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I imagine Olli Jokinen wins the contest of trying to emulate his crest:
I imagine Olli Jokinen wins the contest of trying to emulate his crest:
Len Barrie's far from a household name, but growing up in Kamloops, he's someone I'm certainly familiar with.
Last night, it was Steve Bernier with the big debut in Buffalo, but tonight Brad Richards showed just what Dallas might have in their big deadline deal acquisition, potting five assists in his first game as a Star.
- Richards is the first forward to earn 5 assists in one game in franchise history.
- Richards became the first Star to earn 5 points in a game since Mike Modano (1-4-5 pts) on 2/10/02 at Anaheim.
The National Post's Mark Spector was just on the radio here in Toronto and made a good point about the house cleaning the Senators had yesterday.
Ottawa assistant coach Ron Low also was fired yesterday.Low was the team's goaltending coach for three years until this summer, when he was moved into the assistant's role. He was a netminder for 11 years in the NHL during his playing days.
Emery wanted his own guy, Eli Wilson, to tutor him, and listened more to Wilson than Low. Now, Wilson is the Sens' goalie coach.And even after the train wreck in the Senators crease this season, Wilson isn't going anywhere.
From San Jose to Buffalo, Steve Bernier had quite a first game as a Sabre last night:
“It was awesome,” he said of the crowd. “You hear, ‘One, two, three . . . ’ the number of goals. It’s awesome. They follow the game here. They know what hockey means, and that’s what I like about it.”Bernier's always had that potential, scoring 30-plus goals in four consecutive seasons in the QMJHL with Moncton, and he's going to really be embraced in western New York.
Bobby Orr seems as excited as anyone:
It's a thin line between being a powerhouse and an also ran.
|B. Lebda D||10||0||1||-7||21||18.9%||23.0%||10.5%||19.4%|
|A. Lilja D||10||0||0||-5||17||18.4%||5.7%||24.4%||19.8%|
|D. Meech D||10||0||3||0||24||14.8%||19.4%||1.3%||15.9%|
|N. Lidstrom D||7||1||5||-7||11||14.0%||19.0%||15.3%||12.9%|
|C. Chelios D||8||1||0||1||8||11.4%||10.2%||21.7%||10.0%|
|B. Rafalski D||4||0||1||-4||10||8.9%||12.0%||7.4%||8.5%|
|K. Quincey D||6||0||0||-3||5||7.2%||4.2%||14.4%||6.6%|
|J. Ericsson D||3||1||0||-4||7||5.3%||6.4%||4.9%||5.2%|
|G. Stafford D||2||0||0||0||1||1.2%||0.0%||0.0%||1.5%|
Four hours later...
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray today announced that John Paddock has been relieved of his head coaching duties. Murray, who will return behind the bench as head coach, will continue to perform his duties as Senators general manager. Assistant coach Ron Low has also been relieved of his coaching duties.The writing wasn't just on the wall — it was everywhere. Paddock really doesn't have a ton of NHL head coaching experience and was promoted based on his minor-league success, but with so much pressure on one of the league's top clubs, simply hasn't been able to get Ottawa to perform up to some pretty lofty standards after a terrific start.
Assistant coach Greg Carvel, goaltending coach Eli Wilson, conditioning and player development coach Randy Lee and video coach Tim Pattyson remain on the staff.
A quick note that I'll be on the Team 1260 out in Edmonton with host Bob Stauffer at 5:50 EST tonight.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a U.S. House subcommittee on Wednesday that hockey is not plagued by steroid use among its players.Bettman went on to tell the committee that substances that make one stronger or recover faster from injuries have little use for the average hockey player, who is a muscleless, uninjurable athlete:
Bettman joined his major-league counterparts — baseball commissioner Bud Selig, NBA commissioner David Stern and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — in Washington where he testified that only one player has tested positive for steroid use in the 2½ years since the NHL resumed play after the 2004-05 lockout.
"Indeed, while our historical experience indicates that performance-enhancing drugs are not a problem in the NHL, we nevertheless agree that the public at large and our fans in particular are entitled to have confidence that our games are being played in an environment free of performance-enhancing substances."Historical experience indicates some pretty funny things about major league baseball, and even present experience would tell you the NFL is clean as can be.
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Newly signed unrestricted Free Agent Peter Forsberg has joined the Avalanche in Vancouver.There's no word yet on whether he'll play tonight, but the game's the late telecast on TSN, and I imagine at the very least he'll be giving his first on-camera interviews in a while.He will be made available to the media today at 5:30 pm (PST) inside the media room at GM Place.>> team release
From the March 4 issue of The Hockey News, the magazine's crew (with input from scouts) ranks the top 30 NHL goaltenders:
Critics say if New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello can fire Claude Julien and take over behind the bench as he did with a week to go before the playoffs last season — even though the team was leading its division — then Murray would be more than justified in doing the same here. Especially after what he did with the team as coach in 2006-07.Adami goes onto say that a move will be made in a couple of weeks, but the writing's already all over the wall. It's hard to imagine a more public platform for a coach to be canned in the press than on trade deadline day, when everyone's watching, and the only way speculation will stop is if this team goes on a torrid winning streak, beginning tomorrow in Philadelphia.
If the team continues to flounder, the pressure for Murray to take over might get unbearable for both him and Paddock.
What follows is a look at the standings with teams ranked based on the point pace they're on, with the right hand column indicating the relative improvement (or step back) of the teams' roster based on moves made the past two days.
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I've posted a team-by-team run through of all of today's deals over at Globe on Hockey that works as a good reference point.
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It's time for a brief break for me, but I'll be back with wrap up information and to fill out some of the posts below that came in at the end:
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The Ducks have picked up J-S Aubin from the Kings for goaltending depth, and the Thrashers swapped prospect Alex Giroux for Washington's Joe Motzko.
Pittsburgh has just moved Angelo Esposito, Erik Christensen, Colby Armstrong and a first-round pick to Atlanta for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis.
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|Marian Hossa||Sidney Crosby||Tyler Kennedy|
|Ryan Malone||Evgeni Malkin||Petr Sykora|
|Jarkko Ruutu||Jordan Staal||Georges Laraque|
|Pascal Dupuis||Maxime Talbot||Adam Hall|
The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenceman Hal Gill to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a second-round and fifth round pick.It may have been an awful season for the Leafs, but Gill's been dependable, and he's the sort of physical, penalty killer the Penguins can use on their back end with Mark Eaton still injured..
Gill, 32, signed a $6.3 million, three-year contract with the Maple Leafs in 2006.
With Cristobal Huet and Sergei Fedorov already in the mix, the Washington Capitals added anohter veteran player acquiring forward Matt Cooke from the Vancouver Canucks for left winger Matt Pettinger.Cooke is a pending UFA, meaning he's the third rental to join the Capitals so far, while Pettinger is under contract this season and next for a $1-million cap hit.
The New York Islanders have acquired defenseman Rob Davison from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a seventh round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The 27-year old Davison, currently in his fifth NHL season, has played 15 games for the Sharks this season. In 176 career NHL games, the 6-3, 220-pound native of St. Catharines, ON has recorded two goals with 12 assists for 14 points. He is regarded as a tough and very reliable stay-at-home defenseman and high character player.>> team release
TSN reports that Columbus has dealt defenceman Adam Foote, a pending UFA, to Colorado, reportedly for a first-round pick.
There have been eight trades so far today, and with two hours remaining, there are expected to be quite a few more.
Ottawa has picked up pending UFA Martin Lapointe from the Blackhawks for a sixth-round pick.
Chicago has begun its fire sale, trading Tuomo Ruutu to the Hurricanes for Andrew Ladd.
The Avalanche switch up their defensive depth by adding Ruslan Salei from Florida, who is signed through 2009-10 for $3.025-million a season, in exchange for Karlis Skrastins and a third-round pick.
TSN is reporting that the Capitals have acquired Cristobal Huet for a second-round pick.
Brad Richards has waived his no-trade clause and been traded with Johan Holmqvist to the Dallas Stars for goaltender Mike Smith, Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halpern.
|Brenden Morrow||Brad Richards||Jere Lehtinen|
|Loui Eriksson||Mike Ribeiro||Antti Miettinen|
|Niklas Hagman||Mike Modano||Krys Barch|
|Joel Lundqvist||Steve Ott||Stu Barnes|
TSN is reporting that the Sabres have dealt defenceman Brian Campbell to the Sharks in exchange for Steve Bernier and a first-round pick.
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired forward Cam Janssen from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Bryce Salvador.>>> team release
I've been hearing rumblings of discontent with Senators coach John Paddock for months now out of Ottawa, and TSN's reporter Brent Wallace just said on air that he is on the way out the door.
I had some advice for Columbus GM Scott Howson last week, but according to today's Columbus Dispatch, he wasn't listening:
If Richards joins the Blue Jackets, an NHL source said, Howson is more likely to do what it takes to sign Foote and make a full-on push for the playoffs, perhaps acquiring other players, as well.
With Columbus only five points out of the Western Conference's final playoff spot, coach Ken Hitchcock and his players have made less-than-subtle pleas to keep the club intact.Moses is going to have to part the waters for this team to make the postseason.
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Does anyone else find it strange that three of the worst GMs of the past decade have all found work as trade deadline analysts?
Sources say the Islanders and centre Mike Comrie have agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal to keep the Edmonton, Alberta native in Long Island.Comrie's been a pretty important cog for the second lowest scoring team in the league, leading the power play and providing some offence despite the cast he's had around him. After bouncing around a bit, from Edmonton to Philadelphia to Phoenix to Ottawa, he's finally found a home.
In 63 games this season, Comrie leads the Islanders with 27 assists and 45 points.
The Dallas Stars will acquire Tampa Bay Lightning center Brad Richards in a multi-player trade ... an executive within the league said Monday night. The Stars have looked to make a splash since Les Jackson and Brett Hull took over in the co-general manager role for the fired Doug Armstrong earlier this season. The source said Dallas is expected to package veteran checking center Jeff Halpern, backup goalie Mike Smith and young defenseman Mark Fistric to the Lightning.Well, he's reporting this one as a soon-to-be done deal, and the Richards-to-Dallas rumours have been coming early and often the past week or so.
Atlanta Thrashers right wing Marian Hossa is heading to the Montreal Canadiens before the NHL trade deadline, an executive within the league said Monday night.
Defenceman Dan Boyle gets his mammoth new deal, $40-million over six years, as per TSN.
It appears we're getting started a little early:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Alexandre Picard and either a second or third-round pick from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for center/left wing Vaclav Prospal, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced. If Philadelphia qualifies for the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals Tampa Bay will receive Philadelphia's second-round pick in 2009, and if they do not the Lightning will receive Calgary's third-round pick in 2009.Prospal is strictly a rental, a pending unrestricted free agent who had really fallen out of favour in Tampa Bay this season and had zero chance of returning with the Lightning.
Well, well, well... this just hit my inbox:
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has come to terms with unrestricted free agent Peter Forsberg on a new contract through the 2007-2008 season.Currently in 10th place in the Western Conference and battling to get back into the playoffs, Colorado can certainly use a healthy Forsberg. What we don't know at this point is just how healthy he'll be, and how much he'll be able to contribute.
"We're proud to announce to our fans that Peter Forsberg has decided to come back and play with our franchise where he's enjoyed so much success early in his career," said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. "His addition should complement our roster and will bring our team to an even higher competitive level."
"Over the last several months, I have worked extremely hard in order for this to be possible. I am looking forward to putting this jersey on again," said Forsberg. "I have so many great memories of my playing days in Denver. I'm excited about helping my new teammates and former teammates in the coming weeks, and hopefully I am able to do that in the very near future."
|Wojtek Wolski||Paul Stastny||Marek Svatos|
|Ryan Smyth||Peter Forsberg||Milan Hejduk|
|Jaroslav Hlinka||Joe Sakic||Ben Guite|
|Andrew Brunette||Tyler Arnason||Ian Laperriere|