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The Offers For Bouwmeester

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Canucks were willing to give up LW Mason Raymond and a No. 1 draft pick. The belief is Florida wanted either D Kevin Bieksa or D Alex Edler included and GM Mike Gillis wasn’t willing to make the move. That’s where the discussions ended for Vancouver.

The Flyers wanted to move either RW Joffrey Lupul or RW Scottie Upshall (who landed in Phoenix) along with prospect James vanRiemsdyk and a No. 1 pick to the Panthers. It’s believed Florida wanted LW Scott Hartnell as part of the trade.

There is risk involved for the Panthers. A first-round playoff fall doesn’t constitute playoff success.

more and a few more hockey topics…

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A Lot Of Talk But Not Much Action

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

After all the noise, the hype, the pomp, this was Brian Burke’s first chance to strut his stuff as general manager of the Maple Leafs and on hockey’s busiest day he came away with a performance best deemed as underwhelming.

Maybe he did all he could. Maybe he had little to barter with. Maybe everyone’s expectations—yours and mine—were impossible to meet.

We expected a rabbit to get pulled out a hat and all we got was a phony trade where the Leafs paid real money (in salaries) to essentially purchase a fourth- round draft pick from the cash-poor Tampa Bay Lightning. That was creative, if not, insignificant. He needed an extra pick and for picking up about half a million in salary, he acquired one.


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Rangers Now Have ‘Personality’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“I think you need personality,” Tortorella said following yesterday’s practice. “I don’t think you need a bunch of people saying, ‘Yes sir, how many times should I go through that wall for you, sir?’

“I think personality is very important as you play an eight-month season.”...

Now there’s some strut. Now there’s some edge. Now the Rangers are better fortified to make some kind of a stand following the reacquisition of Sean Avery (seems like old news, doesn’t it?) and the acquisitions of big forward Nik Antropov and semi-tough defenseman Derek Morris in deadline trades in which the second-rounder that went to Toronto was the only item of future value that Sather sacrificed.

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Quick Deadline Day Summary

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

As I have done for a few years (see last year’s summary here) I am posting a quick summary of the trade deadline.  I pick the biggest winner and loser both long and short term. 

It was an interesting deadline with lots of small deals.  Few big name stars moved and as a result few teams gave up significant chunks of their future for a player.  It was also interesting for who was not dealt (Jay Bouwmeester).

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The TSN Panel Responds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Every week, the NHL on TSN panel voices their opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

Who has the best chance of unseating the Red Wings as Stanley Cup Champions?

Bob McKenzie: I’m going to say the New Jersey Devils.  I liked them from the beginning of the year, and I like them even better now that Zach Parise is having an MVP-caliber season….

Darren Dreger:  The Calgary Flames.  They will beat the Red Wings in the Western Conference, so Detroit won’t make it to the final.

Pierre McGuire: I think it’s the Devils for what Bob said, and for the fact they probably have the best coach in the NHL right now.

more questions & answers from the TSN experts…

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Winners & Losers From Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

So who won, lost or sat on the fence at Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline?

The Winners:

• Calgary Flames: They acquired a first-line centre in Olli Jokinen from the Phoenix Coyotes and a No. 5 defenceman in Jordan Leopold from the Colorado Avalanche — with surrendering any of their key players….

• Phoenix Coyotes: GM Don Maloney moved out four players and brought in six, along with first- and second-round picks, getting younger and faster by moving out Jokinen and defenceman Derek Morris. They will miss tough guy Daniel Carcillo’s fire, but if they can resign Scottie Upshall and get Nigel Dawes and Petr Prucha going, they are loaded with kids up front in their rebuilding.

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What Didn’t Happen Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline was just as newsworthy for the players who didn’t move as for those who did find new homes.

And that’s because several playoff-bound teams did not want to give up young assets in this uncertain NHL economic landscape. Prospects and draft picks might be the most important assets right now as teams try to figure out what’s going to happen with the salary cap over the next few years.

There was perhaps no more telling sign of that than the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings’ standing pat on a day where they traditionally dominate the headlines.

Sure, Wings GM Ken Holland dabbled in a few forays for a gritty forward, including a phone call to Ottawa for Neil, but in the end, he chose to hold on to his draft picks and prospects … something he had predicted he would do in an e-mail to us the day before the deadline.

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Does It Seem Cold In Here To You?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A finely-tuned Colorado team invites the Wings into the rollicking Pepsi Center tonite as the cream of the West duke it out in a continuation of hockey’s greatest rivalry.

What?  Oh. Nevermind.

Re-phrase: a tired Wing team takes to the ice in Denver tonite, playing the West’s worst.  A rematch of last year’s second round?  Yeah, I guess. 

At least one of these teams has something to play for. In the Wings’ case?  First place overall.  In the conference?  Yep.  In the league?  Yep.  How ‘bout that?

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Ah, Now We Can Relax Until Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So how was your day?  Happy, scratching your head or just want to hit the couch and relax a bit?

A big thanks goes out to Alanah for her great work today and even Bill(IwoCPO) chipped in with early morning updates.

Tonight we relax with limited posting in the KK Hockey section, then get back right at it tomorrow morning.

Thanks to all of you for visiting KK today and in the past.  I will have some visitor numbers for you sometime tomorrow.

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GDT - Game # 65:  Red Wings at Avalanche (9:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Somebody gave the Red Wings a “shot” last night; almost a “team” Gordie Howe hat-trick!  Downey hooks up with Janssen for a twelve-round epic. Kopecky with a SH goal and 2 A (did you see him absolutely busting his arse to catch up with Datsyuk to score his shorty?).  Fil finally finds the net.  Ericsson picks up an assist in his 1st game of the season.  Oh, and Ozzie pitches his first shutout of the season.  A very nice rebound off the Wings unmentionable performance in NSH. But all was not Rosie with the Wings, Hossa was carted off the ice last night on a stretcher—reports during the game and afterward suggest all tests were negative.  A classy response by the Blues fans last night after Hossa was carted out.

So, you are thinking theWings will be gassed both physically and emotionally for the game in Denver tonight right?  You maybe right, DET is 5-5-1 with 0 days off.  Also, the Avs are just ghosts of the past, and currently occupy the basement of the Western Conference, losers of 5 straight.  The Avs last loss was to the NY Isles, current basement dwellers in the E.C.  After the Isles game, Granato said:  “We haven’t played well enough, we haven’t played smart enough, we haven’t had good starts to games, we make mistakes that this time of year we shouldn’t make, and when we do, they end up in our net.”

The Avs are hoping to prevent its first six-game slide since April, 1998.

The Red Wings pulled within 1 point of SJS last night after the Sharks loss to Dallas.  DET can take 1st in the W.C. with a win tonight.

If your interested in the numbers, please continue reading!

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