Monthly Archives: January 2011

Vokoun, Panthers discuss contract extension

Goalie’s future with team may hinge on playoff chances as Feb. 28 trade deadline approaches

Despite seasonlong reports and rumors to the contrary, the Panthers are involved in ongoing talks with the agent of goalie Tomas Vokoun regarding a contract extension.

Vokoun, 34, in the last year of a $6.3 million contract, is 16-15-1 with a 2.56 goals-against-average and ninth-ranked save percentage of .922 while facing the sixth-most shots (1,000).

Blues hit snag in bid to sign Wellwood

The Blues’ exhaustive search for offensive help has taken them to Russia twice, and now with it appearing that both of those attempts may end up failing, the club has turned to Peoria again.

As much as goal scoring has seemed like a problem for the Blues, in the 16 games they played without Andy McDonald, David Perron and T.J. Oshie before facing Anaheim on Wednesday night, the offense ac*****ulated 46 goals, or 2.9 a game. In fact, in their four-game winless skid, the Blues netted 11 goals, or 2.8 a game. Both of those figures are above the team’s season average of 2.6.

Rangers need gift of Gab

You bet the Rangers would listen if a team not on Marian Gaborik’s limited no-trade list comes calling between now and the Feb. 28 deadline, but general manager Glen Sather is neither increasing the volume on his ringer nor soliciting offers for the slumping sniper who may be awakening, but without the results to show for it through yet another drought.

Leafs GM ‘working the phones hard’ to improve roster

Leafs GM ‘working the phones hard’

GLENDALE, ARIZ.—Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke says the recent uptick in his team’s performance doesn’t change the fact he’s looking for trades, but the offers certainly have improved.

“When you’re struggling, you’re very popular and the offers you get are mostly garbage,” said Burke. “When you’re playing better, you’re not as popular and the offers you get are better. It definitely makes a difference what cycle your team is in as to what kind of offers you’re fielding.”

You play GM – What should the Flames do before deadline?

Brent Sutter, shortly after the latest collapse, told reporters that this is not the kind of team he wants.

And he said it more than once.

Fading Leafs eye trades

If you were Brian Burke, what do you do?

Your team, which has missed the post-season the past five years, was buried 13 points below the playoff line heading into last night’s action. You have no first-round draft pick in June. And you just underwent a major overhaul 11 months ago.

Would you buy? Would you sell? Or would you stay the course and let things reach their inevitable end?

Gigure aware time in Toronto may be up

There are several layers of resurgence needed before Jean-Sébastien Giguère can begin to think toward next season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ veteran goalie must first conquer a terribly stubborn groin ailment that has sidelined him for much of the past four weeks. Then he must prove he can perform effectively over a span of games. Only then can Giguère think about prolonging an NHL career that began with the Hartford Whalers in 1997.

MacArthur, Schenn on Leafs’ sign-or-trade list

Given his druthers, Clarke MacArthur would rather remain a Toronto Maple Leaf.

But deciding what to do with the team’s leading scorer, heading into Monday night’s game against the Kings, may well be on top of general manager Brian Burke’s to-do list, followed by re-signing defenceman Luke Schenn and deciding what the trade value truly is for some of his most-sought players including Francois Beauchemin.

Wellwood on way to St. Louis

Kyle Wellwood is signing a one-year deal with the St. Louis Blues. The former Canuck would have to clear waivers.

Wellwood was cut by Moscow Atlant of the KHL this season after managing just 5-3-8 in 25 games. He was a plus-6, but was averaging just 8:39 of ice time a game.

Devils may tell Parise to pack up

The deconstruction of the Devils has begun. Painful though it may be to cast away estimable champions such as Jamie Langenbrunner, this is going to be the easy part for general manager Lou Lamoriello.

The reconstruction is going to be the difficult part, though it couldn’t be simpler to identify the first and most critical component of that process: Signing Zach Parise to a contract extension that ensures the presumptive next captain of the club remains in New Jersey for the duration of his career.

A LOT OF LEAFS IN PLAY LEADING UP TO TRADE DEADLINE

The NHL season has reached the midway point and once again the Toronto Maple Leafs are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings and likely looking towards the future.

With the February 28 trade deadline coming into view, trade speculation is bound to heat up in Toronto. In an interview with The Fan 590, Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke said that he knows what he has on his current roster and won’t hesitate to make a move if it makes sense for his team.

Flyers Ready to Strike Before Trade Deadline

Already one of the best teams in the NHL, the Philadelphia Flyers are poised to become deeper and better between now and the trade deadline. A league source tells FanHouse that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren will exhaust all means necessary to put last year’s Stanley Cup finalist in the best position possible for another championship run.

Jamie Langenbrunner is going to be a Dallas Star once again.

The New Jersey Devils have arranged a conference call for 10:30am et where they are expected to announce that they’ve traded the 35-year-old forward back to his former team. Going to the Devils is a third-round pick with a possible conditional element attached to it.