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The Maple Leafs got rid of Clarkson's contract and the only thing it costs them is money, which they seem to print no matter what is happening with the team on the ice. That's an easy win and the Leafs haven't had a lot of wins, easy or otherwise, on the ice, so they might as well celebrate this one. All shots aside, though, it's a smart move for the Leafs to use their financial wherewithal to their advantage. It can't happen as often under a salary cap system, but it worked in this situation and it's a pretty good sign that the Maple Leafs were creative enough to find a way to escape their biggest contract mistake.
Scott Cullen of TSN where you can read more on the trade.
from Harvey Fialov of the Sun-Sentinel,
After years of selling off their top players before the trade deadline, Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon sent a strong message to the fans and his young team that he is committed to make the playoffs this season when he acquired nine-time All-Star forward Jaromir Jagr from the Devils Thursday afternoon.
Jagr, 43, the active leader in points (1,784), games played (1,530), assists (1,068), goals (716), plus/minus (+284) and power-play goals (202) cost the Panthers a second-round pick in June and a conditional third-round pick in 2016. This season, Jagr, a sure-fire Hall of Famer, has 11 goals and 18 assists in 57 games.
“That we’re buyers and committed to winning,’’ Tallon said was his message. “[Owner Vinnie Viola] and we all said we want to win a championship. We’re putting the pieces together step by step. Hopefully, Jaromir can lead these young guys to the promised land. It’s a win-win for us."
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
- The Capitals are looking for a third-pairing rental to go with John Carlson, Mike Green, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik and Karl Alzner. Washington is more interested in a winger to play with Ovechkin and Backstrom, though. I’d give Chris Stewart a look as a rental.
- It’s no secret Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray loves Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly, who could easily be moved this summer because the Avs don’t want to pay him $6 million a season. As Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News surmises, Avs coach Patrick Roy used to coach Sabres first-round centre Mikhail Grigorenko in junior in Quebec City; he’s yet to make an impact in Buffalo. The Sabres are also growing exasperated with big Russian teenage defenceman Nikita Zadorov for off-ice issues (missing a flight, sleeping in for a practice).
- Sounds a little screwy, but there are some scouts who feel the one young defenceman the Ducks might trade is Cam Fowler, who doesn’t have Hampus Lindholm’s all-around game or Sami Vatanen’s offensive bang. Fowler is good, for sure, but scouts wonder if Canadian junior team star Theodore could replace Fowler in time, and they might consider moving Fowler for a forward who could play with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.
COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired right wing David Clarkson from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Clarkson, 30, has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 955 penalty minutes in 544 career NHL games with the Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils, while adding 5-9-14 and 79 penalty minutes in 44 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has collected 10-5-15 and 92 penalty minutes in 58 games this season.
“David Clarkson has been a 30-goal scorer in the NHL who will bring added character and leadership to our group and we believe he will be a valuable contributor to our team,” said Kekalainen. “While we are excited to welcome David to the Blue Jackets, it is also difficult that Nathan’s time here has ended prematurely due to his injury situation. He is a tremendous person and we wish him and his family all the best in the future.”
Toronto release below...
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has acquired F Jaromir Jagr from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Florida’s second-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2016.
Jagr, 43, ranks first among active National Hockey League leaders in points (1,784), games played (1,530), assists (1,068), goals (716), plus/minus (+284) and power play goals (202). Among all-time NHL leaders, he ranks first in game-winning goals (127), fifth in points, sixth in goals, seventh in assists and 13th in games played.
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded right wing Adam Cracknell to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for future considerations, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Cracknell, 29, recorded an assist and two penalty minutes in 17 games with the Blue Jackets and added 3-4-7 and two penalty minutes in 18 games with the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons this season after being claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings on October 7. The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native has appeared in 82 career NHL games with Columbus and St. Louis, registering 6-11-17 and 14 penalty minutes.
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from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
So would having McDavid starring in revenue rich Canada help the league more? Or would having him do the LeBron thing and prop up a weak US market be the best medicine for the league?
Even among bottom five teams there are widely diverging scenarios. It’s hard to begrudge the Sabres getting him, but the real debate for the NHL if they were to get in the lottery fixing game would boil down to two choices, according to sports marketing experts.
Would the league be better off with McDavid going to a non-traditional hockey market and doing for Arizona or Carolina what Crosby did for Pittsburgh, where the once struggling Penguins have a new arena, an eight-year sellout streak and are local TV ratings colossus?
Or would the NHL be better off with McDavid in Toronto, giving the league something they’ve arguably never had: a sure-fire superstar in the league’s biggest, richest market?
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will return to his family home in Philadelphia and not play for the remainder of the regular season. Bryzgalov was assigned to Norfolk on Feb. 24 and made the decision after discussing the situation with his family and agent Ritch Winter.
Bryzgalov and Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray made the following comments:
from Eric Wilbur of Boston.com,
If this group is still to be considered a playoff team, then should Chiarelli have the freedom to add the pieces he deems fit for an improbable Cup run? And if that’s the case, what level of return might we be talking about?
Are the pipe dreams of landing either T.J. Oshie or Taylor Hall (both linked to the Bruins in one way or another in recent months) little more than laughable scenarios? Will the Bruins simply, finally acquire Buffalo’s Chris Stewart so we can just all shut up about the immortal trade rumor of the season? How soon would it take head coach Claude Julien’s head to explode if Chiarelli re-acquired old friend Jaromir Jagr, and he was forced to play him alongside Ryan Spooner?
This is a big week for the Bruins. Despite a dazzling month of January, played in the wake of owner Charlie Jacobs’ veiled threats, the Bruins are just 2-6-2 in their last 10 games, not exactly the results the team’s hierarchy is looking for with a trip to the playoffs - along with Chiarelli’s and Julien’s jobs - in question.
That’s probably a stretch for Julien, what with a new contract extension in tow, but could be a possibility as far as the general manager is concerned, not for the product that he delivered (or, as some might opine, failed to deliver) this season, but for putting the Bruins in a salary cap situation that has them up against the wall at knifepoint.
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