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from the CP via The Hockey News,

Vincent Lecavalier, Dany Heatley, Chris Pronger, Jay Bouwmeester, Tomas Kaberle, Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

The list of players involved in trade rumours on the eve of the NHL draft could easily have been taken right from an all-star game program.

While scouting departments went through their final preparations on Thursday, the league’s 30 general managers were busy working the phones. And judging by some of the rumours, there could be a lot of fireworks at the Bell Centre during the first round of Friday evening’s draft.

“It heated up pretty well today,” said Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke. “Not just on the draft front, but on some other trade issues.”

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Ducks GM Still Waiting For Phone Call

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from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

In the wake of the club’s seven-game loss to the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Murray requested answers from Niedermayer and Selanne “before the draft.” Technically, that means by 4 p.m. (PDT) .

“I’ll know when I get to the draft,” Murray said. “If I don’t, I’m going to be upset. I’ll hear from Scotty. He’s supposed to tell me — that’s all I know. Then I’ll call Teemu.”

Selanne has a contract set to pay him $2 million next season but could choose to retire, and Niedermayer stands to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday….

Veteran defenseman Chris Pronger continues to be the Ducks player bandied about most in trade speculation, though his availability, like many other things, could depend on Niedermayer.

“I wouldn’t say he’s on the market, but like every other player we have, if someone calls, we’re going to listen,” Murray said.

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Hradek On The Second Game Of The Doubleheader

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Pretty soon I am going to have to call him KK correspondent E.J. Hradek,

MONTREAL – The league’s idea to play a New Year’s Day outdoor doubleheader (one game at Boston’s Fenway Park; the second game at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium) appears to be dead. The management side of the competition committee opted against bringing the proposal up for a vote according to sources within the group.

One prominent insider, surprised by the turn of events, theorized that league execs might have gotten cold feet about the idea after getting some negative feedback from NBC, the league’s U.S. over-the-air network partner.

Apparently, the American network, which helped conceptualize the idea of the New Year’s Day event, might not want another outdoor game, on the same day, to distract attention from the Flyers-Bruins game at Fenway Park. NBC, which will televise the Boston game, almost certainly would have no desire to televise a second outdoor game featuring two Canadian-based franchises.

There is a possibility of a second outdoor event – featurning Canadian-based franchises – on another date during the season. TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting that event could include the Canadiens, who’ve been interested in a special event game to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

On a serious note, I appreciate E.J.Hrakek of ESPN The Magazine sending his take on any hockey topic my way.

 

 

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Canadiens Looking For A Big, #1 Center

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“It hasn’t been a secret that we’ve always been in the market for a big, strong, first-line centre and wherever that player may be, that’s where we’ll be looking,” Gainey said Thursday regarding the Canadiens’ plans for the draft.

“I think it’s going to require some patience, maybe a little bit of luck,” Gainey said about the search for a centre. “We feel we have some of the assets needed to put a deal together if we have a partner who really wants to move in that direction.

“We’re staying available and we’ll be available until a deal is done.”

The name most commonly mentioned is that of Tampa Bay Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier, who grew up in suburban Montreal, but there are questions as to whether Tampa Bay is willing to trade him and whether the Canadiens can meet the Lightning’s price.

Gainey said he believes that the best chance of landing a big centre was through a trade, rather than waiting to see who’s available when the free-agent signing period begins July 1.

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Looking At The Sale Of The Canadiens

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from Sun Media,

The sale of the Montreal Canadiens to the Molson family continues to raise questions, with many believing the sale process happened too quickly.

Quebec’s Argent news agency has learned that the speed at which Gillett wanted to sell the team didn’t impress NHL brass, notably league commissioner Gary Bettman.

“Bettman wasn’t pleased with the first few steps in the selling (process),” a source said.

Sources close to the sale suggest Bettman put a halt to the whole process at one point in April to attempt to re-organize the situation. On May 4, Bettman is said to have invited prospective buyers of the team to New York to try and find out exactly what Gillett was seeking.

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Boom

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from MinnesotaWild.com,

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild, along with Brand Thunder LLC, has announced the launch of the Firefox Wild BOOM. The customized Minnesota Wild browser, a free upgrade to the secure open-source Firefox browser…

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Thursday Afternoon Talk

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

• A guy nearly as busy as Gainey is Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, who was burning up the phone lines again Thursday trying to make something happen.

“Working on multiple aspects here,” Burke said via e-mail. “Discussing straight player trades, working on three draft scenarios—move up, pick, move down.”...

In the meantime, as Burke pointed out, he’s also looking at traditional player trades. A source told ESPN.com late Thursday afternoon that the Leafs received an offer for veteran blueliner Tomas Kaberle. Things are getting interesting!

• Nothing much new on the Dany Heatley front, meanwhile.

“Unfortunately, nothing has changed,” Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray said via text message Thursday afternoon. “A couple of conversations only.”

much more

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How About Three Non-Traditional Games?

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from the CP via TSN,

There could be as many as three NHL games played outside of traditional venues next season.

The league’s competition committee discussed several different scenarios during a wide-ranging meeting on Thursday and left open the possibility for games to be played outdoors in Boston and Calgary, with another being held under the roof at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

“We are looking at a couple potential additional special events beyond the NBC Winter Classic game,” said NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly. “(It’s something) that we all collectively think will be very good for the game. We think that they won’t dilute the product that we’ve created.”

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added 4:56pm, Now Bob McKenzie of TSN comes out with this… T

here will not be a second NHL outdoor game in Calgary on January 1, 2010.

The NHL’s competition committee met today in Montreal and that was one of a number of issues that was dealt with.

While there won’t be a second outdoor game to follow up the currently scheduled New Year’s Day game at Boston’s Fenway Park, there is likely to be a second special event in a Canadian city.

Sources say that event is possibly a game at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium to celebrate the Canadiens’ 100th anniversary.

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Bolts- Only Talk To Lawton

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from TSN,

The ongoing saga surrounding the Tampa Bay Lightning took another turn on Thursday afternoon, as all NHL general managers and player agents received a short email message from general manager Brian Lawton establishing his role with the club going forward.

“Please be advised that in order to avoid any confusion over the next couple of weeks, as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning Organization I am the only person authorized to speak on behalf of the team with regard to player transactions,” the email read.

“No other person is authorized to negotiate player transactions. Any questions, feel free to call.”

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KK- Darn Lightning

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Not the Tampa kind, but this is real lightning headed my way.

So I am shutting down, feel free to leave comments below on any breaking news and I will be baxk asap.

update 4:23pm, Back for now.  These storms have high winds, trees down and lightning all over the place.

If I disappear again, you know why.

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