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Ducks/Lightning Trade Goalies

via Anaheim Ducks tweet,

Ducks acquire goaltender Dan Ellis from Tampa Bay in exchange for goaltender Curtis McElhinney.

added 11:06am,

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired goaltender Dan Ellis from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goaltender Curtis McElhinney.

“We are excited to acquire a goaltender of Dan’s caliber, someone we feel can help us immediately,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He has experience playing in big games down the stretch.”


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  Tags: curtis+mcelhinney, dan+ellis

Be Prepared To Pay For Brad Richards

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

That Joe Nieuwendyk, GM of the Stars, who knew he had such a sense of humor?

The Post has learned Nieuwendyk told Rangers GM Glen Sather on Tuesday that it would cost the Blueshirts three young studs off the roster, believed to be Marc Staal, Brandon Dubinsky and Derek Stepan, for the privilege of renting Brad Richards.

Never mind that Richards, who has a no-move clause in his contract, has not yet been asked for a list of clubs for which he would be willing to waive it, according to agent Pat Morris in a phone conversation yesterday with The Post.


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  Tags: brad+richards

Will The Ducks Make The Playoffs?

from Mark Whicker of Ducks Blog,

The Ducks have now lost three consecutive home games, although one shouldn’t expect them to beat anybody without Ryan Getzlaf, Saku Koivu and Jonas Hiller.

What they had to do was stay out of the penalty box. Amazingly, they did. They still lost, 3-2, to Willie Mitchell’s goal. When Mitchell last scored, the Yankees were still world champions of baseball.

Anyway, the Ducks fall into 11th, although they have the same 68 points that Dallas and Chicago have. Los Angeles, Minnesota, Nashville and Calgary are all at 70 points. All is not lost. Yet.

read on for some scoreboard watching which will probalby continue to the end of the season.

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Will Disappointment Continue In Columbus?

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Little dark clouds still waft about Nationwide Arena. Be gone with them.

Blue Jackets president Mike Priest, normally an affable sort, looks like he won’t be able to get the corn crop in the ground. General manager Scott Howson is beginning to stoop as the trade deadline nears and pressure mounts. Coach Scott Arniel is wearing his David Puddy face and growling at reporters for like, reporting.

In the stands, many fans - especially the season-ticket holders - are wondering about their investment. A decade of disappointment weighs on their thinking. How can it not?

The only place in the building where anyone is smiling is the locker room.

Someone believes. It’s the players. Viva yo.


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Leafs Within Reach Of the Playoffs?

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Leafs GM Brian Burke continues to canvass for a defenceman leading up to Monday’s trade deadline, while his team makes its improbable run for a playoff spot that only the true diehards believe in.

If the team is going to make it, though, they’re most likely going to have to do it on their own. Help is not on its way.

In trading away Tomas Kaberle, Francois Beauchemin and Kris Versteeg, Burke repeatedly said he wasn’t interested in acquiring a player who could help the team make the playoffs simply to be blown out in the first round.

Burke is thinking long-term. His players, however, are thinking in much shorter terms — winning the next game, and getting closer to eighth place.


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Upshall Suspended Two Games

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Two game suspension for @scottieupshall for last night’s hit on PHI’s Oskar Bartulis.

Missed the hit?... watch it here.

added 5:16pm,

TORONTO (February 23, 2011)—Phoenix Coyotes left wing Scottie Upshall has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $24,193.54 for an illegal hit delivered to Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Oskars Bartulis in NHL game #895 last night, the National Hockey League announced today.

The incident occurred at 0:17 of the second period. Upshall hit an unsuspecting Bartulis, who was injured on the play. Upshall was assessed a minor penalty for boarding.

Upshall’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


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  Tags: oskars+bartulis, scottie+upshall

Hiller May Be Suffering From Vertigo

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

“They kind of ruled out the concussion thing. They’re saying it’s kind of vertigo,” Hiller said. “They couldn’t really tell me where it’s coming from or whatever so that’s kind of the tough part, to just accept it and not knowing what it’s coming from and just work with that to try to desensitize my brain.

“With all the input I get from my body it seems like I’m almost overreacting to stuff that’s normally not important or the brain would kind of leave out because it’s just everyday things, but it seems like right now I’m all over the place because I almost got too much feedback from my body.”

Hiller said he feels symptoms when he moves his head or turns. “It doesn’t really bother me in everyday life because you can kind of limit that, but the problem is on the ice I have to follow the puck and that’s kind of the tough part, when I have to move the head,” he said.


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  Tags: jonas+hiller

Phillips Still Undecided On His Future

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

The 10-minute pre-practice discussion between Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips and general manager Bryan Murray was the most intriguing development at Scotiabank Place Wednesday morning, but Phillips insists there’s nothing new in advance of Monday’s trade deadline.

Phillips says he wants to stay in Ottawa to be part of the club’s rebuilding plan, but he’s also hoping to secure a contract extension in advance of the trade deadline. If he doesn’t receive any guarantees about his future before then, he will have to decide whether to waive his no trade clause.

“I talked to Bryan (Murray) at the bench,” Phillips said. “We were just basically hanging out and we talked about a couple of things. He talked to my agent, but really, there’s nothing new that wasn’t different from before we talked.”


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  Tags: chris+phillips

Southeast Tonight: Three Games on the Schedule

A look around at the Southeast Division teams in action tonight:

Atlanta at Buffalo
If Rick Dudley is deciding between buyer and seller mode, this might just be the game to shove him swiftly in one direction or the other.

Atlanta has been in a tailspin in the new year, with just three regulation wins since we said farewell to 2010. Currently, the Thrashers have lost seven out of their last eight and are just 2-10-4 in their last 16.

They sit five points behind eighth place Carolina and are tied, points-wise, with tonight’s opponent, though their meeting with Buffalo becomes is that much more pivotal with the Sabres having two games in hand on Atlanta.

New faces Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart, acquired last week from Boston, will each play in their second game as a Thrasher tonight. Both made an impact in their Atlanta debut in Edmonton Sunday, despite the team’s 5-3 loss, with Wheeler assisting on an Andrew Ladd tally and Stuart scrapping with J-F Jacques in the second period.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: blake+wheeler, dan+ellis, dustin+byfuglien, dwayne+roloson, eric+brewer, mark+stuart, tomas+vokoun

Does Toronto Need A Brash Burke?

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

...is Burke’s agitated media style effective in the manic Toronto hockey market? In Anaheim, where hockey is the equivalent of crickets chirping, Burke’s bluster was a necessary noise to stir up interest in the Ducks. In Toronto, crickets chirping at the ACC warrants 24-point type. In that climate, Burke’s carny act only inflames the nerve endings of an already agitated fan base. He must keep topping himself, forever churning his roster.

Hence the three-year Tomas Kaberle departure watch in which the modest defenceman ascended to Carmelo Anthony stratosphere as Burke sought to trade him. The protracted Favre-ian melodrama left the city and its media exhausted by the time Kaberle was eventually dismissed to Boston last week.

The question: Does Burke’s over-wrought media style - tie askew, eyes burning with caffeined intensity - help or does it only beget more agitation?

more plus some Heritage Classic talk…

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  Tags: brian+burke

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