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Frolov Talk Is Just That

from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

As far as Alexander Frolov goes, he should really run for prime minister in Canada. They’re ready to throw feasts in his honor up there. But it doesn’t make sense for Lombardi to make a move on that front right now, unless it’s an overwhelming offer, something where the Kings give up Frolov and a top pick/prospect to get a mega-star. I just don’t see that mega-star out there right now, at least one that the Kings are interested in. Plus, Frolov’s cap hit next season is $2.9 million, which is a steal.

more on the Kings…

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More Waivers

Per Darren Dreger on Leafs Lunch at AM640... Gary Roberts, Brendan Morrison, Mirolsav Satan waived today.

Any updates, feel free to add and I am sure TSN Ice Chips will have the moves soon.

added 12:34pm, TSN has a story on the waivers today.

added 12:37pm, from Russo’s Rants,

Also, according to sources, the Wild has placed Peter Olvecky on waivers, and the Rangers have placed former Wild players Aaron Voros and Erik Reitz on waivers. Huge names on waivers today. Others include Brendan Morrison, Miroslav Satan, Craig Adams, Jon Sim, Eric Perrin, Gary Roberts and Martin Gerber.

read on for some Gaborik talk..

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Sim On Waivers

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Islanders forward Jon Sim, who had three assists in the Islanders’ 4-2 win over Colorado last night to give him seven points in his past six games, has been placed on waivers for the second time this season. Coming one day ahead of Wednesday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, the move is like an invitation to any team in need of a hard-working winger with some grit and scoring touch to add it without giving up anything but salary.

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As Expected, Avery A Ranger

640AM in Toronto reports Sean Avery claimed by the New York Rangers.

added 12:05pm, Bob McKenzie of TSN confirms.

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Wild Sign Backstrom

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Minnesota Wild have signed star goalie Niklas Backstrom to a $24 million, four-year contract, a source told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and he had been the subject of numerous trade rumors.

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Morris Looking East

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Let’s start the morning with a Derek Morris update.

From the calls we’ve made, we believe Boston, Washington and Philadelphia are the three Eastern Conference contenders in the mix for the right-handed defenseman.

Morris, who has a blast from the point, has a no-trade clause, but gave the Phoenix Coyotes a list of Eastern Conference teams in order to facilitate a move. He’s an unrestricted free agent July 1 and could be a nice addition to all three of those teams; he’s a real physical player and provides veteran leadership. Stay tuned.

continue for a few more notes…

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Morning Line

“Hey man, if a team wants me and they feel like I could come in and help them, then I would love it.”

-Mark Recchi of the Tampa Bay Lightning via Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald at the National Post.

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You Trade Deadline Plans

What are you plans for the trade deadline?  Skipping school or work, maybe not but still keeping an eye on all the action?

What websites will you be visiting and what radio/TV stations will you be monitoring?

Let me know your plans and provide links if you’d like, you just may be helping out your fellow hockey fan!

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Oilers Have Needs

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers have all sorts of needs heading into tomorrow’s swap meet - a first-line left winger, a second-line left winger and a second-line centre to tide them over until Sam Gagner can begin producing.

And maybe a shut down defenceman.

Otherwise, they’re set.

“We’ve had our discussions, we know our needs and the managers are going to try and address those needs the best they can,” said head coach Craig MacTavish. “If the opportunity presents itself to help us, that’s obviously what we’d like to have happen, we’re all gearing towards that. But the deals have to make sense ...”

more

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Depending On the Scouts

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

As tomorrow’s NHL trade deadline approaches, rumors are rampant. Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester is going here. Anaheim’s Chris Pronger is going there. The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to deal everyone except their public-address announcer.

There is a group of unappreciated men - scouts - who will play a major role in deciding the destination of those players and many others.

Most of the scouts type evaluations on their laptops as they watch the games from high above the rink. On those same laptops, they can watch various players on video clips so readily available in today’s information age.

The availability of instant video on players - and teams - has slightly reduced the number of scouts employed by teams.

But it hasn’t made them obsolete.

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