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from the Edmonton Sun,
The Oilers have now lost nine of their last 10 divisional games.
Do they play each other so often, their opposition has them figured out?
“Right now I’d sure like them to think that. We have a lot of divisional games left and we’re going to have to start making the most of them,’’ said coach Craig MacTavish.
Edmonton is now 9-13-1 versus the division. Minnesota is 11-6-3. In the five games in which the Oilers could have put themselves back into contention they’ve been outscored 20-6.
You don’t need to draw a picture.
from the Vancouver Sun,
“I’m not close on anybody.” Nonis said. “I’m having lots of conversations, but there isn’t much coming out of them. That can change quickly, but right now, as we stand here, no, we’re not close.”
The trade deadline has been pushed up by about three weeks this season and Nonis thinks that has had a rather dramatic effect.
“There’s far more teams in the playoff hunt, which means there are fewer players on the market, which means the prices have gone crazy,” Nonis said.
from the Courier-Post,
...club chairman Ed Snider was asked if he considered his team in a rebuilding mode.
“No,” Snider said sternly. “We don’t understand what rebuilding is.”
“(Zhitnik) knows we’re going through a tough time and he was willing to stick it out and be part of the what’s going to happen next year,” Holmgren said.
Holmgren obviously wanted to use the word “rebuilding” at the end of that sentence, but since the word has been erased from the Flyers’ lexicon, he was unable to verbalize it.
As of last night, the source said, Snow was in the process of considering offers from Nashville, Vancouver, Detroit, San Jose and Dallas. The Islanders would not trade Blake to an Eastern Conference rival.
Details of the offers aren’t known, and Snow was not available for comment per club policy. But it’s quite possible that Blake could bring something comparable to the price St. Louis received from Atlanta yesterday in exchange for Keith Tkachuk:
According to the Toronto Star, the Toronto Maple Leafs have tentatively agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with Darcy Tucker.
Tucker will earn an average of US$3-million per season for at least three years, reports the newspaper. A possible fourth year, structured around a no trade clause, would allow the Leafs to get out from under cap implications if neccessary.
continued… (Toronto Star direct link will be added later)
Update: 4:55am ET: Damien Cox in the Toronto Star
From the AP via IHT,
Colorado’s Karlis Skrastins, who injured a knee in Saturday’s shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings, had his NHL-record, consecutive-game streak among defenseman snapped at 495 games. He broke Tim Horton’s mark nine games earlier. Skrastins had not missed a game since Feb. 18, 2000.
more… includes a round up of Sunday’s NHL games
Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today the acquisition of defenseman Josh Gorges and the San Jose Sharks’ first round pick in 2007, in return for defenseman Craig Rivet and a 5th round pick in 2008.
added 5:59pm, via the San Jose Sharks,The San Jose Sharks acquired defenseman Craig Rivet and a 5th round selection in 2008 from the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday in exchange for defenseman Josh Gorges and San Jose’s 1st round draft selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
added 8:56pm, from the San Jose Sharks,
“This is new and very exciting,” said Rivet.
Rivet was prepared for the possibility of a move with his impending free agency this summer.
“I’m doing pretty good,” said Rivet. “I think I had an idea and I was prepared. I’ve been in Montreal a long time. I have some good memories in Montreal and some not so good memories, but I enjoyed every single minute in Montreal.”
While he has always been an eastern guy, Rivet is aware of the Sharks and their possibilities.
“I know they have a very strong team and Joe is among the best players putting on skates right now,” said Rivet. “I think we have a team that can do some damage and I hope to make them better.”
more from Rivet and it may take a few days to get his immigration status resolved…
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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via 680 News,
“The first deal, truthfully, we really needed a defenceman and I really wanted to get that done,” Waddell told The Canadian Press. “Then I knew what I had in terms of assets to put a package together for Keith. I called (Blues GM) Larry Pleau after I was done the Philly deal and we started talking even more and more late into the night about getting this deal done.”
Tkachuk fills the No. 1 need for Atlanta since training camp began: a No. 1 centre.
“He’s a top-line guy,” said Waddell. “He brings competitiveness to our team, he plays with grit. And our intention right off the bat is to play him with (Ilya) Kovalchuk. We think they can make things happen.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Still, it’s hard to quarrel with Waddell’s thinking – or overemphasize the state of his desperation. Once the Thrashers came up short in the Peter Forsberg sweepstakes (and the belief is that Forsberg didn’t want to go there for reasons that ranged from his assessment of their post-season chances to the presence of former Avs’ coach Bob Hartley behind the bench), Waddell landed the next-best available talent. It will be up to Hartley and his staff (notably hard-ass assistant Brad McCrimmon) to coax more out of Tkachuk than he’s been able to deliver in playoffs past. Otherwise, Atlanta gave up an awful lot of its future in the misguided view that they could accomplish something in the all-too-urgent present.
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