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The New York Islanders May Be Quiet On Monday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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...

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Video- Jaromir Jagr Talks After His First Game With The Florida Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

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.

 

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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Predators: Wings snap Predators’ streaks, go 4-1-and-1 on 6-game road trip

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings appeared to be skating en route to yet another loss to the Predators at Bridgestone Arena halfway through the game and going into the 3rd period, when Matt Cullen, Mike Fisher and Shea Weber's consecutive goals wiped out Detroit's 2-0 and 2-1 leads, and Detroit was hacked, whacked, checked, smashed and otherwise mashed (including a Darren Helm injury) into appearing to hopefully look to earn a point out of the team's 6th and final road game of their massive 6-game Murderers' Row affair...

But Alexey Marchenko tied things up 3:56 into the 3rd, Tomas Tatar scored a "fluky" but earned power play goal and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 37 of 40 Predators shots as the Red Wings snapped Nashville's unbeaten-in-the-afternoon and unbeaten-more-than-once-in-regulation streaks (only the Wings have dropped no more than 1 regulation loss at a time), defeating Nashville 4-3 and wrapping up their 6-game trip with a 4-1-and-1 record against the Dallases, Chicagos, Anaheims, Nashvilles, San Joses and Nashvilles of the world.

Oh hey, by the way:

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Trade Motivated By LTIR Fraud

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday I wrote about the David Clarkson/ Nathan Horton trade which is an LTIR fraud.  Toronto is interested in Nathan Horton for no reason other than the fact they can keep him on the longterm injured reserve indefinitely as he never makes an attempt to return to the NHL.  This is something that should not be allowed in the rules.  A player developing an injury (or more often than not a longterm problem that can be exploited as such) should not allow a team to get out of the salary cap implications of a bad contract.

Neffernin does a good example of explaining why this is a fraud on the team's side with his hypothetical example:

Last year, Alfredsson signs a 5 year contract with Detroit at 2m/year instead of a 1 year @ 4m.  He knows he doesn’t have 5 years left, potentially 2 left in him.  He’s had recurring back issues, something easily leaned upon when going on LTIR.  So instead of a year or two of a 4m cap hit, Detroit gets a cap hit of 2m instead.  After Alfredsson retires…. erm goes LTIR, Detroit gets the 2m credited back to them (added on top of the cap amount) instead.  During the time Alfredsson is playing, Detroit is getting a discount on the cap due to abusing LTIR.

This time the trade is not directly an LTIR fraud, but it was motivated by a failed attempt at it.  This trade is Philadelphia's trading Kimmo Timonen to Chicago for a 2nd round draft pick.

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Khan: Helm out with upper-body injury

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Crap:

Also:

The Wings don't play again until Wednesday's tilt with the Rangers; the Griffins play in Chicago tonight.

Update: FSD showed Helm getting smeared into the boards by Weber and then going cheek-first into the boards when Seth Jones hit him, and then Helm left the game...

Update #2:

Update #3:

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The Task at Hand

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

After a pretty good bounce back on the West Coast the task at hand is to go into Nashville and grab two more points. This will be no easy task as the road weary Wings take on the Preds, who are #1 in the league right now.

Not to worry though, we have a Magic Man, with the Magic Hands, when it comes to playing the Preds.

None the less, everybody has to show up today. On time!

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Tomas Fleischmann To The Anaheim Ducks For Dany Heatley And A 3rd Round Pick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 1:53pm, Florida release is below.

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Red Wings-Predators game-day updates: Ouellet recalled to substitute for Smith

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This certainly makes much more sense than recalling Xavier Ouellet for trade purposes, so, ahead of today's game between the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings (3 PM EST on FSD/FS Tennessee/Sportsnet/97.1 FM):

I had a feeling that Smith's hand was what was really acting up, and Khan added the following regarding Kyle Quincey's status:

Kyle Quincey isn't available because he's had only 45 minutes of practice time in the past nine days due to bone spurs in his ankle.

In any case, there are game previews to be read, including NHL.com's Brian Hedger's set-up...

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The Calgary Flames At The Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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.

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About That Clarkson/Horton Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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...

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