More Rumors – Feb 6, 2012

Red Wings looking to fill the hole in goal

Gomez drought turns one

Tampa Bay Lightning soon to face dilemma over glut of healthy defensemen

Red Wings looking to fill the hole in goal

The Red Wings’ backup goaltending position is up for grabs.

Jimmy Howard is obviously the starter, or will be again after he recovers from a broken right index finger that’ll keep him out for the next couple weeks.

Ty Conklin or Joey MacDonald could lay claim to the back-up job, unless general manager Ken Holland decides to find a reinforcement before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

“Absolutely,” said coach Mike Bab***** of whether the competition is wide open after Saturday’s 5-4 shootout loss in Edmonton. “Somebody has to win games. We have to win games.”

MacDonald certainly made a statement after salvaging the Wings a point, in relief of Conklin.

MacDonald, recalled from Grand Rapids Friday, started the second period and made 22 saves against the Oilers, including several spectacular stops in overtime.

“He (MacDonald) did a good job obviously,” coach Mike Bab***** said. “He made some saves and we needed some saves at that point of the game.”

Gomez drought turns one

The one-year anniversary of Scott Gomez’s last NHL goal has come and gone, and the question facing the Canadiens is what to do with the high-priced center.

Gomez was held off the scoresheet Sunday as the Canadiens shut out the Winnipeg Jets 3-0. His last NHL goal was Feb. 5, 2011 against the New York Rangers, the team that traded him and his burdensome contract to Montreal. In that span, he has played 59 games — he has missed 30 games with injury — and has taken 122 shots on goal.

The ideal situation would be to find someone to take Gomez at the trade deadline, but his lack of production and his $7.5 million salary make that highly unlikely. There are several other scenarios, but the reality is that Gomez will be with the team for the remainder of the season, and his future might not be decided until after a new collective bargaining agreement is in place.

One possibility is to buy out Gomez before July 1. The contract he signed with the Rangers is front-loaded, and he is owed $5 million and $4 million over the final two seasons. If the Canadiens were to buy him out, they would have to pay him $6 million, but they would have significant savings as far as the salary cap is concerned. If the present structure is maintained in the new CBA, the Canadiens would be charged $1.5 million a season for four seasons rather than $7.3 million over the next two seasons.

Tampa Bay Lightning soon to face dilemma over glut of healthy defensemen

When defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron returns from a back injury — and that is simply a matter of conditioning, coach Guy Boucher said — the Lightning will have a glut on the blue line that is a problem and an opportunity.

The problem: With Bruno Gervais and Brendan Mikkelson gaining confidence and playing time, Boucher, who likes to play seven defensemen, will have difficult decisions because he will have eight available.

The opportunity: GM Steve Yzerman will have organizational depth to manage, never a bad thing with the Feb. 27 trade deadline three weeks away.

It is interesting Gervais and Mikkelson are forcing the issue.

Gervais, 27, was a healthy scratch most of the season’s first half but has played in 20 straight games. Averaging 13:29 of ice time, he has played more in six of his past eight games, has three goals and eight points for the season and is plus-1. Mikkel­son, 24, acquired Jan. 6 from the Flames for center Blair Jones, has zero points but is plus-3 and averaging 13:46 of ice time.

“Gervais is a smart guy. Mikkel­son is mobile and can move,” Boucher said. “They’re both heads-up. I’d say both are down-to-earth guys who actually are very calm about things, so they’re calm about their tandem and what they need to do.”

28 Responses to More Rumors – Feb 6, 2012

  1. reinjosh says:

    Bold deadline prediction. Bobby Ryan does get moved. Not sure to who, but he gets moved.

    Anaheim can't conceivably make the playoffs. They would need to get 50 of the remaining 62 points they can possibly get (based on 95 being the 5 year average for the 8th spot in the West) and that's just not going to happen. 
    Bobby Ryan isn't playing well. He's a prime trade candidate. Perry isn't playing terribly, and while Getzlaf hasn't been great, you just don't trade top line centers, especially those with 90 point potential, still young and above 6 foot 2.
    Ryan would bring a good amount back in a trade. His salary isn't a huge turnoff to other teams, and trading him would show the team that Murray means business. Plus they have a clear replacement for him currently playing in the WHL (Emerson Etem). 

     Let Gomez play until the end of the season, that should help Montreal drop a few more spots, if it were me I would make him first line center till the end of the season, Then try to trade him(impossible) if the habs cant then buy him out, but right now hes not hurting the habs but helping them getting a better draft pick.

     Montreal have around 9 millions of cap space with all the injuries so why get rid of him now! The habs are now 3rd last , they probably wont catch columbus for last spot but it would really help the habs if they drafted in the top 3!

     I would keep Price, Pacioretty, Cole, Eller, Desharnais, Diaz,White, Georges and Emelin

    I would listen to offers for Plekanec, Gionta, Kostitsyn, Moen,Subban, Bourque and Weber

    I would get rid of Gomez, Kaberle, Gill, Darche, Campolli and Nokaleinen even if it meens buying them out.


     You can dream all you want but Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan aren't going anywhere regardless of what the GM says, Why trade very good young prospect for draft picks??? Murray is just trying to get some phone calls, nothing more.

  4. Steven_Leafs says:

    buyout Gomez if you must but send him through re-entry waivers first. If someone claims Gomez on re-entry (because of the way Gomez's contract was structured) Montreal will actually have more cap space then they would if they bought him out. As well as not having a cap penalty in years 3 and 4.

  5. reinjosh says:

    I realize Perry and Getzlaf aren't going anywhere, that's exactly what I said if you read the comment. I said Ryan is the guy I think gets traded.

    How does a team justify that contract? He could also be the quickest way to fix that team. Get cheaper on the forwards (replacing Ryan with Etem and Grigorenko) and get a nice defensive stud back with an extra top 9 player (I wasn't even suggesting the Leafs). 
  6. MystifoLeafs says:

    Bit off topic but for those who didn't watch the super bowl (I only watched it for commercials I think they made in my opinion the best one this year…

    It may be because I am a Star Wars nerd but I mean it is pretty awesome. Also the Ferris Bueller day off pretty good as well.
  7. reinjosh says:

    I enjoyed it haha. I liked the one last year better personally but this one was good. 

  8. MystifoLeafs says:

    Yeah I was a huge fan of the Ozzy Osborne one from last year but while I like Ozzy he can't compete with Dogs barking the imperial march.

  9. 93killer93 says:

    I really hope they hold on to MacArthur. I love the way the guy plays. 

  10. 93killer93 says:

    Got to love mock drafts.  Steve hoffner has the Isles drafting Malcolm Subban 6th overall.   Atleast they all agree on the order of the top 3. Yakupov 1 to Columbus, Murray 2 to Edmonton and Grigorenko 3 to Anaheim.  

  11. reinjosh says:

    Oh I'm talking about the Darth Vader kid

  12. reinjosh says:

    Both our scoring lines are firing on all cylinders, Reimer is playing very well, the PK is killing it. 

    Apparently all this and the lack of available top 6 forwards with size who can score are making it unlikely the Leafs will make a move between now and the deadline (or so Bob McKenzie says). 
    I'm actually fine with that. Let the team grow. It has a lot of potential and its just getting better. It's still young so it has lots of room to improve. 
    One thing that interests me is that the Blues are again watching the Leafs, this time GM Armstrong is watching them. Since they don't play at all for the rest of the season (and they only play Edmonton once more) it seems more likely they might be talking trade. Maybe they are scouting Oilers players though 😛
  13. dumbassdoorman says:

    What would you guys think of picking up a guy like Anthony stewart off waivers or even via trade with Car. for the sake of moving a contract? He has good size and while not a true scraper, he isn't afraid to drop the gloves.

  14. blaze says:

    Yep if a massive trade is not available (first line center, which it isn't) I'd rather sit tight and grow rather then waste assets, unless its good value.

    As for the Blues though Stewart would not be a waste of assets.

  15. reinjosh says:

    I don't see any reason to be honest. I'd rather save the trade and contract spot for a player worth having on the team. I don't think he improves on anything in our bottom 6. 

  16. blaze says:

    Thought of that myself, still unsure though. The Leafs have lots of spare bodies up front as is but he does offer a different skill set. He is a guy who could also blossom into something more someday so it wouldn't be a terrible idea either.

  17. dumbassdoorman says:

    Well, I sure don't see any trades coming to be honest. How does he make the bottom 6 better, well he is a big physical pressence we lack. Outside of brown, name me one Leaf forward who can skate a regular shift and drop em in the bottom six?

  18. 93killer93 says:

    I would definately take him. He's got size, signed cheaply and could add to the bottom 6.  Especially since he can play Centre or winger. 

  19. toronto77 says:

    If the leafs can make the playoffs with the team they have right now, than I am all for not making any trades. Even IF we aquire Getzlaf, we will not win the cup. Just making the playoffs for the first time since the lockout will be a huge stepping stone for next season already. Not to mention players like Bozak, Grabovski, Kulemin, Gardiner, Schenn, Gunnarsson, Reimer, Gustavsson will get their first taste of playoff experience and maybe even Kadri, Colborne, Frattin and Aulie if there are injuries and they get called up.

    If we can get into the playoffs and keep all of our great assests and our 1st in this years draft, then I would be really happy.

  20. 93killer93 says:

    Claim A.Stewart off Waivers.

    Kulemin, Connolly, Gunnarsson, 1st/2nd
    Perron, Stewart
  21. reinjosh says:

    Fair point I guess. All though he's not exactly a true fighter. And do we really need someone to drop the glvoes in the bottom 6? It's worked without it up to this point, I don't see why we need it now. I don't see a spot for him, so I just don't see the need. 

    And I'm cool with no trades. I still rather not go after him. I'm not really a fan of his. 
  22. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    Malcolm Subban went to my high school. He was a bro we would shotgun so many brews and just get hammered. Had no idea he was this good.

  23. mapleleafsfan says:

    Did Malcolm go to runnymede too? I know PK did

  24. dumbassdoorman says:

    LOL…..I said he wasn't a true scraper, but I feel against teams like Boston and Philly who usually man handle us yes. These are teams that will stand in the way of playoff sucess, and are physical, we are not overly physical. Over what you want to be a long series it will wear out team down, someone else to help wear down theres isn't the worst idea to me.

  25. 93killer93 says:

    Scouting has him ranked as the top goalie.  But most mock drafts have him at the end of the 1st, and i doubt the Islanders draft a goalie that high.  

  26. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Christ Stewart on third line?

    Well I guess he could work his way up

  27. reinjosh says:

    Haha yes you did. My mistake. Yeah your actually winning me over 😛

  28. toronto77 says:

    I like the way Macarthur plays as well, but I think he is better suited for the third line, same with Bozak.

    Lombardi-Bozak-Macarthur…..would be an excellent third line.

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