Les nouvelles - the Hangover Edition

It's the first day after the Olympics and there are two weeks before we get going again for the Paralympics.  And already off the bat, there are some news from our formerly-stalled NHL season.

  • Some major trade talk in the NHL.  Now that the Olympic freeze is over, the GMs are at it again!
    • New York Islanders have traded Greg Moore to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Dylan Reese.  Mind you, these two are AHL players, but Moore has 6 NHL games under his belt, while Reese has none.
    • Nashville Predators dealt out a 2010 2nd round draft pick for defenceman Denis Grebeshkov from the Edmonton Oilers.  Isn't it ironic how the first game that Grebeshkov plays for the Preds is against the Oilers?
    • The St. Louis have given up Hannu Toivonen and Danny Richmond for Joe Fallon from the Chicago Blackhawks.
    • The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Jordan Leopold from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 2nd round pick in this year's draft. 
    • A couple of days ago, New York Rangers picked up Alex Auld re-entry waivers after the Dallas Stars had placed him on waivers.
  • Now some other non-trade NHL news: Dallas Stars' Steve Ott has re-signed a new contract with the southern team.  The new contract will keep him with the Stars for another 4-years, with him earning a total of $11.8 million.
    • Calgary Flames have re-signed Matt Stajan to a new contract for a new 4-years worth about $14 million.
    • the Preds have replaced David Freeman with Tom Cigarran as their new chairman.
    • The winning Ottawa Senators have signed one-time Canuck Ryan Shannon to a new 1-year deal.
    • A few days before the gold-medal game, the Minnesota Wild re-signed Cal Clutterbuck to a 3-year extension.
    • The same day the Wild re-signed their fan-favourite, the Flames re-signed an amazing rising star.  Rene Bourque to a 6-year deal worth an estimated $20 million.  Having signed him for approximately $3.3 a year, that's a bloody STEAL!

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