Monthly Archives: January 2010

Devils get dropped, now they might shop

The trade market finally is open, but these Devils need not worry. They’re safe unless someone wants players who don’t score.

They Devils have managed 10 regulation goals, including an empty-netter, in their past eight games. Even with Martin Brodeur in net, that’s a losing formula.

FLAMES, HAWKS COULD ACTIVELY PURSUE KOVALCHUK

There is no question in my mind that the Atlanta Thrashers are going to trade Ilya Kovalchuk and I believe that the sweepstakes for the star sniper is unofficially on.

Sutter Under fire – Flames a mess

Mike Brophy

When the NHL trade deadline arrives March 3, there will be no GM under greater pressure to make significant changes to his team than Calgary’s Darryl Sutter.

Frankly speaking, his team is a mess. It looks much more like a club that was built for pre-lockout hockey rather than being able to compete in what has now become a very highly-skilled Western Conference. Take a look at the teams competing for the conference title – Chicago, San Jose, and to a lesser degree Detroit and Vancouver – they are all built around skill.

Not so for the Flames.

Cox: Leafs find a new way to lose

So many inventive ways to lose.

That will be part of the inscription on the epitaph of this Maple Leafs season when it ends without a playoff berth, as most certainly will be the case.

GM confident Hawks can with Stanley Cup with Huet and Niemi in net

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman disagrees with those doubting the ability of goalies Cristobal Huet and Antti Niemi to win a Stanley Cup.

Blues/Canucks Looking To Deal?

By Jeff Gordon

Hockey Guy remains in David Backes’ camp, despite his offensive decline this season. So this bit of speculation in the Globe and Mail was unsettling.

NHL News – January 22, 2010

Kings’ Jack Johnson irate over GM Lombardi’s comments about him and Michigan

Laraque calls release by Habs ‘classless’

Tampa Bay Lightning reportedly has gotten money from NHL, Sun Sports to make payroll

Bolts claim Thompson off waivers from Islanders + Hedman out

Poni on the express out of Toronto?

A year after Nik Antropov was shipped out of Toronto, will his buddy Alexei Ponikarovsky also be on the move come the March trade deadline?

If Maple Leafs president Brian Burke does, in fact, hold on to slick puck-moving defenceman Tomas Kaberle, there are indications from around the league that Ponikarovsky would be the one remaining Toronto player who would fetch the most in a deal.

CANADIENS TO PART WAYS WITH WINGER LARAQUE

tsn.ca

Georges Laraque will not play another game with the Montreal Canadiens.

The winds of change are blowing through Carolina.

On Wednesday, the Hurricanes named Eric Staal the team’s new captain and also asked leading scorer Ray Whitney and defenceman Niclas Wallin to waive their no trade clauses.

While general manager Jim Rutherford says he expects the team to compete for the rest of the season, he indicated that he’ll likely trade away some veteran players before the March 3 deadline.

Cox: Keeping Kulemin may prove pricey

The danger in evaluating the individual components of a ruined hockey season sometimes lies in assessing too much value to the few who have actually performed well.

Turco may not be in Stars' long-term plans

Mike Heika

I know it doesn’t matter in the real world of sports, but I like Marty Turco.
He’s a good guy who does a lot of good things for a lot of people. He donates time and money to charity. He believes it’s part of his job to sell the South on hockey. He finds ways to make his job fun.

Sykora unclaimed; trade possible

By MICHAEL RUSSO

Right winger Petr Sykora passed through waivers without being claimed Wednesday and will now stay away from the Wild until his future is crystalized.
With the help of agent Allan Walsh, General Manager Chuck Fletcher is trying to trade Sykora and appeared to be getting closer Wednesday.