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Flyers Are Not Rebuilding

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.


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Teams Are Interested In Blake

from Newsday,

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:


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Report: Darcy Tucker May Have Deal with Leafs

TSN reports,

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

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Iron Man Record Ends for Avs D-man Skrastins

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

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Habs Trade Rivet To San Jose

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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Official NHL Connect Trade Deadline 2007 Central

NHL.com’s crack staff of reporters, researchers, and yes, gossip hounds, will take you through the Trade Deadline Day action rumor by rumor and trade by trade, right up to and beyond the official NHL 3:00 pm EST deadline this Tuesday.
This is your source for everything Trade Day, with expert analysis, insider information and more speculation than you could shake a hockey stick at.
Visit the Official NHL Connect Trade Deadline 2007 Central.

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Waddell On The Trades

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.”


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Getting The Most Out Of Tkachuk

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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Offers For Jason Blake On The Table

from On The Islanders Beat blog at Newsday,

Because of Blake’s unsigned status, Snow has offers for the speedy 33-year-old forward from Nashville, which already made a big deal to acquire Peter Forsberg, Vancouver, Detroit, San Jose and Dallas. Only Anaheim among the top six Western Conference teams has not yet made an offer. The Islanders would not trade Blake to an Eastern Conference rival.
At this point, the Islanders are undecided and in the process of making a determination about the merits of trading a player with 51 points in 62 games for prospects and draft picks. San Jose’s farm system, in particular, is loaded with top prospects.


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Lupul Questions Kronwall Hit

from the Edmonton Sun,

But upon further review - Lupul questions Niklas Kronwall’s intentions.
“It’s a tough play. I thought it was on the border of being a late hit,” Lupul said. “I don’t want to be a guy that complains, but it was one of those hits where he had me either way - he didn’t have to hit me in the face. He could have hit me in the shoulder without jumping.
“I thought it was borderline, but that’s hockey. Stuff like that happens all the time. But I’m not going to complain about it.”

read on

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