Monthly Archives: May 2010

What now for Thomas?

Tim Thomas got his first NHL opportunity in Boston. He played in Providence for the Bruins’ AHL club. He spent four years in Burlington, Vt., starring for the University of Vermont. He makes his year-round home north of Boston.

The native of Flint, Mich., considers himself a New Englander. But that status may be in doubt, considering the changing of the guard that took place this season.

Penguins not interested in trading Malkin

Evgeni Malkin
will play for the Penguins next season.

Two sources told the Tribune-Review that Malkin , the Penguins’ No. 2 center and co-highest paid player, will not be traded during the offseason.

The topic of trading Malkin has become a hot-button issue on the local talk-show circuit in the days after the Penguins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs in the second round by the Montreal Canadiens.

Thrashers talk contract extension with Kubina and Afinogenov… Armstrong, not so

According to Kevin Allen of USA Today, the Atlanta Thrashers have begun talks with defenseman Pavel Kubina and forward Maxim Afinogenov regarding keeping the two in Thrasherville next season.

Allen also indicates that they have no chance of re-signing forward Colby Armstrong .

Time is right for Habs to give Price a shot

Sometimes digging out of a hole in a playoff series is about finding a way to break the pattern. Sometimes that takes something bold and unexpected.

Bold and unexpected, it’s fair to say, does not characterize Jacques Martin’s coaching style. Maybe that’s a contributing factor in his sub-.500 playoff record as an NHL coach.

Wild free-agent thoughts

Fletcher talked about the team’s current unrestricted free agents (Boogaard , Nolan , Scott , Ebbett, Hnidy , Earl ). He said he’s had conversations with a few but indicated that they’ll likely reach July 1. Usually this late, it always goes to July 1. And usually if it gets to July 1, players leave.

No talks on tap for Zach Parise

If the Devils plan to lock up left wing Zach Parise to a long-term deal this off-season, that’s news to him.

Parise confirmed that he has “parted ways” with his agent, but it was not in anticipation of negotiating an extension with the Devils in the summer.

Evgeni Nabokov's Last games with the Sharks?

You wonder on every goal he allows. You wonder on every save he makes. You wonder on every breath Evgeni Nabokov takes.

OK, so that last line might be a Russian song lyric. But you wonder — no, you realize — that Nabokov’s lasting legacy with the Sharks is being defined right here in these Western Conference finals.

So far, it is not going well. Not well enough, at least.

Expensive free agents? Not in Florida

New Panthers general manager Dale Tallon implied Tuesday he won’t sign very expensive free agents this summer: “I don’t know if it’s necessary to do that. There are other priorities now, to rebuild through the draft.” He supports signing a high-end player when a team needs one piece “to put you over the top.” . . .

Whitney, Babchuk may return to Hurricanes

CHIP ALEXANDER – Staff writer

RALEIGH — It appears winger Ray Whitney and defenseman Anton Babchuk will be with the Carolina Hurricanes next season, general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday.

And Rod Brind’Amour ? Still pending.

Senators top Cullen's list

Matt Cullen hasn’t ruled out a return to the Senators.

The centre, acquired from the Hurricanes in February in exchange for defenceman Alex Picard and a second-round pick, said Monday his agent, Pat Morris, has held preliminary talks with Ottawa GM Bryan Murray about a new contract.

Cullen, 33 , who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, was one of the Senators’ top performers in the playoffs, recording three goals and five assists in their first-round loss in six games to the Penguins.

Harder to break up the Flyers now

IN LATE MARCH, Paul Holmgren answered a question about the Flyers’ disappointing season by saying, “There are certain guys on this team that are going to be back here next year. And there are certain guys who aren’t.”

Asked if he had a “pretty good idea of w

Habs buried in nightmare on Broad Street

There was no magic in goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s game Sunday night as he gave up four goals on 13 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers went on to beat the Canadiens 6-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final.

Halak was pulled after Philadelphia scored three times in the first 9:53 of the second period to take a 4-0 lead.

Flyers Deal Canadiens a Swift Kick in Game One

The Philadelphia Flyers pounded the Canadiens into submission in Game One of the Conference Semi – Finals. It was an ugly 6-0 one sided win.

If you were a Habs fan tuning in and waiting for a hockey game and your team to show you probably feel as though you’ve been stood up like a groom still waiting at the altar.

How to explain such a debacle?