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from the Palm Beach Post,
Still, there are those in the organization who are questioning the wisdom of making the $1.6 million commitment inherent in making Auld a qualifying offer or opting for a potential upgrade elsewhere.
One option is the free-agent market, where potential names include Buffalo’s Martin Biron, Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere, St. Louis’ Manny Legace and Los Angeles’ Mathieu Garon.
Another is a trade before Tuesday’s deadline. Buffalo has been rumored to have an interest in a Biron-for-Belfour deal, and other teams with two quality goalies, such as Anaheim and San Jose, could dangle one in efforts to land a Todd Bertuzzi, Gary Roberts, Martin Gelinas or a package of players.
from EJ Hradek at ESPN,
So, instead of speculating about the coming deals or waxing over the proposed change to the instigator rule (who cares!), I decided to give a short list of things I like about our great game. It’s a quirky list from a quirky guy. There is no order. Just 10 things I enjoy about the game and my job covering it.
Ducks’ jersey numbers
read on to find out why and more favorites…
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
But while Crosby is running away with the Art Ross, the Hart looks like it is up for grabs. There’s no doubt that Martin Brodeur, with his 37 wins and 11 shutouts, belongs in the conversation. And now, after a two-month run of superlative play, so does Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg.
Zetterberg’s been an upper echelon player for several years, but he’s never played with this sustained level of excellence at any point in his career. As far as the Red Wings are concerned, his timing couldn’t have been better.
via the NHL,
There have been a number of notable trades made at the trade deadline featuring draft picks that would turn into star players.
March 10, 1980 – Los Angeles Kings obtained D JERRY KORAB from Buffalo for Los Angeles’ first-round choice in 1982 Entry Draft (D PHIL HOUSLEY)—trade completed one day before the trading deadline.
The Kings received 10-year veteran Korab, who had been a mainstay on the Sabres clubs that contended for the Stanley Cup in the mid 1970’s. The Sabres used the future first-round draft pick to select Housley out of St. Paul South (Minnesota) High School. Housley played eight seasons in a Sabres’ uniform, tallying 60+ points in each season.
March 10, 1981 – Los Angeles Kings obtained LW RICK MARTIN from Buffalo for Los Angeles’ third-round choice in 1981 Entry Draft (D COLIN CHISHOLM) and first-round choice in the 1983 Entry Draft (G TOM BARRASSO).
The Kings received Martin, who posted eight seasons of 30-or-more goals and was a member of the Sabres’ famous “French Connection” line with Gilbert Perreaultand Rene Robert. Buffalo used the future first-round draft pick to select another high school phenom, goaltender Tom Barrasso of Acton-Boxboro (Massachusetts).
From CanWest News,
Former Maple Leaf enforcer Tie Domi has launched a $950,000 defamation lawsuit against Toronto radio personality John Derringer and his employer.
Domi alleges the Q107 morning show host falsely alleged in a broadcast on Oct. 2, 2006 that he charged fees to appear for charities.
The lawsuit also claims Derringer led his listeners to believe that the former Leaf “is a morally flawed” personality who misleads the public about his philanthropic contributions.
from the St. Louis Blues,
Thanks to a first round elimination at the hands of the eighth-seeded Edmonton Oilers in April 2006, Legace wasn’t offered a contract from Detroit and was left to explore the free agent market, where he sat for weeks before teams started calling. His 2.65 goals-against average in the postseason was hardly cause for alarm, but Legace shouldered the blame for Detroit’s early playoff exit and was forced to pack his bags.
“You have to live in Detroit (to understand),” Legace explained. “They (had) to do something for the fans, who (were) asking for a change. Goaltending is the obvious big change.”
more on Manny, good read…
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
The Doug Weight Rule.
And that rule would be: If you’re traded during the calendar year when your contract is expiring and you could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, there is one restriction on unrestricted free agency. You can’t re-sign with the team that traded you.
from Adam Proteu of the Hockey News at the Globe and Mail,
So, although whispers in local circles have Toronto most interested in Bill Guerin, it is unlikely Ferguson will be sucked into the bidding war John Davidson and Larry Pleau are praying for. And those same whispers believe the Leafs could still do a deal with the Blues.
That deal would be for winger Jamal Mayers, and you could see why Ferguson might do it.
Hockey Amor dreams of Datsyuk with the Caps next season.
Would Ted over spend for him is the question?
from the IIHF,
There are some records in hockey that will probably never be broken:
USSR’s nine consecutive world championship titles.
NHL-goaltender Glenn Hall’s 502 consecutive games.
Red Fisher’s 52 consecutive years as a hockey reporter.
It’s not very often that people that deliver news, make the news. In the 35 previous IIHF Ice Times back-page interviews we have never featured a journalist. Red Fisher is an exception. The 80-year old has covered hockey, the NHL and the Montreal Canadiens virtually on a daily basis for 52 straight seasons.
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