Monthly Archives: July 2010

Oilers have kept their promise of roster makeover

Because Sheldon Souray cleared waivers Saturday and still tops the Edmonton Oilers’ to-do list, there is more dirty work ahead.

But some significant and admirable housecleaning has already spruced up the 30th-place roster. So, while the Oilers are determined to distance themselves from Souray and his $5.4-million US salary-cap hit, season-ending trade demand, rehabbing wrist injury and bridge-burning condemnation of management, there is reason for general manager Steve Tambellini to feel like a man who accomplished more in 10 days than some National Hockey League franchise-builders can claim in a year.

Iggy says rumours just rumours

Jarome Iginla has heard all the rumours surrounding the team’s mid-season collapse and insists there’s no truth to any of them, especially the ones involving Dion Phaneuf.

“I never ever fought with Dion,” said Iginla, candidly addressing a popular rumour suggesting the two squared off in the middle of the dressing room.

Islanders make power play for Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk with huge offer

Devils left winger Ilya Kovalchuk could be on the move, but not to a place anyone originally expected.

Reports coming out of, The Los Angeles Times and Newsday say that the New York Islanders have come to the table with a compelling offer for the 27-year-old and former No.1 overall draft pick.

Leafs empty up the middle

Small piece by small piece, Brian Burke’s Maple Leafs are getting better.

But for every Kris Versteeg and Colby Armstrong the Leafs add, what becomes more apparent is just how weak this team is at centre, the most important position on a hockey club, other than goaltender.

Who won the last three Stanley Cups?

Islanders GM Garth Snow in discussions with agent of perennial 40-goal scorer Il

An NHL source confirmed Friday night that Islanders GM Garth Snow has held discussions with the agent for perennial 40-goal scorer Ilya Kovalchuk, the top unrestricted free agent on the market following a midseason trade to the Devils last season.

Flyers Exploring Trades for Gagne

The Flyers are in “exploratory” talks with at least one NHL club about trading Simon Gagne, who has a no-trade clause, according to one NHL source.

Sources said no trade is imminent, but Gagne has agreed to waive his no-trade clause.

Gagne, the Flyers et al., were asked to think about the deal over the July 4 weekend, sources said. first reported that the Flyers had asked Gagne to waive his no-trade clause.

Kuleimin re-signs in Toronto

According to Darren Dregger, Nikolai Kulemin has agreed to a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The contract will pay Kulemin 2.35 million dollars per season.

Numbers suggest Bieksa trade in the works

Mike Gillis wants to wait until the dust settles from a successful foray on the first day of NHL free agency before deciding what to do about a glut of defencemen.

That dust may not take long to settle.

Souray deal getting closer

Sheldon Souray may be getting close to a ticket out of town.

The Edmonton Oilers defenceman has been on the trading block since asking to be moved at the end of the season.

On Thursday, Souray’s no-trade clause expired meaning the Oilers are able to ship him wherever they deem fit.

Setting the record straight on Savard

There’s a pretty good chance Marc Savard won’t be with the Bruins at training camp in September.

There are still trade scenarios out there even though Savard survived the frenzied first day of NHL free agency.

Rangers Sign Biron, Boogaard, Prospal, and Christensen

The New york Rangers have signed Martin Biron, Derek Boogaard, Eric Christensen, and Vinny Prospal.

Free Agent Signings

Canucks add Malhotra – 3 years 7.5

Leafs sign Colby Armstrong – 3 years 9 million

Tanguay signs with Calgary

Canadiens add Alex Auld – 1 year 1 million

Phoenix signs Ray Whitney

Hamhuis to Vancouver – 6 years – 4.5 per season

Jokinen to Calgary – 2 years 3 per year

Volchenkov to NJ – 6 years 4.25 per season

Leafs likely to go trade route

When you have missed the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season and are void of high draft picks, there’s not much hope to sell in an NHL off season.

So many Maple Leafs fans will buy into the notion that Canada Day truly could be free-agent frenzy for the team and that their wheeling-dealing general manager will somehow do something to spin this thing around.

Reality, on the other hand, is considerably more sobering.