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01-25-2004, 07:52 AM
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Garrioch Out to Lunch

Lately Mojo Radio’s “Leaf Lunch” program has been getting a lot of publicity, and much has been attributed to Bill Watters, ex-boy for Pat Quinn. For example this week alone Bill the Thrill has predicted that O’Neill would be traded in 48 hours (maybe the notes said 48 days?), that the Sens were about to trade for Bondra (they lacked scoring), and that Sydor was out the door almost. Hockey boards and sports talk shows across North America went wild with participation, anticipation and palpitations. Some fans even stayed up all night waiting for news of non-existent trades to break!

Now do you really believe that mere Bill Still Watters could do this all on his own? Nope, we-who-know-better have spotted the likely puppet master pulling the strings. All the signs point to the Great (big) Garrioch being hired as a writer for the program. Likely Leaf Lunch ratings were becoming a bit of a dog’s breakfast, so they went for the true wunderkind of hockey trade entertainment.

So with all the good double eyes glazed Garrioch stuff going out on radio this week what donut crumbs do we get on Sunday? Here it is:
Cap's agent blasts off on all-star picks

Good news for Senators LW Antoine Vermette: John Muckler told the rookie last week he could move out of the Kanata hotel he's been living in. "That's nice because it means I'm going to be here. It was great news for me to get," said Vermette.
Very interesting as Arte Johnson used to say (old 60’s reference - look that up in your Funk and Wagnells). No way that Mucks would tell the rookie to find a permanent place to stay in Ottawa just to trade him for Bondra or something else. Vermette is here to stay.
There's not a lot of love between Kings coach Andy Murray and LW Luc Robitaille these days. After being a healthy scratch for two games recently, Robitaille told L.A. officials they were welcome to waive or trade him. At that point, he was immediately reinserted into the lineup.
Robitaille was pointless in the three games preceding the benching, and has a point a game in the four games after returning. Guess he got the wake up call. Good coaching from Murray as always. Don’t see Robitaille being traded, since anybody playing for the Kings and scoring must become injured at some point.
It's believed the Rangers, Coyotes, Bruins and Panthers are among the teams that have made inquiries into the availability of unrestricted free-agent D Dmitry Yushkevich. Yushkevich, who's playing for Yaroslavl in the Russian Elite League, can't leave the team until it is eliminated from the playoffs. If an NHL team signs him, he would have to clear waivers, but don't be surprised if the Rangers or Panthers take a chance on him.
Actually the key is to get some team to sign him for you, then you put in the waiver claim.
Carolina GM Jim Rutherford wants to deal RW Jeff O'Neill, but the asking price is high. Rutherford wants a top young player who can help immediately and a prospect in return for O'Neill -- who has struggled this season. St. Louis, Anaheim and Toronto have all shown interest. The 'Canes asked for prospect Corey Perry from Anaheim.
Canes price of a top young player and a prospect seems rightly high enough, so don’t expect O’Neill to move in the next 48 hours. Maybe Leafs Lunch will have a hunch about this on Monday.
The Canucks have denied they're going to trade G Dan Cloutier to Washington for G Olaf Kolzig, but Vancouver is looking for help in the middle. The word is GM Brian Burke has talked to Columbus about C Andrew Cassels, a former Canuck.
Lots of people retire in BC and Cassels will fit right in with people doing nothing right now– however Burke probably wants Columbus to help with the hassles of paying Cassels for this season and next.
Next out of Pittsburgh: RW Aleskey Morozov. He's been a disappointment and the club is shopping him around.
Trade Morozov and a prospect for Jeff O’Neill! Oh, wait, O’Neill makes money, can’t have that. Can’t figure out what Pitts hopes to get back by trading Morozov.
Phoenix GM Mike Barnett is working the phones. He's willing to deal C Mike Sillinger, LW Tyson Nash and C Chris Gratton, but wants a defenceman in return with D David Tanabe (knee) gone 6-8 weeks. The Senators have talked to the Coyotes about the pesky Nash.
No, talk to Columbus about Nash, please. Just kidding. Sens, not including Jacques Martin of course, would like Tyson Nash (sprained knee Jan 15, back soon) but will not give up a starting player, nor even a high pick or a good prospect. Gratton has 0 points in his last five games, Sillinger 3. Both getting third line minutes and over paid for what they deliver. Tough to move for anything decent.
Columbus is willing to move D Darryl Sydor.
Sydor is a team leading -20, while none of the other D are even close to this stat – who are they pairing him up with and do they ask him to use deodorant as he is stinking up the place?
Atlanta is expected to make a pitch for Chicago C Alexei Zhamnov.
Other homes of baseball teams are also making pitches too. Zhamnov will move, it will just take a GM who gives up too much to make it happen.
There's talk the Rangers have been inquiring about Detroit G Curtis Joseph, Phoenix G Sean Burke and Tampa D Nikolai Khabibulin. For the time being, Joseph isn't being moved, but the other two are available.
What’s the chance that Glen Sather could pull off a big deal? Okay, what’s the chance that Sather could pull off a big deal for something he actually really needs?
The Oilers are looking to move G Tommy Salo. Call Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe for more details.
An Oilers-Rangers deal? – Nah, never happens, does it?

Stayed up all night wondering about Bondra? – separate article here:
Sens still in hunt - Ottawa awaits Capitals' answer in chase for Bondra

All the Senators can do is wait for an answer from the Washington Capitals on star winger Peter Bondra. Sources say Senators GM John Muckler has put his best offer on the table -- a No. 1 or No. 2 draft pick along with winger Petr Schastlivy -- and the club is now waiting for an answer from Capitals GM George McPhee. … One thing is certain: Defenceman Shane Hnidy will not be part of the deal. The club has only seven healthy blueliners, has little depth in the minors and isn't going to sacrifice one with so many teams searching for help … sources say the Devils are willing to offer Scott Gomez to try to get the Caps to send Bondra their way.
Not worth losing any sleep over it, is it?

With no NFL football today, have a ice Sunday.

P.S. See Wit and Wisdom
Konishiki, 40, who was the heaviest sumo wrestler in history at 624 lbs., recently married 112-lb. medical worker Chie Iijima, 28. Now retired, Konishiki has become a star of children's television in Japan and says, "I'd like to have as many as 350 children." His wife is believed to have said, "Honey, can't you find another way to create an audience?"
Garrioch has a ways to go before he becomes this big and famous.

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