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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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  Tags: "sabres+trade+rumors"

Winnipeg acquires Lee Stempniak from NYR for Carl Klingberg

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Cue the "marriage of convenience" depth trade:

added 6:40pm, Winnipeg release is below...

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Pleiness: Ken Holland still leaning toward youth, depth ahead of trde deadline

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Here's your evening Red Wings trade deadline eve update from the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness, who spoke with Ken Holland this evening:

“There’s a small list of players we have some interest in that we think would be a good fit for our team, but I understand there’s other teams in the buyers category and sometimes the price is too high,” Holland said. “But sometimes the price is the same, but the other team’s pick might be higher or they like the other team’s prospect over ours.”

The player they would bring in has to provide an important element and dimension to the roster. A top four defenseman that shoots right handed or a winger that can provide offense could fit that bill.

It appears the asking price for any of the players Detroit, which has close to $9 million in cap space, has on its list is a prospect and second-round pick in return.

“I would love to make a deal to make us a little bit better, to upgrade us a little bit, but I also feel with the way, not only with the way our players are playing here in Detroit, but the development of our young players in Grand Rapids I feel good about the depth,” Holland said. “I understand they’re young players and when we get into the Stanley Cup playoffs that you’re not sure how they’re going to react, but as you look at other teams out there, the league is younger. Because of the cap there are lots of good young players. We might have a lot of young players on our team, but do the other teams.”

Pleiness continues, and, well...

“If we can make a move, I would love to, but if we have some conversations and some of the teams choose to go in a different direction and we don’t make a move I’m comfortable when three o’clock rolls around and we don’t make a move,” Holland continued. “Would I like to make a move? Yes, if it’s for a player we think, at a price that we can live with.”

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Video- Jaromir Jagr With His 717th NHL Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

He ties Phil Esposito for 5th all-tme in goals.


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Pleiness: Holland suggests that Darren Helm will miss game(s) with upper-body injury

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

MLive's Ansar Khan and the Free Press's Helene St. James at least issued neutral reports about Darren Helm's health after getting smeared into the boards by Seth Jones yesterday. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reports that as of Sunday evening, Helm's prognosis is not quite as rosy:

Darren Helm’s injury free life appears to be no more. Helm was injured in the first period of Saturday’s over the Nashville Predators.

“It appears he’s out for a bit of time,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “I have no idea until we know the severity of the injury.”

Helm is scheduled to have an MRI performed Monday.

The Wings don't play again until they host the Rangers on Wednesday, but they then embark upon a stretch of 4 games in 6 nights and 7 in 12 nights.

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