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from the Capitals Insider,
If you read my game story in this morning’s Post, you already know that the leading candidates to be dealt are pending unrestricted free agents Dainius Zubrus, Richard Zednik and Jamie Heward. Zubrus and Zednik have discussed signing extensions with the Caps, but as of late yesterday, neither was close to doing so, fueling speculation that both may have played their final game in Washington. In fact, I was told that the Caps haven’t even spoken to Zubrus’s agent for “a few days.”
That leaves precious little time to hammer out a deal to keep Zubrus. Even Zubrus said “it’s a good possibility” that yesterday’s 3-2 loss to the Devils was his last game as a member of the Caps
Bob McKenzie was just on NHL Live and mentioned Detroit, Atlanta and Ottawa, along with the Sharks being in the running for Guerin. He would not be surprised to see a deal done today.
TSN reports Ryan Smyth’s agent will be meeting with the Oilers today to discuss his contract.
Are teams holding off on trades to see where these negotiations go?
I would say yes they are but I can’t see the Oilers losing the face of their organization, just like Doan with the Yotes…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
But right now, Ottawa seems to be ahead of Toronto on the Roberts front.
I believe there’s an excellent chance Todd Bertuzzi will be traded before the deadline even though he isn’t playing right now. There are offers on the table right now, and the Panthers just have to decide if one is acceptable.
a little more from Bob including what do the Canadiens do…
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The Columbus Blue Jackets sent out a fax on Sunday night to all NHL teams indicating that defenceman Bryan Berard has requested a trade.
It is believed Berard, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, could be obtained for mid-round draft choice.
from the Buffalo News,
The fractured Sabres might someday look back and view the two difficult games against the Senators as the time they truly came together. Buffalo has been a tight-knit team for the past two seasons, but there was a sense the organization grew stronger during the Battle Royale with Ottawa.
“If you asked a lot of us, me included, I didn’t think our team could get much closer,” Drury said. “We definitely got a lot closer, and our organization got closer. Half the lineup has been in Rochester all year. On the plus-side, the very positive thing, was that we did get closer.”
from the Orange County Register:
“I realize that we’re a day and half from the trading deadline, so you’ll hear all these bold proclamations from GMs who didn’t add much saying, ‘I believe in my team.’ But I’ve been saying that for three weeks,” Burke said.
“We’ve never viewed this as an opportunity to make major changes on our team. We viewed this as an opportunity to add, and we still hope to.”
But Burke insists he will not make a major deal just to say he did.
“There’s always between eight and 10 teams trying to load up before the trading deadline, and there’s always another five to six teams trying to load up to get in,” he said. “You’ve got to be cautious. More teams overpay at the deadline than make sensible deals.
“I can say we’ve been in on every deal, we’ve been aware of every deal. We know what the price tag is. Then if we pass, and we get outbid, fine.”
from the Associated Press via Broadcast Newsroom:
The National Hockey League is close to skating its live games to broadband.
The league is currently testing distribution of its cable and satellite NHL Center Ice out-of-market game package on the Web, and it could make it available to any hockey fan with a high-speed-Internet connection before the end of the season, according to Keith Ritter, president of NHL Interactive Cyber Enterprises.
Ritter said the league is currently beta testing a broadband version of the $169 package, which offers around 40 out-of-market games per week. He added that the NHL wants to make sure its broadband package is secure in order to protect its broadcast partners: NBC, Versus and the regional sports networks.
“We’ve been testing it, but our primary concern is the security of the gating and the ability to make sure our broadcast partners are protected,” Ritter said. “So far, the test is going very well, and I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to offer it in the not-too-distant future.”
from the St. Petersburg Times:
General manager Jay Feaster, who acquired tough guy defenseman Shane O’Brien Saturday, said he would like to upgrade the roster again before Tuesday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
O’Brien’s 140 penalty minutes and 12 fighting majors add toughness to a team that has few enforcers Andre Roy, but Feaster said he would still like to acquire another player who could give the Lightning some grit on the bottom two lines.
“I still have three or four lines in the water,” he said. “You never know because they all have different life. Certainly my Saturday afternoon wasn’t planned around making a trade with (Anaheim GM Brian) Burke.
“It definitely isn’t a one and done.”
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