Monthly Archives: October 2011

Connolly glad to get bumped

He may not be ready to handle the bruising Flyers just yet, but Tim Connolly believes he is moving much closer to finally making his regular-season debut as a Maple Leaf.

The veteran forward, who is eventually expected to centre the big line of Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, has been cleared for contact and took his first friendly fire from teammates during Sunday’s practice at the Wells Fargo Center.

Will the Blue jackets swing a deal?

The Blue Jackets are starting to draw the attention of the league now, and for all the wrong reasons.

At 0-7-1 after a crushing 4-3 loss to Ottawa on Saturday, the Blue Jackets took a day off today. They’ll get back to work on at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, giving them a day to get ready for a rematch with Detroit.

But the questions swirling around the franchise aren’t taking a break. How many more can this team lose? How much longer can coach Scott Arniel keep his job? For that matter, what about GM Scott Howson? Is a trade shake-up coming?


The Coyotes aren’t actively shopping C Kyle Turris, an RFA who refused to accept a qualifying offer from Phoenix GM Don Maloney, but the club has had calls. The belief is Turris doesn’t want to return to the Coyotes and is hopeful somebody will give him an offer sheet that Phoenix won’t match. Sounds like it’s a little late for that to happen … As was reported in this space last week, Calgary GM Jay Feaster isn’t wasting any time trying to make changes.

Canucks may not be done dealing

Vancouver and Florida make a significant early season trade. Not surprised,a lot of discussion around the league. Canucks may not be done.!/DarrenDreger/statuses/128090317479096320


The Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Petteri Nokelainen and defenceman Garrett Stafford from the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday in exchange for forward Brock Trotter and a seventh-round draft pick in 2013.

NHL Trade Scenarios: 11 Players Who Would Welcome a Trade ASAP

Although the NHL season is very young, the trade rumors from the offseason that never materialized are beginning to resurface as new speculations are also being made.

There is plenty of hockey to still be played, but already some players would love to get out of their current surroundings and be dealt to a different franchise.

Some guys could just need a change of scenery while others just want to play for a winner to have a chance to win a Stanley Cup before their career ends.

Here are 11 such NHLers who would welcome a trade ASAP.

Hartnell not afraid of trade rumors

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has admitted his disappointment over losing playing time this season, but still enjoys being a member of the club.

Will Senators deal Alfredsson?

Don’t automatically assume Daniel Alfredsson will be a top candidate to be a “rental player” at the NHL trade deadline.

While there is a possibility the Senators captain could be traded to a contender in February so he has a chance to win a Stanley Cup, it’s far from a sure thing.

Players on Waivers

Ivanans (CGY) and Bagnall (MIN) clear waivers. On waivers today: Nolan Baumgartner (VAN) and Scott Jackson (TB).!/TSNBobMcKenzie/statuses/127053947746779138

Here’s our solution: deal Lou for Vincent

Roberto Luongo’s on-again, off-again relationship with Canucks’ fans wasn’t helped any Tuesday night by his team’s lacklustre 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers. Despite stellar regular-season play and his Olympic gold medal, many fans believe the brooding, somewhat joyless Mr. Luongo is incapable of carrying the team to Lord Stanley’s promised land.

The loss to the Rangers wasn’t Luongo’s fault entirely; the forwards lacked finish despite generating 40 shots.

Nikita Filatov recalled by Ottawa

Winger Nikita Filatov who has been a standout in Binghamton so far, has been notified and recalled by the Senators tonight. He will on the plane tomorrow morning and will join the team back in Ottawa.

Quick Leafs update

Kadri assigned to Marlies and Connolly is inching closer to return. Told he’s doubtful for tomorrow, but could play after that.!/DarrenDreger/statuses/126750118606159872

Luongo reacts to boos by rolling up his sleeves

He left the ice exhausted (BOOOOO!) and walked down the hall to the dressing room (BOOOOO!) where Roberto Luongo slumped joylessly into his stall (BOOOOO!) and slowly removed his goaltending equipment (BOOOOO!) while reporters surveyed him like undertakers.

So, Roberto, how does it feel to get booed?