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For the second summer in a row, Jaromir Jagr waited for a call that never came.
Jagr waited and waited. The 41-year-old winger finally signed a one-year with the New Jersey Devils late in July. He was hoping for a call from the Flyers, who were flirting with the upper limit of the salary cap.
“They didn’t have any room,” Jagr said. “Even if I signed for the minimum, they didn’t have the room. The reason I was waiting is because I was very comfortable here.”
By late July, Jagr was getting antsy but would have made concessions if the Flyers had shown interest.
“I would probably even not sign until training camp and wait to see what happens after training camp,” Jagr said. “Then I had a meeting with the Devils. I met Lou (Lamoriello, the team’s general manager), and we sit for five, six hours. He made me comfortable.”
The aging winger was also hoping to stay in Philadelphia in the summer of 2012, after a breakout year for both his linemates — Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.
The Edmonton Oilers have a verbal agreement in place to sign goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year contract, the team announced.
Bryzgalov’s deal was contingent upon the completion of the Oilers’ trade with the Calgary Flames that cleared defenceman Ladislav Smid’s US$3.5-million cap hit off the books. It was not immediately clear what Bryzgalov’s contract was worth, but a source said recent negotiations involved talks about a pro-rated US$3-million salary.
If there has been a silver lining in this dreary season for the Buffalo Sabres, it has been Ryan Miller. The former Vezina Trophy winner is having a rather remarkable year between the pipes, which has kept the Sabres in a lot of games they probably wouldn’t have been otherwise. Perhaps more importantly, however, is Miller’s play has kept his trade value relatively high, which can only further aid the Sabres’ rebuild.
But seriously, if you're Edmonton, why wouldn't you pick from the FLA carcass instead? They have (a) defensemen and (b) a goalie. Wow!
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) November 8, 2013
After the Philadelphia Flyers were shut out Thursday night, the fit has hit the shan. Not only did Philadelphia’s players hold a lengthy meeting after their 3-0 loss to the below-average New Jersey Devils, but captain Claude Giroux — goal-free for 21 games and counting — did not address the media afterward.
While Senators GM Bryan Murray and coach Paul MacLean brought in Mark Borowiecki from Binghamton to try to stabilize a struggling blueline, the club won’t be keeping eight defencemen around much longer.
If GM Bryan Murray wants to make a trade there are several in the market for defencemen. It is one area where the Senators could be dealing from a position of strength.
Nov. 5. Hockey Central’s insiders report that changes will be coming in Edmonton, although they might not involve former No. 1 draft pick Nail Yakupov — who carries more value than New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto right now. Ales Hemsky, despite his hefty $5-million cap hit, is more likely to be dealt. Hemsky will be a UFA in July.
Nail Yakupov is not going to be traded.
Nail Yakupov is not going to be sent to the press box tonight in Tampa Bay to be replaced by Linus Omark.
The Edmonton Oilers are going to take all the time in the world to develop the Russian sniper.
The 20-year-old is going to be cuddled and coddled with equal measures of tough love mixed in here and there.
The attention is on Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish, who would like to perform some surgery on his roster, but other GMs say Florida’s Dale Tallon is trying just as hard. Speaking to The Miami Herald’s George Richards, Tallon promised changes after Tuesday’s 4-3 OT loss to Edmonton. Apparently, there was a GM-wide email about Ryan Whitney’s availability last week, but it’s been widely reported many of his veterans are similarly out there.
The Leafs also don’t have many other options at the moment. With Trevor Smith already with the big club, the Toronto Marlies are having issues at centre of their own, and only 34-year-old grinder Jerred Smithson has much NHL experience.
The other alternative would be to sign a player like veteran free agent Vinny Prospal, although the Leafs cap situation is incredibly tight and made more difficult by all of the injuries up front.
Goalie Jonas Hiller has six wins for a team that finds itself with even greater goalie depth than it had after Viktor Fasth‘s emergence last season.
Rookie Frederik Andersen, substituting for an injured Fasth, followed his shutout of Dallas in relief of Hiller on Oct. 20 with a 3-0 showing on the eight-game trip.
New York Rangers might consider dealing big winger Chris Kreider to Edmonton Oilers if Nail Yakupov is in mix
If the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Rangers are talking trade, it’s unlikely the Broadway Blueshirts would surrender left-winger Chris Kreider unless Nail Yakupov is in play.
A source close to the Rangers said the six-foot-three, 230-pound Kreider, a playoff star out of Boston College in 2012 but a disappointment last season under John Tortorella, might be the best Rangers forward right now.
Craig MacTavish, Kevin Lowe and Mark Messier scouted the game between the New York Rangers and Anaheim Ducks last night for Edmonton last night. That in itself could mean just about anything, but Larry Brooks of the New York Post writes that there is a possibility the Rangers might have interest in a skilled winger – either Ales Hemsky or more likely 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov.
If the Oilers are in fact discussing those names with New York, what might they be interested in off the Rangers’ roster?
Jaromir Jagr does not have a no-trade clause but Martin Brodeur, who does, told The Star-Ledger he would consider going to a contender.
“I hope it will never happen , but if there is a situation that could be really fun for me and really good for the Devils, why not? It’s not like I’m going to play 25 more years here,” Brodeur said Tuesday.
If you’re a hockey fan, and you’ve ever entered into a conversation with someone who knows little or nothing about the sport – I’ll bet you’ve been asked the question; why is hockey so violent?
It’s understandable why this is so perplexing to the outside world. After all, other sports which are well-known for their fights on the pitch such as American football, both types of rugby, Gaelic and Aussie Rules etc., are more obviously physical in the sense that the aim of the sport is to grapple – at least a little or a lot in some sports.
It is a short-term move born out of desperation. And yet, it is a move that has been in the works for a long time, at least since the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired James van Riemsdyk more than 16 months ago.
McKenzie on TSN Radio "I wouldn't be surprised if the Leafs made a move. They need anotjer body down the middle. It won't be a panic move"
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) November 4, 2013
Edmonton, which has opened 3-10-2 under first-year coach Dallas Eakins, is believed to be accepting offers for veteran winger Ales Hemsky while also exploring the market for second-year winger Nail Yakupov, the first overall selection in the 2012 Entry Draft.
Even if interested in Hemsky, the Blueshirts would have to maneuver to get under the cap in order to accommodate the 30-year-old. Hemsky is on the final year of a contract worth a $5 million cap charge and is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.