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Coyotes Confirm Interest In Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, Ariz.—- Phoenix Coyotes Owner Jerry Moyes has confirmed press reports stating that the Coyotes have received expressions of interest from potential investors in the team, which expressions of interest are under review.  Moyes will continue conversations with potential investors to enable the Coyotes to retire debt and obtain working capital, which will reduce Moyes’ ownership percentage in the team. Moyes stated, “Wayne Gretzky and I have had discussions with potential investors interested in joining us in continuing the team’s presence in Glendale. I have met with Glendale city management, who expressed strong support for the team, and whose assistance would contribute to helping the Coyotes operate on a positive cash flow basis.”

Until the investment process has been concluded, Mr. Moyes will not have further comment on this subject.

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Leafs Thinking About A Trade

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Brian Burke was a guest speaker at the London Chamber of Commerce…

from Morris Dalla Costa of the London Free Press,

What he did say from a hockey standpoint is that he expects the March 4 trade deadline to be a busy time in the NHL in general, that he was offered a trade Tuesday and his staff spent yesterday looking into the player offered in terms of his character….

Burke wouldn’t give out any information about the potential trade but that “we’re really looking at the player.”

more on the Leafs…

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Trade Questions Answered

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Pierre LeBrun of ESPN held an online chat today with readers…

You think the Panthers would accept a trade of Dion for JB? I know it would make my life better here in Calgary?

Pierre LeBrun: No question the Panthers would, but there’s no way the Flames would trade a star player under contract for a star player that’s not going to be under contract….

But yes, I do think the Flames have interest in Bouwmeester.

Will the penguins trade for Marian Gaborik? Seeing as he is a pretty good winger who might fit well with Crosby.

Pierre LeBrun: I don’t think so. I wouldn’t be surprised if Minny kept Gaborik in the end because the offers won’t be great for an injured player…

much more...

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Columbus Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from an online chat today at the Columbus Dispatch,

Prospal, Lombardi, or Antropov, who do you prefer and who currently tops the CBJ’s wish list?

Aaron Portzline: I’m a Lombardi guy because I know he can play center. The other two might be best served as wingers. Plus, Lombardi has a history of playing with Rick Nash in international competition, and they’ve done well together.

What do you believe it would take on our part to get Lombardi here? Do you know if there are any other teams interested in him? What would his cap hit be?

Aaron Portzline: I’ve heard they want a defenseman, so Klesla makes sense. Not sure Methot would do it. Don’t worry about the cap hit, as it’s not really pertinent in Columbus. He’s making $1.85M this season and $2.35M next season. After that, he’s a UFA.

much more on the Blue Jackets…

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Sundin Talks Eastern Trip

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Canucks’ schedule will likely protect Sundin from the worst of the media hordes anyway. At the moment, they are supposed to stay over in Ottawa to practise Friday, and not travelling to Toronto until much later in the day. Hockey Night in Canada will do its obligatory interview with him there. Sundin will likely not appear in public until Saturday morning’s day-of-game skate at the Air Canada Centre.

“I might be more excited to play the game than he is,” said Canucks’ goaltender Roberto Luongo. “I’m looking forward to that. It’s going to be a great atmosphere in the building. Everybody will be really pumped up. I enjoy playing in those cities to begin with. With all that added hype, it’ll be fun.”

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Sabres Send Gerbe Back To AHL

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (February 18, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have returned forward Nathan Gerbe to Portland of the American Hockey League.

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HDIC On NHL Network

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NEW YORK (February 18, 2009) – The NHL Network will simulcast CBC’s Hockey Day In Canada programming in the United States, with over 13 hours of continuous coverage planned in celebration of the sport. Hockey Day In Canada is a yearly day-long broadcast of special features that celebrate hockey in Canada. This year marks the ninth annual broadcast.

The celebration commences from Campbellton, N.B. on Sat. Feb. 21 at 12 Noon ET as Hockey Day In Canada programming begins its 13.5-hour broadcast with Ron MacLean hosting live from the Memorial Civic Centre in Campbellton, N.B.  Don Cherry, Scott Morrison, Dick Irvin and other special guests will join MacLean in Campbellton.

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Options For The Blue Jackets

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from Ray Slover of the Sporting News,

Hitchcock believes he has a solid enough defense, with shutdown guys and puck movers. Now, the Jackets need that extra kick for the offense. They miss shiny rookie Derick Brassard, whose season is toast after shoulder surgery.

Does Jordan Staal unbutton your jacket? If the Penguins go into sell mode, he’ll be available.

Does Nik Antropov turn down you collar? The idea of Antropov playing with Nash has Jackets watchers slobbering all over themselves.

Does Erik Cole add shine to your buttons? If he’s on top of his game, Cole could be a Hitchcock player and the power forward they need.

Or is Bill Guerin that trick up your sleeve? That might be a stretch, because of his so-so playoff production, but when Billy’s hot, he’s hot.

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Datsyuk Part 2: And It’s Even Better

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m going to admit that I was in such a haste to post Puck Daddy’s interview with hockey’s best player yesterday that I didn’t take the time to read the whole thing until much later.

Not today. Just finished part two and it’s actually funnier, as if he was just getting warmed up yesterday. 


Is this your dream to go to Vancouver?

We fly to Vancouver twice a year. So, going to Vancouver is not a dream. 

But to participate in the Olympics and to win - that’s the dream.

Other than your teammates, is there a player in the NHL that you’d love to have as a linemate?

Think, my head, think! [Datsyuk is talking to himself]  I would still like to have Zetterberg on the same line…

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Interesting Trade Deadline Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Supplied by the NHL…

TRADE DEADLINE DAY STATISTICS SINCE 1980

Number of trades: 374

Number of players traded: 676

Number of draft picks traded: 225

MOST-TRADED PLAYERS ON DEADLINE DAY SINCE 1980

4 - Alan May (1988, 1989, 1994, 1995)
3 - Dan McGillis (1996, 1998, 2003)
3 - Mark Janssens (1992, 1997, 1998)
3 - Mike Gartner (1989, 1990, 1994)
3 - Steve Konroyd (1986, 1993, 1994)

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