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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Veteran observers of the National Hockey League are painfully familiar with the general tedium and intermittent bursts of intrigue that usually comprise its annual trade deadline day.
Each and every year, some pundits and most of the public practically drool in anticipation of blockbuster swap after blockbuster swap. And each and every year, that scenario fails to materialize.
Nobody wants that sense of crushing disappointment to befall any hockey fan less than I do. So, with the 2009 cutoff date for deals fast approaching, here are five tips for handling trade deadline day like a pro.
1. Any Theoretical Trade That Makes Perfect Sense To You And Your Precious Little Team Almost Certainly Will Make Management And Fans Of The Proposed Trading Partner Guffaw Until Each Of Their Funny Bones Shatter Into 1,000 Giggling Pieces.
From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune:
Thomas Royea is 15 years old. He’s only a sophomore in high school, so trust the hockey player when he says he wishes he hadn’t broken his femur.
But one special thing came from it. “It’s not every day a kid gets a call from an NHL player,” Royea said.
Royea, who lives in the small northern Michigan town of Negaunee, is a diehard Detroit Red Wings fan, but he’s now a Kurtis Foster fan for life.
*thanks to a KK reader for passing this on
NHL off-ice official Gary Steffenhagen shows Blackhawks TV the process of keeping the pucks at a suitable game temperature.
Tarik El-Bashir, Caps beat writer for the Washington Post, did a fan Q & A today…
If the Caps meet the Flyers in the playoffs this year, what do they need to do to get past them?
Tarik El-Bashir: If that happens, the Caps could be on the golf course sooner than they would have hoped. What the Caps need to get past the Flyers is a Chris Clark type up front and a Chris Pronger type on the backend. Clark, we know, isn’t coming back. Pronger, however, ...
more on the Capitals…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In all likelihood, it also means that the Ducks will move one of their two high-priced rearguards – either Chris Pronger or Scott Niedermayer – before the deadline.
On a team where budget is going to be a consideration in the years ahead, it’s difficult to imagine that they can afford the combined $13 million that Niedermayer and Pronger currently gobble up in salary-cap space, particularly since Whitney’s contract is back-loaded, not front-loaded, and thus rises every year from now until its conclusion in 2013-14.
via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
A loss will still put the Buffalo Sabres out of an Eastern Conference playoff position, but at least they’ll try to avoid that with an experienced goaltender in the crease. The flu that felled Patrick Lalime on Wednesday dissipated today, and Lalime will be in the nets tonight when the Sabres face the Carolina Hurricanes in RBC Center. “Better, a little bit stronger,” said Lalime of how he feels.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have cleared up a bit of their log jam along the blue line as they have sent Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi.
added 2:45pm, More on the trade from a Pens point of view from Empty Netters.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
You can take this one to the bank - the ones that aren’t soon to be run by the government, too: The Detroit Red Wings are interested in Ian Laperriere as a deadline rental.
Lappy hoisting the Cup in a Wings uniform this June - how does that sound, Av-Ahaholics?
from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,
If the Capitals aren’t already among the league’s top contenders, they’re on the precipice of joining the Elite Three of Boston, San Jose and Detroit and GM George McPhee should make moves based on that assumption.
If he and coach Bruce Boudreau aren’t completely confident with Jose Theodore as a goalie who can lead them to the Promised Land, go out and make a pitch for a new top ‘tender. If any high-end or depth forward or blueliner becomes available, McPhee should pounce. Even if the asking price is a first round pick, a prized prospect like Karl Alzner, or a combination of the two, McPhee should lean toward the here-and-now side of the equation.
Because as the Penguins are proving this season, the window for winning can shut awfully quickly.
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