Monthly Archives: January 2010

Leafs Off-Season Wishlist/Good News, Bad News Scenerios

Yes I know, the season isn’t over, the Leafs can still make a miraculous run to the playoffs and end the 40 year drought, yeah yeah yeah. Anyone who has watched this team without Leaf goggles on knows that they are absolutely hopeless. The goal scoring this year has been decent, the defense has been improving, and the goaltending has been horrendous. Gustovsson plays respectably, but he is not good enough to make this team respectable. Toskala has been terrible, no other word for it, we can usually count on him for one weak goal per game if not more. But with every problem comes a solution, and whadda ya know? Another Leaf article giving one.

Anyways, the Leafs off-season wish list is long, and it will take a lot of signings or trades to get it done. Assuming they don’t resign any UFAs here is what they need.

Detroit Red Wings News

Will the Red Wings be active at the March 3 trade deadline?

Will Nicklas Lidstrom retire after the season?

Changes coming after trouncing in San Jose

John Down

Jed Ortmeyer got his first goal in 28 games, Scott Nichol his first in 27, Rob Blake his first in 17, Manny Malhotra in 12 . . .

And on it went for the San Jose Sharks on Monday night as they fattened up on the Calgary Flames while setting a franchise record of having eight different players score during that 9-1 victory.

This was the sort of breakout game the Flames had hoped for, a game where players like Nigel Dawes, Eric Nystrom, Jarome Iginla and Daymond Langkow would break out of prolonged goal-scoring slumps.

High-cost Kovie

Thrashers sniper may price himself right out of Atlanta


A Maple Leafs fan with a big imagination has already trumpeted via e-mail next season’s supposed weapon of mass destruction: A Special K line of Ilya Kovalchuk, Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel.

Sykora placed on waivers but Burns returns


The tension around the Wild was unmistakable Tuesday.

The erratic team was back home after an 0-3 road trip. News trickled into the locker room that unhappy veteran Petr Sykora was placed on waivers, setting the eventual stage for the end of his short Wild career. And an hourlong video session and meeting ended with coach Todd Richards changing his mind and running the team through one of the most intense practices of the season.


The Edmonton Oilers will do what’s right for the organization.

The Oil will do what’s right for the fans.

Edmonton will do nothing at all.

Rumos from the Edmonton Journal

Kovalchuk trade bait?

Whitney could move

The Marty Turco issue

Mike Heika/Reporter

We’ve talked about our “sourcing” policy at our paper before, but to reiterate, I need to get something confirmed pretty well before I can report it as fact. So when some out there say that Marty Turco will not be re-signed and could be available at the trade deadline, I need to get that from somebody within the organization who agrees to be a “source” and agrees to know that my editors know that person is the “source.”

NHL Tidbits and News – Tuesday January 19, 2010

Bergeron near return


Elias out 10 days; Devils won’t call it a concussion

MacLean offside

Lightning denies report that New York Rangers contacted team about acquiring Vin

Joe Smith, Times Staff Writer

The Vinny Lecavalier trade rumors seemingly never end, and the latest one fittingly included the Rangers, whom the Lightning plays tonight at Madison Square Garden.

Brunnstrom may end up a Hab after all!!!

Remember a couple of years ago when the Dallas Stars won the Fabian Brunnstrom sweepstakes, supposedly signing the best player not playing in the NHL? What you may not remember was that the Montreal Canadiens were also in those sweepstakes and were so close to signing Brunnstrom.

Well, according to various reports and links, the Habs may end up getting their wish.

NHL News – Monday January 18, 2010

Kovalchuk drama.

Defensive help on the way for Maple Leafs

Alex Auld has opportunity to become Dallas Stars’ go-to goalie

Scene and heard

Why Rangers could be fit for Souray

Pierre LeBrun

In the aftermath of Sheldon Souray’s announcing that he would waive his no-trade clause if it helped the Edmonton Oilers and was a move that he could live with, the obvious question is, as one NHL GM told me this week, “But which team can afford him?”