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by Paul on 01/08/12 at 01:41 AM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• I know there’s this feeding frenzy with Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf possibly being on the trade market, but I can’t see a deal happening.
If Anaheim general manager Bob Murray really is keen on dropping a bomb on his struggling club, he has to be very, very careful. He might want to ring up former Boston Bruins GM Mike O’Connell and ask how that Joe Thornton trade turned out six years ago when the Bruins were disenchanted with their captain….
• Is it just me or has Corey Crawford been less than stellar for the Chicago Blackhawks this year? Lots of pucks are finding their way through his feet. He was dazzling in the first-round against the Vancouver Canucks last spring and got a new contract, but he’s got a very ordinary .902 save percentage and 2.85 goals-against average.
• Last spring Capitals general manager George McPhee hoped he’d get first-round pick forward Evgeny Kuznetsov over from Russia, but Kuznetsof stayed in the Kontinental Hockey League. After his dazzling work in the world junior championship, when he looked like a man playing against boys on a lot of nights, the Caps are salivating. They’ve got him pencilled in for their 2012-13 team, with Alexander Semin possibly out the door.
“He’s ready to play here, get him to the best league possible and start working with him,” said McPhee. Oilers centre Anton Lander, who played against Kuznetsov in the world juniors last year, is a big fan.
“He can do it all,” said Lander.
more on the Getzlaf talk plus numerous other hockey points…
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