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from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

While TSN was reporting that Buffalo goaltender Martin Biron had been traded, the cast of dozens at Rogers Sportsnet were showing viewers live shots of some game-show eye candy getting their makeup, the Hanson brothers performing their 30-year-old shtick and the back of blogger Eklund’s head as he provided the first in a series of often obvious and even more often erroneous rumours….
In fact, the most entertaining part of Sportsnet’s ``deadline bash” wasn’t the balloons, the Hansons or the table hockey games. It was Eklund, who fell just short of naming every NHL player in trade rumours…
1:04 p.m. Eklund reports more rumours, this time citing ``really, really good sources.”
2:08 p.m. Eklund reports that Edmonton has signed Ryan Smyth to a long-term deal.
3 p.m. Eklund reports that L.A. has dealt Mattias Norstrom to Anaheim, ``but I may be wrong on that.” He was.
3:15 p.m. Eklund says rumour has Leafs trading Matt Stajan. They don’t.

more...The MSM is finally getting the picture that many of us have known all along…

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A Hockey Decision

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from Terry Jones at the Edmonton Sun,

When it came to Smyth, Edmonton fans didn’t care about the dollars. He’d signed his previous two deals with hometown discounts. If it was $5.5 million per year, which seems to be the number it would have cost per year over five years to keep him here, fine.
To the fans, Ryan Smyth was not about dollars, he was about love and location.
To Kevin Lowe, he was about “a hockey decision.”
There will be a public outcry about this one. And you can’t blame fans for feeling that way.
Lowe and Oilers ownership and management made it quite clear they expect negative initial reaction from the fans.

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The Financial Trade Deadline

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The great myth of equality amidst all the screams of inequality has morphed into a league with a trading deadline that is no longer about trading at all.
This is a league that shut its doors with vigilance, fighting for the little guy and the little franchise, striving for cost certainty, parity and equality, and profit for one and all. This is a league where the hated commissioner was given standing ovations in Edmonton because he was fighting for their very existence.
Wonder what people in Edmonton think of the NHL today.
Wonder what it’s like to wake up and find the face of your franchise is now an Islander.

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Muckler Makes A Small Move - Is It Enough

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

“I’m not gun shy at all,” he said, looking back on his deadline deals. “Some of the players we traded for were very good players. It’s taught me one thing and that’s you have to have good chemistry and right now we have fantastic chemistry.”
Muckler said he wouldn’t compromise the Senators’ future to make a move now.
“There’s only going to be one parade, that’s all,” he said. “The rest (of the teams that make big deals) don’t win. They aren’t going to be successful. It’s wrong. If you hurt the future of the organization, you’re better off not doing anything.”

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As Expected…The Delicate Genius Chimes In

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Not surprisingly, Mitch Albom has graced Wing fans with his viewpoints.  We should have expected it. 

Sure, I know.  He ignores the most successful team in the state’s history 50 weeks out of the year.  He has zero credibility in the Wings room or in the minds of any reasonable Wing fan.  Like his large buddy at the Detroit News, Albom writes exactly nothing about Detroit hockey until he absolutely has to…when the playoffs roll around.

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Mark Messier’s #11 Retired in Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP,

After his No. 11 jersey had been raised to the ceiling on Tuesday, Messier took a final lap of the ice in the old building where he helped turn the Oilers into a dynasty. The sold-out crowd roared loud enough to shake the arena.
Messier, the NHL’s second-leading career scorer, was already in tears when he finished his skate with the Stanley Cup and placed it on a table at center ice. His three-year-old son, Douglas, wearing a vintage Messier jersey, promptly jumped into his arms as the crowd again cheered.
“I want to thank each and every one of you for all of your support,” Messier told the 16,839 in attendance. “(The Oilers are) an institution in the world of sports.”

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Something Finally Goes Right for Panthers

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From David Ginsberg at the AP via SFGate,

The Florida Panthers dealt two talented players before the trade deadline, then blew a three-goal lead against the Washington Capitals. So who could blame them for thinking the worst when the game went to a shootout? Florida was 0-7 in shootouts and 1-13 when extended beyond regulation, but all that changed Tuesday night.
Jozef Stumpel and Ville Peltonen scored in the extra session to back a three-goal effort by Olli Jokinen, and the Panthers salvaged a 6-5 victory.

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Marc-Andre Fleury Learns From Brodeur

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From Pittsburgh Penguins site,

It’s not easy playing against your idol.
That’s what Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury faced against Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday at Mellon Arena.
Fleury, who grew up watching and idolizing the playing style of fellow French-Canadians Brodeur and Patrick Roy, remembers the first time he faced New Jersey goaltender during the 2003-04 season.

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NHL Trade Day Transactions

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NEW YORK (Feb. 27, 2007)—NHL clubs made 25 trades, involving 44 players, between 9 a.m., ET, today and the 3 p.m., ET, trading deadline. The number of trades matches the trading deadline high, set last year, while the number of players involved ranks second all-time to the 46 in 2003. Following is a list of the transactions:

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How Will The Trades Shake Out

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For the better part of a week or so, Burke repeated the same essential mantra to anyone who would listen — that the prices his colleagues were demanding for player rentals were laughably high and no matter how much a team was prepared to surrender for help in the present, there was still going to be only one Stanley Cup parade each spring.
Burke spoke a true fact that was clearly lost on the New York Islanders, the San Jose Sharks and the Dallas Stars, all of whom joined the Atlanta Thrashers and the Nashville Predators in surrendering big parts of their respective futures in the hope they can win in the here-and-now.

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