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No more trade talk, no more made-up rumors, no more what ifs.
Now it is time for us to enjoy the game as teams fighting for a playoff spot literally have their season on the line every game they play.
Our full attention can now turn to the game on the ice and as a hockey purist, there is no better time of the season than right now.
Personally, I can dedicate 100% of my time to the game on the ice, the battle for the puck, the streaking forward firing a high hard puck to the top of the net. The goalie sprawling across the crease to stop a puck we all thought was going in the net.
Time to enjoy the game on the ice folks, this is hockey, our game.
NEW YORK (March 3, 2010)—NHL clubs made 31 trades involving 55 players today prior to the 3 p.m., ET, trading deadline. The number of trades and players involved are the most ever on deadline day.
Following is a list of the transactions:
from Steve Gorten of the Sun Sentinel,
Here’s what Booth said after the game about what went down with Richards 2:45 into the first period:
“That was kind of expected. I don’t really know what I’m doing when I fight,” Booth said. “But it was just a lot of…I don’t know what’s built up, but what could have been this year if you were playing, you think about that. But that’s behind me now. I don’t have to worry about that. I can just go out there and play and be free of this. I’m back to 100 percent.”
Booth added: “I just wanted to get it off my chest. It wasn’t cheap or anything. I just asked him if he wanted to and he was good enough to give me my shot.”
from Tom Kowalski of Mlive,
Who will start in net for the Red Wings on Friday?
“I haven’t even thought of it,’’ said Babcock, who didn’t appear to be a man with a lot of options. “It never got any better after (the Howard benching), either.’‘
A verbal shot like that didn’t hit the post. Babcock said it wasn’t a difficult decision to pull Howard, but he wasn’t the only player who drew Babcock’s ire.
“The puck didn’t hit him. I said right from the get-go everybody in all positions was exactly the same—not very good,’’ Babcock said.
“I knew it was coming,’’ Howard said. “The puck just didn’t hit me tonight. It definitely needs to down the stretch. I need to be better. The third one was a nice shot, the fourth one I didn’t see it until it was going under me.’‘
Bruce Boudreau on the moves Washington made yesterday.
from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,
This, after a break.
This, after a full week of practices.
“Well, it was certainly disappointing,” Sutter said shortly after the team’s 4-0 loss to the visiting Minnesota Wild. “I certainly expected more from the team here tonight. I thought the game started off fine. They got the one goal on us, we had a little bit of push in the second.
“I was disappointed in our execution. I was disappointed in our intelligence. I thought the emotional level, as the game went on, dropped off. That was disappointing, too. I’m not pleased with how we played tonight. How can we be? It’s unacceptable — every game is such a big game for us — to play with a lack of intensity, to play like there isn’t even a system in place. It was like a river-hockey game out there tonight. And we didn’t score any goals because we didn’t do enough things to score goals.
“I don’t know what to say. I’m surprised by what took place here tonight.”
from Craig Custance of The Sporing News,
Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney woke up at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and expected to get shut out on trade deadline day. He had needs—that’s for sure. Despite sitting in fifth-place in the Western Conference, his team had one of the league’s worst power plays.
And there wasn’t much depth on the Coyotes’ roster. Maloney desperately wanted to change that, but not bad enough to deal any of his top prospects or a top pick. Or, basically, what every selling GM was demanding for players.
But on Wednesday, Maloney and the Coyotes blew away all expectations. Just like they have all season. And now, what was once supposed to be a throwaway year for a team on its way out of town could be something special.
“It’s exciting. In the past we’ve been part of the trade deadline and it’s usually the other way,” captain Shane Doan told Sporting News. “It hasn’t been fun being a Coyotes fan the last few years. The least we can do is give them something to cheer about.”
from Bucky Gleason of hte Buffalo News,
The Sabres have one of the best goalies in the world in Ryan Miller, but they’re not among the elite teams in the league. They have a good team, but they’re a year or two and several players away from going deep into the playoffs and, maybe, possibly, if things fall into place, contending for a Stanley Cup.
This year, there’s a wide gap between the top five teams — Washington, New Jersey and Pittsburgh in the East and San Jose and Chicago in the West — and others such as Buffalo, Ottawa and Vancouver. The Capitals were busy for good reason Wednesday. They’re capable of winning the darned thing.
The Sabres’ chances are slim at best.
I’ve never been the lead attorney on Regier’s defense team, but I’m with him this time around. What they really need is their kids to grow up while they shop for a true No. 1 center, a defenseman who can quarterback the power play and another scorer on the wing. They weren’t getting all three and more this year.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
For a tantalizing 24 hours, Brian Burke had the valued card that he had so badly wanted to play in the months counting down to Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline.
Tomas Kaberle and agent Rick Curran put themselves in the big game, letting it be known they’d relent and waive his no-trade clause, pending Burke’s exploratory talks with three select clubs.
But Burke either could not make something happen with such a limited field or had too little time, and the day ended with Kaberle aboard the flight to Boston with the rest of the Leafs for Thursday’s game.
Kaberle has been singin’ in the rain for the five years the Leafs have missed the playoffs, convincing himself that sunny skies were coming back.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Just how bland was NHL trade deadline day in the Western Conference?
At the end, the most intriguing question revolved around a historical curiosity: How could the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, long-time bitter rivals in the Battle of Alberta, make a trade for the first time in history?
Is nothing sacred?
It took them until the 11th hour yesterday, but the Oilers finally began a much-needed overhaul of their roster, moving out two more defencemen (Lubomir Visnovsky to the Anaheim Ducks and Steve Staios to Calgary). Add in the transaction that sent Denis Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators last Monday, and three of the team’s former starting six defencemen are now gone. (Sheldon Souray stayed behind, mostly because he developed an infection in his broken hand that reportedly will keep him out for the rest of the season.)
In all, the Oilers received a second-round pick for Grebeshkov, a third-rounder and defenceman Aaron Johnson for Staios, and defenceman Ryan Whitney and a sixth-rounder for Visnovsky.
In the end, Visnovsky was the best player traded in the Western Conference yesterday.
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