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Leafs Make Moves For The Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

If Brian Burke was worried about the embarrassment of finishing dead last in the NHL and giving the first pick in this summer’s draft to the Boston Bruins, he’s not showing it.

The Maple Leafs president/GM dumped one of his best forwards, Alexei Ponikarovsky, on Tuesday night in a deal that might help the Leafs down the road, but certainly not right away. He picked up a prospect, local boy Luca Caputi, in the deal, along with a veteran defenceman Martin Skoula.

Skoula might help in the short term, but it’s more likely he’ll be flipped by Wednesday’s trade deadline. Moreover, underachieving winger Lee Stempniak, another veteran, may also be moved for a draft pick, further weakening the Toronto roster.

So, clearly, Burke has already accepted the reality that the Phil Kessel deal with the Bruins will prove to be more costly than originally imagined. Leaf fans might as well accept it, too.


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Good Morning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In just over 8 hours, this trade watch is over and we are back to normal.

In the meantime, I will be here to provide you all the trade moves of the day.

Please pour me another coffee.

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Your Late Night Reading

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I will be back around 6:00am or so Wednesday morning, but in case youi want to be updated on any late breaking trades or hockey news, I suggest you head over to the Recent Twitter Content From NHL Insiders page at NHL.com.

Soon the craziness starts and I will be around all day to keep you posted on all the trades of the day.

Many of you know Twitter is the quickest way to be updated on the trades of the day, and if you did not read my NHL.com blog yesterday, you may want to check it out for some helpful hints on how to follow all the trade action.

Sleep well and see you soon.

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Waiting On the Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The moving of Vokoun would add some much-needed spice to a trade deadline day that is in danger of lacking any significant sizzle.

Would the Chicago Blackhawks, whose only question mark appears to be a lack of stability between the pipes, be a potential landing spot?

Starter Anti Niemi was pulled Tuesday night after allowing three goals on nine shots and was replaced by Cristobal Huet. Huet, ironically, was linked in a potential deal earlier in the day that would have sent him to the Maple Leafs for overpriced defenceman Jeff Finger, a scenario the Leafs quickly dismissed.

With Ray Emery undergoing season-ending surgery Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers also are in the market for a goaltender. There was an erroneous report that the Islanders’ Dwayne Roloson had been dealt to Philly, a suggestion that evaporated when Roloson was the Isles’ starter versus Chicago.

If the likes of Vokoun and Huet don’t move, the chances of any blockbusters being pulled off appear slim.


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The A2Y Monologues: Primis Edition

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Our final installment (for now) of the A2Y Baby Monologues features International Man of Mystery, Primis.

He kept the effects of Jonny Ericsson, fertility god, on his family very close to the chest.  I suspect that anyone who talked about the pregnancy has disappeared under mysterious circumstances.  I am willing to go out on a limb and bring you the top-secret details.  If I disappear, find someone to replace me.  A2Y must go on.

Primis was kind enough to provide Exhibit D in our case for Jonny Ericsson being the most powerful force of fertility on the planet.

Continue Reading »

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Let’s Put This Rumor To Bed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Rumor fools are speculating Derick Brassard may be involved in some trade talks. Nope. via Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets have scratched defenseman Milan Jurcina (undisclosed injury) and center Derick Brassard. Brassard took pre-game warm-up.

The club is saying it’s an upper body injury. I have been assured by a source within the organization that Brassard is not part of any trade package. The person said it’s the same injury he suffered in the Feb. 14 game against Chicago.

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  Tags: derick+brassard

For Your Listening Pleasure

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

How cool is this- A HNIC Double.

First it was on with Ron MacLean on HNIC a few years back and today on with Jeff Marek of HNIC Radio (listen here).

The radio interview is about a 1/2 hour long and of course, hockey is the topic.

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  Tags: hnic+radio

Avalanche Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I believe the Avs are kicking some tires still and will make a decision on a deal or two by tomorrow morning. The obvious candidates to possibly be on the move are Liles, Salei and Svatos. TSN’s Bob McKenzie twittered that the Avs are listening to offers for Wolski, with Phoenix’s Peter Mueller being mentioned.

As bad as Wolski is playing right now – and it’s been bad -I don’t know if I’d give him up for Mueller, who has been a complete and total stiff with the Coyotes this year and pretty much has been for two solid years now, after a decent rookie year. If you think Wolski can be frustrating, Mueller is even worse. The Avs would want a reasonably high draft pick as well if such a deal were to happen, I feel confident in reporting.

I think there’s a minor chance the Avs might take a chance on Carolina’s Joe Corvo – a good power-play D-man. It’s possible the Avs might bite the bullet and sacrifice a Liles or (maybe) a Wolski for him. The thing with Corvo is, he’s in the last year of his contract and would be a rental player. The Avs would likely want a pick from Carolina, too, but Jim Rutherford doesn’t want to give up any draft picks, so I see a deal there as unlikely. I’ve heard plenty of whispers that San Jose might take a shot on Liles, with Douglas Murray possibly coming the other way, but I think it’s highly unlikely.


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OK, Who Has Crosby’s Olympic Gear?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN, S

idney Crosby’s gear has gone missing.

The man who scored Canada’s Golden Goal to win Olympic gold in Vancouver returned home without the stick and gloves he used to score them. Maybe his helmet, too, although we’re not quite sure on that just yet.

The good news is he did get his mouthguard back.

As soon as Crosby scored the game-winning goal in overtime, Crosby’s helmet, gloves, stick and mouthguard all ended up on the ice at the national celebration began. Actually, one of this gloves ended up in the end zone mesh netting above the glass.

When all was said and done, and the yard sale was cleaned up, it was believed both of Crosby’s gloves, including the one in the mesh, were put in a bin in the Team Canada dressing room area, as well as his stick.

read on

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  Tags: sidney+crosby, team+canada

Chicago acquires Nick Boynton from Anaheim for future considerations

Blog: KK Hockey By Tony

From James Mirtle’s Tweet:

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Nick Boynton from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for future considerations.  The Blackhawks have sent Boynton to the minors.

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  Tags: nhl-hockey

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