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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
“If we think he or anyone else can help us get in, we’ll keep him,” Jackets GM Scott Howson said.
The question is, how close is close enough at the trade deadline? Only Howson can determine that, and he’s taking his time and keeping quiet. This is what we do know: Howson is not currently negotiating with Fedorov. Neither is he speaking with future unrestricted free agents Michael Peca, David Vyborny, Jan Hejda and Ron Hainsey. It is an indication that these players will be left to ply the market this summer. It follows, then, that any or all of them can be had in trade next week.
from the Toronto Sun,
McCabe, for one, was intrigued by the implication in the Post story that the Leafs are “engaged” in getting him to waive his no-movement clause.
“That’s interesting since no one from the Leafs has even approached me about such a thing,” said McCabe, whose deal averages $5.75 million per season. “Besides, like I keep saying, I want to be a Leaf.”
Interim general manager Cliff Fletcher backed up McCabe’s claim.
“I haven’t approached anyone on the subject of no-trades,” Fletcher said.
“Quite frankly I would only approach someone if something tangible was (on the table).”
from Slap Shot at the NY Times,
The frenzy leading up to the trading deadline can be likened to the run on liquor stores in the days before New Year’s Eve. Enough Champagne? Better load up. The wine you brought to the party last year disappointed? Better get a more expensive vintage.
There will be buyers (teams with legitimate or grandiose chances at long playoff runs) and sellers (no date this year, they’ll be home alone to watch the ball drop)....
Marian Hossa to Detroit for Valtteri Filppula, Brendan Smith and a first-round pick. Atlanta GM Don Waddell simply doesn’t want to lose Hossa for nothing. Filppula has flashed lots of promise, and Brendan Smith is a hard-nosed defense prospect with offensive skill, but Wings GM Ken Holland is under pressure to get back in the finals.
read on for more trades…
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Usually, it involves a franchise with deep roots, but not always, because fan affinity simply can come from picking out a team without geography or tradition as major issues. Maybe someone is the great nephew of the Igloo’s original Zamboni driver and despite never having been to Pittsburgh, always has rooted for the Penguins.
Hockey fans often are good-natured, tolerant and accepting of it.
But at what point do the fans of the “other” teams have it coming? At what point do they deserve to get grief?
Yeah, sometimes—sometimes, not always—the relocated fans of the “other” team might deserve it.
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from the CP via TSN,
For a team that has been motivated by its absence from last year’s playoffs, Brind’Amour’s injury gives Carolina - which earlier in the week dealt away two key components of its 2006 Cup run and is missing nine other key players with concussions, illnesses and other ailments - another obstacle to overcome.
“There’s no question (that) in the locker room and on the ice, he’s going to be missed,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “From leadership, to the example in the weight room, on the ice, as a person, as a player, he’ll be missed.”
The injury to the two-time defending Selke Trophy winner and notorious workout warrior - he’s perhaps best known for his lengthy post-game sessions with the weights - creates a hole in the middle of the Hurricanes’ most productive line of late.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
All of which suggests a lot of sleepless nights for the 15-20 general managers whose teams sit in that great mud puddle in the middle of the NHL standings. These GMs must examine and weigh their short-term needs (making the playoffs and moving up in the standings to secure a more favorable matchup) against the long view (getting assets for players who may walk away as free agents and trading players they have no intention of re-signing for draft picks and/or prospects).
To put a new riff on an old saying, an NHL GM can’t win a Stanley Cup in February, but he can sure put his job in jeopardy depending on what he does, or doesn’t do.
Here’s a look at six GMs who could well determine their future and the future of their teams, at next week’s meetings in Naples, Fla….
From Risto Pakarinen at Hockey.com,
I’m sure you’ve heard about all the great plans for a super league that would challenge the NHL in Europe. Well, let me just say that the NHL already as several great challengers in Europe. There’s the Swedish league, the Finnish league, the Russian league, the Swiss league, the German league ... you get the point.
It all depends on how you define the challenge, I suppose.
However, while thousands of Finns, Swedes, and Czechs begin their days by checking the NHL scores from the night before, the local leagues are also doing better than ever.
But the dream of “NHL Europe” lives on.
From Jim Gintonio of The Arizona Republic,
Two things fans know about Shane Doan: The Coyotes’ captain had a slow start, and then he cranked up his offense to the point where he was the third-leading scorer in the NHL during January.
What was not known: He did it with a broken hand.
Doan just smiled when asked about the injury, which is healed.
“He plays the same way all the time,” coach Wayne Gretzky said. “He played hard at the beginning of the year; he just wasn’t scoring any goals.”
from Scott Cullen at TSN,
Slumping Jaromir Jagr could be available, the Devils are ready to make moves and the Leafs’ Tomas Kaberle is generating interest.
Rumors, you want them, you got them, go get them...
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