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“I want to get in with a reasonable chance to (advance deep) or bloody someone’s nose while doing it,” he stated in January when everyone in the Eastern Conference except Boston and the Rangers were tripping over themselves. Burke even said draft picks and prospects could be on the table to hit a home run.
Now, he’s tempered expectations to the point where something small could be all that results from the next day and half of discussions. If he doesn’t want to put precious resources such as Jake Gardiner on the market, the Leafs will be waiting for Plan B or C deals that spin off other teams’ dealings.
By midweek, according to one GM, the Blue Jackets already had at least two solid offers. Based on talks with a handful of GMs last week, it appears Howson is looking for either three or four solid assets in return, including at least one first-round pick.
Contrary to initial reports, a goalie doesn’t have to be part of the deal. However, if there isn’t a goalie – one on par with, say, Boston’s Tuukka Rask or Vancouver’s Cory Schneider – then Howson needs that fourth asset (be it first-round pick or roster player) to make a follow-up deal to bring one in.
Trade rumors are always flying. With the deadline three days away, they’re especially heated.
Steve Ott’s hearing them, too. The Dallas Stars forward has heard his name, as well as teammates’, bandied about as the deadline is quickly approaching. And Ott said it’s a mix of personal compliment and distraction to hear the rumors.
With the NHL trade deadline less than 48 hours away, Rick Nash’s agent has broken his silence on his client’s trade situation.
Have Mike Knuble and Roman Hamrlik played their final games in Capitals jerseys?
After Friday night’s 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, a game Knuble and Hamrlik watched from the players’ lounge, there’s a very good chance both players will be healthy scratches again tonight when the Caps visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In recent weeks Knuble and Hamrlik have voiced their displeasure with coach Dale Hunter for scratching them from the lineup and both could be on the move as teams in both conferences look to add some scoring punch and defensive depth prior to Monday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline.
Pay up? Give Columbus Jake Gardiner, two other good prospects and a first for Rick Nash?
Or say screw it, refuse to bend under the demands of other GMs salivating at the thought of being able to fleece Burke, and do nothing of importance before the trade deadline.
Save the gunpowder for another, more profitable day.
Too bad, if it’s true, that Dustin Brown is off the market.
The Los Angeles Kings captain would have looked awfully nice in a Maple Leafs uniform.
Brown is the kind of player that Leafs general manager Brian Burke loves, one who knocks people all over the ice, scores goals and oozes leadership.
Don’t expect anything Monday except maybe minor cosmetic surgery.
“I don’t think the group in there,’’ said Feaster, glancing over at the dressing-room double doors, “is saying, ‘Boy, if we don’t get a big trade on Monday, we’re in trouble.’ I don’t think that’s the case.
“In a lot of ways, I agree with Burkie, (Leafs GM) Brian Burke, about the trade deadline when he says that other than July 1st, it’s when most of us make our biggest mistakes.’’
CBJ claims Darryl Boyce from TOR.
TSN Insider Pierre LeBrun puts the odds at 50-50 that Canadiens winger Andrei Kostitsyn winds up joining his brother Sergei in Nashville by Monday’s deadline.
Waivers today: Van Der Gulik, Miettinen, Rosehill, Boyce
Add another practice scuffle to P.K. Subban’s resume.
The Montreal Canadiens’ talented young defenceman was involved in his fourth skirmish with a teammate this season at practice Thursday.
After altercations with Tomas Plekanec, Mathieu Darche and Louis Leblanc, the latest spat came against David Desharnais.
After telling reporters earlier this month he would be focused primarily on “depth” moves, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has changed course and is trying to add an impact player before Monday’s NHL trade deadline, league sources not directly tied to the negotiations told ESPNBoston.com.
Dustin Brown’s avail also puts heat on CBJ to make decision on Nash…soon. NYR,Tor Philly, just to name a few are interested
The Los Angeles Kings needed a goal scorer. The Columbus Blue Jackets simply needed a redo.
Both teams met their needs Thursday night by pulling off a major trade that sent forward Jeff Carter from Columbus to the Los Angeles Kings for defenceman Jack Johnson and a first-round draft pick in either 2012 or 2013.
If the Kings miss the playoffs this year, the Blue Jackets will get their first-round draft pick in 2013. If Los Angeles makes the playoffs, Columbus can choose either 2012 or 2013 for the pick.
Jaromir Jagr was grabbing some dinner with Czech buddy Ales Hemsky on Wednesday night, possibly at a downtown Edmonton restaurant specializing in European cuisine.
“I hope he’s not traded before then … he says he’s going to pay,” said the Philadelphia Flyers winger, laughing, fully cognizant that his friend is in play as a trade rental as the Oilers entertain offers and try to sign the winger to a short-term contract.
“He’s got some quickness for his size,” Quenneville said. “He’s got a big body and uses that to his advantage. … Defensively, he’s aware of what we’re trying to do system-wise or team-wise. Jimmy is a big body that’s very useful for us and I think he can help us.”
Trading a top prospect may be something a team regrets in the long run, but pays off in the short term. The Stars traded Jarome Iginla to the Calgary Flames in 1995 and he’s had a Hall-of-Fame career. But the Stars also acquired a former Stanley Cup champion in Joe Nieuwendyk, who helped them win the Cup in 1999 and reach the finals in 2000.
Playoff-bound teams like the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks have all upgraded their rosters.
First, there was Jonas Gustavsson — The Monster — who came to us with the proviso that he was “the best goaltender outside the National Hockey League.”
Turns out, he was. In the same way that Fabian Brunnstrom was “the best player outside the NHL” when Toronto was courting him. Today Brunnstrom, who signed in Dallas, is on Detroit’s farm in Grand Rapids.
One of the names that has been in the air vis-a-vis the trade deadline for literally weeks is that of Edmonton Oilers winger Ales Hemsky. The Oilers have been out of the playoff race for a long time and, with a stable of young forwards trying to learn on the job in Edmonton, it has seemed clear for some time that Hemsky doesn’t fit into the team’s long-term plans there. At age 28, Hemsky will become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He is blessed with jaw-dropping talent and is one of the very few players on the market who is both a straight rental and could, in theory, pay immediate dividends on a team’s power play or playing with other skilled players.
None more so in the Stars’ dressing room than Steve Ott and Mike Ribeiro, both of whom have heard their names in the rumor mill. And indeed, sources confirmed to ESPN.com that the Stars have gotten calls on both and would consider moving them for the right deal.
“It obviously makes you a little nervous,” Ott told ESPN.com after the morning skate. “I’ve been with the Stars since I was drafted. When your name gets mentioned in the rumors, it gets to you a little and you think about it. But truthfully, I do take it as a huge compliment. Obviously if there’s playoff contending teams that think I’m a puzzle piece, I take that as a compliment. But I want to stay here. I want to be part of the solution. But I can only control what I can control.”