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PHT Morning Skate: Lamoriello ready to buy at deadline

Feb 27, 2014, 8:15 AM EDT

Lou Lamoriello AP

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello knows his team is battling to make the playoffs and he’s ready to be a buyer, not a seller, at the trade deadline. (Fire & Ice)

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One columnist says Lightning captain Martin St. Louis needs to start thinking like a captain. (The Tampa Tribune)

A couple of Maple Leafs notes: Dave Bolland had a mild setback at practice yesterday. He’s still joining the Leafs on their road trip and is still day-to-day. (Canadian Press)

Leafs center Trevor Smith sees his recovery from a broken hand coming near its completion. (Toronto Sun)

The Olympics fired up Winnipeg Jets center Olli Jokinen to keep winning back in Manitoba. They’re in the mix for the postseason. (Winnipeg Free Press)

If you missed Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth‘s save on Boston forward Loui Eriksson during the second period of the Sabres’ 5-4 overtime victory, you really need to get caught up on that. That’s an ice cold way to stop an Olympic teammate.

This story with Devils forward Dainius Zubrus discussing what’s going on in Ukraine is worth a read. While he was born in what’s now Lithuania, his family spent time in Ukraine growing up. (NJ.com)

After showing off a save, how about a look at Gustav Nyquist‘s game-winning goal in overtime against Montreal.

  1. bcisleman - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Lou is thinking with his heart, not his head. His team is 5 points out of either possible playoff spot with four teams to leapfrog for the wild card, three for the last spot in the Metro. At most, he should stand pat and let his guys fight it out to see if they are able to make up those 5 points. He;d be wise to seriously consider offers for Marty and Jagr. His team needs a rebuild.

    • pone27 - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      He also needs to keep fans in the seats. Trading Marty and/or Jagr does not fulfill that need.

      I agree that Lou should hold tight unless a solid offer comes across his desk, but unless he gets players of equal value that are younger (which won’t happen) for either of them then they need to stay put. But, lets not also forget the Devs have some decent cap space. This team was projected to not be where they are right now, so being buyers at the deadline isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Lou is one of the few GMs in the league who actually is smart not just with trading, but also with cap flexibility.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      especially considering he cant afford to lose any draft picks in trying to acquire someone for a long shot this season. theyve had only one 1st round pick since 2009. didnt have a 1st rounder last year but i will say getting schneider looks like a good move. matteau (2012 1st round) only has 21 pts in 46 games with albany and doesnt look ready for the nhl yet. joe whitney is their best player in albany and he wasnt drafted and he’s like marty st louis tiny (55″ or something like that?). bunch of 2nd and 3rd rounders in college and a couple guys in the khl, not ready yet either. the pipeline is thin. not sure if the market is that great for brodeur with miller out there on the block. they need some nhl ready prospects in the forward position that can put the puck in the net but not sure if its possible this year…even if he sheds jagr and marty i dont think they get that much in return.

      • hockey412 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        I agree with your comments and the big picture is that the Devil’s “core” is getting very aged…with guys like Parise and Ilya splitting, Clarkson leaving, etc., they could be bad for a long time if they don’t act. It’s a good point, how much would they get. But when you look at what teams have given for Jagr at the deadline, pretty much every year, it’s at least SOMETHING. And I have to think that there might be a hope to get at least something for Marty…I wonder if Pittsburgh would even think about it (couldn’t give up much, though – they went “all-in” last year and lost).

        I’d sell, and sell everything you can. Devils fans are loyal, and I think a lot of them are wanting it, and have been for a year now…if they don’t they are only putting off the inevitable and it’s like a cloud hanging over their heads.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        they’re in a tough spot but i think they’ve got a good group down the middle and thats where you build a team out from. goalie #1 is excellent, d-men are a solid group with good youngsters in merrill and gelinas going to compete for minutes, henrique and zajac are good centers though i dont consider either one a true #1 with game breaking skill. they’re old on the wings…elias, zubrus, ryder, even clowe and gionta are like early 30’s. that and the backend staples are getting up there in age too – volchenkov, zidlicky, and salvador. i wouldnt worry so much about the d core but like i said they need scoring wingers bad and matteau is they’re best prospect at that position and he’s not ready…at least thats an easier place to build on than a core down the middle though. if he’s “buying” he should be buying a prospect at the wing that can come in next year and play 2nd or 3rd line minutes.

  2. 13datsyuk13 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Nice pass Mule.

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