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ST. LOUIS SMART TRADE

December 30th, 2010 · No Comments

March 13, 2001: Traded to St. Louis by Phoenix for Michal Handzus, Ladislav Nagy, the rights to Jeff Taffe and St. Louis’ 1st round choice (Ben Eager) in 2002 Entry Draft, March 13, 2001.
February 25, 2007: Traded to Atlanta by St. Louis for Glen Metropolit, Atlanta’s 1st (later traded to Calgary – Calgary selected Mikael Backlund) and 3rd (Brett Sonne) [...]

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BURKE TRADES AND DRAFTS

December 30th, 2010 · No Comments

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“Mike Penny, with John Ferguson right there, said, `There’s no f–king way we’re f–king signing a guy and having him play in f–king Sweden. What the f–k is this bullshit?’” says Button. “I’m sitting there thinking, `Okay. Don’t listen to me. That’s okay. But you hired this guy, Thommie Bergman, and this is his job, [...]

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ROBERTO’S EXTENSION: A BREAK IN TRADITION

December 30th, 2010 · No Comments

ROBERTO EXTENSION-12 years
Luongo has an out after 5 years, the Canucks can also trade him after 7 years
203 regular season, 22 post-season
kirk mclean – 10 seasons, brodeur 7
Barrasso played in ten
Part of my research into Pittsburgh’s playoff history left me staggered. I was reviewing how long some players had played during the post-season for the Penguins [...]

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CANUCKS GOALIE DRAFTS

December 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Scouting Report
Write this down: Cory Schneider will be a first-round draft pick at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in Raleigh,
NC. Although Central Scouting had the New England prep standoutlisted seventh among North American netminders in their final rankings released last month, there is no shortage of NHL teams and other scouts who are extremely [...]

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EURO GOALIES: THE MYTH

December 30th, 2010 · No Comments

by Ron Spence
Many of the NHL’s best goalies are from Europe.
When I was a kid all of the goalies were from Canada – as were the forwards and defenseman.
But, things change.
The first European who really impressed me was Vladimir Tretiak. He never played in the NHL, but kicked butt whenever he would play.
The next Euro [...]

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NUCKS GOALIE DRAFTS

December 30th, 2010 · No Comments

by Ron Spence
The Vancouver Canucks selected 36 goalies in the 38 NHL drafts from 1970 until 2008.
Two have had decent careers – Glen Hanlon and Murray Bannerman.
Four were good backups – Troy Gamble, Mike Fountain, Wendell Young and Frank Caprice.
And of course there’s Cory Schneider, who with the proper grooming, should be a top NHL [...]

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STEVE MOORE’S LAWYER

December 30th, 2010 · No Comments

“We don’t want an automatic penalty for contact with the head,” Burke said. “An otherwise legal check that includes contact with the head — that’s a penalty in some leagues. We don’t want that. It would take hitting out of the game completely.”
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On Wednesday, Ray Shero, the general manager for the Pittsburgh Penguins, seemed to stop [...]

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BETTMAN’S CREDIBILITY GAP

December 30th, 2010 · No Comments

1.INTRO -OLD EXPRESSION
Bettman was asked about the persisting rumors that OK Hockey is in serious financial trouble to the point where former owner Bill Davidson and Palace Sports would be forced to resume control of the franchise.
“There is nothing to address there,’’ Bettman said. “I don’t understand why people say that. It’s no secret that [...]

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DARREN JENSEN

December 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Darren Jensen was a talented goalkeeper who played briefly with the Philadelphia Flyers in the mid-1980s when he was in the unenviable position of being sandwiched between the career and tragic death of Pelle Lindbergh and the emerging of Ron Hextall.
The native of Creston, B.C. enjoyed four excellent years with the University of North Dakota [...]

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IF HEATLEY WAS A ROCK STAR

December 30th, 2010 · No Comments

While Melnyk wants to put the controversy behind the Senators, who open the season tomorrow in New York against the Rangers, he conceded the situation left a “sour taste” in his mouth and would advise anybody against signing players to front-end-loaded, long-term contracts.
After signing Heatley to a six-year, $45-million contract extension in October 2007, and [...]

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