Author Archives: Trade Man

Mueller for Cogliano?

Jim Matheson

With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, the Coyotes are looking to move big former first-round draft winger Peter Mueller, who has had a disappointing season, with just four goals, 16 points.

Bounces due to come my way: Price

DAVE STUBBS, The Gazette

Carey Price isn’t losing sleep over the words he had nearly two weeks ago with defenceman Andrei Markov. The argument Markov sort of suggested didn’t happen. The one forward Brian Gionta flatly said didn’t take place.

What the Habs goalie does have a problem with, however, is that someone, presumably a teammate, “snitched,” taking the discussion beyond the dressing room.

Major Announcement in Montreal this afternoon?

The Montreal Canadiens have called a news conference for 4pm et/1pm pt where president Pierre Boivin will make ‘an important announcement regarding the club’s hockey management.’

The latest news is that Gainey has not been fired but will instead be stepping down

Pierre Gauthier will be an interim GM

Sutter came up short?

NHL GMs feel they could’ve given Flames more for Phaneuf


While both the Maple Leafs and the Flames accomplished plenty in the seven-player trade involving Dion Phaneuf last week, obviously not every-one’s happy about it.

Slumping Penner typical of what ails Oilers


Depending on Sam Gagner’s status, Edmonton Oilers head coach Pat Quinn has a couple of cards to play heading into Monday night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

With 14 forwards to choose from, Quinn has some option when it comes to his lineup.

On Saturday, Robert Nilsson and Gilbert Brule were healthy scratches. Nilsson has sat out three consecutive games while Gilbert has been in the press box for the past two games.

Cap issues stopped Rangers from snaring Kovalchuk


Understand this. Once Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell decided to move Ilya Kovalchuk yesterday — why the rush, is a mystery — the Rangers could not have acquired the goal-scoring machine. That’s even if they had been willing and able to supersede the Devils’ winning offer of Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a No. 1.


For those who are saying the Atlanta Thrashers didn’t get nearly enough for Ilya Kovalchuk, what exactly did you expect?

A lot, apparently.

And for that, we are all guilty to varying degrees.

How should Stars address goalie questions?

Stars Director of European scouting (and former North Stars goalie) Kari Takko played for Assat, where Rynnas plays, and has a good relationship with the franchise, so the Stars are hoping that could help if they get to the point where they want to try to recruit Rynnas. But again, Stars scout Johan Garpenlov had a good relationship with Gustavsson, and Fabian Brunnstrom is a close friend, and the Stars still could not win that recruiting battle.

Anyway, it’s a name to watch….and it shows just how wide the Stars are spreading their net in hopes of keeping options open in goal.

Late Night (early morning) NHL Rumors

Hawks looking at Ducks’ Wisniewski

Slumping Panthers might re-think trade deadline plans

Hear and there


The San Jose Sharks bolstered their defence by acquiring Niclas Wallin in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

San Jose also acquired a fifth-round pick in 2010 and sent a 2010 second-rounder — that previously belonged to Buffalo — to the Hurricanes to complete the deal.