Monthly Archives: March 2010

Would you sacrifice Ryan for defense?

Eric Stephens

Bobby Ryan for Luke Schenn?

Sound ludicrous? It is what Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star conjured up as he assessed what the Maple Leafs need to do in the off-season and said obtaining the Ducks’ goal-scorer would be the dream scenario.

Can Hemsky be worth an Oilers 1-2 on draft day?

No team has ever had the top-two picks, but Edmonton’s sniper could be a very valuable bargaining chip

Dan Barnes, Edmonton Journal

What the Oilers have in Ales Hemsky currently pales in comparison to what people think the Oilers can or even should get for Ales Hemsky.

Huet biding time


Chris Kuc, Tribune reporter

The window of opportunity for Cristobal Huet to seize the Blackhawks’ No. 1 goaltending job for the postseason isn’t slammed shut.

Senators' Michalek could be done for season

Ken Warren, The Ottawa Citizen

The Ottawa Senators are crossing their fingers that Milan Michalek could be back from his injured left knee in time for the playoffs.

Best and Worst UFA Signings of 2009

I know it’s easy to criticize some UFA signings more than eight months later but nonetheless it’s fun to do. There were some great and not so great signings last off-season, let’s take a look:

NHL Power Poll

Craig Custance

The first glimpse we got that the Coyotes might be better than expected came in their second game of the season. Phoenix traveled to Pittsburgh and beat the reigning Stanley Cup champions 3-0. It was impressive.

What should Burke do with the Leafs this summer?

Paul Hunter

The Maple Leafs will gather for a team photo on Monday but, while the moment will be frozen, the roster won’t be.

There will be changes this summer. Lots of them. General manager Brian Burke hasn’t taken down the “Open For Business” sign he loudly hammered to his office door before the trade deadline.

Turco and Stars need to part ways

Jean-Jacques Taylor

The worst part of professional sports occurs when it’s time for an organization to end its relationship with a player who’s become one of the faces of the franchise.

It’s time for Marty Turco to go.

He knows it, as do the Stars. We all do.

Halak gives Canadiens playoff push


RED FISHER, The Gazette

Let me see if I have this right: Jaroslav Halak has started eight of the 10 games since the end of the Olympics break and won six of them. During that upward spiral, the Canadiens have out-scored the opposition 32-24.

THN.com Blog: The best and worst trades of 2009-10

Edward Fraser

BEST TRADES OF 2009-10

July 3, 2009: The Kings acquire Ryan Smyth from the Avalanche for Kyle Quincey, Tom Preissing and a ’10 fifth round pick.
Heads were scratched when L.A. gave up 24-year-old Quincey, who had a breakout season in 2008-09, for a not-getting-any-younger Smyth. But the 34-year-old, 14-season vet has provided much-needed experience on a young Kings team and been a boon playing on Anze Kopitar’s right side on the top line.

Flyers must find a fixture in goal

CHUCK GORMLEY

So here the Flyers are again, crossing their fingers with another unproven, recycled goaltender with little or no playoff experience.

With Ray Emery (bone deterioration) and Michael Leighton (high ankle sprain) done for the season, the Flyers have turned to Brian Boucher, a 33-year-old backup whose only postseason work in the NHL came 10 long years ago, when he was a Flyers rookie.

Flames' Langkow hurt

STEVE MACFARLANE

When Daymond Langkow stays down on the ice for more than a few seconds, you have reason to be concerned.

The tough Calgary Flames centre was taken away in a stretcher during the second period after landing awkwardly on his head after bumping off a pair of Minnesota Wild defencemen.

Head-shots rule on fast track


Pierre Lebrun


The wheels are in motion regarding the fast-tracking of the new head-shot rule, and we should find out early this week whether it’s a go for this season.