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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Thanks to only three regulation losses during a 19-game stretch since Jan. 15, the Blues—somewhat amazingly—are three points out of playoff spot and the trade deadline is around the corner.
Who’s kidding who, St. Louis might very well move Tkachuk, an unrestricted free agent July 1; but maybe, just maybe, they might also have to tell him, “Sorry, Keith. Unpack your bags, we’re still in it!”
“Well, that’s the idea,” Blues president John Davidson told ESPN.com on Thursday night after his team won 3-1 in Dallas. “We’ll see what happens.”
All via TSN Ice Chips,
Vancouver claimed Ossi Vaananen off wiavers from the Flyers on Friday.
Martin Gerber cleared re-entry waivers Friday. Brian Lee is going to be sent down to Binghamton of the AHL on Friday to clear a roster spot for Gerber.
Montreal claimed Glen Metropolit off waivers from the Flyers.
from Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Pierre LeBrun: The lesser trades often make a difference come playoff time. The Hawks have indeed scouted Halpern, but I’m wondering if they think $2 million next season on the last year of his deal is too much. Time will tell.
I think the Hawks have several players on their radar for their purchase of a center, including Dominic Moore and Nik Antropov in Toronto. Moore has been a surprise this season in my town, getting his first bit of regular work in the NHL and responding with a consistent work ethic. He’s your prototypical third-line center and has a great attitude. The Leafs have been talking contract with him this week, but if he doesn’t sign, he’s a goner.
With six weeks to go in the hockey season, Thrashers coach John Anderson gave AJC staff writer Carroll Rogers his thoughts on such things as the state of the Thrashers, his first season as an NHL head coach and his relationship with Ilya Kovalchuk.
Q. Do you think the pieces are here to build this team around?
A. We have a good young core of players. We’ve got (Boris) Valabik, we’ve got (Nathan) Oystrick, we’ve got (Tobias) Enstrom, (Zach) Bogosian, just on the back end, (Bryan) Little. (Ilya) Kovalchuk is not an old man. We’ve got (Rich) Peverley, who’s still a young guy. There are some great pieces here. Now we have to draft some more good players and hopefully fit in some older ones in the offseason that’ll help us.
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,
The fact that Sabres center Paul Gaustad avoided supplementary discipline from the NHL after delivering a controversial late-game hit that left center Ryan Getzlaf with a broken nose and facial cuts basically has the Ducks mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore.
“I’m not happy,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said after Gaustad was in Buffalo’s lineup for Thursday night’s 2-1, shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C. “If we’re going to be suspended for blows to the head, then they have to look at the other teams when our guys get hit. This just astounds me that Gaustad is not getting something for this, because that was on purpose and deliberate.”...
Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice president of hockey operations, Murray said, “told me they looked at it and they didn’t feel it was worth anything. They felt he hit him with his helmet. I don’t care if he hits him with his helmet, his elbow. Whatever it is, we’re supposed to be protecting our players from hits to the head.”
more and if you missed the hit, watch it below…
OK, I’ll say it. Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson is the whiniest player in the NHL. Every game, an issue. Yes, Jared Boll bumped him a few times and he could have been called for goaltender interference early in the game. But Roloson acts a little girl who had her pigtails yanked. Not very flattering, really.
-Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Jacques Lemaire winced at the notion.
The Minnesota Wild head coach had just put his team through the paces at the Saddledome yesterday before being told how close Jarome Iginla is to two key milestones.
As the captain and the Flames head into tonight’s clash against Minny, Iginla needs two goals to reach 400 for his career and three points to become’s the franchise’s all-time points leader, surpassing Theo Fleury.
Lemaire mockingly flinched and then replied with a wry grin: “Tell him to take his time. He’s gonna get it. There’s no rush. He’ll get it. There’s lots of games left.”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
From the ‘A’ to Zug, everyone was pulling for Tim Stapleton last night.
The Maple Leafs. The Marlies. His family in suburban Chicago. An aunt and uncle from New York who drove to Uniondale.
The Leafs farm team’s leading scorer received his big break Wednesday when an upper body injury shelved centre John Mitchell. And one night later, Stapleton delivered the 5-4 shootout winner against the Islanders.
“To have that kind of finish in my first NHL game is definitely something I’ll remember,” said Stapleton, who was moved from centre to right wing on a line with Dominic Moore and Jason Blake. “A lot of good things happened playing with those guys , but I was a minus-2 and that’s the part of my game I’m trying to work on.”
continued and watch his shootout goal below…
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
If you believe what you hear from various NHL sources, you can bet the Bruins [team stats] had many sets of eyes trained last night on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger….
Last night, Pronger played 25:42 and, as usual, was a classy all-round blueliner: Graceful and poised, using his long reach to good effect, moving the puck well, jumping up with the attack from time to time….
“The chatter is increasing,” said B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli, “but I’m not getting any closer to doing anything. I don’t want to subtract anything from our team. I like our team and I like the chemistry.”
Notice he said he doesn’t want to subtract players. He didn’t say he wouldn’t do it. Chiarelli is understandably loath to part with a young talent like Kessel, a 21-year-old with the potential to be a 50-goal superstar.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Brodeur admitted this shutout was a little different, though.
“It’s special,” he said. “I had a couple of good shutouts in my career in different areas and different games, but this one was pretty special to come back after that long. I didn’t get tested much. I had 24 shots, but there were still a couple of shots (that were tough) and they hit a post. I got a little lucky. It was kind of nice.”
When asked when he first started thinking about a shutout, he replied, “Last night, when I was dreaming.”
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