Monthly Archives: October 2010

BURKE: MARKET PICKING UP STEAM, LEAFS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke says he has received what he calls two “solid” trade offers since the weekend.

Speaking on Toronto’s AM 640 radio on Monday, Burke did not elaborate on the particulars of the deals. He did indicate that a move may not be imminent, and explained that the trade market is picking up some steam.

Chiarelli 'not hiding' from cap problems

Things seemingly have been quiet on the trade rumor mill lately, but that doesn’t mean Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli isn’t working hard behind the scenes trying to pave the way for some possible cap-clearing moves.

Possible Future to Come in Hab Land

Well I’m bored and i feel like creating some talk for habs fans…. and anyone who cares to join in….

This season given how close MTL is to the cap and the fact that anyone who would be thought about being moved out all have NTCs… i just don’t see MTL making any trades this year… nothing major to the line-up anyway… But I do see MTL making some pushes for some big UFAs in the off-season… minor changes need to happen for this team to truly compete in the playoffs…. the defense needs to be shored out and a winger or two needs to be brought in… Let’s take a quick look at the roster (as it stands) going into the off-season

Dater: Avs need to make moves to take next step

Your move, Avalanche.

Seriously, it’s time to do something. It’s time to spend some money or make a trade or both.

The Avalanche was a feel-good story of the 2009-10 season, a playoff surprise team that did it all with a new coach and a modest payroll. Management’s thinking over the summer clearly was along the lines of “Let’s just assume these kids of ours will get better and leave things alone.”

Looks like Leafs not quite ready to call on Kadri

With the Maple Leafs losing three straight and having some scoring difficulties, there was a buzz in the farm team’s dressing room as they readied to play the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday at Ricoh Coliseum.

But the Marlies could not duplicate Saturday’s 5-2 win over Oklahoma City, falling 6-3 to Detroit’s AHL affiliate.

Leafs general manager Brian Burke was not available for comment on Sunday, but it doesn’t appear that a Marlies player is going to get rewarded with a call-up for the next few days at least.

Senators want to make a deal

Senators GM Bryan Murray has done a lot of talking with other clubs about making a trade, but so far there are no takers.

The Senators, a team in turmoil, took a break Sunday.

They didn’t deserve a day off following their dismal showing in Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Habs at Scotiabank Place, but the Senators will need some energy with three games at home this week.

Devils leave out Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk, who signed a 15-year, $100-million deal with the New Jersey Devils in the off-season, was mysteriously yanked from Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Kovalchuk took the ice at the Devils’ optional practice on Saturday morning but was replaced in the lineup by Alexander Vasyunov, who was called up from the minor leagues.

“That’s between him and I,” said Devils coach John MacLean regarding the omission of Kovalchuk from the lineup.

Bozak benched in Leafs' loss to Rangers

Ron Wilson said the Maple Leafs “got what we deserved” on Thursday night and made sure Tyler Bozak did, too.

The first-line centre became the first high-profile player to visit the doghouse when he was sat for almost all of the third period in the 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers.

Burrows getting closer to returning

Alex Burrows had his first morning skate with the club on Friday, but is still not ready – or able – to return to the lineup. He’s on LTIR, which means he must miss 10 games. That would mean a likely return on Nov. 2 in Edmonton.

Sens in the market for a d-man?

The Senators took a hit before they even stepped on the ice Friday at the HSBC Arena.

Centre Jason Spezza was a late scratch with a groin injury that has troubled him since the start of the season and is listed as day-to-day. The Senators were forced to dress Brian Lee as a forward in Spezza’s place.

There are no guarantees Spezza, who has a goal and four assists in five games, will suit up Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Place because his injury requires rest.

Sens swap shop open

A slow start by the Senators is already forcing Bryan Murray to start a shopping list.

The GM is so concerned, he told reporters Wednesday he has held trade talks to see if he can bring in some help with Ottawa off to a 1-4-1 start.

Sources say Murray is trying to find a rugged blueliner. The Senators haven’t been the same with the free-agency departure of Anton Volchenkov and need someone to get physical with opposing forwards.

Oilers brass won’t rush into deal for Souray

The Edmonton Oilers aren’t in any particular hurry to unload Sheldon Souray.

Then again, they’re not in much of a hurry to do anything right now as the club and its fans are preaching patience.

Rick Rypien's scuffle with fan in Minnesota likely means suspension

Other leagues have proven how seriously they take the issue of players becoming physically engaged with fans.

Today, Rick Rypien and the Vancouver Canucks should find out how the National Hockey League feels about the matter.