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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Tippett added that Richards could strike up a fast chemistry with Hagman and Miettinen, who are having career seasons with 22 and 13 goals, respectively. And, Tippett said, that will allow Modano to continue to play with Steve Ott and Jere Lehtinen on a checking line that has had great success during a run in which the Stars have won 12 of 14 games.
“When he applies himself as a strong two-way player, he’s as good as there is,” Tippett said of Modano.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
As a matter of fact, I’ll now go on record stating that the acquisitions of Swedish defenseman Christian Backman and forward Fredrik (Call Me Freddie) Sjostrom will be as positive for the Blueshirts roster as last year’s addition of Sean (The Great Gabbo) Avery.
I’ll go one step further and hereby forecast that the roster, as now constituted, is good enough to carry New York to the top of the division and then all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.
much more on the Rangers…
Having dropped six of their last eight games and 14 of their last 21, the Ottawa Senators have fired head coach John Paddock with just 18 games remaining in the regular season.
And more from the Ottawa Senators,
[General Manager Bryan] Murray, who will return behind the bench as head coach, will continue to perform his duties as Senators general manager. Assistant coach Ron Low has also been relieved of his coaching duties.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Pavel Kubina says the contretemps over a failed trade that would have sent him to the San Jose Sharks was all a misunderstanding.
Both he and his agent, former NHL player Petr Svoboda, said the Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman never agreed to waive his no-trade clause and then reneged on Monday night.
via the OC Register,
The Ducks could have a short-term hole on defense in light of their revelation that captain Chris Pronger underwent surgery Monday to repair a “small fracture” in his jaw suffered in Sunday’s 6-3 victory over visiting Chicago.
“It’s not clear how much time he will miss,” Burke said. “It’s certainly not expected to be lengthy. A game or two is the expectation at this time.”
Slap Shot at the NY Times took the pulse of some of the hockey bloggers on the trades their teams made.
added Part 3 at 2:12pm.
from Ted’s Takes,
I think we helped ourselves without hurting our team’s future. We entered the sessions with a list of “must NOT do’s”:
1. Do not trade any young players in the lineup that we count as core.
2. Do not trade any first round picks.
3. Do not pick up any major salary requirements in the out years that make us NOT re-sign our young players. If we could add to the team without “blowing our brains out”, we would do so and we did.
from the Vancouver Province,
So the Canucks held on to their future, sacrificed the present and raised questions about their fate.
For this year, that will be in the hands of a star goalie, a potentially high end blueline and what general manager Dave Nonis dubbed “a middle-of-the-road” offence.
Is that enough to make a legitimate run at the Stanley Cup, considering a similar combination wasn’t enough last year, considering the significant improvements the Stars, the Sharks and the Avalanche all made Tuesday?
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
On a ver-r-r-ry interesting NHL trade deadline day, the youngest and most inexperienced of the general managers took the boldest steps.
Ray Shero, the second-year GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins, outmanoeuvred the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins to land Marian Hossa and complete the most significant upgrade among Eastern Conference playoff contenders.
François Giguère, the second-year GM of the Colorado Avalanche, surrendered a significant package of draft choices to land Adam Foote and Ruslan Salei, improving his defence corps a day after Peter Forsberg provided additional help up front.
Then, in what was probably the biggest deal of all, that quirky Dallas Stars front office, consisting of steady Les Jackson and wildly exuberant Brett Hull, pried playoff-tested Brad Richards out of the Tampa Bay Lightning without giving up a core asset.
from Russo’s Rants,
Look, I don’t want to blast Simon. I barely know the guy. Quite frankly, he seemed like a nice enough fellow when he graciously answered my call at his house. And most the guys I’ve ever talked to that have played with him swear by the guy.
But the Wild might have been better off doing nothing.
The Wild may be bigger and stronger and tougher and yada, yada, yada.
But you know what? You have to make the playoffs for this anticipated physicality to matter.
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