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The Rangers’ recent correction in which they have gone 8-1-3 since the Dec. 16 Garden defeat to the Islanders that prompted the twin two-game exiles of Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik presents a challenge for GM Glen Sather.
Because even though the Blueshirts seem to be a playoff caliber team in a conference overloaded with deficient squads, this run against a succession of terrible opponents should not and must not interfere with the real business at hand of constructing a Stanley Cup contender.
Burke recently has stated that he did pay a heavy price for young sniper, Phil Kessel, but feels that he doesnt need to replace those draft picks (1st/2nd in 2010, 1st in 2011). He said he is open and will try to replace them but if not possible, thats fine with him. He’s been looking around the league for a trade partner or two & will probably try to trade away their upcoming free agents. These rumoured teams included: Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, & Phoenix Coyotes.
Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman is in Atlanta this weekend and the expectation is ongoing negotiations with the Thrashers will resume early next week.
While both sides say they remain committed to getting a deal done, sources say Thrashers general manager, Don Waddell has started to feel out teams who may have interest in a trade, if an agreement in Atlanta can’t be reached.
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Tambellini could be ready to wheel and deal at trade deadline with Edmonton in last place
By BRUCE GARRIOCH
Steve Tambellini is under the gun.
The Oilers GM is desperate to make moves with his team mired in last place in the Western Conference.
And don’t be surprised if Tambellini is one of the biggest wheelers and dealers before the March 3 NHL trade deadline.
The Oilers are willing to move just about anybody on their roster as things have gone from bad to worse since goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton’s big off-season free-agent signing, went down with a back injury.
Forwards Andrew Cogliano, Robert Nilsson and Ethan Moreau are on the market.
Second half of NHL season will be dandy
MOVIN’ ON OUT
The NHL trade deadline is March 3, just two days after play resumes following the Olympics. Always intriguing to watch are players bound for unrestricted free agency on teams out of the playoff hunt. These rental players are prime assets, as bottom-feeders try to stock up on futures, and contenders look for playoff depth without long-term obligation. Beyond Ilya Kovalchuk, some of the intriguing names potentially in that category are:
By STEVE MACFARLANE, CALGARY SUN
Stunned as he was to hear about an unsubstantiated online rumour that he recently asked the Flames for a trade, defenceman Dion Phaneuf and reporters reversed roles for a few seconds as he tried to get to the bottom of it.
“Where did you hear it?” Phaneuf asked.
Oilers defenceman won’t stand in way of rebuilding
By ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI
Sheldon Souray made it perfectly clear he’s not looking for a way off Edmonton’s sinking ship.
If he didn’t want to be here for the long haul, he wouldn’t have asked for a no-trade clause when he signed his five-year, $27-million contract in the summer of 2007.
The Blackhawks’ richest assets are on the blue line, where Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Brian Campbell retrieve pucks and trigger breakouts with their fleet feet and tape-to-tape passes.
John Down, Calgary Herald
If you believe the rumour mill, defenceman Dion Phaneuf has asked to be traded and Darryl Sutter is exploring the possibility of swinging a deal for Vinny Lecavalier or Ilya Kovalchuk or John Tavares or (fill in the blank).
Rutherford indicated Monday that trades and other transactions will be coming, noting, “Things are starting to open up now as far as moving players.”
“It’s not like we’re giving up on the second half, but there are some players we are developing who are closer to playing here,” he said. “We won’t just move someone out just to move someone out. We will try to build assets, whether it’s trading for a player or for drafts picks or getting a spot open for a player from Albany.”