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from the ICEMAN Bloggeth at the AJC,

Hey, Donny…look. You and your GM buddies were all hanging by the pool in Florida earlier in the week. Please, please…for the love of all things good and holy…PLEASE tell me you were nosing into the possibility of getting some help on defense…a Tomas Kaberle or a Campbell…or just SOME-FRIKIN’-BODY that maybe…JUST MAYBE…won’t act like a toll booth worker at the blue line as opposing forwards scamper by. “Exact change…Thank you…buh-bye…have a nice day”!


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Lookout Rangers

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

If the Rangers sedan has a rear view mirror, it should be immediately adjusted.

That ominous brigade in the background is neither a mirage nor a mistake. It IS the New York Islanders, of all people; of all playoff-seeking contenders.

Chauffeur Tom Renney must wonder whether he should be watching the road ahead of him—it leads to Buffalo on Saturday night—or the rampaging SUV with Nassau County plates on his tail.


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Flames Rarely Make A Big Splash

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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

When it comes to Sutter’s Flames on deadline day, that warning label should read: ‘Prepare to be disappointed.’

Although the Flames likely will be working the phones and kicking tires right until the clock strikes 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, history has shown Sutter refuses to overpay for the impact players most readily available at the deadline.

The biggest name brought aboard in the second half of a Sutter season here was Chris Simon in 2004, a few days before the actual closing date.


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Flyers Need Help

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from Bob Ford at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The losing streak has taken the Flyers from first place to last place in the Atlantic Division and has taken them entirely out of the playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference. Where they go from here is unknown. The trading deadline is Tuesday, and general manager Paul Holmgren couldn’t be blamed for taking advantage of it.

With Simon Gagne out for the season, the Flyers have extra money available for salaries, but that isn’t so easy, either. Every team looking for players is also looking for wingers and defensemen, just like the injury-riddled Flyers. They are loath to offer any of their younger players in trade, although there is an increasing sense that, if they do, it could be Jeff Carter who is moved.

more... In my opinion, the goaltending in Philly has been average at best, get better goaltending, the team gets better.

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Something Wrong Here

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Mats Sundin has stated he does not want to leave Toronto, over and over again.  So why this?

from Darren Drager of TSN,

Sources tell TSN that Toronto Maple Leafs interim general manager Cliff Fletcher and captain Mats Sundin met on Thursday to discuss his future with the team.

It’s believed Fletcher asked Sundin for a list of teams he would consider playing for, although the Leafs GM stopped short of officially asking him to waive his no-trade clause.


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Anyone Want Roloson

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from the Edmonton Sun,

Dwayne Roloson hasn’t come right out and asked for a trade, but he’s already moved his family out of town and says if a choice has to be made between sitting in Edmonton and playing somewhere else, there’s no choice to be made.

At some point, and he’s been at that point for some time, the need to play outweighs a guy’s fondness for a city and an organization.

“Definitely,” said Roloson, who hasn’t played a game in 21 days, and isn’t scheduled to start tonight in Dallas. “It’s outweighs it big time.”


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Latest Lightning Talk

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from the Tampa Tribune,

If Columbus is considered to be among the front-runners for Richards, then the presence of two Blue Jackets scouts, including the team’s director of player personnel, Don Boyd, will only fuel that speculation.

At the same time, the team continues to discuss a contract extension with D Dan Boyle, although there is no progress to report. If terms of a new contract cannot be agreed upon before Tuesday, it is widely known that the Lightning will explore trading him rather than risk losing him to free agency with any type of compensation.

Other players believed to be in play on the trade market include LW Vinny Prospal, D Filip Kuba, C Chris Gratton and possibly LW Jan Hlavac and G Johan Holmqvist.


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You Are The Expert

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Who gets traded, who do you want to get and give-up?

Today you are the hockey expert, let your views be known on the upcoming trade deadline moves.

Is you team still in the playoff race or is it time to be a seller?  If your team is considered a lock to be playing in mid-April, do you need to get stronger or stand pat?

Let KK readers and myself know what your strategy is for the next few days!

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Nike Bauer Inc. In Good Hands

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from the Globe and Mail,

Graeme Roustan is an admitted hockey nut who has always been on the margins of the sport, first as a kid playing on the outdoor rinks of Montreal and then as an adult running a U.S. company that builds and equips indoor ice rinks.

He also believes what sporting goods giant Nike Inc. doesn’t: That the game he loves has plenty of room to grow and produce big profits for equipment suppliers.

Now, the 47-year-old Canadian expatriate has a chance to prove it after teaming up with private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. in a $200-million (U.S.) cash deal for Nike’s hockey subsidiary.


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Watching The Trade Deadline

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from the Toronto Star,

TSN is boasting of having 20 ``insiders” to dissect trades and rumours. Joining the usual suspects are former Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr.

Sportsnet will cover things more traditionally this year, including doing some of the show from Vancouver. It has added NHL types Doug MacLean, Keith Primeau and Brian Lawton.

The Score will focus on viewers, with call-in and email segments. Former Leaf Mike Johnson has been added.

It all seems a bit much, but there is demand. Last year, TSN was the big winner, averaging 150,000 viewers over a paltry eight hours – more than four times what it normally draws at that time. And that represented the lowest ratings since 2002.


Update 9:26pm ET: More analysis on the trade deadline TV coverage in Canada from William Houston at the Globe & Mail.

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