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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
• I am insinuating nothing. I am implying nothing. But if Anaheim GM Brian Burke sends a package of major prospects to the Maple Leafs in order to rent Mats Sundin and then Burke becomes Toronto GM over the summer - the man doth protest his lack of interest way too much - while Sundin returns to Toronto next season, well, how exactly will that look?
• John Tortorella is operating on borrowed time in Tampa, and everyone knows it, including him. Question: Does he wind up in San Jose, Detroit or Philadelphia?
more NHL type talk…
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,
How would Gainey, the general manager, describe Gainey, the player?
“I was strong-willed,” he said. “I was extremely difficult to play against. Determined to carry my part of the team’s game to improve our chances to win the game. I enjoyed the harder parts of the games and the harder parts of the season.”
What he didn’t say was that no player before him, or since, delivered those qualities game in, game out for the length of his 16 seasons with the team, which included 1,160 regular-season games - eight as captain - and 182 playoff games, which brought home five Stanley Cups and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1979.
Who gets traded, who do you want to get and give-up?
Today you are the hockey expert, let your views be known on the upcoming trade deadline moves.
Is you team still in the playoff race or is it time to be a seller? If your team is considered a lock to be playing in mid-April, do you need to get stronger or stand pat?
Let KK readers and myself know what your strategy is for the next few days!
from Victor Chi at the Sporting News,
When it comes to a trade deadline, no other sports league can match the fuss and frenzy of the NHL.
The NHL should be accentuating this distinction.
Turn the day itself into a stand-alone event. It should be easier now that the NHL Network is available in the United States. And if Versus is supposed to be such a great partner for the NHL, get the network to simulcast the NHL Network or a Canadian all-sports outlet or produce its own trade-day show.
On deadline day, games actually serve as a diversion. The attention and resources required to covering games come at the expense of deeper trade coverage.
From Kevin Allen at USA Today,
You know that the hockey world has entered the 21st century when the Atlanta Thrashers and Detroit Red Wings had to deny a rumor that appeared on a bogus Valtteri Filppula Facebook page earlier this week.
As is always the case, the ridiculous rumors far outnumber the actual trade negotiations. But with five days remaining before the trade deadline, here are the top buyers and sellers in the marketplace:
continued… with a list of 15 top-buyers and 6 top-sellers
Neil Smith, former general manager of the New York Rangers, will be the guest on the NHL Hour today. Hosting the show today will be Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
from the Vancouver Sun,
The sounds you heard out of the managers’ meetings in Florida this week were of frustration, of anger, and of determination to cut through all the horsedoodle the Goaltenders’ Benevolent Protective Association has been dispensing for years about how reducing the size of their padding is a safety issue.
The GMs have always known it’s not true. The only difference is that now, having turned the rulebook upside down in an effort to create more offence, they have been forced to confront the obvious: It’s the goalies, stupid.
“We’re tired of the conversation,” said Detroit’s Ken Holland, himself a former netminder.
“We’ve got to shrink the goalies. If we can’t get this right, then we have to sit down and look at the alternatives. And obviously bigger nets is one of the alternatives.”
No one wants bigger nets. No one wants the game’s history bastardized by tinkering with the dimensions of hockey’s most fundamental focal point. But there is no mistaking the threat.
from the Prague Post,
“We’ve become a supermarket for the NHL, where they get top products at discount prices,” said Zbyněk Kusý, the national team’s general manager. “We are left begging NHL clubs to pay our players while letting them play for the national team in their free time.”
The national team’s head coach, Alois Hadamczik, is planning to leave late this month on a North American tour, hoping to lure some Czech NHL players in for the World Championship in May. The more NHL players on the national team, the stronger it will be, Hadamczik said.
“The days when NHL players merely boosted our team are gone. … Now, we must form the whole team with them in order to be competitive,” he said.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL’s 30 general managers ended their annual winter meetings Wednesday by singing from the same song sheet with apologies to Nilsson: “Everybody’s talking at me but I don’t hear a word they’re sayin’.”
There were one or two things that were advanced on the official agenda, such as introducing a one-minute penalty in overtime for experimentation by the American Hockey League next season, but trade talks dominated the sessions, since the NHL’s trade deadline arrives next Tuesday.
The names flying about were mostly the same all week — Mats Sundin, Marian Hossa, Brian Campbell, Brad Richards, Dan Boyle, Vinny Prospal and Ollie Jokinen with Alex Tanguay and Michael Ryder being late arrivals.
Update 3:15pm ET— From the CP via TSN:
No, there weren’t any significant moves made, but when the big trades are pulled off before Tuesday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, the roots will be found in their time in Naples.
“It goes from kicking tires to sketching and we’ll see where we are when we go home,” said Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi.
From Elliotte Friedman at CBC,
None of the general managers agreeing to these no-trade or no-move clauses are doing so under penalty of death. And the idea that the sudden explosion of said causes is single-handedly killing the trade market is a joke. Trades aren’t happening because the NHL’s system creates paralysis. Yes, the no-trades are a part of that, but there are plenty of other issues. The NBA, for example, has all kinds of exceptions to allow manouverability that the NHL doesn’t.
Now, we’re talking about taking away no-trade clauses in the next CBA. How about doing what we tell our children: “Just say no.”
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