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from Woody Paige at the Denver Post,
These are not the good old days of the Avalanche, but they are the good-news days for the Avs.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and their Hole-in- the-Wall Gang are riding together again, some for the first time.
Nobody knows how the season will skate out, but the fun’s about to begin.
Get my swan costume ready. I feel the thrill.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Once considered a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, the Senators are looking like easy, first-round playoff fodder—if they manage to hang on and qualify for the post-season tournament.
Crazy talk? Don’t think so. They have a nine-point cushion now, but the air is leaking out.
Hence, the growing speculation that Paddock will be replaced behind the bench by GM Bryan Murray, who took the team to the Stanley Cup final last season.
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…
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