Monthly Archives: October 2011

RANGERS PLACE CONTROVERSIAL FORWARD AVERY ON WAIVERS

Sean Avery’s days in New York appear to be over with the news that he was placed on waivers by the Rangers on Tuesday.

If he clears, the Rangers could send him to their American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford. According to his agent Pat Morris, playing in Europe is among his other options.

Stajan not outstanding, but OK, says Sutter

Of players needing make an impression this camp, Matt Stajan may have topped that list.

Pressed for comment about the unachieving centreman — who had a couple of nice moments in pre-season games — Flames coach Brent Sutter offered a lukewarm appraisal.

“He’s got to continue to get better,” Sutter said of the 27-year-old who represents a $3.5 million cap bite. “He had an OK camp, OK exhibition (games). Staje has been fine.”

Fine. But good enough to be one of the Flames’ opening-day centremen?

Holding down those four spots are Brendan Morrison, Olli Jokinen, Mikael Backlund, and, in Sutter’s mind, Roman Horak, who’s only 20 years old.

Leafs to shop Gunnarsson?

In a perfect world, Burke would like to use his blue liner surplus as bait for a possible trade for forward help. Gunnarsson is a likely candidate and will be showcased while playing with Phaneuf.

Franson has an encouraging upside and would seem to be in the team’s long-term plans. Aulie, meanwhile, is just a phone call away, especially if Gardiner has some hiccups once the regular season kicks off and the bullets start flying for real.

Quick Leafs Update

Wilson says Connolly is 50/50, presumably for Thursday’s game. Lombardi will start the season on the fourth line.

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NHL notes: Scrivens out, more Leaf cuts Monday – Wilson likes Turris

Goalie Ben Scrivens, who was spectacular in two outings in the pre-season, was sent down to the AHL Marlies on Sunday. Scrivens appeared in two pre-season games for the Maple Leafs in 2011 and posted two wins. He allowed one goal in 63 minutes for a 0.95 goals-against average.

Are the Oilers looking at McCabe?

the Oilers’ back end also needs a puck-moving defenceman. There’s no sense having forwards Taylor Hall, Magnus Paajarvi and Ales Hemsky come back 180 feet to get on the attack, when one 60-foot head-man pass will send them on their way.

That’s a longer story for another day, but Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini certainly is looking. Yes, we know young Carl Gunnarsson’s name keeps coming up because the Toronto Maple Leafs have too many blue-liners and badly need forwards — where the Oilers are top heavy — but is the Swede really the answer? Or has Tambellini filed away the cellphone number of free agent Bryan McCabe?

Flyers' rookie Brayden Schenn sitting on roster bubble

After he took part in Sunday’s practice in Voorhees, rookie center Brayden Schenn said he is healthy and available to play in Thursday’s opener in Boston. But are the Flyers ready to put him on their roster?

Dreger – Via TSN.ca – LEAFS LOOK TO UPGRADE

There is little heavy-lifting required for the Toronto Maple Leafs to cut their roster down to 23 for next weeks season opener.
Nazem Kadri is expected to be placed on injured reserve which will allow Toronto to keep an extra body on the roster while he recovers from a knee strain.
The Leafs will keep eight defensemen, with Matt Lashoff likely the odd man out. Meanwhile, close tabs will be kept on both Keith Aulie and Jake Gardiner to ensure they can handle the load.
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Jim Matheson – Via twitter

Could oil trade one of their young forwards for puck-moving D? They need one with whitney hurt to get puck to Hall and Co.

Season Predictions

With Doughty signed and rosters set it looks like time for the yearly predictions….

East

1 Washington
2 Tampa Bay
3 Montreal
4 NJ
5 NY Rangers
6 Philly
7 Boston
8 Carolina

Whitney to the Bruins?

Ray Whitney’s name keeps bubbling up as a potential pickup for the Bruins. Not the first time the crafty winger’s name has been linked to the Black and Gold. He is making $3 million in Phoenix and is on track to be an unrestricted free agent next July 1. Whitney, 39, collected 57 points last season with the Desert Dogs, the same number Patrice Bergeron put up as Boston’s No. 3 scorer.

Leafs chasing the big deal

Clearly discouraged by its current roster, Maple Leafs management is actively working the phones trying to make deals prior to Thursday’s start of the regular season.
What the Leafs would like to do — and may have difficulty accomplishing — is packaging some of their depth players in an attempted deals for single established players in return.