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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.