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The Florida Panthers made a big splash five days before the trade deadline, and the ageless Jaromir Jagr has provided a boost for a club seeking its second postseason berth in 14 years. The Panthers look to continue their push with a season high-tying third straight win since Jagr arrived, while the fading Toronto Maple Leafs try to end a franchise-worst 16-game road losing streak Tuesday night. Mired in a four-game slide following a 3-0 home loss to Chicago on Thursday, Florida (28-22-13) has turned things around since acquiring the 43-year-old Jagr from New Jersey that same day. After he had three shots in a little over 17 minutes to help the Panthers outshoot Buffalo 47-14 in Saturday's 5-3 home win, Jagr had a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 victory over visiting Tampa Bay.
General manager Marc Bergevin added to the Montreal Canadiens without altering his Eastern Conference-leading lineup. In Detroit, GM Ken Holland thought it was important to provide his young Red Wings a nudge by adding two experienced veterans. As for the Toronto Maple Leafs, their long-expected purge of high-priced talent failed to materialize before the NHL's annual trading deadline struck on Monday. We just hoped for more,'' Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis said after being limited to making just two moves, none of which included forwards Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak, or defenseman Dion Phaneuf.
Although the Anaheim Ducks have been near the top of the NHL standings for most of the past three seasons, general manager Bob Murray still didn't believe they could consistently beat hockey's top teams. Anaheim acquired defensemen James Wisniewski, Simon Despres and Korbinian Holzer and center Michael Sgarbossa in four separate deadline deals Monday, dramatically revamping the Pacific Division leaders' defense just 18 games before the postseason. The Ducks traded defensemen Ben Lovejoy, Eric Brewer and Mat Clark, young center William Karlsson and veteran wing Rene Bourque to swing the deals, which also involved a few draft picks. Anaheim is cruising toward its third straight Pacific Division title with a 12-point lead, and is just two points shy of the NHL's best record.
2015 NHL trade deadline: Yahoo NHL writer Nick Cotsonika ranks the top 10 teams that helped themselves the most in the days, hours and minutes before the trade deadline.

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TSN’s trade deadline coverage featured Tweets from hockey fans scrolling at the bottom of the screen. You can probably guess where this story is going, but a fan sent in an inappropriate Tweet about Joffrey Lupul which made it on the air. Here’s a screenshot: The Tweet wasn’t as bad as Dustin Penner’s the other day, but it obviously isn’t appropriate for live television. It didn’t take long for Lupul to catch on. He quickly voiced his displeasure. TSN just a poor mans TMZ. Embarrassing. — Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) March 2, 2015 It’s pretty obvious that the feed was automated, but it is pretty remarkable that no one was keeping an eye on things or at least approving of the Tweets which made it on the air. Countless of other events with live Tweets have proven how disastrous things can turn if no one is behind the wheel moderating. TSN sent out an apology: Earlier today, an inappropriate and disrespectful tweet was erroneously aired. As soon as it was flagged, we immediately remove...

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TSN’s trade deadline coverage featured Tweets from hockey fans scrolling at the bottom of the screen. You can probably guess where this story is going, but a fan sent in an inappropriate Tweet about Joffrey Lupul which made it on the air. Here’s a screenshot: The Tweet wasn’t as bad as Dustin Penner’s the other day, but it obviously isn’t appropriate for live television. It didn’t take long for Lupul to catch on. He quickly voiced his displeasure. TSN just a poor mans TMZ. Embarrassing. — Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) March 2, 2015 It’s pretty obvious that the feed was automated, but it is pretty remarkable that no one was keeping an eye on things or at least approving of the Tweets which made it on the air. Countless of other events with live Tweets have proven how disastrous things can turn if no one is behind the wheel moderating. TSN sent out an apology: Earlier today, an inappropriate and disrespectful tweet was erroneously aired. As soon as it was flagged, we immediately remove...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Blues made their third move on the trade deadline, acquiring forward Olli Jokinen from the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Joakim Lindstrom and a conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2016.
Olli Jokinen has played 1,223 games in his NHL career, but has only been involved in six playoff games. That number will increase this spring after the Toronto Maple Leafs dealt him to the St. Louis Blues for forward Joakim Lindstrom, a conditional 2016 sixth-round pick 15 days after acquiring him from the Nashville Predators. The condition, according to Pierre LeBrun , is that the pick becomes a fourth-rounder if the Blues reach the Stanley Cup Final and Jokinen plays. Jokinen was not a happy camper to be traded to Toronto from the Cup-contending Predators last month.  “Years go by fast. Any year you go in, you always think any team’s got a chance. Maybe I will get lucky one of these days," he said last week . Jokinen told Armstrong that he feels like he hit the lottery being traded to the #stlblues — Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) March 2, 2015 Jokinen played six games with the Maple Leafs, recording one assist in 14:17 of ice time. He's set to become a free agent this summer, so it's an okay deal for both teams. Toronto doesn't retain any salary in the deal and picks up a conditional pick for a player they weren't going to bring back. The Blues get some forward depth and a player who's been champing at the bit to play in the postseason for the first time since 2009.
The Detroit Red Wings had designs on Toronto Maple Leafs star defenseman Dion Phaneuf at the NHL trade deadline, but only if the Leafs were to assume at least $2 million annually for the next six years on his $49-million contract. Thankfully for the Red Wings, because they seriously don’t need $5 million of Dion Phaneuf on their cap for six years, the teams couldn’t make the numbers work. So the Red Wings turned to the New Jersey Devils and traded a conditional 2016 third-round pick for defenseman Marek Zidlicky, who had to waive his no-move for the trade. The Devils retain $1 million of his salary.  Zidlicky is a pending UFA with a $4 million cap hit. He’s a right-handed shot, which coach Mike Babcock coveted. He’s a veteran puck-mover who could find himself on the second pairing, supplanting either Kyle Quincey or Brendan Smith. His best asset might be as a power-play quarterback; his worst asset would be that he can make head-on-desk turnovers at times. The third rounder becomes a second rounder for the Devils if Detroit makes the Stanley Cup Final. So, checking the Milbury Scale:

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TSN’s non-stop NHL trade deadline coverage had an interesting moment when this tweet flashed across the screen.  It appears that someone was not monitoring the #TradeCentre hashtag closely enough.  At least we know this tweet making a joke at the expense of Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul didn’t come from Dustin Penner… So this happened, lol. #TradeCentre @mlse pic.twitter.com/wRgiUUhYtg — Mac (@b_mcnamara58) March 2, 2015 Let’s just say Lupul did not take it in stride… https://twitter.com/JLupul/status/572445330333175808 And as if we need to dive further into the depths of absurdity, @AdragnaA21 had his own thoughts… Okay i feel like i have to say this before **** gets ugly. That tweet was a joke and i am in no way in support of those who commit adultery — Anthony Adragna (@AdragnaA21) March 2, 2015 Its sad how my tweet is more entertaining than the actual deadline day — Anthony Adragna (@AdragnaA21) March 2, 2015 I guess i pissed off lupul… woops my bad man, not my fault TSN fail


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