Monthly Archives: December 2013

Veteran Edmonton Oilers winger resigned to being dealt by the team in the next few months

It’s likely, if not a certainty, that Ales Hemsky is down to his last two months in Edmonton.

Of course, the Czech winger has been rumoured to have one foot out the door for about five years now and still ends up at Oilers training camp every fall.

Are the Flyers on the verge of change?

They have lost four in succession on the road in which their goaltending suddenly has a bit of a leak – four or more goals yielded, per loss, in regulation play.

Their scoring has been erratic, their defense has looked very slow off transition, and yet they have still managed to pick up eight points over their last eight games.

Canadiens continue to search for a trade partner

It’s no secret the Montreal Canadiens want to get bigger and more offensive, but it’s taking GM Marc Bergevin a little longer than he’d like to acquire some outside help.

After an impressive 11-1-2 run, the Canadiens have lost three of their last four games and have only managed to score three times in this stretch.
Bergevin has been scouring the league looking for a scoring winger to add to his top-six — preferably the team’s top line — but has found it difficult trying to complete a move that also works within the team’s salary cap.

from Tsn.ca – BRUINS’ THORNTON TO APPEAL 15-GAME SUSPENSION

Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton has decided to appeal his 15-game suspension for punching and injuring unsuspecting Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik. Thornton’s agent, Anton Thun, confirmed in an email that his client was appealing

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/

Edmonton Oilers engaging in trade talk with Carolina Hurricanes about goaltending help

The Carolina Hurricanes could be ready to make room in their crowded crease.

The talk Saturday was that Carolina GM Jim Rutherford has been calling around to see what kind of market there is for goalie Justin Peters. The Hurricanes also have netminders Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin.

‘Something needs to change’ Jets have options to improve team but no fix is quick

There are rumours out there; indeed, there are always rumours. The names Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien have been heard but nothing’s been verified.

RUMOURS DU JOUR

Rutherford has been busy. Unlike some other GMs, he hasn’t sent out an e-mail to indicate all of his players are available and hung the dreaded ‘For Sale’ sign, but the talk is you can have pretty much have anybody on the Carolina roster with the exception of C Eric Staal, C Jordan Staal, LW Jeff Skinner or G Cam Ward. The Hurricanes are pushing for a playoff spot in the East, but Rutherford would like to make changes.

Do you think that the Leafs should trade Clarkson?

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Ben Scrivens will be sent packing once Jonathan Quick returns

Matt Frattin has become a healthy scratch for the Los Angeles Kings and it’s all but certain Ben Scrivens will be sent packing once Jonathan Quick returns, which means the Kings won’t have much, if anything, to show for the deal that sent Jonathan Bernier to Toronto — unless they get something decent for Scrivens.

Contract issues loom as Blueshirts struggle with changes

Yes, the Rangers can make the playoffs in their God-awful division, and yes, the Rangers conceivably could record their annual early-round victory over the Capitals, but does anyone believe the ceiling is higher than a second-round goodbye?

Tell me there’s more to the plan than that.

Two immediate items of utmost importance: the futures of pending free agents Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi.

Should the Edmonton Oilers trade for Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson?

It is no secret that David Clarkson was one of the players rookie Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish went after hard this summer.

When Clarkson signed with Toronto, MacTavish expressed his regret and said that he “thought this guy was an Oiler.” Shortly thereafter, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported that Clarkson had left money on the table when he signed his seven-year pact worth $36.75 million. LeBrun didn’t report it as fact, but said he suspected the team to make Clarkson an even more lucrative offer was Edmonton.

One suspects that these days the Maple Leafs are wishing the Oilers had won that bidding

Leafs Phaneuf not changing physical game after suspension

Just because he’s coming off the first suspension of his NHL career doesn’t mean opposing players can expect to have their head down when they skate anywhere near Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.

 

Not unless they want to pay the price.

Calgary Trade bait

Even though Burke acknowledged that Feaster and his scouting staff hit a “home run” with the selection of Monahan last June, Burke wants his next GM to be draft savvy so the presumable next top-five pick will be a key part of the Flames’ future.

“We have to get those picks right,” he said. “You have to hit home runs.

“Jay did that last year.”