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from the Calgary Sun,
Imagine the heat if the Flames and Ducks met more often.
This has the makings of a nasty rivalry. Last night’s 4-2 Anaheim victory had plenty of bad blood simmering with the possibility of it coming to a full boil.
“We knew they like to play every game on the edge physically and their discipline can go either way,” said Flames blueliner Robyn Regehr. “That goes back to them being the most penalized team. We were trying to take advantage of that.”
It involved plenty of nastiness. The tone was set when Calgary’s Eric Godard took his first shift, duking it out with Anaheim policeman George Parros in a spirited heavyweight battle.
from Mark Spector of the National Post,
Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi could don a paper hat and apron, and set up a stand in the Ritz Carlton lobby this week, with his team in 30th place in the 30-team NHL and the trading deadline set for Feb. 26. But he wasn’t predicting a lot of action.
“The reality is, it’s sometimes hard to do a deal in Naples,” Lombardi said. “Everybody is in same room for most of the day, and when they leave the room you’re in groups of two, three, four guys. Sometimes you might want to talk, but it’s a hard atmosphere to talk to them in.
“So it works the other way: the reality is, if you want to talk seriously, it’s still easier to pick up the phone. That’s the irony.”
more on the GM meetings…
from the Vancouver Province,
We won’t trade a couple of big pieces from our team to acquire scoring,” said Nonis, who has $2.7 million US of available salary cap space. “At that point, what we’re doing is we’re creating two holes or three holes and we’re filling one.
“Are we going to move some of our younger players—the Alex Edlers, the Ryan Keslers—for players who are unrestricted that may be able to put the puck in the net the odd time? That’s not going to happen.”
That means unrestricted free agent winger Markus Naslund isn’t going anywhere and pitches for top-tier free agents such as Marian Hossa and Mats Sundin are unlikely. The cheaper Vaclav Prospal is a more tempting target.
from Philly Burbs,
There was plenty of injury news for the Flyers on Sunday, and it was all bad.
Steve Downie suffered a concussion in Saturday night’s game at Montreal and is sidelined indefinitely.
Derian Hatcher will miss a minimum of three weeks due to soreness and weakness in his surgically repaired right knee.
Joffrey Lupul, who suffered a high sprain to his right ankle Saturday night, also figures to be out of action a minimum of two to three weeks.
Sun Media’s Bruce Garrioch takes a team-by-team look at what may happen as NHL teams approach the trade deadline.
Needs: If anything, the Ducks will deal for offensive help, but GM Brian Burke doesn’t want to give up a lot off his roster. Sure, the Ducks will make calls about the likes of Atlanta RW Marian Hossa and Toronto C Mats Sundin, but Burke isn’t big on deadline deals.
Who’s available: D Sean O’Donnell and C Todd Marchant.
The Chicago Blackhawks have secured a big piece of their blueline as they have signed defenceman Brent Seabrook to a three-year, $10.5 million contact.
via Inside The Kings,
Rob Blake doesn’t expect to be back on the ice before the Feb. 26 trade deadline, which could obviously affect his tradeability. He attempted to skate today and it didn’t go well. He is going to have an MRI to check on the ankle’s progress tomorrow and said he won’t try to skate again until next week.
added 6:54pm, from the LA Times,
Kings defenseman and captain Rob Blake said today that he has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause by the organization and does not want to do so.
“I want to stay here and remain a King,” said the injured Blake, who was at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. “I stressed that with them and talked about the plans of the Kings and the future. . . . That was it.”
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added 8:02pm, from another blog post at Inside the Kings,
On meeting with Lombardi: ``Nothing’s changed on my part. I expressed my feelings to stay here again and kind of do what I wanted to do when I came back here two years ago. That’s not going to change. Hopefully it works out that way.
``He was just saying there are teams inquiring. But there’s been no talk of waiving the no-trade on either side. I think a lot of things you hear are people blowing things out of proportion. I’m not going to respond every time I read something….”
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer on the last post on Blake…
The Coyotes teamed up with the Maricopa County Sheriff Department for a day of training.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Sportsnet,
NAPLES, Fla.—With anticipation growing as the trade deadline approaches, the NHL’s 30 GMs are gathering in this picturesque part of Florida for their annual three-day meeting.
Officially, there’s an agenda from the league to look at possible rule changes and the general state of the game in meetings Monday through Wednesday. Unofficially, it’s a great opportunity for GMs to get some face time with their potential trade partners ahead of the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Feb. 26.
from Sabres Edge,
(Lindy) Ruff, on whether the trade rumors are dogging his team: “It’s part of the game, part of the rumor mill. It can affect a few players. But you focus on the fact we’ve lost one of our last 11. If it was bugging us, it should have been bugging us [before]. The rumors will come up and you guys will make up rumors—which you guys are usually good at. And I’ve told them not to listen to you guys so they know better.”
more on the Sabres…
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