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    February 26, 2014, 1:15 PM ET

    "Kudos to Newsday for officially confirming that Tampa Bay Lightning icon Martin St. Louis requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning. It had already been rumored that he put in the request last month but now it seems like there's no turning back. No one has denied it, even with lip service. Once wheels like those get set in motion and confirmed publicly, a trade has to happen for the good of everyone involved.

    Although there have been rumors of a St. Louis-for-Calllahan blockbuster, I am hearing that there are a host of other possibilities. Trying to sort things out.

    Update. There are three teams in the Metro division talking to Tampa about St. Louis. It is no secret he has always wanted to play in NY but the Rangers aren't the only team in New York or within 90 miles of NY."

    February 27, 2014, 11:31 AM ET

    "Tampa fans blaming Marty?

    Ok. That is insane. I just talked to a friend in Tampa who said the local radio station is pushing hard that St. Louis is being a baby about the Olympics and many of the fans are agreeing with him.

    This is Marty St. Louis. Probably the most important person in your franchise's history and known to be one of the classiest players out there. On the other side of the table you have Steve Yzerman who just spent the fall on your dime scouting for Team Canada. And when asked if he was scouting for the Lightning making it known he wasn't in town for the Lightning...but for Team Canada. At times it feels like Yzerman's respect for the franchise as a LEGIT franchise is very debatable.

    I know Yzerman just won gold for a second time and I always had so much respect for the guy as a player. But he has a job to do and with the exception of the Bishop trade what has he done since taking over for Brian Lawton....really? This is still Lawton's team.

    So we are all assuming Marty wants out because of the Olympics, but does that really sound like Marty? I can't help but think there is more to this and while the Olympics played a part for sure....this goes further back."
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    WING THINGS

    The Red Wings earned a big two points last night against the Canadiens after Gustav Nyquist potted his 15th of the year in the last minute of overtime. The win pulled the Wings another two points ahead of the three eastern conference teams (Columbus, Ottawa, Washington) breathing down their neck for the last wild card spot in the east.

    The game was also a return to the lineup for Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi has been a healthy scratch for the last eight games and aside from one game at the end of January, Franzen has been out since mid-December. Bert and the Mule connected to put the Wings ahead early in the first and Franzen found the score sheet a second time on Nyquist’s game winning overtime goal. Mike Bab**** admitted the top line (Bertuzzi - Datsyuk - Franzen) might be a little rusty, (the three combine for only 15 games in 2014 - and ten of those are Bertuzzi’s) but there isn’t anywhere to go but up for that line.

    While the two points the Wings picked up were big, giving up the extra point to the Habs, who now sit five point ahead of the Wings could add to the story of single points left on the table. Had the Wings been able to hold the Habs off for just 29 more seconds, they would only need two wins to make up the ground between them and the third place Canadiens. Just like the 12 potential points lost in overtime or shootouts so far this season, those single points add up and in a tight race, it could be the difference between holding a hockey stick or a golf club in May.

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    07:42 AM ET 02.27 | For the most part, Chicago can look back at its first 60 games of the season with a sense of satisfaction. They lead the league in scoring and have positioned themselves to contend for the top seed in the Western Conference over the final 22 games. But one statistic has gnawed at them throughout the season and over the Olympic break: their losses in overtimes or shootouts. That number sits at an NHL-high 14 entering their game Thursday against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. That's 14 points left on the ice and 14 chances to become the pacesetters in the West rather than be three points behind the conference-leading Ducks. "We can't get that extra point, which could be crucial the next couple of games," winger Bryan Bickell said Wednesday. "We get into OT, we need to bear down."

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    New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald most certainly is available, but the Islanders aren't going to make it easy on a potential suitor. A hockey source confirmed to CSNNE.com that the Bruins indeed have some level of interest in MacDonald. ... New York Times writer Chris Botta reported on Twitter that the Isles are looking for a first round pick as part of the return package for MacDonald, who is a strict rental player given his contract situation. That's consistent with the high prices for rentals prior to the March 5 trade deadline, but those kinds of demands mean that MacDonald won't be getting traded to Boston anytime soon. The Bruins have zero desire to trade a first round pick for what's currently available on the trade market, a source told CSNNE.com.
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    Dreger "if someone makes the Leafs a real solid offer on Bolland and he hasn't softened on his contract demands Nonis will make that trade"

    •Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said he won’t trade a top prospect for a rental.




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    TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported Wednesday evening that Vancouver would likely be looking for a 20 to 25 year old center for the 29-year-old Kesler, who is under contract at $5 Million per season until 2015-16. The fact that Gillis is looking for a player-for-player swap for some of his veteran players may play into the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are looking to add a top nine forward or top four defenseman before March 5th or after the season.

    “We are going to look more for hockey deals where were actually trading assets for assets that will remain with us for a long period of time.” Leafs GM Dave Nonis said on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central on Wednesday. “Whether or not that happens, I think it’s going to be difficult, but again I don’t see us parting with a Jake Gardiner for an older guy that’s a UFA, I just don’t see that is something that makes sense for us.”

    Assuming McKenzie’s report is accurate, it’s uncertain how many teams would be willing to offer up a young promising center for a player with a significant injury history, but names like Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier, New York’s Derek Stepan or the Leafs Nazem Kadri would be the cost of doing business.

    Kesler is a big two-way center who would be fit with Randy Carlyle’s defensive oriented scheme and his former GM may have interest if center Dave Bolland sticks to his contract demands of seven or eight years at more than $5 Million per season. It may be too big a step for Nonis to trade for the two-time US Olympian in the next six days, but if Kesler stays in Vancouver past March 5, expect Toronto to make a play for him over the summer.
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    07:53 AM ET 02.28 | Cam Neely took the occasion of a weekly radio appearance in Boston to discuss Olympic participation -- namely, his opposition to it. The conversation then moved on to the Bruins' increase in season ticket prices, which were announced this week. Some fans have seen their ticket prices increase by upwards of 100 percent in the past three or so years. "Obviously, it is a big increase. It's something, they haven't seen an increase like this. We had numerous discussions before we landed on what we were going to do," Neely said. Neely noted that four other American teams have higher ticket prices than the Bruins. "We feel like we've put a competitive team on the ice, we've won a Cup, we've gone to the Finals," he said.

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    (hmm,someone has to google,nhl ticket prices;I would guess Chi & NYR have to be up there)

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    Daily Primer: February 28, 2014

    San Jose Sharks at Buffalo Sabres -- The Sharks started their road trip with a flourish Thursday night by scoring five times in the second period and routing the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3. Joe Pavelski had a hat trick, and Logan Couture and Raffi Torres each scored twice. The Sabres are last in the overall standings but are going for their third win in four nights. Buffalo scored in the final minute against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday to force overtime, and then earned a 5-4 win when Matt D'Agostini scored 22 seconds into OT. This could be the final home game for goaltender Ryan Miller, who becomes a free agent this summer and could be dealt before the NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday.

    Phoenix Coyotes at Colorado Avalanche -- The Coyotes are also playing their second game in as many nights. They lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday and enter the night trailing the Dallas Stars by one point in the race for the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference. The Avalanche are smarting after seeing a 4-2 lead against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night turn into a 6-4 loss.

    Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks -- The Wild resumed play following the Olympic break by shutting down the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Thursday night. Darcy Kuemper stopped all 21 shots he faced for his second shutout. Minnesota has won three in a row and will try to sweep a two-game visit to Western Canada. The Canucks won their first game after the break by blanking the Blues 1-0 on Wednesday. Eddie Lack made 20 saves, and Jannik Hansen scored midway through the third period.

    St. Louis Blues at Anaheim Ducks -- The Ducks' lead on the Blues is based on their success in head-to-head matchups. Anaheim won both of its visits to St. Louis, outscoring the Blues 8-4 in the process. St. Louis got an excellent effort by goaltender Jaroslav Halak in Vancouver but was outshot 35-20 and generated little offense. The Honda Center crowd is sure to give an especially warm welcome to Teemu Selanne, who was named MVP of the Olympic tournament after leading Finland to the bronze medal.
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    Morning Skate: February 28, 2014

    Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter thinks that with the Olympics factored in, the 2013-14 NHL schedule is “ridiculous.” (LA Kings Insider)

    Clayton Stoner suffered a dislocated ring finger while playing for Minnesota last night, but after doctors taped it to his middle finger, he decided to return for the remainder of the contest. (Star Tribune)

    Jaromir Jagr beat Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky last night to move within one goal of becoming the seventh member of the 700 goal club. (NHL.com)

    Speaking of the Devils-Blue Jackets game, there were key members of the Blackhawks and Wild’s front office scheduled to attend. Both clubs are believed to have interest in goaltender Martin Brodeur, although it was Cory Schneider who got the nod last night. (New Jersey Online)

    The New York Rangers’ game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday March 9 has been moved from 7:30 p.m. ET to 12:30 p.m. and will air on NBC. (The Bergen Record)

    Would it make sense for the Philadelphia Flyers to trade Andrej Meszaros, if they can, for the sake of freeing up some cap space and maybe a mid-round pick or are they better maintaining their level of defensive depth? (Philadelphia Inquirer)

    The Dallas Stars only have 12 forwards on their roster right now, but they don’t plan on changing that in the near future. (Dallas Morning News)
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    TSN’s Darren Dreger reported on Wednesday that the mass exodus in Buffalo may not be limited to pending unrestricted free agents Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson, Steve Ott and Henrik Tallinder, but may also include defenseman Tyler Myers.

    The 24-year-old blueliner won the Calder Trophy in 2010 and signed a seven-year, $38.5 Million contract extension in 2011, but has not matured into the dominating defenseman that Buffalo expected.

    Dreger reports that Myers is drawing considerable interest from teams known to be looking for help on defense, like Anaheim, Colorado and Toronto, but that Sabres GM Tim Murray isn't anxious to move the big defenseman unless he can get a significant return.

    Myers would make sense from a Toronto standpoint, based on the current state of their defense, the fact that the former 2008 first round pick is locked up at $5.5 Million per season until 2018-19 and is a right-handed shooting defenseman capable of playing on the Leafs top two pairings.

    The price for Myers would likely be steep and would not necessarily be another defenseman, as the Sabres are loaded with young blueline prospects Nikita Zadorov, Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe and Mark Pysyk.

    With the departure of Thomas Vanek and the impending departure of Moulson and Ott, Murray would likely be looking for scoring help in return for Myers, which would likely mean a deal involving a young playmaker like Nazem Kadri or a scoring forward like Joffrey Lupul.

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    Despite a lockout that wiped out the entire preseason and 34 regular-season games, NHL teams instituted the largest ticket percentage increase among the pro hockey league, the NBA and the NFL for the second consecutive season, according to an annual study by Team Marketing Report, a Chicago-based sports marketing research firm.

    After a four-month lockout, the NHL began play in January and season-ticket prices went up 5.7 percent, according to the recently released Team Marketing Report Fan Cost Index. The average season ticket for non-premium seats is $61.01. As usual, ticket prices were set well before the season.In the previous season, the NHL raised prices by 4.8 percent.

    As usual, Canadian teams rule the top of the list. The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the few teams to keep prices stagnant, but they are still easily the most-expensive ticket at $124.69 (all prices are in U.S. dollars), followed by the Winnipeg Jets at $97.84, Vancouver Canucks at $87.38, Edmonton Oilers at $79.27 and Montreal Canadiens at $78.56. according to TMR research.

    The Washington Capitals ($79.25), New York Rangers ($72.04) and Philadelphia Flyers ($71.59) are the top American terms in terms of average ticket price. Nineteen teams raised prices by more than one percent, while only three reported decreases.

    The Buffalo Sabres reported the largest percentage increase at 26.7 percent, which brings their average ticket to $46.15, the seventh-cheapest ticket.

    The average beer is up to $7.07, just one cent cheaper than the average NBA beer, according to the 2012-13 NBA FCI.

    cool site with every team,prices and percent they were raised

    NHL Tickets 2013-14: Prices, Changes, and Deals | Razorgator

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    well,Hawks rival Blues just got stonger

    The big splash of the trade deadline came on Friday night when the St. Louis Blues acquired Ryan Miller and Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a first-round draft pick in 2015 and a third-round pick in 2016.

    The Blues confirmed the deal on their official website. Ott and Miller are expected to join the team in Phoenix for St. Louis' Sunday game against the Coyotes.

    This is a massive deal for both sides and a heavy price for the Blues to pay for a goaltender and veteran center on expiring deals. Based on what was given up, you'd have to think the Blues will push hard to sign Miller to a deal before he's able to become an unrestricted free agent.



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    Goaltending was certainly an area of concern for the Blues, despite Halak and Brian Elliott being serviceable netminders. That was especially true in the postseason. Miller has a Vezina Trophy on his resume and enough postseason experience

    Miller and Halak's numbers are not terribly different, but Miller's numbers come with the asterisk in that he's had a porous defense in front of him. Having the Blues' defense in front of Miller makes this club a really intriguing one in terms of being a Stanley Cup contender.

    Ott, meanwhile, at the very least provides center depth for the Blues. With what they have up front, he can slide into a bottom of the lineup role. He is the third Sabres captain in the last two seasons to get dealt.

    For the Sabres, this is the haul they absolutely needed to get for Miller. Halak's deal is up at the end of the year, but he may be a decent stop-gap signing for the rebuilding club if it gets to that point. Stewart is still under contract until 2015 and just 26 years old. Then to get a solid prospect in Carrier and two valuable draft picks is more than icing on the cake.

    The 2015 draft is expected to be an awfully deep one compared to 2014 as well. Even if that first-rounder ends up as a late one, it should be a valuable commodity.

    The fact they were able to get some legitimate roster players and the picks for pending UFAs makes this seem like a real win for Sabres rookie general manager Tim Murray.

    St. Louis is taking a bit of a home run swing here, but there's no question they are among the NHL's strongest teams on paper heading into the stretch run and soon, the postseason.

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    Like most goalies do for outdoor games in the NHL, Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was planning on wearing a new mask designed specifically for Saturday's Stadium Series game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field. Those plans abruptly changed, however.

    Crawford tweeted this just before the Blackhawks took the ice for their practice on the Soldier Field ice Friday:

    Anyone know where my Stadium Series Mask is? Cause we don't #stolen? pic.twitter.com/fXOHZQuTDc

    — Corey Crawford (@crow_50) February 28, 2014
    The goaltender clarified after practice that he didn't know if the mask is stolen or not, but he does know it didn't make it to Chicago as he had hoped.

    “Reebok doesn't know, FedEx doesn't know, whatever,” Crawford explained about where the mask may be. “I'm over it now. I had all day to stress about it so I'm done with it.”

    eh,doesnt look all that special to me...
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    Corey Crawford's Stadium Series mask has gone missing - CBSSports.com

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