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Blackhawks Willing To Make A Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

While the Hurricanes and Panthers have clearly established themselves as the sellers as the trade freeze countdown continues (3 p.m. today), the Chicago Blackhawks have been busy trying to make an addition for the stretch run.

An NHL source tells SportingNews.com that the Blackhawks have had “lots of conversations” today in an attempt to bolster their lineup for a long playoff run. None of the discussions have centered around a goalie.

added 1:57pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Hearing about a lot of chatter between Minnesota and Chicago. Interesting to see if they get something done before 3 pm eastern

added 2:57pm, Another McKenzie tweet,

If Chi-Min deal goes down, I believe Kim Johnsson ends up in Chicago and Cam Barker goes to Minny but it may be bigger and it isn’t done yet

added 3:14pm, Bob McKenzie tweeted the deal got done, will have info shortly.

added 3:19pm, via Darren Dreger tweet,

as per tsn. The Minnesota Wild have traded D Kim Johnsson and 2009 first round pick Nick Leddy to Chicago for D Cam Barker.

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Anyone Want Cheechoo?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruce Garrioch tweet,

Jonathan Cheechoo is on waivers.

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  Tags: jonathan+cheechoo

Wings Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie Twitter,

Det expected to waive Brad May today and put a player on LTI to make room for Lilja.

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Matt Cullen To Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Cullen to Ott for Picard and a 2nd. Done.

added 10:57am,

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has traded center Matt Cullen to the Ottawa Senators. In exchange for Cullen, the Hurricanes will receive defenseman Alexandre Picard and Ottawa’s second-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

“Alexandre is a good, young defenseman who should become a regular part of the Hurricanes’ blue line,” said Rutherford. “We wish Matt all the best, and thank him for his many years here in Carolina.”

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  Tags: alexandre+picard, matt+cullen

Canadian Olympic Team Leaves Scoring Talent Behind

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The top scorers in the NHL who are not going to the Olympics are all Canadians.  The seventh, eighth and tenth highest scorers in the league right now were all omissions from the Canadian Olympic Team.  They are Martin St Louis, Steve Stamkos and Brad Richards respectively.  They are the third, fourth and sixth highest scorers among Canadian players in the NHL.  The older two of the group in St Louis and Richards have Olympic experience.  I think their omissions from the team are highly questionable.  In fact, I had all three of them as choices on my Olympic team.

If the Canadian Olympic team has trouble scoring (and they did in Turino), they have nobody to blame but themselves for their roster choices.  Shouldn`t a former Hart Trophy winner who is seventh in scoring in the league be good enough to make the team?

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Florida Panthers Letter To The Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from FloridaPanthers.com,

Dear Fans,

Based on our commitment to accessibility, we would like to take this opportunity to give you some insight into our hockey club’s strategy moving forward. After consulting with General Manager Randy Sexton and Head Coach Pete DeBoer, it is clear that our team, the way it is currently structured, is not equipped to meet the goals and objectives that we have set for ourselves, our fans and our partners.


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At 3:00pm ET, Everyone Can Relax

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Olympic trade freeze begins at 3:00pm today, so only about five more hours of sitting and waiting for news.

I expect a few trades today, but it will not be close to what we will see on March 3rd.

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Senators Will Extend Contract Of GM Murray

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators are expected to announce Friday morning GM Bryan Murray has been signed to a contract extension.

The club has called a 9:45 a.m. news conference at Scotiabank Place with president Cyril Leeder and Murray, at which they’re expected to say Murray has agreed to a new two-year deal to stay with the club. His current contract expires on July 1.

With the Senators coming off a 6-5 win over the Washington Capitals, the Senators are ranked No. 3 in the Eastern Conference. During their current streak of 13 wins in the past 14 games, the Senators have made up 13 points on the Buffalo Sabres to move into first place in the Northeast Division. The club started the streak while dealing with several key injuries, shown it has depth in the organization.

update 10:05am, Bruce Garrioch reports it is a one year extension.

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  Tags: bryan+murray

That’s What You Call Winning The Draw

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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  Tags: mike+ribeiro

Maybe He Should Take The Train

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Babcock said he has no idea about Kronwall’s status.

“We brought him back from injury (sprained MCL) way longer after we expected. We thought he was out for four weeks and then he was out for forever,” Babcock said. “We thought he was as healthy as can be. He kind of got hit from behind in the leg (in San Jose on Feb. 2) and then he was fine, no problem. He practiced the other day, was fine. He got on the plane, he couldn’t move.”


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