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Columbus Did Make An Offer For Kaberle

via Tom Reed of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets offered no players from their NHL roster in trade talks with Toronto for Tomas Kaberle, the Dispatch has learned. This is hardly surprising given that Kaberle had only one season remaining on his deal. (Some of the projected proposals—i.e. Jake Voracek—were entertaining.) It’s believed the Jackets’ offer was centered around draft picks and prospects. While Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke said he was looking for a top-6 forward—hey, there’s nothing wrong with putting that out in the media, right?—it’s thought he was amenable to draft picks or prospects or a combination of both.

Clearly, Burke did not get what he wanted from the Jackets or anyone else. Who knows what happens next, but Kaberle holds the hammer with his no-trade clause. Remember, last season at the trade deadline, when given a chance to play for a playoff contender, Kaberle reportedly submitted a list of three teams where he would agree to be traded. Three teams. Kaberle is like George Costanza refusing to leave Play Now no matter how hostile a work environment management creates.

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Willie Mitchell On The Workout Circuit

via Sportsnet,

Sources tell Sportsnet that after working out with the Los Angeles Kings last week, Mitchell has apparently showcased his health to the San Jose Sharks and his club for the last four seasons, the Vancouver Canucks.

Mitchell is trying to make a comeback after suffering a season-ending concussion last January.

The workouts have reportedly gone well, and now the 33-year-old is expected to visit the Washington Capitals.

It is believed Mitchell will make up his mind on his future by the end of the week.

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Is Bieksa A Fit In Dallas?

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The problem with Bieksa is that Vancouver needs good, young cheap players or draft picks because they are close to the salary cap and they cannot take salary back. Bieksa has one year left at $3.75 million, so the Stars would have to be able to fit in Bieksa, move out one of their current defensemen, and give up some prospects.

I just don’t know how you make that work on their current budget, or if it’s worth it to get one year of Bieksa.


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Cedrick the Entertainer goes to Norfolk

The Habs just dealt their top goaltending prospect,  Cedrick Desjardins, to Tampa Bay for the rights to Karri Ramo.

Karri Ramo, he of the KHL and the sub-.900 save percentage in every NHL try. Ramo, he of the currently-under-contract-in-the-KHL.

Cedrick Desjardins, he of then stellar AHL numbers and all star appearance last year.

Why did Pierre Gauthier just do this?

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Habs fans, there are some things we just aren’t meant to understand.

This is one of them.

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Let’s Take A Break

Sit back and watch the preliminary auditions for the Panthers Ice Dancers.

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Waddell Remains Busy

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

With all that going on, Thrashers president Don Waddell still finds time to watch a little hockey. It’s in his blood after all.

Waddell moved full-time into the duties of team president in April after serving as the franchise’s general manager since its inception. While it’s been a busy offseason, , Waddell recently traveled to Lake Placid to watch three of the team’s prospects compete in evaluation camps for the 2011 World Junior Championships.

“I’m not going to lose that,” Waddell said. “I’m going to go out and watch games. You are going to see me take team trips.”

Waddell’s biggest challenge this summer, he said, has been trying to capitalize on the excitement generated by the team’s busy offseason. Rick Dudley was promoted to general manager, a new coaching staff is in place and there have been significant roster changes through trades and free-agent moves.

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Will The Kaberle Situation Die Down?

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Relieved that he was not being traded without any control over his destination and will, instead, remain with the Maple Leafs. Hopeful that the speculation about his future will die down, so he can put his focus on the upcoming season in Toronto without the distraction of trade rumours.

“He’s just trying to get everything back to normal and makes plans to come back to Toronto,” said his agent Rick Curran after speaking with Kaberle this morning.

“He woke up in the morning and he was relieved to know he wasn’t going somewhere he didn’t know he’d be going to.”

“Now,” continued Curran. “I’m just quite hopeful that everything settles down. Let’s just let everything settle down.”

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added 3:46pm, from Jeff Domet of CBC,

Is it crazy to think that Kaberle can transform from an all-star defencemen into a top-line centre in the National Hockey League, and quickly?

It’s been done before.

Hockey Hall of Famer Red Kelly was an all-star defenceman for Detroit in the 1950’s, winning four Stanley Cups for the Red Wings. Once Kelly arrived in Toronto in the 1960’s, Maple Leaf GM/head coach Punch Imlach asked him to switch to centre.

Like Kelly, Kaberle is a great playmaker, who has stellar vision on the ice. Kaberle is also an underrated skater who could keep up with the speedy Kessel.


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Do You Want The Trapezoid Removed?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Those who espouse the notion of removing the trapezoid often argue that allowing goalies to handle the puck will lead to more goals because they’re so bad at it. To be sure, some of them are, but the NHL established the trapezoid in the first place because so many goaltenders had become so adept at handling the puck that the league thought they were killing offensive opportunities.

Well, we’ve had five full seasons with the trapezoid and while it might have been a concern in the pre-lockout NHL, the game has changed so much and the flow of play has so greatly improved that the league could easily abolish the trapezoid and allow goalies to play the puck with impunity without compromising offensive chances.


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Islanders Hit The Pool

from Jesse D. Eisenberg of Islanders.com,

“About twice a week we do an ‘active recovery’ day,” explained (Jesse) Demers, who’s responsible for designing off-season exercise programs for every player in the Islanders organization. “They work so hard on the other days that we kind of reward them with, not a day off, but a day where they’re recovering their bodies a little bit.”

The hot tub wasn’t officially part of Demers’ “active recovery” program, but it’s become a popular pre-workout feature of the hump-day routine.  Once the troops were gathered at the spa, they hit the Olympic-sized lap pool for the real workout.

“There’s two reasons why you do the pool program,” Demers said. “To unload the body, because you’re pretty much weightless in the pool, and to improve your range of motion. In the water, there’s very little stress on you, so you can really open up the body.”

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Sabres To Get Expanded Coverage On KK

I am happy to announce a dedicated Buffalo Sabres blogger on Kukla’s Korner.  Dave will have his own blog on KK come September-ish and I am looking forward to his blogs. -Paul

As you may know by now, Kukla’s Korner is going through an expansion phase for this upcoming season.  And I’m honored to announce that I’ll be a part of it.  I’m humbled that Paul has put his faith in me to cover the Buffalo Sabres for KK, and it’s an exciting challenge that I don’t take lightly.

The Sabres have a rabid and passionate fan base that I will put up against that of any NHL club in the USA.  They live and die with this team.  And as I told Paul during our conversation last week, anyone who dares to take on the challenge of writing about the Sabres for a site as esteemed as KK better have his act together, because these Buffalo fans are an informed bunch (well, most of them) that will call you out and challenge you on your opinions - which is how it should be.


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