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Tweaker’s Delight

The Ottawa Senators players were given a vote of confidence today when general manager John Muckler announced that he had no intention of trading away any of the current roster players before tomorrow’s NHL trade deadline at 3 p.m.
“Our objective here is to keep this team together, and I think it’s been that way since I came here,” Muckler said after practice today at Scotiabank Place. “I felt this was a good hockey club going into Day 1 of training camp. We’ve improved, and the coaching staff has done a good job in putting the pieces together. We’re going to try and do things to make it better but if we can’t do anything, I have all the confidence in the world with the players in the dressing room. I think they can put it all together.”


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Messier’s Jersey Retirement—Curious Timing

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

The Oilers wanted to do it when the Phoenix Coyotes were in the house, so that two of Messier’s ex-teammates, Wayne Gretzky and Grant Fuhr, both of whom coach for Phoenix, could be in attendance for the ceremony. The Coyotes make only two appearances in Edmonton this season and the first came early – back on Oct. 23 – and the Oilers didn’t want to schedule it then.
So the Messier ceremony - which will honour the first decade of his career, in which he was a rambunctious, sometimes out-of-control physical force on behalf of the Oilers - could be overshadowed by whatever news happens to break out in the hours leading up to the deadline.


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So Far Today…

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

While veteran Florida winger Gary Roberts contemplated whether or not to approve a trade to Pittsburgh on Monday other clubs flooded the NHL waiver wire.
Roberts, an unrestricted free agent July 1, was trying to decide if he should waive his no-trade clause for a move to the Penguins, a source told The Canadian Press.
Roberts, 40, could still turn down the Pittsburgh deal and ask the Panthers to re-visit talks with other clubs, notably the two teams he really wants to move to: Ottawa and Toronto.
Meanwhile, veteran defenceman Bryan Berard of the Columbus Blue Jackets was among nine players put on waivers on the eve of Tuesday’s 3 p.m. ET trading deadline.


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More Panthers Talk

from On Frozen Pond,

Also hearing rumors that Chris Gratton may be going back to where it all started in Tampa Bay. Gratts has another year left on his deal, so this one may be tough. Gratts isn’t very popular in the greater Tampa area, so that too may sour the deal.
Florida also has a number of offers on the table regarding one Todd Bertuzzi. We’ll see if any of them blow JM away. Haven’t heard anything yet regarding Gelinas or Belfour.

more on the Panthers, Roberts info we know and Auld out for the year…

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The Three Stars

Backstrom, Savard and Richards Named NHL Three Stars Of The Week

Backstrom posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.62 goals-against average and .933 save percentage as the Wild (35-23-5, 75 points) moved within two points of the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks. Making his ninth consecutive appearance in February after starting goaltender Manny Fernandez suffered a sprained knee Jan. 30, Backstrom made 23 saves as the Wild recorded a 2-1 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars Feb. 20. He made 28 saves in a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Feb. 22 and finished the week by stopping 19 of 20 shots in a 4-1 decision over the Edmonton Oilers Feb. 25. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota last June and making his NHL debut in 2006-07, the 29-year-old Helsinki, Finland native improved his season record to 13-7-4 and ranks third among NHL goaltenders in goal-against average (2.23) and save percentage (.923).

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Good News U.S. Hockey Fans!

NHL.com has confirmed they will be streaming the Trade Deadline broadcast online from the NHL Network on Tuesday from 10am-6pm ET. 

The broadcast will feature the feed originating from TSN in Canada and will provide in-depth coverage of all the trades and analysis.

Good news!

Update: 2:00 pm ET
Official Press Release:

For the first time ever, NHL.com will stream NHL Network’s coverage of the 2007 Trade Deadline live from 10 am to 6 pm. The broadcast will be available in the United States. Canadian users are requested to tune into NHL Network on digital cable and satellite. For more information on how to subscribe: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl_network/

Update: 10:00am ET Feb 27
The NHL’s online stream is now available. See the previous link and see the options to choose the 56k or 300k streams. Click them and enjoy the NHL Network’s trade deadline show!  (Direct stream link here.)

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Irbe Quits

from the AFP via Yahoo,

Latvian international ice hockey goaltender Arturs Irbe on Monday quit Slovak first division side Nitra after conceding 22 goals in six matches.
“It’s clearly disappointing because he cost us a lot of money. I don’t understand how he is able to risk his reputation in this way,” club trainer Jan Plandora complained. “We can’t sacrifice the rest of the season to allow him to recapture his form.”


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Modin Signs For Three Years

TSN reporting Modin signs with Columbus.

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Fritsche Out With Bad Wrist Cut

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets forward Dan Fritsche will miss at least three weeks after suffering a severe cut to his right wrist during Sunday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators.
“He’s got artery and tendon issues that need time to heal,” coach Ken Hitchcock said this morning. “He’ll be skating in the not-too-distant future, but we’re not going to evaluate him for three weeks.”

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Florida Waiting For Approval From Roberts

via TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Florida Panthers have agreed to a trade involving Gary Roberts and have asked him to waive his no trade clause.
But sources say the deal is not with Toronto or Ottawa, the only two teams Roberts has said he will go to. So at this point, the ball is in Roberts’ court, but there is no guarantee he will waive the clause.
Piitsburgh is believed to be the team with the most interest in Roberts.

added 12:46pm, Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch said it is an Eastern Conference team.

added 12:59pm, Watters said he just talked with the “Roberts Camp” and they have heard nothing about this deal.

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