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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Once was the time, and not so very long ago at all, the Rangers had to bribe players to come to play for, and then stay with, their Original Six team in the world’s greatest city.
But those days are history. Blue bloods are willing to take less in order to remain a part of the culture club that has been constructed in midtown Manhattan.
Mats Zuccarello became the latest to spurn his chance to become a free agent and maximize his value on the open market — just as Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal had done over the preceding 15 months — by signing the Rangers’ take-it-or-leave it (and town) offer of $18 million over four years.
There’s no doubt the Norwegian could have commanded more on the market in July, perhaps a significant amount more when factoring in the difference in taxes from one locale to the next, but the promise of additional riches did not sway No. 36.
“I told [my agents] enough is enough, I’m happy with the offer and it’s important for me to stay here for a long time,” Zuccarello told The Post following Monday’s two-assist performance in the Rangers’ convincing 4-1 victory over the first-overall Predators at the Garden.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Is it to early to conceive of an Arizona Coyotes’ line of Connor McDavid in the middle with fellow world junior teammates Anthony Duclair and Max Domi next season?
Not now, not after the Desert Dogs, who have very little bite left, losers of nine in a row and close to the worst team in the league today, shipped their second-best defenceman, Keith Yandle, Sunday afternoon to the New York Rangers. Glen Sather’s team has no interest in any lottery picks, only the Stanley Cup after getting to the final dance but falling to the Los Angeles Kings last June. So they sacrificed tomorrow for today, giving up gifted young winger Duclair, along with first (2016) and second-round (2015) draft choices.
It’s the biggest close-to-trade deadline deal so far because Yandle is only 28 years old.
Duclair, who plays for the Memorial Cup host Quebec Remparts, and Domi, the MVP of the world junior who plays for Dale Hunter’s London Knights, were starry linemates at the world junior over Christmas.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
TSN was the clear winner over Sportsnet in the annual battle for best telecast on the NHL’s trade-deadline day. But it was not simply a case of having the funniest and most insightful broadcasters.
TSN’s presentation on a deadly dull day as far as the trades went, with the biggest ones made in advance of Monday afternoon’s deadline, was a clear artistic success. The network did make the biggest mistake of the day in allowing a moronic, vulgar tweet about a couple of Toronto Maple Leafs players to flash across the screen but its panelists were funny, frank and irreverent with former Leafs head coach Ron Wilson leading the way. More on him later but Wilson has either just signed a long contract with TSN or has his retirement income set because his comments on tanking to get the Connor McDavid draft pick ensure it will be a long time before he is hired to coach in the NHL again.
Sportsnet, on the other hand, played it straight. There were some light moments and some decent insights, such as former Pittsburgh Penguin Colby Armstrong talking about how he learned from his mother that he was traded off Sidney Crosby’s line to the sad-sack Atlanta Thrashers in 2008 and how emotional it was to watch from the stands as they played the Stanley Cup final. But for the most part it was the standard stuff from their panels as they waited for the blockbuster deals that never came.
However, this was not the fault of the Sportsnet broadcasters and producers. Their hands were tied once their corporate masters handed over $5.2-billion for a 12-year contract to become the Canadian national broadcast “partner” of the NHL. Being a partner of the NHL means never offending the league and never poking serious fun at it.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The real answer to the perennial question, who won the trade deadline, cannot be fully known for months and, in some cases, years. It will not, however, stop us from at least providing some discussion about which way the scales will tip for teams around the NHL. Here's a look at the buyers and sellers, and which ones might have swung the balance of power in their direction as the 2015 trade-deadline period comes to a close.
The Blackhawks' poor play and the long-term loss of Patrick Kane combined to force a change of thought for GM Stan Bowman, who responded with two bold moves. First, he acquired veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers for a second-round pick and another pick that could become a second-rounder, depending on how far the Blackhawks go in the playoffs. Then, Bowman sent a first-round pick in 2015 and defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck to the Arizona Coyotes for forward Antoine Vermette. The price for both was high, but Bowman sees a team that came within a goal last May of advancing to a second straight Stanley Cup finals berth and likely back-to-back Stanley Cups, and would not let this period pass without giving this squad all the tools to get back to the promised land....
Detroit Red Wings
After exploring a deal for Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, GM Ken Holland went to Plan B and acquired veteran defenseman Marek Zidlicky from the New Jersey Devils for a third-round pick that becomes a second-round pick if the Wings go to the Cup finals. Zidlicky is the right-handed shot the Wings have been looking for the past couple of years and is a good fit because he won't have to do too much to be effective. The Wings already own the league's top power play and Zidlicky will only add to that. The move came less than 24 hours after Holland acquired Erik Cole and a third-round pick from the Dallas Stars for a second-round pick and two prospects. And in doing so, Holland brought in a player who should help spread out the Wings' scoring depth, especially five-on-five. A good Detroit Red Wings team is more fully formed today than it was before the deadline.
more on each conference...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Just over two minutes of highlights...
NEW YORK (March 2, 2015) -- NHL clubs made 24 trades involving 43 players today prior to the 3 p.m., ET, trade deadline. Following is a list of the transactions:
Just wanted to thank everyone for visiting KK for all the trade deadlines deals and news.
I also wanted to thank George for his hard work at The Malik Report and for helping me out too.
It will be a very relaxed night for both of us but we will return at full speed tomorrow.
Again thanks and enjoy the three NHL games tonight.
Gene Principe caught up with Oilers GM Craig MacTavish to get his thoughts on his lone deadline deal, Jeff Petry to the Habs for two picks, and whether he was close on any others?
Calgary GM Brad Treliving announces Giordano will undergo season ending surgery on a torn bicep tendon.
Recovery is 4-5 months.
You can see how the injury occurred below...
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-0, 198 lb LW Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Bellemare, who turns 30 on Friday (3/6/1985), has collected four goals and four assists for eight points in 62 games this season. He came to the Flyers from Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (formerly Swedish Elite League), where he spent the past five seasons and posted a total of 64 goals and 61 assists for 125 points in 238 games.
Bellemare played eight seasons overall in Sweden, spending three years with Leksands IF in Sweden’s second division before moving to Skelleftea in 2009. The native of Paris, France represented his country at the 2014 World Championships, where he recorded three goals and five assists for eight points in eight games.
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