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from Darren Dreger of the Dreger Report,
Failing a complete meltdown - which has scuttled at least one previous trade involving the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tomas Kaberle, and the Boston Bruins - there’s strong belief that Kaberle will be traded to Boston.
It’s unlikely the deal gets done today, but sources say it’s close and say the deal doesn’t hinge on Kaberle signing an extension with the Bruins.
The dynamics of the trade haven’t been entirely worked out and sources indicate the Leafs are is waiting for Boston to put the final pieces of the puzzle in place - a process which may take another day or two to finalize.
from James Murphy of ESPN Boston,
“Obviously as a whole our team is struggling and making mistakes we don’t normally make, but I need to be better,” said Thomas, who is now 26-8-6 with a 2.02 GAA and .938 save percentage. “I’m not making the big saves I need to make to help the team win and I need to start doing that again.”
Coach Claude Julien said Wednesday that he will continue to get Tuukka Rask some starts to rest Thomas as the season winds down and the playoffs near.
“We don’t want to get to the point where he’s exhausted,” Julien said of Thomas. “Is he a little tired? I would expect that he is, like a lot of players at this time of the year. February is usually a tough month and you kind of get your second wind in March. But this is something that I think we want to manage as well as we can. I don’t think he’s exhausted. I think he may be a little tired. As I’ve mentioned, it’d be nice to see Tuukka come in and play some solid games for us.”
The Hockey Insiders at Sportsnet discuss the talk of Tomas Kaberle being traded to Boston.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
While the Senators continue to get kicked in the teeth in what should be home sweet home, they also said goodbye to another familiar face.
After losing their ninth straight game at home, the Senators announced that centre Chris Kelly had been dealt to the Boston Bruins for a second-round draft pick.
“I just traded one of the good guys and most respected players on this hockey team,” said Senators GM Brian Murray. “These are difficult deals for someone like myself to make because was Chris was such a good player when I coached and followed directions so well.
“To have to make the moves that we’re making are difficult, but it’s the way we have to go at this point in time.”
continue for game recap…
from CBS Boston,
The Bruins do not have to scratch the Maple Leafs off their list of potential trade partners.
Toronto President and General Manager Brian Burke called in to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger and Massarotti Tuesday afternoon, and said there are no hard feelings when it comes to the Phil Kessel trade.
In fact, the Bruins and Leafs are currently in trade talks.
“There is no barrier to that,” Burke said about dealing with the Bruins. “There are no hard feelings, there’s no sense of ‘oh we have to even the score somehow.’ If we can make a deal with the Bruins that make sense for both teams we’re going to do it.”
continued and you can listen to the Burke interview and I suggest you do…
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
What I didn’t expect was that the highly exaggerated assessment of my fluency would find its way to Boston. But yesterday afternoon, Michael Felger, the co-host of the afternoon drive show on 98.1 The Sports Hub, took exception to my column about fighting in the National Hockey League and my dim view of the Wednesday night battles between the Canadiens and the Bruins.
“If this isn’t a Frenchman, I don’t know what is,” said Felger as he proceeded to read my column while co-host Tony Massarotti chimed in regularly with a sarcastic “Pleeeease.”
I have no problem with people disagreeing with the things I write. I’m a columnist, I express opinions and they’re not always popular. ...
While not wanting to paint Bostonians with the same broad brush Felger uses on French-Canadians, his comments reflect a common ignorance about Canada, Quebec and French-Canadians.
For the record, Mike, not everyone in Quebec is French. I’m a proud Canadian citizen who writes in English. There are times when I’m just as proud to be a U.S. citizen. I was born and raised in New York.
But it was one night, no more. When some people wonder why the NHL can’t always be like this, they should think back to Slap Shot. When people say “old-time hockey” now they associate it with Ogie Ogilthorpe and Dr. Hook and the Hanson brothers, when it was was just the opposite. Reg Dunlop surrendered to the ol’ one-two in the film, but when he said old-time hockey, he meant playing it straight.
And the NHL needs to hew that way, too. That kind of circus isn’t sustainable, even if it’s popular. You could imagine the NHL succumbing to this sort of cartoon hockey, or at least failing to discourage it, because hey, pro wrestling’s pretty popular these days, right? It’s not sustainable in a league where Sidney Crosby gets concussed and Alex Ovechkin has Cooke taking runs at his knees. You let line brawls sort everything out, and people are going to get hurt in the Wild West. And I’d rather watch the Vancouvers of this world than the Bostons, thanks.
-Bruce Arthur of the National Post writing about the Bruins/Canadiens game on Thursday night. Read more on the game.
Zack Hamill and Blake Wheeler collision.
Tim Thomas and Cary Price tried, but Price letup when the sweater was over Thomas’s head.
At the end of two, Boston is up 6-4. One of those crazy games.
added 9:09pm, The condensed version of the goalie fight brought to you by Jack Edwards is below…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
If Nieuwendyk wants to deal, he’ll no doubt set his asking price around what has become the standard package in such deals: a first-round pick, a roster player, and a prospect. Steep. But remember what New Jersey rolled out last February for Ilya Kovalchuk: two roster players (Niclas Bergfors, Johnny Oduya), a prospect (Patrice Cormier), a first-round pick, and a second-round pick. The Devils also acquired Anssi Salmela and a second-round pick from Atlanta.
Chiarelli, remember, holds Toronto’s first-round pick in this June’s draft, part of the compensation for swapping free agent Phil Kessel to the Leafs. He’s got that requisite carrot, the Toronto pick or his own. He also easily could yield Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart, who earn a combined $3.875 million. With Savard’s $4 million cap relief factored in, Richards’s $7.8 million cap hit would be accommodated, virtually to the penny. How convenient. Toss in a prospect and/or a draft pick, and the deal is there to be served, ideally in a big silver Cup.
Now nearly five years into his Causeway Street tour, Chiarelli has yet to pull off this kind of blockbuster.
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