"I'm not happy with where we are, but I didn't want to get out the dynamite and blow the team up," Florida Panthers general manager Randy Sexton, explaining his relatively quiet trade deadline day. Management had posted a letter to fans before the Olympic break saying major changes were coming with a team en route to its ninth consecutive year out of the playoffs.
"Sometimes you reflect back and a guy gets hot, you might ride him. We look forward to [Cristobal]Huet to take charge here," Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, who is giving Cristobal Huet another chance to nail down the starting job in goal after the team failed to add an experienced netminder at the deadline.
"Playing like this, we're not going to be in the playoffs," Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, following a 6-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. Detroit, battling the Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, has not missed postseason play since the 1989-90 season.