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Mitchell Trade All About Money

from the Pioneer Press,

The Wild offered Mitchell $12 million over four years to forgo unrestricted free agency and remain on their blue line. Mitchell wanted at least $14 million for the same term. Neither side budged. So Minnesota quickly dissolved the relationship and shopped its best defenseman for redeemable assets, finding a taker in the Stars. And one of the Wild's most popular players was sent packing before he could test the market, which the team believed Mitchell intended to do all along. Wild coach Jacques Lemaire called Mitchell one of the top 10 defenders in the league, but was not fretting about losing him. "He feels he could get $3.5 million, good for him. I won't lose sleep because we lose a player. If he wants to go for the money, go for the money. The earth is still going to turn."
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His Final Move

from Alan Hahn of Newsday,

An era came to an end yesterday when Mike Milbury made his last trade as Islanders general manager. The trade sent forward Oleg Kvasha and a conditional 2007 fifth-round pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for a 2006 third-round pick. Earlier in the day, Milbury sent veteran defenseman Brad Lukowich to the Devils for a 2006 third-round pick. It was a low-key way to go out for the man who once called himself "Mad Mike."
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Luongo Sees Positives

from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel,

Jokinen's signing, coupled with the Panthers' only trade being minor-league forward Petr Taticek to the Penguins for NHL defenseman Ric Jackman, may lead to them also keeping goalie Roberto Luongo long term. "It's a positive for the organization that I'm going to take into consideration," Luongo said. "Not only the fact they were able to get Olli signed, but there was not a fire sale this year. Those are two huge factors. "[Thursday] showed a lot what are the intentions of the team. The only thing left to be seen is whom we sign in free agency this summer. If everything goes well, I'm sure I'll be signing long term in the future also."
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Leafs Need Ovechkin

from the Toronto Sun,

What the Leafs need is a fresh and inspirational player around whom a team can be built -- and it ain't Luke Richardson, whose career is winding down. If I were running the Leafs, I'd mortgage the farm to get Alex Ovechkin from the Washington Capitals. I'd trade any four or five Leafs for Ovechkin. He's that awesome. But would it benefit either the Leafs or Caps to enter into such a deal?
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Burke Gets Serious

from the Orange County Register,

Mighty Ducks general manager Brian Burke wanted to make a bold statement, one that would tell everyone the club is serious about landing a Stanley Cup playoff berth this season.... "We're aware people will look at this and say it's not an upgrade on defense," Burke said. "If you do the math, with one NHL player coming in on the blue line and two going, if you break it down on that simple level, it looks like subtraction. We made the decision it's not that simple. "If we were dumping (salary) and not trying to make the playoffs, we would have done very different deals."
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Interesting

Hockey Town Todd changed his blog name recently and came up with an interesting stat from deadline day- 40 players changed teams yesterday, and 17 of those were 1st round draft picks. Check out his blog for more stat type stuff!

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Busy Day For Bochenski

from the Chicago Tribune,

Bochenski was headed to Manchester, N.H., with his Binghamton teammates when he learned he had been traded from the Senators to the Hawks for center Tyler Arnason. The bus took a detour and dropped off Bochenski at the Hartford airport for a flight to Chicago. The flight was delayed and he didn't land at O'Hare until 7:10 p.m. He arrived at the United Center after the first period, dressed and before he knew it was on the ice.
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What We Missed In The U.S.

from the Toronto Star,

The annual NHL trade deadline day feeding frenzy can be best summed up by paraphrasing Winston Churchill: Never have so many said so much about so little. The wartime reference is appropriate because this is the day Canada's sports networks go to battle, pulling out all the stops to prove they can talk hockey better than the other guys. TSN produced six hours of coverage, Rogers Sportsnet eight and The Score talked hockey all day. The FAN 590 and 640 Toronto also combined for nine hours.
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Western Conference Got Better

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

It wasn't quite the elite-player stockpiling that we're used to seeing at the trading deadline, but even so, there was enough activity yesterday that it makes the post-season an even more exciting prospect -- especially in the west. Sitting aloof at the top and tight against the salary cap, the Detroit Red Wings made no significant moves. But the teams behind them showed no such reticence and, in the process, appear to have closed the gap.
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