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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St, Louis Post-Dispatch,
In the days leading to the NHL trade deadline Monday, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong spoke about needing to be creative if he wanted to improve his club. He wanted to add a skilled forward, but with the team’s salary-cap issues, making a move would take some maneuvering.
As it turned out, it didn’t matter how inventive Armstrong was.
“It wasn’t the creativity as much as the asking price to get creative,” he said. “We felt it was overextended by what we wanted.”
So the Blues stood pat on what league-wide was a rather lackluster deadline day with just 19 trades. But of those deals, 10 involved Central Division teams, including Colorado picking up Arizona forward Mikkel Boedker and Dallas fetching Calgary defenseman Kris Russell.
That left a little unrest among the fanbase of the Blues, who sit No. 4 in the NHL standings with 81 points and 17 games to play but whose only acquisition near the deadline was a trade with Edmonton for backup goalie Anders Nilsson.
“I believe in the group,” Armstrong said. “What you want to do is put a product on the ice that gets you into the playoffs. If we can continue to play well and get a playoff spot, anything can happen when you get there....
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at Global News,
The Western Conference isn't a two-horse race between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings.
Instead, trade deadline day showed the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks are ready to challenge for the Western Conference title and for the Stanley Cup. The Stars acquired defenceman Kris Russell from the Calgary Flames, while the Ducks got winger Jamie McGinn from the Buffalo Sabres and winger Brandon Pirri from the Florida Panthers in preparation for the playoffs.
Dallas gave up defenceman Jyrki Jokipakka, a conditional second-round pick and a prospect but got better in the West by picking up Russell.
"Our focus was on the back end, seeing what was out there," general manager Jim Nill said on a conference call. "It gives (coach Lindy Ruff) lots of different options. Kris can play high minutes. ... He's got great endurance."...
Here are five other things we learned at the NHL trade deadline:
from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
Smith-Pelly was emotional when he met with reporters in San Jose shortly after the trade was announced Monday. He said he had a feeling he might be on the move after the Canadiens acquired Brown, another right-winger, earlier in the day.
When asked if he had a message for Canadiens fans, Smith-Pelly said: “I loved it here. Thanks, I guess. I really enjoyed playing here … I’m going to miss it.
“It’s a super-close team and, obviously, I would have loved to stay and be a part of the group, but you move on.”...
“It’s tough,” Smith-Pelly said while dabbing at his eyes. “Just having to go to another group and trying to fit in. I thought I fit in perfectly with this group. So it’s tough. But I’ve been around long enough … it happens.
“I loved it,” he added about his time in Montreal. “It’s always a dream come true to play for a Canadian team, and it sucks (being traded).”
more on the Canadiens...
watch Smith-Pelly speaking with the media below..
NEW YORK (Feb. 29, 2016) -- NHL clubs made 19 trades involving 37 players today prior to the 3 p.m., ET, trade deadline. Following is a list of the transactions:
84 hours since Thursday morning- That's the amount of time I spent posting, monitoring and following all the news leading up to the trade deadline.
Therefore I am giving myself a break tonight. Posting will be sporadic at best and I will be back tomorrow morning as usual.
One of the weaker trade deadlines in recent memory but that is way it goes at times.
Enjoy the game tonight.
Below, find a Twitter list of people I consider sources during the trade deadline period.
If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave it in the comments.
This post will remain sticky through the Monday afternoon.
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Sportsnet's stream of their Trade Deadline Show can be watched here.
update 2/29/16, original post was dated 2/27/16 at 11:15am,
I have removed the sticky and also remove the Trade Deadline Twitter list below, time to get back to normal.
from Joe Smith of Lightning Strikes,
There was plenty of interest in Drouin, the No. 3 overall pick in 2013, and the Lightning reportedly had its share of offers. But Yzerman said most talks with teams the past few months surrounded future considerations like prospects and picks.
"At this time, my feeling was, if it's not going to help me now, I'm better off keeping my options this summer," Yzerman said. "What we were looking for wasn't there today. Anything that would involve future draft picks or prospects at this time, it didn't make sense to do that. We'll have more certainty, more clarity on the salary cap and make a decision at that time."
Yzerman had said he wanted to improve his team's power play at the deadline, but wasn't willing to use Drouin as a trade chip for short-term help, unless it could really make a difference.
"I wasn't trading Jonathan Drouin for an unrestricted free agent that I couldn't or wouldn't want to resign, that made no sense," Yzerman said.
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Boone Jenner to a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Jenner, 22, has set career highs in goals, assists (tied) and points this season with 22 goals and 13 assists for 35 points to go along with 65 penalty minutes in 63 games. He ranks second on the club in goals, power play goals (seven), game-winning goals (two, tied), shots (174) and hits (167), while ranking third in penalty minutes (tied) and fifth in points. One of the club’s alternate captains, he is one of three Blue Jackets – Ryan Murray and Gregory Campbell – that have played in all 63 games this season.
“Boone Jenner is a terrific young player, who works extremely hard at both ends of the ice and is just beginning to scratch the surface of what he can be as a National Hockey League player,” said Kekalainen. “He has tremendous character and is an exemplary representative of our club on and off the ice.”
From TSN's Pierre LeBrun...
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