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Phil Coffey at NHL.com,
So, what’s going to happen come Tuesday afternoon as 3 p.m. hits? Will the landscape of the NHL be changed radically heading into the stretch drive of the regular season? Or will the status quo remain?
At this point, your guess is as good as mine. Uncertainty always dominates Deadline Day. Prices rise. Prices fall. Teams take risks. Teams play it safe. This season, the consensus is teams are looking to make improvements, but those holding on to the key players, almost universally unrestricted free-agents-to-be, are driving such a hard bargain that standing pat may become the theme of the day. Or like a flashing blue-light special, prices will plunge and the buying frenzy will be on.
Here is Ice Age’s attempt to figure all this out.
continued… Lists the teams that we can expect to be involved in deals over the coming days and reasons why
from Neil Best at Newsday,
We have an incredibly tech savvy audience,” said Keith Ritter, the NHL’s senior VP for new business development, “and one of the things that’s pretty apparent is technology is this huge freight train, and you can’t just jump in front of it, because that ends up getting you crushed. You have to ride it.”...
Ritter must be sensitive to some owners’ concerns YouTube video will eat into the live TV product and / or infringe on league and team Web sites, but Ritter insisted that has not occurred.
“Everything we’re doing is additive,” he said. “We’re not looking to take away from people watching live hockey, both in person and on TV. That’s what we want them to do.”
from the Daily Herald,
While Wilson and the Sharks thought Ruutu should be suspended for the boarding major and game misconduct he received at the 19:03 mark, Hawks coach Denis Savard defended his player on Friday and said a suspension would be the wrong call by the NHL.
“I don’t think he should get a suspension, just (by) the fact McLaren kind of turned a bit,” Savard said. “Ruuty just plays hard. That’s the way it is. He’s just a physical player. He went in there to finish his check.”
via the Arizona Republic,
The Coyotes and the Pittsburgh Penguins are working to complete a trade that would send Phoenix enforcer Georges Laraque and possibly a second- or third-round draft pick to Pittsburgh for a first-round pick and an unidentified American Hockey League player.
A deal could be completed by Friday afternoon.
Laraque said Friday morning that he has yet to be approached about waiving his no-trade clause, but he did reveal the Coyotes told him he would not be playing another game for them.
added 7:40pm, from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,
The Penguins are believed to be among four teams interested in the six-foot-three, 243-pound Laraque, who is under contract for $1.1 million (all figures U.S.) this season and $1.3 million next year. Laraque would have to waive his no-trade clause.
from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,
This season, there has been a bit of a backslide in the officiating — including the uncalled hits away from the puck - which on Thursday resulted in a full-blown, 1970s throwback night.
For the league, this will be an opportunity to let everyone know whether or not we’re really headed in that direction. Fielding complaints that star players are being picked on with impunity, hearing the general mangers call for a softening of the instigator rule, and now witnessing an ugly, coach-sanctioned donnybrook, Colin Campbell and company can either lower the boom, or give tacit approval to the return of The Code.
from the blog of Helene St. James, Wings beat writer for the Detroit Free Press,
“It was awesome,” Osgood said. “I love it when goalies fight. I think Emery is a pretty good fighter. He had a lot of penalty minutes in the AHL. I wouldn’t fight him. Biron did a good job of fighting him, and then (Emery) challenges their tough guy right after that. I was amazed he fought twice in a row. That’s more impressive than anything. And not to be tired - he was still laughing. That was good.”
from the AP via the Miami Herald,
Sabres co-captain Chris Drury is out indefinitely with a suspected concussion from a blindside hit that sparked a brawl in Buffalo’s game against Ottawa.
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Friday the team has not yet determined the severity of the injury, but noted that Drury was experiencing concussionlike symptoms.
The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired the veteran winger from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a fifth round draft pick in 2008.
The folks on Hockey Central on the Fan 590 in Toronto said Roberts has told people he would not demand a year to be added to his contract if he was traded to Ottawa.
So, will the Sens meet the Panthers needs and get a deal done?
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
After all, cheap doesn’t much matter if good isn’t part of the equation. The problem always is how far can a team afford to dip into its system — to surrender blue-chip prospects that could turn out to be the next Getzlafs, Penners or Perrys — in order to add what may be the final piece of a Stanley Cup puzzle? Or at least makes the difference between winning a playoff round or two?
Even as every team wants desperately to win, the urgency varies from market to market. For example, the Thrashers have never made the playoffs. Waddell made a guarantee that they would do so last year coming out of the lockout and actually, they finished pretty well, but couldn’t overhaul either Montreal or Tampa, who nailed down the last two spots.
read on...plust trade talk…
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