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Make sure your day includes numerous stops at Spector’s site.  He will be updating and analyzing all day.
He has also gathered a list of bloggers who plan to be very busy today.

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The Day Is Here

from the New York Times,

The National Hockey League trading deadline was made two weeks earlier last season, and team executives, no strangers to telephones, were not bashful about swinging deals. They completed a league-record 25 trades on an entertaining deadline day.
Lou Lamoriello, the president and general manager of the Devils, does not like to make predictions, but he said last night that the moments before this year’s deadline, at 3 p.m. Eastern today, could feature as many transactions as last season, if not more.
“Every indication is that there will be substantial movement at the last minute,” Lamoriello said in a telephone interview.

Get ready folks- Have you taken the day off from work or school to catch the action or will you be watching the NHL Network via streaming on NHL.com?
At times the updates on KK may be coming in fast and furious.  They also may come in a little “raw”, with details soon to follow.
So grab your coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy the day.

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Who Wants Jagr

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

While the Rangers placed Jason Krog on waivers yesterday, Glen Sather is said to have told potential trading partners that he’d consider trading Jagr if presented an offer that “knocked him out.”
Jagr has been the subject of controversy lately for his failure to take part in shootouts, including the last two against the Devils.
A short-notice deal for Jagr would be difficult to engineer. It is believed that any trading partner would be cap-responsible for only $4.9 million of Jagr’s salary of $8.4 million, but it seems unlikely anyone would be willing to take on the 35-year-old now 15 years from his last Stanley Cup.


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Report: Gary Roberts Waives No-Trade Clause

Bob McKenzie at TSN reports,

Sources tell TSN that Florida Panthers’ forward Gary Roberts has waived his no-trade clause, paving the way for the Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins to consummate a conditional deal that they agreed to on Monday.
The deal is not expected to be made official until Tuesday morning because Roberts must physically sign the no-trade waiver before the two teams can make it official.
If there are no issues, Pittsburgh will send defenceman Noah Welch to Florida and Roberts will join the Penguins for the stretch drive and playoffs. Roberts is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.


added by Paul at 7:42am on 2/27/07, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gaxette,

Gary Roberts is joining the Penguins.
Or at least he will be after formally signing away the no-trade clause in his contract this morning.
Roberts, a 40-year-old left winger with the Florida Panthers, previously had contended that he would accept a trade only to Toronto or Ottawa, but was persuaded to come to Pittsburgh.
Team officials learned early today that the deal will go through.

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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.

read on

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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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