NHL News and Rumors – Monday July 27, 2009

Wings looking at Bertuzzi

Afinogenov unlikely

Brisebois back in the driver’s seat

Wings looking at Bertuzzi


With the losses of Marian Hossa (40 goals) and Mikael Samuelsson (19 goals) — and possibly Jiri Hudler (23 goals) to the Moscow Dynamo — look for the Red Wings to add a scoring forward before the start of training camp.

Among the forwards the Wings are likely to have interest in are former Wings Jason Williams and Todd Bertuzzi, and former U-M standout Mike Comrie. Manny Malhotra and Mike Grier are other possibilities.

Williams, who turns 29 on Aug. 11, never found a home after being traded to the Blackhawks in 2006-07. He scored 17 goals in 63 games over two seasons in Chicago. After failing to find common ground on a line with Ilya Kovalchuk last season, he was traded to the Blue Jackets and finished with 12 goals and 17 assists in 39 games.

Although 34 and no longer capable of scoring 46 goals as he did for the Canucks in 2002-03, Bertuzzi could be worth considering again.

Comrie, who turns 29 on Sept. 11, scored 21 goals in 76 games for the Islanders in 2007-08.


Afinogenov unlikely

John Glennon

Afinogenov unlikely: Don Meehan, the agent for unrestricted free-agent forward Maxim Afinogenov, said last week he doesn’t envision Afinogenov signing in Nashville.

“I don’t think so,” Meehan said, pointing out that he brought up Afinogenov’s name for the Predators to consider. “I don’t anticipate hearing anything back from (Poile) on that. I’m not too optimistic.”

Poile called Afinogenov an interesting player because he’s shown offensive ability in the past. But the play of the Sabres’ winger has tailed off dramatically the past two seasons.


Brisebois back in the driver’s seat


Patrice Brisebois then pumped the gas to send the loud engine roaring a couple of extra times – for effect.

As entrances go, it was a show-stopper. And maybe it symbolized the former Canadiens defenceman’s exit from the game that has been his life, and his entrance into a new world – NASCAR racing.

The 38-year-old hasn’t announced his retirement from the National Hockey League. He hasn’t even made a decision. But as longtime RDS hockey announcer Pierre Houde said yesterday, he’s right on the doorstep.

At this point, there are no offers.

“I’m not waiting,” Brisebois said. “I don’t absolutely have to play hockey. It’s no longer about that. But I continue to train, and if a team says, ‘We want to give you another chance,’ I’d love to have another season.”

The last time Brisebois talked to Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey was just prior to the opening of the free-agent signing period. Nothing since then.

“It’s not that it’s over (with the Canadiens), but there’s a good chance it is,” Brisebois said. “With the recent signings, there’s not much room on defence, so you just turn the page. It’s not personal. I have so much respect for Bob, all he did for me, he brought me back here and gave me another chance.


23 Responses to NHL News and Rumors – Monday July 27, 2009

  1. MapleLeafHater says:

    if it was the leafs media tossing around the names of
    J.Williams,  Bertuzzi,  Comrie, Malhotra and Grier

    there would be comments on this that are inane as always.

    but as a wing fan, I just want Williams. Maybe comrie, but not if he costs a young guy a spot.

  2. JoelJoel says:

    Excellent point.

    I think leafs fans can be pricks sometimes, but I don't think it warrants all the hate they get.

    I mean, yeah if you live in the GTA, or Ontario, or eastern Canada… or even anywhere in Canada you'll probably hear more about the leafs and see more coverage; but is that enough to bash em at every turn?

    It's like crime in the news. Crime rates have been steadily declining in Canada since the early 1990's, but because we love seeing gore and violence, and cause politicians and news outlets feed of this, we seem to think crime is out of control.

    I guess I can see where non leafs fans get their rage, always having to hear about the laughs, but everything is criticized!

  3. Kramer says:

    This is my favorite video game in history.  How come they don't make games like this no more?


  4. pezzz123 says:





  5. TheLeafNation91 says:

    we also took ur second

  6. mojo19 says:

    Are you jelous that your team has been to the finals in back to back years and nobody cares, but when Luke Schenn sneezes its front page news? Sorry, get used to it, or else follow the Tigers or Pistons.

  7. mojo19 says:

    Damn. I heard Burke wasn't big on Stralman, but I hoped it wasn't true. That's a pretty good pickup for Calgary, hopefully Primeau can provide some leadership.

    I see Wayne playing on a line with Jamal Mayers, forming some kind of 'grind line'.

  8. pezzz123 says:

    yeah, but it's in 2011, so it's a wash. All we really needed was to get rid of Primeau for cap space, so it's a very good deal for us.

  9. mojo19 says:

    Blake – Stajan – Ponikarovsky
    Stempniak – Grabovski – Kulemin
    Hagman – Wallin – Bozak
    Mayers – Primeau – Orr

    x – Hanson, Tlusty, Mitchell

    Kaberle – Komisarek
    Beauchemin – Schenn
    White – Exelby

    x – Finger, VanRyn, Frogren


  10. reinjosh says:

    YEAH BABY!!!
    as a leafs fan im sad to see stralman go
    but as a Flames fan to see him go to the Flames is AWESOME!
    and Stuart is a great 3rd line/4th line addition something Sutter loves to do.
    could be the next Rene Bourque
    though you have to think something is up in Sutter land and Flames territory.
    With Bouwmeester and Pahneuf signed till 2014, Regehr until 2012, Sarich until 2012 and both Giordano and Pardy signed for 2 more years to fill out the top 6
    then you have Kronwall and Pelech as 7th dman who could jump up in injury replacement
    now we also have Stralman, Negrin, Aulie, Seabrook, Baldwin, Brodie, Palin, Erixon all as the top defensive prospects (and Aulie and Pelech have a serious chance at making a top 6 of some team soon).
    this is a huge mass collection of dman, 9 or 10 of which are NHL ready/capable
    i think that something could be in the works
    with Primeaus salary off the books, we have 3 million dollars in cap space. I could see that Sutter could pull a move for a top 6 forward at the deadline or a top offensive prospect seeing as Backlund is our only true offensive (with actual top 6 potential).
    I think that this season could be interesting for flames fans, as an already solid defense and solid defensive prospect pool both just got stronger in the last couple weeks.

  11. leafy says:

    Ok, I don't like this trade one bit.

    Stralman is a skilled smooth skating young blue liner with great potential…..and he's still only 22!

    Primeau is nothing more than a checker with no scoring potential whatsoever.  It's WAYNE Primeau, not Keith before the head injury.

    The 2nd round pick better be something good because the Leafs got butt f*cked in this trade.

  12. mojo19 says:

    besides, couldn't you get the same quality in a UFA like Mike Peca that you get in Primeau, and not have to give up Stralman?

    Unless its true that Burke just doesn't figure Stalman will ever turn into anything special, so he was happy to just take the 2nd round pick for Stralman (Primeau and Stuart are not the big part of the trade in this case).

  13. leafy says:

    My thoughts exactly, it certainly looks like Burke didn't like Stralman's game.

    I think if Burke saw him play the season prior, he'd like him more, but Stralman struggled a bit when called up.

    Still, he's too skilled and young to just throw away for next to nothing. Not a smart move in my view.

  14. mojo19 says:

    I agree. Last year Stralman wasn't great, but he had a few stretches in his rookie year where you could really see some raw talent there. Speed, hands, wicked wrist shot, head fakes. This kid is a player.

    Hopefully Burke uses that 2nd rounder and drafts a beauty.

  15. nordiques100 says:

    whoa, easy guys, its not borje salming here.

    its too bad he isnt part of the organization, but to get a 2nd in return. not bad.

    and lets look at the other good things:

    primeau is in his last year of his deal giving us yet another expiring contract. thats 10 in total coming off the books after this season for a total of 18 mil or so in cap space gained.

    primeau is older, but should bring more than stuart. his size up the middle is something the leafs do not have. he has good PK skills. he adds some more leadership. he'll play physical, he'll win faceoffs. he'll be a fine piece to move at the deadline if we're out of it.

    stralman was a decent prospect, but lets not get carried away. if his departure meant keeping ian white, i am all for that. both are on the small side. both are RH shots, both are affordable still but white is and has been the more effective player. and with kabby staying, where's the room for stralman to grow?

    he was due to be a rfa next summer, probably would have looked for a modest raise. or maybe go back to sweden.

    and its possible he asked for a trade. quietly. its burke's custom to accomodate the player. or simply, maybe he was doing stralman this favor to give him a chance to make it to the NHL, or get a better chance to. similar to how he handled kronvall.

    also, he would have had to been waived to send down to the marlies. its likely he would have been claimed. sure they could have just sent finger or frogren, but if they earn spots with the team, they deserve to stay.

    at least we got something for him.

  16. FlamingHomer says:

    That's very optimistic thinking but if the Leafs are able to get any type of contributions from Primeau I will be surprised. He's starting to get injured a lot and his "touch" in front of the net will become very frustrating for fans. He kills penalties OK and may win 50% off his faceoffs but that type of player can be easily had for the league minimum.
    Flames fans won't really miss him as he didn't play that much anyhow. I sincerely hopes he gets in a full season and is able to get some semblance of his game back but in the meantime, Calgary wins this trade.

  17. FlamingHomer says:

    If the Wings do pick up Bertuzzi we'll soon see how Lidstom handles 3 on 1's all night.
    I know Kipper won't miss Bert's secret drop passes to no one in particular.
    So much for having a puck possession system.

  18. Classic says:

    The trade is rumored to revolve on the 2nd rounder going back to TO, in a deal to go to Chicago for TO's own 2nd pick which would then allow the leafs to sign Kessel to an offer sheet.

    Stralman wasn't going to make an impact anyways. He was too hyped up and was rushed. Leafs tried him in the AHL but threatened to go back to Sweden. Him and Tlusty need a full year in the AHL so they can improve.

  19. nordiques100 says:

    i think primeau will be happy coming back to ontario. he had a broken foot, it obviously must be healed.

    but i think the real attraction like i mentioned is the expiring contract. the leafs now have several players they could peddle at the deadline if they're out of it.

    considering they got 2 picks for even hal gill, a 2nd and a 3rd for 2 waiver claims, thats how u restock picks.

    i trust burke has a plan. and again, a 2nd is a good recovery since there stands a good chance this kid would have been lost on waivers.

  20. FlamingHomer says:

    Like I said, I hope this works out for Toronto and Primeau and if the plan is as you mentioned it just might. I'm not sure how deep the 2011 draft is but Calgary's 2nd pick could be around #55 or so. From Calgary's point of view, Primeau was easily replaced plus they added to their depth that they've been missing for many years.

  21. colin123mc says:

    do you really think Burke would sign anyone to an offer sheet after the way he treated Lowe for the Offer sheet he gave Penner?  I'm not sure Burke would do it.

  22. hockey_lover says:

    I dont recall the specifics that much but from what I remember, it wasnt so much that the offer sheet itself was presented but that the offer sheet was so ridiculous, no?

    Like, if Lowe had made an offer sheet to something that was normal, it would have been fine. But the fact that it was like $4m for a guy who was worth $1.5 was the issue.

  23. albertateams says:

    If that were the case Burke should have been elated getting the return in picks of a 4 million $ RFA for one thats worth 1.5. As it turned out it was a great deal for the ducks.

    Bottom line if there is an RFA  out there that Burke feels will improve his team at a reasonable cost he will provide an offer sheet as any good GM would.

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