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2013 Trade Deadline

Iginla healthy scratch for Flames against Avalanche

Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 8:14 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

With the NHL Trade Deadline a week away, the Calgary Flames may be preparing for life without their captain.

The Flames announced about two hours before game time Wednesday that Jarome Iginla will not be in uniform when they play host to the Colorado Avalanche.

The team said "No further information will be provided at this time."

Iginla has been in the lineup for every one of Calgary's games since April 7, 2007, a streak of 441.

Sharks prepared to 'reset and refresh' their roster

Monday, 03.25.2013 / 5:51 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

Now that veteran defenseman Douglas Murray has been dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for two draft picks, what will the San Jose Sharks do over the next eight days leading up to the trade deadline?

It's fair to say not even general manager Doug Wilson is sure of that answer.

On the job in San Jose for nearly 10 years, Wilson doesn't like to throw the word "rebuild" around, believing it sends a message that the team will spend the next six or seven years trying to become competitive again. Instead, Wilson prefers "reset and refresh," a process that involves reshaping the roster and not so much blowing it up. That began with dealing Murray to the Penguins on Monday.

Wilson said just how much resetting and refreshing will be done before April 3 depends on how the Sharks perform in their next five games. They are currently in ninth place in the Western Conference with 18 games remaining, one point out of eighth and six points out of fourth.

Penguins' trades for Murray, Morrow a bold statement

Monday, 03.25.2013 / 5:24 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Chris Adamski - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Not long after Brenden Morrow caught an early-morning flight out of the only National Hockey League city he's ever known Monday, his 8-year-old daughter came upon his wife crying.

Morrow's wife, Anne-Marie, relayed what little Bryelle told her via a text Brenden received during a layover.

"She said, 'Mom, it's going to be OK. It's only a couple months -- and he's got a chance to win the Cup.'"

When it comes to pursuing an elusive Stanley Cup, waiving a no-trade clause to leave the city and franchise he's called home for 14 years was a price Morrow was willing to pay.

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero can relate. He acknowledges giving up a steep price to acquire Morrow and former San Jose Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray during a 24-hour span Sunday.

Murray trade a wake-up call to sinking Sharks

Monday, 03.25.2013 / 5:02 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The San Jose Sharks fully understood the message that was sent Monday, although it was tough to accept on a personal level.

Their downward spiral since a 7-0-0 start turned into tangible consequences with the trade of popular defenseman Douglas Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Few players were surprised at the team's morning skate.

"It doesn't tell us anything in the room we don't know," Dan Boyle said. "We got to win or else guys go. There's nothing to learn from that other than what we know."

Said captain Joe Thornton, "Hopefully it sends a message. Dougie was one of my best friends. It's tough losing a guy like that, but we've kind of been in a funk so hopefully this kind of gets our attention and gets us playing a little bit better."

Thornton's first game with San Jose coincided with Murray's first game as a Shark. Boyle was Murray's defensive partner for much of the past two seasons and acknowledged it was difficult to see him go.

Penguins acquire Murray from Sharks

Monday, 03.25.2013 / 1:54 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

The San Jose Sharks on Monday traded veteran stay-at-home defenseman Douglas Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The deal was first reported via Twitter by Pierre LeBrun of Various other media outlets have confirmed the deal before it was officially announced by the two teams. In exchange for Murray, San Jose will receive a second-round pick in both the 2013 and 2014 NHL Drafts.

Murray, who is in his eighth season with the Sharks, has three assists and a minus-8 rating in 29 games this season. He has 64 blocked shots and 56 hits. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Swede has six goals and 59 points in 451 career games for San Jose, which selected him in the eighth round (No. 241) of the 1999 NHL Draft.

Penguins excited to land Brenden Morrow

Monday, 03.25.2013 / 12:16 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Chris Adamski - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero approaches being a so-called "buyer" at the National Hockey League trade deadline the way most of us would shopping for a new car.

"I don't set the prices; it's the team that's got the player," Shero said after completing a deal for Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow on Sunday. "And I have to decide if we're going to pay them."

Brenden  Morrow
Left Wing - PIT
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 5 | PTS: 11
SOG: 31 | +/-: -8

Shero decided it was wise to properly compensate Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk for the 34-year-old Morrow.

The Penguins gave up top defense prospect Joseph Morrow (no relation) and a fifth-round pick in this summer's NHL Draft for Brenden Morrow and Dallas' third-round choice.

"(Brenden Morrow) will add to our forward group, and he has the competitive spirit we're looking for," Shero said. "That physical element to his game -- he is a guy that goes to those dirty areas, and when you get to the playoffs that's an important aspect of what we're trying to do."

Stars trade captain Brenden Morrow to Penguins

Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 9:22 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

Looking for a top-nine forward who could add a bit of experience and grit to a unit that is already clicking on offense, the Pittsburgh Penguins made the first big-name move in the lead-up to next month's NHL Trade Deadline, obtaining Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow.

The Penguins announced Sunday night they had acquired the 34-year-old, who waived a no-trade clause, and a 2013 third-round pick for Penguins defense prospect Joseph Morrow (no relation) and a 2013 fifth-round pick.

"The way he plays the game is something we wanted to try to add, something we identified," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said Sunday night during the first intermission of his team's game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Consol Energy Center. "Certainly, at this time of year, we're talking about the demand vs. the supply, and there's a limited number of players available. So, that's where you lead into a good prospect like a Joe Morrow."

Brenden Morrow has six goals and 11 points in 29 games this season, and for a short time was playing on the Stars' fourth line. However, he could be rejuvenated by potentially playing wing on one of the top two lines of the high-scoring Penguins. Those lines are centered by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Adrian Aucoin: Should Jackets keep or move him?

Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 7:29 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Adrian Aucoin with the hope he could bring a strong, veteran presence to the team's defense corps.

And while he's not going to put up flashy numbers, the team certainly has improved this season thanks to his presence.

But will Aucoin continue providing that leadership down the stretch for the Blue Jackets? examines the pros and cons to the Blue Jackets making Aucoin available to move prior to the April 3, 2013 NHL Trade Deadline.

Steve Ott: Should Sabres keep or move him?

Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 1:05 AM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Heading into the summer of 2012, Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier set out to upgrade his team's toughness, and found just the right player, forward Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars.

The trade cost was center Derek Roy, but with a host of high-skill players, the line of thought was the Sabres could part with some of them to add some extra grit. While the result hasn't been positive, it's not because of Ott, whose presence has allowed the Sabres' more skilled players to skate a bit more freely.

But with the Sabres sitting near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, will another team value Ott's gritty style enough to interest Regier in another trade? examines the pros and cons to the Sabres making Ott available to move prior to the April 3, 2013 NHL Trade Deadline:

Ryane Clowe: Should Sharks keep or move him?

Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 1:02 AM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

If an NHL fan were going to design the prototypical power forward, it would be the San Jose Sharks' Ryane Clowe.

Big, strong, fearless and talented, Clowe has a pair of 20-goal seasons and a pair of 100-penalty minute seasons. He can play anywhere in the lineup, from the first line to the third. He is a handful on the forecheck and nearly impossible to move from the front of the opposing net.

But will he continue to bring all those solid qualities to the Sharks? examines the pros and cons to the Sharks making Clowe available to move prior to the April 3, 2013 NHL Trade Deadline:

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