Trade: Chicago/Panthers

The Chicago Blackhawks have traded 6′ 1” 205-pound center Marty Reasoner to the Florida Panthers in exchange for 6′ 3” 207-pound winger Jeff Taffe.

Marty Reasoner (to Florida):

Drafted in the 1st round (14th overall) by the St. Louis in the 1996 NHL entry draft Reasoner has played for four NHL Clubs (Blues, Oilers, Bruins, Thrashers.) Reasoner played in 80 NHL games last year with the Thrashers Goals (4), Assists (13) +/(-3) bringing his career totals to Goals (82), Assists (141), +/(-8) in 624 NHL games.

“He is a hard working, veteran center who is good on face-offs and can be counted upon to play in all game situations. We look forward to his contributions to our club.”

-Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon

Jeff Taffe (to Chicago): Drafted in the 1st round (30th overall) by St. Louis in the 2000 NHL entry level draft Taffe has played for four different NHL Clubs (Coyotes, Penguins, Rangers, Panthers.) He laced up for 21 NHL games with the Panthers last season  Goals (1), Assists (1) and a +/(-1) bringing his career stats to Goals (21), Assists (23) and +/(-22) in 174 NHL games.

  • Puckking: Salary cap dump for the Hawks, and a bottom tier guy for the Panthers.

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Signings: July 22nd, 2010

The Atlanta Thrashers announced today that they have resigned 6′ 3” 220-pound goaltender Ondrej Pavelec to a two year 2.3million dollar contract. Pavelec started in a career high 42 games for the Thrashers last season posting a Save% (.906) and a GAA (3.29). Pavelec was a second round pick (43rd overall) by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2005 NHL entry draft.

“This corresponds to my performance. I’m quite happy it turned out according to my expectations,”

-Ondrej Pavelec

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that they have resigned 5′ 11” 208-pound defenseman Grant Clitsome to a one year contract. Clitsome played in 11 NHL games last season with Goals (1), Assists (2) and +/- (0). Clitsome was drafted in the 9th round (271st overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2004 NHL entry draft.

The Canucks Jannik Hansen finished up arbitration today and was awarded a raise of $825k one year deal. Hansen had a career high in Goals (9), Assists (6) and a +/(-5) last season bringing his career totals to Goals (15), Assists (21) and +/- (0).  Hansen was a 9th round pick (287th overall) in the 2004 NHL entry draft.

“It’s not a surprising result to us. It puts Jannik in a position to come back to our team next year and to continue to demonstrate that he is a bonafide NHL player with a long-term future.”

-Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman

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Rumors & Trades (Feb. 26)

Kozlov

Vyacheslav Kozlov

Unhappy Kozlov?

Vyacheslav Kozlov has apparently requested a trade and too a contender. Kozlov is a bit flustered with his lack of playing time. The 37 year old has eight goals and sixteen assists in 52 games so far this season and is slated to become an unrestricted free agent. I’m not sure which team would be willing to deal in order toget Kozlov. Apparently he wants more playing time but which contender out there will satisfy that, Nashville?

Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis

What about Ellis?

Wednesday the Nashville Predators announced that they resigned Pekka Rinne to a two – year 6.8 million dollar deal, what does this mean for Dan Ellis? The 29 year old net minder has a 13 – 11 – 1 record this year with a .913 save percentage and a 2. 59 goals against average.The Blackhawk were looking at Turco before Alex Auld was send down, with a cheap cap hit could we see Ellis packaged up and shipped off at the deadline?

Leaf

Alexei Ponikarovsky

Bye – Bye Poni?

People are almost in unanimous agreement that Alexei Ponikarovsky will be moved come the trade deadline, heck even Ponikarovsky believes it will probably happen,“Whatever management decides, I have to respect their decision” was a part of a quote from the Toronto Star today. Ponikarovsky (along with Tomas Kaberle if he decides to waive his NTC) are believed to fetch a high return for the rebuilding Leafs.

Huet out?

Huet

Cristobal Huet

Cristobal Huet seems to be unshaken that the trade deadline is coming up and that  he may be shipped off the second place team in the Western Conference.”Yes, we have a good team. Yes, we [goalies] have given up some shots. But look at the games to see if we have helped the team win, and I think the answer is yes. Stats are stats. We both have a large number of wins compared to losses [Huet is 24-11-4 and Niemi is 17-4-1] and we’re pretty much getting the job done.” Coach Joel Quenneville doesn’t seem as confident in Huet “We’re close to where somebody is going to get the net and the opportunity to keep it, that was the chance, (Niemi) took it and he has it. He has won some games and I don’t like usually bucking that trend.”

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