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Niedermayer & O’Donnell Not Moving

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said Monday he will keep Scott Niedermayer, captain of the 2007 Stanley Cup championship team, and Kings GM Dean Lombardi said he will keep veteran Sean O’Donnell while trying to re-sign him.

Murray also indicated he might not deal prized defenseman Chris Pronger.

“Teams have interest but there has to be something to it that makes sense to us,” Murray said. “He’s playing very well and he and Scotty and [Ryan] Whitney give us a pretty good start on our defense right now.

“You’d listen to anything, but nothing has been thrown at me that’s exciting.”

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Moore May Be Gone Tomorrow

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star, I

t is almost certain that tonight’s game against New Jersey will be Dominic Moore’s last as a Maple Leaf….

Burke, though, was still unwilling to completely close the door on Moore’s future with the Leafs.

“It’s still too early to say,” the GM said last night.

However, it’s difficult to believe Moore will sign in Toronto, even though both parties would like that to happen. It is believed the two sides remain about $1 million (all figures U.S.) apart per season, a gap that is just too wide to be bridged.

Moore, based on his breakout season with the Leafs, is thought to be looking for roughly triple the $900,000 he earns this season with a desired two-year deal in the $5 million range. While that seems steep, there are those who believe Moore could command more than $3 million a season on the open market this summer.


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Trade Talk Highlights

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• The Coyotes are also trying to move centre Olli Jokinen and there is plenty of interest. Sources say the Blue Jackets, Flames, Capitals, Oilers and Canadiens have all held discussions about acquiring Jokinen. Phoenix needs to shed salary, but also wants to get a decent player in return.

• Minnesota is still trying to sign goalie Niklas Backstrom. His agent, Don Baizley, has valued his client in the $6-million per season range and the Wild doesn’t want to pay that kind of price. This one is going to go to the wire. The Wild can’t risk losing both Backstrom and right winger Marian Gaborik as UFAs in the off-season for nothing in return

• The Panthers might be leaning toward keeping defenceman Jay Bouwmeester for the rest of the season. Florida is on the verge of making the playoffs and owner Alan Cohen has demanded the club make the post-season.


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Havelid Will Fit Right In

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Lamoriello believes Havelid’s game is not only well-suited for the way the Devils play, but also he is the type of individual that will fit in seamlessly in the locker room.

“Right now you have to be careful what we do with our team because of the chemistry involved,” Lamoriello said by telephone tonight. “Anyone you add has to be a seamless-type of individual and that’s what [Havelid] is. He will fit right in.”

Lamoriello said he wanted to add to his team’s depth on defense.

“There’s no question that’s what he does,” Lamoriello said of Havelid. “He’s a complete player that can do everything. He just gives us depth and experience. He’s been through playoff runs.”


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Wings Respond To Cherry Comments

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star via the National Post,

Lidstrom said he’s never really had a conversation with Cherry during his visits to Detroit.

“I think I’ve said hi to him when I’ve seen him here,” Lidstrom said.

“Maybe (I’ll) check him (the next time I see him). He’s a character. He brings a lot of entertainment when he speaks.

“Sometimes he’s right and sometimes he’s wrong. I think just seeing him in his suits brings laughter from people.”

more and if you missed the Cherry comments, you can watch it here...

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The ‘Supplemental Player’ May Be The Target

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail (Tuesday edition),

More and more, it looks as though the NHL trade deadline, circa 2009, is going to be about players in (Gary) Roberts’s category, ones who can fill a supplementary role on a team, but will not necessarily lead them to the Promised Land.

Getting those old-fashioned blockbuster deals done, during these rapidly changing economic times, is proving to be a difficult, if not impossible challenge, for the men at the controls.

With so much uncertainty over the industry’s direction, general managers are collectively turning into an ultraconservative bunch. Fewer and fewer seem willing to risk big in the go-for-broke manner we’ve seen in past deadlines.

For proof, consider how the New Jersey Devils went the safe route yesterday, acquiring Niclas Havelid from the Atlanta Thrashers to fill their need for a puck-moving defenceman.

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A 14 Hour Trip To Practice

from Dave Joseph at FloridaPanthers.com,

Unable to fly due to an ear infection, Vokoun was joined by strength and conditioning coach Andy O’Brien and head athletic trainer Dave Zenobi while driving the approximate 640 miles between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.

Due to a winter storm dumping snow along the east cost, the trip, which began Sunday after the Panthers 6-2 victory in Washington, took 14 hours and was spread over two days.

After covering only 200 miles in six hours Sunday evening, the three decided to rest in Oxford, N.C., before driving the remaining distance Monday morning. Vokoun was in Atlanta by early afternoon and was practicing with some of his teammates at 2:30 p.m.

“I felt pretty good,” said Vokoun of his Monday practice. “You know, I haven’t played in a little time. I haven’t done too much the last four days. I felt terrible at first (in practice) but I knew I would improve.”

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St. Louis in Trade Rumors

From Damien Cox at The Spin:

Suddenly, it appears that Marty St. Louis, rather than Vinny Lecavalier, may be the Tampa Bay Lightning star that could be on the move.

Multiple teams are calling Lightning GM Brian Lawton about St. Louis’ availability even though the veteran forward has a no-trade clause in his contract. One of the most interested clubs may be the New York Rangers, particularly since St. Louis’ former coach, John Tortorella, is now behind the New York bench.

St. Louis would become the No. 1 forward available before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline if the Lightning were to ask him to waive his no-trade status. Not only is he still an elite and productive forward, the 33-year-old has Stanley Cup championship experience and will be heading into the final two years of a contract next season that will pay him a very affordable $4 million in salary.


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Vanek Expected Back For Sabres Next Game

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Vanek, who has missed the last nine games with a broken jaw suffered Feb. 7 in Ottawa, skated fully in contact drills Monday and proclaimed himself ready to take the ice against the Habs.

“That’s the plan for right now,” Vanek said. “It’s always tough to watch the team, especially when they’re not winning. That makes it even tougher. If you’re watching the game and you’re out injured or a healthy scratch, you hate watching your team struggle and lose. It’s nice to get back and hopefully help out.”...

Ruff said winger Maxim Afinogenov is “definitely a possibility” to make the lineup Wednesday as well if he’s not traded. Afinogenov, who was battling groin and hip injuries, has been healthy for two weeks and reiterated for reporters Monday what he told The News Saturday on Long Island—he wants back on the ice or he wants out of Buffalo.


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Do Bruins Need a Trade?

Gary Dzen at the Bruins Blog posted the video below today:

With the trade deadline on Wednesday, Bob Ryan and Kevin Dupont debate whether or not the Bruins need to make a trade.

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  Tags: trade+rumors

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