Monthly Archives: January 2010

Demitra, Johnson close to returning

Pavol Demitra and Ryan Johnson took part in the Canucks full practice Tuesday evening at St. Paul.

Leafs Biggest Need is Cap Space

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a plethora of needs. Goaltending, a top centre, recouping a 1st round pick, more prospects and draft picks, wingers with finish, more toughness and grit, you name it, they need it.

But one of the most important things they need is more cap space.

The Chicago Conundrum

Everyone knows the potential that this offseason holds. Players such as Patrick Marleau (on pace for 51 goals, a season after he broke his own personal best for goals in a season, and seems to have developed a knack for scoring more than 10 seasons after breaking into the NHL, which in itself is impressive.), Lidstrom, Niedermayer, Gonchar, Nabokov, Martin, Kovalchuk (the prize if he hits free agency) all set to hit free agency barring any deals as well as the most talented crop if RFA’s ever. The league is also expected to have its salary cap go down which could force teams such as Philadelphia, Boston, Calgary and of course Chicago to make some radical changes to fit under the cap.

Senators GM sets sights on centre


Senators GM Bryan Murray is looking to add a centre to help get the team out of its scoring doldrums.

As the Senators continue their five-game road trip tonight against the Thrashers and struggle to hang onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, two league executives told the Sun yesterday that Murray is trying to deal for a centre.

Vancouver Canuck Alex Burrows accuses ref of targeting him

Alex Burrows scored two more goals Monday night, but it was a pair of third-period penalties that the Canuck winger wanted to talk about after Vancouver’s 3-2 loss Monday night to the Nashville Predators.

Trading Kovalchuk is option, not first choice

Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said Monday that he is not actively seeking to trade star Ilya Kovalchuk. However, a trade remains a possibility should a new contract agreement not be reached.

Waddell said unequivocally in May that he would not trade Kovalchuk, who will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, if contract talks reached an impasse.

Trade Deadline approaching, where do the habs stand?

The trade deadline is less than two months away and I really doubt that the habs will make the playoffs if they keep playing the way they do, they might be playing pretty well after all those injuries but playing for .500 won’t get you a playoff spot. So if things aren’t getting better by the deadline, should the habs get rid of unwanted or unsigned players they do not wish to keep pass this season?

'Rent' time for Rangers

The Rangers’ recent correction in which they have gone 8-1-3 since the Dec. 16 Garden defeat to the Islanders that prompted the twin two-game exiles of Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik presents a challenge for GM Glen Sather.

Because even though the Blueshirts seem to be a playoff caliber team in a conference overloaded with deficient squads, this run against a succession of terrible opponents should not and must not interfere with the real business at hand of constructing a Stanley Cup contender.

Maple Leafs Rumour Roundup

Burke recently has stated that he did pay a heavy price for young sniper, Phil Kessel, but feels that he doesnt need to replace those draft picks (1st/2nd in 2010, 1st in 2011). He said he is open and will try to replace them but if not possible, thats fine with him. He’s been looking around the league for a trade partner or two & will probably try to trade away their upcoming free agents. These rumoured teams included: Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, & Phoenix Coyotes.


Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman is in Atlanta this weekend and the expectation is ongoing negotiations with the Thrashers will resume early next week.

While both sides say they remain committed to getting a deal done, sources say Thrashers general manager, Don Waddell has started to feel out teams who may have interest in a trade, if an agreement in Atlanta can’t be reached.

Tons of Rumors from the Ottawa Sun

Oil prices could be slashed

Tambellini could be ready to wheel and deal at trade deadline with Edmonton in last place


Steve Tambellini is under the gun.

The Oilers GM is desperate to make moves with his team mired in last place in the Western Conference.

And don’t be surprised if Tambellini is one of the biggest wheelers and dealers before the March 3 NHL trade deadline.

The Oilers are willing to move just about anybody on their roster as things have gone from bad to worse since goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton’s big off-season free-agent signing, went down with a back injury.

Forwards Andrew Cogliano, Robert Nilsson and Ethan Moreau are on the market.

Second half of NHL season will be dandy MOVIN' ON OUT The NHL trade deadl

Second half of NHL season will be dandy


The NHL trade deadline is March 3, just two days after play resumes following the Olympics. Always intriguing to watch are players bound for unrestricted free agency on teams out of the playoff hunt. These rental players are prime assets, as bottom-feeders try to stock up on futures, and contenders look for playoff depth without long-term obligation. Beyond Ilya Kovalchuk, some of the intriguing names potentially in that category are:

Blueliner shoots down online talk he asked GM Sutter for trade


Stunned as he was to hear about an unsubstantiated online rumour that he recently asked the Flames for a trade, defenceman Dion Phaneuf and reporters reversed roles for a few seconds as he tried to get to the bottom of it.

“Where did you hear it?” Phaneuf asked.