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Smyth Contract Talk

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Sources said the Oilers’ initially offered a four-year, $20-million deal. Most recently, the club tabled a five-year, $23.75-million proposal ($4.75 million per year) that Smyth is still mulling over.
“The demand is pretty high,” said one NHL executive yesterday. “They’ve floored the Oilers, that’s for sure.”
That could be why — with the NHL trade deadline only three days away — Smyth’s name has surfaced prominently among those who could be dealt.
The word is the Oilers don’t want to trade Smyth, but they’re not thrilled with the thought of losing him for nothing as an unrestricted free agent.

more & a lot of trade talk…

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There’s Room For One “I” In Jaromir

from Sherry Ross of the NY Daily News,

Now that Jaromir Jagr appears to be one bad haircut away from a Britney Spears moment, we have to ask: What do the Rangers do now? And, are we really surprised that he has become the Blueshirts’ version of Alex Rodriguez?...
Then again, maybe he is the perfect captain for the Rangers, the symbol of everything that has gone wrong with the team’s philosophy since a different captain carried the Cup 13 years ago.


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Getting Tough Again

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s a violent game and always has been. It’s a game of physical intimidation and it always has been. Chris Drury should have kept his head up.
They can add all the gimmicks to the NHL they want, they can attempt to turn the game into a skills competition, but the attraction of hockey is primal.
It’s taken nearly two full seasons, but the pendulum is slowly beginning to reset itself. Toughness is reasserting itself as a value. Look around. The NHL is again becoming more rocky road than vanilla.


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Paige Emerges From Slumber To Panic About Sakic

from the inestimable Woody Paige of the Denver Post:

Say it ain’t so. Joe can’t go.
Rumor- and fish-mongers are suggesting that Joe Sakic could become a rent-a-scorer with the NHL trade deadline approaching like a Cap Sak shot on freshly Zambonied ice.
Hold your breath until 1 p.m. Tuesday.
The Avs are finished for the season, but Sakic’s career in Denver must not be. Instead of dealing him, the Avalanche should give Sakic a lifetime pact with the club as a player, an assistant coach and, eventually, a head coach or general manager.

Go back to your ivory tower, Woody.  Sakic won’t be traded. 



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Average Joe In The Box

from the Northwest Herald:

Ah, yes, the penalty box man. Perhaps there is no more anonymous or invisible person in sports. But that heavy door doesn’t open and shut itself for recently punished skaters, does it now?
That’s why I recently asked the Chicago Hounds if I could have the job for last Sunday’s game against the Rockford Ice Hogs.
My reasons were selfish. Not only do I enjoy opening and closing all sorts of doors, the opportunity to see and hear the players in an uncensored environment was too good to pass up.
Plus I wanted to yell things like “Release the Hounds!” and “I Let the Dogs Out!” whenever a penalty expired.



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Dave’s Done

from George Gross of the Toronto Sun:

Maple Leafs fans can say goodbye to Dave Keon.
For good!
The sensitive, 66-year-old, former superstar of four Leafs Stanley Cups doesn’t plan to attend any future functions organized by his former team. The recent salute to the most recent Maple Leafs Stanley Cup winners of 1967 was his first and last appearance for a Leafs event in the past three decades.
He insists that he’ll never attend another one.



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Zhamnov Deal Limits B’s Cap Room

from the Boston Herald:

Injured center Alexei Zhamnov has LTI status, and his $4.1 million salary for this season is part of the Bruins’ salary cap calculation. But that money pushes the B’s salary cap limit from the league standard of $44 million to $48.1 million. The B’s now are at about $47.1 million.

But in LTI cases, the full-season value of a player’s contract counts. So even for 20 percent of the season, that $1 million player would cost you $1 million on the cap, not $200,000.
“So we’re in a position where we have approximately $1 million in LCI room,” said Chiarelli, who thus is shopping from a limited list.



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Q & A With Predators Coach Barry Trotz

Via the Edmonton Sun,

Q: Talk about adding pieces—you got everybody’s attention by trading for Peter Forsberg. Talk about the discussion the organization had leading up to that move.

A: We talked about who would make the biggest difference, who would give us a chance to win the Cup. We identified Peter. Obviously he has a no-trade clause, and when Peter said he’d consider coming to Nashville, he was the primary guy. We had Plan A and Plan B and Plan C, but he was the primary guy. We’d have to step out on the limb. We said there’s nothing wrong with that, because that’s where the fruit is.


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Thrashers Have An Announcement

from the Thrashers Blog at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

According to a source within the Thrashers organization, general manager Don Waddell will be addressing the media after tonight’s game. It’s expected that he’ll be announcing a trade.

added 9:56pm, As Spector points out, Zhitnik for Coburn…
Uh, sorry for the typo if you saw it!

added 10:01pm, TSN link...

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No News

People emailing me asking about Hartnell, why is he scratched?
Uh, he is nursing an injury along with Steve Sullivan and Cleary for the Wings.
End of story.

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