Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy New years to all

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Wild for an Upgrade?

Firstly: Happy new year :D!!! Thanks for all the support and criticsm from the readers of my writing.

I thought, whgile on the topic of fresh starts…how about the Minnesota Wild? The most obscure thing, aside from a second line of Bouchard-Cullen-Powe, and a third line of Gillies-Brodziak-Johnson; is probably their defensive lines.
Schulz-Scandella
Prosser-Falk
Zidlicky-Zanon
No, I don’t know why it works so well, nor do I know who Nate Prosser is. What i do know is an upgrade couldn’t hurt. If the Wild want to do damage in the playoffs, they will very likely need to acquire some experience and…well…more experience. SO who could be on the move?

Going, Going, Gustavsson?

Rumors are swirling once again about the Toronto Maple Leafs, and their struggles as of late: the penalty kill is where it’s been for a good part of the season, in last, and the goaltending has been troublesome. Let’s think about Jonas Gustavsson for a second: he’s signed until the end of this season, and one would think he has no intention of resigning with his current team for many reasons: primarily the fans have not been kind to him, and perhaps he believs he has what it takes to be a starting goaltender. So, who’s in the market for a backup-with-potential? The Devils, Lightening, Blue Jackets, and of course the Islanders (lol) are all possible contenders. Let’s jump in and look:

tsn.ca – RANGERS PLACE AVERY ON WAIVERS FOR SECOND TIME

The New York Rangers have placed Sean Avery on waivers for the second time this season.

If the veteran forward goes unclaimed by the other 29 NHL teams, he can be sent to the American Hockey League’s Connecticut Whale on Saturday.

Dater – The Avs could by buyers at the deadline

If the Avalanche is in the playoff hunt when the deadline presents itself (Feb. 27), then I think there’s an excellent chance the Avs will be buyers. They’ve got the cap room to do something like pick up a name guy, even if as only a rental.

NHL Trade Speculation: Could the Flyers Pry Keith Yandle Away from Phoenix?

Keith Yandle has been the glue that’s been holding together a struggling Phoenix Coyotes team. As it stands now, the Coyotes sit in ninth place in the Western Conference with 39 points, and the team is currently under .500.

It’s a tough thing to watch, especially since the Coyotes have plenty of talent on their roster. They just can’t seem to pull it all together.

Phoenix recently traded disgruntled forward Kyle Turris to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for David Rundblad and a second-round draft pick. They also traded their star goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to the Philadelphia Flyers in the offseason last year. Even with all these shake-ups, it still hasn’t seemed to change much.

Moves coming in Columbus, Edmonton, Raleigh?

The Columbus Blue Jackets are open for business.

GM Scott Howson has seen enough and signaled his intentions in a solid column by Bob Hunter in Wednesday’s Columbus Dispatch.

I reached out to Howson on Wednesday to follow up, and his feelings certainly had not changed. The GM was willing to forgive his lineup in the opening six weeks with so many faces missing because of injury or suspension, but since then it’s been mostly a healthy lineup and the Jackets have remained stuck in the basement.

“We haven’t played well in the last 2 to 3 weeks and it’s given us a little bit more clarity,” Howson told ESPN.com.

Staal deals with trade rumours, losing

When Eric Staal steps onto the ice against the Maple Leafs at the RBC Center on Thursday, hordes of television viewers back in Canada will dream of what the gifted centre would look like in blue and white.

They aren’t alone.

When rumblings out of Toronto prior to Christmas suggested a Staal-to-the-Leafs trade was in the works, the Carolina captain was besieged with inquires from friends and family from north of the border.

They called. They e-mailed. They texted.

All wanted to know the same thing.

Were the reports true? Was he, in fact, the big centre the Leafs have so badly thirsted for ever since Mats Sundin left town?

Embracing Mediocrity

It matters not, this contract extension Ron Wilson is gloating over. Or at least, it changes nothing.

He makes the playoffs, he’ll stay as Leaf coach. He misses, he won’t. This extension is mostly about feathering his nest, at least in terms of certainty. He’ll get his money, which is apparently what he wanted under his tree and Brian Burke was happy to provide.

NHL Hockey Trade Rumors – Dec 28, 2011


Blue Jackets to be active

Stars inform Andrew Raycroft he will be placed on waivers

Panthers interested in John Madden?

Stan Bowman already has trade winds blowing for Blackhawks

“It’s funny, I’ve talked to other GMs, just talking about your team, my team and how you’re playing. They say, ‘You guys must be doing great.’ I said, ‘Our secondary scoring has actually been down.’ And they all kind of laugh. They say, ‘Secondary scoring? You’ve got a lot of primary scoring. How much secondary scoring do you really need?’ I guess when you look at it from that perspective, I see their point. What I’m saying is that it balances out a little bit.”

Bowman and his staff, though, have been preparing to be active as the Feb. 27 trade deadline nears. He has the salary-cap space to do so.

If he could make moves that improved his team now, he would, but Bowman said others aren’t ready to trade, at least not the players the Hawks are keeping tabs on and envision being available.

Could the Oilers trade Hemsky? Would the Wings be interested?

I think it’s time to turn the page. He needs a change of scenery.

He’s been the most creative player on the team for 500 games or so, but he’s got company now.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a Hemsky-like passer. Eberle is the No. 1 right-winger today.

What could Hemsky bring in a trade, with his injury history (two shoulder operations and several other problems)? He’s definitely not going to bring a top-three defencemen, preferably a puck-mover like the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Kris Letang.

Wilson tweets that he got his Christmas wish

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson must have been pretty good this year — his team certainly has been — because apparently he got his Christmas wish.

On Friday, Wilson had posted on his personal Twitter account a request for a contract extension for Christmas. In another tweet posted early Sunday morning, Wilson said Santa Claus — in this case, Leafs General Manager Brian Burke — brought him what he wanted.