Monthly Archives: November 2011


This isn’t new to the former Toronto Maple Leafs coach, who has had to deal with an undercurrent of speculation of his demise over the course of the past two seasons in Carolina.

Sources say Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford is trying to make a deal for a forward and even though his top defenceman Joni Pitkanen is injured, it’s believed Rutherford would trade either Tomas Kaberle or Bryan Allen in return for an offensive boost up front.

Leafs getting tons of calls for Franson

Burke also told Sportsnet 590 he is getting “deluged with trade offers” for Cody Franson but has no plans to deal the defenceman.!/SNTonyAmbrogio/statuses/136805170255376384

Filatov wants out; Sens say not so fast

Nikita Filatov wants to take the money and run all the way back to Moscow.

Senators GM Bryan Murray confirmed Wednesday the 21-year-old top prospect isn’t happy playing with the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton and asked for his release, so he can suit up for the Central Red Army in the KHL.

Turco not coming to the Leafs

If Marty Turco is going to find a job in the National Hockey League, apparently it won’t be with the Maple Leafs.

“No interest,” Leafs general manager Brian Burke said in an e-mail on Tuesday night.

There were reports that the Leafs reached out to Turco, who is a free agent.

Filatov plans return to KHL

A report in a Russian newspaper said RW Nikita Filatov is negotiating a return to the KHL this season. The sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft was acquired by the Senators from Columbus for a third-round pick at this year’s draft, but had just one assist in six games before he was demoted. Filatov was in the Binghamton lineup Tuesday night, but players have negotiated a release in the past. He entered the game with four goals and two assists in 11 games for the Baby Sens …

Where would the Leafs be without Kessel?

Forget for a moment the fresh and yet-to-be-determined injuries to forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur and ask yourself this: Where would the Maple Leafs be this morning if it weren’t for the handiwork of Phil Kessel?

It may have often been ugly Tuesday night at a dead Air Canada Centre, but the Leafs still managed to salvage a shootout-loss point to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Jackets and Flames working hard to swing deals

The usual suspects were busy trying to get deals done today in TO: Howson CBUS and Feaster CGY!/SunGarrioch/statuses/136585884567994368

So who’s next to leave?

For a team not rebuilding, the Flames are certainly making a lot of changes.

Since last season ended, the following veterans have been sent packing in various ways: Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik, Steve Staios, Fredrik Modin, Adam Pardy, Daymond Langkow, Raitis Ivanans and Niklas Hagman, who Monday was claimed by the Anaheim Ducks off re-entry waivers.

Connolly ready to re-join Leafs

For all of the knocks Tim Connolly takes in Leafs Nation and beyond, he does add an element or two to the Maple Leafs lineup when he is healthy.

With Columbus in sell mode, Brassard could be good fit in Ottawa

Columbus GM Scott Howson is the most active working the phones. The only Jacket not being shopped is LW Rick Nash. Pretty much everybody else is available … and the objective is to get rid of money.

The Senators could have at least mild interest in 24-year-old Gatineau native Derick Brassard. He’s minus-11 with two goals and two assists in 15 games and was a healthy scratch Saturday night. Brassard might turn out to be a good fit on the Senators’ second line.

Toronto could be nice soft landing for Clemmensen

After watching the Maple Leafs goalies flopping around last night and reading today’s stories in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun, it’s clear that the Leafs could use the steady services of Scott Clemmensen. Not that I’m trying to peddle Clem, because he’s one of the most stand-up athletes I’ve ever covered, but it’s obvious that rookie Jacob Markstrom is ready and the Panthers could have one of the best goalie tandems in the league with him and a resurgent Jose Theodore, who has been solid all season (5-2-2).

Leafs coach set to crack the whip

Seven years of living in the Rocky Mountains with the Colorado Avalanche taught John-Michael Liles a few things about wild weather patterns.

But just a few weeks in Toronto and the veteran defenceman has already seen dramatic swings in the hockey climate of the Air Canada Centre.

From a team that opened with a hot record of 5-0-1 at home, to a cold spell of 0-3 and outscored 17-3.

More Rick Nash Trade Talk

How about Rick Nash? He’s got a no-trade clause, but does he really want to stay in Columbus any longer? He must feel like he’s trying to bail water out of a sinking boat with a shot glass. He’s drowning in a sea of losses, with seven coaches since he was drafted in 2002.