Monthly Archives: February 2013

Whitney, Kovalev healthy scratches again

Two veteran NHLers that have already spent time in the press box will be back there again on Thursday.

In Edmonton, defenseman Ryan Whitney will be a healthy scratch when the Oilers take on the Minnesota Wild. Theo Peckham will replace Whitney in the lineup and make his season debut.

Nonis: Teams have inquired about Connolly

Tim Connolly’s return to the NHL may come sooner rather than later, but whether or not it will be with the Toronto Maple Leafs is in question as general manager Dave Nonis told Sportsnet 590 The Fan that a number of teams have called to inquire about the 31-year-old centre.

“Is there a chance (Connolly) will be back (in the NHL)? No question,” Nonis told Brady and Lang in the morning. “We’ve had teams call on him. I would expect at some point whether it’s with us or someone else that he’ll be back in the NHL before the season’s over.”

Tomas Kaberle will not be traded

Tomas Kaberle’s future with the Canadiens seems increasingly uncertain, but the defender is not about to require a transaction to be able to go play elsewhere this season.

That at least is what told La Presse Rick Curran, the agent’s Czech defender. In a telephone interview, Curran insisted that his client will not ask to be traded.

“Tomas is certainly not happy with this turn of events, said the agent. He would play better, obviously. But he did not intend to ask to be traded. ”

Sharks mailbag: Shopping for a forward?

“Depending on who you talk to, there are teams that say some big names are potentially in play,” Dreger said of the Sharks. “Certainly the Sharks are willing to consider just about anything. San Jose is willing to part with a defenseman – Dan Boyle’s name, believe it or not, has been thrown out there – but they would need to get a forward in return and preferably someone who could fit in their top nine.”

Dreger went on to say that even captain Joe Thornton’s name was mentioned as a trade chip, although he thought that didn’t make much sense (and neither do I). As long as the Sharks are in a playoff position and the bottom doesn’t drop out on the season, the Sharks will almost certainly keep their core players together. Not to mention Thornton, Boyle, Patrick Marleau, Marty Havlat, Michal Handzus, Brent Burns and Brad Stuart all have some form of no-movement clause, either full or limited.

Penguin calls Briere dirtiest player in NHL

Tanner Glass, one of the most obscure Pittsburgh Penguins, was at his locker Wednesday morning taking shots at a player he views as the NHL’s No. 1 cheap-shot artist.

The journeyman forward never mentioned a certain teammate who was sitting directly across the room and looking his way.

According to Glass, there’s a dirtier player than Penguins forward Matt Cooke, who has a long resume of ugliness in his game and just last week ended Ottawa Senators superstar Erik Karlsson’s season with a controversial skate-to-the-tendon incident.

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Will the Leafs buy out Komisarek?

Komisarek, the whipping post of seasons past, has played only four games and simply can’t bust his way into the lineup. Liles was scratched Monday against the Panthers to make room for Carl Gunnarson, back from hip problems. The former Colorado defenceman played fairly well early in the season, but his prowess in the offensive zone generally isn’t matched in the defensive zone, something that may not fit easily with defensive-minded head coach Randy Carlyle.

Komisarek has one more year left at $4.5 million. He may be bought out this summer. Liles has three more years left at $3.875 million, not an onerous salary but one not moved easily, either.

Lindy Ruff Fired

BREAKING NEWS – After many years as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres it has been announced that he has been fired.

More details to follow

Rangers and Avs talking trade for OReilly

As mentioned on Hotstove Tonight, Colorado began the process of approaching teams it considers possible trade partners. One was definitely the New York Rangers. I had originally thought the deal involved Michael del Zotto and Derek Stepan for O’Reilly and another defenceman. However, it was strongly denied that Stepan was ever discussed, so I think I was wrong. The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater has reported the Avalanche are not as interested in getting a centre back.

Report: Brian Burke in demand

Could the Brian Burke era in Toronto be close to an actual end?

Fired as Maple Leafs general manager in January, Burke became an adviser with the organization.

TSN reported on Tuesday night that at least one team has asked the Leafs for permission to talk to Burke for a non-GM role, believed to be as a consultant or a scout. During his final news conference in Toronto, Burke said he wanted to be a GM in the NHL again as soon as possible.

INSIDER TRADING: COULD THE SENATORS MOVE ALFREDSSON?

If the Ottawa Senators slide in the absence of both Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson, what should they do in regards to the future of captain Daniel Alfredsson?

LeBrun: It’s going to be really sensitive for sure. There has been no player as popular in the history of the Senators. Senators GM Bryan Murray can’t control other teams calling him and that’s going to happen if the Senators fall off because of those injuries.

Blackhawks have chance to make NHL history Tuesday against Canucks

Word about the record started trickling into the Blackhawks’ dressing room after their victory Friday against the San Jose Sharks.

The Hawks were closing in on the most successful start in NHL history. Not only that, but the three teams to go the furthest into a
season without losing a game in regulation — a group the Hawks had joined with that victory — all had won the Stanley Cup.

The 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks started 12-0-4 and finished as champions. The 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers started 12-0-3 and finished as champions. The 1943-44 Montreal Canadiens started 11-0-3 and finished as champions.

‘‘Interesting stat,’’ Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

The Hawks are 12-0-3, the second-best season-opening point streak in NHL history. A victory or overtime/shootout loss Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center would match the all-time mark. They could break it Friday against the Sharks.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/18314213-419/blackhawks-have-chance-to-make-nhl-history-tuesday-against-canucks.html

Avs O’Reilly on Sens radar

The Senators have studied the possibility of acquiring Ryan O’Reilly, but not at any cost.

Sources say Senators GM Bryan Murray has held talks with Colorado Avalanche GM Greg Sherman about a deal for the restricted free agent centre, however, the indications are the asking price is significantly high.

http://slam.canoe.ca/