Archive for February, 2012

Koivu shutdown for 2 weeks … Versteeg out a week … Crosby travels with Pens … Rick Nash press conference video

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild center Mikko Koivu has been shut down without contact for 2 weeks after he aggravated his left shoulder again. Koivu has missed their last 6 games, and was out 8 games before that. Koivu initially injured his shoulder on Jan 14th. GM Chuck Fletcher on if he’ll be shut down for good: “It’ll be up to the doctors. I don’t even know if I want to speculate.”
  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers forward Kris Versteeg will be out this week with a lower-body injury. Versteeg’s been bothered by the injury for about a week, and wanted to play through it.
  • Chris Harlan of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sidney Crosby will travel with the team on this road trip, but his status is still unknown. “(Crosby) would blow away any other acquisition that any team made at the deadline,” Bylsma said. “We like our team. We like our players. Our team is on the floor.”
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Rick Nash:“I was informed by management (in January) that there was a (planned) rebuild, a reshape, of the team, and I personally felt I could be a huge part of that, toward bringing assets in,” Nash said. “I think that was … in my view, what was the best thing for me, the organization and, personally, for my career.”
  • Rick Nash Press Conference

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Stars considered offers for Ott and Souray … Preds offer for Nash didn’t include Ellis … Grabovski’s agent in T.O. next week … starting goalies

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk had some offers that they strongly considered for Steve Ott and Sheldon Souray.

    “I would say there were a couple of things on the table that took a lot of time to sort through,” Nieuwendyk said. “But at the end of the day, we had a responsibility to put the best team on the ice right now to challenge for the playoffs and we didn’t want to risk moving anything that would not help us as far as the return moving into the future.”

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Nashville’s big pitch for Rick Nash did not include Ryan Ellis. One GM thought the Sharks could have had a deal for Nash if they still had Charlie Coyle. The Leafs and Flyers sniffed around Josh Harding. Some teams thought Steve Ott was destined for the Maple Leafs, but the Stars changed their minds.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: Sources are saying that the Stars wanted a 2nd round pick, a high end prospect and a roster player for Steve Ott. They also wanted a 2nd round pick and high end prospects for Sheldon Souray. The Islanders continue to have talks with Evgeni Navokov. They have had no contract discussions with P.A. Parenteauf as of yesterday afternoon.
  • Mark Masters of TSN: Mikhail Grabovski’s agent said he plans on being in Toronto next week, and said ‘I believe that I will have some news for you’
  • Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars lines: Ott-Benn-Burish; Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder; Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak; Garbutt-Wandell-Vincour.
  • Chuck Gormley via twitter: Capitals starting goalie will be a game time decision according to Dale Hunter. Gormley guesses Neuvirth.

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Deadline notes … Rangers made one last offer for Nash, Blue Jackets wanted different players … Panthers weren’t close on deals

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Sharks will be getting Douglas Murray and Martin Havlat back before the playoffs. Talks between them and the Blue Jackets for Rick Nash hit a roadblock when the Sharks refused to include Logan Couture. The Sharks did inquire about James van Riemsdyk. The Stars received about “12 to 14″ inquires over the past couple weeks for Steve Ott. The Canucks were offering Mason Raymond, but that wasn’t enough. The Stars were not going to trade Ott for picks or prospects. Burke didn’t trade any of his players for 1st round picks as he didn’t want to send the message to his players that they were giving up on the playoffs. The Capitals took calls on Roman Hamrlik but didn’t find a fit. The Red Wings looked at Paul Gaustad but didn’t have a 1st.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said he’ll continue to try and trade Rick Nash in the offseason. “This is too important for our franchise and our fans to do a deal that is not in our best interest.” The Rangers made a late offer of Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas and a 1st round pick. Howson added:

    “I’ve had many teams express that they would have a ton more interest in the offseason,”“I just think it was the right thing to do, the truthful thing to do,” Howson said.“We wanted to make sure that everybody understood where everybody was on this issue because it’s a very important issue for our franchise.

    “I think things will continue to be amicable between Rick and the organization.”

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks also noted the Rangers upped their offer to Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas and a 1st round pick. Howson was after Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto, Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider, and a 1st round pick.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said he didn’t come close to making a deal. There was talk that they might move pending UFA defenseman Jason Garrison, but decided against it.

    “We made a lot of phone calls and identified what we wanted to add to our lineup,’’ Tallon said. “We couldn’t get what we wanted without mortgaging our future. There just wasn’t a lot of activity. … I’m happy with our team. We improved it. We’re going to stay with the team that has 70 points, is in first place and is battling for a playoff spot.’’

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Wings couldn’t find fit … Caps unsure on Backstrom … Wild may re-sign Harding … No offers for Allen or Spacek … Toews may have concussion

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings were looking for a forward yesterday, but they couldn’t find a fit. Prices were high.

    “Some teams are bigger,” Holland said. “They don’t have our skill. Let’s play. I don’t know that there was a move today that we could have made that would have gotten us bigger. The bottom line is, if you are going on a long playoff run, the top half of your roster for the most part has got to be healthy. You can have the odd injury. Part of it is matchup, part of it is luck.”

  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals GM George McPhee when asked if Niklas Backstrom will return this year: “I don’t know. Hope so, but we don’t know.”
  • John Shannon via twitter: The Panthers, Blues, and Coyotes, who are all in the hunt, weren’t able to make moves yesterday due to financial reasons.
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said there wasn’t any offers for either Bryan Allen or Jaroslav Spacek. Teams called to see what it would take, but no offers.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance looks at 5 moves that didn’t yesterday that will be getting interest in the offseason: Rick Nash, Cory Schneider, Ryan Suter, Alexander Semin and the Ducks (things may change in the summer for the Ducks. GM Murray is giving this group a chance to get back in it.)

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Burke thinking new trade deadline for Leafs … Flyers fine with no moves … Blues hand-cuffed … Lidstrom questionable for tonight

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is thinking about having his own personal trade deadline date, to make it easier on his players.

    “It’s to the point where I’m debating doing the same thing I do at Christmas, starting our own trade freeze 10 days before, that’s how distracting it is,” said Burke. “Clarke MacArthur has been traded 10 times. (Mikhail) Grabovski’s been traded 12 times. (Nikolai) Kulemin has been traded. Luke Schenn has been traded 50 times. I think it’s remarkable the players keep their focus.”

    “I think the trade deadline is hard on players, but I think it’s murder on players in Toronto,” said Burke. “We’re just going to do this 10 days earlier so our players can relax. I don’t know if that’s the right answer because I don’t want to tie my hands if there’s some (trade) we can do. This is crazy here.”

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren:

    “There wasn’t anything that was pitched to us that . . . would have made us as good a team as what’s on the board right now,” general manager Paul Holmgren said in a conference call from the team’s training facility in Voorhees. “We just felt more comfortable with our team the way it is, and quite frankly, since we’ve added the two defensemen, we’ve all felt that way.”

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues were not able to make any “non-lateral moves” before the deadline yesterday due to their ownership situation. Blues GM Doug Armstrong was only allowed to make dollar-for-dollar moves because their budget is restricted until the sale of the team is complete.

    “We were trying to see what type of depth we could add to our group and there wasn’t a proper fit there,” Armstrong said. “I went in not expecting a lot of transactions, and at the end of the day, it didn’t seem like we were involved in much.”

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Red Wings called up highly touted Brendan Smith. Nicklas Lidstrom is questionable tonight with a sore ankle, and Kyle Quincey is out with a sore groin issue. Johan Franzen practiced on the 3rd line yesterday, but it’s not known if he’ll remain there for tonight.

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GM Press Conferences after the deadline – Video and Audio

We’ve put together some press conferences held by some teams GMs.

Audio files
New Jersey Devils – Audio Lou Lamoreillo

Phoenix Coyotes – Audio Dave Tippett

Due to the overall size that the post would be with all the videos, you’ll have to click on the below link to see Press Conference Videos for Boston Bruins – Peter Chiarelli, Calgary Flames – Jay Feaster, Carolina Hurricanes – Jim Rutherford, Columbus Blue Jackets – Scott Howson, Dallas Stars – Joe Nieuwendyk, Detroit Red Wings – Ken Holland, Edmonton Oilers – Steve Tambellini, Tampa Bay Lightning – Steve Yzerman, Toronto Maple Leafs – Brian Burke, Washington Capitals – George McPhee and Winnipeg Jets – Kevin Cheveldayoff

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Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson’s Press Conference

Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson holds a press conference after the trade deadline. Mentions that Rick Nash had approached them about a trade out of Columbus. (video has been slow loading)

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Nash asked for a trade … Leafs offered 1sts for 4 players … Lupul not part of Nash talks … Wings were in on Gaustad

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Maple Leafs have offers of 1st round picks for Luke Schenn, Nikolai Kulemin, Clarke MacArthur, and Mikhail Grabovski.
  • Curtis Zupka via twitter: Ducks GM Murray on Selanne: “He was going to have to come to me and make me do something. It was never going to come to that.”
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: “The Blues financial situation is bad..they’re not bleeding, they’re hemorrhaging. It’s been widely ignored and today is another example”

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Trade Deadline day trades

I’ll leave this chart near the top of the page, and will continue to add some pieces below.

Receives Receives
February 27th

F Andrew Gordon

D Sebastien Erixon

F Zach Kassian
D Marc-Andre Gragnani

F Cody Hodgson
D Alexander Sulzer

Scott Cullen of TSN: Numbers Game: Hodgson for Kassian the Big Deal at Deadline

D Mark Fraser

F Dale Mitchell

D John Scott

2012 5th round pick

D Greg Zanon

Steve Kampfer

F Paul Gaustad
2013 4th round pick

2012 1st round pick

F Brian Rolston
Mike Mottau

Marc Cantin
Yanick Riendeau

D Johnny Oduya

2013 2nd round pick
2013 3rd round pick

D Matt Gilroy

D Brian Lee

Jesse Spector of Sporting News: Senators add puck-moving Gilroy, send Lee to Lightning

F Sammy Pahlsson

2012 4th round pick
2012 4th round pick (Isles)

F Daniel Winnik
F T.J. Faliardi
7th round pick

F Jamie McGinn
F Mike Connelly
F Michael Sgarbossa

Adrian Dater of Denver Post: His thoughts on the deal.

F Carter Ashton

D Keith Aulie

D Tom Gilbert

D Nick Schultz

D Mike Commodore

Cond. 7th round pick

F Andre Kostitsyn

2013 2nd round pick
Cond. 2013 5th round pick
(originally sent in Gill trade)

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Leafs trade Keith Aulie to the Lightning for Carter Ashton

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Keith Aulie to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Carter Ashton.

Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Burke in an email about Ashton: “Size and skill, big body with good wheels.”

Cory Pronman via twitter: “Wow Ashton. That’s a #win and a half for Toronto. Many pro scouts called Ashton Tampa’s best or second best prospect.” … “Upside is ok 2nd line forward very good 3rd liner. Not a tremendous haul, but then again you got him for Aulie.”

Cory Pronman via twitter: “Upside is ok 2nd line forward very good 3rd liner. Not a tremendous haul, but then again you got him for Aulie.”

@leafschatter via twitter: “As mentioned yesterday, Keith Aulie loses his waiver exempt status by end of season…#Leafs would have had 8 D (one too many) waiver exempt”

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A whole lot of rumors and 1 video

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Stars are telling people they won’t trade Steve Ott unless it’s a “great” offer. Lots of interest, could happen.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Maple Leafs assistant GM Dave Nonis said they’ve had a few more calls, a “minor deal” could happen.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Brian Burke: “We believe we’ll be able to work something out contractually with” Grabovski … He won’t be traded. Burke added he won’t acquire a goalie today. Lance Hornby via twitter: At his point, Burke isn’t expecting a deal … 2 hrs, 45 min to go.
  • Tony Ambrogio via twitter: Brian Burke “turned down flat” a trade offer for James Reimer. Burke on adding a top 6 forward: I don’t think so. I don’t sense we are going to be able to do what we wanted.”
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Winnipeg is considering the interest in Johnny Oduya. Boston is interested. Bruins also like David Jones.
  • Jimmy Murphy via twitter: With regards to Ryan Malone to Boston rumors, Bruins would need to move a roster player back, no 2nd or 4th round picks.
  • Arthur Staple via twitter: Islanders getting calls on PA Parenteau, Milan Jurcina and Mark Eaton. Expect one or both Dmen to move.

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Andrei Kostitsyn traded to Nashville

The Montreal Canadiens have traded forward Andrei Kostitsyn to the Nashville Predators.

Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Predators send a 2013 2nd round pick, plus they return the conditional pick they got in the Hal Gill deal.

More Details to come.

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