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Recchi & LeClair May Be Moving On

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Precisely who the Penguins are shopping -- and with whom they are willing to part -- isn't clear, but right winger Mark Recchi remains the leading candidate to change teams. At least six clubs have inquired about his availability and, unless Recchi declines to approve a deal, it's nearly certain that he'll be moved. Left winger John LeClair, who had four goals in five games before last night, could draw some interest, although no specific team is known to have shown interest.

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Witt Waiting For His Next Destination

from the Washington Post (reg. req.),

Witt "made a difficult situation very easy," Capitals Coach Glen Hanlon said. "He played extremely hard every game. He's made a decision for his family and his career and we respect that. We just want to make sure that when we play against him, that we beat him." Nashville and Vancouver appear to be the leading candidates to land Witt, but the New York Rangers are also said to be interested.

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Jokinen Apparently Off The Market

from the Palm Beach Post, While General Manager Mike Keenan declined interview requests on the eve of the deadline Tuesday night, Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said Keenan had informed Senators GM John Muckler that Jokinen had been taken off the market. "It looks like they're going to try and sign him," Murray, the former Panthers GM, told the Ottawa media. continued

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Gambling On Goaltenders

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Can the Colorado Avalanche win the Stanley Cup with Jose Theodore in net? Based on how he has played this year, you would say absolutely not. But this is a guy who is four years removed from being an NHL MVP.
read on

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Yotes Lockup Two Key Players

from Sports Ticker/TSN via TSN,

The Phoenix Coyotes apparently like what they have seen from Derek Morris and Steven Reinprecht. The Coyotes on Wednesday agreed to terms with both players on three-year contract extensions with Morris getting a deal worth $11.75 million and Reinprecht signing for $6 million.
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All Eyes On Florida

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

With the trade deadline set for 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, there is considerable interest whether the Panthers will re-sign Olli Jokinen, or whether they will attempt to trade him. Even those contenders who wouldn't attempt to trade for him have interest because a Jokinen trade could affect the balance of power. Among the teams that would be interested in Jokinen are the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators, both of whom have Stanley Cup aspirations. Another possible dark horse would be the Nashville Predators, who have been pondering the possibility of landing a big physical center almost from the start of training camp.
more...plus a word about the Wings interested in a rent-a-dman...

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Klee To New Jersey

per TSN, Devils get Ken Klee from Toronto, no further information yet. update 8:45pm, Klee for Suglobov via TSN.

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Trade Eve Talk- All Rumors

A little spice for hockey fans, not my normal M.O, but hey, I may be up late and back at it again very early tomorrow. Most of these were just word of mouth, etc... I may update this post later tonight, but remember, just rumors... and one is not even that! One rumor is Curtis Joseph going to the Leafs and Belfour going to the Bolts, but in my opinion you would think Tampa would want Joseph before Belfour. The craziest one which goes in the same category as Chelios to Montreal is Niklas Kronwall to the Rangers for Al Montoya. Lots of talk of Bertuzzi moving too...

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Theodore To Avs

via Sportsnet,

The Montreal Canadiens have sent goaltender Jose Theodore to the Colorado Avalanche for goalie David Aebischer, Sportsnet has learned.
update 8:18pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Presumably, Avalanche general manager Pierre Lacroix thinks he can catch lightning in a bottle twice — and that in a different environment, Theodore can get his game, and career, back on track. The 29-year-old Theodore won the 2002 Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, but he has not been able to duplicate that performance ever since.
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Kings Get Parrish & Sopel

from TSN,

The New York Islanders have traded forward Mark Parrish and Brent Sopel to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Denis Grebeshkov and Jeff Tambellini.

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