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Two days prior to the trade deadline, Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman dished trade-related "headlines" during the 2nd intermission of Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday broadcast.
Cox stated that the Maple Leafs may be the most active team at the deadline. They're listening to offers for Jonathan Bernier, emphasis on "listening," but there are teams like San Jose, Dallas perhaps (given that Kari Lehtonen continues to struggle); Olli Jokinen, Korbinian Holzer and David Booth are also possible moves.
Cox wondered whether the Maple Leafs would trade Joffrey Lupul to the Habs, and there is only "very lukewarm interest" there, and the Clarkson deal was going to be more complicated, but the Blue Jackets and Leafs were unable to consummate a larger deal, so they swapped Horton for Clarkson.
According to Friedman, Patrick Sharp was not asked for a list of 10 teams to which he would accept a trade within 48 hours of the trade deadline, and because that list wasn't asked for before 3 PM on Saturday, he's going nowhere; he also reports that Mats Zuccarello and the Rangers are at contract loggerheads, and the Rangers offered 6 years at $4.5 million on average, so he's being shopped, but the Rangers are not allowing would-be suitors to discuss a contract with Zuccarello before making trade offers;
Jeff Petry's not playing tonight for Edmonton and Montreal, Anaheim and St. Louis have been rumored; Friedman wonders if the Blues have considered moving Vladimir Sobotka to help the team despite Sobotka's status as a KHL'er;
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The segment started with Cherry pointing out teams are laughing at the Leafs.
Then the problem with nets tipping over.
The main topic discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean was star players getting injured and nobody riding shotgun for them.
Of course there were other topics too, watch the segment.
from Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register,
Life is tough in the NHL. The Kings’ recent eight-game win streak did little more than get their heads above turbulent water in the Western Conference playoff race. Now the Kings have to start swimming.
With 21 games remaining in the regular season, the Kings are fighting simply to make the postseason. They did it to themselves, largely because of an awful January. The good feelings built up during the winning streak have now dissipated after consecutive losses to Ottawa and the Ducks.
The Kings, who play Sunday afternoon in Winnipeg, suddenly find themselves back in regroup mode.
“We’ve just got to keep winning,” defenseman Matt Greene said. “I think we’ve got ourselves in a position where we’re back in the hunt. Now we can’t let our foot off the gas. These last two games haven’t been to the level that they were at and we’ve got to get back to that level in a hurry here with two more on the road.”
Kings captain Dustin Brown laughed sardonically after Friday night’s 4-2 loss to the Ducks when a media member asked him about consistency issues. An eight-game win streak is fairly consistent, indeed.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Monday at 3 p.m. will come and go quietly for the Islanders, who have been steadfast in their desire to move to the postseason with the same roster they began this very successful regular season.
Team sources told Newsday, as they have repeatedly over the past six weeks, that nothing has altered the plan, not even the long-term injury to Kyle Okposo and shorter-term injuries to Casey Cizikas and Mikhail Grabovski.
Here are the main reasons why the Islanders won't be active before Monday's trade deadline:
- Lack of movable assets. Garth Snow basically set the course for this trade deadline with his moves in October 2013 and October 2014. In acquiring Thomas Vanek from the Sabres early last season, Snow gave up a conditional first-round pick that ended up being this coming June's selection, plus this coming draft's second-round pick.
continue inlcuding the latest on Johnny Boychuk contract talks...
Watch as Jaromir Jagr addresses the media following his first game as a Panther.
Jagr says he was kind of shocked the Devils did not consult him regarding the trade.
added 1:53pm, Florida release is below.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Treliving is in his first year as GM of the NHL club and he remains very patient and cognizant of the big picture despite his team's unexpected season. Sure, as stated, he'd love to make a trade to help the team make the playoffs. But he's not sacrificing important, high-end future assets to get it done. It has to make sense. And in a perfect world, it's a hockey deal and not a rental deal, getting a player who can help the Flames past this season. Treliving is a sharp guy, and despite the excitement in his market, I think the rookie GM won't get fooled by short-term goals.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- So the old adage, “If Wayne Gretzky was traded, anyone can be traded,” should be replaced by, “If Scott Gomez and David Clarkson were traded…”
The Maple Leafs essentially cleared $10.5M in cap space by dealing Clarkson to Columbus for Nathan Horton—Clarkson’s $5.5M they shed plus Horton’s $5M they will be able to replace when and if the club hits the upper limit and places the incapacitiated winger on LTI.
The Leafs finally have a management that is willing to take advantage of its financial might.
- Oh, and the best thing for Horton is that the NHL has a job waiting for him when he goes on LTI.
read on for the latest on Mats Zuccarello...
added 12:01pm, Washington release is below... added 12:06pm, Carolina release added below too...
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