Author Archives: Trade Man

Rumors from the Toronto Sun

By BRUCE GARRIOCH

It might be go big or go home for the St. Louis Blues.

While many NHL insiders are shocked coach Andy Murray still is behind the bench, the Blues have waited so long to fire him that they missed out on the best coach available — Peter Laviolette — so now the word is they are eyeing the possibility of trying to make a blockbuster deal.

New look for Leafs blue line?

TERRY KOSHAN, Toronto Sun

The Maple Leafs could have a different look on the blue line tonight.

Could sophomore Luke Schenn, who has played in every game this season, be the odd man out? It could happen. Both Jeff Finger, who has been a healthy scratch the past three games, and Garnet Exelby, who also has been in out of the lineup, told Sun Media they will be in uniform against the Washington Capitals at the Air Canada Centre.

Vokoun Available ?

Christopher Botta

FanHouse has learned that the Florida Panthers have begun contacting teams to gauge interest in goaltender Tomas Vokoun. With ace prospect Jacob Markstrom, the team’s second-round pick in 2008, ready to join the organization from the Swedish Elite League next season, Vokoun is expendable.

Leafs Report

TERRY KOSHAN

TRADING RESPECT

Brian Burke’s self-imposed trade deadline yesterday came and went without a move, but that’s not why the Maple Leafs general manager is becoming a popular guy in the dressing room.

Rangers hurt by unmovable pieces

Larry Brooks

THE RANGERS’ problems are of their own making. More to the point, they fall more on the doorstep of general manager Glen Sather and coach John Tortorella than they do at the skates of the players who simply do not possess the necessities to compete at a high level.

Trade winds following Flyers

Sam Carchidi

Sixteen scouts were at the Wachovia Center to watch Ottawa outlast the fading Flyers, 2-0, on Thursday night.

That’s a stunningly high number of scouts, and, with Flyers starting goalie Ray Emery sidelined for at least six weeks, speculation is running rampant that the club is interested in a goaltender.

Spezza, Kovalev exposed as Senators’ losses mount

By James Gordon, The Ottawa Citizen

The Ottawa Senators’ strong start this season was like a warm blanket wrapped around Alex Kovalev and Jason Spezza, keeping them nice and comfortable as they worked out issues with their games.

NHL return for Quebec City?

By MICHEL HEBERT, QMI AGENCY

After a long discussion with National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman last Friday, Quebec premier Jean Charest says he believes the NHL will return to Quebec City.

According to the premier, Bettman is “sincere” and wants to see a franchise return to the former home of the Nordiques. Charest noted that the “planets are aligned” in such a way that the profitability of a new professional team is no longer a question for him.

Markov's way ahead of schedule

By PAT HICKEY

Andrei Markov will be back in the lineup sooner rather than later.

That’s the impression you get from talking to the veteran Canadiens defenceman.

Flyers' Emery out six weeks with muscle tear

Sam Carchidi

Slumping Flyers goalie Ray Emery, who has not won a game in his last five starts, will have surgery today to repair a torn muscle in his lower abdominal wall and will miss at least six weeks, the team said.