Monthly Archives: January 2010

Souray willing to waive clause

Oilers defenceman won’t stand in way of rebuilding


Sheldon Souray made it perfectly clear he’s not looking for a way off Edmonton’s sinking ship.

If he didn’t want to be here for the long haul, he wouldn’t have asked for a no-trade clause when he signed his five-year, $27-million contract in the summer of 2007.

Chicago could be Kovalchuk’s kind of town

The Blackhawks’ richest assets are on the blue line, where Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Brian Campbell retrieve pucks and trigger breakouts with their fleet feet and tape-to-tape passes.

Flames general manager dismisses Phaneuf trade rumour

John Down, Calgary Herald

If you believe the rumour mill, defenceman Dion Phaneuf has asked to be traded and Darryl Sutter is exploring the possibility of swinging a deal for Vinny Lecavalier or Ilya Kovalchuk or John Tavares or (fill in the blank).

Trades coming for the Hurricanes?

Rutherford indicated Monday that trades and other transactions will be coming, noting, “Things are starting to open up now as far as moving players.”

“It’s not like we’re giving up on the second half, but there are some players we are developing who are closer to playing here,” he said. “We won’t just move someone out just to move someone out. We will try to build assets, whether it’s trading for a player or for drafts picks or getting a spot open for a player from Albany.”

World Junior Breakdown

Even tho Canada lost this WJC was still a great tournament. I think I speak for most when saying it was very exciting hockey to watch! What I look at each year is NHL draft picks and future draftees in the tournament because its the greatest 2 weeks to get to know tomorrows NHLers. So let’s take a look at each individual NHL franchise in reverse order and see how they did:

Bruins Trade Rumors

Peter Chiarelli has made it publicly known that the Bruins are in need of scoring help. The Miroslav Satan signing made it clear that the Bruins are desperate for any scoring help they can get. With most of their forwards under performing (ala Ryder, Recchi, Savard) and injuries killing the team, they need to make a big move in a big way.

Will the Oilers start to move out veterans?

I’m a realist. With the Oilers in the position they are in, will they start to unload some veterans and try to rebuild — like Souray, O’Sullivan, Moreau, Staios etc.?

Penguins Notebook: Gonchar contract talks still ongoing

It won’t be known until sometime today whether Sergei Gonchar will be able to dress when the Penguins face Philadelphia at 7:38 tonight at Mellon Arena.

Plekanec a keeper – Gainey

PAT HICKEY, The Gazette

Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey said his intention is to keep Tomas Plekanec beyond this season

Slow down with Kovalchuk talk

Tim Sassone

If I have learned anything in 22 years covering the Blackhawks and the NHL, it’s that anything is possible.

Wayne Gretzky was traded. The Hawks rose from the dead. And the Carolina Hurricanes won a Stanley Cup.

Khabibulin's back situation is bleak


It’s looking more and more like Nikolai Khabibulin is done for the season.

The Oilers netminder was given an eight-week window to let the disc problem in his back heal on its own, and it’s not.

Quick fix for season gone bad? No way

John MacKinnon

The Edmonton Oilers are learning so many lessons the hard way, aren’t they?

Lessons like what comes of neglecting defensive-zone coverage.

Habs' Jaroslav Halak at centre of trade rumour

Dave Stubble, The Gazette

As seen by Allan Walsh, the agent of Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak, Bob Gainey doesn’t have a problem in nets. Montreal’s general manager, Walsh says, has an issue.