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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
There is a silence around the NHL these days, an uncharacteristic calm not normally associated with the last week before the trade deadline. Usually, there already is significant player movement at this time of the year. There are too many rumors with which to keep track. Bags get packed and players move around while contenders become buyers and non-contenders start thinking about next year. ..."This whole year, you think you know what's going to happen, but you end up turning around going, 'What happened?'" Patrick said before Wednesday's game. "So, I don't really know what this trade deadline's going to bring or how active it's going to be or how people are going to try to fit their cap numbers around. "It's going to be an interesting process." As far as Patrick's requirements for a return on any trade, it would have to be a player who would be around at least through next year, he said.more
Kevin Allen of USA TODAY was just on Detroit radio and expects Wild players Roloson, Mitchell and Kubina to be moved by the trade deadline. He also thinks Curtis Joseph will also be move to a playoff contender. By the way, Kevin is on vacation in Rome and was kind enough to still commit to his weekly feature on WDFN in Detroit. update 8:08am, from the Star Tribune,
With nine unrestricted free agents and Thursday's trade deadline less than a week away, Wild players are rumored to be going everywhere. But it appears the Wild has made it a priority to try to re-sign defenseman Willie Mitchell, who is in the midst of a terrific season.continued
from the Chicago Tribune,
One of the concerns the Blackhawks had going into the Olympic break was their fans deserting them both because of their disappointing record and for not playing a home game in longer than a month. They had reason for concern based on the announced attendance of 9,333 for Wednesday's game against Nashville, the smallest crowd and the first below 10,000 since the United Center opened.continued
via the LA Times(reg. req.), In their game recap article, this was also mentioned,
While the Kings grinded out a victory on the ice, Taylor worked off the ice trying to swing a deal. The Kings are after Witt, a stay-at-home defenseman, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Kings are believed to be offering a prospect in the deal. Taylor is also among those clamoring for Luongo, although Panther officials are unsure whether to deal one of the top young goaltenders in the NHL or build around him. Luongo is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
First off, I fell asleep about 8:30pm and just awoke about 10 minutes ago, it has been a different day that is for sure. While watching the Stars/Yotes game from Phoenix tonight, I heard the Stars broadcast team mention the talk around Phoenix is all charges against Rick Tocchet may be dropped.
Following up on the Sweden Jersey situation, they are still out of stock and it looks like another couple of weeks before my affiliate can get another shipment in from Nike. I will keep you posted when they become available. I understand most of the shipments from Nike are going directly to Sweden first, but they are very hard to come by at this time.
NHLPA Press Release,
Ted Saskin, NHLPA Executive Director and General Counsel, today announced the addition of Stu Grimson and Vincent Damphousse to the National Hockey League Players’ Association staff. In addition, Mike Gartner will be assuming further responsibilities as our Director of Hockey Affairs. Following the completion of the new CBA, Gartner joined the Competition Committee as a non-voting member and his efforts have been vital in helping re-launch the game.more
When the National Hockey League entered its new salary cap existence in 2005, free agent signings took on a heightened importance. With a salary cap in place, teams couldn't just throw good money after bad in an attempt to rectify personnel shortcomings. Thus, the value of pro scouting has to have increased around the NHL and the teams that make shrewd acquisitions -- productive players at cost-effective rates -- stand to reap the rewards.see the top 10 signings based on value for the dollar...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Walking out of the Pengrowth Saddledome the other night, Vancouver Canucks' senior vice president and assistant general manager Steve Tambellini made as if he were Wal-Mart shopping. Pushing an imaginary shopping cart down an imaginary aisle, Tambellini was playfully mocking the upcoming frenzy that usually accompanies the NHL trading deadline. "Defencemen, on sale in Aisle 7," Tambellini called out. "Goaltenders, now featured in Aisle 4."continued
from the Calgary Sun,
Flames players and management should know one other thing: They're not going to advance far into the playoffs this spring if GM/head coach Darryl Sutter doesn't address his club's woeful offence before the March 9 trade deadline. According to some sources, Detroit's Robert Lang, San Jose's Patrick Marleau and Tampa Bay's Brad Richards are all available, but since they're all either facing restricted free agency or signed for another season, they won't come cheaply. The Flames are more likely to look at players a level below that trio. And that wouldn't be a bad thing. Toronto's Darcy Tucker could add scoring and act as an agitator, another element Calgary is lacking.more
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