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from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
On Friday, ESPN analyst Barry Melrose told New York radio station WFAN that a deal was close that would send Guerin to the New York Islanders. The Atlanta Thrashers are another team with interest in Guerin.
Tkachuk’s name has been linked at various times to Detroit, Anaheim and the New York Rangers. He still has not been asked by the Blues to waive his no-trade clause.
Deal or no deal—and at this point something seems almost certain to be done—the Blues still have a shot at reaching the postseason.
more...Norm, where did you get this from?
added 10:25am, from a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story pointed to earlier today,
Davidson denied a rumor that the Blues had a deal in place to trade Guerin to the New York Islanders.
When reached Friday, Guerin said he hadn’t heard anything.
from the Philly Burbs,
Esche, 29, looks at everything philosophically.
He says he wants to stay and get himself back on track. But he’s also realistic to know he’s not Peter Forsberg or Jeremy Roenick — that is, he can’t go to the Flyers and hand them a list of his favorite destinations.
“As much as I like it in places, you can’t be scared to get fired,” he said after yesterday’s practice. “You can’t be scared to move on. You just have to play for your teammates and my teammates are the Flyers. Whatever happens, happens. Nothing I can control.”
The race is on for the playoffs, and most games will be very intense.
Sit back and enjoy the action as the boys battle for the playoff spots.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
One well-placed punch could have shattered Emery’s orbital bone. It could have concussed him. It could have done all sorts of damage….
No, someone should have jumped on Peters. Didn’t have to be a fighter, either. There were none wearing Senators jerseys on the ice. Wouldn’t have even had to be in an honourable manner. Was Peters honourable? Or is seeking out a first-time NHL fighter who is wearing neither a mask nor helmet but plenty of restrictive goalie equipment .... and then not even taking off your own helmet ... is that borderline gutless?
from the Charlottetown Guardian,
Between now and Tuesday, the retired Canadian Forces soldier doesn’t plan on getting much sleep as he monitors each and every National Hockey League trade rumour.
Rumours pretty much consume his everyday life now. He operates the Spectorshockey.net website, a site that gets hundreds of thousands of hits every day around the world. A large portion of the site is devoted to trade rumours and his analysis of what is reported.
He gets up every morning around 7 o’clock, puts the coffee on and hunkers down in his Kensington Road basement for the better part of the day.
read on... Nice to see Lyle’s hometown paper recognizing one of their own.
There are prices we won’t pay,” Holland said before the Red Wings hosted the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena.
“We’ll just sit on the sidelines and do nothing. I’m hearing that Monday or Tuesday as we get closer to the deadline and teams are sitting with players, prices will come down. If the prices don’t come down, we’re just going to sit on the sidelines and go into the playoffs with this team. It’s ridiculous right now.”
from the St. Petersburg Times,
Forward Andre Roy was suspended three games for misconduct after leaving the penalty box following the Lightning’s 6-2 loss to the Bruins on Friday, raising the ire of coach John Tortorella.
Roy violated Rule 41.4, Section 3 of the NHL rule book, which says a player who “physically demeans an official” will serve a three-game suspension. Roy had received a roughing penalty with 22 seconds left.
“I think if a little common sense comes into play and egos stay out of it, the ref would just leave it alone,” Tortorella said. “It’s the end of the game, and it’s a frustrating loss for athletes who play hard, so I guess egos get in the way, so they have to back a big deal about nothing.”
from Pat Hickey at the Montreal Gazette,
While it’s still too early to tell, I’m beginning to think I was right when I said Forsberg wasn’t the answer to anyone’s problem. He continues to feel uncomfortable with his surgically repaired right foot, and it has eroded his confidence.
Nashville paid a huge price for Forsberg, giving up two regulars, and first- and third-round draft picks, and so far the returns have been negligible. While Forsberg appears to be responsible for a sharp rise in attendance, he has been a bust on the ice. He has gone three games without a point. More importantly, the Predators have only one win in three games since Forsberg came aboard.
more on the NHL…
from the Swing State Project,
According to Nathan Gonzales of the Rothenberg Political Report, Connecticut Democrats are weighing the possibility of running former NHL superstar Mike Richter against the last Republican House member left standing in New England: the battle-hardened Chris Shays.
thanks toa KK reader for the tip…
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
The Blues exchanged contract numbers with defenseman Eric Brewer and goaltender Manny Legace on Friday and could have deals completed with the two players as soon as today.
The offer to Brewer, 27, is believed to be a multiyear contract worth between $4 million and $5 million a season.
“It’s getting close,” Blues President John Davidson said. “When you get close, though, it’s like when you’re buying a house ... you can get close and then something happens.”
Tkachuk and Guerin aren’t so lucky:
Davidson also said the Blues were not close on deals for Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk, who will be unrestricted free agents this summer. The NHL trade deadline is Tuesday.
“We had conversations again (Friday), and again there’s nothing there yet that’s finalized by any means,” Davidson said. “When I say finalized, I mean we may trade, we may not trade. That’s not been totally decided yet.”
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