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from Russo’s Rants,
Could this team unearth a top player from another team, whether it be a center or a defenseman – maybe a gritty, high-scoring center like Florida’s Olli Jokinen?
After all, a fourth Florida scout watched the Wild play tonight for the fifth time in six games. Like I said a few days ago, I know the Panthers and Wild play this week, but wouldn’t you agree that’s a little excessive pre-scouting?
Of course, I can promise you the Panthers wouldn’t just give Jokinen away. It would have to be a deal that knocks their socks off. They’re under no pressure to trade him — he’s under contract for the next two years at a reasonable price.
more on the Wild…
Folks, we are going to hear rumors and things like from a friend of a friend type thing, so get used to it. It is up to you to decide what is true and what isn’t and a few suggestions. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it is a duck!
Spector will be a busy man with stuff like this…
TSN: During the first intermission of today’s Sharks-Penguins game, Darren Dreger and John Ferguson Jr reported the following:
- Nothing new to report on Mats Sundin’s status, other than Sundin personally contacted Ferguson today and denied a report in Sunday’s Toronto Star that claimed the Leafs captain told a friend it wasn’t his responsibility to fix Ferguson’s mistakes. JFJ claims Sundin was quite upset about the story.
read more of Spector…
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
And while Hossa is the big catch, Waddell acknowledged there’s been increased interest in all of the Thrashers potential free agents, including veterans Bobby Holik, Mark Recchi and Johan Hedberg. Right now, he’s exploring all options.
Defenseman Alexei Zhitnik, who didn’t play in Toronto, is also being shopped.
more on Atlanta…
Good to see Patrice Bergeron on the ice today…
from the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has activated forward Joe Sakic from the Injured Reserve list. He will be available to play in tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
via Blue Notes at Newsday,
Although the Rangers have denied repeated requests from New York writers for a sitdown with general manager Glen Sather, he spoke with Edmonton reporters and said Jaromir Jagr would not be traded, and that he would like to resign both Jagr and Sean Avery.
Anyone who thought Jagr was going to get traded, raise your hand!
Take a deep breath, Jackets fans, because trade talks will accelerate on Monday.
I spoke to Scott Howson several minutes ago and he doesn’t expect any movement today (Sunday), but added “tomorrow should be a busy day.” That doesn’t mean there will be a deal, only that the intensity gets turned way up.
via Five for Fighting,
Sergei Zubov had a screw inserted into his injured foot and will be out 3-4 weeks, according to coach Dave Tippett. Zubov had apparently gone to a specialist who told him to get this fixed now.
The Stars were hoping Zubov would be back on the ice sometime this week. Instead, they’re keeping their fingers crossed that he gets some work in before the playoffs.
update 5:11pm, Just received a release from the Stars, stating Zubov will not even skate for 3-4 weeks, so his return to the lineup could be 4-6 weeks.
from the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres defenseman skated with his teammates in the Amherst Pepsi Center this morning, two days before the NHL trade deadline. Campbell was optimistic the deadline will come and he won’t go.
“Yeah, that’s the only way I can look at it, though,“he said. “I can’t look at it any other way. I think we’re still in a playoff spot or we’re close, and we’ve got a lot of work to do. It’s not going to be easy, and I hope I can be around for that.”
Campbell also said, “We’ll see what happens over the next couple months,” meaning from his standpoint, the trade deadline is not a contract deadline. He will be an unrestricted free agent July 1.
more on the Sabres…
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