NHL News and Rumors – September 3, 2009

Cogliano shaken by proposed trade

No glory for Cory? Canucks top prospect Schneider not worried by Luongo deal

Comrie in limboCogliano shaken by proposed trade

Joanne Ireland, Edmonton Journal

Escaping the subject was not an option for Andrew Cogliano.

He was intrinsically linked to the drawn-out summer trade talk that had him going to the Ottawa Senators, along with Edmonton Oilers teammates Ladislav Smith and Dustin Penner, for sniper Dany Heatley.

“I had people coming up and asking when I was going to go to Ottawa. It’s tough,” Cogliano said on Wednesday. “And when it goes on for a month, you just want to get it behind you. I didn’t know what was going on. I had no idea what was happening. I was just the guy in the middle of all of it.

“I didn’t picture myself leaving Edmonton for a long time,” he continued. “All of a sudden, when it comes out of nowhere, your initial thought and feeling is disappointment.”

One of the shoulders Cogliano leaned on belonged to Oilers captain Ethan Moreau. The veteran said that it was an unusual set of cir*****stances, but that the 22-year-old handled it well.

He also figured that Cogliano and Penner should be able to come up with the 50 goals the club could have had from Heatley, who vetoed the deal when he refused to waive his no-trade clause.


No glory for Cory? Canucks top prospect Schneider not worried by Luongo deal

Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Canucks goaltending prospect Cory Schneider will be 36 when Roberto Luongo’s contract expires but, as Schneider noted Wednesday, his cir*****stances haven’t really been altered.

He is coming to training camp next week to try and win the backup spot from veteran Andrew Raycroft. His long-term future? Well, that can wait for another day.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m still a member of the Canucks right now and I plan on making the team and helping them win right now,” said Schneider, 23. “What happens going forward is going to happen. For now, I’m completely focused on making this team.”

Schneider wasn’t surprised by the Luongo extension — “everyone knew it was in the works” — and the length didn’t faze him either.

“Even if it had been a five- or six-year deal, it would have been a long time for me in terms of my development or waiting or whatnot,” he explained. “So I don’t think the length really has much to do with it.”

Schneider, the American Hockey League goalie of the year last season, has more pressing matters anyway. He rolled his ankle doing dryland work about 10 days ago and doesn’t know whether he’ll be completely fit for the opening of training camp Sept. 12.

He is still on his entry-level, two-way contract and doesn’t require waives to be sent down. So any injury-related shortcomings in performance could harm his chances to stick.


Comrie in limbo


The Edmonton Oilers are deciding whether or not to give former Oiler Mike Comrie another tour of duty at Rexall Place.

They are not the only team on Comrie’s radar screen right now, but in a development that’s straight out of the Strange But True file, the unrestricted free agent is seriously considering a return to the town that’s heckled him mercilessly ever since his bitter departure six years ago.

While Comrie is warm to the idea, Oilers management is not unanimous in their desire to bring him back.

That, and the fact that Comrie is still speaking with other teams, means this is no slam dunk.

But the fact it’s even being considered, given that Comrie left town in the second-most volatile break-up in franchise history — Chris Pronger remains No. 1 in Edmonton’s hearts — is jaw-dropping.

His longtime agent Ritch Winter would neither confirm nor deny that Comrie and the Oilers might be ready to let bygones be bygones.

“I’m taking the position on all my unsigned free agents that I’m not making a comment one way or the other,” Winter said last night.

Claiming that he was tired of living in a fishbowl, and insulted by a low-ball contract offer, Comrie demanded a trade in the summer of 2003 and sat out the start of the following season, triggering a long and nasty feud with then general manager Kevin Lowe.

He was finally dealt to Philadelphia in December 2003 (after a trade to Anaheim collapsed when Lowe demanded Comrie pay back several million dollars in signing bonus money before leaving town, which he refused) and in every return visit since he’s been the target of a scorned city’s worst venom.


19 Responses to NHL News and Rumors – September 3, 2009

  1. number15 says:

       No point in keeping Schneider now. Its best for the team and himself that he go somewhere els. Why keep a guy hostage when you have no use for him anyway. He is too good to be a backup untill he is 36 years old. Also his trade value is huge right now, it can only go down, just ask Montreal.

       I like what Brian Burke does. He dosent keep young players hostage on his team, while they can do better somewhere els. Schneider has no role with the Canucks. Trade him for a top 6 forward, which canucks can use.

      Schneider would look great in a Kings uniform. imagine all the young assets LA can offer, they r loaded and could use a goalie

  2. cam7777 says:

    Bernier, Quick and Ersberg are all fully capable; and Bernier is arguably every bit the prospect that Schneider is.  Also, both of the current Kings goalies performed pretty well last year.  If anyone needs goalie help its the Avs, and Flyers.  The Stars might also want to take a look at Schneider – Turco is starting to get on.

  3. Kramer says:

    The Coyotes will never be allowed to move north. The mafia will lose millions of $ if it happens. Bettman is sweating bullets cuz he could get bumped off if he fails.  That's why Ziegler resigned, he was afraid he'd get wacked.

    Vegas is right next door. The mob wants the team close to the casinos. Way easier to set-up games and payoff referees/video replay judges.

    Wake up and smell the morning coffee!!! The outcome is decided before the puck is dropped.

  4. cam7777 says:

    Healy quits the PA.  Things are not looking good.  It sucks I had to get it from Eklund, but he references Shanahan's quotes, and this man knows what he is talking about.  He is the first one to mention how ridiculous having this meeting go so late into the night really was, and how suspicious everything about this really is. 

    It's looking more and more like Chelios, realizing his career is done, is making his bid to take over the PA.  I would much rather have Healy or Shanahan, or just about anyone less militant than Chelios.  This is looking like a second lockout is on the way unless the good guys in the NHL can do something.  Will Sidney Crosby, and all the new stars in the game really want their careers put on hold while meangingless vets like Chelios debate escrow payments with Gary Bettman?

  5. bigscoup says:

    What makes you think Schneider is worth a top 6 forward? He is NOT.Unproven players(except a few) let alone a goalie don't warrant top 6 players.

  6. blaze says:

    another lockout and im done with the NHL

  7. habswinthecup-again says:

     Schneider is not worth a top 6 forward, and his trade value is not huge, if he makes the team and plays well then his value will go up.
     And what are we supposed to ask Montreal? Halak's trade value is still quite high (certainly much higher than Schneider), because he plays well when he gets into a game.

  8. habswinthecup-again says:

     If Chelios becomes Director of the PA, then the NHL will cease to exist as we know it. You are right almost anybody but Chelios.

  9. Bure96 says:

    Your making it sound like Halak is going to become this incredible goalie. Fact of the matter is, if he was thaaaaat good he would started more games then Carey Price last year. Carey Price was very average last year, and Halak maybe had nice stats, but there must be a reason as to why he didn't more games.

    Not a bad goalie. I'd like to have him. Wouldn't move a 1st for him, but probably a 2nd if I were a team like Colorado, Philly or Dallas. I would like to see what he can do over a full season too. His number of games has always been limited since he's been going from league to league. Give him 55 games in the NHL, and I want to see if he's like BC Lions QB Buck Pierce. Good in relief, but not a true starter.

  10. 93killer93 says:

    Brian Burke said ideally his defence are these 6 players in no particular order. Beauchemin, Schenn, Kaberle, Komisarek, Exelby, Finger. That leaves White, Van Ryn and Frogren out. Frogren could play with the marlies but what could they get for White and what if anything could the leafs get for Van Ryn.

  11. mojo19 says:

    When and where did he see that? I'm sure they'll let things play out in training camp before giving the spots away to these guys. Although it is pretty obvious that the 2 big UFA's, along with Kaberle and Schenn are on the team.

    Maybe White will play forward again too. He's a good guy to have on the roster in that regard. Like Belak in a way, Chris McAllister, Matt Dandenault for Detroit played both spots. I'm sure there's more. Sami Kapanen! Sergei Fedorov

  12. habswinthecup-again says:

     No, I am not saying that Halak is an incredible goalie, I am simply stating that he has a high trade value because he has played in the NHL and played quite well, whereas Schneider has done neither. Also, I was not the one to bring Halak into this conversation.

  13. cam7777 says:

    He said this in an interview yesterday that was posted on Maple Leafs Hot Stove.  It sounds like he was asked who he thinks will start as the six defensemen for the Leafs, and he listed these six.  It's quite possible that he intends to have White at forward, or trade him and VanRyn prior to the season starting. 

    This might be more of an indicator of who is available to other teams who might be inquiring about defensemen; basically asying "take your pick of White, VanRyn and Frogren."   Ultimately though, this will be Ron Wilson's decision and not Burke's.  I personally can't see Wilson taking Exelby over White. 

    Burke also said he expects Ponikarovsky to have a great season, and thinks he is capable of 30 goals with increased ice-time and responsibility.  He really seems to love Poni.  Also says that Kadri could make the team out of camp, and they are prepared for that scenario.

    No sense in rushing Kadri…

  14. cam7777 says:

    Rumor is that Kessel has been traded to the Blues.  Comes from HockeyJournal.com, but it has been taken down now.  Where there's smoke there's fire.

  15. 93killer93 says:

    Van Ryn
    4th 2010

    Del Zotto
    2nd 2010

    Rangers only have 4 NHL defenceman signed for next year plus they still have about 8mil in cap space

  16. cam7777 says:

    I would rather have VanRyn and/or White than Del Zotto.

  17. Luongoman says:

    Uh scince when is Corey Schneider the Canucks top prospect? Ever heard of a guy named Cody Hodgson? led the world juniors in points? ring a belll?

  18. mojo19 says:

    I doubt Kadri makes it anyway's. But I would keep White regardless. You need more than 6 d-men anyway's. I'm not opposed to trading MVR, Frogren and White I'd keep though. Since I dont think you'd get much for Frogren and he's pretty good, and White is a good player who again, plays both positions.

  19. sundin_500 says:

    ever heard of AHL goalie of the year? I think Hodgson is over rated, he fell slightly in the draft, but i would take all top 7 picks without debate over him in last years draft, and all other teams arent peeing their pants over their prospects, you hear double the amount about hodgson than Stamkos, all stemming from 'Nucks fans, but he should definatly be a top six forward, with an all star season or two maybe.

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