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Sim On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Islanders forward Jon Sim, who had three assists in the Islanders’ 4-2 win over Colorado last night to give him seven points in his past six games, has been placed on waivers for the second time this season. Coming one day ahead of Wednesday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, the move is like an invitation to any team in need of a hard-working winger with some grit and scoring touch to add it without giving up anything but salary.


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As Expected, Avery A Ranger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

640AM in Toronto reports Sean Avery claimed by the New York Rangers.

added 12:05pm, Bob McKenzie of TSN confirms.

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Wild Sign Backstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Minnesota Wild have signed star goalie Niklas Backstrom to a $24 million, four-year contract, a source told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and he had been the subject of numerous trade rumors.

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Morris Looking East

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Let’s start the morning with a Derek Morris update.

From the calls we’ve made, we believe Boston, Washington and Philadelphia are the three Eastern Conference contenders in the mix for the right-handed defenseman.

Morris, who has a blast from the point, has a no-trade clause, but gave the Phoenix Coyotes a list of Eastern Conference teams in order to facilitate a move. He’s an unrestricted free agent July 1 and could be a nice addition to all three of those teams; he’s a real physical player and provides veteran leadership. Stay tuned.

continue for a few more notes…

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Hey man, if a team wants me and they feel like I could come in and help them, then I would love it.”

-Mark Recchi of the Tampa Bay Lightning via Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald at the National Post.

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You Trade Deadline Plans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What are you plans for the trade deadline?  Skipping school or work, maybe not but still keeping an eye on all the action?

What websites will you be visiting and what radio/TV stations will you be monitoring?

Let me know your plans and provide links if you’d like, you just may be helping out your fellow hockey fan!

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GDT - Game # 64:  Red Wings at Blues (8:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Detroit is in the Gateway City tonight to, hopefully, overcome the Blues.  Although DET is 6-3-1 in their last ten games, they are coming off a thorough @ss-kicking from NSH Saturday night.  Perhaps, in an attempt to instill some grit in the dressing room, DET has called up 6’ 5”, 220 lb Defenseman, Jonathan Ericcson.  Ericcson will take Lilja’s spot.  Lilja, certainly not the only Wing to get pummelled, is out at least two games with a concussion and knee injury.  DET has also called up enforcer Aaron Downey.  To make room for Downey and Ericcson, DET sent down Leino and Helm.  Diggers say Hoss will play tonight.

The Blues, in the meantime, have made a serious charge up the standings going 6-2-2 in their last ten games, and are winners of 3 straight.  As a result, St. Louis finds itself amongst the quagmire of teams battling for the final playoff spots.  St. Louis currently has 64 points, and sits in 12th place in the terribly crowded tier of teams battling for the bottom three playoff spots.

6 Columbus 63 g/p,  68 pts
7 Edmonton 62 g/p,  67 pts
8 Anaheim 64 g/p, 67 pts
9 Nashville 63 g/p, 66 pts
10 Minnesota 61 g/p, 65 pts
11 Dallas 62 g/p, 65 pts
12 St. Louis 62 g/p, 64 pts


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Oilers Have Needs

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers have all sorts of needs heading into tomorrow’s swap meet - a first-line left winger, a second-line left winger and a second-line centre to tide them over until Sam Gagner can begin producing.

And maybe a shut down defenceman.

Otherwise, they’re set.

“We’ve had our discussions, we know our needs and the managers are going to try and address those needs the best they can,” said head coach Craig MacTavish. “If the opportunity presents itself to help us, that’s obviously what we’d like to have happen, we’re all gearing towards that. But the deals have to make sense ...”


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Depending On the Scouts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

As tomorrow’s NHL trade deadline approaches, rumors are rampant. Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester is going here. Anaheim’s Chris Pronger is going there. The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to deal everyone except their public-address announcer.

There is a group of unappreciated men - scouts - who will play a major role in deciding the destination of those players and many others.

Most of the scouts type evaluations on their laptops as they watch the games from high above the rink. On those same laptops, they can watch various players on video clips so readily available in today’s information age.

The availability of instant video on players - and teams - has slightly reduced the number of scouts employed by teams.

But it hasn’t made them obsolete.


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Biggest Game In Five Years For Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Typically on the days leading up to the NHL trading deadline, the actual games themselves can be afterthoughts. But that won’t be the case tonight when the Blues host the Detroit Red Wings on the eve of the deadline.

Any game against the Red Wings is an attention-grabber, but with the Blues inching closer to a playoff position and with the outcome of tonight’s game possibly affecting the club’s deadline strategy, there seems to be a lot riding on the final score.

It may not be a stretch, in fact, to call tonight the Blues’ biggest game since the 2004-05 NHL lockout.


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