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from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star via the National Post,
Lidstrom said he’s never really had a conversation with Cherry during his visits to Detroit.
“I think I’ve said hi to him when I’ve seen him here,” Lidstrom said.
“Maybe (I’ll) check him (the next time I see him). He’s a character. He brings a lot of entertainment when he speaks.
“Sometimes he’s right and sometimes he’s wrong. I think just seeing him in his suits brings laughter from people.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail (Tuesday edition),
More and more, it looks as though the NHL trade deadline, circa 2009, is going to be about players in (Gary) Roberts’s category, ones who can fill a supplementary role on a team, but will not necessarily lead them to the Promised Land.
Getting those old-fashioned blockbuster deals done, during these rapidly changing economic times, is proving to be a difficult, if not impossible challenge, for the men at the controls.
With so much uncertainty over the industry’s direction, general managers are collectively turning into an ultraconservative bunch. Fewer and fewer seem willing to risk big in the go-for-broke manner we’ve seen in past deadlines.
For proof, consider how the New Jersey Devils went the safe route yesterday, acquiring Niclas Havelid from the Atlanta Thrashers to fill their need for a puck-moving defenceman.
from Dave Joseph at FloridaPanthers.com,
Unable to fly due to an ear infection, Vokoun was joined by strength and conditioning coach Andy O’Brien and head athletic trainer Dave Zenobi while driving the approximate 640 miles between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.
Due to a winter storm dumping snow along the east cost, the trip, which began Sunday after the Panthers 6-2 victory in Washington, took 14 hours and was spread over two days.
After covering only 200 miles in six hours Sunday evening, the three decided to rest in Oxford, N.C., before driving the remaining distance Monday morning. Vokoun was in Atlanta by early afternoon and was practicing with some of his teammates at 2:30 p.m.
“I felt pretty good,” said Vokoun of his Monday practice. “You know, I haven’t played in a little time. I haven’t done too much the last four days. I felt terrible at first (in practice) but I knew I would improve.”
From Damien Cox at The Spin:
Suddenly, it appears that Marty St. Louis, rather than Vinny Lecavalier, may be the Tampa Bay Lightning star that could be on the move.
Multiple teams are calling Lightning GM Brian Lawton about St. Louis’ availability even though the veteran forward has a no-trade clause in his contract. One of the most interested clubs may be the New York Rangers, particularly since St. Louis’ former coach, John Tortorella, is now behind the New York bench.
St. Louis would become the No. 1 forward available before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline if the Lightning were to ask him to waive his no-trade status. Not only is he still an elite and productive forward, the 33-year-old has Stanley Cup championship experience and will be heading into the final two years of a contract next season that will pay him a very affordable $4 million in salary.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Vanek, who has missed the last nine games with a broken jaw suffered Feb. 7 in Ottawa, skated fully in contact drills Monday and proclaimed himself ready to take the ice against the Habs.
“That’s the plan for right now,” Vanek said. “It’s always tough to watch the team, especially when they’re not winning. That makes it even tougher. If you’re watching the game and you’re out injured or a healthy scratch, you hate watching your team struggle and lose. It’s nice to get back and hopefully help out.”...
Ruff said winger Maxim Afinogenov is “definitely a possibility” to make the lineup Wednesday as well if he’s not traded. Afinogenov, who was battling groin and hip injuries, has been healthy for two weeks and reiterated for reporters Monday what he told The News Saturday on Long Island—he wants back on the ice or he wants out of Buffalo.
Gary Dzen at the Bruins Blog posted the video below today:
With the trade deadline on Wednesday, Bob Ryan and Kevin Dupont debate whether or not the Bruins need to make a trade.
The Atlanta Thrashers traded defenceman Niclas Havelid to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for blueliner Annsi Salmela.
from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Eric Perrin hopes to be playing for some team other than the Thrashers come Wednesday evening.
“I’d be a liar if I didn’t say that,” Perrin said after Monday’s practice. “It’s no secret things haven’t gone the way I wanted them to.”...
Now, as the 3 p.m. Wednesday trade deadline nears, Perrin hopes there’s another NHL team that remembers him that way and hasn’t forgotten the 45 points he scored last season.
“I’m disappointed I’m at this point with this organization,” said Perrin, who has 15 points this season, with five goals and 10 assists. “I thought I’d proven something, that I’d be a part of the rebuilding. I thought I deserved a better fate.”
What will general managers go through over the final days before Wednesday’s trade deadline? ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun spoke with six GMs who shared their war stories from deadlines past, stories that give you an idea of what to expect.
read on for stories from Ken Holland, Don Waddell, Jim Rutherford, Kevin Lowe, Lou Lamoriello and David Poile.
From Mike Heika at the Dallas Stars Blog:
Steve Ott has received a one-game suspension for his eye gouging with Travis Moen at the end of Saturday’s game.
Ott served that Sunday against Pittsburgh and is eligible to play Tuesday at San Jose.
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