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Sundin spoke to the media at Saturday’s morning skate and admitted that interim GM Cliff Fletcher had asked him to waive his clause, allowing the club to pursue a trade.
‘‘The Leafs gave me a chance to think about it and all that but as I said my position hasn’t changed since the start of the year.
‘‘I have to do what feels right in my heart. I just don’t think I can go to another team if I don’t want to play for another team. That wouldn’t be right to myself. That’s how I feel right now.’‘
added 1:35pm, More on this from Paul Hunter ant the Toronto Star.
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
Sources have confirmed Lowe is trying to insinuate himself into the bidding war, such as it is, for overpriced Tampa Bay forward Brad Richards. Lowe hinted at it on Friday’s pay-per-view broadcast.
“Potentially a high-end player, if something of that type was available, that would be good,” he said.
His phone calls to Tampa GM Jay Feaster will likely go for naught, since Richards’ deal contains a no-movement clause and the chances of him hopping from one non-contender to another, with the attendant drop in temperature, would seem ridiculously small….
Lowe should get his nose dirty and try to move the underachieving Jarret Stoll and enigmatic Joni Pitkanen while there are willing buyers like Ottawa, Tampa and the Montreal Canadiens.
Red Wings play-by-play man Ken Daniels felt Dion Phaneuf could have let-up on a hit on the Wings Tomas Kopecky last night. Your thoughts?
from the Miami Herald,
With his team reeling, Panthers coach Jacques Martin indicated Friday he wants leading scorer Olli Jokinen to raise his game.
‘‘We need more out of people like Olli,’’ Martin said. ``We need more away from the puck. Other people have been contributing.’‘...
‘‘If it were your skate, you can imagine what you would go through,’’ he said. ``It has definitely been tough. Maybe I haven’t gotten enough rest….”
more on the Panthers…
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Rumor is, Tampa Bay Lightning center Brad Richards is available and the Blue Jackets are making a pitch. This is juicy.
The rumor first floated on TSN, the Canadian sports-television network, on Wednesday. TSN suggested that the Jackets were “front-runners” in the bidding. Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline confirmed as much, and reported that the Jackets had two scouts, including Don Boyd, director of player personnel, scouting the Lightning-Islanders game Thursday night in Uniondale, N.Y.
Oh, man, if the Jackets can get their hands on this guy . . . he’s perfect for them.
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
There is apparently an Internet rumor floating around that claims Nicklas Lidstrom’s injury is more serious than the Red Wings are letting on. It states Lidstrom will miss two months because of a sprained MCL and a concussion.
Here’s what Wings coach Mike Babcock said about it after Friday’s game: “We think he’s two weeks (away), max. He’s feeling way better already, so that’s a positive thing for us.’‘
more on the Wings…
That is not even a rumor Ansar, but considering where it came from, well, let’s just say, you should question everything that comes from that website.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
Lou Lamoriello, who rarely is wrong when it comes to Hockey 101, put it best when asked whether there would be a flood of blockbuster deals before the NHL trade deadline on Tuesday.
With typical aplomb, the Devils’ boss opined, “I didn’t get a sense that there’s going to be an active market at the trade deadline.”
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,
How would Gainey, the general manager, describe Gainey, the player?
“I was strong-willed,” he said. “I was extremely difficult to play against. Determined to carry my part of the team’s game to improve our chances to win the game. I enjoyed the harder parts of the games and the harder parts of the season.”
What he didn’t say was that no player before him, or since, delivered those qualities game in, game out for the length of his 16 seasons with the team, which included 1,160 regular-season games - eight as captain - and 182 playoff games, which brought home five Stanley Cups and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1979.
Trent Hunter signs a five year contract with the Islanders and here is something new, watch the video release…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Gainey is also believed not to be adverse to trading team captain Saku Koivu, who has only 12 goals this season, is a minus player and could probably use a change of scenery. But Koivu is four years older than Jokinen and far less productive, so Gainey would have to enhance the offer.
Perhaps a package of Koivu, Jaroslav Halak, a first-round pick and a prospect would be enough. Gainey could also include Alexander Perezhogin, who is having a fine season in Russia this year, but whose contract rights are still owned by the Canadiens.
more and some Richards talk too…
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