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If you are at a hockey game and some ignorant person next to you pulls out a laser, draw attention to that person until security comes and halls the fool away.
Don’t worry, the person will not hurt you, even though he/she feels they can control a hockey game by pointing a laser at a visiting goalie.
from Greg Brady at am640,
I don’t want to hack on Don Waddell. Really, I don’t. But in the NHL, there’s no GM who’s accomplished so very little, with such an opportunity with high picks and good young players, and for a while, the ability to spend money and not be a “budget” team for much of their existence.
But following the trade of the best player the franchise has ever had, and the most prolific NHL goalscorer since the 04/05 lockout, this insanity of the Atlanta Thrashers ownership continuing to employ him HAS to end.
Kovalchuk went to the New Jersey Devils, where he may become, officially, after his first shift against the Maple Leafs in Newark tomorrow night, the most exciting forward ever to wear a Devils jersey. I don’t think that’s a stretch - and I was a huge Randy McKay fan. Ahem.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Iya Kovalchuk will make his Devils’ debut Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center, general manager Lou Lamoriello said.
Defensman Anssi Salmela, who was reacquired in the deal, also is expected to be in the Devils’ lineup Friday night….
Lamoriello said the idea of trying to re-sign Kovalchuk was not something that factored into his decision on making the trade.
“That has not even been a thought at this moment,” Lamoriello said. “What we want to do is just get him here, get him into the environment, get him into the lineup, get our coaches to see what he brings. We see what what he brings, he sees what we bring and not even think about that (re-signing him) whatsoever. That is not the thought process at this time. It is to get this team better and in the next couple of weeks get sort of an aquaintance so that once the break is over we get all of our players back. Paul Martin will be back. David Clarkson will be back. Certainly, Patrik (Elias) should be back before then, hopefully, and then we’ll know what we are.”
After several months of negotiations toward a long-term contract with forward Ilya Kovalchuk and his agent, we were unable to reach an agreement and elected to trade Kovalchuk and defenseman Anssi Salmela to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a first round draft pick in 2010.
We want you, our fans, to know that throughout the negotiation process, the Thrashers organization remained committed to offering Ilya a contract that exceeded those of the league’s best and highest paid players, and was commensurate to his skill level and performance history.
Details coming. Credit Kevin Allen for all his work.
added 7:33pm, Elliotte Friedman tweets,
Johnny Oduya to atl
Of course, just part of the deal.
added 8:02pm, via an Elliotte Friedman tweet,
Believe the deal is Oduya, Bergfors, Nick Palmieri and a first rounder
added 8:07pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,
RDS reporting: Oduya, Bergfors, Tedenby and 1st round pick.
added 8:13pm, from Kevin Allen’s tweet,
Atlanta Thrashers receive Oduya, Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a 1st-round pick for Kovalchuk
added 8:19pm, TSN confirms Kevin Allen’s tweet.
added 8:27pm, via Jay Grossman Twitter,
Our other client, Anssi Salmela also in deal. Going back to NJD
added 8:33pm, Ben Wright of the Thrashers tweets teams swap 2nd round picks too.
added 8:38pm, Don Waddell talks about the trade. Watch below…
Kevin Allen tweets,
Told Kovalchuk is being traded to an Eastern Conference team tonight. I’m awaiting confirmation that deal is complete.
added 7:00pm, Bob McKenzie tweets,
I concur with Kevin Allen. Kovalchuk is being traded tonight.
added 7:19pm, Kevin Allen tweets he will release info at 7:30pm.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini has a list of at least six teams Sheldon Souray would waive his no-trade clause to join, assuming one of these teams is willing to accept the gamble presented in Souray’s surgically-repaired hand.
Anaheim, Dallas and the Los Angeles Kings are listed as the three Western Conference teams on Souray’s wish list, while somewhat surprisingly, the Eastern Conference is well represented as well in Washington, Philadelphia and the New York Rangers.
from Kurt Helin of NBC Los Angeles,
The Los Angeles Kings are as hot as they have ever been. Yes, Gretzky-era hot. Marcel Dionne-hot.
They have won seven straight (five of those on the road, as they were forced out of Staples for the Grammys and Lady Gaga’s headwear). The club record is eight — done once in the Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Barry Melrose and his mullet season of 1991-92. It was also done in the 1972-73 season, before Dionne and the glory early years of the Kings even started.
To reach that record, the Kings need to beat the Ducks on Thursday night at Staples Center. Nothing would make Kings fans happier. But it’s not going to be that simple.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
“You know what, they’re an exciting team,” Gretzky told ESPN.com on Wednesday.
The Great One cited Caps coach Bruce Boudreau and his history as a prolific junior player with the Toronto Marlies (Boudreau posted 165 points in 69 games in 1974-75).
“I think it goes back to when he played for George Armstrong with the Toronto Marlies,” Gretzky said. “He loves that transition hockey, head-manning the puck and going to the net. It’s very similar to the way the Marlies played in 1974-75 when they won the Memorial Cup. Obviously, the players are bigger and stronger these days, and the goaltenders are probably a little more athletic and they have bigger equipment, so it’s tougher to score. But the actual style of play, transition and head-manning the puck is similar.”
And just like Gretzky, Mark Messier and Paul Coffey leading the way offensively on those Oilers teams, the Caps have their own version.
“Their top guys, Ovechkin, Semin and Green, play a hard-tempo game every night,” said Gretzky. “They lead by example and pull the rest of the guys with them.”
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