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All those “Price is right” puns – Habs fans likely never imagined it would come to this and take on such a perspective.
This might be more than speculative, but rumours are that the Flyers were only curious about the asking price for Jaroslav Halak a few months back, and that the goaltender they truly covet is Carey Price. In fact, as Halak earned more starts for Montreal down the final stretch, at one point, GM Pierre Gauthier let it slip that calls for Price from teams actually increased the more the Habs leaned towards Halak as their go to goalie.
Who has been the best goalie in the NHL this season?
To call it a new story would be misleading, so I won’t. But it’s definitely a hot topic of conversation here in Toronto, even with only five games left and even though those may be Tomas Kaberle’s last five with the Leafs.
Brian Burke has made some great moves for the Leafs going forward. Although he has tweaked the lineup in a major way, there are still some moves to be made over the summer. These moves would be cost effective, and at the same time give us the contender tag. Here goes:
There’s a new buzz around the Devils, and they’re selling tickets, too, for the big show in Newark, starring the “Big Shot.”
The Washington Capitals currently hold a five-point lead over the San Jose Sharks with one game in hand. It’s almost a sure thing that they’ll hold on to this lead and win their first ever Presidents’ Trophy. Prediction: Washington Capitals
No team has ever had the top-two picks, but Edmonton’s sniper could be a very valuable bargaining chip
Dan Barnes, Edmonton Journal
What the Oilers have in Ales Hemsky currently pales in comparison to what people think the Oilers can or even should get for Ales Hemsky.
The Maple Leafs will gather for a team photo on Monday but, while the moment will be frozen, the roster won’t be.
There will be changes this summer. Lots of them. General manager Brian Burke hasn’t taken down the “Open For Business” sign he loudly hammered to his office door before the trade deadline.
BEST TRADES OF 2009-10
July 3, 2009: The Kings acquire Ryan Smyth from the Avalanche for Kyle Quincey, Tom Preissing and a ’10 fifth round pick.
Heads were scratched when L.A. gave up 24-year-old Quincey, who had a breakout season in 2008-09, for a not-getting-any-younger Smyth. But the 34-year-old, 14-season vet has provided much-needed experience on a young Kings team and been a boon playing on Anze Kopitar’s right side on the top line.
Currently there are only two teams in the NHL that have the same starting goaltender today as they did at the beginning of the season 10 years ago, one obvious and one not so. The obvious one is the Devils, where Martin Brodeur has started for what has seemed like forever. The other… the Philadelphia Flyers and Brian Boucher.
Recipe for retribution at the Garden tonight?
Eric Godard has seen this kind of buildup before.
The talk of retribution and carnage, of mayhem and vengeance.
The Penguins lost a world-class center Sunday night.
Precisely what’s wrong with Evgeni Malkin — and how long he might be out — isn’t known yet.
Tomas Kaberle is a wanted man. But will it remain that way through the summer?
On Friday, general manager Brian Burke, during a radio interview in Toronto, said he “expected” the veteran defenceman return to the Maple Leafs next season.
Last week, when the rumour-mongering in Winnipeg was at its most frenzied, the question wasn’t if the NHL would return, and it wasn’t even when the NHL would return to the Manitoba capital.
It was which one of the NHL’s sad-sack franchises — Phoenix or Atlanta — would play out of the MTS Centre next season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs rebuild effectively began once John Ferguson Jr. was fired in January of 2008. Cliff Fletcher came in, and despite a valiant effort on his part, he was not able to acquire assets for the Leafs veterans. After a few minor moves, Brian Burke came in, here is a look at what Brian Burke has been able to do, and where the franchise is going.
When Burke first came in, aside from Luke Schenn, there was very little positive movement happening in Leafland. Since then, he has made the roster his team, aside from a few players who are likely to be moved, this roster belongs to Brian Burke.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said it’s well within the realm of possibility that Marc Savard could miss the rest of the season with the Grade 2 concussion the star playmaker suffered Sunday in Pittsburgh.
In yet another “how the NHL should capitalize on the Olympic viewership column, Artie Gigantino of the San Francisco Chronicle Examiner makes a few salient suggestions (loved the newspaper ad) and a few awful ones (1. Ban fighting; 2. ???? 3. Get Olympic ratings). But this idea definitely resonated:
… But he’s also willing to leave, that’s not too confusing
By MIKE ZEISBERGER , Toronto Sun
In a perfect world, Tomas Kaberle would want to remain a Maple Leaf for life.
And yes, he admits he was “happy to hear” general manager Brian Burke state Wednesday that the team was open to discussing a contract extension for the veteran defenceman.