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The TSN Insiders Tonight

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First topic was the Jagr trade to Florida then what will the Blackhawks do.

Next up was the Capitals looking to add offense.

The Leafs were brought up and what can they do (segment was taped before the Clarkson trade).  Then the Bruins were the next topic.

Up next was the Jeff Petry situation in Edmonton.

Next was a spitting incident with Cal Clutterbuck, the league looked into it but no evidence.

Watch here...

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Toronto Trades David Clarkson To Columbus For Nathan Horton

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COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired right wing David Clarkson from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Clarkson, 30, has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 955 penalty minutes in 544 career NHL games with the Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils, while adding 5-9-14 and 79 penalty minutes in 44 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has collected 10-5-15 and 92 penalty minutes in 58 games this season.

“David Clarkson has been a 30-goal scorer in the NHL who will bring added character and leadership to our group and we believe he will be a valuable contributor to our team,” said Kekalainen. “While we are excited to welcome David to the Blue Jackets, it is also difficult that Nathan’s time here has ended prematurely due to his injury situation. He is a tremendous person and we wish him and his family all the best in the future.”

Toronto release below...

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Video- Peter Forsberg’s Sweater Goes To The Rafters In His Home Town

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Peter Forsberg had his sweater raised to the rafters today in his hometown rink, the Fjällräven Center.

Watch below and it is in Swedish.

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Jaromir Jagr To The Florida Panthers

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SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has acquired F Jaromir Jagr from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Florida’s second-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2016.

Jagr, 43, ranks first among active National Hockey League leaders in points (1,784), games played (1,530), assists (1,068), goals (716), plus/minus (+284) and power play goals (202). Among all-time NHL leaders, he ranks first in game-winning goals (127), fifth in points, sixth in goals, seventh in assists and 13th in games played.

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Columbus Trades Adam Cracknell To St.Louis

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COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded right wing Adam Cracknell to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for future considerations, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Cracknell, 29, recorded an assist and two penalty minutes in 17 games with the Blue Jackets and added 3-4-7 and two penalty minutes in 18 games with the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons this season after being claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings on October 7. The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native has appeared in 82 career NHL games with Columbus and St. Louis, registering 6-11-17 and 14 penalty minutes.

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Odds On Trade Deadline Day

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via Bovada,

How Many Trades will occur on March 2nd in the NHL?          

Over/Under                   15½

 How Many Players will be involved in trades on March 2nd in the NHL?         

Over/Under                   28½ 

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Zetterberg ‘taking a twirl’ at Wings-Sharks morning skate

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I will have more in the game-day post, but this merits its own heads-up:

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Red Wings-Sharks morning skate Tweets and articles: late game = late skate + background articles

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 3:20 PM: The Red Wings will attempt to snap a two-game winless streak when they tangle with the San Jose Sharks this evening (10:30 PM EST on FSD/Comcast Sportsnet California/97.1 FM).

As noted last night, the Sharks, who are in a desperate battle to earn a Wild Card spot (and the Sharks haven't played since Saturday's Stadium Series loss to LA), told the Mercury News's David Pollak's article that they're particularly wary of the Wings:

Sharks coach Todd McLellan might be starting to get annoyed at the attention paid to the fact his team would not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs if the season ended today.

"Let's get past whether they're in or they're out. It doesn't matter right now," he said Wednesday. "It matters at the end of the year, and we have to work each night to put points in the bank."

The Sharks return to that task Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings after a four-day break in the schedule. And while Detroit might not be the archrival it once was, the Red Wings provide a formidable obstacle.

"Their roster is a lot different than when we played them in the playoffs, but they've still got some of the same players they had then," said Sharks forward Logan Couture, mentioning forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg by name. "It's a tough matchup."


McLellan, who was an assistant with Detroit before taking over behind the San Jose bench, indicated he didn't think Datsyuk had lost a step since he last coached him in 2008. And the Sharks coach, whose record against his former team is 13-6-2, isn't ready to concede the rivalry forged in five playoff meetings has died out.

"I think it still exists," he said. "They're still a benchmark for a lot of teams in the league, the way they do things, the way they brought some young players into their lineup and they've been effective."

Also, from Pollak's Working the Corners blog:

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On the Flint OHL team and the Clark Park ‘Celebrity Winter Classic’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

In non-Red Wings-related but general Michigan-hockey related news:

1. The Flint Journal's Aaron McMann reports the following:

It appears like we have our finalists.

Ten names have been registered by IMS Hockey Corp. ahead of its Friday deadline to submit a name, logo and colors to the Ontario Hockey League and jersey supplier CCM-Reebok for Flint's new hockey team.

"Flint Firebirds" is the latest name filed with Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, joining a list of registered names that includes "Force," "Fury," "Nationals," "Pride," "Spark Plugs," "Sparks," "United" and "Vikings."

Team officials have done a job of not tipping their hat as to which way they are learning. "Tropics" emerged as an early favorite but has since been drowned out by voices claiming it would turn the hockey club into a laughingstock.

2. And the Free Press's Shawn Windsor explained the recruiting process going on at Southwest Detroit's Clark Park hockey program, and Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples noted that the Clark Park coalition is holding a "Celebrity Winter Classic" this upcoming Saturday to help raise awareness of the urban hockey programs available in Southwest Detroit:

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LeBrun: Red Wings not likely to make a blockbuster move unless it’s a bargain

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via RedWingsFeed, it's kind of refreshing to read ESPN's Pierre LeBrun report that the Red Wings will probably stand pat at the deadline--if only because LeBrun substantiates a headline-bummer strategy that I believe the team will ultimately follow:

[It]’s not like they’re not looking. It would certainly be nice to add a right-handed defenseman and there’s no question the Wings are interested in both Jeff Petry and Zbynek Michalek for that reason -- perhaps a little more interested in Petry between the two. But it’s about the price.

I think if Detroit can get Petry for a second-round pick for a middling prospect, than sure, maybe there’s a deal. But they’re not giving up one of their top youngsters. I don’t think the Wings feel the return is worth it.

The top youngsters include Alexey Marchenko, Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul, who the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson believes would be part of the asking price...

Again, the future is just as important as the present for a Wings team that is remarkably re-tooling on the fly with great success. They will act before Monday’s deadline if they can do it via a modest price.

I know that many of you are aggravated by this concept--and it sounds like the Oakland Press's Pat Caputo isn't in the, "Just let the youth movement play out" camp, either:

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