Monthly Archives: January 2011

Monday Jan 3, 2011 Rumors

Zach Parise, Sami Salo, Kevin Bieska and Jamie Langenbrunner rumor tidbits.

Flames making cases to stay

Team comes together, making it tough on new boss leading up to trade deadline

It’s now or never for the current incarnation of the Calgary Flames.

You have to believe this team has a short window of opportunity to prove it can challenge for the playoffs before interim GM Jay Feaster is forced to focus on the future at the trade deadline.

Trade talks not at serious stage, Burke says

Brian Burke is growing tired of repeating that coach Ron Wilson won’t be fired, but now the focus for change with the Leafs will start becoming the Feb. 28 NHL trade deadline.

The general manager didn’t wait for last year’s deadline to get close before significant deals on Jan. 31 with Calgary and Anaheim that shed a lot of dead wood from the roster. That he did it under the restrictive cap system was quite a feat. But it’s a lot trickier this time around.

Trade waters starting to stir

Guess Garth Snow didn’t want the New Jersey Devils getting out of range.

Okay, that’s mean. Presumably, the Islander GM simply saw a chance to get some value for a veteran defenceman, James Wisniewski, who will be unrestricted in July, and pulled the trigger, getting a second round pick and a fifth rounder from Montreal.

Leafs have Versteeg on block?

According to a report on Hockey Night In Canada’s Hot Stove segment, Leafs general manager Brian Burke has fielded an offer for forward Kris Versteeg.

Versteeg, of course, was acquired during the off-season in a deal with the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, one that saw young, speedy forward Viktor Stalberg shipped from the Leafs to the Windy City.

ISLANDERS SEND ROLOSON TO LIGHTNING FOR WISHART

The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired 41-year-old goalie Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders shortly after beating the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

The Lightning, who earned a 2-1 overtime win on Saturday, sent minor league defenceman Ty Wishart to the Islanders.

Canucks want Salo to go slow, but he will force tough cap choice

Get well, Sami. But not too soon.

If injured Canuck defenceman Sami Salo is eventually subjected to 12 or 14 full practices before he is allowed to play — Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault cites that number using a training-camp analogy for Salo’s return — it will be the longest runway back from injury in National Hockey League history. Like any other player returning from a serious injury, Salo should be well enough to play after 1-2 weeks of full on-ice training. But the Canucks still talk about his absence in terms of several weeks.

Teams have shown interest in Beauchemin

In less than two seasons with the Maple Leafs, veteran blueliners Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin have combined to go minus-31.

That’s the same Mike Komisarek who is on the books for a cap hit of $4.5 million US.

And the same Francois Beauchemin who is on the books for a cap hit of $3.8 million.