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If Vokoun hits the trade block the Philadelphia Flyers would be amongst those very interested but they’ll have to move the equivalent of Vokoun’s $5.7 million cap hit for next season to comfortably fit him under their cap, plus would have to ensure they have sufficient cap space to re-sign him to a long-term extension.
-Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey. More rumor talk from Lyle.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Panthers winger David Booth gingerly was helped off the ice Thursday after being hit flush in the jaw by Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek early in the second period.
Booth, who missed 45 games with a concussion after being knocked out by Philadelphia’s Mike Richards on Oct. 24, did not seem to lose consciousness after the hard hit.
added 9:01pm, Watch the video of the hit…
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
Netminders have obviously allowed goals from center ice or beyond before, as Vokoun did on Radim Vrbata’s( meek shot; but rarely are those goals allowed with 59.7 seconds left in the game and with that goalie’s team clinging to a one-goal lead.
from Steve Gorten of the Sun Sentinel,
Here’s what Booth said after the game about what went down with Richards 2:45 into the first period:
“That was kind of expected. I don’t really know what I’m doing when I fight,” Booth said. “But it was just a lot of…I don’t know what’s built up, but what could have been this year if you were playing, you think about that. But that’s behind me now. I don’t have to worry about that. I can just go out there and play and be free of this. I’m back to 100 percent.”
Booth added: “I just wanted to get it off my chest. It wasn’t cheap or anything. I just asked him if he wanted to and he was good enough to give me my shot.”
From TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s Tweet:
Full deal: Boston acquires Seidenberg and Bartowski from Fla for Craig Weller, Byron Bitz and a 2nd round pick.
from the Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
As for Sexton, he told me he’s been really busy talking with GMs the past week after a slow first week to start the Olympic break. Sexton said he’s moved closer to making a trade and that there aren’t just a couple of possibilities, but “a whole host of deals” being discussed.
The Panthers could get back players, prospects, draft picks or a combination.
That said, Sexton told me, “make no mistake — there will be no fire sale.”
He said he doesn’t feel like has to make a certain number of deals by Wednesday. He also said he wants y’all to know that the trade deadline is just the beginning of his plans when it comes to changing the makeup of the roster.
“Phase 1 is until Wednesday. Phase 2 is the draft. Phase 3 is free agency. Phase 4 is right around training camp, start of regular season,” Sexton said.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The latest team linked to Tomas Vokoun in NHL trade rumors is the Chicago Blackhawks.
Although one NHL source told ESPN.com on Friday not to discount that rumor completely, another source said the complete opposite.
Just another day for Vokoun, who has been bandied about all over the Internet trade rumor mill.
“I did read some stuff,” Vokoun said Friday night after his Czech team’s 5-2 win over Latvia. “I follow hockey closely, it comes across. But I haven’t been approached [to waive his no-move clause] by anybody from Florida or anything like that, so until I hear otherwise, I’m just going to treat it as rumors. Right now, I’m playing for Florida and that’s where my focus is.”
You know that guy who likes to spread made up rumors. Well, today he answered a few questions people tweeted him.
This one shows off his hockey knowledge…
@exqueezme asks: do you find it surprising that frolic didn’t make the Russian roster?
answer: First off, killer twitter name! The Russians wanted a certain number of KHLers to help give their league credibility.
Maybe someone should tell him Frolic is from the Czech Republic.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
• There is plenty of talk about the future of Florida G Tomas Vokoun with the Panthers sending out word they’re getting ready to clean house. Would he waive his no-movement clause to go to the Flyers? Philadelphia has shut down G Ray Emery for three weeks because of a hip problem and there are concerns about whether he might need surgery. The issue with dealing Vokoun is he’s been the Panthers’ best player all season. He is the one guy they should keep. Florida could also move C Stephen Weiss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
• The Oilers have been trying to move C Shawn Horcoff ($5.5-million cap hit through 2014), C Robert Nilsson ($2 million through 2011), D Sheldon Souray ($5.4 million through 2012), D Steve Staios ($2.7 million through 2011) and D Tom Gilbert ($4 million through 2014).
“They’re going to have a real tough time moving those players,” said a league executive. “(Katz) might have to be willing to put money in the minors to give (Tambellini) flexibility to make changes. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses.”
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Sexton says he got some things done and progress is being made toward the real trade deadline on March 3. That’s when teams will be wheeling and dealing….
“I thought today went pretty well. Worked at things, made good progress, just couldn’t get anything completed.
“Today is the first deadline before the next deadline. There’s a lot of time, I’ll just keep working the next few weeks until the early part of March.
“Some teams still have games to play and we’re all under the CBA roster limitations and salary cap floors and ceilings. For some teams, they’re at the roster limit and playing tonight or tomorrow and it’s a challenge to manage things. It’s a point of negotiating. You want the lowest price if you are a buyer, and you want to extract the highest price if you are a seller.
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