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If The Wings Make A Trade, It Will Be A Minor One

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings could get help in the form of a depth forward if the right trade presents itself for general manager Ken Holland. The Wings have eight defensemen (making Brett Lebda or Derek Meech expendable) but are short up front after placing Kirk Maltby on injured reserve. Holland will work the phones through Wednesday’s trade deadline, but he said any trade made will only be a minor one.

The onus, in other words, is on the guys already in uniform—but they do at least have a favorable schedule to get their mission accomplished.

“We have one long road trip coming up, but besides that, we have a lot of home games,” captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “It’s a pretty good schedule we have from here on in. We just have to continue to dig in and work hard.”

more on the Wings…

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Predators Could Use Some Offense

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

What do the Predators need most?

This is the first step, since the more moves you make, the more you have to surrender.

Is it vital that the Predators add some offensive depth, considering that they have been spotty in goal-scoring at times, have the league’s 24th-ranked power play and will be relying on some aging veterans during a compressed schedule?

Or is someone who can boost the penalty kill and aid in the faceoff circle even more of a priority, considering that the penalty kill — normally a Nashville strength — is currently ranked 24th and that the Predators are ranked 20th in face-off percentage?

How much salary are they willing to take on?


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Canucks A Better Team With Luongo Winning Gold

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from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Vigneault knows, perhaps better than anyone, how much Luongo was craving this opportunity to help Canada win gold at home.

“Louie has been wanting this for such a long time,” Vigneault said. “And for him to get it and to go through the adversity they went through in this tournament, with him starting and then not getting the third game, then their back is against the wall and they went with Louie all the way, I think it is going to mean so much for his confidence.

“It’s also going to help our team. He’s going to be able to bring that back, share it with his teammates, let them know there’s never an easy ride and I think it’s going to make him so much better and it’s going to make our team a lot better.”


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Did You Sleep Well?

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Less than 56 1/2 hours until the trade deadline expires.

I expect trades to start today and slowly build-up as we approach Wednesday.

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We Will Remember This Game

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Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun discuss the gold medal game and you can read Scott’s report here.

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  Tags: team+canada, team+usa, winter+olympics

Team Canada Handled The Pressure

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from Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,

Long after the game was over, the crowd stood cheering. So did a nation. The Canadian men’s hockey team’s sudden-death victory over the United States had truly made these Canada’s Golden Games.

The hockey showdown with the U.S. was the final event of the 2010 Winter Olympics and how beautifully it punctuated maybe the most inspirational two-week period in our nation’s history. Canada may not recover from this for a very long time. It may not want to.

By any measure, these Games were a towering achievement, which included the best performance ever by a team of Canadian Winter Olympians - a team that was bombarded by doubts early on, as it always seems to be, but came on strong and put on a monstrous show under the most extreme pressure imaginable.

And on no one was the burden of success greater than the hockey team.


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  Tags: team+canada, winter+olympics

There Is A Difference

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from Dave Davis of Inside Hockey,

Welcome to hockey journalism in the post-web 2.0 world, where any half-literate dreamer, armed with only a keyboard and a seventh grade knowledge of spelling and sentence structure, can piggyback public updates from Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger and broadcast them as scoops from “inside sources” to thousands of information-starved hockey fans.

One can only imagine what rumor reporting will be like leading up to the first NHL trade deadline of the Twitter Age after all of the unprofessional, uncorroborated and even comedic material that we’ve witnessed these past few years throughout much of the blogosphere.

more and I recommend you read it…

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Bruins Looking For Offense

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from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

“We’re in on a couple of things, but there hasn’t been much traction during the Olympic break,” said Chiarelli. “Talks have picked up. It’s not idle chatter. There have been more substantive discussions. But at the end of the day, you can’t do a deal until (today).”

As Chiarelli pointed out, you only have to look at his team’s statistics to know what’s on his wish list.

“We’d want to get some type of top-nine forward that has an offensive bent to his game,” Chiarelli said. “But there aren’t many of those guys out there.”


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Kaberle Plans To Stay In Toronto

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from Jonas Siegel of 640am,

It’s not happening.

That’s at least the latest impression from Kaberle who reiterated Sunday his much-repeated stance of remaining in blue and white beyond the March 3rd trade deadline.

“I hope so,” Kaberle said of staying with the Leafs through March 3rd. “Nothing changed on my side so we’ll see.”


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  Tags: tomas+kaberle

Making A Trade

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How is a trade made?

After two clubs have come to an agreement on a trade, the clubs must advise the League office, either by telephone or by FAX, of the terms of the trade. The League office then schedules a conference call with the two teams to review the transaction and give final approval for the deal.  Prior to the trade call, the League office will ensure that the team has the appropriate salary cap space to make the deal; if draft choices are involved, that the club has the available choices; and that the team has available space on its reserve list to add the player (s). It should be noted that the 23-man roster restriction is no longer in force from March 3 on.

On the trade call, the League will a) review the terms of the player contracts and ensure that teams are aware of their respective obligations to the player (s) involved; b) ensure that, should a player have a no-trade clause, that the player has waived that right; and c) ensure that any conditions to consummation of the transaction have been clearly defined and agreed upon.

The trade becomes official after the trade call has taken place.

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