Monthly Archives: October 2011

2011 NHL Trade Rumors – Maple Leafs Moving Tim Connolly?

The NHL is not even two weeks into the regular season, and there are already a number of trade rumors circulating around social media sites.

The latest rumor has the Toronto Maple Leafs looking to move center Tim Connolly before the trade deadline later this season. Bleacher Report is the main source of this rumor and most of the story deals on what happened last season.

Teams scouting the Jackets

Toronto, Tampa Bay, Winnipeg, Ottawa have two scouts in Nationwide.!/Aportzline/status/124252981079183360

Can Canes afford Pitkanen?

ou take the good with the bad with Joni Pitkanen. His talent tantalizes, which is why he was drafted fourth overall and has been traded for significant returns twice since. His inconsistency also frustrates, which is why he has been traded twice since.

Given the Carolina Hurricanes’ financial situation, along with their sudden surfeit of defensemen, it’s fair to wonder whether Pitkanen is a luxury the Hurricanes cannot afford.

Leafs are stacked with options

The return of Clarke MacArthur this Saturday is a no-brainer now that he is sprung from Brendan Shanahan’s penitentiary.

The return of Cody Franson will require another heart-to-heart talk with whichever Maple Leafs defenceman has to sit Saturday against the Calgary Flames.

Turris trying to force a trade?

As mentioned on Hotstove, Don Maloney re-iterated that he will not trade Kyle Turris, saying that if Turris wants to play anywhere in the NHL this year, it will be in Phoenix.

Rumor: Gagner and Omark Available

I’ve heard from two different people today that the Oilers are shopping Sam Gagner and Linus Omark in an effort to acquire a Top 4 puck-moving defenseman. In respect to both players, they are being made available because of the depth the Oilers have, and the team’s need to get bigger up front.

Identifying early-season trade candidates

During the first few weeks of the season, most general managers will be in full evaluation mode. Once November hits, the most aggressive teams will start addressing early-season issues. Last November, Ryan O’Byrne, Ian White, Anton Babchuk, Matt Hunwick, Tomas Fleischmann and Scott Hannan were among the notable players involved in a fall trade.

Don Cherry must apologize or could face lawsuit: sources

Accusing hockey’s best-known commentator of “a complete lack of decency,” three former NHL enforcers have raised the spectre of legal action against Don Cherry for controversial comments he made last week.

On Tuesday morning, the Nashville-based law firm Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert released a statement saying former NHL players Chris Nilan, Jim Thomson and Stu Grimson are “considering further recourse” with regard to a rant Cherry made on Hockey Night in canada, calling these players “pukes,” “hypocrites” and “turncoats.”

Kadri speeds back

Ron Wilson has been caught off-guard by Nazem Kadri’s speed.

His recovery speed, that is.

“The little bastard is back faster than I was led to believe,” Wilson said lightheartedly after watching Kadri work out with the team on Monday.

Are there any interesting players out there for the Stars to add?

As we referenced earlier, the Stars are in jeopardy of slipping beneath the salary cap floor when healthy, and are looking for a player to add who could help the team and boost the payroll.

So who could be available?

It appears that for a new player to help the floor situation, he would have to make $1.2 million or more a year. Young winger Tomas Vincour is on a two-way contract, so he would be the candidate to move to the AHL to make way for a more expensive player. Because Vincour makes $800,000 a year and because the Stars could fall about $300,000 under the floor (it’s a complicated formula in which that number changes daily, but that’s pretty close), the Stars need to add a pretty healthy paycheck.

New York Rangers' demotion of Sean Avery could force Dallas Stars to acquir

The Stars are studying moves to add a player because of the sudden possibility that they could drop below the NHL-mandated salary floor of $48.3 million.

The Stars have been paying half of Sean Avery’s salary to the New York Rangers since losing him on recall waivers in 2009, and that $1.9 million has also counted against the salary cap for the Stars.

However, the Rangers last week assigned Avery to the their minor league team in Connecticut , and the NHL notified the Stars that they could not count Avery’s cap hit while he is in the minors, even though they still must pay the salary.

That puts the Stars perilously close to the cap floor.

Kessel hat trick, Phaneuf hit key Leafs’ win over Senators

The argument could be made ht that Dion Phaneuf played his best game as a Maple Leaf on Saturday night.

Ditto for Phil Kessel.

For sure, Phaneuf had a powerful outing against Ottawa — as did Phil Kessel, with his first hat trick in a Toronto uniform — as the Leafs swamped a hapless Senators side 6-5 at the Air Canada Centre.

Strange turn for Turris

I haven’t met one NHL manager or scout who isn’t dumbfounded by Kyle Turris digging in his heels with the Coyotes and trying for $3 million or $4 million a year when he’s done little to justify it. The Coyotes just gave Martin Hanzal $3.1 million a year. They’re not giving it to Turris.