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Exactly What The Doctor Ordered?  Yes Indeed.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Fresh off getting your ass handed to you in a state that lays claim to exactly 6 family names? 

Angry with your lot in life?

Ready to take your frustration out on a lifeless victim who’ll offer little resistance but some sort of sick satisfaction in watching them suffer?

Yes to any of the above?

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Devils Will Try To Move Clemmensen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello said before Tuesday night’s game against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre that he will try to trade goalie Scott Clemmensen before Wednesday’s 3 p.m. deadline.

Clemmensen, who won 25 games for the Devils this season, is in Lowell (AHL) since Martin Brodeur’s return.

“We gave Scott Clemmensen our word we’d do whatever is possible,” Lamoriello said. “We said all along if something came about, we’d do it. Saying that, you just don’t give a player away.”

continue for more on the Devils..

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Here We Go Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Tom Poti came out for warmups, but when I looked up a few moments later, the veteran defenseman had been pulled from the ice. I don’t want to speculate here, but it certainly is curious considering tomorrow is the NHL trade deadline.

I’ll update when I know more.

added 8:17pm, Tarik says groin injury.

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  Tags: tom+poti

Could Toronto Be Interested In Gerber?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

It seemed unfathomable a few weeks ago, but Martin Gerber may have new life in the NHL.

There is interest in the waiver-available goaltender, and it comes courtesy of the Toronto Maple Leafs. There could be a couple of reasons for this. Obviously, one is that Vesa Toskala - who is starting Tuesday night against the Devils - gets traded. The other is that Toskala is hurting, with hip and groin problems.

a bit more...

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  Tags: martin+gerber

Just What The Rangers Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

My gut feeling is that a reformed-enough Avery is precisely what the roster requires and at no cost to the current lineup – at least not yet.

Smart enough to have learned his lesson; young enough to still ooze with energy, grateful plenty for a second chance, Gabbo, I predict, be a galvanizing force in the dressing room as well as on the ice.

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  Tags: sean+avery

How Hockey Rumor Misinformation Spreads

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From James Duthie in yesterday’s post at The Good, The Bad and The Duthie:

At this time of year, the population of hockey “Insiders” explodes like rabbits on Cialis. 

Whenever trade deadline approaches, we suddenly become a nation of Bob McKenzie wannabes.  It’s like the old Flintstones episode when Fred gets cloned by aliens, and there are thousands of Freds running around Bedrock, robotically chanting, “Yabba…Dabba…Doo.”  Except here, they’re Bobs, not Freds, and it’s: “Yabba…Dabba…Deal.”

Every blogger living in his parents’ basement apparently knows exactly where Chris Pronger is going, and who is coming back the other way.  He knows this because this dude in his Psych class told him.  And the dude in his Psych class knows this because his roommate once dated this girl who moved to California and works at a Hooters near Anaheim, where the Ducks equipment manager’s cousin was having wings and beer last Tuesday, and told her the Pronger deal was done.  So she Twittered it.

more here

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  Tags: media, trade+rumors

Speaking of The Bitter Blues, How About Mayers?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Mega Storm of 2009…at least six inches of snow in Northern Virginia…rocked us all yesterday.  Roads closed. Schools boarded up.  Panic at the liquor and grocery stores.  Stockpiling of berries, nuts and Yuengling.  Children frolicking.  Sleds. Fire. Sirens and Hookers.  A typical snow day…but it did knock me for a loop in terms of communicating with all of you.

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Sit Them Or Play Them

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at his Spin Blog at the Toronto Star,

The next stage in the hurry-up-and-wait process involving Maple Leaf players that may be dealt by tomorrow’s NHL trade deadline comes tonight at around 7:30 p.m.

If the intent of the club, after all, is to deal Nik Antropov, Dominic Moore and/or other players, surely the wise move would be not to dress them tonight against the New Jersey Devils….

With 22 other clubs in action tonight, of course, more than a few GMs and coaches are facing similar choices, particularly those with an eye on qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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added 4:21pm, from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN neither Dominic Moore nor Nik Antropov will be in the lineup tonight when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the New Jersey Devils.

continued

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Roberts Hopes His Career Doesn’t End Here

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob McKenzie at TSN:

“I’ve never been on waivers before,” the Tampa Bay Lightning forward said. “It’s a first for me. I hope this isn’t how it ends.”
       
[Gary] Roberts knows his contract is working against him. Because there is no performance bonus cushion this year, Roberts’ salary counts as a $2.42 salary cap hit, with a bonus of $10,000 for every game he plays.
       
Roberts was hopeful of perhaps finishing his career with the same team he started it with – the Calgary Flames – but it remains to be seen if the numbers add up for Calgary. Roberts’ team from last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are in Tampa tonight, although Roberts has been told he won’t be in the lineup until the Lightning see what happens tomorrow at noon.

McKenzie also notes that Roberts was not told by the Lightning organization personally that he’d been placed on waivers—he found out from his brother in Toronto.

More here on the post’s 2:40pm update.

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  Tags: gary+roberts

Sharks Sign UFA Brandon Mishinter

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed unrestricted free agent forward Brandon Mishinter to an entry-level contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

        Mashinter, a 20-year old left wing, is currently playing for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League, where he was acquired via trade from the Kitchener Rangers in December.

        The six-foot-four, 232-pound native of Bradford, Ontario has posted 53 points (30 goals, 23 assists) in 47 games, with a plus-nine rating and 67 penalty minutes.

        “We are very pleased to be able to add a player of Brandon’s caliber to our organization,” said Wilson.  “Brandon’s career has really blossomed this season and he deserves a lot of credit, along with Belleville General Manager and Head Coach George Burnett.

Also from the Sharks…

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled forwards Brad Staubitz and Lukas Kaspar from the Worcester Sharks, the team’s top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. 

 

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