Monthly Archives: May 2010

Dater: Avs have room to acquire talent

There should be some fine free-agent NHL players available July 1, and the Avalanche should have plenty of cash to spend if owner Stan Kroenke gives the OK.

The Avs have 12 players under contract for the 2010-11 season at combined, cap-averaged salaries of $28.2 million. The salary cap is expected to stay at or near the current $56.7 million. Of the few players the Avs definitely need to re-sign (Peter Mueller , Chris Stewar t, Kyle Quincey ), most are restricted free agents, meaning they won’t have full leverage in negotiations, giving the upper hand to management.

TAMBELLINI WANTS QUINN COACHING OILERS NEXT SEASON

Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said he wants head coach Pat Quinn back for another season behind the Edmonton bench, according to a report in the Edmonton Journal.

Senators' Kovalev untradeable: NHL execs

Senators fans aren’t likely to get their wish when it comes to Alex Kovalev this summer.

While the winger took it on the chin in last Sunday’s Ottawa Sun You Be The Boss poll in which 71% of respondents wanted the Russian dealt, three NHL executives doubt it’s going to happen.

After all, having a one-year, $5-million (all terms US) contract, being 37 years old and coming off surgery for a torn ACL and being generally inconsistent in 2009-10 … there just aren’t going to be too many suitors.

“I don’t think anybody is going to want him,” a league executive said Saturday. “Sure, they could try to see if anybody wants to take him, but he’s a high-risk, low-reward player. There’s not a big market for those types of players.”

Time for Pens to move Malkin?

Evgeni Malkin is often an out-of-this-world talent who can play keepaway with the puck, but after the Pittsburgh Penguins’ shocking ouster by the Montreal Canadiens, it is painfully obvious the Penguins have an overabundance of a good things at centre and a paucity of wingers.

Penguins GM Ray Shero loves his strength down the middle, with Sidney Crosby, Malkin and the best one-two-three punch in the game, and he keeps saying that he doesn’t want to mess with such a good thing, but why couldn’t he move Malkin ?

Gonchar Done in Pittsburgh?

If the Eastern Conference semifinal series against Montreal goes down as his last stand with the Penguins, Sergei Gonchar admits he is unsatisfied with the way his five-year tenure ended.

Gonchar would prefer not to be remembered for allowing Canadiens winger Travis Moen to get past him at the blue line to score a short-handed goal in the Penguins’ 5-2 Game 7 loss Wednesday at Mellon Arena.

An idea on Conferences

I saw an idea tossed out on a hockey board that I think could be fun.

What if the NHL went to North/South Conferences instead of East/West?

Basically you’d have the NE, Central, and NW divisions in the North. The Pacific, SE and Atlantic would make up the South, with a few substitutions like Nashville and St. Louis headed to the South in exchange for let’s say the Rangers and Pittsburgh.

What to do With the Bruins

Well it happened again. Game 7 of the second round, except the Bruins happened to pull off the biggest choke in sports history this time. This is the type of loss that demands changes, so here’s what I’d do this offseason if I were Chiarelli.

Montreal Canadians still need to improve

Montreal Canadians still need to improve Montreal is having tremendous success in the 2010 playoffs, from goalie to defence and the forwards even though they are not getting many shots they really capitalize on their chances. But Montréal’s success comes from their defensive style of play, and by that I mean blocking shots and closing the gap, (gill, Gorges ). Montreal

Wake up call for penguins will only make them better

Okay so The penguins were eliminated by Montreal in game seven of round two. Yes they did play bad and yes they don’t have quality wingers or the best core of defense but they are a solid group and shouldn’t hit the panic button. I don’t know if crosby and Malkin are the best of friends but off the ice problems shouldn’t effect their on ice play. And Fleury wasnt all there, my uncle Gilles Meloche his goalie coach Told me he was nervous before, during and even after the games, and that losing these series the way he did can be a source of motivation, especially if they meet again in the playoffs.

Choice for Devils: It's Parise or Kovalchuk

Besides picking a coach again, the Devils have another major decision on their hands, which left wing to shower millions upon. They can’t afford both Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk after next season, not without shortchanging other more-needed positions, and they need to choose now.

Underscoring the imminent nature of that choice, The Post has learned that Parise is dropping his current agent and is seeking a new adviser to guide him through this vital summer.

Should Pittsburgh Trade Malkin?

John Grigg- On the heels of Montreal’s stunning upset of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia becoming just the sixth NHL team to force a Game 7 when down 3-0 in series, I have some thoughts.

First, I think there’s only one thing to be done in Pittsburgh: trade Evgeni Malkin . This is not a commentary on Malkin’s post-season – although chances are I wouldn’t be writing this if the Pens were still alive – and it’s not a new thought.

Jaroslav Halak
did outplay Marc-Andre Fleury , especially in Game 7, but in a larger sense the Canadiens did exactly what they needed to do to the Pens – take away the center of the ice. And now Sidney Crosby, Malkin and No. 3 center Jordan Staal are taking heat. Not all the heat by any means, but heat nonetheless.

Montreal's miracle run continues

For just the second time in their 100-year history, the Montreal Canadiens have won back-to-back seven-game series in the same playoffs, and the first time they did it – you know where this is going – they won the Stanley Cup.

While the current edition of the Habs is hard to compare to the 1971 team, it would be foolish to bet against them to repeat that squad’s exploits; after disposing of the regular-season champions in Round 1, they stifled and muzzled the reigning Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, prevailing 5-2 in Game 7.

Ditch Roberto Luongo as Canucks captain and rebuild him a defence

A friend called Wednesday morning to talk about the Vancouver Canucks, who will keep our calendars uncluttered in June for the 16th straight spring.

I noted Roberto Luongo failed to outplay rookie Chicago Blackhawk goalie Antti Niemi . My friend countered that the guy Luongo needed to outplay was Blackhawk scoring star Jonathan Toews because for the Canucks to win, their goalie had to be the best player.