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Columbus holds the fourth pick in the NHL draft and there is all kinds of speculation around the Stanley Cup final that the Blue Jackets are under pressure to make the playoffs and may not have the time or inclination to wait for yet another player to develop. Don’t be surprised if Brian Burke makes an attempt to deal Tomas Kaberle and more to Columbus to try and get an early pick … I guess size matters: The Maple Leafs don’t lead the NHL in any category other than size of front office …
Upon suggesting this, I’m half convinced that someone is going to start up a Don’t Trade Marty blog on blogspot by the end of the week. This is by no means what I’m suggesting (yet), just something to think about as a possibility. Now in the future, trading away Martin St. Louis may become a reality for Lightning fans and it will cause some uproar among the faithful (yes all 10 of you).
Go ahead: buy your Patrick Marleau Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys.
Let’s cut all the garbage: Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke said last week that he wanted to add a first line winger with some muscle and scoring touch. This isn’t “moving heaven and earth” to get John Tavares . The draft was too big a puzzle to pull that off.
But throwing money at a guy? Burke can do that better than anybody and remember: for better or worse he usually does what he says he’ll do.
As reported on the official Avangard Omsk’s web site, Roman Cervenka signed a two years deal with the KHL team and thus won’t sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL.
Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek said he didn’t do it.
In fact, when informed yesterday that sand might have been poured in the hallway that leads from the Flyers’ locker room to the ice at the Bell Centre in Montreal before Game 4, Spacek said he was curious why so many Flyers needed to leave the ice.
According to Russian websites, the two NHL stars plan on signing with St. Petersburg on July 1 when they both become unrestricted free agents.
The president of the St. Petersburg team is Alexander Medvedev, who also happens to be the president of the KHL. One of the other hats he wears is as deputy chairman of Gazprom, the Russian gas company that is under-writing the KHL’s losses.
Evgeni Malkin will play for the Penguins next season.
Two sources told the Tribune-Review that Malkin , the Penguins’ No. 2 center and co-highest paid player, will not be traded during the offseason.
The topic of trading Malkin has become a hot-button issue on the local talk-show circuit in the days after the Penguins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs in the second round by the Montreal Canadiens.
Sometimes digging out of a hole in a playoff series is about finding a way to break the pattern. Sometimes that takes something bold and unexpected.
Bold and unexpected, it’s fair to say, does not characterize Jacques Martin’s coaching style. Maybe that’s a contributing factor in his sub-.500 playoff record as an NHL coach.
You wonder on every goal he allows. You wonder on every save he makes. You wonder on every breath Evgeni Nabokov takes.
OK, so that last line might be a Russian song lyric. But you wonder — no, you realize — that Nabokov’s lasting legacy with the Sharks is being defined right here in these Western Conference finals.
So far, it is not going well. Not well enough, at least.
There was no magic in goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s game Sunday night as he gave up four goals on 13 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers went on to beat the Canadiens 6-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final.
Halak was pulled after Philadelphia scored three times in the first 9:53 of the second period to take a 4-0 lead.
Evgeni Malkin is often an out-of-this-world talent who can play keepaway with the puck, but after the Pittsburgh Penguins’ shocking ouster by the Montreal Canadiens, it is painfully obvious the Penguins have an overabundance of a good things at centre and a paucity of wingers.
Penguins GM Ray Shero loves his strength down the middle, with Sidney Crosby, Malkin and the best one-two-three punch in the game, and he keeps saying that he doesn’t want to mess with such a good thing, but why couldn’t he move Malkin ?
Montreal Canadians still need to improve Montreal is having tremendous success in the 2010 playoffs, from goalie to defence and the forwards even though they are not getting many shots they really capitalize on their chances. But Montréal’s success comes from their defensive style of play, and by that I mean blocking shots and closing the gap, (gill, Gorges ). Montreal
For just the second time in their 100-year history, the Montreal Canadiens have won back-to-back seven-game series in the same playoffs, and the first time they did it – you know where this is going – they won the Stanley Cup.
While the current edition of the Habs is hard to compare to the 1971 team, it would be foolish to bet against them to repeat that squad’s exploits; after disposing of the regular-season champions in Round 1, they stifled and muzzled the reigning Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, prevailing 5-2 in Game 7.
The Red Wings cleaned out their lockers Monday, an annual event that always feels like the last day of the school year. After sitting in the same room together for months, everybody is about to scatter for the summer.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have missed the playoffs in five consecutive seasons after making them in six consecutive years from 1999 to 2004. Their win total has decreased for five straight years and the near future isn’t looking much brighter unless Brian Burke can pull some magic this summer.
Philadelphia Flyers enforcer Daniel Carcillo anticipated he would be involved in some unpleasant incidents during last night’s playoff game with the Bruins at the Garden.
An act of cannibalism was not one of them.
Carcillo insisted that he was bitten in the finger by Bruins center Marc Savard during a scrum to the left of the Flyers net at 5:55 of the second period. The forward didn’t expose the indented digit in the visitors dressing room, but he had some harsh things to say about Savard.
By Jim Matheson, edmontonjournal.com
Raffi Torres was a healthy scratch late for the Buffalo Sabres in their series with the Boston Bruins. He didn’t score in the 18 games after the Sabres got him from the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had just seven assists, hammering home Raffi’s nagging inconsistency. He has always been a streak scorer with a penchant for hitting hard that keeps opponents wary, but he had only 28 shots and just 14 penalty minutes in his time with the Sabres. He’s going to have a tough time getting a nice payday as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Next season starts next week for the Senators.
Owner Eugene Melnyk told QMI Agency in an end-of-season interview Friday that he’ll sit down with GM Bryan Murray to discuss changes after the club’s first-round playoff exit in six games.
While Melnyk gave both Murray and coach Cory Clouston a vote of confidence in getting the Senators to the post-season under “difficult cir*****stances,” the boss does want improvements.
Stories coming out of Russia are a long way from being gospel, but one that could be believable is that former National Hockey League star Jaromir Jagr is signing again with Omsk, the Siberian Kontinental Hockey League team.
If so, that would rule out 38-year-old Jagr joining the Edmonton Oilers next season.
The Washington Capitals have faced the frightening prospect of failure — and then failed spectacularly– as often, as infamously, and usually as comically as any pro team in sports in the last 30 years.
But they have never had quite the chance to fail as badly as they do on Wednesday night at Verizon Center. Before you can avoid such a fate in sports, you have to acknowledge it and face it. You can’t leave it standing behind you, tapping you on the shoulder.