Hockey Trade Rumors – December 14, 2010


Blues Looking to Move a D-man?

RUMOURS DU JOUR

Blues Looking to Move a D-man?

The Blues have recalled Chris Porter, Adam Cracknell, and Dave Scatchard as they prepare for the mighty Detroit Red Wings Wednesday in Hockey Town. Hopefully these guys will look to bring a little energy especially if the Blues are trailing. The Blues have given several players in Peoria an opportunity to make a statement and no one has yet to take full advantage. Porter has had his moments as has Stefan Della Rovere.

The bottom line is this team is loaded with injuries and I would recommend one of these guys do something to show the organization they have no interest in going back to Peoria. They shouldn’t look at this opportunity as an interim role, they’re focus needs to be on finding a way to stick fulltime.

This looks to indicate the Blues do not have plans on dressing Cam Janssen in Detroit. We shall see Wednesday night.

The Blues are smart to wait until 5:00 to announce any players coming up from Peoria which prevents the team from having to pay the player for today. They are far from the only team that does this, nice way to take advantage of the CBA.

There is more and more noise regarding the Blues potentially unloading a D-man. If Doug Armstrong is successful in moving a defenseman for an offensive player the club could very well turn to free agent Marc-Andre Bergeron as a replacement. Sources say the Blues have recently inquired about the power play specialist who’s coming off of knee surgery. The club would obviously have no reason to turn to Bergeron unless they move a D-man.

For those looking to break down the Blues shootout loss to Carolina on Saturday all the focus should be on Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward. The former Conn Smythe winner was unbelievable especially in the third period. When Ward is on he’s an automatic top five NHL goalie.

http://www.truehockey.com/articles/Blues-Looking-to-Move-a-D-man

RUMOURS DU JOUR

The Rangers are trying to move LW Alex Frolov to just about anybody. They don’t want much in return for Frolov, who was signed as a UFA in the off-season to a $3-million deal. GM Glen Sather is having a hard time finding any takers and Frolov didn’t help matters by complaining to a Russian journalist about his ice time last week. It’s believed the Senators looked at Frolov, but they don’t need any more soft forwards … The Kings weren’t the only team looking at Boston LW Marco Sturm, who was dealt to Los Angeles for future considerations on Saturday. The Thrashers, who want to bulk up after a strong start, were also in the mix … Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke put his self-imposed trade freeze into place last Thursday, 10 days before the actual deadline kicks in. That’s raised a few eyebrows around the NHL because the Leafs are badly in need of change. “Nobody has been more active than Burke working the phones,” said one league executive. At some point, the only solution will be firing coach Ron Wilson … The Devils could be poised to make a move. Keep an eye on RW Jamie Langenbrunner. The Habs and Leafs are both interested.

http://www.ottawasun.com/sports/columnists/bruce_garrioch/2010/12/11/16516961.html


18 Responses to Hockey Trade Rumors – December 14, 2010

  1. reinjosh says:

    Does anyone make a claim for Rolston on re-entry waivers? New Jersey doesn't save anything on the cap by sending him down so they have to be hoping someone takes him off their hands for half of 5 million.

  2. MystifoLeafs says:

    Word is that some teams are looking at picking him up but they are waiting for re entry waivers or are sending down someone of their own to clear up cap space.

  3. reinjosh says:

    Solid game tonight. Secondary scoring is heating up and Phaneuf finally got his first goal of the season. It was bound to happen sooner or later. He hasn't been taking less shots than he did in his first few years so its going to turn around and shots are going to start going in. He is only converting at 1.8 percent right now, more than 5 percent less that he was with the Flames. We just need some patience while we wait for that to go back up.

  4. nordiques100 says:

    Like i said on another post, the good times end when Komi returns.

  5. dumbassdoorman says:

    But if they are playing well, Wilson may not change the line up right away…..or Komi might be on a real short leash?

  6. nordiques100 says:

    we can plead and hope you are right.

    he is simply a player….like Finger……who just doesn't fit the mold Wilson looks for in a player for his system.

    Its different with Aulie and Schenn for that matter cause they can skate. Komisarek looks like he is in quicksand.

    That's one of the big peeves i have about Wilson. The players he has at his disposal are not used always in the right way b/c the way he has them playing isn't the right fit.

    For example, a cycle game, or a hard forechecking game is not useful when your key guys who get the most ice time among their top 6 forwards are all smurfs who shy from contact moreso than initiate contact.

    Thus that brings the question who's at fault the most here for that? The coach too stubborn to change? or the GM who appears to not be on the same page as the coach…..despite being the bestest buds.

    I don't believe the two of them are on the same page as to how the game should be played.

    BB is so dead set on the 2 scoring, 2 grinding lines while Wilson seemingly has found success of late having 3 lines with checking/scoring ability and an energy line.

    BB is so dead set on having a bulked up D, but Wilson prefers more mobile, swifter players who rely on positioning more than putting someone thru the glass. This is why i think Gunnarsson played so well last year. he fits the system well. He is no Orr in terms of offence but he skates his way out of trouble.

    I don't really recall Wilson's team having so many brawny bullies on D. He had Hannan and Rathje in SJ, but i wouldnt say their rep was tough in your face players a la Phaneuf or Komi or even Schenn for that matter.

    I think Gunny had so much trouble cause Komisarek isnt the best partner for him. and he's also played with Aulie a rookie, Lebda who is horrible on D and pretty well the entire top 4 and while being rotated in and out of the lineup. Doesnt make for much consistent play in my mind. But i dont know, maybe he has to put the big names in to justify their acquisitions.

  7. albertateams says:

    Yeah with the forward core they have 4 of there top 6 forwards are under 6 feet.

    Kessel 5'11
    MacArthur 5'11
    Versteeg 5'10
    Grabovski 5'11

    Kadri is also listed at 6 feet but its pretty obvious he is under six feet.

    Its a strange mix for the team, the forwards are built to play more of a speed game while the back end is built to grind games out (outside of Kaberle).

    I completely agree that Wilson and Burke don't seem to be on the same page. As to who's fault it is, I don't like Wilson as a coach but ultimately this is Burke's team he assembled it and is Wilsons boss, therefore the blame should lie with burke.

  8. reinjosh says:

    It's hard to tell with Kadri. I've seen him listed everywhere from 5'10 to 6'1. The point stands though. The only size we have in the top 6 is Kulemin at 6 feet 2 and he is a tank. I think its a big reason why Grabo and MacArthur are playing so well.

  9. albertateams says:

    If you lok at pictures Kadri is diffinetly on the downside of 6'0 when comparing him to other players. Yeah the leafs need some size in the top 6 Kulemin is a nice player but kind of a 2/3 line guy more than 1/2 line guy. Grabo is just a hot and cold player he either looks really good or really bad, there seems to be no inbetween for his play. MacArthur has been the most consistent leafs forward this season.

  10. dumbassdoorman says:

    I would hope Burke picks him up if he is on reentry waivers. He will help the pk huge and he is a leader. Which will help us not lose games late ala Buf & Tampa. As much as the Islanders don't wanna ruin Tveres, they are to cheap to claim him, from what Iheard.

  11. reinjosh says:

    Its hard to tell size from pictures. Everything from weight, to slouching, to picture focus and even demeanor can make a person look bigger or smaller than they are. Semantics however.

    The Leafs forwards just need size. Adding some size to the third line would even help. Ideally we could get a top 9 center north of 6-1 and a top 6 wing north of 6-1. Both need to play like they are that size as well, no Blake Wheeler type players (although at this point I wouldn't exactly say no to having him handed to us).

    Kulemin so far has been a 2/3 line player but I see no reason for his development to stop. He is carving out a nice position for himself as a future second line guy for us. He has the size and skill and is starting to really show it this season. I don't think he will be a top line player ever and I don't think the team expects him to do that.

    Grabo has been inconsistent in his career but I would suggest that's more him being a young player than actually being an inconsistent player. One the second worst offensive team in the league this year, he has only one streaks of 4  games and one of 5 pointless to go with 5 other well spread out pointless games. Not bad for a third year player on such an anemic offensive team. Its high time he loses the inconsistent label.

    MacArthur has been our most consistent forward but really its the play of Grabo and him together that has been the best thing the Leafs have forward wise. He and MacArthur play really well together and I would suggest that without each other they tend to struggle a little.

  12. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Bozak has surprisingly played ALOT better as of late. Maybe he's dealing witha sophmore slump?

    We saw it with Schenn, Kulemin, and Grabovski…This year Bozak and Gunarsson?

    Actually, if I recall, the way that Wilson helped Kulemin was by putting him on the second-line and let him devvelop his defensive game and not worry about offence because it would come soon enough.

    Bozak was demoted to third-line duties with Kadri…He worked on his defensive game and now has played better on the top-line wiith Kessel as of late, and Armstrong does help as well as it relieves pressure off the other two because he attracts so many palyers to him.

    That was actuallyd ecent coaching by Wilson.

    Unfortunately…We cannot afford rookie player sto hit sophmore slumps

  13. Kramer says:

    Pre-Christmas Kramer analysis

    This Langenbrunner move is gonna help the Leafs. If we can assume Langenbrunner is not an alien from outer space (why else would Lamerillo move him) the Leafs are now better. But if he's a cyborg, it depends on the model and expiration date.

    My secret sources have been saying for weeks the Leafs are making a move and this is it.

  14. mojo19 says:

    I don't think its Komisarek's skating that's much of a problem, more his puck handling and lack of skills. Causes him to really misfire on passes, bobble the puck at the point, cause meaningless turnovers, etc.

    Jeff Finger on the other hand actually has half decent puck skills, he's just a pure meat head.

    And ya, neither of these guys' skating is helping at all.

  15. mojo19 says:

    A player is struggling so he is demoted to a lower line and his ice time is limited. This is "decent coaching" ??? Anyone with half a mind would do the same thing. What was Wilson's alternative, leave the struggling player up on the top line even though he's not performing? Don't try to put a positve spin on doing the most obvious thing thinkable.

  16. mojo19 says:

    picking up Roslton would be a good move.

    Also, just wanna say that Fred Sjostrom and John Mitchell have played their best hockey of the year in the last two games. I think it makes a difference when your depth guys can actually contribute, even if its just in small ways like by having 1 or 2 good shifts a period and keeping the puck hemmed in the oponents end. No one expects Sjostrom or Mitchell to have much finish, but if they don't score and just give the opposition tough minutes, that's helping to contribute to a win.

    Anyways with Rolston, the lines would be something like this – also Rolston is pretty versitile, plays both wing and centre

    Colby Armstrong – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
    Clarke MacArthur – Micky Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
    Kris Versteeg – Brian Rolston – Nazem Kadri
    Fred Sjostrom – John Mitchell – Colton Orr

    This would bump Mitch down to the 4th line and take Brent out of the line up. Those two can rotate in and out for eachother, and give us more depth while Brown is out for the next month.

    Rolston would also provide options, he can play defensively and offensively, could step in for Armstrong or Bozak on the top line if need be, or fit in with anyone really. He is a quality utility guy at this point in his career. I have to think we'd be better off with him than without.

    This of course all depends on if he is placed on re-entry waivers, and all signs seem to suggest that he will. He also would have to get past the Islanders and anyone else below Toronto.

  17. Leafs_Forever says:

    I would take a cyborg anyday over the Russian sausage machine.

    Ilya Kovalchuck, 16 points (7 goals) in 29 games, -16…

    Yuck!

  18. nordiques100 says:

    sometimes i have to look, even in HD and check to see if Komisarek is using a ringette stick or an actual hockey stick.

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