Monthly Archives: November 2011

More Columbus trade rumours :/

I think Steve Mason is 3-12-1 or something. Not very good considering he is an NHL goaltender….among other things. Rumors have been circulating that the Jackets have shown interest in Jonathan Bernier from LA, but their asking price is Ryan Johansen….a price too high for Howsen.

Leafs’ Reimer feeling better, set to return ‘soon’

Saying he has felt “99 per cent for 30 days,” Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer told reporters on Tuesday that he hopes to return to the lineup “soon.”

“The symptoms are getting better or almost gone. I think it’s just a matter now of getting back into shape,” Reimer said. “I’ve felt great the last five days. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Another GTA option for NHL?

If they build it, they will come.

Or will they?

On the surface, the proposed construction of the 19,500-seat GTA Centre in Markham is not an attempt to land a second National Hockey League team to southern Ontario.

Kessel is hockey's best story

Of all that has gone on in the first quarter of this sometimes brilliant, sometimes worrisome Maple Leafs season, the emergence of Phil Kessel as a possible National Hockey League star is the story that trumps all that isn’t Crosby.

Mason Raymond nears return to Canucks lineup

Mason Raymond is close to returning from a fractured vertebra in his back.
Very close.
The expectation is the Canucks forward could be back in the lineup for this week’s three-game road trip, which begins on Wednesday in Colorado.

Sens will be able to deal with depth on defence

Bryan Murray spent a long time in the stands during Sunday’s morning skate speaking with Mike Gillis.

Yes, the Senators left with defenceman Filip Kuba on board.

Whether the Senators GM and his Vancouver counterpart actually talked trade during their chat is only speculation, but it’s well-known the Canucks are looking for defencemen and Ottawa will have extras sooner or later.

Jackets and Hurricanes talking trade?

The Columbus Blue Jackets clearly need help on the back end and there’s talk of a deal sending Antoine Vermette to the Carolina Hurricanes for Bryan Allen. Meanwhile, centre Derick Brassard, the Jackets’ first pick in the 2006 draft, is a healthy scratch. He is definitely available, but at $3.3 million this year and $3.7 million next season, he’s too expensive. He should be taking over games at 24, but doesn’t have enough competitive fire. Has any team swung and missed more with their first-rounders — Nikita Filatov, Gilbert Brule, Nikolai Zherdev, Pascal Leclaire, Brassard — all going in the top eight? If you’re wondering how bad the Jackets are, they’ve won six of their last 40 games.

If Sens winning ways continue, Murray may be forced to deal

The way his team has played over the first 20 games has created a dilemma for Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray.

Instead of just sitting back and watching in a rebuilding season, he might have to start thinking about adding pieces to bolster his team’s playoff hopes. One game over .500 as they prepare to meet the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, the Senators have the No. 8 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Their fortunes could easily change over the next 20 games, but if they don’t, and the Senators remain in the playoff picture, then Murray said he’s going to have to start thinking about making a deal or deals.

Injury-plagued Oilers call up reserves from Oklahoma City

With Andy Sutton and Corey Potter set to have MRIs to determine the extent of their injuries, the Edmonton Oilers have recalled Colten Teubert and Taylor Chorney to fill the holes in the defensive corps.

The pinch-hitters were flying in from Oklahoma City and will join Theo Peckham, Jeff Petry, Tom Gilbert and Ladislav Smid on Saturday when the Oilers take on the explosive Chicago Blackhawks.

Leafs not ready to press trade button

With James Reimer, Matthew Lombardi, Mike Komisarek, Mikhail Grabovski, Clarke MacArthur and Colby Armstrong all sidelined due to injury, six of the 20 players often dressed by Ron Wilson will be watching the game in street clothes. The flood of bodies clogging the trainer’s room has many panicking fans urging Maple Leafs management to immediately go out and pull the trigger on some huge deals.

Carter wants to leave Columbus already

Forward of the Columbus Blue Jackets Jeff Carter would have already asked to be traded.

The Blue Jackets have acquired the services of Carter of the Philadelphia Flyers in the month of June, giving back Jakub Voracek and two draft picks. Les Flyers avaient ensuite sélectionné Sean Couturier et Nick Cousins. The Flyers were then selected Sean Couturier and Nick Cousins.

Could the Kings and Devils be looking to swing a huge trade?

The Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils are believed to have engaged in recent trade discussions, prompting each team to dispatch its scouting staff to watch the other club.

It has been widely reported that the Devils have an interest in Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier, however sources close to the Kings told TFP the team is not interested in moving him, at this point, barring a substantial offer.

Gagner for Franson?

Edmonton Oilers’ centre Sam Gagner, who keeps finding himself in trade rumours–Toronto for defenceman Cody Franson is the latest or Chicago where he could be reunited with London Knights junior linemate Patrick Kane– didn’t skate Wednesday, nursing a sore back.