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via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Alex Ovechkin just left practice after taking a slap shot off of his right foot. He went to the bench in obvious pain, removed his skate and then was helped to the dressing room by a trainer.
Update:A team spokesman just told reporters that the injury is not believed to be serious. But judging from Ovechkin’s reaction—he smashed a stick or two on the way to the dressing room—this bears still watching.
E.J. Hradek at a live blog at ESPN,
Another league source with knowledge of the situation in Denver says there’s “no chance” the Avalanche will move Ryan Smyth or Milan Hejduk. We’ll see.
follow the live blog…
From Sportsnet.ca, Andy Wozniewski has been acquired by the Penguins in exchange for Danny Richmond of the St. Louis Blues.
Reported on TSN: Colorado Avalanche Jordan Leopold has been traded to Calgary for Lawrence Nycholat, a 2nd round pick and a possible prospect.
More details to come.
Update 11:46am ET: Link now available at TSN.
This will be the 28-year old Leopold’s second tour of duty with the Flames as he played with Calgary between 2002-2006.
Leopold is making $1.5 million this season and is in the final year of his contract, meaning he could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Update 11:57am ET: Specifics of the trade from a Sportsnet alert—
Calgary Flames get:
- D Jordan Leopold
Colorado Avalanche get:
- D Ryan Wilson
- D Lawrence Nycholat
- 2nd round pick (from Montreal)
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Tim Connolly signs 2 year extension with the Buffalo Sabres for $4.5 per year for a total of $9 million.
Link will be added as soon as it’s available.
Update 10:51am ET: Link at TSN now available.
Bob McKenzie reporting on TSN that Antoine Vermette has been traded to Columbus for Pascal Leclaire.
Update 10am ET: It’s being reported that Ottawa also gets a 2nd round pick in the deal.
Update 10:03 am ET: Link available at TSN.
Bob McKenzie on TSN is reporting that Filip Kuba has been extended by the Senators for $3.7 million per for 3 years.
added 9:58am, TSN link now available.
There has been talk this morning the Sabres are still negotiating a new contract for Tim Connolly. Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News feels he will be moved…
My previous suggestion that the Sabres re-sign him was based on him returning at the right price and having a healthy lineup around him get into the playoffs. Apparently, he doesn’t want to come back for less. The banged-up Sabres could miss the postseason even if they keep him, so why keep him?
Columbus and Vancouver are interested in Connolly, but Chicago appears to have an inside track. The Blackhawks are looking for a No. 2 center and would be willing to include defenseman James Wisniewski in a package with the Sabres. The two teams were talking Tuesday.
added 9:39am, via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN the Buffalo Sabres have tabled a two-year contract extension at better than $4 million per season to keep forward Tim Connolly in Buffalo.
Although the offer is considered to be strong, it may not be quite good enough to get the deal done without further negotiations.
via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
A Panthers source said at 9 a.m. ET it was “too early to tell” whether Bouwmeester (UFA July 1) would be moved. In other words, they’re still waiting for the best offers.
Tough call for Panthers GM Jacques Martin.
On Long Island, GM Garth Snow is giving one last try to complete a Bill Guerin trade that he’s been working on since Saturday. A source close to the situation said if the deal doesn’t go through soon today, Snow will move on to a Plan B.
In Chicago, the Blackhawks are close to acquiring a forward, ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside tells us.
added 9:15am, Don’t forget to check out Spector;s blog throughout the day. Lyle Richardson provides “common sense” analysis to all the trades being talked about.
added 9:20am, Kevin Allen of USA TODAY has a deadline day blog going which will be updated all day long.
“We just made it 5 to 2, and we’re jumping on each other like we just won an overtime game. I’m sure if I were on the Carolina bench I’d be going, ‘Look at these idiots.’”
-Caps coach Bruce Boudreau after the Caps lost to the Hurricanes 5-2. Watch a post game video at On Frozen Blog.
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