Monthly Archives: December 2013

Senators know when teams struggle, trade winds blow

The NHL’s Christmas roster freeze was to kick in at midnight Thursday, meaning general manager Bryan Murray’s hands are tied on the trade front.

For now.

Should Rangers trade Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi?

The case to trade them

Gritty Callahan and Girardi were both symbolic of Tortorella’s style of play. Girardi seems to be having less impact under coach Alain Vigneault.  Trading captain Callahan further symbolizes the move in another direction under Vigneault.

Sens not likely to make any moves before the Christmas Deadline

The NHL’s Christmas roster freeze goes into effect Thursday at midnight, but GM Bryan Murray likely won’t be doing anything. He has been trying to get either a top six forward or a defenceman with no luck. Since that’s the case, the roster will likely stay the same until at least Dec. 28 when the ban to make moves is lifted.

Sens lucky Leafs bust Clarkson declined their offer

The lament of every fisherman is “the big one that got away.”

NHL general managers have their own hits and misses, big fish they pursue in rough, open waters. Sometimes they reel them in, more often they miss.

Routinely, the free agent that teams DON’T sign turns out to be the greatest move of all. Genius, by default.

More Jake Gardiner Talk

Following back-to-back bad games resulting in a benching against the Panthers, Jake Gardiner’s availability has once again become topical. Nonis insists he’s not shopping Gardiner, but rival management sources say Gardiner’s name has been brought up by Toronto in trade discussions in Nonis’s search for a top-six forward.

Nonis: I’m not firing Carlyle

Leafs GM Dave Nonis addressed the future of his struggling club on Wednesday, making it clear he wasn’t going to make a change just for the sake of making a change.

“It’s not happening,” Nonis told the Toronto Sun about firing head coach Randy Carlyle, or shaking things up via trade. “We’re not making a move [player or coach] for the sake of making a move. We’re not trading a young player away that will erode our depth or take youth out of our lineup. We don’t do that.”

What’s the latest on NHL expansion? from tsn.ca

McKenzie: The NHL party line hasn’t changed. There are no formal plans for expansion but if they expand and everyone assumes at some point, they’re going to, the common knowledge is that Seattle is the primary target in the Pacific Northwest.

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Vokoun told a Czech paper he might retire?

Jets GM Cheveldayoff won’t be pressured into making changes

Is Cheveldayoff frustrated with where the Jets are at?

“I’m like everybody, you want the result to be on the positive side of the ledger,” he said. “There have been some positives. You look for more positives. It’s easy to point out the negatives.”

Peters plays his way into goalie conversation, here or elsewhere

Peters has played so well, the Hurricanes now face some difficult decisions. Having too many goalies is a good problem to have, but it’s still a problem that needs to be solved. Ward isn’t going anywhere, while Khudobin and Peters both have contracts that expire after the season. As important as Peters has been to the Hurricanes recently, he has more value as a trade asset than Khudobin, who has taken nine weeks – and counting – to recover from an ankle injury.

Leafs, Phaneuf getting closer to extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs remain in constant communication with Dion Phaneuf’s agent, as the two sides continue to work towards a long-term contract extension.

Phaneuf, 28, is in the final-year of a six-year, $39 million contract and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Who do you think is better?

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