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LeBrun: Avs won’t be trading O’Reilly

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Via Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun managed to posit a late-night trade deadline scoop, and it comes from the mouth of Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic, discussing a player who won't be in play this year:

[Joe] Sakic and the Avs rarely tip their hand, but it's clear regarding O'Reilly because he has just one more year on his contract after this season and a big decision has to be made this offseason. He either gets signed long-term or he gets traded. O'Reilly's name has been out there in trade rumors all season, but the reality is that it's an offseason decision, not a Monday decision.

"Ryan is part of our core," Sakic said. "My intention is that at the end of the year I want to try and re-sign him. That will be the goal with Ryan. That being said, we're not going to want that same distraction going on all year next season, either. But he's a guy I want to have here. And hopefully we can work something out this summer."

Continued, and there were some...shenanigans...at the end of the Avs' 3-1 win over Minnesota on Saturday, with Cody McLeod in the spotlight again...

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Khan discusses the deadline with Ken Holland, who’s..fidgety

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Mickey Redmond had suggested that the Red Wings would look to add some size and/or scoring to their bottom six forwards at the end of Saturday's Wings-Predators broadcast, and according to MLive's Ansar Khan (via RedWingsFeed), that may be the case:

"One minute I think I shouldn't do anything, the next minute I think these guys have played their (rears) off for 60 games, maybe I should help them a little bit," Holland said. "But help can't just be a body."

The Red Wings would like to add a player who provides a different dimension, like a skilled right-handed shooting defenseman or a big, gritty winger. But they're not prepared to part with valued assets (high-end prospects, their first-round pick or good, young roster players).

The Wings' 4-1-and-1 record on their 6-game road trip and Saturday's 4-3 win = Detroit owns a 35-15-and-11 record over the course of 61 games played (with 32 regulation-or-OT wins), and Detroit's 81 points place them 1 point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning (with 2 games in hand) and 6 behind the Atlantic-leading Montreal Canadiens--and 10 points clear of the Boston Bruins as well.

Holland said he's been in touch with several teams and will continue to talk to general managers over the next couple of days leading up to the 3 p.m. Monday deadline. Cap space is not an issue since the Red Wings can acquire as much as $9 million in contracts.

That's not including placing Johan Franzen on the LTIR.

"We're exploring if there's players out there that would make our team better; not looking for a lateral move," Holland said. "If there's only lateral moves or the price is higher than we're prepared to pay, we won't do anything."

Khan mentions Erik Cole, Zbynek Michalek, Marek Zidlicky and Jeff Petry, but he suggests that the Wings aren't interested in Dion Phaneuf, and he reports that Holland's willing to move the team's 2nd round pick if necessary...

"We appear to be playing pretty good hockey, growing as a team," Holland said. "If we can find a player to upgrade us, give us another dimension, we'll do it."

...

"Our team has played at a high level," Holland said. "We've tried to test our depth, played Ouellet, Marchenko, (Petr) Mrazek for periods of time. We feel pretty good about our depth, the development of young players."

But Khan also notes that the Red Wings' coach admittedly harbors a very different perspective from his general manager for a simple reason--he's not a general manager (and Khan delivers quite the philosophical quote from Babcock in that regard)-but when Khan asked Babcock about the team's needs today, he got a roadblock answer:

"As the league goes on and the pace picks up and there's less space, some guys have really taken off and other guys haven't traveled at the same pace as the team," Babcock said. "So suddenly your needs might not be the same as they were a month ago."

Again, Khan continues, and I believe that the Wings will stand pat, but that's just my gut feeling, and my gut said that the Wings were going to get Jagr, so who knows.

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Garrioch talks Yandle, Sharp and the Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's second-to-last trade column of the pre-deadline season dovetails nicely with Sportsnet's Cox and Friedman's Headlines and the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline's most recent Tweets about the Bruins having interest in Cam Atkinson. So:

Talks have heated up for Arizona defenceman Keith Yandle because teams see the possibility they can have him for two playoff runs before he becomes a UFA. There’s a belief the Detroit Red Wings, who have been looking for a blueliner all year, are making a hard push on Yandle because he fits the bill to what they’re looking at ... Don’t scoff at those rumours about Chicago centre Patrick Sharp being available. Sure, they’ve been denied in the past, but teams are certainly talking about him and there’s a belief the Capitals are the ones pushing the buttons of Hawks’ GM Stan Bowman to see if they can entice him to make a deal. Sharp’s name is out there. A Sharp deal might make sense in the summer, especially with Patrick Kane gone for three months, but if the Hawks are listening they’re going to have plenty of interest. Sharp would be the kind of guy Ottawa GM Bryan Murray would show interest because he fits the bill of what the Senators want in a top-six forward.

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St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong is in the category where he’d like to do something before the deadline. It might not be anything major, but the Blues wouldn’t mind adding some forward depth. He made a tour through the New York area last week which had people buzzing. While there are still those who wonder about the club’s goaltending, it appears St. Louis will go into the playoffs with Brian Elliott and give him the chance to prove himself last year after the experiment to get Ryan Miller didn’t work last year. Make no mistake, there’s a lot of pressure and expectations on Armstrong to get past the first round this spring and that’s why the name of centre Patrik Berglund is out there. The issue is he has two years left at $3.7 million and teams aren’t big on term.

Garrioch continues, discussing Curtis Glencross, Atkinson, Erik Cole and the Senators' blueliners...

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Video- You Make The Call, Toronto/Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

 

Watch the David Desharnais goal below...

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Ready For More Mike Babcock To Toronto?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Until Mike Babcock commits to the Detroit Red Wings going forward, the Maple Leafs are of the belief there remains a considerable chance he will be their coach next season.

They are of the mind — and you can doubt this all you want, and I have — that in Babcock’s world of decision making it’s Detroit first, Toronto second, everywhere else after that.

The notion that Babcock wants no part of a rebuild is dismissed by MLSE upper sources. They believe Babcock has the mentality of a mountain climber. He loves the great challenge. And this is comparable to being at the base of the impossible mountain.

“This is a man who loves challenges,” said an MLSE source. “What challenge in hockey is bigger than this?”

continued plus more topics...

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Antoine Vermette Traded To Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 9:38pm,

 

added 9:39pm,

 

That's Klas Dahlbeck.

added 10:17pm, Arizona release is below...

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Pre-trade deadline ‘headlines’ from Cox and Friedman

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

added 9:31pm, Watch the segment below...


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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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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.

 

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  Tags: don+cherry, ron+maclean

The Los Angeles Kings Are Still Fighting For A Playoff Spot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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.

continued

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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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