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Flyers After Bouwmeester

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers are stepping up their efforts to acquire defenceman Jay Bouwmeester from the Florida Panthers, but salary cap constraints are rearing their ugly head.
       
The Flyers are bumping up against the cap and they are working hard to try to free up some space.
       
Sources say one of the options is trading goaltender Marty Biron and turning the number one job over to Antero Niittymaki. One potential scenario has the Flyers trading Biron to the Phoenix Coyotes as part of a plan that would see the Coyotes flip Biron to another team.
       
But the Coyotes aren’t going to make that move unless they have the other deal already set up.

continued

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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

Grier & Roenick Out For Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The San Jose Sharks are being bitten by the injury bug – again.
       
Forward Mike Grier is out for four-to-six weeks after getting his knee scoped and veteran Jeremy Roenick is also expected to be out for four-to-six weeks with a shoulder injury.
       
Both, however, are expected to return to the Sharks lineup prior to the playoffs.

continued

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick, mike+grier

Ready for Deadline Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

My mind thinks ahead to around 6 p.m. tomorrow. How will I feel, will I be burned out or maybe wanting more of this trade deadline madness? The answer comes quickly, get this over with, quickly! I want the attention turned back to the game on the ice, enough of all these trade scenarios and dreams.

You see, no matter what trades are made, what GM’s and coaches say about their recent acquisitions, the game still has to be played on the ice. Only one team will skate off with the Stanley Cup and all the other teams will be left questioning the moves they made or did not make.

I am also thinking about the most important part of our game - the NHL players. I can only imagine a few are contemplating their future and are hoping the deadline passes and for the most part, they stay with their current team. All the trade talk has to be draining on them and even though they say it isn’t a problem, deep down they know there is the possibility they may have to pack up and move on.

read on

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: trade+deadline

The Cheechoo Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Checked the very readable blog that Adrian Dater writes for the Denver Post this morning and he’s there speculating that San Jose is eyeballing Ryan Smyth and that Jonathan Cheechoo could be coming the other way. Milan Hejduk also comes up as a possible target.

With Smyth’s salary ($7.25 million this year, $16.5 million the next three season) I just can’t see him in teal anytime soon. Hejduk at $4 million now and $4 million next season is even a big stretch. Anything’s possible, I suppose, but from what I’ve been hearing from the Sharks — and misdirection is common at this point in the season — they aren’t inclined to do anything that major.

more on the Sharks…

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Frolov Talk Is Just That

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

As far as Alexander Frolov goes, he should really run for prime minister in Canada. They’re ready to throw feasts in his honor up there. But it doesn’t make sense for Lombardi to make a move on that front right now, unless it’s an overwhelming offer, something where the Kings give up Frolov and a top pick/prospect to get a mega-star. I just don’t see that mega-star out there right now, at least one that the Kings are interested in. Plus, Frolov’s cap hit next season is $2.9 million, which is a steal.

more on the Kings…

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  Tags: alexander+frolov

More Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Per Darren Dreger on Leafs Lunch at AM640... Gary Roberts, Brendan Morrison, Mirolsav Satan waived today.

Any updates, feel free to add and I am sure TSN Ice Chips will have the moves soon.

added 12:34pm, TSN has a story on the waivers today.

added 12:37pm, from Russo’s Rants,

Also, according to sources, the Wild has placed Peter Olvecky on waivers, and the Rangers have placed former Wild players Aaron Voros and Erik Reitz on waivers. Huge names on waivers today. Others include Brendan Morrison, Miroslav Satan, Craig Adams, Jon Sim, Eric Perrin, Gary Roberts and Martin Gerber.

read on for some Gaborik talk..

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Sim On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Islanders forward Jon Sim, who had three assists in the Islanders’ 4-2 win over Colorado last night to give him seven points in his past six games, has been placed on waivers for the second time this season. Coming one day ahead of Wednesday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, the move is like an invitation to any team in need of a hard-working winger with some grit and scoring touch to add it without giving up anything but salary.

continued

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  Tags: jon+sim

As Expected, Avery A Ranger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

640AM in Toronto reports Sean Avery claimed by the New York Rangers.

added 12:05pm, Bob McKenzie of TSN confirms.

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sean+avery

Wild Sign Backstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Minnesota Wild have signed star goalie Niklas Backstrom to a $24 million, four-year contract, a source told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and he had been the subject of numerous trade rumors.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: niklas+backstrom

Morris Looking East

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Let’s start the morning with a Derek Morris update.

From the calls we’ve made, we believe Boston, Washington and Philadelphia are the three Eastern Conference contenders in the mix for the right-handed defenseman.

Morris, who has a blast from the point, has a no-trade clause, but gave the Phoenix Coyotes a list of Eastern Conference teams in order to facilitate a move. He’s an unrestricted free agent July 1 and could be a nice addition to all three of those teams; he’s a real physical player and provides veteran leadership. Stay tuned.

continue for a few more notes…

Filed in: NHL Teams, d, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: derek+morris

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