NHL News and Rumors – September 28, 2009

Nazem Kadri told to light up OHL

Girardi’s been Blueshirt bust

Forsberg looking like old self again, NHL scouts “drooling”

Michael Nylander MysteryNazem Kadri told to light up OHL

Paul Hunter

The Maple Leafs see flashy teenager Nazem Kadri as a future “superstar” in the NHL. Just not yet.

They want to give him time to grow into that role, both physically and mentally.

So Kadri, after showing very well at the Leafs’ camp, was returned to his junior team yesterday, sent back to the London Knights from which Toronto management plucked him with the seventh pick overall this summer.

“Nazem is going to be a superstar in this league. We honestly believe that, but we want him to go back to the OHL and absolutely dominate the league there,” said coach Ron Wilson yesterday.

“You’re talking a kid who scored 70 points in the OHL and we don’t want him to be a 50- or 60-point scorer here. We want him to be a 100-point scorer. Sometimes the only way you can do that is at your own level with your peers. Be a dominating player, be a leader and come back next year, ready to make our team.”

Kadri, just shy of his 19th birthday, arrived at camp wanting to make it as difficult as possible for the Leafs to send him back. The Leafs were clearly never really open to the idea of keeping a young forward who is generously listed at 6-feet, 177 pounds but the London native impressed both on and off the ice.


Girardi’s been Blueshirt bust


The Rangers’ defense had enough question marks without Dan Girardi becoming one of them.

But that’s just what’s happened throughout a 16-day preseason that closed here yesterday with yet another indifferent Girardi effort in a 4-3 exhibition loss to the Caps in which the Blueshirts trailed 4-0 after two periods of collectively lethargic and inattentive work.

The question concerning Girardi entering camp was whether he could elevate his game and emotion level in his fourth NHL season to become a consistently effective top-line match-up defenseman skating with third-year man Marc Staal after the pair went through an accelerated learning process on the job last year.

he Blueshirts were sure enough about Girardi and of his disproportionate importance to their thin blue line that they refused to engage in talks with the Bruins about Phil Kessel so long as Boston insisted that the defenseman be included in any deal for their Group II winger, since shipped to Toronto for high draft picks.

Now, though, the question about Girardi is whether he will deign to show up for the regular season that opens Friday in Pittsburgh after floating through camp as if he were a decorated 15-year veteran working at his own pace to get ready.

“To say the least, I’ve been disappointed with his camp,” coach John Tortorella said. “We’ve had a running conversation throughout camp about [his approach]. He’s got some work to do; he’s got a pretty good week of work ahead of him.”


Forsberg looking like old self again, NHL scouts “drooling”

Adrian Dater

Just got a dispatch from Sweden, where Peter Forsberg scored the overtime game-winner today for MoDo, in his second game of his comeback attempt to the NHL. Old friend Mats Wennerholm from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet gave this account, with quotes from Foppa:
“I watched Foppa play tonight.

He assisted on Modo’s first goal and made the game winning goal in sudden death
I haven´t seen him better in five years.
He was dominating the game and even had a brawl with ex-Shark Marcus Ragnarsson.
All the experts here in Sweden were stunned.
The old Foppa was back.

I spoke to him after the game – Modo won 2-1 by the way – and here are some quotes:
“I was a little bit better than in the last game, but it´s to early to tell what will happen. But my foot felt better tonight, and it feels like it´s going in the right direction.”
“I will play my third game on Monday, and then I take a couple of days to evaluate wich direction I will take. I haven´t closed any doors, but my ambition is to play at the highest level.”


Michael Nylander Mystery

One forward whose status has been shrouded in mystery all offseason is Michael Nylander. The 36-year-old, who is owed $8.5 million over the next two seasons but has fallen out of favor with Boudreau and management, did not play a single game in the preseason.

Boudreau didn’t want to say much about Nylander’s situation, but he did hint that there will be a resolution this week. The week before camp began, the Capitals believed Nylander might be willing to accept a transfer to Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, though those negotiations fizzled.

“We’ll have a better answer for that by Tuesday, I would think,” Boudreau said when asked about Nylander. “Then I would be able to tell you Tuesday or Wednesday what my thoughts are on that. Right now it’s up in the air. He’s still part of our team.”


9 Responses to NHL News and Rumors – September 28, 2009

  1. Frank181 says:

    Forsberg would look mighty good in a leafs jersey.

  2. 93killer93 says:

    Ya imagine
    we'ld make the playoffs for sure.

    Jk about Nash.

  3. Kyleton says:

    Calgary traded defenseman Anton Stralman to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2010 as per tsn. 

  4. FlamingHomer says:

    …and Flames fans are pissed. Stralman had a great preseason and should have been the #6 defenseman. Very baffling.

  5. cam7777 says:

    so they basically traded their 2nd round pick for a 3rd and a 7th. 

    Stralman is a good defender.  I always liked him in Toronto.  It was just unfortuneate for him that the Leafs stacked their D up with more expensive, less moveable guys.  He should get a good shot in Columbus though.

  6. mojo19 says:

    So they moved Primeau, and a 2nd round pick, for Colin Stuart, a 3rd, and a 7th.

    Not a great deal, but not terrible really. Don't forget, the Primeau deal was for cap relief as well.

  7. mojo19 says:

    Blake – Forsberg – Kessel
    Hagman – Grabovski – Kulemin
    Ponikarovsky – Stajan – Stempniak
    Mitchell – Primeau – Orr

    Wallin, Stalberg, Mayers

    Good looking group, if Peter Forsberg is in old form.

  8. cam7777 says:

    also, the third is in 2010, and the 2nd was in 2011.  so, they probably figured that the quality of player they were going to draft in the 2nd round of 2011, could probably be had in the 3rd round this year.  then you factor in a year of development, and come 2012, you'd probably rather have a 2010 3rd rounder in the system, than a 2011 2nd rounder.  Makes sense, but still, Stralman reportedly outplayed some of the other guys.  They like their North Americans in Calgary.

  9. albertateams says:

    I'm not a big fan of this trade but looking at it realistically the flames have a lot of young d men on there roster and in the minors. Stralman was probably the easiest to move. It at least gives him a chance to prove himself at the NHL level with columbus. The move when they acquired him from TO was to dump Primeau's salary.

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