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NHL media offers comprehensive trade coverage

NHL Network, NHL.com to offer live coverage from New York and Toronto

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 5:28 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

NHL.com

NEW YORK – The NHL's media platforms will offer fans the most comprehensive coverage of the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline. From now through the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Wednesday, March 5, NHL Network™, NHL.com and NHL Social will provide breaking news, exclusive interviews, insider information and official player transactions during one of the most anticipated dates on the NHL calendar.

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Flames' Burke exploring options as deadline looms

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 5:22 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Make no mistake, Brian Burke isn't in the position he wants to be heading into the NHL Trade Deadline.

"I like buying a lot more than I like selling," said Burke, president of hockey operations and acting general manager of the Calgary Flames, who addressed the media Tuesday in advance of the deadline at 3 p.m. ET Wednesday. "It could be a very important day for the franchise, the next 24 hours, but it's not the same as when you're adding to try to make a push."

With plenty of salary cap space and even more capital at his disposal on a team that sits 27th in the League, Burke admitted his Flames are more than willing to play bank for teams pushed against the ceiling.

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Wild add veteran goalie Bryzgalov from Oilers

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 5:12 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The Minnesota Wild on Tuesday acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers in a trade for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

“Bryzgalov is a quality veteran that adds depth to the goaltending position for our team," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement.

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Ducks show they're all in with trade for Robidas

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 5:09 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray sent a message Tuesday that he's all in, and yet it's possible he could have more cards in his hand.

"The phones are still ringing and I'm still making calls," Murray told reporters after he made a series of trades to ultimately acquire defenseman Stephane Robidas from the Dallas Stars.

"There's never a final move. You're always trying to make your hockey team better. This makes our team more difficult to play against. Just go ask our forwards. They didn't enjoy playing against this guy."

Robidas is exactly the player Anaheim needed to plug in on its blue line for the Stanley Cup Playoffs: a shutdown veteran hungry to win and a possible right-handed partner for Francois Beauchemin. Robidas broke his leg Nov. 29 and said Tuesday "the leg is feeling great" and "I'm hoping to be ready in about two weeks."

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Wild goalie Backstrom likely out for season

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 5:07 PM / News

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said Tuesday goaltender Niklas Backstrom will be shut down for the foreseeable future, most likely the rest of the season.

Backstrom has lower-body injuries and hasn't played since a relief appearance Jan. 30. His last start came Jan. 11.

The Wild on Tuesday acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers in a trade for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Bryzgalov embraces new opportunity in Minnesota

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 5:03 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Ilya Bryzgalov was gracious on his way out of Edmonton.

Tuesday, the Edmonton Oilers traded the goaltender to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

"It was a great opportunity for me to play here," Bryzgalov said. "I was very excited to be part of the organization. I met a lot of new, great people here. I can't say enough good things about the fans and people who live in this city. I really enjoyed my time here."

Bryzgalov played in 20 games for the Oilers this season after signing with the club as a free agent in November. He had a 5-8-5 record with a 3.01 goals-against average, a .908 save percentage and a shutout.

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Predators' Rinne focused on keeping cool in return

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 2:54 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- As Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne prepares on Tuesday to play his first game in 133 days -- pretty much the equivalent of an offseason in the middle of the NHL season -- his goaltending coach Mitch Korn said he thought Rinne's biggest task would be to manage his emotions.

"Not be too energetic," Korn said of the game at Bridgestone Arena against the Pittsburgh Penguins. "Not want to do too much. Not want the puck so bad that he doesn't wait for it. Managing the energy, I guess."

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Pirri's potential piqued interest of Panthers' Tallon

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 2:20 PM / NHL Insider

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Almost five years later, Dale Tallon remains a fan of Brandon Pirri.

In his last year as general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, Tallon selected Pirri in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Sunday, he acquired him for the Florida Panthers in a trade for a 2014 third-round pick and a 2016 fifth-round selection.

Pirri may not have panned out in Chicago, but Tallon likes the 22-year-old center's upside.

"I think it's a great move for our long-term future," Tallon said. "We're adding some tremendous knowledge and skill. [Our] hockey IQ has increased dramatically with this acquisition."

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Canadiens acquire Weaver from Panthers

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 1:08 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

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The Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday acquired defenseman Mike Weaver from the Florida Panthers in a trade for a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Weaver has no goals and six points in 55 games this season. He has averaged 18:47 of ice time per game, which is fourth on the Panthers.

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The Front Line: Blues-Sabres swap may spark moves

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Last week I addressed the NHL Trade Deadline from a fantasy perspective with a three-part series, breaking down players that could be traded and how it affects their fantasy value, plus some buy-low and sell-high fantasy candidates.

Since that time, two relatively fantasy-relevant forwards have been traded: Chris Stewart and Steve Ott.

Prior to the trade, Stewart had been ranked 89th among my forwards. Now a member of the Buffalo Sabres, Stewart slips down to No. 96 in my top-100 forward rankings. Of course moving from one of the best teams in the NHL to the team that scores the fewest goals per game (1.93) is going to hurt his value.

Stewart had been struggling with the Blues and was even demoted to the fourth line, so the fact he's now a top-six forward in Buffalo is the main reason he still remains within the top-100. He's actually ranked 119th among all players in Yahoo leagues, thanks largely in part to his 112 penalty minutes, which is the eighth most in the NHL. But outside of his PIMs value, there hasn't been much reason to own him in fantasy leagues since the new year -- Stewart has just two goals and four points in his past 20 games.

Owned in 49 percent of leagues, stick with Stewart for now to see if he can put up some more points with the Sabres while continuing to provide plenty of penalty minutes. On Monday, he skated on one of the team's top lines with Cody Hodgson and Matt D'Agostini -- he finished with a minus-2 and one shot on goal in 17:25 of ice time. His rating is sure to take a hit and if the points don't start to come within his next four or five games, it may be time to cut ties.

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