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Working His Way Up

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Every time Paul Jerrard passes a mirror, this is what he sees: a father, a hockey player, a coach, a man with a goal, a dream.
Nothing more. Nothing less.
What Paul Jerrard does not necessarily see is a pioneer or a role model or a symbol of racial equality, although he is, in many ways, all of those things….
In a year that saw two black coaches lead their respective teams to the Super Bowl, Jerrard happily toils in relative obscurity in the heartland, one step below the bigs in the American Hockey League.
He likes it that way.

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3 Way Trade

Wings get Kyle Calder, Chicago gets Jason Williams, and Philly gets someone, on TSN TV… Philly gets Kukkonen.

added 8:11pm, per TSN Breaking News,

The Chicago Blackhawks have traded a 3rd round pick and Lasse Kukkonen to the Philadelphia Flyers for Kyle Calder and the Blackhawks flipped Clader to the Detroit Red Wings for Jason Williams.

added 8:17pm, TSN link…

added 9:09pm, from the Chicago Blackhawks,

“We’ve been trying to acquire Jason Williams since last summer,” said Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon. “He is a quality individual who can add to our team offensively and can also play the point on the power play. We feel with his speed and skill he is another piece of the puzzle as we continue to move forward in making our team better.”
“I’m definitely excited about coming to Chicago,” said Williams. “Any time you can be a part of an original six team it’s special. Chicago is making strides in the right direction. I’m looking forward to coming to Chicago and in being a major factor on the team. I’m happy to be going to a team that wants me and I’m looking forward to helping the Blackhawks.”

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Canucks Get Sopel And Smolinski Trade Complete

via TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks jumped the deadline in acquiring former Canuck Brent Sopel from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2nd and 4th round draft pick.
In addition Vancouver added veteran centre Bryan Smolinski from the Chicago Blackhawks for a conditional 2nd round pick.

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Five Teams Interested In J. Blake

from Newsday,

Meanwhile, Islanders coach Ted Nolan acknowledged the team is considering offers for Blake from five Western Conference teams that a league source identified as Nashville, Vancouver, Detroit, San Jose and Dallas. Blake said he has been told nothing by the team and just will wait to see what happens.

more on the Zednik trade

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Official- Rob Blake Talks About NTC

from the CP via TSN,

Reports surfaced over the weekend that he had agreed to waive his no-trade clause. But the 37-year-old star defenceman said nothing could be further from the truth. He cemented his future with the Kings after a pair of meetings with GM Dean Lombardi over the weekend.
“Dean and I simply talked about the future of our team, the same thing we did last July when I signed,” Blake told The Canadian Press on Monday. “Nothing really has changed. I don’t know where all that stuff (inaccurate reports) had come from.”


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Update On Smyth

from the CP via TSN,

The Oilers talked with Toronto-based agent Don Meehan again Monday about a new multiyear contract for the veteran left-winger, who is believed to be seeking at least US$5 million a season over a five-year term.
“We’re still talking,” Howson said. “Everything has been very cordial and open.
“We’re continuing to have what we consider productive talks. We’re hopeful we’re going to come to an agreement and get a contract done, but there’s nothing to report as of now.”

more on the Oilers…

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Smolinksi To Vancouver

Alanah at C&B reports...

Vancouver Canucks acquire Bryan Smolinski from Chicago for a 2007, 2nd round draft pick. More details to come.

Update 5:20pm ET:
There are updates with this story. They will be added here as known.

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Talking Todd

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Bertuzzi is the sort of player who might change teams five minutes before the deadline, if a club that came up short on one trade front decides on him as a fallback position. The other issue – which cannot be trivialized – is his salary-cap hit. Since Bertuzzzi earns $5.269 million per season, even the pro-rated value of his contract would require a team to have about $1.1 million in salary-cap space in order to fit him into their payroll.


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Caps Send Zednik To NYI

via the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals have acquired a second-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for right wing Richard Zednik, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced.
With the New York Islanders’ second-round selection, the Capitals now have three selections in the first two rounds of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.


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Tweaker’s Delight

The Ottawa Senators players were given a vote of confidence today when general manager John Muckler announced that he had no intention of trading away any of the current roster players before tomorrow’s NHL trade deadline at 3 p.m.
“Our objective here is to keep this team together, and I think it’s been that way since I came here,” Muckler said after practice today at Scotiabank Place. “I felt this was a good hockey club going into Day 1 of training camp. We’ve improved, and the coaching staff has done a good job in putting the pieces together. We’re going to try and do things to make it better but if we can’t do anything, I have all the confidence in the world with the players in the dressing room. I think they can put it all together.”


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