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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
For the first time in the plodding Hamhuis will-he-or-won’t-he saga, the Canucks most important asset finally admitted he’s open to a trade.
“We’d like to stay,” Hamhuis said. “But we have an open mind to going, possibly to the right fit, if that’s what (the Canucks) want to do.”
This represents significant progress.
The Canucks already missed a chance to pry a top prospect from the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks were seriously into Hamhuis but he apparently wasn’t willing to say “right back atch-ya.”
The Chicago trade discussions got far enough Hamhuis was presented with a chance to waive. What followed was a long delay, which could be interpreted as waffling, and the Hawks moved on.
Enter Dallas, the team long rumoured to be the front-runner in the Hamhuis sweepstakes.
The Stars have not only needed defence, they have had a hole on their blueline’s left side.
But they also have GM Jim Nill, who trades like a predatory shark.
more and Boston is also mentioned...
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
There’s at least three other players that the front office is believed to have on the radar.
Bruins forward Loui Eriksson is one. If a suitable swap can’t be worked out for Staal, Eriksson has tools than can help as a top six player. But Boston, where Gorton spent time as an assistant general manager and interim general manager, is only a few points behind the Rangers and its management is trying to negotiate a multi-year extension for the 30-year-old Swede, who has 23 goals and 48 points in 62 games this season.
Then there’s Kris Versteeg. The former Blackhawks right wing is 29, and currently with the Hurricanes. He has good career numbers and is 11-22-33 in 62 games.
And what about PA Parenteau? The Leafs are stockpiling picks. He’s now 32, but in good physical shape. Parenteau is 16-16-32 in 59 games. He’s an affordable right-handed shot, and knows New York, having played for the Islanders and briefly for the Rangers.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
The Panthers’ trade day party came a few days early.
With the NHL’s trade deadline set for Monday at 3, general manager Dale Tallon got things going during Saturday’s 3 o’clock hour by making three trades which came to light during the first period of what ended up becoming a 4-3 shootout loss to the host Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Panthers acquired veteran forwards Jiri Hudler (Calgary) and Teddy Purcell (Edmonton) for a handful of draft picks and also added shutdown defenseman Jakob Kindl from Detroit.
“We wanted a good puck-moving defenseman and felt we wanted three really good scoring lines,’’ Tallon said from South Florida not long after Florida’s loss to the Blue Jackets.
“We have three wonderful scoring lines and a fourth which is invigorated and able to play a very aggressive forechecking style. We have depth at all positions and this gives our coaches an opportunity for different looks.’’
Hudler and Purcell are expected to play alongside center Nick Bjugstad on Florida’s third line; Kindl could jump in on Florida’s third-defensive pairing.
“Those are players who I think will contribute down the road for us,’’ Bjugstad said. “We’ve never really made a push like this. These are players we all know. ... We’re definitely excited to have them.’’
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- The Penguins will try to move winger Chris Kunitz before the deadline but with another year on his contract at $3.85 million that could be difficult.
- There's a lot of teams looking for defence including: Boston, Florida, Tampa, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Washington, Dallas., Colorado and the Islanders. It's believed all those teams have called Calgary GM Brad Treliving to express an interest in blueliner Kris Russell. Other options include: New Jersey's David Schlemko, Ottawa's Patrick Wiercioch, and Carolina's Ron Hainsey. Vancouver's Dan Hamhuis is an option as well but he has to waive a 'no move' clause to accept a deal and has publicly shown interest in going to Dallas.
OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators (@Senators) general manager Bryan Murray announced this evening that the club has agreed to terms with forward Chris Neil on a one-year contract extension. The contract will carry an annual value of $1,500,000 and will have a duration through the 2016-17 NHL season.
Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman recap a busy Saturday as teams have begun making trades ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline.
Ron & Don talk about the Leafs trading James Reimer, Nick Paul playing for the Senators & Joe Thornton playing the best hockey of his career this season with the Sharks.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Why don’t we love Joe Thornton more? All he’s doing this year is staying tied with Sidney Crosby in scoring and ahead of Patrice Bergeron, Claude Giroux, Ryan Getzlaf, Matt Duchene, Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Toews and Jeff Carter. And you almost know he won’t be among the 16 named to Team Canada this week.
- Time to start trying to quantify just how great a goal scorer Alexander Ovechkin is: In the most difficult era to score goals, Ovechkin now has eight 40-goal seasons. That ties him with the Hulls, Brett and Bobby, with Phil Esposito and Luc Robitaille. Only Bobby Hull scored as well in as challenging an era to score.
- When the Winnipeg Jets traded their captain Andrew Ladd, the belief in many places is they made a great deal with Chicago.
The reason people think that way: The historical overrating of late first-round draft picks — the hockey equivalent of fool’s gold.
The truth on a first-round selection in choices from 20 to 30 is this: Over a recent 10-year period, from 2004-2013, less than 11% of players selected late in the first round became NHL players of significance....
more on the Jets plus other hockey notes...
I RT'd a gif of this earlier, but here is a video which you can enlarge.
The no goal call was upheld.
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