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Kypreos on presumptive Phaneuf trade, Mantha ‘ask’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Very interesting stuff...Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos says that the Red Wings didn't trade for Dion Phaneuf because the Maple Leafs wanted Anthony Mantha:

Update: And at the other end of the spectrum, from the Newark Star-Ledger's Rich Chere:

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Surgery For Mark Giodano

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Calgary GM Brad Treliving announces Giordano will undergo season ending surgery on a torn bicep tendon.

Recovery is 4-5 months.

You can see how the injury occurred below...

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Evening news: Sharp on the Red Wings’ modest moves; Wings trade videos of/quotes from KH, players

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 19x at 8:35 PM: For what it's worth, Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos reported that the Wings weren't able to consummate a deal for Dion Phaneuf because the Maple Leafs wanted Anthony Mantha in whatever package was being contemplated.

As such, the Free Press's Evil Drew Sharp has a point in suggesting that not "going big," and instead adding Marek Zidlicky and Erik Cole for modest prices, behooved Ken Holland and company:

The moves didn't dazzle. It didn't flutter hearts. But they were wise additions, done within a NHL economic framework that places the highest priority on first round draft picks and top drawer minor league prospects. It was a good day that the Wings got Cole and Zidlicky, but it was an even better day because Ken Holland came away from his shopping excursion with prime prospects Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha and this year's first round draft pick still in his cart.

That's the way it is in hockey. Overly cherishing high level prospects becomes a source of discontent in baseball where there are no limits to what teams can spend. But they're premium currency in hockey. Holland understands that and it's to his credit that he's resisted the temptation the last couple seasons to satisfy the still strong craving for big names regardless of the accompanying big financial risks.

Cole and Zidlicky are two month rentals. So what?

Phaneuf has six years at $7 million annually remaining on his contract. If the Wings could've gotten Toronto to accept the salary cap albatross that's become Stephen Weiss, it would've been nice. But the Maple Leafs are in full rebuilding mode and certainly would've demanded either Larkin, Mantha or future Wings' starting goalie Petr Mrazek and at least one first round draft pick.

The Wings did well with what they got.


Toronto apparently did demand Mantha, and I'd heard rumors of a 1st round pick or Brendan Smith as well, just as you did, while Kypreos suggested that a Kindl-Weiss combo should have gotten the deal done. I would imagine that the Wings and Leafs will talk again at the draft, but the Wings sure as hell aren't giving Mantha or Larkin to Toronto to ensure that Phaneuf doesn't become the next Larry Murphy-style acquisitrion.

Update: Via RedWingsFeed, here's Ken Holland speaking to WXYZ and the media assembled at Joe Louis Arena today:

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Extension In Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-0, 198 lb LW Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Bellemare, who turns 30 on Friday (3/6/1985), has collected four goals and four assists for eight points in 62 games this season.  He came to the Flyers from Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (formerly Swedish Elite League), where he spent the past five seasons and posted a total of 64 goals and 61 assists for 125 points in 238 games.

Bellemare played eight seasons overall in Sweden, spending three years with Leksands IF in Sweden’s second division before moving to Skelleftea in 2009.  The native of Paris, France represented his country at the 2014 World Championships, where he recorded three goals and five assists for eight points in eight games. 

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Toronto Trades Korbinian Holzer To Anaheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 4:20pm,


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James Wisniewski Traded To The Anaheim Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Colorado Avalanche Trade Max Talbot To Boston For Jordan Caron

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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  Tags: jordan+caron, max+talbot

Sven Baertschi Traded To Vancouver From Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Post-practice/trade deadline Tweets: Darren Helm, Alexey Marchenko have oblique strains

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Ready for Trade Tweets?

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Penguins get Lovejoy

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From TSN's Bob McKenzie:

Here's compensation:

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, ben+lovejoy, pittsburgh+penguins, simon+despres

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