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from the Mercury News via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
I also think it doesn’t really matter what happens to Marleau after he goes, since it seems that the key thing right now for the Sharks is merely that he goes.
For chemistry. For a dressing room kick start. For the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Sure, the Sharks won their second in a row Sunday in a shootout at Pittsburgh to steady their No. 5 playoff positioning in the Western Conference. Sure, once it gets home, this team could suddenly get hot and Marleau could be the igniter.
But Marleau was a ghost again Sunday. He wasn’t on the ice when Jonathan Cheechoo scored the team’s only regulation goal, which meant Marleau maintained his mind-boggling plus/minus mark of minus-21.
To get the KK readers prepared for the trade deadline, I know there are some teams that just won’t deal with each other.
Earlier today I pointed to a story stating look for Sather to deal with a team that he has a good history with, but I want to know which teams just won’t deal with each other.
For example, if owner Bill Davidson of Tampa Bay is still calling the shots at the trade deadline, you won’t see a deal between the Bolts and the Wings. The history of Davidson/Ilitch goes way back and I don’t think you will see these two gentlemen helping each other out.
The same could hold true with the Canes and Wings- any others we could basically say, that trade won’t happen?
from Russo’s Rants,
Could this team unearth a top player from another team, whether it be a center or a defenseman – maybe a gritty, high-scoring center like Florida’s Olli Jokinen?
After all, a fourth Florida scout watched the Wild play tonight for the fifth time in six games. Like I said a few days ago, I know the Panthers and Wild play this week, but wouldn’t you agree that’s a little excessive pre-scouting?
Of course, I can promise you the Panthers wouldn’t just give Jokinen away. It would have to be a deal that knocks their socks off. They’re under no pressure to trade him — he’s under contract for the next two years at a reasonable price.
more on the Wild…
Folks, we are going to hear rumors and things like from a friend of a friend type thing, so get used to it. It is up to you to decide what is true and what isn’t and a few suggestions. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it is a duck!
Spector will be a busy man with stuff like this…
TSN: During the first intermission of today’s Sharks-Penguins game, Darren Dreger and John Ferguson Jr reported the following:
- Nothing new to report on Mats Sundin’s status, other than Sundin personally contacted Ferguson today and denied a report in Sunday’s Toronto Star that claimed the Leafs captain told a friend it wasn’t his responsibility to fix Ferguson’s mistakes. JFJ claims Sundin was quite upset about the story.
read more of Spector…
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
And while Hossa is the big catch, Waddell acknowledged there’s been increased interest in all of the Thrashers potential free agents, including veterans Bobby Holik, Mark Recchi and Johan Hedberg. Right now, he’s exploring all options.
Defenseman Alexei Zhitnik, who didn’t play in Toronto, is also being shopped.
more on Atlanta…
Good to see Patrice Bergeron on the ice today…
from the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has activated forward Joe Sakic from the Injured Reserve list. He will be available to play in tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
via Blue Notes at Newsday,
Although the Rangers have denied repeated requests from New York writers for a sitdown with general manager Glen Sather, he spoke with Edmonton reporters and said Jaromir Jagr would not be traded, and that he would like to resign both Jagr and Sean Avery.
Anyone who thought Jagr was going to get traded, raise your hand!
Take a deep breath, Jackets fans, because trade talks will accelerate on Monday.
I spoke to Scott Howson several minutes ago and he doesn’t expect any movement today (Sunday), but added “tomorrow should be a busy day.” That doesn’t mean there will be a deal, only that the intensity gets turned way up.
via Five for Fighting,
Sergei Zubov had a screw inserted into his injured foot and will be out 3-4 weeks, according to coach Dave Tippett. Zubov had apparently gone to a specialist who told him to get this fixed now.
The Stars were hoping Zubov would be back on the ice sometime this week. Instead, they’re keeping their fingers crossed that he gets some work in before the playoffs.
update 5:11pm, Just received a release from the Stars, stating Zubov will not even skate for 3-4 weeks, so his return to the lineup could be 4-6 weeks.
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