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from Working the Corners,
(Joe) Thornton also told about seeing Campbell in a New York restaurant at the start of this road trip. That story got out to the national media when Campbell mentioned it at his phone conference call. But he didn’t mention how Thornton jokingly called Campbell over to the table where the Sharks were dining and asked the Buffalo defenseman if he’d like to be introduced to his new teammates. The man’s a prophet as well as a points machine.
more on the Sharks…
from Gil LeBreton of the Star-Telegram,
Doug Armstrong, fired from the GM job last November, searched in vain for nearly six years to find the Stars an impact scoring forward.
And the Ambassador of Fun finds one in three months?
Stars fans should be delirious. To get Richards, as well as backup goaltender Johan Holmqvist, Hull and Jackson had only to relinquish goalie Mike Smith, winger Jussi Jokinen and center Jeff Halpern.
NHL pundits are calling it the hockey equivalent of the lopsided Lakers-Grizzlies Pau Gasol trade
from Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com,
The general manager of the Montreal Canadiens didn’t make the biggest splash at the NHL trade deadline. But he might have shown the most nerve.
Bob Gainey dumped his only veteran goaltender, dealing Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals.
Gainey is staking the franchise on a 20-year-old goalie with 12 NHL wins.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
Olli Jokinen, favorite son of Canadian rumor mills, remained with the Panthers—as he fully expected.
He was so worried about being traded, he said Tuesday would be pretty routine. ‘‘I’m going to go home,’’ he said, ``eat some lunch, pick up my kids and go to the park like always. Nothing’s going to change.’‘
Florida coach and general manager Jacques Martin said teams asked about Jokinen, but ``from Day One, as I’ve said, you always try to improve our club and I wouldn’t make a deal that wasn’t good for the organization.’‘
‘‘Olli’s here, he should have piece of mind that the trade deadline is over,’’ Martin said. ``But the mandate hasn’t changed. We expect him to get us into the playoffs.’‘
more on the Panthers…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Sather endorsed Jaromir Jagr, but did not guarantee would be back next year. “He’s been a very good player and great citizen here,” the GM said. “We’ll see how these things develop the next couple of months ... we’ll see how things go.”
more on the Rangers…
from the Columbus Dispatch,
The trades, Howson said, should not be read as a sign that management has given up on this season.
“I’m excited about this year and the future,” Howson said.
But it’s a tough blow to many players and, certainly, a tough sell to an agitated fan base.
“There will be a lot of disappointment that Adam won’t be there,” center Michael Peca said. “No disrespect to Sergei, but this is more so about Adam, because he was a big piece of this puzzle.
Coach Ken Hitchcock, who has never missed the playoffs when he has spent a full season with a team, did not want to comment.
“We’re going to meet with the players (today), Hitch and I,” Howson said. “We’ll talk about it, I’ll tell them my feelings and then we’ll move forward.”
NHL clubs made 25 trades, involving 45 players, between 9 a.m., ET, today and the 3 p.m., ET, trading deadline. The number of trades matches the trading deadline high, set in each of the past two years, while the number of players involved ranks second all-time to the 46 in 2003. Following is a list of the transactions:
from the Philadelphia Daily News,
Holmgren said the Flyers were not willing to blow up their long-term plans and trade a player like Carter.
“There was not a day that goes by that someone doesn’t call about Jeff Carter,’’ Holmgren said. “I guess because they think we’re going to have problems down the road financially with [Carter], I don’t know. I don’t see that. He is a part of our future.
“We certainly have an eye on down the road. If you get in the playoffs, anything can happen. Right now we’re missing three real good forwards. We’re not going to get one back in [Simon] Gagne, but [Mike] Richards and [Joffrey] Lupul will be back at some point. [Derian] Hatcher is out, Modry is out; [that’s] a couple of pretty good NHL defensemen that have played in the playoffs.
more on the Flyers…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Anaheim general manager Brian Burke is bang-on that his NHL compatriotes tend to go goofy at the trade deadline, dealing with their hearts and not their heads in the almighty pursuit of the Stanley Cup.
But it’s hard to argue with Pittsburgh’s last-minute move to snag sniper Marian Hossa from Atlanta.
Sure, they gave up a package of bodies—Erik Christensen, Colby Armstrong, Angelo Esposito and a No. 1 draft pick—but it’s not like they had to give up Jordan Staal to get him, or good, young, puck-moving defenceman Kris Letang.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
It’s believed the Edmonton Oilers or San Jose Sharks made some kind of preliniray offer for Kubina, while Fletcher turned down teams pursuing hot No. 1 goalie Vesa Toskala and 20-goal winger Nik Antropov.
Tuesday was a sobering day for Fletcher, who is used to making a big splash on deadline day.
“We weren’t skating in the same area as other teams,” he said after the final bell sounded. “I’m dealing for draft choices and others (Pittsburgh Penguins) are dealing for Marian Hossa. “The players who left weren’t part of the core. But we accomplished what we wanted today. We put four draft choices in the bank to help us, starting in June.”
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