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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,
With the standings in both conferences so tightly compacted before Thursday's trade deadline, it isn't all that clear cut who the outright sellers are.... It will shock me if the first trade deadline with a salary cap in play fails to produce a few blockbuster trades. There are just too many enticing scenarios for the GM's around the league to idly ignore.read on for all kinds of scenarios...
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network, -The talk of Calgary is that Marc Savard will soon be a Flame again. -The Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons has a good question: “If you’re John Ferguson, Jr., do you sign Bryan McCabe for $5 million or wait for July and see if you can sign Zdeno Chara for upward of $7 million? You can build a winner around Chara. Can you build a winner around the nervous McCabe?” Our answer: No! more
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
For San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson, the most difficult part of a weirdly up-and-down season is that every time it looks as if his team is about to make that one final surge into a playoff spot, something bad happens... Nor is Wilson giving up hope. The Sharks made an organizational decision during the lockout to stick with home-grown prospects and not shop the free-agent market. Accordingly, there has been a significant turnover in their personnel since thee 2004 trip to the finals (and three more players, Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart left in the Thornton trade). So they are a young group, new in the league and new to each other, still trying to find their way.read on
from the Contra Costa Times,
Hahn's broadcasting career began almost accidentally. He was taking part in a weekend fund-raising event at his high school in Whitehorse, a small town in the Yukon Territory, east of Alaska. A radio station interviewed Hahn for a news story, and the station -- apparently impressed with Hahn and his voice -- gave him a job. "There I was, 15," Hahn, a Pleasanton resident, remembers. "I was spinning records on the radio and I was just a kid in high school." ..."I think, as the years have gone by, he becomes more and more associated with the Sharks," said Frank Albin, director of broadcasting for the Sharks. "In this day and age, when players move around from team to team every year, announcers have become the constant."more If you are a regular reader of Kukla's Korner, you may recall I wrote about Randy Hahn back in mid-November. Little did I know back then that Randy was a Canadian!!!
from Hockey Refs,
He was called for a straight forward two-minute minor penalty for elbowing by referee Mike Hicks, but Fleury argued the call and refused to take his place in the penalty box before being assessed an additional 10-minute misconduct penalty. Later when the Bison scored an empty-net goal in the closing minute of play, he retrieved the puck and fired it at Hicks, reportedly missing the referee’s head by inches. Hicks replied by assessing game misconduct and match penalties, which expelled Fleury from the game.more Two weeks ago, Fleury had enough to say he was not returning to the league next year. update 2:09pm, more on Theo from the CP via Sporstnet,
Fleury's future in Britain's Elite Ice Hockey League is in jeopardy after the ex-NHLer was ejected from Saturday's game between the Belfast Giants and the Basingstoke Bison.update 2:48pm, photos from the game in question...
Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal, who tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in three games, has been named the NHL’s Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, March 5. Montreal Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet, who led Montreal to three victories with a 1.67 goals-against average and .943 save percentage, is the League’s Defensive Player of the Week.more
via the NY Islanders,
Shawn Bates wanted to remain an Islander and the Islanders were happy to oblige. The versatile forward has signed a new three-year contract that will keep him in an Islanders uniform through the 2008-09 season.
The Los Angeles Kings have locked up a key member of their team. Sources tell TSN that the Kings and team captain Mattias Norstrom have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $4.25 million per season.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Toronto tough guy Tie Domi played his 1,000th game Friday night in Buffalo and the outpouring of misty-eyed emotion was unstoppable. Not from Domi, although he can produce plenty o' tears -- particularly crocodile ones -- when the occasion warrants. This is a man who made his living with his fists and his bizarrely unnatural ability to absorb punches to the head, both skills he has been happy, if not gleeful, to demonstrate at the flick of an eyelash since he entered the NHL in the 1989-90 season. One of his more memorable schticks may have been a teary mea culpa to the media a few years back after he delivered a cheap-shot elbow to the head of then-New Jersey defenceman Scott Niedermayer during the Stanley Cup semifinals. An act which got him suspended. That was vintage Domi, invoking his young son, blubbering that the action was out of character, on and on. It wasn't.more
from the Denver Post,
Before the Avalanche returns to Denver for a Sunday home game against Calgary, Colorado general manager Pierre Lacroix will make deals to add a winger and/or a defenseman. How about Washington defenseman Brendan Witt, who makes $1.67 million this season, and/or St. Louis right wing Dallas Drake, who takes down $1.2 million?read on
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