Monthly Archives: May 2010

Lombardi `not optimistic’ on Frolov

Dean Lombardi did an interview this morning with a friend of mine, Dustin Nielson, who does the morning show for 1260-AM in Edmonton. Some of the interview covered some familiar ground, but at one point Lombardi was asked about the future of Alexander Frolov, and whether he saw Frolov returning to the Kings or whether it was time to move on. Here’s Lombardi’s answer, followed by a link to the entire interview. Incidentally, I’ll be doing my lengthy interview with Lombardi tomorrow afternoon…

Rangers land star

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Mats Zuccarello Aasen , a native of Norway who played in both the 2010 Winter Olympics and World Hockey Championship.

Marian Hossa's third consecutive Stanley Cup finals is no accident

Courting of Marian Hossa began in Dale Tallon’s Montreal hotel room at last June’s draft. It was there that the Tallon, then general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, met seriously with agent Ritch Winter for the first time. It was there he let Winter know just how interested he was in signing Hossa .

Habs on right path, GM says

Gauthier’s plan: ‘We want to keep a good part of the core’

By HERB ZURKOWSKY, The Gazette May

“I think we have tangible evidence that we’re moving in the right direction,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier (front) during a news conference Tuesday with head coach Jacques Martin at the team’s practice facility in Brossard

Marleau to Toronto makes sense

JEFF BLAIR

Go ahead: buy your Patrick Marleau Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys.

Let’s cut all the garbage: Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke said last week that he wanted to add a first line winger with some muscle and scoring touch. This isn’t “moving heaven and earth” to get John Tavares . The draft was too big a puzzle to pull that off.

But throwing money at a guy? Burke can do that better than anybody and remember: for better or worse he usually does what he says he’ll do.

A free-agency update

Rob Rossi

Penguins GM RAY SHERO resumed his normal routine this week after dealing last week with the death of his mother. He has about a six-week window to negotiate with any of the Penguins’ potential free agents.

A reminder: the free-agent season opens July 1.

Halak or Price on the move?

They both want to play, Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price are quick to admit. But they know they’re nothing more than pawns in this game, their moves and futures ultimately dictated in the weeks ahead by Canadiens management.

“We’re both young and both want to play as much as we can,” Halak said. “And I’m sure management will do their best to make sure we do play.

LIGHTNING TO INTRODUCE YZERMAN AS GENERAL MANAGER

The Tampa Bay Lightning have called a news conference for this afternoon to introduce Steve Yzerman as their new general manager.

Yzerman
– one of many candidates rumoured to be in the running for the job – replaces Brian Lawton, who was fired last month. Yzerman worked for four seasons as Vice President and Alternate Governor for the Detroit Red Wings after retiring as a player in 2006.

Canadiens punt away Cup hopes

Here is all you need to know about this exercise in tedium between the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers:

Through the first four games, the most compelling narrative by far has been the saga of Pat Hickey’s Honda Accord, vandalized in Philadelphia even as it nears the 600,000-kilometre mark – presumably by one of those orange-shirted orangutans you see banging on the glass at the Wachovia Centre.

Roman Cervenka signs with Avangard Omsk, won't play for the Maple Leafs

As reported on the official Avangard Omsk’s web site, Roman Cervenka signed a two years deal with the KHL team and thus won’t sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL.

Sharks surely won't be able to keep both Marleau and Nabokov

For those of you scoring at home, the Sharks’ exhilarating yet ultimately frustrating 2010 playoff adventure lasted for 15 games and 40 days. Including overtimes.

But put on your face shield and mouth guard. Because the next 36 days could be even more emotional and brutal in their own special way.

Devils' Kovalchuk has no plans to sign with Russian team

Nyet, as in no and not yet.

That’s Ilya Kovalchuk’s stance on the push to entice him to play for St. Petersburg in the Russian KHL next season.

Combine provides teams in-depth looks at prospects

The 2010 Entry Draft is shaping up to be one of the deepest selection pools of recent memory. With so little separating the number of talented youngsters that will be available when the teams convene in Los Angeles for the June 25-26 selection process, the NHL Scouting Combine taken on a greater level of import.