The NHL trade market continues to percolate as we enter the final week leading up to the Trade Deadline on Monday. Just moments ago, two related deals came across the wire:
COL trades Kyle Quincey to TB for Downie.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 21, 2012
Confirmed. TB trades Kyle Quincey for DET's first round pick.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 21, 2012
So Colorado picks up a productive pest, while Tampa Bay moves Quincey, who they got from the Avs, to Detroit in exchange for a 1st-round pick. That's not a bad piece of work, turning Downie into a 1st-rounder, even if it will be late.
And now, on to your daily hockey notes!
Nashville Predators News
NHL: Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators is living up to high expectations - ESPN
Scott Burnside profiles Peks and how he has reacted since signing his big contract.
Nashville’s Trade History: A Long Strange Trip – Part Four – 2000-01 | PuckScene.com
All hail Bert Robertsson.
Hockey Night in Nashville: Does regular season advantage translate into postseason success?
Head-to-head matchups just don't really provide enough data to say one team or another will have the advantage come playoff time, but you know that point will be talked up if the Preds & Blues meet in the first round.
Smashville 24/7: Gill making quick adjustment to Nashville
I can't imagine, being a husband and father, how difficult it would be to get moved from town to town on a moment's notice like what happens to pro athletes.
Inside Smashville " Gill says Predators are "right in the middle of the fun" with tough week ahead
Make sure to give the new guy a taste of Smashville tonight.
New defenseman Hal Gill is a big presence on and off ice - The Tennessean
I think we need a new "Big, Bigger, Biggest" picture, don't we?
A Day (Off) in the Life of an Admiral (Jeremy Smith) - JSOnline
Kyle Wilson dreams of sugar plums?
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Embracing The Craziness Of The NHL Trade Deadline's Fake Rumors - Deadspin
Sam makes the equivalent of "a cover of a Rolling Stone".
Stories the EDM media won’t tell, Vol. MX | mc79hockey.com
Tyler compiles total team results from the post-lockout era to see who has managed to prosper under this CBA, and who has not. Here's another feather in David Poile's cap.
In Germany, a Jewish Hockey Player Chooses the Future - NYTimes.com
A good long read about horror and forgiveness, set within the context of hockey.
Down Goes Brown: The DGB anonymous NHL player survey
You can always trust DGB to find out the real scoop.
Review: HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ slams KHL for negligence in segment on Lokomotiv crash | Puck Daddy
I don't have HBO, but it sounds like they hit the KHL pretty hard.
Do goaltenders really get in a rhythm? - Broad Street Hockey
Really good stuff here, make sure to take a look.
Lowe Down : Tom Benjamin's NHL Blog :: CanucksCorner.com
Tom can spot a conspiracy from light years away. Is the modern NHL designed push star players to the biggest markets?
Tuesday's Numbers: Do offensive zone starts help scorers? - Nucks Misconduct
More back-and-forth between stats analysts on how much zone starts make a difference.
Puck Daddy’s Create a Cheesy 1990s-style NHL Poster contest: Gallery 1 | Puck Daddy
Photoshoppery at its best.
Are Capitals buyers or sellers? Either way, McPhee should be active at trade deadline - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
The Capitals are an absolute mess these days.
Systems Analyst: swooping forwards and soft plays with the puck kill the Capitals | Backhand Shelf
Wow, this one looks like a bad beer-league sequence.
Flyers in Trouble. | Bobby Holik - Holik on Hockey
Can the Flyers pull things together in time for the playoffs?
NHL Trade Rumors: New York Rangers Considered Front Runners For Rick Nash - Blueshirt Banter
Darren Dreger has the Rangers leading the horse race right now.
Minnesota Wild at the Deadline: What Can Be Sold? - Hockey Wilderness
Take a stroll through Minnesota's yard sale. See anything you like?
Why Erik Karlsson’s season is Norris worthy | Backhand Shelf
Is he for real, or another flash in the pan?
Blue Jackets' rebuilding job will depend on quick feet, minds | BlueJackets Xtra
NOW they've figured out the winning formula in Columbus.
Sale to keep Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona close to final - Phoenix Business Journal
Lots of people got excited about this news, but there are still many, many hurdles to overcome.