Monthly Archives: October 2009

Leafs should go after Shanahan

If the Maple Leafs are smart, they might want to get to Brendan Shanahan before the NHL Players’ Association does.

Hockey Rumors and News – October 18, 2009

Kovalchuk decision looming: analysts

CBC Sports

A decision by Atlanta forward Ilya Kovalchuk on his future is coming soon.

Watch for a full-fledged goaltending controversy in Montreal

Crippled Wild won't seek quick fix


General Manager Chuck Fletcher said he won’t make any panic moves for quick fixes.

“I don’t think we want to react to the injuries and say we have to make a trade and fill those holes,” Fletcher said. “If we can do something that makes sense from a longer-term perspective, we would do it. But I don’t think we’ll look to move assets or make a trade to do something short-term.”

Can Leafs and Hawks help each other?

Maple Leafs and Blackhawks could help each other out

The other day, I read a proposal about the Leafs taking Campbell’s lengthy contract off the Hawks salary capped hands and my immediate gut reaction was an emphatic “no way”. I figured it would push the Leafs too high to the cap limit for too long, dampening their chances of spending money where it is more needed besides another defenceman.

Do Not Push Big Red Panic Button

6 games and counting. Goals Against doubled up the goals for. Last in the entire league. No catch net below the tight rope we walk. These are the thing facing Leaf nation. Everything seems so bleak and doom is being preached by every leaf hater, Toronto media and pessimistic leaf fans. It seems like all hope is gone. But is it.

No reason for Dallas Stars to scrap goalie plan

Mike Heika

The first thing you do when you take over an organization or start a new season is you put together a plan.

Here is the Stars’ plan for goaltenders.

Kessel skates with mates


Since his arrival in Toronto, Phil Kessel’s workload has been relegated mostly to the treadmill and post-practice solo skates as he recovers from a shoulder injury.

Hockey Rumors and News – October 15, 2009

Pens defenseman kicks cold, talks contract

Burke won’t wait forever for shake-up

Can’t give up on Huet just yet

It's almost official: Salo out at least a month

Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun

While there was no official word out of the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, it seems career injury No. 38 for defenceman Sami Salo will be like many of the 37 that preceded it.

Wilson benches Stajan, Hagman to get his message across


Since the verbal warning shots were having no effect, Ron Wilson took aim with his pen and struck off the names of high-profile forwards Matt Stajan and Niklas Hagman from the Maple Leafs lineup last night.

May Be Time To Can Wilson

With a 0-5-1 record, its maybe time for a coaching change in Toronto.

Yes, its only been 88 games into Ron Wilson’s career as coach of the Maple Leafs but already he appears to have lost the attention of the players.

While the demise of the team early this season is not all his doing, he is part of the problem. And as the old saying goes, its easier to can the coach than dump 20 players, especially in a cap world.

NHL News and Rumors – October 13, 2009

Demitra’s rehab from shoulder surgery is not going well

Chris Chelios wants to win with the Chicago Wolves

Leafs were close on Gilroy

Habs balk at bringing versatile Dandenault back

Its Fall and the Leafs are Falling

Truculence, Belligerence, Testosterone and Pugnacity, only four words. But in Toronto words have a way of coming back to haunt you.