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from Media News,
The NHL trading deadline has become the most active in pro sports. Dozens of players change jerseys in the days leading up to the final point where general mangers can shape their rosters. As many as 46 have switched teams on the last day alone.
“It’s the most exciting time of year,” said defenseman Craig Rivet, who came to the Sharks from Montreal two days before the 2007 deadline. “It’s the working engine of the NHL. It makes things interesting. Teams are trying to get better. Teams are trying to sell players off, looking into next year.”
The weeks leading up to the deadline are filled with trade reports, magnified in the Internet era with speculation often masquerading as fact. The deals that do get done? Few see those coming, including the players involved.
read on about the Sharks need for a dman…
from the Star-Telegram,
Who exactly is going to be that guy for Mo in the playoffs?
Do you want the good news? Or the bad?
The bad is a trade for a sniper is probably a pipe dream. Too many teams have playoff aspirations, and those who don’t are talking crazy talk when called.
Why give up talented young defenseman like Matt Niskanen (real age 21, looks 14) or Nicklas Grossman (real age 23, also looks 14) and who knows how much else when Marian Hossa can be had in free agency?
Or for Miroslav Satan (which is Slovakian for Ladislav Nagy II)?
And does anybody want to ask goalie Marty Turco to waive his no-trade clause for Martin St. Louis? Vincent Lecavalier, maybe. St. Louis, only if everybody at StarsCentral is partaking in the pipe part of the dream.
from the Ottawa Sun,
“I think it’s a message again to the community that this team wants to win a Stanley Cup,” the Senators GM said after sending defenceman Joe “Uh Oh” Corvo and winger Patrick Eaves to the Carolina Hurricanes for productive winger Cory Stillman and brawny defenceman Mike Commodore. “Does this put us closer? I believe so.”
As does his coach, John Paddock.
“It sends a message to the league, besides the fans here, that we’re serious,” said Paddock. “Teams that are really after players that have got Stanley Cup rings ... I think the message is clear, what the objective of this team is.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Something is going on with Avery, who has not spoken to the press since last Tuesday morning. He did not talk after what must have been a mortifying game for him that night against the Kings, his worst as a Ranger. He did not talk after the following day’s fight with Marek Malik. Teammates have said that he’s been uncharacteristically quiet.
And what’s going on with Avery can likely be traced back to his impending free agency and the perception in his own mind that he’s no longer a favorite son.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
“Ulfie coaches like he played, and he played hard,” said Gretzky, who’s now coach of the Phoenix Coyotes and has Samuelsson as his associate coach. “Ulfie brings a lot of passion to the game.”
Samuelsson, 43, again finds himself an anomaly, one of only three Europeans who are coaching in the NHL. All are assistants, all are former NHL players, all are Swedes (Dallas’ Ulf Dahlen and New Jersey’s Tommy Albelin are the others).
The meager sum is in contrast to a player base comprised of nearly 30 percent Europeans. It includes some of the game’s top performers such as Alex Ovechkin and Daniel Alfredsson and emerging stars such as the Blue Jackets’ Nikolai Zherdev.
from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres aren’t rebuilding, but they are retooling. Their success hinges on drafting and development, which means they need prospects and picks. Campbell should be worth a first-round pick or a very good prospect, or both depending on estimated draft position and the potential of the player headed for Buffalo.
Of course, this suggestion comes at a time in which the Sabres have won six of their last eight games and grabbed 14 of 16 possible points. Regier has a tendency to become smitten with his team and ignore its flaws rather than become skeptical of his players and address their weaknesses before they’re exposed in the playoffs.
Sorry, but this looks like a tease, a desperate team surfacing for air. They’re a couple of years and several good players from a serious playoff run. Assuming his hands aren’t tied — again — it’s time Regier gets to work before the Sabres get nothing for Campbell the way they did Jay McKee, Mike Grier, J.P. Dumont, Chris Drury and Daniel Briere.
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The Ducks are also waiting to learn the severity of an arm injury to veteran center Doug Weight, who traveled back to Southern California on Sunday and was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Monday. Carlyle guessed after Sunday’s 3-2 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings that Weight might be out of action at least a week. Losing Weight for any lengthy period of time would present a conundrum for General Manager Brian Burke, who might have to be more active in advance of the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline.
but first… from the OC Register,
“Sammy Pahlsson hasn’t played in an offensive role, I don’t think, in his career – in the NHL anyway,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We’re going to look to him to step up.”...
Carlyle has the flexibility to line up Pahlsson with Selanne and Bertuzzi because of players such as rookie Ryan Carter, Todd Marchant and Brian Sutherby.
update 8:01pm, via Ducks Blog at the OC Register, T
he Ducks received relatively good news Monday afternoon when an MRI exam performed on veteran center Doug Weight revealed only a strained left shoulder.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
This is a good trade for Ottawa.
The Senators have added three Stanley Cups to their roster - two for Cory Stillman and one for Mike Commodore - and they have added a legitimate top six forward and a top four defenceman. If Stillman and Commodore play to their potential, the Senators are much improved. Stillman’s secondary scoring is particularly welcome.
The deal makes sense for Carolina because they get a good, young, but oft-injured, Patrick Eaves and Joe Corvo will help the power play.
Tonight’s Michigan Sports Hall of Fame ceremonies at the Max M. Fisher Music Center will be another step in Steve Yzerman’s journey to hockey immortality.
And you can watch the event LIVE tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET
I will try to get the streaming feed posted here beginning at 7:30pm ET, if not, follow the link via Snapshots to get the feed.
added 7:28pm, added the live stream feed of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony…
added 8:31pm, Well the live stream just died… Not sure what is up, hopefully it comes back.
added 8:40pm, Now working again.
Earlier today Jason Spezza was named “First Star” for the week, after recording 11 points in three games, including a career-high six points against Montreal this past Saturday night. Jason is second on the Senators and fifth in overall National Hockey League scoring with 71 points on 23 goals and 48 assists.
Q. Jason, you guys, you and Alfredsson and Heatley back together again, obviously in that 6-1 win over Montreal, what was the feel that you three had? There was talk of possible rust. What was the feel that you guys had right away in that game?
JASON SPEZZA: Yeah, we had pretty good chemistry together, and we practiced the day before and practiced that morning together. You know, it’s a pretty natural fit for us. We’ve played together now for a couple years, so there’s not too much getting used to each other again. You put us in with same line mates, we read off each other pretty good. I think more than anything I was fired up because it was a big game, Alfie was fired up because he was coming back, and Heater was pretty excited because he just came back the night before, so it was pretty good circumstances for us to play well.
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