NHL News and Rumors – August 31, 2009

Kings rule out Heatley trade

Sykora on Senators’ radar

New Canuck Mathieu Schneider: Vancouver’s the only place to be

Kings rule out Heatley trade


Dany Heatley can scratch La-La Land off his list.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi ruled out acquiring the disgruntled Senators winger during the club’s fanfest Sunday in Los Angeles — where Terry Murray, the brother of Senators GM Bryan Murray, is coach.

Lombardi made it abundantly clear he won’t be in active pursuit of Heatley, who asked for a trade in June.

As far as Lombardi is concerned, adding Heatley to the Kings’ core of young stars doesn’t make sense — and fans agree.

When Lombardi told them his thoughts about the two-time 50-goal scorer, they applauded.

“Do I want to bring in a Dany Heatley with all that baggage? It might work,” Lombardi said in a report on the Los Angeles Times website last night. “But I don’t think we’re in a position where we can afford that … Maybe a change of environment and he grows up. But my point is, do we need to take that risk right now? It scares me.

“If your core is established and they’ve proven they can win, it’s different. I think you can take that swing. I don’t think we’re in that position yet. Because if we’re wrong, (Anze) Kopitar and (Dustin) Brown and (Drew) Doughty and these guys lose control. (Heatley) becomes the room and then you have a huge problem. And he’s not going to be controlled by them. That leadership group is not strong enough yet to deal with a guy who can change your team.

“I’m not saying those kids can’t do it. It’s still in the formative stages. I don’t need to put that burden on them. They’ve still got to perform and go to another level.”

Meanwhile, Heatley is running out of destinations.


Sykora on Senators’ radar

The Senators are keeping their options open up front.

While the club still is holding talks with unrestricted free-agent centre Mike Comrie, league sources say GM Bryan Murray has also held serious discussions with winger Petr Sykora and he’s at the top of the Senators’ radar screen if they can trade disgruntled winger Dany Heatley before training camp.

So, he’s held talks with the 34-year-old Sykora, who had 25 goals and 21 assists for 46 points in 76 games last season while making $2.5 million US.

Kelly in limbo

The fate of NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly, according to a report on TSN.ca, remained in limbo last night as he waited outside a Chicago boardroom.

Inside, interim ombudsman Buzz Hargrove and representatives of all 30 NHL teams met to discuss concerns about his leadership and the association’s direction.


New Canuck Mathieu Schneider: Vancouver’s the only place to be

The Canucks didn’t make Mathieu Schneider’s short-list. That’s because he didn’t have one.

Vancouver was the only place the unrestricted free agent wanted to play, providing hard evidence to the theory that GM Mike Gillis is slowly changing the culture of an organization which has been marred historically by too many losing seasons and playoff failures.

Yes, Schneider is Gillis’s former client. The two share a history and a friendship. But friendships only go so far and generally aren’t enough to make a player, without much hockey left, shun both money and options.

“I’m not sure how things were run before Mike, but in talking to people within the organization, everything has just been done right [since he took over],” said Schneider, 40, who started courting the Canucks once last season ended.

“That was something that I was looking for. I kind of handcuffed my agent, Pat Morris. I told him this is the place I wanted to be, and until we exhausted negotiations with Vancouver, we really didn’t want to negotiate with anyone else. We never really took any offers from any other teams.


17 Responses to NHL News and Rumors – August 31, 2009

  1. Kramer says:

    I got a feeling big trades are coming this month.

  2. muckies says:

    The Sens are screwed, thinking of signing Sykora, i mena come on, he sucks. They are getting slower, older, and softer with each rumour and each passing day.

    Heatley is something else. This guys is the biggest jack-ass in the league. He signs a 7.5. million contract, and now the Sens can't sell one of his jersey's, their ticket sales are hurt because of him, what a massive asshole.

    Heatley should be sued just fir being a wank.

  3. hockey_lover says:

    For me, its not so much that Sykora is THAT bad. He will likely get 20 goals next season as well.

    I just find it amusing how the Sens are currently $1.5mil over the cap, they have a $7.5mil unhappy star wanting out … and they are looking at signing another player? haha. 

    Murray is an idiot. Get your ducks in a row before you start adding more.

  4. HABSSTAR says:

    NHLPA fired Kelly… I bet it's a power play by Buzz Hargrove to take over.  Once he does he'll probably implement his idiotic theory of "Strike first, ask questions later."  Hope everyone enjoyed hockey while we had it, if this goof gets in as the head of the NHLPA we'll be lucky to have a season once every three years.

  5. cam7777 says:

    at this point, I would just try to trade Heatley for something decent and move on with life.  tell him to take the edmonton deal or sit in the minors until he feels like playin for the senators and playing to the best of his ability.  i just want this whole fiasco over with already.

    and to muckies, yes, the sens should be looking to get younger and faster.  they should be looking replace guys like kelly with guys like upshall – not adding slow veterans like sykora.  what is wrong with murray?  maybe his lack of ability to make any sense at all is a big part of the reason heatley wants out.  after all, heatley did watch him let chara leave, dick around with commodore and redden, overpay for alfredsson's massive, unnecessary extension, trade away corvo for nothing, etc, etc. etc….

    trade heatley, fire murray, move on….

  6. reinjosh says:

    Here's hoping the next man fired in the NHLPA is Buzz Hargorve
    that is not a man anyone wants running the NHLPA
    it could result is really bad things

  7. Kramer says:

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    Just apply my stick glue formula to the blade of your stick…and voila!  The puck will stick to your stick and you'll stick handle like Gretzky.

    Think about it, you're trying to stick handle through annoying defenders and the puck rolls off your stick.  Then the bad guys got the puck.

    With my stick glue formula, the puck will stick to your stick.  No more problems with stick handling.

    A new invention to revolutionize hockey.

  8. lindrosfan says:

    This is to those that are dissing Hargrove.

    Do you even know what you're talking about… or are you just spewing rhetoric that you read on some website.

    People should be thanking Hargrove more than anything else. Without him, factory workers would earn little over minimum wage. About a quarter of the middle class in Ontario wouldn't exist. The reason that there are problems at GM and other North American companies is not due to the wages of workers. It's because these companies have been trying to take the cheap way out for the last 20 years, and because of this, people aren't buying their cars.

    Yes, we may see another strike in the NHL, but Hargrove is being brought in to take the money away from the owners and to put it where it should be, in the workers (players) pockets. Finally, someone will take on Bettman instead of taking Bettman's bribes!!

  9. habswinthecup-again says:

     Are you saying that the players are underpaid?

     If there is another strike in the NHL within 15 years it will be the end of the NHL as we know it.

  10. lindrosfan says:

    Considering that it is a professional sport, yes, NHL players are getting underpaid. Look at NBA, NFL and even KHL salaries.

    Do they get paid more than us, yes… but we're not the best at anything that people would be willing to pay for.

    NHL owners are making a killing… Hargrove will make sure that the players will get their fair dues… unlike what we've seen so far.

  11. cam7777 says:

    Correction – SOME nhl owners are making a killing.  Others ae losing money by the tens of millions on an annual basis.  Atlanta, Columbus, Nashville, Phoenix, Florida and Tampa Bay are in the worst shape, but even some of the stronger teams are suffering pretty bad with a weak on-ice product (Los Angeles, Colorado, Carolina, the Islanders).

    Yea, compared to other sports the NHL players make less money, but that isn't really a fair comparison right now.  The fact of the matter is, the players don't generate enough interest in America to merit making those kind of salaries. 

    In my opinon, a huge part of this whole dilemma must stem from the fact that there are so many teams struggling to break even, and yet the NHL is content to stay the course in these ridiculous cities.  Bottom line is that Bettman would rather see franchises collapse, and massive expansion fees paid to the league and its owners (and not the players), where as the players would probably like to see teams in Hamilton, Winnipeg, and even Las Vegas.

    Paul Kelly has been pretty passive about the whole situation, basically saying that he thinks hockey would be great back north, but he is content to let Bettman deal with the Phoenix situation however he can.  Well, if I'm a player, that's not good enough.  I don't want Bettman running the franchise into the ground, and now buying the franchise himself, just to make the owners more money.  There are cities out there right now that can take these franchises on and start turning a profit almost immediately.

  12. habswinthecup-again says:

     You are nuts! Yes other sports are payed better, but they are way overpaid as well, and if you look at the NFL their contracts are not even guarenteed, so yea a guy can get a $20 million contract but that does not mean that he will be payed that. If you look at basketball they have less than half the players to pay and get the same amount of fans at games so they have twice the money to spend on each player. If you look at baseball there are only a few teams that can afford to spend big and the way that league is going it will not be around much longer at least not the same as it is now. And most owners are losing money or at best breaking even.

  13. HABSSTAR says:

    Yes I do know what I`m talking about.  I was in the CAW when your buddy Buzz was running it.  It was, for the most part, an overly confrontational militant old boys network that protected the lazy.  Hence why I got out of the job and will never work at a place unionized by the CAW again. 

    As for the rest of your socialist dribble… Yes, the sun rises and sets out of Buzz Hargrove's ass.  The middle class in Canada would not have existed without all powerful Buzz!  Blah, blah, blah…  no thanks, I don`t want any of your kool aid.   

  14. zackman13 says:

    of course! who needs to shoot anyway? shooting is overrated!

  15. reinjosh says:

    Do you know what workers get paid at those factories?
    They make 77 friggin dollars an hour on average to push a freaking button!
    i completely agree with HABSTAR above. He protected the lazy. Buzz Hargrove is an idiot and yes he did cause many of the problems facing GM today by helping the average worker make 25 dollars an hour more than the the leading Rival. Thats a huge difference and was one of the main sticking points when they tried to renegotiate retard.
    And you don't think the players make enough already?
    the average salary in the 2003 – 2004 season (the one before the lockout) was 1.83 million dollars. The average salary by Feb 2008, a fully year ago (salary went up), was 1.9 million.
    Seems like they got more money than they were making before the lockout. Hargorve is possible the only person that could possibly damage the NHL more than Gary Bettman could.
    Im guessing you are probably one of those workers in CAW making 73 dollars an hour to do almost nothing. "If it wasn't for Hargrove, workers would earn a little over minimum wage."
    Now they only make an average yearly salary of over 100 000 dollars a year. Your an idiot.
    Hargrove is the worst possible thing for hockey. Lets have him make the players way more money than they deserve, just he did for those fools at GM. He can ruin hockey just like he ruined GM.

  16. reinjosh says:

    yet they make more than they did before the lockout (on average).
    hmmm weird…

  17. Luongoman says:

    i laughed lol

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