “lines in the water” ahead of Tuesday’s NHL trade deadline.

But he’s already told the players that it’s going to take more than the acquisition of a star player or two to turn things around and presumably get back in the playoff chase.

continued

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Could The Sharks Do Better Than Marleau

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

What could Wilson possibly obtain for Marleau this week? You trade someone at the peak of their value, not the nadir. When the inconsistent Marleau does show up and play in first gear, he is better than anyone the team could get for him in return right now.

Because did you notice? The other day, Coach Ron Wilson made a point of saying that the team definitely missed Marleau after he had been out four games with a groin injury. The coach and the captain are circumspect in talking about their relationship. But it’s fair to say there is a distance between them. Ron Wilson has not criticized Marleau by name, but also has not praised him. Last week’s remark may be a good sign. The coach’s future with the Sharks probably hinges on whether Marleau emerges from Funkville.

Because the guess here is, Marleau still will be on the roster Wednesday.

more (reg. may be req.)

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  Tags: patrick+marleau

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from an Q & A interview Kevin Mio of the Montreal Gazette did with Mathieu Dandenault of the Montreal Canadiens,

If there was one figure from history you would like to meet, who would it be and why?

“Probably Jesus, have a glass of wine with him.”

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Blues Trade Deadline Actions Revolve Around Jackman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Jackman reportedly turned down the Blues’ initial offer, a three-year extension that averaged less than $3 million per season. Once believed to be seeking a contract with an annual payout in the $4 million to $5 million range, Jackman’s camp now appears to be looking for a figure closer to “market value.”

What is market value for the Calder Cup winner who will turn 27 on March 5? Jackman has struggled offensively (two goals, six assists) this season, but he ranks second on the team in ice time per game (21 minutes, 56 seconds).

Last week, Chicago re-signed Brent Seabrook to a three-year extension that averages $3.43 million per season. On Saturday, Minnesota signed Nick Schultz to a six-year extension averaging $3.5 million a year.

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Lou Does It Right

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

For all the grumbling around here about the Sabres losing Chris Drury and Daniel Briere — who, me? — the Devils endured much the same last summer with center Scott Gomez and defenseman Brian Rafalski.

No matter, the Devils entered the weekend a point from the Eastern Conference lead, tied with Montreal and Pittsburgh, with a retooled lineup and rookie coach Brent Sutter. Out with the old, in with the new, back in contention.

“What you do, in a sense, is structure your own market,” Lamoriello said recently by telephone. “I’ve always said we have a five-year plan that changes every day.” Some concept.

more and some trade talk too…

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  Tags: lou+lamoriello

With Playoffs In Sight, Columbus Needs The Right Moves

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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

That doesn’t mean Howson should hold out hope for a miracle and hang onto every pending free agent he doesn’t plan to sign at the end of the season. It doesn’t mean he should feel compelled to sit there facing a gaping hole in his roster and have nothing to show for it. What it means is that he shouldn’t start dealing players who might help the Blue Jackets reach the playoffs—for draft picks.

At this point in franchise history, “draft picks” are dirty words to most Blue Jackets fans. After seven seasons, a handful a draft picks means about as much to them as a handful of potato chips. No one wants to sacrifice even a remote chance to make the playoffs for more draft-day fliers. Unless we’re talking about a high first-rounder, it’s probably not worth the risk.

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Gainey’s Night

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from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

With his son, Stephen, and daughters Anna and Colleen at his side, along with members of his family, dear friends and many former teammates, Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey watched a banner bearing his name and his No. 23 pulled to the rafters of the Bell Centre at 6:53 p.m. tonight, an emotional and fitting tribute for the giant-hearted Hall of Famer.

continued with links galore…

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  Tags: bob+gainey

McCabe Doesn’t Want To Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

...But before all those critics gleefully start putting together their “Bon Voyage Bryan” placards in the hopes of his eventual departure, he had a strong message for the fans when he emerged from the dressing room after the Maple Leafs’ 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers last night.

“I want to stay. I signed here and chose to stay here because this is where I want to be. I think there would be nothing better than to bring a championship to this city,” he said.

“There are no guarantees, but I don’t want to move. My wife is seven months pregnant. We don’t want to go anywhere.”

read on

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  Tags: bryan+mccabe

At Least On More Day Of “What Will Mats Do”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,  .

..Still, Fletcher has not yet been told no definitively. And Sundin at least acknowledges he is still wrestling with a final decision.

“I have some things to think about, some things to sort out,” he told Hockey Night interviewer Elliotte Friedman.

Then, in the Leaf dressing room, he faced another large media scrum.

“No matter what happens, I’ll always love Toronto and I’m going to love the Toronto Maple Leafs,” Sundin said. “It’s been home for the last 13 years and that’s never going to change.

“I hope people respect whatever decision is going to come out of this.”

read on

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  Tags: mats+sundin

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