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So at the end of the day, the Leafs wind up with a stud defenceman and an expensive goaltender on the downside of his career; kind of a good-news, bad-news scenario.

-Mike Brophy of Sportsnet on the moves the Leafs made today.  More from Mike.

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Leafs Start Deadline Day Festivities

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During the NHL season, trades are few and far between until the trade deadline.  The deadline this year is March 3rd.  Although that is still over a month away, there is a trade freeze during the Olympic break from February 12th to 28th.  That leaves only three days for trades after the Olympics.  Thus it was expected that trade deadline deals will begin before the Olympic break.  They have and the Toronto Maple leafs are at the centre of it all.

Toronto has acquired Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake.  Giguere has not had a successful last year and a half but the talent is there.  As recently as 2008 he was clearly one of the top goalies in the NHL.  Last season, he suffered through the death of his father and it affected him on the ice.  He lost the Anaheim number one goalie job to Jonas Hiller and has not been given a chance to play regularly since.

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Surgery For Scottie Upshall

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that Coyotes forward Scottie Upshall will be out of the lineup indefinitely after sustaining an injury to his right knee during the team’s game versus the Calgary Flames on Jan. 28.  A follow-up evaluation and MRI by the Club’s medical staff confirmed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).  An ACL surgical procedure is expected to be scheduled.

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The Phaneuf Deal

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Fact is, it was logical for Calgary to trade from its position of strength – a deep defence – in order to fill in gaps elsewhere. Just because the Flames rolled over Edmonton 6-1 Saturday night doesn’t mean they have completely righted the ship just yet. The pressure is on – to make the playoffs and then win some rounds when, or if, they get there. But this isn’t enough for a core asset, not nearly enough - and cannot be explained away as simply a move to shed $6.5-million worth of Phaneuf’s annual salary. On some levels, it looks like a panic move, borne out of desperation for a quick fix.

In the end, that Sutter would give up on Phaneuf at this comparatively early stage in his career is probably the most surprising part of the deal. That he couldn’t get more for him in return is probably the most disappointing.

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Giguere On His Way To Toronto

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via the Twitter of Helene Elliott,

Jean-Sebastien Giguere has waived his no-trade clause and officially will be dealt to Toronto very soon

added 12:56pm, from Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Giguere to Toronto for Toskala and Jason Blake. Done!!

added 1:05pm, TSN on the trade…

added 1:08pm, Burke says there was never a discussion about a first round pick being involved (from the Ducks).  He doesn’t know where that came from.

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LB: The Big Body And Little Scooter Love Affair Is Back For The Grudge Match

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

There is nothing more

beautiful

nauseating than witnessing the love between a Big Body and his Little Scooter getting played out on national TV.

Sidney Rosby, the NHL’s number one whiner (as voted by the players), reunites with Pierre, the NHL’s number one Douche Canoe, to make a spectacle of themselves once again on NBC.  They are soulmates of suck and we are forced to endure their presence yet again.

The Wings are embarrassed that they let Li’l Gary steal the Cup away from it’s rightful home in Detroit last June, but they know they’ll have a chance again real soon to right the wrongs of last spring.

Brad Stuart

“Losing was very disappointing at the time, but we all had a long summer to think about it and I think at some point you just have to move on.”

Unfortunately the NHL’s biggest bandwagon fanbase can’t move on.  Pens fans spent all summer pouting they didn’t get any recognition as being the best team in the NHL.  Of course, they weren’t the best team in the NHL last June, just the healthiest.  But that hasn’t stopped the little twinks from Pen(i)sblog stopping by A2Y on a regular basis, seeking attention.

So I am going to take a page out of the book of retail locations everywhere on how to disperse loitering petulant teens, and in the process give you bitches a glimpse into Pavel Datsyuk’s beautiful mind.  Today’s Live Blog will feature the soundtrack that continually plays in Datsyuk’s brain as he Dangle-Dangles his way across the ice.

And you may or may not dig it.

 

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Dion Phaneuf A Leaf

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per Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

phaneuf to the Leafs

added 11:35am, from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

The Ducks are set to trade Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the franchise’s all-time winningest goalie, to the Toronto Maple Leafs and it’s expected they will receive goalie Vesa Toskala and another veteran player in return, the Orange County Register has learned.

Giguere received a telephone call when he reached the Tampa Bay Lightning’s practice facility, where he learned of the potential move. The 32-year-0ld was in uniform but did not take the ice as players and coaches hugged him before he took the team bus back to the hotel.

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added 11:42am, Watch the press conference below.

added 11:45am, Multiple reports are Giguere to Leafs for Toskala too.

added 11:58am, via Dreger Twitter,

Phaneuf, Sjostrom and Auley to Toronto for Hagman, Stajan, Mayers and White!!

added 12:03pm, Trade wrap-up at TSN.

added 12:04pm, Burke says another deal should be announced within 30 minutes.

added 12:19pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has a breakdown of the press conference in case you missed it.

added 2:35pm, Dion on the trade via Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

“Well, it’s definitely a shock, but I’m very, very excited about going to Toronto and being a Maple Leaf. It was definitely a shock, but it’s part of the business,” he said.

“I found out this morning. The toughest part is saying goodbye to your buddies and the relationships that you’ve made. You guys actually found out before me.”

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If The Wings Make The Playoffs Are They Cup Contenders?

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A Wings win over the Penguins today would help answer that question.

Pierre McGuire trys to answer that questioon too and view the today’s NHL schedule below…

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Western & Eastern Conference Talk

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Remember when everybody was so high on Ryan O’Reilly and how the Avalanche had stolen this kid in the second round of the draft? The 18-year-old centre is struggling big-time: one point in his last 29 games, even though he’s still averaging close to 17 minutes a game. Should he be back in junior?

• With every contender looking for defence help, count on somebody trading for Mathieu Schneider, who’s toiling in Manitoba right now. He’d help a power play. And do you suppose any team will take a flyer on Chris Chelios…

• The Penguins need a winger for Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby, but frankly, they need help on the back end more. You can’t win a Cup with a marginal blue-line, not over the two-month playoff haul. Sergei Gonchar is playing with a bad foot and their second best guy, Brooks Orpik, has a body that looks like it has been through a car wreck. Problem is, they have no cap room right now, and GM Ray Shero wants to keep $1 million or so available at the trade deadline. The Penguins need somebody like a Barret Jackman, but I don’t see the Blues moving him.

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One Of The Great Personalities Of The Game- Ernie ‘Punch’ McLean

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Great Inside Hockey Segment by Elliotte Friedman last night.  Enjoy.

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