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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The NHL’s 30 general managers will travel to Naples—Florida, not Italy—in 10 days to play the Deal or No Deal game with the clock ticking on the Feb. 27 trade deadline.
Who’s buying? Who’s selling?
Here’s a quick look at the NHL field, and what teams might do…
They’re looking for a big rental winger (they like Fred Modin) to presumably play with Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald and a No. 4 or No. 5 defensive-type blue-liner. Their problem: they have no draft picks in the first round (the Oilers have it) or the second round.
Trade talk is heating up and Spector is on it today…
Early mornings and late nights will be his M.O. for the next 19 days…
from the Globe and Mail,
“I probably wouldn’t have gotten the chance in Toronto that I got in Chicago,” Sullivan said. “At the time with Pat, there wasn’t room to grow. Toronto had a good team that made the playoffs for the next [five seasons]. In Chicago, there was ice time to learn and you knew you were going to play every day.
“I was young. There were some nights I deserved to be in the lineup [in Toronto] and there were times I didn’t deserve to be in the lineup. There was the idea that [Quinn] liked bigger players, but I feel that if I was able to produce on a regular basis, I don’t think my size would have been a concern.”
from the Toronto Sun,
For a man who has battled two cancer procedures in the past three years, former Maple Leafs coach Pat Burns is well on the road to recovery.
Yet when he talks about his seemingly never-ending scrap with the deadly disease, Burns considers the experience as black-and-white as the spiffy tuxedo he was wearing at the Conn Smythe Sports Celebrities Dinner and Auction in support of Easter Seals Kids at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre last night.
You either fight it to the best or your ability.
Or you die.
from the mailbag of Wings beat writer Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“With Sergei Samsonov getting released, do you think the Red Wings will pick (him up). If not, where do you think he will end up?’’—Ken
He wasn’t released, he was waived and no team claimed him because of his hefty salary (he signed for two years at $3.5 million per season last summer) and lousy performance. The Canadiens can keep him on their roster or send him to the minors. The only way I see any team trading for him is if it can dump a salary in return on Montreal. The Wings don’t want him and don’t need him. They need a top-six forward with some size and grit and there will be far better choices available at the Feb. 27 trade deadline.
more on the Wngs…
from the NY Post,
According to sources, the Devils are trying to win the Brad Stuart sweepstakes. The Bruins are believed to want to trade their defenseman now, rather than waiting until the Feb. 27 deadline.
For the Devils to pull off that rental deal, they will likely have to do better than the package they’re said to be offering - David Hale, recent showcase Rod Pelley and big Barry Tallackson.
By Arnie Stapleton, via CBS4 Denver,
Karlis Skrastins, on the verge of breaking Tim Horton’s NHL record for durability by a defenseman, has never shied away from pucks or pain.
A life of bumps, bruises and breaks attest to the 32-year-old’s all-out style. He’s constantly dropping to the ice or skating into the shooting lanes to block shots for the Colorado Avalanche.
“Pain is part of our job,” he said.
Skrastins is set to break Horton’s nearly 40-year-old record Thursday night against Atlanta when he plays in his 487th consecutive regular season game.
From the Associated Press, via Chicago Sports,
Patrick Lalime stopped 34 shots in his season debut to earn his first shutout in almost three years as the Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 Wednesday.
Lalime hadn’t played an NHL game since last April after undergoing surgery for a herniated disk in September. However, he was 3-1 with a .930 save-percentage during a recent conditioning stint in the AHL, and it carried over with Chicago as he made his best save on Trevor Linden’s power-play tip midway through the third period.
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From Ken Warren at The Ottawa Citizen,
It’s poker season again for NHL general managers, who are deciding whether to gamble a piece of the future for the immediate hope of adding a veteran to help win the Stanley Cup.
Senators general manager John Muckler is no exception, weighing the various options in advance of the Feb. 27 trade deadline. Do you add a soon-to-be unrestricted free agent depth defenceman? Or pick up a gritty veteran forward with substantial playoff experience? Would it be possible to find a team willing to take on what remains on the hefty contracts of goaltender Martin Gerber and/ or defenceman Joe Corvo?
from the CP via TSN,
Gary Bettman dismissed any speculation Wednesday he may leave, or be forced from, his job as NHL commissioner.
“I’ve watched with fascination some of the newspaper reports having me going on sabbatical shortly,” Bettman said prior to the Vancouver Canucks playing the Chicago Blackhawks. “That isn’t the case, wasn’t the case.
“I think people were somehow under the impression my contract had a year to run and got fixated on that. Those stories were, to say the least, inaccurate.”
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