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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Sather endorsed Jaromir Jagr, but did not guarantee would be back next year. “He’s been a very good player and great citizen here,” the GM said. “We’ll see how these things develop the next couple of months ... we’ll see how things go.”
more on the Rangers…
from the Columbus Dispatch,
The trades, Howson said, should not be read as a sign that management has given up on this season.
“I’m excited about this year and the future,” Howson said.
But it’s a tough blow to many players and, certainly, a tough sell to an agitated fan base.
“There will be a lot of disappointment that Adam won’t be there,” center Michael Peca said. “No disrespect to Sergei, but this is more so about Adam, because he was a big piece of this puzzle.
Coach Ken Hitchcock, who has never missed the playoffs when he has spent a full season with a team, did not want to comment.
“We’re going to meet with the players (today), Hitch and I,” Howson said. “We’ll talk about it, I’ll tell them my feelings and then we’ll move forward.”
NHL clubs made 25 trades, involving 45 players, between 9 a.m., ET, today and the 3 p.m., ET, trading deadline. The number of trades matches the trading deadline high, set in each of the past two years, while the number of players involved ranks second all-time to the 46 in 2003. Following is a list of the transactions:
from the Philadelphia Daily News,
Holmgren said the Flyers were not willing to blow up their long-term plans and trade a player like Carter.
“There was not a day that goes by that someone doesn’t call about Jeff Carter,’’ Holmgren said. “I guess because they think we’re going to have problems down the road financially with [Carter], I don’t know. I don’t see that. He is a part of our future.
“We certainly have an eye on down the road. If you get in the playoffs, anything can happen. Right now we’re missing three real good forwards. We’re not going to get one back in [Simon] Gagne, but [Mike] Richards and [Joffrey] Lupul will be back at some point. [Derian] Hatcher is out, Modry is out; [that’s] a couple of pretty good NHL defensemen that have played in the playoffs.
more on the Flyers…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Anaheim general manager Brian Burke is bang-on that his NHL compatriotes tend to go goofy at the trade deadline, dealing with their hearts and not their heads in the almighty pursuit of the Stanley Cup.
But it’s hard to argue with Pittsburgh’s last-minute move to snag sniper Marian Hossa from Atlanta.
Sure, they gave up a package of bodies—Erik Christensen, Colby Armstrong, Angelo Esposito and a No. 1 draft pick—but it’s not like they had to give up Jordan Staal to get him, or good, young, puck-moving defenceman Kris Letang.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
It’s believed the Edmonton Oilers or San Jose Sharks made some kind of preliniray offer for Kubina, while Fletcher turned down teams pursuing hot No. 1 goalie Vesa Toskala and 20-goal winger Nik Antropov.
Tuesday was a sobering day for Fletcher, who is used to making a big splash on deadline day.
“We weren’t skating in the same area as other teams,” he said after the final bell sounded. “I’m dealing for draft choices and others (Pittsburgh Penguins) are dealing for Marian Hossa. “The players who left weren’t part of the core. But we accomplished what we wanted today. We put four draft choices in the bank to help us, starting in June.”
It has been a long couple of days for us here at KK. We plan to take it easy for the night, however we may pop-in here and there.
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed goaltender Brian Boucher to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Boucher, 31, has played seven NHL seasons with Philadelphia, Phoenix, Calgary, Chicago and Columbus and has spent the 2007-08 season with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League, where he posted 23-16-1 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage with four shutouts in 42 games.
Most recently, Boucher split the 2006-07 season between the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Phantoms.
from Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,
Brian Campbell’s last message to Sabres fans was a simple one, and it came from the heart.
“Don’t boo me when I come back,” the defenseman said this afternoon shortly after being traded to the San Jose Sharks.
Campbell fought back tears but also chuckled with reporters as he discussed the trade. He was sent to San Jose along with a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for 22-year-old right wing Steve Bernier and a first-round pick.
“It’s life changing,” Campbell said in HSBC Arena.
from Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
OUR TAKE: We don’t like this deal at all on many levels.
1.) Hossa is a noted playoff underachiever. He’s produced only 35 points in 55 postseason games. After racking up 100 points during the regular season last year, he disappeared in Atlanta’s four-game sweep at the hands of the Rangers producing only one assist.
2.) This flies directly in the face of the philosophy the Penguins supposedly have as far not giving up too much of the future for the present.
added 4:37pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
For Pittsburgh, meanwhile, there is a considerable long-term risk attached to the move. Given that Crosby’s contract extension kicks in next year (for $8.7 million per season) and they will ultimately have to pony up big to retain Evgeni Malkin the year after that, it is unclear how general manager Ray Shero might also find the $8 million or so required to sign Hossa beyond July 1.
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