NHL Trade Rumors and News – Dec 20, 2011

Ignoring trade scuttlebutt

Will Pronger injury drive up price of defencemen?

Patrick Roy would listen if Habs came calling

Kings to introduce Sutter as coach today

Ignoring trade scuttlebutt

When a player is due to become an unrestricted free agent after the season and his team is struggling, his name usually pops up in trade speculation. So it has been with Ruutu as the Canes fight to escape last place in the NHL’s Eastern Conference and general manager Jim Rutherford looks to change the makeup of the team.Ruutu, 28, is in the final year of a three-year, $11.4 million contract and is being paid $4.4 million.

He’s closing in on 500 career NHL games and has the playoff experience from 2009.The ninth overall pick of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, Ruutu was traded by Chicago to the Hurricanes for Andrew Ladd in February 2008. The Finn is well-versed about the business side of the NHL.But Ruutu, who has 10 goals this season, said he ignores trade scuttlebutt.

“I just live my life day by day,” he said, smiling again. “I don’t think I’m the only player with my name out there.”The Canes do have others who will be unrestricted free agents – Ponikarovsky and defensemen Tim Gleason, Jaroslav Spacek and Allen.”But for me, I live day by day and it doesn’t matter if it’s about a trade or whatever,” Ruutu said. “Just go day by day and not worry about anything. That’s the way I look at this situation, or any situation in my life.”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/12/20/1721705/ruutu-going-toe-to-toe.html#storylink=cpy

Will Pronger injury drive up price of defencemen?

Q: It looks like Chris Pronger is still haunting the Edmonton Oilers. With Pronger out, the Philadelphia Flyers will be looking for a defenceman and will drive up the price of one the Oilers need.

(Robbie Hames)

A: You are a bit of a conspiracy guy. The Flyers will likely deal with Carolina to get either Bryan Allen or Tim Gleason because they’ve made about 103 trades with Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford over the years. The Oilers need a puck-moving Kris Letang-type defender. I suspect they’ll be trying to get a blue-liner should they decide not to re-sign Ales Hemsky, who is an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and move him at the deadline, but that might be a reach. They might only get a prospect defenceman and a draft pick back should they deal Hemsky, whom Tom Renney says is taking treatment for an undetermined medical concern but is still able to play. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Oilers were eyeing Los Angeles Kings’ Slava Voynov, a younger version of Anaheim Ducks’ Lubomir Visnovsky, but would the Oilers and Kings ever trade again after Dustin Penner and Ryan Smyth?


Patrick Roy would listen if Habs came calling

Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy said he’d listen if the Montreal Canadiens came calling about their head coaching vacancy.

Roy, who currently owns, manages and coaches the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League said he’s open to the possibility of returning to the organization where he began his NHL career.

“If the Canadiens called, yes I’d listen,” Roy told reporters in French on Sunday after the Remparts 5-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst. “I like to listen, just like I did when I was approached by the Colorado Avalanche.”

Roy was a candidate for the Avalanche coaching job in 2008.

The Canadiens fired Jacques Martin on Saturday morning and named Randy Cunneyworth as interim head coach for the rest of the season. Since Cunneyworth doesn’t speak French, speculation is that he’s unlikely to land the permanent gig in the off-season.

The Canadiens haven’t had a unilingual English head coach since Bob Berry from 1981-84.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/Patrick+would+listen+Habs+came+calling/5882591/story.html#ixzz1h65dkii4

Kings to introduce Sutter as coach today

The Kings will not practice tomorrow, as they have their scheduled family Christmas party. The Kings are expected to officially announce the hiring of Darryl Sutter as coach sometime tomorrow. Sutter is expected to run Wednesday’s practice, scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. start, and then the Kings will have an introductory press conference with Sutter and Dean Lombardi. Sutter’s first game will be Thursday at home against Anaheim (reminder: it’s a 7 p.m. start).


4 Responses to NHL Trade Rumors and News – Dec 20, 2011

  1. senators_choke says:

    Who else here thinks it's going to be another Boston-Vancouver Stanley Cup final?

  2. mapleleafsfan says:

    I don't think Van makes it again. There are a lot of strong teams in the west this year and I don't think Van has it.. Can't see who is beating boston in the east though. Maybe pens if crosby ever comes back healthy but I doubt that.. Considering the bruins spanked the next best team in the conference no problem, I see them cruising to the finals.

    On a side note kadri and boyce recalled… Hope kadri can get something going, we're out of a playoff spot if we lose next game.
  3. Boston_Bruins says:

    Still too early to predict any team cruising to the Finals. And the Playoffs always end up surprising. I like the Bruins chances as much as any, but the Pens really worry me, especially if they get Crosby back. I thought they'd take the Cup this year before the season started. It appears those two teams are the favourites though.

    For the West, I like Detroit more than Vancouver but they look to be the two favourites as well. I'd hate to see the Bruins match up against the Wings. They have the Bruins number.
  4. blaze says:

    Agree completely with this post. I've got my money on the Wings in the West this year.

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