Monthly Archives: January 2011

Who should be the next Leafs coach?

It is looking more and more like Ron Wilson will finish this season behind the bench of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

That is probably a good thing, considering that if/when GM Brian Burke decides to make a change, there will be more head coaching options in the summer. In particular, Kirk Muller could be available. And not to jump a step and look too far ahead, but he would be the ideal candidate.

Islanders put the screws to Evgeni Nabokov with suspension

The New York Islanders suspended goalie Evgeni Nabokov(notes) today for failing to report to the team after they claimed him on waivers. Hanging up on the team’s general manager probably didn’t help matters.

Why Giguere Can’t Be Traded?

There is all kinds of talk about trading J-S Giguere, mostly from callers to radio stations who don’t understand the particulars in this case.

Ideally, the time to trade him would be now, were there any market for him (which there isn’t) and or any team dumb enough (there isn’t) to inherit what is left of his $7 million contract.

If not Bieksa, then who’s possible for Ducks?

There are four weeks left until the Feb. 28 trade deadline and Ducks GM Bob Murray has said that he’d like to be a buyer if his team survives this grueling stretch of road games that extends into the middle of February.

So far they’re doing just that. Now what can Murray do to push this group over?

Like many club executives, Murray isn’t wont to discuss specific plans. We do know they’d like to improve the blue line, which has been game but still allows goalie Jonas Hiller to see way too many shots.

Rangers need power on point

At some point, the Rangers are going to get healthy — well, healthier — but even when they do, even when Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Dubinsky return, the Blueshirts are still going to have a gaping hole.

Richards to the Leafs????

The blogger Eklund tossed out a rumor this evening on Hockeybuzz.com that has a few Stars fans buzzing.

He contended that the Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs were discussing a trade that would send Brad Richards, Jamie Benn and Ondrej Roman to Toronto for Nazem Kadri, Clarke MacArthur, Kris Versteeg and a conditional pick.

Nabokov Hangs Up on Islanders GM Snow

Evgeni Nabokov gave off a poor first impression to Islanders general manager Garth Snow, but not bad enough to make New York sour on the veteran goalie it wants to add to the roster.

Snow reached out to the 35-year-old Nabokov on Saturday shortly after the Islanders claimed him from the Detroit Red Wings — the team with which Nabokov signed a one-year contract on Thursday. Snow said when he identified himself on the phone, Nabokov immediately hung up.

Sens owner won't fire coach, GM

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk broke his silence Saturday night, assuring Ottawa hockey fans he has a strategy to improve his struggling team and bring a Stanley Cup home.

Speaking from his home in Barbados, Melnyk told the Ottawa Sun thatGM Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston aren’t going to be fired before the end of the season and a plan is being put in place to get the club back on track.

Alfredsson, Gonchar, Kovalev and others on the trade block?

Owner Eugene Melnyk broke his silence on his team’s season from hell on Saturday when he told the Ottawa Sun that, “The time has come to make some of the most difficult decisions that any owner can make.”

Melnyk said he has a plan “in motion” but refused to elaborate.

The Globe and Mail, however, has learned certain aspects of the plan.

Hockey Trade Rumors from the Ottawa Sun

Fisher on block? Sens sizing up trade market for veteran centre

Leafs looking to make deals

Panthers ready to clear house

Chicago GM Bowman shoots down Seabook trade rumors

There’s no truth to that at all. He’s been dynamite for us here,” Bowman told Sporting News. “We’re trying to re-sign him.”

Chicago fans have had to witness talent leaving town since the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup because of the salary cap, but Seabrook won¹t join the list.

ISLANDERS CLAIM GOALTENDER NABOKOV OFF WAIVERS

In a move that is getting popular with NHL general managers, goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders on Saturday after signing with the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Devils may claim goalie Evgeni Nabokov and then put him on waivers

The Devils may claim goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on waivers and then put him back on waivers Friday so that he can sign with the Detroit Red Wings.