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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“It gets talked to death now, which is great,” said Murphy, now an analyst for the NHL Network. “Trade deadline is always an exciting time. You get to speculate like crazy – it was nothing like that when I first started. For a player, the names get thrown out a lot more, but the deadline was just as difficult then as it is now. It was your livelihood then; it’s your livelihood now. Some guys don’t want to go anywhere.
“The last thing you’d want to do is go from a contender to a non contender.”
Murphy went twice in major deals, once right at the deadline, and ended up on a championship team both times. But he also remembers playing in Minnesota for the North Stars in 1989 when they traded Brian McLellan to the Calgary Flames for Perry Berezan at the deadline. McLellan won a championship a couple of months later for Calgary; Berezan never came close again.
much more deadline related talk…
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
From this seat, here are some deals that make sense to me as I try to keep in mind the needs of the teams in question. But remember this, kids: most of these proposals are based on availability and need, but none are to be taken as insider tips on trades that are about to go down….
Anaheim sends Chris Pronger and Travis Moen to Boston for Mark Stuart, Chuck Kobasew, Joe Colborne and 2009 second-rounder
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Zach Parise notched his 36th goal Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche and it was a beauty.
But what about his chances of scoring 50 goals this season. He would become the first Devils player to do it.
“I hope so. I don’t like talking about it. We’ll see,” Parise told me. “I guess I’ve been a pretty streaky scorer. Not so much this year, but in past years.”
Parise is on pace to score 48 goals.
from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,
The Stars are preparing to place Sean Avery on recall waivers Sunday or Monday, I’m told, but that could change. The Stars are kicking the tires on trades and considering current and future cap issues.
Avery is expected to play tonight and tomorrow in Hartford—-we’re assuming he will be extra careful not to get hurt before Wednesday’s trade deadline. In order for a player to be eligible for the playoffs, he must be on an NHL roster Wednesday.
a bit more...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Thanks to only three regulation losses during a 19-game stretch since Jan. 15, the Blues—somewhat amazingly—are three points out of playoff spot and the trade deadline is around the corner.
Who’s kidding who, St. Louis might very well move Tkachuk, an unrestricted free agent July 1; but maybe, just maybe, they might also have to tell him, “Sorry, Keith. Unpack your bags, we’re still in it!”
“Well, that’s the idea,” Blues president John Davidson told ESPN.com on Thursday night after his team won 3-1 in Dallas. “We’ll see what happens.”
All via TSN Ice Chips,
Vancouver claimed Ossi Vaananen off wiavers from the Flyers on Friday.
Martin Gerber cleared re-entry waivers Friday. Brian Lee is going to be sent down to Binghamton of the AHL on Friday to clear a roster spot for Gerber.
Montreal claimed Glen Metropolit off waivers from the Flyers.
from Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Pierre LeBrun: The lesser trades often make a difference come playoff time. The Hawks have indeed scouted Halpern, but I’m wondering if they think $2 million next season on the last year of his deal is too much. Time will tell.
I think the Hawks have several players on their radar for their purchase of a center, including Dominic Moore and Nik Antropov in Toronto. Moore has been a surprise this season in my town, getting his first bit of regular work in the NHL and responding with a consistent work ethic. He’s your prototypical third-line center and has a great attitude. The Leafs have been talking contract with him this week, but if he doesn’t sign, he’s a goner.
With six weeks to go in the hockey season, Thrashers coach John Anderson gave AJC staff writer Carroll Rogers his thoughts on such things as the state of the Thrashers, his first season as an NHL head coach and his relationship with Ilya Kovalchuk.
Q. Do you think the pieces are here to build this team around?
A. We have a good young core of players. We’ve got (Boris) Valabik, we’ve got (Nathan) Oystrick, we’ve got (Tobias) Enstrom, (Zach) Bogosian, just on the back end, (Bryan) Little. (Ilya) Kovalchuk is not an old man. We’ve got (Rich) Peverley, who’s still a young guy. There are some great pieces here. Now we have to draft some more good players and hopefully fit in some older ones in the offseason that’ll help us.
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,
The fact that Sabres center Paul Gaustad avoided supplementary discipline from the NHL after delivering a controversial late-game hit that left center Ryan Getzlaf with a broken nose and facial cuts basically has the Ducks mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore.
“I’m not happy,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said after Gaustad was in Buffalo’s lineup for Thursday night’s 2-1, shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C. “If we’re going to be suspended for blows to the head, then they have to look at the other teams when our guys get hit. This just astounds me that Gaustad is not getting something for this, because that was on purpose and deliberate.”...
Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice president of hockey operations, Murray said, “told me they looked at it and they didn’t feel it was worth anything. They felt he hit him with his helmet. I don’t care if he hits him with his helmet, his elbow. Whatever it is, we’re supposed to be protecting our players from hits to the head.”
more and if you missed the hit, watch it below…
OK, I’ll say it. Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson is the whiniest player in the NHL. Every game, an issue. Yes, Jared Boll bumped him a few times and he could have been called for goaltender interference early in the game. But Roloson acts a little girl who had her pigtails yanked. Not very flattering, really.
-Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.
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