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Lightning send Connolly to Boston, swap Gudas & picks for Flyers’ Coburn

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

So late-night Twitter is a strange place, and late night Steve Yzerman trades are stranger still. This played out over the better course of an hour:

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Deadline day Garrioch

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch can only pen "'almost deal'" columns after today, so he's delivering a hum-dinger of a rumor wallop this morning. Among his trade deadline day ruminations:

A guy who isn’t being talked about much who may be attracting a lot of interest is New Jersey defenceman Marek Zidlicky. Nobody is sure if Devils GM Lou Lamoriello would actually deal Zidlicky, but teams have been calling to see what the asking price is, just in case he does decide to make a move.


The Maple Leafs want to be the busiest team in the league Monday. They have been trying to deal almost their entire roster, but all eyes will be on captain Dion Phaneuf and wingers Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. They’ve also, for the past two weeks, been shopping centre Tyler Bozak and his $4.2-million salary. Toronto has a chance to make this a significant day if they make moves.


The Montreal Canadiens set up shop in San Jose on Sunday night after a long flight that left at 11 a.m. The Habs have been steadfast in their search for a defenceman since the quest for help began. They were able to help their forward ranks by picking up Devante Smith-Pelley from the Ducks earlier this week in exchange for Jiri Sekac, but the thinking is GM Marc Bergevin isn’t done. The Habs would like to get a defenceman and the belief is they’ve been eyeing Toronto’s Roman Polak and Edmonton’s Jeff Petry. Though teams have wanted draft picks in return, the talk is the Habs may be dangling goaltender prospect Zach Fucale, who was a second-round selection (No. 36 overall) in 2013.

Garrioch continues, reporting that the Sabres and Bruins may swing a Chris Stewart deal, that the Blues want to make some sort of impact and that Matt Beleskey is in high demand.

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Rangers, Zuccarello agree to contract extension

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per TSN's Bob McKenzie and ESPN's Katie Strang, who are at slight odds about a no-trade clause:

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The overnight report: Ken Holland on trades and a set of disparate parts

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 9x at 1:07 AM...This sort of turned into an overnight report: Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave provides a post-Erik Cole trade update from Red Wings GM Ken Holland, and let's just say that the probability of the Wings making another trade seems a little diminished...

"I've been on the phone, talking with a number of teams," Holland said. "We'd feel good about adding one more piece, but prices seem to be kind of set, and they're relatively steep in terms of futures."

By futures he means draft picks and young prospects -- the kind of players he sent to Dallas: defenseman Mattias Backman, Detroit's fifth-round pick (146th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft; and center Mattias Janmark, the Wings third-round pick (79th overall) in 2013. Holland compared the final day before the trade deadline to July 1 -- the opening day of the NHL's free-agent season -- when unrestricted players are free to sign with any club of their choosing.

"There are a lot of players we'd like to add that would be good fits for our team," Holland said. "I'm gauging the price."

Holland also told Gave that he's very happy with the play of Alexey Marchenko, and that he believes the worries over the Wings' size have...been blown out of proportion...

"I'm hoping that the experience of the Boston series last year is going to benefit us," he said. "And we've added some bigger guys since then, too. Marchenko is bigger. Riley Sheahan (6-3, 220 pounds) is a man. And Luke Glendening (5-11, 200) isn't big, but he plays heavy. We've played in some pretty tough places recently -- Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose and Nashville -- and our skill players keep going through the process of getting to the hard areas where they need to be to succeed."

And Gave had assumed that Jonas Gustavsson would be traded, but he's found that Holland doesn't plan on parting ways with the Monster:

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The New York Rangers Go All In With Keith Yandle Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

That sound you just heard was Glen Sather pushing all of the chips into the middle of the table.

Realistically, the New York Rangers have about a 15-month window to get the veteran general manager a sixth Stanley Cup following a whopper of a deal Sunday to land Keith Yandle.

After falling three wins short of a championship last spring, the Rangers doubled down by parting with 19-year-old prospect Anthony Duclair, 24-year-old defenceman John Moore, a 2015 second-round pick and a 2016 first-round pick in Sunday’s blockbuster.

Arizona retained half of Yandle’s salary and added defenceman Chris Summers and a 2016 fourth-round pick, but this deal was all about the now for the Rangers.


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Everyone’s talking’ ‘bout…

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

Trades, trades, trades. Understandably. So far, M. Bergevin has been very quiet. Perhaps he's got an ace up his sleeve? Until we find out, a link below to a fascinating chart I was forwarded earlier today, built by Matthew Brown at the University of Toronto, which represents the offensive chemistry of all the plays currently on the Habs. I encourage you to take a look - it's a great piece of work. Enjoy.



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Erik Cole On His Way To Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Updated 20x at 9:50 PM:

Cole is 36 and is a 6'2," 210-pound forward who has registered 18 goals, 15 assists and 33 points in 57 games played for Jim Nill's Dallas Stars thus far. He's in the last year of a 4-year, $18 million contract, so his cap hit is $4.5 million this season.


Update #2:

Dallas can have Backman....

Update #3: MLive's Ansar Khan is confirming...

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San Jose Trades James Sheppard To The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 7:31pm,


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Kypreos: Maple Leafs still trying to move Dion Phaneuf

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

I'll let you take this interview breakdown from Sportsnet's Jeff Simmons for what you will:

According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the Maple Leafs are trying “real hard” to move captain Dion Phaneuf.

“It’s abundantly clear that he won’t be the captain next year,” Kypreos said Sunday on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “So the sooner they can get him out, the better. They’re trying real hard to make that deal going into (Monday).

“It’s a gut feel, but I think (by) this time (Monday), Phaneuf is a member of another hockey club.”

Kyrpeos added Phaneuf appeals to a handful of teams in need of an upgrade on the back end, but the Leafs will have to retain part of his salary in order to make any trade work.

“It’s a matter of that contract,” Kypreos explained. “As soon as there’s a number that can be agreed upon, he will not be a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.”

Phaneuf signed a seven-year, $49 million contract extension during the 2013-14 season. He will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020-21 season.


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The Sabres On Deadline Day

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

What will the 30th-place Sabres do on Monday?

Part of the fun ahead of time is the speculation, so let's get to it.

Tim Murray has stated that he won't allow unrestricted free agents to leave for nothing, and he has eight of them: Stewart, Neuvirth, Mitchell, Meszaros, Benoit, Strachan, Ellis and Lindback.

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