Monthly Archives: October 2011

Connolly could play Saturday

The Maple Leafs were without Tim Connolly when they opened their season Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens at the Air Canada Centre, but there is a slight chance the centre could play at home on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators.

Turris' progress, Doan's future in the desert

Turris waits

On the eve of the NHL season, Kyle Turris remains unsigned. Still no progress, either.

“We continue to have discussions with the Coyotes and are positive that over time Kyle will be playing,” his agent, Kurt Overhardt, told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “Kyle is in great shape and training hard in B.C.”

Leafs looking at Gagner?

According to Damien Cox the Leafs are sniffing around about Oilers center Sam Gagner. The fact the two could be talking trade makes sense on a few levels. The Leafs are heavy on defenseman and the Oilers have some depth at center with Gagner on the IR, Brule in the AHL, and the starting line up of Horcoff, Belanger, Lander, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (not in any particular order).

Success of Canadiens drives Leafs GM crazy

Of all that drives Brian Burke crazy — and there are many things — little rankles him more than the fact the Montreal Canadiens have made the playoffs in the very same seasons that Burke’s Maple Leafs have not.

Bozak ignores trade speculation

Tyler Bozak said on Wednesday that he likes the Maple Leafs’ acquisition of David Steckel, as he won’t have to go into the circle against the NHL’s top faceoff man anymore.

Rangers looking for a dman?

Facing the prospect of perhaps playing the first month of the season without Marc Staal, the Rangers have reopened discussions with 32-year-old free agent defenseman Paul Mara, The Post has learned.

If a contract agreement is reached, the idea would be for Mara, who played 156 games for the Rangers from late in 2006-07 through 2008-09, to join the club in New York on Monday after it returns from Europe.

Colorado Avalanche waits to name its captain

On the day the Avalanche finalized its opening-night roster, the captain of the team remained undecided.

As he previously stated, Avs coach Joe Sacco on Wednesday said forwards Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny will wear an “A” patch on their sweaters as alternate captains, but he’s in no hurry to give anyone the “C.”

A third player, however, will be given an “A,” and that letter might rotate to the chests of various players.

Afternoon NHL Date – October 5, 2011

CANADIENS CLAIM F BETTS

Alfie: This season could be my last

Florida Panthers Finalize Roster, Send Steven Reinprecht and Mike Kostka to AHL San Antonio

Wilson's tenure with Leafs is on the line

The perpendicular world of Ron Wilson is in vogue as yet another Maple Leafs season is set to begin.

Never has Wilson begun a season under such scrutiny in his time as Toronto coach, and never has he liked his Leafs lineup more than he does right now.

NHL Trade Speculation: 3 Trades That Could Pry Cory Schneider from Vancouver

Three teams that could make a trade with Vancouver for Schneider.

Leafs will keep working the phones

Leafs will keep working the phones even after today’s trade. Still a surplus at defense. Nothing imminent at all, but they’ll keep looking.

https://twitter.com/#!/Real_ESPNLeBrun/statuses/121370517071609857

Rangers are in need of another Dman.

Rangers are in need of another Dman. Leafs have plenty. Could Rangers be looking at Gunnarsson or possibly Komisarek? I think so.

https://twitter.com/#!/JoshRimerHockey/statuses/121549751094226944

MAPLE LEAFS ACQUIRE C STECKEL FROM DEVILS FOR DRAFT PICK

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired centre David Steckel from the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

New Jersey will receive Toronto’s fourth-round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for the 29-year-old forward.


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