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According to the post gazette in Pittsburgh, PA Alexei Kovalev does not expect to be traded soon. Kovalev stated…
“My feeling is that, for the next month, I don’t think anything is going to happen. Maybe closer to the deadline, it might happen.”
Alexei Kovalev stated that he would like to play in Pittsburgh next season, but that does not look like the case because of financial troubles in the organization. No word was said on possible teams that Kovalev might be traded to, but so far rumors have it that it will be either, Toronto, Philidelphia, Colorado, or Detroit. http://www.post-gazette.com/penguins/20030202kovalev0202p2.asp
Sportsnet has reported that Miroslav Satan the teams 5 time leading scorer is upset with the teams bankruptcy and apparently wants to be traded. Satan told Detroit News that he would definitely welcome the chance to play for a team that has high ambitions and would like to win something (Stanley Cup).
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Flyers Notes | More moves likely are in the making
By Tim Panaccio
Inquirer Staff Writer
The sense around the Flyers yesterday afternoon was that another deal is coming. Maybe not right away, but coming.
When I heard that Florida was willing to part with Kristian Huselius thanks to Mike Keenan persauding management and ownership if the right deal came for him to take it, I truely could not believe it. This kid was absolutely the brightest thing about the Panthers last year. Huselius had 45 points in his very underrated rookie season, and I’m pretty sure that led the team. He played on a pretty talentless squad last year. How he didn’t get more calder talk I have no clue. Any time I’ve seen him play, I’ve been very impressed! If I were any GM in the league I’d be calling Florida to see what they want for this guy. He’s been in Keenan’s doghouse (surprise, surprise!) and if Keenan has enough say to persuade the Ownership once to deal him, if Keenan gets offered something he likes, I’m sure he’d lobby for it. So for a new, kind of radical twist on Kovy talks, how about the possibility of some three way deals with any of the big budget teams rumored to be interested?
Who’s Number One in Phoenix?
(theFourth period.com) Phoenix Coyotes goalie Sean Burke is ready to return to the line-up but coach Bobby Francis is not rushing him back.
Sami Kapanen and minor leaguer Ryan Bast, were traded to the Philadelphia Flyers today for forwrad Pavel Brendl and Defenseman Bruno St. Jacques. While this seems to be a depth move for the Flyers due to their many injured players, I have to wonder what this does to their ability to acquire a bigger name closer to the trade deadline as Brendl is a name mentioned in almost every trade.
The Rangers have not played a single game with a full healthy roster. In fact, now the Rangers have played above 85% of the season with a team that is close to $45M in payroll. Now, it has currently dropped to roughly$37M after losing Mike Dunham and Vladimir Malakhov.
Has Maurice lost his players?
(Feb. 7th) It appears that its just a matter of time for coach Paul Maurice in Carolina. The NHL’s longest serving coach with his current team is on thin ice and will likely not be back with the team next year. Its really just whether management decides to make a coaching change now or wait until the off-season. If Maurice turns his best players against him any further it is likely that his dismissal date will be accelerated. Yesterday Maurice, at his wits end trying to motivate his players, singled out seven players after practice and put them through a gruelling set of skating drills that left centreman Craig MacDonald collapsed on the ice. The other six players were leading scorer Jeff O’Neill, Bates Battaglia, Aaron Ward, Niclas Wallin, Jeff Heerema and David Tanabe. “It’s a [expletive] joke is all it was,” said O’Neill, who tossed his helmet in disgust. “If that’s how he wants to carry on, that’s the way he can do it. Whatever. I don’t even care. I’m playing for my teammates.” Maurice had a different view of the matter, “There’s no sense skating the entire team. The people that hear you aren’t necessarily the ones that need to get the message” he said.
On Wednesday February 5th the New Jersey Devils were greeted by the injury bug as versatile forward Sergei Brylin broke his wrist which lead to surgery being performed on the 6th and the Devils announced that “Sarge” would be out 2-3 months which would be the rest of the season and first month of the playoffs, a situation eerily similar to last year when Scott Gomez suffered the same injury. In light of this developement I believe that Lamerillo will be forced to make a deal, now whether it be for Owen Nolan, Kovalev, Palffy, Kapanen, Satan is unknown, but my intuition tells me that either Satan or Atlantas Slava Kozlov or Shawn Mceachern, seeing as they’d be the cheapest to fill the void left.
Rumor has it the Rangers are thinking of renting out Leetch to a team with playoff potential. At the same time, Kevin Lowe has mentioned he is considering renting a player for the playoffs. Coincidence? I think not.
KKFN radio just reported that the Avalanche have acquired Defenseman Chris McAllister from the Flyers for a 6th round pick.
Don’t be surprised if Doug MacLean begins taking offers for UFA, Geoff Sanderson if the Blue Jackets hopes for a playoff spot fall short. Sanderson, who will be open to the free market come July 1st, is a player many contending teams would dearly love to add to their offensive attack. There is no doubt MacLean would like to sign Sanderson to a long term contract, but with no news on him re-siging the possibility of a trade being made is there. Teams that could use some added scoring punch in the form of Sanderson are Toronto, Detroit, Colorado, New Jersey and Boston. Look for rumours involving Sanderson to heat up by the time the March 11th deadline rolls around.
(Feb. 4th) New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has reportedly been speaking at length with Los Angeles Kings GM Dave Taylor. Rich Chere of the New Jersey Star-Ledger writes that the two GM’s have had long discussions at the GM meetings to try to satisfy both of their needs. Taylor has been told by Kings President Tim Leiweke to cut payroll, Lamoriello would like to add a high scoring forward. Which brings up Palffy’s name, a trade to the Devils would satisfy both teams’ desires. Ironing out the details might be difficult though. New Jersey would most likely require the Kings to pick up some of Palffy’s scheduled $7 million salary for next year, and theKings would require some talented youth in return. Of course Mike Danton’s name was brought up, which sparked another round of insults from both the Devils and the Danton camp. Devils coach Pat Burns doubted that the Kings would have much interest in Danton, “Some of the trades I’ve heard (involving) Danton, we’d hire a private plane and take him there. I’ve never heard one team mention his name.” To which Danton fired back, “Burnsie and I never had a problem, but it’s obvious from those comments that he has drank too much of Lou’s Kool-Aid.” “If no one wants him, what’s the worry?” Danton’s agent David Frost asked. “Then release him. We’ll find somewhere for him to play.” And so it continues.