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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.”

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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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Messier’s Jersey Retirement—Curious Timing

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

The Oilers wanted to do it when the Phoenix Coyotes were in the house, so that two of Messier’s ex-teammates, Wayne Gretzky and Grant Fuhr, both of whom coach for Phoenix, could be in attendance for the ceremony. The Coyotes make only two appearances in Edmonton this season and the first came early – back on Oct. 23 – and the Oilers didn’t want to schedule it then.
So the Messier ceremony - which will honour the first decade of his career, in which he was a rambunctious, sometimes out-of-control physical force on behalf of the Oilers - could be overshadowed by whatever news happens to break out in the hours leading up to the deadline.

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So Far Today…

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

While veteran Florida winger Gary Roberts contemplated whether or not to approve a trade to Pittsburgh on Monday other clubs flooded the NHL waiver wire.
Roberts, an unrestricted free agent July 1, was trying to decide if he should waive his no-trade clause for a move to the Penguins, a source told The Canadian Press.
Roberts, 40, could still turn down the Pittsburgh deal and ask the Panthers to re-visit talks with other clubs, notably the two teams he really wants to move to: Ottawa and Toronto.
Meanwhile, veteran defenceman Bryan Berard of the Columbus Blue Jackets was among nine players put on waivers on the eve of Tuesday’s 3 p.m. ET trading deadline.

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More Panthers Talk

from On Frozen Pond,

Also hearing rumors that Chris Gratton may be going back to where it all started in Tampa Bay. Gratts has another year left on his deal, so this one may be tough. Gratts isn’t very popular in the greater Tampa area, so that too may sour the deal.
Florida also has a number of offers on the table regarding one Todd Bertuzzi. We’ll see if any of them blow JM away. Haven’t heard anything yet regarding Gelinas or Belfour.

more on the Panthers, Roberts info we know and Auld out for the year…

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The Three Stars

Backstrom, Savard and Richards Named NHL Three Stars Of The Week

FIRST STAR—NIKLAS BACKSTROM, G, MINNESOTA WILD
Backstrom posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.62 goals-against average and .933 save percentage as the Wild (35-23-5, 75 points) moved within two points of the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks. Making his ninth consecutive appearance in February after starting goaltender Manny Fernandez suffered a sprained knee Jan. 30, Backstrom made 23 saves as the Wild recorded a 2-1 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars Feb. 20. He made 28 saves in a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Feb. 22 and finished the week by stopping 19 of 20 shots in a 4-1 decision over the Edmonton Oilers Feb. 25. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota last June and making his NHL debut in 2006-07, the 29-year-old Helsinki, Finland native improved his season record to 13-7-4 and ranks third among NHL goaltenders in goal-against average (2.23) and save percentage (.923).

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