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from Inside the Kings,
1. Scott Thornton
Playoff contenders will have interest in a physical, veteran forward that can be had cheap.
2. Rob Blake
The 38-year-old can still play defense at a high level, especially when motivated. He did a good job grooming Jack Johnson, but he’s worth more to the Kings now in trade value than what he can do on the ice. He’s ready to return from his fractured leg, and the injury shouldn’t stop him from being traded.
via Lightning Strikes,
The Lightning on Monday night signed defenseman Dan Boyle to a six-year deal thought to be worth $40-million.
via VERSUS, Flyers get Prospal for Alexandre Picard and a conditional pick in 2009.
Update 10:12pm ET: From the Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired center Vaclav Prospal from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a conditional draft pick in 2009.
And TSN notes it’s a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick.
Update 2:05am ET: TSN’s Scott Cullen breaks down the trade in detail.
from “The Scout” at the Globe and Mail,
This could very well be the most important day for the health of a franchise. Arguably, only the draft rivals the NHL trade deadline day. While the draft unfolds before the eyes of the media and fans, the deadline day contest is fought in war rooms across the continent. Exasperation, tense hand-wringing, sweat — all behind closed doors.
So, what happens?
Typically, general managers bring together the team’s pro scouts to one central location. Ideally, it will be the team’s own offices. Because the NHL scheduled 16 teams to see action on the big day, eight of them are forced to conduct their business in hotel board rooms in an opponent’s city.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,
The Canadiens are considered one of the favourites but they may not be able to meet Atlanta’s price. With Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin and Alex Tanguay off the market, the law of supply and demand kicks in and the price for Hossa is reportedly an established young NHL player, a prospect and a high draft choice.
That may be more than Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey is willing to offer and it’s more than Carbonneau wants to lose.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Forsberg said Monday he hadn’t had a setback, but rather he didn’t want teams holding off on other plans by waiting on him. In short, he didn’t want teams depending on him. That’s not necessarily a good thing.
There are many reasons Forsberg ended up back in Colorado. One of them, apparently, is the Avs made it clear they were going to share the risk with Forsberg because risk is part of the package when dealing with Forsberg….
“I miss playing hockey,” he said. “It’s hard when you’re sitting on the side when I think I can go out and do good.”
Update 10:39pm ET: The Ice Block informs us that the NHL didn’t waste any time capitalizing on the return of Foppa.
from the St, Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Barret Jackman has agreed to a contract extension with the club. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Barret has been a staple on the blueline for the Blues since his rookie season,” said Davidson. “He logs plenty of minutes per game and will continue to be a key part of our team as we move forward.”
Cleary, currently sidelined with a broken jaw, was a teammate of Hossa during the NHL lockout in 2004-05, with Mora of the Swedish Elite League.
“Any team that gets this guy … he’s a real good person, a great team guy,” Cleary told CBCSports.ca reporter Doug Harrison on Monday. “He’s the most explosive player I’ve ever seen. Straight-away speed, no one touches him.”
While adding Hossa would allow Red Wings coach Mike Babcock to split up the dynamic duo of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, Cleary believes it’s wishful thinking.
from Blue Notes at Newsday,
Paul Mara is undergoing surgery for broken facial bones today and is expected to be sidelined for two weeks.
Mara was hammered in a helmet-to-helmet hit by the Sabres’ Pat Kaleta on Saturday in the first period and didn’t return.
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has come to terms with unrestricted free agent Peter Forsberg on a new contract through the 2007-2008 season.
“We’re proud to announce to our fans that Peter Forsberg has decided to come back and play with our franchise where he’s enjoyed so much success early in his career,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “His addition should complement our roster and will bring our team to an even higher competitive level.”
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