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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.”

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Hartnell Out 4-6 Weeks

via the Tennessean,

The Predators suffered a serious injury blow on Saturday when X-rays taken just before the game against Detroit revealed that left wing Scott Hartnell has a broken right foot.
Hartnell, who’s tied for the team lead with 22 goals, is expected to miss four to six weeks with the injury. There are six weeks left in the regular season.

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9 1/2 Hours Of Hockey

Good day to watch hockey- ALL DAY!


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Slap Shot At Thirty

from the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat:

Released by Universal Studios exactly 30 years ago today, “Slap Shot” is one of the most rented sports movies ever.
Sports fans recite lines without hesitation.
The story of the foul-mouthed but likable hockey players who went from worst to first has put Johnstown on the international map.
“It’s amazing how it took to people,” said Allan Nicholls, who played Charlestown Chiefs captain Johnny Upton. “I think it’s because it was one of those films that didn’t talk down. It talked to people. People could involve themselves and relate a lot better.



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Cleary Out With Sprained Knee

from Mlive,

Dan Cleary, the left wing on the No. 2 line, will be out three-to-four weeks with a second-degree sprain of his medial collateral ligament. The injury was the result of a hip check from Edmonton’s Raffi Torres late in Friday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Oilers.


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Looks Like Atlanta For Tkachuk

via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the St Louis Blues have agreed to a deal that sends Keith Tkachuk to the Atlanta Thrashers.
Tkachuk who has a no trade is currently deciding whether or not to give the trade the green light.
The deal is believed to include a variety of draft picks, including a first rounder, as well as a player off Atlanta’s roster.
Both teams are in a holding pattern while Tkachuk and is family decide.

added 9:49am, from the Falconer (very reliable),

in exchange for Glen Metropolit, Atlanta’s 2007 1st round pick, 3rd round pick, a 2nd rounder in 2008. There is also a conditional pick based upon whether Tkachuk resigns in Atlanta or not…

update 9:53am, per TSN,

Sources tell TSN forward Keith Tkachuk has waived his no-trade clause and has been dealt to the Atlanta Thrashers.

added 12:00pm, via the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has traded forward Keith Tkachuk to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for a first round draft choice in 2007, a third round draft choice in 2007, a second round draft choice in 2008 and forward Glen Metropolit.  In addition, if Atlanta re-signs Tkachuk, the Blues will acquire a first round draft choice in 2008.
“We want to thank Keith for his time and dedication to the Blues organization over the past six years,” said Davidson.  “We wish him and his family nothing but the best for the future.”


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Which Way To Go

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review,

But the goonery hasn’t gone away. Its insidious presence is what has the Penguins apparently pursuing hockey’s heavyweight champ, Georges Laraque—so he can “protect” Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Surely, you don’t believe Laraque’s presence would prevent some cementhead from taking a shot at Crosby, do you?
Only the league can protect its players. Or not.
It would be so much easier to respect the NHL if it would go one way or the other.

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