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Blockbuster breakdown: Calgary Flames

Matt StajanThe Calgary Flames were part of the first of two bold trades involving the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. The blockbuster trade saw the Flames give up defensive strongman Dion Phaneuf, as well as right winger Fredrik Sjostrom and prospect Keith Aulie. In exchange, they picked up forwards Niklas Hagman, Matt Stajan, Jamal Mayers, and defenseman Ian White. Calgary’s offensive woes have plagued them in January, and the addition of three mid-level forwards, they hope to provide a shot of adrenaline that will carry them through the playoffs.

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Blockbuster breakdown: Anaheim Ducks

Jason BlakeAs part of Sunday’s blockbuster trades, Ducks GM Bob Murray added a couple of key pieces from Toronto to his struggling team. The Ducks picked up forward Jason Blake and goaltender Vesa Toskala. Blake is the key piece for Anaheim as they’ll try to make a late push to grab a playoff spot from one of the other slumping teams in the West. They had to give up former Stanley Cup winner and current backup goaltender J.S. Giguere to get them, which in their eyes was a bargain.

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Blockbuster breakdown: Toronto Maple Leafs

Dion PhaneufIt seems blockbuster trades aren’t entirely a thing of the past in the NHL. But it took a blockbuster GM like Toronto’s Brian Burke to do it. With two colossal trades on Sunday, Burke added defensemen Dion Phaneuf, winger Fredrik Sjostrom and prospect Keith Aulie from Calgary, giving up forwards Niklas Hagman, Matt Stajan, Jamal Mayers, and defenseman Ian White. The second deal sent forward Jason Blake and goalie Vesa Toskala to the Ducks in return for goaltender J.S. Giguere.

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CuJo retires without hockey’s highest prize

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NHL,

Curtis Joseph One of the greatest goalies has officially called it a career. 42-year old Curtis Shayne Joseph, better known as “CuJo” to fans, announced his retirement from the National Hockey League on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Joseph will be remembered most for the fact that he has the most wins among goalies who have never won a Stanley Cup, as well as the fact that he is tied with Gump Worsely for most losses in a career as well, but people won’t talk about that as much.

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McCarty calls it a career after 15 years

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NHL,

Darren McCartyThe long and winding road has come to an end for long-time Red Wing Darren McCarty, who announced his retirement on Monday afternoon. McCarty, a 37-year old right-handed winger who was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, was part of four Stanley Cup Red Wing teams during his 15 year career. He spent his time mostly in Detroit, but he had other stops in Calgary as well as the Flint Generals in the IHL and Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL.

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Devils Advance To East Semifinals

Posted by Milo Taibi Categories: Athletes, Championship, NHL, Playoffs,

Gionta and the Devils advance
On Sunday, the New Jersey Devils advanced to the NHL Eastern Conference semifinals, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. New Jersey Devil Brian Gionta scored two goals, and teammate Brian Rafalski scored one goal. The Devils wound up winning the series four games to two.

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