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Peter Forsberg had his sweater raised to the rafters today in his hometown rink, the Fjällräven Center.
Watch below and it is in Swedish.
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has acquired F Jaromir Jagr from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Florida’s second-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2016.
Jagr, 43, ranks first among active National Hockey League leaders in points (1,784), games played (1,530), assists (1,068), goals (716), plus/minus (+284) and power play goals (202). Among all-time NHL leaders, he ranks first in game-winning goals (127), fifth in points, sixth in goals, seventh in assists and 13th in games played.
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded right wing Adam Cracknell to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for future considerations, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Cracknell, 29, recorded an assist and two penalty minutes in 17 games with the Blue Jackets and added 3-4-7 and two penalty minutes in 18 games with the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons this season after being claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings on October 7. The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native has appeared in 82 career NHL games with Columbus and St. Louis, registering 6-11-17 and 14 penalty minutes.
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from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
So would having McDavid starring in revenue rich Canada help the league more? Or would having him do the LeBron thing and prop up a weak US market be the best medicine for the league?
Even among bottom five teams there are widely diverging scenarios. It’s hard to begrudge the Sabres getting him, but the real debate for the NHL if they were to get in the lottery fixing game would boil down to two choices, according to sports marketing experts.
Would the league be better off with McDavid going to a non-traditional hockey market and doing for Arizona or Carolina what Crosby did for Pittsburgh, where the once struggling Penguins have a new arena, an eight-year sellout streak and are local TV ratings colossus?
Or would the NHL be better off with McDavid in Toronto, giving the league something they’ve arguably never had: a sure-fire superstar in the league’s biggest, richest market?
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will return to his family home in Philadelphia and not play for the remainder of the regular season. Bryzgalov was assigned to Norfolk on Feb. 24 and made the decision after discussing the situation with his family and agent Ritch Winter.
Bryzgalov and Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray made the following comments:
from Eric Wilbur of Boston.com,
If this group is still to be considered a playoff team, then should Chiarelli have the freedom to add the pieces he deems fit for an improbable Cup run? And if that’s the case, what level of return might we be talking about?
Are the pipe dreams of landing either T.J. Oshie or Taylor Hall (both linked to the Bruins in one way or another in recent months) little more than laughable scenarios? Will the Bruins simply, finally acquire Buffalo’s Chris Stewart so we can just all shut up about the immortal trade rumor of the season? How soon would it take head coach Claude Julien’s head to explode if Chiarelli re-acquired old friend Jaromir Jagr, and he was forced to play him alongside Ryan Spooner?
This is a big week for the Bruins. Despite a dazzling month of January, played in the wake of owner Charlie Jacobs’ veiled threats, the Bruins are just 2-6-2 in their last 10 games, not exactly the results the team’s hierarchy is looking for with a trip to the playoffs - along with Chiarelli’s and Julien’s jobs - in question.
That’s probably a stretch for Julien, what with a new contract extension in tow, but could be a possibility as far as the general manager is concerned, not for the product that he delivered (or, as some might opine, failed to deliver) this season, but for putting the Bruins in a salary cap situation that has them up against the wall at knifepoint.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Asked about the possibility of adding cap information as part of the NHL's future commitment to big data, Commissioner Gary Bettman told the the Boston media on Tuesday night that the league doesn't sense any demand for it.
“We’re not getting a lot of feedback on [a Capgeek-style site],” Bettman said. “It’s not something that seems to be driving fan interest as much as perhaps the interest of the people [in the media] in this room, and your colleagues.”
Which, of course, is a self-serving load of crap. Let's be honest: Was there really a lot of fan feedback demanding that the league provide shot attempt information? Or was the decision to provide “enhanced stats” motivated by a desire to reclaim ownership of its own data?
Demand has nothing to do with the NHL's position on cap data. Because here's the thing: Fans love this data. We obsess over it. We want to know how the latest call-ups, injuries and trades affect our favorite team's cap situation because that directly impacts our team's ability to make itself better. And our teams getting better matters to us a whole lot.
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from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Flyers GM Ron Hextall would have gladly moved Braydon Coburn and his $4.5 million salary cap hit next year had the Kings' needs remained. Or Luke Schenn’s $3.6 million hit. Or even Nicklas Grossmann’s $3.5 million hit.
The problem is, all three of those defenseman have a year left on their deals.
When it gets to the NHL Trade Deadline -– March 2 –- teams want rental players who are unrestricted free agents this summer, unless it’s a young player they see as part of their future.
The Flyers have moveable assets, but those assets all have years left on their contracts. That makes Hextall’s job very complicated in moving players at the deadline.
Kimmo Timonen is a pending free agent, but still hasn’t played a game this season because of blood clots. Assuming the soon-to-be 40-year-old suits up for the first time on Saturday against the New York Rangers, it remains debatable whether any club is going to take a chance on him based on what they see in one game.
And forget about moving Vinny Lecavalier, who has three years left on his outrageous deal at $4.5 million a pop. The Flyers have been trying to move the veteran center since summer and still no takers.
McDavid had 4 goals and 2 assists last night, his first hat trick in the OHL.
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