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The Phoenix Coyotes remain on the lookout for a veteran defenseman, but the blueline isn’t the only area the club is concerned about.
Coyotes GM Don Maloney has been searching for a new rearguard for several weeks. With more than $27 million in available cap space, the Coyotes have more than enough room to add players, but their confusing ownership situation may prevent them from making key acquisitions. Up front, Maloney wouldn’t mind adding another top-six goal-scorer and it has been widely reported that young center Peter Mueller could be made available.
Brian Campbell’s contract is the killer. His $7.14 annual salary is also his cap number, and he hasn’t justified the money. Goalie Cristobal Huet has two years and $11.25 million remaining on his contract after this season. That’s where the Blackhawks will be feeling the squeeze, even more if the cap drops after this season.
Nashville Predators GM David Poile has a couple of big issues to deal with before the trade deadline in March. Goalie Pekka Rinne, 27, who has taken over the No. 1 job with the Predators, is making $725,000 and has the potential to become a Group III unrestricted free agent on July 1 because of his age. The Predators can’t afford to let Rinne just walk away in the off-season which means Poile has to find a way to get the netminder’s signature on a long-term deal with a healthy raise. Then there’s defenceman Dan Hamhuis.
By FRANK SERAVALLI
Mike Richards was stunned.
Minutes after news broke that the Flyers decided to fire John Stevens and replace him with Peter Laviolette, both ESPN and WIP’s Howard Eskin reported that Richards relinquished his captaincy to defer to veteran Chris Pronger.
By BRUCE GARRIOCH
Desperate to make the playoffs, the New York Rangers are beating the bushes trying to find a top-six forward.
While the Rangers would prefer to bring in a centre, league sources told Sun Media yesterday that general manager Glen Sather is so desperate to find help up front, the club has investigated the possibility of acquiring injured Vancouver Canucks winger Pavol Demitra once he gets healthy.
Recovering from shoulder surgery he had in the off-season, Demitra, who can be explosive, might look good on a line with winger Marian Gaborik.
With every passing day, with each improbable win, with each surprising rung climbed up the NHL standings, the nervousness builds for the Atlanta Thrashers.
Will he sign?
As you have seen lately, the Leafs have turned around their season. Now with a record of 5-1-2 in their last 8, would you still want to make a trade or two, or keep the roster as it is? Maybe until they start stuggling as bad as they did at the start of the season.
Leafs traded former 1st rounder Jiri Tlusty, the player who puts up huge numbers in AHL but just can seem to do so in the NHL, to Carolina for 2009 1st rounder Philippe Paradis, currently in the QMJHL
Last year, when then-Dallas Star Sean Avery called backup goaltender Stephen Valiquette a “minor leaguer,” it was an insult. Now, it’s a reality.
With all the discussions about the type of star power Canada and Russia will bring to the olympics, I wanted to acknowledge the possibility of the Americans being a very dangerous team, and potential gold medal winner.