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via the Arizona Republic,
It might be tempting, but General Manager Don Maloney is not wavering from the basic premise that even though his young team may stumble at times, it will provide the core for future success. The only exception would be if an incoming player can fit in beyond just one season….
“So right now what I’m finding out is teams are so close, so tight, so any team that’s unloading players really doesn’t make sense to us. There’s nobody for us. We’re constantly looking, (it’s) very hard to say when we get on the deadline how active we’re gonna get. Right now I’d say not very active at all. I like what we have, I like the mix, I like the chemistry, but you never know what comes down the pike. So we’ll keep working at it, but it’s quiet out there.”
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
According to sources, Blues defenseman Barret Jackman rejected a multi-year contract offer from the team earlier this week.
One source indicated that the Blues’ offer averaged less than $3 million per season. Jackman, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is making $2.2 million this season. He signed a one-year contract last summer when he and the Blues couldn’t agree on a long-term contract.
“The discussions are healthy and ongoing . . . that’s all I can say,” Blues President John Davidson said Friday. “With Barret, it’s been an ongoing conversation since last summer. You try to find some common ground. If you do, you do. If you don’t, you don’t.”
Matt Cooke and Nick Lidstrom are mic’d up during a recent game.
Speaking on HockeyCentral@Noon, (Marcel) Dionne blasted the league’s skills competition that was held Jan. 26, the night before the game in Atlanta. Dionne reserved his harshest comments for the breakaway challenge….
“They made fools of themselves,” Dionne said. “(The event) should be scrapped altogether. Whoever thought of that should be fired.”...
“They probably think in the South that hockey’s like mini-basketball or something,” he said. “We can’t jump up and down and put it in the hoop.
“Obviously there’s guys that can do a lot of little tricks with the puck but it’s never in a situation where you’re on a breakaway … with someone chasing you.”
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Views evolve, and mine have.
Mine have, because it has reached the point where every time I’ve heard a coach or general manager of a team with something like a 20-19-7 record brag about being “over .500,” or caught a team-paid broadcaster’s reference to “getting points in 11 of the last 15 games,” or even a writer parroting the propaganda that a team “has gone three games without a loss in regulation” …
… I WANT TO SCREAM!
Geez, just stand up there and run your fingernails over the blackboard.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Phaneuf became just the latest 22-year-old — just emerging from his entry-level contract - to cash in on his potential as opposed to his current production. Because for all the things that Phaneuf does well — he shoots, he hits — he’s still learning the art of playing defence. This is not mean as a slight either — few defencemen of his age and relative inexperience level can contribute the sort of invisible minutes that characterize the true greats at the position, and in this day and age, that starts with the Detroit Red Wings’ Nicklas Lidstrom, who is putting up his usual numbers in another Norris Trophy-worthy season for the NHL’s top team.
read on, much more on this topic, trade talk and NHL bits…
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN that Ottawa Senators’ general manager Bryan Murray met with veteran defenseman Wade Redden Friday morning about the possibility of waiving his no-trade clause.
According to the source, the request was made following an inquiry from the San Jose Sharks into Redden’s availability.
As he has in the past, Redden turned down the request as he remains committed to the Senators’ quest to win a Stanley Cup.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Remember, this is all speculation, not advance word of impending deals. Oh, and if it seems like your team is taking it in the shorts in one of these deals…well, that probably means it’s fair….
Montreal sends Michael Ryder to Edmonton for Jarrett Stoll
This swap offers a new address to a pair of players who look as though they need one. Ryder, a 30-goal man the past two seasons in Montreal, has lost his confidence. His shot would be a welcome asset on Edmonton’s 25th-ranked power play.
read on. many more trade scenarios…
From Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,
So, humor me again, if you will. What, exactly, was the NHL lockout for?
Because, my friends, we are on the express route to another work stoppage.
According to reports, the NHL salary cap will rise once again next season.
Alarm bells, anyone?
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
According to highly-placed league sources, Anaheim is where Blake will be headed at the trade deadline.
He wouldn’t even be required to move house to play for the cross-town Ducks and since Blake owns a no-trade contract, he can make that call.
That’s not the only reason why Blake won’t be coming to Detroit.
A non-displaced fracture of the left ankle kept Blake out of the lineup Thursday.
A desire not to displace themselves of their future will keep the Wings from making a move for Blake.
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