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NHL 2015 Trade Deadline Central

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Weeks of rumors and speculation are over. The trade deadline is finally upon us.

The Hockey News’ Trade Deadline Central offers up-to-the-minute analysis for every March 2 trade as soon as it happens. Our experts break down the ins and outs of every deal from the minor deals to the newsmakers of the day.

From the time the first deal of the day is made, make sure you head back to The Hockey News, the authoritative source for hockey, for immediate insight and information.

(To see deals that happened prior to March 2, check out THN’s Trade Log, maintained by The Sports Forecaster.)

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From Eva Mendes to Brian Burke, trade deadline day is a wacky ride at TSN

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By Jamie Duthie

The phone rings at 3:45 a.m. Sorry pings, not rings (it is March 9, 2004, and I have an old-school Blackberry). You know those sudden jolting wake-ups that interrupt the sweetest, deepest of dreams? One second you’re rubbing sunscreen on Eva Mendes’ back while she lies in the sand…of the bunker beside 18 at Augusta where you just won your third Green Jacket…wearing a mask and flippers for the entire final round (I have no idea)…and PING! PING! PING!

Suddenly Eva’s gone and you jump up in your bed and have no idea where you are or why it sounds like there are five fire trucks in your room.

I finally grasp that it is my phone and not Ladders 65-68 driving under the bed. PING! PING! PING!

“Wha…Uhh…Helloooo?

“James, it’s Mark.”

Mark? Mark who? Mark Ward or Mark Tadiello, my two best friends from high school? Mark Messier? Mark’s Work Warehouse saying my polar fleece socks are in? Mark Wahlberg? (I’m still groggy.)

“Wha…what time is it?”

“It’s 3:45. You need to get in right now.” (Oh. Mark Milliere. My boss.) “It’s been a crazy night. Todd Bertuzzi badly injured Steve Moore. We’re going on early.”

“How early?”

“As soon as you get here.” Read more

How lack of depth has hurt Bruins, Sharks in playoff race

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By Dom Luszczyszyn 

With just about 20 games left in the season, the Bruins and Sharks find themselves in uncharted territory: fighting for a playoff spot. The two teams have been perennial contenders for a long time so to see them this low in the standings is completely unexpected. Both teams had over 110 points last season, but this year they’re on pace for a total in the low 90s.

The 20-point drop-off from last season’s mark can mostly be explained by a much lower goal differential. Both teams are hovering around the break-even point, which is not where they usually stand as Boston led the league last season while San Jose finished 4th.

For the majority of teams, goals are a byproduct of creating chances on offence and stifling the opposition on defence; puck possession. That’s why it’s better to look at shot attempt differentials – they’re proven to be more predictive of future goal differential than goals themselves thanks to a larger sample of data. Read more

Hayley Wickenheiser reflects on the loss of Steve Montador

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By Hayley Wickenheiser

The last few days have almost felt like a fog, a total blur in so many ways. On Saturday, we said our final goodbyes to our good friend, Steve Montador. I truly believe in my heart that he is finally at peace, he certainly looked that way to many of us who paid our respects.

I have lost a few friends at a very young age, mostly tragic accidents or terminal illnesses. Steve’s death doesn’t really fit either criteria. It also hits home much more because our lifestyles were very similar. We have both played a game we have known and loved for our entire lives. The only difference is that Steve’s career ended before mine did and he was left facing the challenges of moving on and coping sooner. Read more

How the Minnesota Wild almost landed Peter Forsberg in 2007-08

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By Tom Lynn

Despite the atmosphere in private, the regular season was going very well for the Wild in 2007-08, even more so than the prior season. Similar to 2006-07, the Wild came out of the gate in ’07 with five straight wins, and seven in their first eight games. But although the Wild were on a pace to garner fewer overall points than the record 104 of 2006-07, the team moved into first place in the Northwest division Jan. 11 and never really looked back, falling no lower than second-place for the rest of the season (then only for a few days). Adding to the first-place status were Marian Gaborik’s franchise-record 42 goals and Brian Rolston having a third straight 30-goal season. The team was repeating the prior year and building on it.

The trade deadline that season fell on Feb. 26, 2008. It had been moved to earlier in the season under the new CBA in an effort to preserve some competitive integrity to the regular season (so that better and wealthier teams could not simply reload and reconfigure themselves into different entities with three weeks left in the season). This was pushed in a large part by Nashville GM David Poile, who smartly realized that the old, late deadline that had helped him command higher prices when we was a “seller” during the Preds’ early years now hurt him as a “buyer” as the Preds had matured into a playoff contender. It was easier for the big-market teams to dole out money or take on salary late in the season, so moving the trade deadline earlier in the season, when there was more uncertainty about playoff positioning and hence fewer deals to be made, put small-market teams on a more even footing. Read more

This Week in The Hockey News magazine: March 9, 2015

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6817-18In the March 9 edition of The Hockey News, it’s our annual Trade Deadline Preview, looking at who goes where and which teams need what at the NHL’s annual swap meet. Features include:

- Coach Killer?
Kessel stands accused of being uncoachable. Is the charge valid? It’s time to separate fact from fiction

- Ron Francis Knows The Deal
Canes GM has a star center in play at the deadline, like he was 24 years ago

- Trading Post
Whither will the trade winds blow these 10 players most likely to be dealt? We give you the odds they’ll be moving

- The Trade Matrix
Which teams are buyers, which are sellers and who’s on the fence? We break down all their needs and assets

- Trade Deadline Rewind
Some famous swaps look far different today than they did when they happened. THN turns back the clock

- Wheeling And Dealing On Live TV
From Eva Mendes to Brian Burke, James Duthie tells you why Trade Deadline Day always takes the TSN crew on a wild and wacky ride

- The Other Immense Trade
Imagine Ovechkin-Green for Doughty-Carter. That’s ostensibly what happened nearly 40 years ago, explains Jason Kay

- Clichés For Dollars
Players, coaches and GMs are comically predictable this time of the year. Adam Proteau gets you ready for Deadline Day Bingo

Also in the issue:

- A Special Tribute To Martin Brodeur
The freshly retired legend looks back on his career in his own words

- Norris Knocking
Mark Giordano is one half of arguably the NHL’s top pairing. Find out which team’s D-corps is No. 1 in the league in our exclusing Defense Rankings

- Jakub In Charge
Voracek rockets to the top in Philly, plus features on Patrice Bergeron, Semyon Varlamov, Anze Kopitar, Carey Price, Joe Pavelski and Braden Holtby in our NHL Team Reports

- Backchecking: The Teenage Sensation
Danny Lewicki was still just a kid when he completed a hat trick of championship titles. Then his career hit some bumps in the road

- The Mouth That Roared
Josh Ho-Sang doesn’t mince words when talking about his game and expectations, and he can back it up with numbers. And we introduce the Red Wings’ latest late-round find in Prospect Reports

- Pacific Heights Building Blocks
The creation of an all-California division in the AHL is sure to strengthen the foundation of growth in the state, says Ryan Kennedy in The Straight Edge

- Now The Hard Work Begins
In Overtime, Ken Campbell explains why just because Martin Brodeur wants to transition into management doesn’t mean it will be smooth sailing

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Why advanced stats say the Kings can still make the playoffs

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L.A. Kings Jarret Stoll and Alec Martinez

By Dom Luszczyszyn

After yet another loss, the Kings’ playoff chances are looking dire. With 31 games to go, the Kings sit five points out of a playoff spot chasing three other teams, which is something nobody would’ve expected before the season started.

It’s hard to even fathom how low the Los Angeles Kings have sunk. They’ve won just 21 of 51 games this season – which is somehow less than the Leafs – and just five games on the road, tied for last in the league with Edmonton and Buffalo. That’s not great company and it’s left the defending Stanley Cup champions in a precarious position, but it’s made the Western Conference’s playoff race extremely interesting. Read more

This Week in The Hockey News magazine: February 16, 2015

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In the February 16 edition of The Hockey News, it’s our annual Rookie Issue, looking at the best freshman from around the NHL. Features include…

Johnny Gaudreau – Pint-sized ‘Johnny Hockey’ has set Calgary ablaze, defying detractors as a rookie with speed, skill and swagger

Filip Forsberg – The Preds’ newest star takes a little bit of Sweden with him to Music City

Jake Allen – Still Calder eligible? Teammates with Martin Brodeur? Somebody pinch him

Jonathan Drouin – Tampa decided to put its prized prospect back in the oven. Now he’s a year late to the NHL but baked to perfection

Boy Wonders On ‘D’ – Aaron Ekblad’s historic season at 18 raises the question: is he an anomaly or the blueprint for 21st century blueliners?

Scott Hartnell’s Letter To Myself – The Blue Jackets veteran writes to his rookie self, passing on the tough lessons he’s learned in the NHL to date

All-Time All-Rookie Team – One starting lineup of the best freshmen ever includes a mixture of slam-dunks and historic revelations

Jason Kay explains why the NHL’s rookie of the year award is tough to win, but building on that brilliance is even more daunting

Adam Proteau teams up with L.A. Kings coach Darryl Sutter to improve the NHL’s All-Star Game

Ken Campbell looks at one minor pro journeyman who lasted 16 seasons in eight leagues for 22 teams by playing with the passion of a rookie

Predictably, a handful of teams bulk up to take a shot at the Memorial Cup. It’s part of the major junior cycle, says Ryan Kennedy

We look back at the world juniors with features on Canada’s Curtis Lazar, Slovakia’s Martin Reway and the top two prospects for the 2016 NHL draft: Auston Matthews and Jesse Puljujarvi

The NHL’s only age 30-plus Calder winner, Sergei Makarov, had a Hall of Fame career before even coming to the NHL, but don’t expect him to talk much about it

And Stan Fischler’s gives a first-hand account of the world’s first (and last) table hockey championship

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