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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Last year’s trade deadline day was nothing doing for the Calgary Flames.
Brace yourself for a repeat performance.
Flames GM Darryl Sutter said yesterday he doesn’t foresee making a bunch of deals, if any at all, before the NHL trade deadline comes Wednesday.
“I don’t see any reason to disrupt the chemistry of the dressing room unless we’re in a position to make a significant upgrade,” Sutter said.
“You try and do good work in the summer, and then, you test your team and see if they’re passing. We have a really good hockey club, so the only thing that affects us is evaluating young players if they’re ready for the stretch, injuries—which are obviously a major concern to us—and that’s it.”
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
Each season, Campbell says, one or two teams think they are “getting a raw deal,” sparking anger and conspiracy theories. He acknowledges that the Blue Jackets are one of those teams this season.
The Jackets are 1-6 on video reviews, according to league-issued, play-by-play summaries. Two disallowed goals—one by captain Rick Nash on Oct. 25 in Minnesota, the other by Manny Malhotra on Dec. 18 in Dallas—loom large for a franchise trying to make its first playoff appearance.
Campbell said he empathizes with all NHL fans who feel wronged but emphasizes that past calls will have no bearing on the next review.
“It would be easy to say, ‘It’s Columbus, they’ve got to make the playoffs this year and they have had a couple of tough calls go against them and they need this one,’ ” he said. “But we can’t do that.”
More than goals
Some Blue Jackets fans swear that Toronto’s injustice toward them goes back several seasons. Peruse the Internet long enough, though, and you will find similar stories and controversies involving other franchises.
from Steve Gorten of Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,
I spoke to Nick Boynton by phone on Friday, and as you might expect, he said, “I’m pretty upset about waking up this morning and getting sent home.” He also said he was still in a little bit of shock.
I understand where Boynton is coming from. I also understand where coach Pete DeBoer and general manager Jacques Martin are coming from.
I think the argument between DeBoer and Boynton after Thursday’s game was a little more heated than Boynton described it—although Boynton admitted he raised his voice and used an expletive when asking DeBoer if he was good enough to play—but definitely not so intense that Boynton charged in and got in DeBoer’s face.
First, Boynton’s side.
from CBC Sports,
Teams can be reluctant to drop everyday roster players because they’re still clinging to faint playoff hopes, and there’s also the difficulty of making a team’s pieces fit ahead of what will be a salary cap curb. Because of that, many teams are buying and selling.
The designations are at least mildly inadequate these days, so we instead take the trade temperature of the 24 U.S. clubs ahead of the March 4 trade deadline.
Anaheim Ducks: Warm
Anaheim followed Carolina as Stanley Cup champion, and they seem to now be imitating the Hurricanes as a team that could just as easily miss the playoffs as do damage there. To compound the problems, they have two future Hall of Famers on the blue line who can’t just be shipped off to some cellar-dwelling club.
read on for all US based teams…
From Steve Zipay at Blue Notes in Newsday:
Here’s how Mike Murphy, the league’s senior vice president of hockey operations, responded to my inquiries about the process in waving off/reviewing Brandon Dubinsky’s goal at the 17-second mark at MSG last night. Essentially, the review was made, and the call was correct, but there were communications breakdowns:
“As the on-ice officials were coming together and concluding that Brandon Dubinsky’s stick had made contact with the puck above the height of the cross-bar and that their call on the ice was “no goal”, the play was being looked at both by the Toronto Video Room and by the in arena Video Goal Judge at Madison Square Garden.
It was the opinion of both that the call made by the on-ice officials would stand, as there was inconclusive video evidence to overturn this call.
There were, however, a number of errors made in the video review process as it applied to this play.”
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Florida defenseman Nick Boynton has been dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons and will not be with the team for the remainder of the team’s three game road trip.
Boynton, acquired from Phoenix over the summer as part of the Olli Jokinen trade, played Thursday in New York and traveled with the team to its suburban New Jersey hotel after the game. According to roomate Keith Ballard, Boynton was upset with the team’s decision to send him back to South Florida. It’s possible, with the NHL trade deadline coming on Wednesday that Boynton has played his last game with the Panthers.
New York Islanders defenceman Brendan Witt was suspended for five games Friday for an elbow to Toronto Maple Leafs’ Niklas Hagman on Thursday night.
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.
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