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Without a whole lot of future to give up, and steadfastly opposed to dealing Kyle Okposo, the Islanders will have to set their sights lower. And who might be available for import is anyone’s guess because there are few teams that are dead in the water (aside from the L.A. Kings, who visit the Coliseum tonight). Florida’s Radek Dvorak has been mentioned, as have the Lightning’s Vinny Prospal, Chris Gratton and Jan Hlavac.
An intriguing question is what the Islanders could give up. Because teams that trade veterans often want youngsters, you could say Blake Comeau has played well enough to make his name marketable. Then again, he is just the type of guy the Islanders want to keep. Nolan likes him.
Spector has the latest trade and rumor talk, including Forsberg deciding to play in the NHL (if you didn’t see this happening, raise your hand).
Wayne and Gordie talk hockey before the Coyotes/Wings game last night.
added 11:11am, The NHL Frozen Moment caught Wayne and Gordie too.
from the Vancouver Province,
Naslund started Tuesday’s game against Dallas playing with Brad Isbister and Mason Raymond. That didn’t last long and by the end he had played with just about every forward on the team.
“I think his overall attitude has been real good,” Vigneault said.
“But I do think the fact I’ve tried him with so many guys, his morale has been challenged. Mentally, he has been challenged. Sometimes his effort slips a little bit and it happens, probably, without him knowing.”
Whether his harsh critics believe it or not, $6 million can buy a lot less than Naslund.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Hard to watch. Easy to play.
Those aren’t the kind of calling cards any team wants attached to its logo, but they couldn’t describe the Oilers fruitless state of flux more perfectly.
Stuck between the team they want to be—a highly-skilled, high-offence attack—and the team they used to be—a band of relentless blue-collar mongrels who were short on talent and long on tenacity—the Oilers don’t do anything particularly well right now.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
What the Leafs should try to block, however, is the possibility they would net nothing for Sundin before the trade deadline, and then he would play for some other team next season.
So get his name on a contract extension. The Leafs have no handy successor for him as captain or as their No. 1 centre, and probably won’t for several years.
If he doesn’t want to leave, lean on him to commit to stay. After all, there are other viable trade options.
Starting with Nik Antropov. He doesn’t have a no-trade contract, has another year on his cheap deal and any number of teams would pay heavily to get him in their lineup for the post-season. The Sharks and Red Wings would be happy to get an extra big body with which to confront the Ducks.
from Rich Hofman of the Philadelphia Daily News,
You can’t measure our success whether or not we’re on ESPN,” (Ed) Snider said. “Screw ESPN. Most of our television is local and we do very well in our local markets.
“We could have gone to ESPN. They offered us bupkus. Then they acted like they had us over a barrel, that we had no place else to go. I never liked the way they treated us . . .
“Gary Bettman has done an absolutely fantastic job,” Snider said. “There is no equivocation on that at all.”
It looks like the Calgary Flames are close to locking up one of their cornerstone players.
Sources tell TSN that Dion Phaneuf is on the verge of signing a contract extension with the club, with only a few minor details to be worked out.
added 8:27am, from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
For those of you obsessed with those silly Dion Phaneuf rumors being spread by the uninformed, TSN is reporting tonight that he’s on the verge of signing an extension with the Calgary Flames. That should put an end of all of the speculation.
By the way, I’ve been told that a certain blogger has been taking Devils’ info off of this site and posting it on his site without attribution. I hope it isn’t true because that would be unethical.
Well stated Tom!
Niklas Kronwall was checked into the boards and his left shoulder was trapped against the glass.
Babcock in his post game presser said it appears he has a slight separation, but will know more tomorrow.
From the AP via USAToday,
The Thrashers snapped a five-game losing streak, but Atlanta’s 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night might have been costly as leading scorer Ilya Kovalchuk left the game with an apparent knee injury.
Kovalchuk scored his 38th goal, but was forced out of the game for good in the second period. He was injured in a knee-on-knee hit from Pittsburgh’s Jarkko Ruutu and made a brief return later in the frame for one shift, but didn’t return.
Kovalchuk was leveled by Ruutu 3:21 into the second period. The collision left Kovalchuk laying on the ice in obvious pain in front of Atlanta’s bench before he limped to the locker room.
Updated 11:55pm ET: Video of the incident below.
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