Monthly Archives: November 2011

Could the Leafs swing a deal for Nabokov?

Ron Wilson could be reunited with Nabokov. But will #Isles trade a quality G within East again for a draft pick or iffy prospect?

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Next steps for Jarome Iginla

He’s 34 years old, hasn’t been in the playoffs since 2009 and is still trying to win his first Stanley Cup. Jarome Iginla and the Flames lost Tuesday night, but he was out there battling. He had one of the best scoring chances on Niklas Backstrom, a shot that hit the post during the Minnesota Wild’s 3-0 win. He fought Nick Johnson and was convincing enough in his argument that he was head-butted in the fight to earn a five-minute power play and match penalty for Johnson. But it was another loss for a Flames team that sits in 13th place in the Western Conference with a 6-7-1 record.

Rumors surrounding Sam Gagner and his future in Edmonton

Q: I can’t see New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello being interested in Sam Gagner, but the New York Islanders might be desperate enough. Do you think Islanders GM Garth Snow would give up a first-round draft pick for Gagner? In next June’s draft that is loaded with defenceman, a first-rounder has great value.

REIMER'S ABSENCE SUDDENLY IN FOCUS

The question hangs precariously in the air with no imminent answer in sight.

James Reimer’s return appears no closer to fruition as the Leafs’ crease continues to wobble in his absence. Ron Wilson was forced to hook his starter for the second consecutive game on Tuesday as the Leafs dropped a 5-1 decision to the Panthers, the first time they’ve lost two games in a row all season – they were thumped 7-0 by the Bruins on Saturday.

Toronto goaltending currently sits third-worst in the NHL (3.37 goals against average, .888 save percentage), struggles that were clearly on display at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night.

Kelly: Whatever you think of him, Cherry’s slow fall sad to watch

Since our politics have become depressingly reasonable, Canadians looking for a fight are forced to pick sides on the issue of Don Cherry.

Cherry, who was always the first guy wading in, seems less and less inclined to punch back.

Over the weekend, he declined an honorary degree from Kingston’s Royal Military College after one faculty member wrote an angry letter and sent it to the local paper.

Alfredsson nearing return?

Surely, Wednesday was circled on somebody’s calendar, with the New York Rangers coming to town.

And maybe there was a bit of payback on the minds of a couple of Senators.

The object of the payback: Public Enemy No. 1 Wojtek Wolski— the Ranger whose hit knocked Daniel Alfredsson silly and right out of the Senators lineup.

The shifting goalie trade market

It was the logical move. Veteran goalie Scott Clemmensen was back from knee surgery and the Panthers needed to find the roster space to activate him behind Jose Theodore. So talented rookie Jacob Markstrom had to go, sent to the Florida Panthers’ AHL affiliate in San Antonio. Logical, but not easy.

Montreal Canadiens' Scott Gomez nearing a return to action

Scott Gomez is a few strides closer to returning to the Canadiens’ lineup and head coach Jacques Martin is looking at a real-life game of musical chairs.

Sam Gagner rumors

Gagner’s long-term status with the Edmonton Oilers is up in the air. With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins making the team and centring Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, and captain Shawn Horcoff as the No. 2 centre, that means Gagner is No. 3. Do the Oiler want that? I’m not so sure.

Turris v Malone: can there be a winner?

We all know the story by now (and I’m sure some of us are getting sick of hearing it): Turris wants out of the desert, and has refused to sign and requested a trade. Malone refuses to trade or give Turris the reported 3 or so million he wants (more likely, just a ridiculous figure proposed to ensure they wouldn’t sign him). So, who is in the wrong and who will come out on top?

Leafs Connolly out 10-14 days

The injury bug continues to bite Toronto Maple Leafs centre Tim Connolly.

Connolly missed practice on Monday and head coach Ron Wilson told reporters that the veteran is out 10 days to two weeks with an upper-body injury sustained on Saturday.

Connolly, who signed as a free agent in the summer, started the year on injured reserve and missed eight games with an upper-body injury.

Habs looing at Penner?

The Canadiens are talking to the La Kings regarding Dustin Penner (e4). I am surprised at this, and would be pretty shocked were anything to come of this rumor, HOWEVER there are two sources, one with the Kings, one with Habs, who confirm discussions…so at least it is worth noting and I will continue to track this…’

RUMOURS DU JOUR

Isles GM Garth Snow has been busy working the phones. Sources say he’s trying to move LW Blake Comeau, who was pointless in eight games going into Saturday. He’s making $2.5 million this season and is a looming RFA in July. Not sure if Comeau is in the doghouse of coach Jack Capuano, but nobody should be happy with Comeau’s start coming off 46 points last season. The Isles may also be shopping for a second-line centre.