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Is Laraque Considering Retirement if Traded?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Singer at HockeyFights.com:

Yesterday there was a lot of talk about Georges Laraque expecting to be traded from the Canadiens.  Laraque was asked if he was frustrated about not playing the last couple of games for the Canadiens.  He said he was and there were reports that he said he wouldn’t have signed with Montreal last summer if he knew he wasn’t going to be a regular in the lineup.

He confirmed with us that he did not ask for a trade, and added that he won’t.

I asked Laraque hypothetically where he’d want to go if he was traded.  His reply was “nowhere, I would retire.”

Knowing Big George’s love for the game, I have my doubts about that, but I do think it shows his frustration, not just with his lack of playing, but with the media attention what he says is a misinterpretation of what he said.

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  Tags: georges+laraque

Calgary/Anaheim Trade Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC:

Connolly, Morrison on Sutter’s radar?

Buffalo’s Tim Connolly or Anaheim’s Brendan Morrison, both slated for unrestricted free agency in the summer, could potentially fit the bill as second-line centre and wouldn’t be a big cap hit. The injury-prone Connolly is earning $2.9 million this season and Morrison is at $2.75 million.

Inexpensive centre Matthew Lombardi ($1.8 million) could go the other way in a potential trade. While the 26-year-old has yet to reach his full potential, he has stepped up his play with the deadline approaching.

much more on Calgary

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  Tags: trade+rumors

Handling Trade Deadline Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Veteran observers of the National Hockey League are painfully familiar with the general tedium and intermittent bursts of intrigue that usually comprise its annual trade deadline day.

Each and every year, some pundits and most of the public practically drool in anticipation of blockbuster swap after blockbuster swap. And each and every year, that scenario fails to materialize.

Nobody wants that sense of crushing disappointment to befall any hockey fan less than I do. So, with the 2009 cutoff date for deals fast approaching, here are five tips for handling trade deadline day like a pro.

1. Any Theoretical Trade That Makes Perfect Sense To You And Your Precious Little Team Almost Certainly Will Make Management And Fans Of The Proposed Trading Partner Guffaw Until Each Of Their Funny Bones Shatter Into 1,000 Giggling Pieces.

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Wild’s Foster Encourages Young Injured Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune:

Thomas Royea is 15 years old. He’s only a sophomore in high school, so trust the hockey player when he says he wishes he hadn’t broken his femur.

But one special thing came from it. “It’s not every day a kid gets a call from an NHL player,” Royea said.

Royea, who lives in the small northern Michigan town of Negaunee, is a diehard Detroit Red Wings fan, but he’s now a Kurtis Foster fan for life.

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*thanks to a KK reader for passing this on

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  Tags: kurtis+foster

Cool Pucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL off-ice official Gary Steffenhagen shows Blackhawks TV the process of keeping the pucks at a suitable game temperature.

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Lap This Up Dive Fans

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We saw this coming the other night when reports out of Atlanta had Wing reps scouting the Thrash/Dive game.  The Wings need grit and a certain Dive has plenty of it.

Dater

You can take this one to the bank - the ones that aren’t soon to be run by the government, too: The Detroit Red Wings are interested in Ian Laperriere as a deadline rental.

You better believe the sad little Dive fans are in a Denver tizzy over that.  But get this…the Pens fans might be a wee bit irritated too.

The Wings are said to be interested in a gritty, grinding winger, and that of course is our Lappy. Gary Roberts is another player the Wings are looking at, too.

 

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Pronger Would Help Caps Get By Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tarik El-Bashir, Caps beat writer for the Washington Post, did a fan Q & A today…

If the Caps meet the Flyers in the playoffs this year, what do they need to do to get past them?

Tarik El-Bashir: If that happens, the Caps could be on the golf course sooner than they would have hoped. What the Caps need to get past the Flyers is a Chris Clark type up front and a Chris Pronger type on the backend. Clark, we know, isn’t coming back. Pronger, however, ...

more on the Capitals…

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Acquiring Whitney May Mean Ducks Move Dman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In all likelihood, it also means that the Ducks will move one of their two high-priced rearguards – either Chris Pronger or Scott Niedermayer – before the deadline.

On a team where budget is going to be a consideration in the years ahead, it’s difficult to imagine that they can afford the combined $13 million that Niedermayer and Pronger currently gobble up in salary-cap space, particularly since Whitney’s contract is back-loaded, not front-loaded, and thus rises every year from now until its conclusion in 2013-14.

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Lalime Will Start Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

A loss will still put the Buffalo Sabres out of an Eastern Conference playoff position, but at least they’ll try to avoid that with an experienced goaltender in the crease. The flu that felled Patrick Lalime on Wednesday dissipated today, and Lalime will be in the nets tonight when the Sabres face the Carolina Hurricanes in RBC Center. “Better, a little bit stronger,” said Lalime of how he feels.

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  Tags: patrick+lalime

Ryan Whitney A Duck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have cleared up a bit of their log jam along the blue line as they have sent Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi.

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added 2:45pm, More on the trade from a Pens point of view from Empty Netters.

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  Tags: chris+kunitz, ryan+whitney

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