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If you’re in the market for a replica jersey, we highly suggest an Eric Staal #12. Otherwise, proceed at your own risk, because Carolina GM Jim Rutherford makes it sound like everyone else is fair game in trade speculation.
read on and listen too…
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
added 12:34pm, Well, that didn’t take long…. via TSN Breaking News,
Sources tell TSN the Hurricanes have traded Craig Adams to Chicago for future considerations..
added 12:39pm, TSN link now available…
from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,
The activity has already heated up as the phone calls have started to come more furiously since the roster freeze at Christmas. I think it’s the mere fact there’s a deadline, that there’s a date you have to get things done by if you’re going to do something. Also, at the midway point in the season you have to assess your team because the GM meeting is coming up in February, about two weeks before the trade deadline.
With the All-Star Game approaching, you can bet the managers have already started thinking about where they are. By the time the GM meeting comes, things will really start to heat up. It’s certainly a time when things start to crystallize a whole lot more.
Fan590 radio in Toronto just reporting it, more as it becomes available.
added 10:54am, from the CP via the Toronto Star,
NEWMARKET, Ont. — Former NHL player Rob Ramage has been sentenced to four years in prison for a fatal 2003 crash that killed a former Chicago Blackhawks player.
Keith Magnuson died on Dec. 15, 2003, when a rental car driven by Ramage slammed head-on into another vehicle just north of Toronto.
Update 3:33pm ET: From the CP via TSN, Ramage will be appealing the sentence.
Stealing and burning furniture, he said, did you hear it correctly?
One big mess regarding Chris Pronger on Jim Rome. Greg at the NHL Fanhouse breaks it all down….
The NHL and representatives of the IIHF have agreed to additional restrictions when it comes to young European players coming over to play in the NHL.
Following the five hour meeting with representatives of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden, both sides agreed that a player who is still under contract with an IIHF team and has not reached his 20th birthday must be first offered back to his team in Europe. The new proposal sees the age limit increased by two years.
from the Columbus Disptach,
In a sport rife with occupational hazards, blocking shots is among the most painful and least glorified tasks. It is an undervalued art form, one colored by bruises, contoured by bumps and crafted by players who embody the definition of “taking one for the team.”...
“There are times it hurts so bad that you want to cry,” defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen said. “To the average person, it might seem insane stepping in front of a shot, but it’s part of the game.”
Pat Quinn via George Gross of the Toronto Sun,
“Obviously, so far, I haven’t done a good job adjusting. However, if I were approached by the Leafs, I’d have to think about it. Mind you, I can’t imagine that they would approach me, but I can tell you that working for the Maple Leafs was the highlight of my hockey career.
“I sincerely hope that they straighten out their problems. I feel badly about the Toronto situation. I have an affection for some of the players and some people in the organization.”
from On Frozen Pond,
OK, so Rostislav Olesz takes a late hit from Steve Downie, but since the Panthers didn’t do much complaining about it—and didn’t do anything about it—I won’t pile on. But, this could be bad. Olesz bounced up off the ice in a lot of pain.
JM says he re-injured his surgically repaired wrist/hand area, although I’m not so sure. That was Rusty’s right hand and it looked to me like he came up favoring his left. But we’ll see. Either way, doesn’t look good.
from the Vancouver Province,
Holland is one bright guy, but perhaps his biggest talent lies in his ability to keep all this management talent happy and within the Detroit fold, despite numerous offers for many of them to go elsewhere. And this isn’t even to discuss their amateur scouting, which is constantly fending off raids from other teams.
If you want to know why Detroit has been so consistently good over the past 15 years, just take a good look at the club directory.
from the Vancouver Province,
There is, in fact, the overwhelming belief that the current edition of the Canucks has a window of opportunity which is open only as long as Luongo is wearing the whale-thingy on his chest.
The next question is how long does GM Dave Nonis have before that window closes shut, and that’s where things get very interesting for all concerned.
Consider the following:
- The Sedin twins have one more year left on deals which pay them $3.575 million US per, a figure which makes them woefully underpaid for front-line NHLers.
As things transpire, they are both unrestricted at the end of those contracts and it will cost the Canucks, minimally, another two million each to extend them for any length of time.
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