Monthly Archives: October 2011

Panic in Columbus?

The spotlight is on the Columbus Blue Jackets these days.

Given their poor start, the expectations that came with their ballooning payroll heading into this offseason and the Jeff Carter injury, the team has had trade talks with other teams.

But, as of Tuesday, there was nothing imminent on the trade front, a source told The team is so banged up right now, it doesn’t have the bodies available to make a trade just for the sake of it. Carter is the biggest of the injuries; he is listed as week to week with a fractured foot and the team put him on IR on Tuesday.

Is Bourque on the trade block?

Not suggesting Feaster is shopping Bourque, but his name is out there and teams are interested.!/DarrenDreger/statuses/126457889710817280

Phoenix or bust

There continues to be a lot of Kyle Turris trade rumors surfacing, including some that say teams have made “significant” offers to the Phoenix Coyotes; all of which is apparently news to Phoenix GM Dave Maloney, who continues to be adamant that the Coyotes are not trading the restricted free agent who hasn’t come to terms on a new deal, and that if he plays anywhere in the NHL this season, it will be Phoenix or bust. If Turris isn’t signed by Dec. 1st, he’s not eligible to play in the NHL this season.

Hodgson ready to wing it

t seemed like since the middle of summer people were speculating where Cody Hodgson would land once Ryan Kesler returned from hip labrum surgery.

Third line? Fourth? Chicago Wolves?

On Tuesday against the New York Rangers he’ll be playing right wing on a line with Kesler and Chris Higgins – which is much less of a issue for Hodgson than many would have thought.


The Foster Hewitt Media Gondola at the Air Canada Centre always is a popular spot for league scouts but there were more than usual on hand on Monday night. All in all, 17 teams were represented including scouts from the Bruins, Stars, Panthers,


Matt Frattin is just three months and one day younger than Phil Kessel.

“He’s also played like five years,” said the 23-year-old Frattin of Kessel’s NHL experience. “That’s why I asked him the other day and he said he’d already played five and was on his sixth, I was like ‘You’re a year older than me and you already played that many’. I couldn’t believe it.”

Canucks Close to Acquiring Turris

Quick Update..

The Canucks are pursuing Kyle Turris BIG time and have vaulted to the the top of the list of possible destinations for the New Westminster, BC Native.

The Canucks have had “intense talks at the highest levels” according to two sources..One adding that last night a deal almost was put together…

2011 NHL Trade Rumors – Cory Schneider to Coyotes?

The NHL season is already headed into its second week of play and its clear this is going to be a terrific season of hockey. There are a few teams that have started the season slow and the Vancouver Canucks are one of those teams.

Vancouver entered this season with two outstanding goalies and the rumors in the off-season was the team was looking to deal one for a physical defensemen. The latest from Bleacher Report has the team dealing Cory Schneider to the Phoenix Coyotes in a deal that could help the team add some toughness and breakout of the early season slump the team is having.

Nabokov as trade bait?

One possible explanation for coach Jack Capuano’s surprising decision to start Evgeni Nabokov in goal?

The Islanders could be showcasing the 36-year-old netminder in hopes of trading him.

Capuano’s decision was a puzzling one, especially since starter Al Montoya played so well in the team’s first three games. The 26-year-old is 2-1-0 with a 1.35 GAA and .953 save percentage.

Cherry apologizes to former NHL enforcers

A contrite Don Cherry finally apologized to three former NHL tough guys Saturday for disparaging them for their views on fighting in hockey.

Cherry apologized to Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson after he called them “pukes” and “turncoats” on the first broadcast of CBC’s “Coach’s Corner” of the season last week. He also said he was wrong to suggest that Nilan and Grimson linked fighting in hockey to drug use.

The three players said in a statement Tuesday that they are considering taking legal action against Cherry. Grimson is a lawyer practising out of Nashville.

Garrioch: Flames' Feaster would like to make moves

There are more than a couple of contracts Flames GM Jay Feaster would like to burn.

Two league sources told QMI Agency that Feaster is desperately trying to get money off the books.

Not only would Feaster move struggling C Olli Jokinen in a heartbeat, the word around the league is the Flames have been shopping C Matt Stajan, W Niklas Hagman and D David Moss.

Should Columbus stick with Steve Mason?

By Michael Arace’s count, there were 27 scouts in attendance for the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. Twenty-seven.

Coyotes Better Off Trading Turris?

League sources indicate as many as seven teams have presented offers to Coyotes GM Don Maloney in an effort to make a deal with holdout center Kyle Turris.