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Faraway, So Close!

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

The Blues exchanged contract numbers with defenseman Eric Brewer and goaltender Manny Legace on Friday and could have deals completed with the two players as soon as today.
The offer to Brewer, 27, is believed to be a multiyear contract worth between $4 million and $5 million a season.
“It’s getting close,” Blues President John Davidson said. “When you get close, though, it’s like when you’re buying a house ... you can get close and then something happens.”

Tkachuk and Guerin aren’t so lucky:

Davidson also said the Blues were not close on deals for Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk, who will be unrestricted free agents this summer. The NHL trade deadline is Tuesday.
“We had conversations again (Friday), and again there’s nothing there yet that’s finalized by any means,” Davidson said. “When I say finalized, I mean we may trade, we may not trade. That’s not been totally decided yet.”

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The Eagle Sells Out

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette:

Since his release from prison, having been disbarred, stripped of his Order of Canada and having withdrawn from the Hockey Hall of Fame before he was to be expelled, Eagleson, 73, has kept a mostly low profile.
Until today, when 98 lots of his hockey memorabilia go on the auction block with Montreal-based Classic Collectibles.
The month-long Internet sale at http://www.classicauctions.net will open wounds and again divide Eagleson’s loyal hockey friends, many of whom he made wealthy, and his seething enemies, who bitterly charge he gutted their retirement savings.
“I’m sure it will create ...” Eagleson said during a telephone interview this week, laughing as he left his thought incomplete.

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Islanders Not Looking For A Major Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On The Islanders Beat Blog at Newsday,

Assuming the Isles don’t believe they’re close enough to a Cup to pay the high price required to land Guerin or Tkachuk, I expect they’ll leave the major moves until the summer and try to do something on a smaller scale to boost the offense now.

more on the Islanders…

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Silinger Traded - Not Likely

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Globe and Mail,

“I remember asking Scotty Bowman for a trade when I was with the Red Wings. He was understanding, but then told me that it was out of my control, that they liked me and that I was a young player they had high hopes for.
“I felt that I wanted to be moved because I wanted to play on a more regular basis. Ever since I asked for that trade, I’ve been traded a lot.”
Last year, Sillinger enjoyed his finest season statistically with 32 goals and 63 points in 78 games with the Blues and Predators.

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The Fighting Debate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

There are plenty of people in the world who don’t and who never tire of telling the NHL that it has to ban fighting. Even Canada"s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, had an editorial to that effect a few days ago.
But for the most part, the people who want to ban fighting aren’t hockey fans. As a result, hockey people say, not unreasonably. “Why should we ban fighting? Those people don’t come to games anyway.”

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Oilers Activate Two

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have activated right winger Fernando Pisani and defenceman Daniel Tjarnqvist from the NHL Injured Reserve List.
To make room on the roster for Pisani and Tjarnqvist, the Oilers have placed centre Petr Nedved on the NHL Injured Reserve List and assigned left winger Zack Stortini to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

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Guerin Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Is Guerin headed to the Islanders?  According to Dwayne, the NYI are close…

Following up on a report that came from Barry Melrose on WFAN in NY here. Barry stated the Islanders were close to a deal for Guerin….I talked to a source that confirmed the Isles as one of the final two teams.

According to numerous folks Melrose never said Guerin was close to going to the Islanders.  You can listen to the interview via WFAN... Guerin never mentioned!
Uh-Oh, E4, error on the 2nd baseman.  One other thing Dwayne, why are your post timestamps off by an hour, trying to get a jump on other sources?

added 8:25pm, See the explanation of the timestamp situation from Chris in the comments of this post.

added 9:21pm, Dwayne now has updated saying he “didn’t hear the report on WFAN myself.”  You can follow along if you’d like with the original link.

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The “Sources”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dump and Chase,

So who are these “sources” who claim various deals are imminent, possible, dead, pending, or whatever? I don’t know that either, but they’re wrong far more often than they’re right. If you’re an employee of an NHL club, and you decide to leak some info to an “outsider” so you can appear to be “in the know,” well that’s the expressway to becoming an ex-employee of an NHL club.

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Ted Leonsis weighs in too…

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Kubina Out With Fractured Finger

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via Sportsnet,

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without the services of one of their top defencemen for the next two weeks.
Pavel Kubina will be out for two weeks after suffering a finger injury in Thursday night’s game against the New York Islanders.

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Who are the Sellers and Buyers?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Phil Coffey at NHL.com,

So, what’s going to happen come Tuesday afternoon as 3 p.m. hits? Will the landscape of the NHL be changed radically heading into the stretch drive of the regular season? Or will the status quo remain?

At this point, your guess is as good as mine. Uncertainty always dominates Deadline Day. Prices rise. Prices fall. Teams take risks. Teams play it safe. This season, the consensus is teams are looking to make improvements, but those holding on to the key players, almost universally unrestricted free-agents-to-be, are driving such a hard bargain that standing pat may become the theme of the day. Or like a flashing blue-light special, prices will plunge and the buying frenzy will be on.
Here is Ice Age’s attempt to figure all this out.

continued… Lists the teams that we can expect to be involved in deals over the coming days and reasons why

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