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The Edmonton Oilers have made a goalie swap, trading Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota and adding Viktor Fasth from Anaheim:
The details of compensation are forthcoming.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
1. Someday, I'm going to force enough red wine down Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis' throat that he'll have no choice but to reveal which teams made serious offers for Ryan Kesler at this deadline. It's one of those situations where everyone asks because you'd be a bad GM not to. But the real interest is in who went beyond an initial call. The Pittsburgh Penguins' lust is barely concealed. But in conversations over the past few days, it became clear that a number of serious Stanley Cup contenders thought some of the teams that concerned them most were making a pitch.
2. There is serious doubt the Canucks would keep Kesler in the Western Conference. But it's impossible to think there were no attempts. Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman denied any interest via email, writing "I have tried my best to convey that we will not be active but no one seems to want to listen. But I asked because some of his conference rivals clearly believed they were in. As one exec said, "How could he not ask about having Jonathan Toews and Kesler as his top two centres?"
3. Same thing with the Los Angeles Kings. I don't think it's possible now after the Sam Gagner trade fell apart due to salary-cap considerations. But if they were willing to add Gagner, it's inconceivable to think they were unwilling to add Kesler with a cap hit just $200,000 higher....
via Bob McKenzie tweets,
On waivers today: Trevor Smith (TOR), Jake Dowell (MIN), Corey Potter (EDM), Joe Corvo and Cory Conacher (OTT), Derek Smith (CGY) plus.
Scott Gomez and Scot Clemmensen (FLA) also on waivers
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri, Marian Gaborik and Ales Hemsky, all pending UFA wingers, remained on the trade block, a departure in some ways from the last few years when many of the rentals went days before the deadline.
Remember Brenden Morrow, Jarome Iginla and Jaromir Jagr all moved before the actual deadline day a year ago.
There's a pretty simple answer to it all. As one NHL GM of a contender told ESPN.com Monday night, the prices needed to go down before he would consider any of those rentals.
Is this the year the buyers keep their sanity?
Who knows, all it takes is one of those rentals to move Tuesday and the domino effect might take place.
continued with more topics like Kesler, Ehrhoff, Edler and Callahan...
(Home Team in Caps)
Columbus 2, TORONTO 1
DALLAS 3, Buffalo 2
MINNESOTA 3, Calgary 2
LOS ANGELES 2, Montreal 1
DIAMOND IN THE RUFF
Stars Lindy Ruff earned his 600th win as an NHL coach with a 3-2 victory over the Sabres, a team he coached for 15 seasons. Ruff improved his record to 600-454-172 in 1,226 regular-season games; 571 of those victories came behind the Buffalo bench.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ruff is the fourth in League history to play in at least 650 regular-season games and win 600 regular-season games as a coach.
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