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via the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Flyers also learned after the game that All-Star center Mike Richards will be out three weeks with a left hamstring injury. The team’s MVP this season, playing in his 200th NHL game, collided with Bouwmeester in the third period and limped off of the ice. He did not return.
thanks to the KK readers for the pointer…
The Leafs are in Ottawa on Sunday, where Sundin will meet up with his agent and Cliff Fletcher. Talk from the Hot Stove on HNIC was the Leafs are asking him if he would be interested in going to three cup contenders.
Rob Blake may be asked by the Kings if he wants to go to Anaheim, San Jose or Colorado.
The Dan Boyle contract negotiations seem to be going well, but the old and new owners of the Lightning will be meeting with GM Feaster on Monday to discuss the financial outlook of the team. Richards will probably waive his NTC but wants to go to a team that has a shot at the cup.
Bryan McCabe is thinking about waiving his NTC and the Flyers and Rangers were mentioned as possible destinations by the Hot Stove crew.
Nikolai Khabibulin was not held out of the Chicago game today because something was “cooking”. He suffered back spasms yesterday and is being rested.
Marian Hossa may have played his last game as an Atlanta Thrasher tonight.
If you have heard anything from a reputable source, feel free to leave a comment. It is that time of the year and this will soon be over!!!
added 10:03pm, Sundin was just on HNIC and says he still has to go with his “heart” decision, and his situation has not changed, but he does have a few things he needs to sort out. Mentioned this business is all about winning and right now the team is not winning and there will be changes. He feels for all the players in the room.
Per Pierre McGuire speaking on FSN during the Pens/Sens game, a potential landing place for Brad Richards is Montreal.
The Red Wings are listing defenseman Chris Chelios as day-to-day with a contusion in his right leg and a small chip in his fibula, but say that he could be out for several days. Chelios, who was receiving treatment at General Motors Place in Vancouver Saturday morning, is walking with a limp and said he’s in a lot of pain.
via the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
With the asking price for Marian Hossa being a young NHLer, a prospect, and a first-round pick, Kessel could be the first component of a trade for the Atlanta winger. However, Chiarelli made it sound like he’ll hold on to the 20-year-old, although he acknowledged he has listened to offers for every player on his roster, including Kessel.
Chiarelli denied a Toronto Sun report that had Kessel going to Philadelphia for forward Jeff Carter.
from Craig Custance at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
On Saturday morning, Waddell officially closed the book on the possibility of signing Hossa before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
“No, I don’t believe so at this point,” said Waddell, when asked if signing Hossa before the trade deadline was a possibility. “We’re going to look at all our options at this point, look at what the market will pay.”
Both Hossa and Waddell described the meeting as a positive one.
a little more...
Even though most of us expected Hossa would not come to terms with Atlanta, at least we know it is now official.
thanks to a KK reader for the heads-up!
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Bob Cole is enjoying one of his best years in broadcasting. He wants to continue as Hockey Night In Canada’s lead play-by-play voice and has no intention of retiring.
That is the message Cole’s agent Elliott Kerr will take to Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, when the two meet next month to discuss Cole’s future.
“Bob wants to keep going and has no desire to retire,” Kerr said Friday.
via Russo’s Rants,
Defenseman Nick Schultz has signed a six-year, $21 million extension, the longest contract in Wild history. The particulars will be up later.
Sundin spoke to the media at Saturday’s morning skate and admitted that interim GM Cliff Fletcher had asked him to waive his clause, allowing the club to pursue a trade.
‘‘The Leafs gave me a chance to think about it and all that but as I said my position hasn’t changed since the start of the year.
‘‘I have to do what feels right in my heart. I just don’t think I can go to another team if I don’t want to play for another team. That wouldn’t be right to myself. That’s how I feel right now.’‘
added 1:35pm, More on this from Paul Hunter ant the Toronto Star.
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
Sources have confirmed Lowe is trying to insinuate himself into the bidding war, such as it is, for overpriced Tampa Bay forward Brad Richards. Lowe hinted at it on Friday’s pay-per-view broadcast.
“Potentially a high-end player, if something of that type was available, that would be good,” he said.
His phone calls to Tampa GM Jay Feaster will likely go for naught, since Richards’ deal contains a no-movement clause and the chances of him hopping from one non-contender to another, with the attendant drop in temperature, would seem ridiculously small….
Lowe should get his nose dirty and try to move the underachieving Jarret Stoll and enigmatic Joni Pitkanen while there are willing buyers like Ottawa, Tampa and the Montreal Canadiens.
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