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Lack Of Excitement As The Trade Deadline Approaches

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Just 12 months ago, well-known stars like Ryan Miller, Roberto Luongo, Marian Gaborik, Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Jaroslav Halak, Marty St. Louis and Ryan Callahan all changed addresses within five days of the National Hockey League trade deadline.

This time around, we’re supposed to get excited about the Antoine Vermettes, David Clarksons and Andrej Sekeras of the world either having already been moved or potentially being swapped? Really?

What a downer, man.

From sizzle to fizzle in just one year. Unless there still are a few under-the-radar blockbusters in the making, that will be the story of the 2015 trade deadline.

That’s not meant to be disrespectful to Vermette and the other players mentioned, who are by all means quality NHLers. At the same time, no one can argue the “wow” factor is missing this time around, much to the chagrin of the television networks which may end up having more analysts during trade deadline day than the actual number of bodies involved in swaps.

Why the lack of big names?

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Videos- Brad Marchand And Corey Perry Maintain Their Reputations

Hope Brad Marchand is OK after this....

 

 

And Corey Perry once again being Corey Perry,

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Report: Devils’ finish won’t affect Lou Lamoriello’s job security

The Newark Star-Ledger's Rich Chere is making quite the claim this morning:

How much clout do three Stanley Cup rings bring, even it's been 12 years since the last championship?

Enough, NJ Media Advance has learned, that Lou Lamoriello will remain the Devils' general manager, even if the team misses the playoffs for a third straight season and for the fourth time in five years.

Owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have enough faith in Lamoriello's ability to return the Devils to Stanley Cup contenders that he will keep his position despite the belief by some critics that it's time to move on.

Both owners refused interview requests for this story, but people in the Devils organization familiar with their thinking say Lamoriello will stay on. Those people requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on the club's front office personnel.

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Yet another Patrick Sharp trade rumor

Via CBS Sports' Chris Peters, one Tweet spiced up a rather dull--by imminent-trade-deadline standards--Friday by a significant margin:

I'm not sure why the Patrick Kane-less Blackhawks would want to rid themselves of Sharp unless it was strictly due to his $5.9 million cap hit for the next two years.

Who would go the other way? Kuc never stated that.

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Kimmo Timonen Traded to The Chicago Blackhawks

via Philadelphia Flyer PR release,

The Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenseman Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional draft pick in 2016, according to general manager Ron Hextall. 

Timonen, 39 (3/18/1975), was diagnosed with blood clots last summer and has missed the entire season due to the condition, but was recently cleared to play and has been preparing for a return to the ice for the past several weeks.  The 2013-14 season was Timonen’s seventh with the Flyers, over which time he recorded 38 goals and 232 assists for 270 points in 519 games.  He is a five-time winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers’ best defenseman, including the last three consecutive seasons, making him one of just three players (Howe, Desjardins) to win the award in three straight years.  

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Players To Watch At The Trade Deadline Approaches

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Here's a look at seven players we're watching closely heading toward Monday's 3 p.m. ET deadline.

Chris Stewart, Buffalo Sabres

Teams have been talking about the big Buffalo Sabres winger since the opening days of the regular season. And he's going somewhere. But for how much and to where? In our minds, anything higher than a third-round pick is too risky given Stewart's uneven play. So, what about the Chicago Blackhawks, who need help up front? We're not comparing Stewart to Patrick Kane, other than he is a human being who plays hockey. But Stewart is attractive to a number of teams -- the Boston Bruins would be another -- because he has shown in pretty small sample that he has an 'A' game, which means crashing the net, scoring and generally banging around in the offensive zone. One executive told us he doesn't care that Stewart isn't likely a long-term option given the wild fluctuations in his game, but playing for a contract over a short period of time, like the playoffs, he would be interested in his services.

Antoine Vermette, Arizona Coyotes

Vermette is undeniably the top pure rental forward available. He can play center, wing, in the top six, top nine. But let's not overstate Vermette's potential impact. He is not, for instance, going to replace the kind of production the Blackhawks lost when Kane went down.

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A Fragile Team In San Jose

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

The Sharks have won just three of their last 12 games, but there have been specific moments of mental weakness during the run of futility that are perhaps even more concerning than the record.

Take the last two losses. Against the Kings outdoors on Saturday, most of the Sharks seemed to disregard the pregame warning that they would have to play a simplified game on bad ice. They managed to do it in a strong second period, but after Marian Gaborik’s third period goal gave the Kings a 2-1 lead after a misread by Brent Burns, the team sagged emotionally and didn’t generate much of anything until the final minute with the goalie pulled.

Against the Red Wings on Thursday, the start of the game was the best they’ve had in weeks. Instead of maintaining that level of play that earned them a 1-0 lead after the first intermission, though, they were outclassed by Detroit the rest of the way in a 3-2 defeat, their seventh straight on home ice. There were warnings from the coaching staff that the Red Wings were going to regroup, but Luke Glendening's game-winner late in regulation occurred after back-to-back unforced turnovers by Burns and Joe Pavelski.

After the game, coach Todd McLellan didn’t seem to disagree that his team is a fragile one. “The belief system is not as high as it needs to be,” he said.

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Why Hockey Fans Want Salary Cap Numbers

from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t believe hockey fans are interested in salary information regarding teams and players. He couldn’t be more wrong.

Since the NHL imposed its salary-cap system nearly a decade ago, there’s been growing interest among fans regarding the cap payrolls of NHL teams and of the salaries of each player. Given the financial implications for teams when signing free agents or acquiring players via trades or waivers, salary data is worthwhile information for die-hard hockey fans. It provides a better understanding of the limitations in building and maintain rosters. It’s also invaluable for participants in fantasy hockey, especially those which use a salary-cap system.

It’s easy to simply dismiss these fans as merely a nerdy number-crunching sub-set of NHL followers, just as it was to mock those who tracked those supposedly weird-ass puck possession stats with funny names like Corsi, Fenwick and PDO. Except now those “fancy stats” are called analytics, which the league has finally fully embraced by posting puck-possession numbers (albeit with different names) on its site. A growing number of pundits and commentators now cite analytics in their coverage of the game.

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Morning Line- Mark Spector

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Watching The Trade Deadline

NEW YORK (February 27, 2015) – NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Social™ will offer fans the most comprehensive coverage of the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline™. From now through the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Monday, March 2, NHL Network™, NHL.com and NHL Social will provide breaking news, exclusive interviews, insider information and official player transactions.

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