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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock somberly said his players were shocked over losing their friends and leaders, and it almost seemed that way afterward. In contrast to a surprisingly upbeat morning—when players were given a chance to vent over the trades that were made and the ones that weren’t and then seemed ready for the task—last night they seemed, well, depressed.
from The Good,The Bad And The Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,
So Dallas gets Brad Richards, Pittsburgh gets Marion Hossa, San Jose gets Brian Campbell, and Ottawa gets…Bryan Murray.
Maybe that’s it. Maybe Murray took a long hard look at his team at the deadline and thought: “All we’re missing is me.”
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
But for trivia buffs, Jeremy Williams’s goal for the Maple Leafs at 6:56 of the second period was a gold mine.
The goal was Williams’s third in as many NHL games, going back three seasons, making the 24-year-old native of Glenavon, Sask., the only player in NHL history to play three games and score in each game. Before the Leafs called him up from their farm team, Williams was the only player in league history to do it in two games.
more on the Leafs shootout victory over the Panthers tonight…
Chad Kilger, acquired by Florida in a trade with Toronto, was granted a leave of absence by the Panthers on Wednesday due to personal reasons.
Just one day after Kilger was sent to the Panthers by the Maple Leafs, the forward sat out when Florida faced his former team at home.
Kilger flew back to Toronto after meeting with Jacques Martin, the Panthers coach and general manager, and team officials said it wasn’t known when he would return.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Tippett added that Richards could strike up a fast chemistry with Hagman and Miettinen, who are having career seasons with 22 and 13 goals, respectively. And, Tippett said, that will allow Modano to continue to play with Steve Ott and Jere Lehtinen on a checking line that has had great success during a run in which the Stars have won 12 of 14 games.
“When he applies himself as a strong two-way player, he’s as good as there is,” Tippett said of Modano.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
We could start up a trade deadline Groundhog Day just after the New Year begins, and let the presence or absence of Bob McKenzie’s shadow tell us whether or not we’ll have six more weeks of unfounded rumors. Just to be safe, I’m calling copyright dibs right now.
Here is a first, Alanah at Canucks and Beyond (hope the sailor doesn’t get upset),
And apologies to my favorite Avs fans out there—you know I love you and I’m truly sorry we must become enemies again.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
As a matter of fact, I’ll now go on record stating that the acquisitions of Swedish defenseman Christian Backman and forward Fredrik (Call Me Freddie) Sjostrom will be as positive for the Blueshirts roster as last year’s addition of Sean (The Great Gabbo) Avery.
I’ll go one step further and hereby forecast that the roster, as now constituted, is good enough to carry New York to the top of the division and then all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.
much more on the Rangers…
Having dropped six of their last eight games and 14 of their last 21, the Ottawa Senators have fired head coach John Paddock with just 18 games remaining in the regular season.
And more from the Ottawa Senators,
[General Manager Bryan] Murray, who will return behind the bench as head coach, will continue to perform his duties as Senators general manager. Assistant coach Ron Low has also been relieved of his coaching duties.
from Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers,
Sergei Fedorov was traded for a Notre Dame freshman. Not long ago, he was the best player in hockey.
more on Columbus…
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