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from Lightning Strikes,
Feaster isn’t trading Vinny Lecavalier. He probably wants to keep Boyle. To do that, he has to cut salary somewhere. Richards has underperformed, Forsberg seems out of the equation, so it seems logical Feaster wants to see what Richards’ market is like before deciding if he can sign Boyle, because if Tampa Bay can be out from under Richards’ salary, that makes Boyle’s contract doable.
As we have said, there are a lot of moving parts here, including how the Lightning does Wednesday and Thursday in what will be a difficult back-to-back against the Sabres and Islanders.
From Pat Hickey at The Gazette,
The question now is whether to keep Huet or put him on the block. He’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and the Canadiens run the risk of losing him without compensation.
That’s a risk they should take. While Price has demonstrated why he’s the Canadiens’ hope for a bright future and Jaroslav Halak is playing well in Hamilton, the Habs need all their resources if they hope to make a run in the playoffs. It’s a bigger risk if they go into the post-season with a pair of goaltenders with no NHL playoff experience.
from NHL.com writer Dan Rosen at NHL Connect,
I thought it was great to see George McPhee and Don Maloney chatting for close to 30 minutes during lunch. “Trying to make a trade,” Maloney joked to me. Probably not considering both teams are in a similar situation with young players and on the cusp of the playoffs. Still, good fodder.
I thought it was great to see Ken Holland walk out of the lunch area with Toronto interim GM Cliff Fletcher. “So, how’s it going?” Holland asked.
read on... Now more rumors can be created…
The Top 10 goals of the week in a little over 6 minutes.
from John Buccigross at ESPN,
If you canvassed the NHL standings at the start of this week, you could make a case (albeit some are a bit flimsy) that every team except the Los Angeles Kings has at least a dream of going on a big run and finishing in the playoff money.
There are three reasons for this:...
3. Evolution of the “almost-foolproof draft era” and depth of front-office talent…
There are only nine more teams than there were during the 1979-80 season, but there are probably 90 people better qualified and trained to run an organization. The NHL is deep in talent on and off the ice and the bunched-up standings should be a yearly occurrence. That’s the point.
from Naples News,
So will something happen this year to change the size of the equipment?
“I’m not telling you that it will,” said Colin Campbell, NHL vice president and director hockey operations. “It needs a buy-in by our GMs and our players, particularly the goaltenders.”
“We’re tired of hearing about it ... we understand it all comes down to wanting to win, but we have to do something when you’re illegal.”
Outside of trades and goaltender equipment, other issues discussed at Tuesday’s meetings involved relations with other hockey leagues and potential rule changes.
from Blueland Blog,
It’s the most exciting time of the year and at the same time the most maddening.
We all know that trades are going to be made around the league and odds are the Thrashers will be involved to some degree. With a week to go until the trade deadline something could happen at any time. Don Waddell could wait until next Tuesday to pull the trigger on a deal or he could pull something off by the time you finish reading this post. You never know.
And that’s just it. Rumor hounds are having a field day trying to predict who will end up where and who’s available versus who isn’t, but when it comes to the Thrashers nothing is clear.
From Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
As the trade deadline approaches across the NHL the topic of no-trade and no-move clauses has hit the front line of reporting and, not surprisingly by NHL standards, the players are being made to be the bad guys and general managers, the people in near complete control as to whether or not no-trades or no-movement clauses are made available, are doing the crying.
Now to be fair, Burke has a history of not giving them out and Fletcher inherited his, mostly from recently fired general manager John Ferguson, but that just makes it easier for them to carry the banner that reads as it so often does in the NHL GM ranks: Save Us from Ourselves.
The Los Angeles Kings have traded defenceman Jaroslav Modry to the Philadelphia Flyers for a third round pick.
From John Glennon at the Tennessean,
Over the years, hardcore Predators fans have stuck up for their team through lean seasons and trying times.
These days, the Predators are — quite literally — sticking up for their fans.
What began as a one-game salute to supporters last month seemingly has transformed into a Sommet Center ritual. After every home victory the Predators gather at center ice and raise their sticks in unison to the crowd.
“We just want to show our appreciation to the fans because they help us win games and because we need them to be successful,’’ forward Vern Fiddler said.
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