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Deadline 2014: Early NHL trade and rumor round-up

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Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks was traded to Florida

Roberto Luongo’s departure may be part of an exodus from Vancouver that includes Ryan Kesler. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

With the NHL’s Wednesday 3 P.M. ET trade deadline fast approaching, the rumor mill is cranking full time and bodies are starting to fly. Here’s what we are finding through various sources in social media. We’ll update the page throughout the day as more grist flows in. For now, though, some updates on notable names that have been in the news of late. And we have some early deals and at least one stunner:

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  • Published On Mar 04, 2014
  • Buffalo Sabres’ John Scott: “I don’t want to be a dirty player.”

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    By Allan Muir

    John Scott showed up for practice today in Buffalo, looking to hone the skills that have allowed him to score one goal in 187 career games and skate less than five minutes a night for the league’s worst team.

    It’s probably the last official team activity he’ll take part in for a while after he delivered a vicious cheap shot to the head of Boston forward Loui Eriksson Wednesday night. And with the threat of a lengthy suspension looming, Scott wanted to take the opportunity to get his woeful side of the story out through the local media.

    Amazingly, he seemed sincerely surprised to see how he is being characterized in the hockey world.

    GALLERY: NHL’s dirtiest players

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  • Published On Oct 24, 2013
  • Top Line: John Scott inspires Mike Milbury’s epic rant; more links

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    John Scott of the Buffalo Sabres is facing NHL suspension.

    Buffalo’s John Scott has become a bit of a lightning rod for scorn of late. (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Bucky Gleason counts John Scott and coach Ron Rolston among several Sabres who have no right being in the NHL in the wake of last night’s shameful showing against the Bruins. He also suggests that Buffalo look to Boston if it wants to know how a team should be properly rebuilt.

    • Nice job by Harry Scull, Jr., capturing the moment of impact in Scott’s hit on Loui Eriksson. This look like a hockey play to anyone?

    • Mike Milbury went on another epic rant after the game, arguing that Rolston should be fired immediately for his decision to use Scott. After watching the Sabres play a system-free game, there’s an argument to be made there even without invoking the coach’s decision to play that clod.

    • Joe Haggerty has some postgame reactions from Claude Julien, a semi-update on Eriksson, and a hot sports opinion on the value of Scott.

    • Sabres thug Patrick Kaleta got bad news from a judge yesterday. Some day, maybe even in our own lifetimes, he’ll get similarly disappointing news from Gary Bettman.

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  • Published On Oct 24, 2013
  • Video: John Scott’s vicious cheap shot on Loui Eriksson leaves Bruins steaming

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    By Allan Muir

    John Scott is the ultimate grocery stick. His sole purpose in the league is to intimidate the opposition, but it’s hard to ask him to perform even that small service because he’s a complete liability in every other way.

    He’s a wasted sweater on a Buffalo team that could desperately use an infusion of skill to try to salvage a season that’s quickly slipping away.

    The good news for Sabres fans is that his roster spot is about to open up. Hopefully for a very long time.

    GALLERY: NHL’s dirtiest players

    Scott is going to be banished for several games after delivering a vicious elbow to the head of Boston’s Loui Eriksson early in the third period of tonight’s 5-2 win for the Bruins.

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  • Published On Oct 23, 2013
  • Top Line: NHL’s best young core; Alex Ovechkin-to-KHL talk, more links

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    Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers

    Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and the Oilers are expected to take a big step toward Cup contention. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • All those years spent in the basement are starting to pay off for the Oilers and Avalanche, but which team made the most of its misery by building hockey’s best core of young prospects?

    • The Blackhawks let Stanley Cup-winning goalie Antti Niemi walk after their 2010 championship. GM Stan Bowman had no intention of doing the same with Corey Crawford. But was Crawford’s new six-year, $36 million deal a smart move? Both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are coming up on big deals, and even with the cap expected to go up next season, there will be only so much room. Bowman seems to have a lot of faith in a goalie with one great season on his resumé.

    • All that talk about Alex Ovechkin defecting to the KHL? Wishful thinking by the Russian league, writes Katie Carrera.

    • Sovietsky Sport has an interview with KHL boss Alexander Medvedev that’s worth reading. Here’s a comically bad translation via Google that sort of gets the main points across, as well as the names of seven KHL players whose wages aren’t counted under the league’s salary cap. Nothing sketchy about that, right? Guessing you can name at least one of them . . .

    Loui Eriksson skated with the Bruins for the first time yesterday and it sounds like he made himself right at home.

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  • Published On Sep 03, 2013
  • Top Line: Seguin-Eriksson trade buzz; NHL free agency opens; more links

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    Tyler Seguin was traded from the Boston Bruins to the Dallas Stars

    Tyler Seguin may be a gamble, but the Dallas Stars know what they’re getting into. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • He may turn into a legend with the Dallas Stars, but Tyler Seguin was nothing but an infuriating tease for the Boston Bruins.

    • People around the Bruins organization never really warmed up to Seguin as a player or person, writes Stephen Harris, but Loui Eriksson fits Boston’s mold perfectly.

    • Both Boston and Dallas engaged in some risky business with this deal, but Kevin Dupont says the Bruins long ago lost faith that Seguin could develop into a No. 1 center.

    • Just a note here: Boston fans need to tap the brakes on canonizing Eriksson. He’s a heck of a player, but he’s not Patrice Bergeron-on-the-wing, as Dupont states. He doesn’t have the same compete level (who does?), he never hits and, like most scorers, he’s streaky. This was a fair deal, not a case of Peter Chiarelli fleecing new GM Jim Nill of his most prized assets.

    • The Stars understand the risks involved with Seguin. But thanks to executive advisor Mark Reechi, they also know exactly what he could become. This is a nice, well-rounded piece from the Dallas perspective by the great Mike Heika.

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  • Published On Jul 05, 2013
  • Boston Bruins send Tyler Seguin to Dallas Stars in multiplayer trade

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    Tyler Seguin

    Boston is giving up the former No. 2 overall pick in Tyler Seguin, but may be getting even more in return. (Getty)

    By Allan Muir

    Talk about July 4th fireworks. TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting that the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars have completed a multiplayer swap centered around 2010 second-overall pick Tyler Seguin.

    Along with Seguin, versatile forward Rich Peverley and prospect Ryan Button would reportedly head to Dallas.

    Loui Eriksson would be the key get for Boston, with minor leaguers Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow also rumored to be part of the deal.

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  • Published On Jul 04, 2013


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