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Entries with the tag: trade deadline
It’s St. Valentine’s Day, and the Montreal Canadiens sit tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Not bad for a team many wrote out of the playoffs before the season began.
Even more impressive when one considers that the Habs are only one point behind Boston for third. This Canadiens team is achieving far beyond the expectations of many.
From Derek Felska at The State of Hockey News:
Any team more or less makes a covenant with its fans to do the absolute best it can. In the case of the fans, they have shown incredible devotion and dedication to the Minnesota Wild selling out every home game in team history up to this point. The fans have made its merchandise amongst the top selling teams in the league, and have filled the arena to over 100% capacity for the last few seasons. That covenant is a trust between fans and ownership. The actions or in this case the inaction of this team is a huge betrayal of that trust. With the team’s fortunes this season clearly heading south, the Wild opted not to be a big seller and chose not to trade soon-to-be unrestricted free agents Stephane Veilleux, Martin Skoula, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Kurtis Foster, or star winger Marian Gaborik. It seems strange a team that will likely not qualify for the post season did not even attempt to trade off assets with the hope of acquiring picks or prospects for the future.
At the Star-Tribune, Michael Russo notes there was some action in Minnesota yesterday, but it fell apart:
While the Wild won’t confirm what “major deal” it was involved in until Wednesday morning, sources say General Manager Doug Risebrough continued his longtime quest for Jokinen, the former Florida Panthers captain who was ultimately traded from Phoenix to the Calgary Flames.
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:
My mind thinks ahead to around 6 p.m. tomorrow. How will I feel, will I be burned out or maybe wanting more of this trade deadline madness? The answer comes quickly, get this over with, quickly! I want the attention turned back to the game on the ice, enough of all these trade scenarios and dreams.
You see, no matter what trades are made, what GM’s and coaches say about their recent acquisitions, the game still has to be played on the ice. Only one team will skate off with the Stanley Cup and all the other teams will be left questioning the moves they made or did not make.
I am also thinking about the most important part of our game - the NHL players. I can only imagine a few are contemplating their future and are hoping the deadline passes and for the most part, they stay with their current team. All the trade talk has to be draining on them and even though they say it isn’t a problem, deep down they know there is the possibility they may have to pack up and move on.
From Tim Sassone at the Daily Herald:
According to the blog and comments posted on stories at our Web site, these are the 10 hottest issues on the minds of Hawks fans:
1. Dustin Byfuglien: There are a lot of fans unhappy with the big guy and want to see him packaged in a deal.
There are two problems: One, Byfuglien has two years and $6 million left on a contract general manager Dale Tallon never should have offered last summer. Two, he is a wide body on a team that is somewhat small and needs all the size it can get for the playoffs.
read on for the rest of Chicago’s wish list
From Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings:
Your e-mails and comments are ALWAYS welcomed, but I’m going to end up muttering to myself and wearing a bathrobe if I get any more ``Is there a Jason Spezza trade coming?’’ e-mails.
There’s NOTHING happening on that front right now, at all. Not unless I’m being massively deceived, when in this case I’m fairly certain there’s zero reason for deception. Could it come up in the future? Perhaps, but I seriously, seriously doubt it.
My serious question is, why do people buy this stuff? Is it just sugary fun?
From Lyle Richardson (Spector) at FoxSports:
With the NHL trade deadline less than a month away and the race for playoff berths in both conferences heating up, several teams could soon find themselves in the market for roster depth to improve their postseason chances.
Here’s a look at several of the Eastern Conference clubs struggling to nail down playoff positions. We’ll examine the Western teams next week.
Montreal Canadiens: They’ve blown hot and cold throughout this season and have only two victories in their last seven games since mid-January. GM Bob Gainey signaled a month ago he was interested in adding an experienced puck-moving defenseman. With top-scoring center Robert Lang out for the season he might also need a first- or second-line center. Ignore those silly rumors of Gainey selling the farm for Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier. That’s not going to happen.
From Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com:
Tkachuk is no stranger to trade deadline turmoil.
In 2007, with Tkachuk an unrestricted free agent, the Blues sent him to the Atlanta Thrashers, a team desperate to make the playoffs. The Thrashers did make it to the post-season with Tkachuk, but were swept in the first round by the New York Rangers. Tkachuk then re-signed with the Blues in the off-season.
At the 2001 trade deadline, Tkachuk went to the Blues for the first time in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes for Michal Handzus, Ladislav Nagy, Jeff Taafe and a first-round draft.
From Puck Daddy at Yahoo! Sports,
The last two weeks have seen rumors surface just about every day about every single free agent, just like they have at every trade deadline and summer free-agent frenzy in recent memory. Here are some of the best of the worst rumors we, as hockey fans, have had to digest and regurgitate over the last several years:
read the list for some entertainingly-bogus rumors
Incidentally, that list reminded me of that “Ryan Smyth signs with Edmonton” deal erroneously reported on Sportsnet in 2007. Quite the screw-up that was, so here’s a flashback of the day from Chris Zelkovich in the Toronto Star:
Hockey fans are all whiners who bitch and moan, never go to actual games, and sit around in a little circle of fellow bitchers and moaners who complain all day long.
How do I know this? Jamie Samuelssen told me, in a nice little 9:23 rant that’s available for your listening pleasure on WDFN.
Samuelssen claims that Red Wings fans and all hockey fans—with enough “you people” references to usually merit a lawsuit—are negative Nancies, each and every one, and he feels that the trade deadline brings out the worst in what hockey fans are.
NHL Network across North America is teaming with TSN to bring NHL fans extensive coverage of NHL Trade Deadline Day. Hockey fans in the U.S. and Canada can keep tabs on all their favorite teams and players as NHL Network simulcasts TSN’s 10-hour program, TradeCentre 08, on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
The wall-to-wall coverage includes a team of 20 Insiders, analysts, former NHL players, coaches and general managers, reporters and correspondents providing breaking news and instant analysis of each transaction, including interviews with players, coaches and GMs.
From Kevin Allen at USA Today,
You know that the hockey world has entered the 21st century when the Atlanta Thrashers and Detroit Red Wings had to deny a rumor that appeared on a bogus Valtteri Filppula Facebook page earlier this week.
As is always the case, the ridiculous rumors far outnumber the actual trade negotiations. But with five days remaining before the trade deadline, here are the top buyers and sellers in the marketplace:
continued… with a list of 15 top-buyers and 6 top-sellers
From Elliotte Friedman at CBC,
None of the general managers agreeing to these no-trade or no-move clauses are doing so under penalty of death. And the idea that the sudden explosion of said causes is single-handedly killing the trade market is a joke. Trades aren’t happening because the NHL’s system creates paralysis. Yes, the no-trades are a part of that, but there are plenty of other issues. The NBA, for example, has all kinds of exceptions to allow manouverability that the NHL doesn’t.
Now, we’re talking about taking away no-trade clauses in the next CBA. How about doing what we tell our children: “Just say no.”
From Pat Hickey at The Gazette,
The question now is whether to keep Huet or put him on the block. He’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and the Canadiens run the risk of losing him without compensation.
That’s a risk they should take. While Price has demonstrated why he’s the Canadiens’ hope for a bright future and Jaroslav Halak is playing well in Hamilton, the Habs need all their resources if they hope to make a run in the playoffs. It’s a bigger risk if they go into the post-season with a pair of goaltenders with no NHL playoff experience.
From Scott Morrison at CBC,
And missing the playoffs this year will hurt worse than any other season.
That is because, of course, the Oilers are not in possession of their first-round draft pick this spring. In fact, they surrendered their first three picks in the summer to the Anaheim Ducks as compensation when they signed restricted free-agent Dustin Penner, which was ultimately a reaction to Nylander changing his mind and signing with the Washington Capitals, missing out on other free agents as a result, and then watching the Buffalo Sabres match an offer sheet given to winger Thomas Vanek.
It is called dominoes, Oilers style.
more of a look at what direction the Oilers might take now
From Scott Burnside at ESPN,
General managers ... recharge your BlackBerrys, update your Rolodexes and confirm your speed-dial lists. It’s trade-deadline season.
With the All-Star break beyond us, the Feb. 26 trade deadline looms large, and serious wheeling and dealing will begin in earnest as teams try to restock for the future, a charge to the playoffs or a run at the Stanley Cup.
Here’s a look at 25 players who could be on the move in the coming weeks, what impact they might have and their contract status after this season.
continued… Olaf Kolzig, Michael Ryder, Sergei Fedorov, and more…
From Mike Chen at Fox Sports,
There are a few teams we’ll know for certain to be buyers, though. Let’s look at the cap space situation for the league’s top eight teams. If you’re wondering where the East Coast love is, don’t blame me. Other than the Sens, no Eastern team has cracked 50 points.
1. Detroit: With a cap space of $5.4 million, the Wings have enough room to make probably one major move for a UFA (paying a portion of his salary for this year). However, between their big-name players, much of their cap is tied up for next year, so don’t anticipate the Wings getting someone who may have a year or two left on his contract. Besides, one glance at Detroit on the ice and the only thing they may actually need is a cup of coffee to make sure they keep running at this pace.
From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,
With the signing of Mike Ribeiro by the Dallas Stars, you can scratch another name off the list of impact forwards who will be available July 1. That list is growing smaller and less impressive by the day, which means the ones who will be available will get better deals because of the laws of supply and demand.
Here are the top forwards who will be available July 1, provided they don’t sign with their teams before then.
Kristian Huselius, Calgary: The hottest player in the NHL since early December, Huselius is incredibly talented with the puck. Jarome Iginla deserves some of the credit here, but Huselius has been outstanding on his own.
plus lots more to pick from…