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via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled center Gilbert Brule from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. He is expected to join the club in time for Thursday’s road game against the Nashville Predators.
Since being assigned to the Crunch on January 1, he has collected 4-4-8 and 16 penalty minutes in 12 AHL contests
from Pierre LeBrun at Sporstnet,
WARNING: This column is total fantasy and not based on any factual information. But if I had my way, here are 10 moves that I would like to see happen in my fantasy world before the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline:
1. Atlanta trades star winger Marian Hossa to Vancouver in exchange for impressive rookie defenceman Alexander Edler, centre Ryan Kesler and a second-round pick in 2008.
more and Wings fans, read #10!
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Thornton prefers to take the half-full view of the Sharks, noting that nothing is ever won in January; that Cheechoo was showing signs of life just before the break after a slow start recovering from abdominal surgery. As for Marleau, it is hard to imagine a player who’d averaged more than a point a game in each of the two post-lockout seasons, could have as poor a finish as he did a start to the year.
“I know Patrick and Cheech are going to get going,” said Thornton, who was finally re-united on a line with Cheechoo just before the break.
from Thrashers Blog at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
From Don Waddell’s end, he spoke briefly about Hossa today and, while he restated his stance that the priority is to sign Hossa, it sounds like he’s realistic to the fact that he might not have that chance. “The next eight to ten games will help us decide if we look at moving him for assets or look at keeping him because winning the division is within our grasp and something that is very important to us.” The GM meetings start in nine games. So essentially, if Hossa isn’t signed, Waddell will have made his decision by the time he goes to Naples.
The Ottawa Senators may be without the services of Daniel Alfredsson for Thursday’s game against Boston, as the captain is day-to-day with a hip injury.
From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News,
So here’s the thing, if you are the Los Angeles Kings or the Toronto Maple Leafs, it is probably in your best interest – speaking big picture, that is – to lose the remainder of your games.
It would be better for both teams – and probably Florida, Tampa Bay and Buffalo, too – if they just gave up on this year and did everything in their power to get the top pick in the 2008 Entry Draft; in all likelihood Steven Stamkos.
The problem is: How do you tell 20 players, who are essentially auditioning for next year, as well as a coaching staff whose career might possibly hang in the balance with every victory or defeat, that you want to tank the year?
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Oilers GM Kevin Lowe has already come out and said he won’t be trading any of his “good players.” An admirable concept, to be sure, but if teams offer him a “better” player for one of his “good” players, Lowe would be a fool not to listen.
And it seems there is interest in at least one of his veterans. As one Western Conference GM (who spoke on condition of anonymity) told thehockeynews.com Tuesday, Edmonton blueliner Steve Staios might be an attractive alternative to a team that loses out on the upcoming Brian Campbell trade deadline sweepstakes.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
There is rock bottom and then there is the cold knowledge of what rock bottom will look like. It was 13 years ago that Richard Souray, father of soon-to-be NHLer Sheldon Souray, decided to choose sharing his son’s life over life with the bottle.
“I knew that Sheldon was going to be drafted. And I knew that I would at least be around the periphery of it,” Souray told ESPN.com in a recent interview. “And I also knew he didn’t need a drunken dad around.”
from Alan Adams at AOL Canada,
If it were left to me, I would deal Sundin by the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline, and send him to Anaheim as a matter of fact. Then I wouldn’t bring Sundin back in the fold this summer when the big Swede is an unrestricted free agent.
This is the ONLY course the Leafs should plot regarding Sundin if, as ownership says, it is serious about making things right with the storied Toronto franchise.
Think of it this way: You have to get bad, and bad for a couple of years, before you can get good. And Sundin is the ticket to both destinations.
from the Chicago Tribune,
Created by a mixture of passion, anger and frustration over a close defeat, the phrase “Commit to the Indian” wasn’t something Blackhawks coach Denis Savard planned on becoming the team’s official slogan.
And it won’t be.
Club President John McDonough said Tuesday the organization won’t pursue using the phrase Savard uttered during a postgame rant Thursday night after the Hawks’ 1-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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