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Anaheim Ducks’ GM Brian Burke will be Gary Bettman’s guest on the NHL Hour today.
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from Darren Dreger of TSN,
However, as the team emerges from the All-Star break with visions of a Northwest Division title and a 100 point season, Flames general manager Darryl Sutter recognizes he has at least one missing piece…
Sources say the Flames and Florida Panthers have already discussed Calgary’s interest in Olli Jokinen, but the asking price is high - believed to be forward Alex Tanguay and a young player or a prospect.
Forsberg, Sundin and Jokinen are longshots and may never be available or attainable.
However, there is a sense the Flames see a lot of promise in this season, and while Feb. 26 may come and go without significant change, there is an appetite to swing for the fence with less than a month to go.
Don Waddell was just on Fan590 radio in Toronto and mentioned Kovalchuk will have an MRI today, but the team doctors feel it is not a serious injury. He won’t play Friday or Saturday, and hopefully will be ready sometime next week.
From Damien Cox at ESPN,
Well, the Senators haven’t been looking so much like those old Montreal teams of late. In fact, suddenly this season’s Habs are bearing down on Ottawa in the Northeast Division, largely because recent losses to teams like Washington and Florida have contributed to a mediocre 7-6-0 record in January.
Even ESPN hockey guru Barry Melrose has abandoned the Sens, now suggesting that Montreal will win the East. Murray chuckled when asked if his team’s confidence has been shaken by its recent struggles.
“Our confidence is really good,” he said. “But our dedication to checking is really shaky.”
The Nashville Predators and winger Jordin Tootoo have agreed on a contract extension.
Sources tell TSN it’s a two-year deal worth just under $1 million a season.
from Jaroslov Modry at the Hockey News,
Being traded at the deadline is really a shock. Even though you can see it coming sometimes, you feel like the team you’ve been working with just kind of gave up on you. But on the other hand, you have to look at it in a positive way: The other team really wants me, they want to upgrade themselves and I’m part of it.
It also means you might get a chance to be part of a Stanley Cup contender, if you’re going from a team that’s out of the playoff race to a club that’s in a good position to win that ultimate prize. If that happens, it’s a great bonus.
Without a whole lot of future to give up, and steadfastly opposed to dealing Kyle Okposo, the Islanders will have to set their sights lower. And who might be available for import is anyone’s guess because there are few teams that are dead in the water (aside from the L.A. Kings, who visit the Coliseum tonight). Florida’s Radek Dvorak has been mentioned, as have the Lightning’s Vinny Prospal, Chris Gratton and Jan Hlavac.
An intriguing question is what the Islanders could give up. Because teams that trade veterans often want youngsters, you could say Blake Comeau has played well enough to make his name marketable. Then again, he is just the type of guy the Islanders want to keep. Nolan likes him.
Spector has the latest trade and rumor talk, including Forsberg deciding to play in the NHL (if you didn’t see this happening, raise your hand).
Wayne and Gordie talk hockey before the Coyotes/Wings game last night.
added 11:11am, The NHL Frozen Moment caught Wayne and Gordie too.
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