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from Ray Slover of the Sporting News,
Hitchcock believes he has a solid enough defense, with shutdown guys and puck movers. Now, the Jackets need that extra kick for the offense. They miss shiny rookie Derick Brassard, whose season is toast after shoulder surgery.
Does Jordan Staal unbutton your jacket? If the Penguins go into sell mode, he’ll be available.
Does Nik Antropov turn down you collar? The idea of Antropov playing with Nash has Jackets watchers slobbering all over themselves.
Does Erik Cole add shine to your buttons? If he’s on top of his game, Cole could be a Hitchcock player and the power forward they need.
Or is Bill Guerin that trick up your sleeve? That might be a stretch, because of his so-so playoff production, but when Billy’s hot, he’s hot.
Supplied by the NHL…
TRADE DEADLINE DAY STATISTICS SINCE 1980
Number of trades: 374
Number of players traded: 676
Number of draft picks traded: 225
MOST-TRADED PLAYERS ON DEADLINE DAY SINCE 1980
4 - Alan May (1988, 1989, 1994, 1995)
3 - Dan McGillis (1996, 1998, 2003)
3 - Mark Janssens (1992, 1997, 1998)
3 - Mike Gartner (1989, 1990, 1994)
3 - Steve Konroyd (1986, 1993, 1994)
Peter Maher has been the radio voice of the NHL’s Calgary Flames since they moved to Calgary in 1980.
from Ian Winwood of the Guardian,
Although few people at the time noticed it, the first real chink in the previously unpierceable armour of the Montreal Canadiens occurred not on a hockey rink but on a baseball diamond. Just days after the National Hockey League began its 1999-2000 season, the New York Yankees won the World Series. In doing so, the Bronx Bombers claimed their 25th championship and succeeded the Canadiens as the most successful franchise in the history of North American sports.
Time ticks on, and in Montreal this year it does so according to a clock that may as well be attached to a bomb. The most storied and historic club in hockey – in fact, one of the most storied and historic clubs of any sport anywhere in the world – have just four months to avoid the tolling of yet another ominous bell. Failure to win this season’s championship will make this the only decade since the advent of the modern NHL that the Canadiens have failed to win the Stanley Cup.
Simple question- In your opinion, who do you think will be the top three players that will be traded by the end of the trade deadline this year?
Simple answer- Just list the names and bonus points if you mention the teams they are going to.
from Ethan J. Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel,
This statement is so startling that it can’t wait for a second paragraph: the Panthers’ plan appears to be working.
Collect yourself. Call a witness.
“It’s important to have a plan,” Panthers general manager Jacques Martin said.
It sounds simple. You would assume that every self-respecting sports franchise would conceive one, develop one, follow one. A plan making sense. A plan seen through, tweaked when necessary but abandoned only in emergency. For too many years, however, even the Panthers’ best-laid plans were prematurely laid to rest, buried alive when the team got buried again in the standings. Play the kids. Bring in vets. Play the kids. No, go with vets. The Panthers switched strategies like teens change crushes.
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Memo to NHL coaches: think twice before accepting that all expenses paid trip to Europe to start the NHL season.
It may shorten your coaching career.
When Pittsburgh’s Michel Therrien was fired on the weekend, he became the fifth coaching casualty of the NHL season, but the third coach to lose his job after his team opened the 2008-09 season in Europe. Incredibly, two of those fired coaches had just been hired prior to the season.
from Damien Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star, T
he Leafs, it’s needless to say, have only one untouchable on their roster, and that’s Luke Schenn. Otherwise, any player could be had, with different trade values assigned to them all.
The four players believed to be most in play, however, are rearguards Pavel Kubina and Tomas Kaberle, and forwards Nik Antropov and Dominic Moore. Kubina and Kaberle both have no-trade clauses and time on their contracts beyond this season, while Antropov and Moore are both pending unrestricted free agents.
Interestingly, the approach on all four is likely to be very different.
For Kaberle, don’t listen too closely to what Burke is saying publicly. He’s trying to set a market.
from Homer McFanboy,
John Buccigross is an exception to the rule.
While ESPN has largely ignored professional hockey, the former NHL 2Night co-host has gone above and beyond to show the NHL some love. His weekly column on ESPN.com is a must read for any diehard, so we asked him to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about the Washington Capitals. Thankfully, he agreed to play along….
When it’s all said and done, where will Alex Ovechkin rank among the league’s elite? You’re already on record as saying he’s the best player in Capitals history, but will he be mentioned in the same breath as Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux as one of the best to ever play the sport?
“I think that will depend on how prolific his goal totals end up being,” Buccigross said. “He has already proved to be one of the more unique players in NHL history. Really, who else compares? If he approaches 800 goals that would be interesting, but I wonder with Ovechkin’s style of play if he can have a long career. Either way he will go down as an NHL great and a player teenagers will grow up talking about and comparing subsequent players to.”
from Scott Cruickshank at Flames Insider,
After stunning saves on RW Steve Bernier (left pad) and C Mats Sundin (glove), Kiprusoff had needed to lunge to his right when puck squirted over to Wellwood. The shot, seemingly into an empty net, was batted away by the back of the Flames netminder’s paddle.
Great save, right?
“Kyle got what he deserves,” said Vigneault. “I mean, he is not bearing down and had an open net. He’s shooting the puck two miles an hour. You have to bear down, you have to put your full weight into it, you have to shoot it. He might have been standing there a little bit. Obviously, it looked like the goalie made a big save, but the player didn’t have a great attempt there.”
read on and watch the save below…
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