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Right now, its Colborne-Steckel-Dupuis. Of those 3: One’s a perfect fit, one’s too good and one’s not good enough for their respective positons. Yes there have been some concern areas, but in my personal opinion, the fourth line is the most cautioning. Is it time to make a move; not because their struggling, but for no reason, either, but for one specific need. While their at it, they could add a player whose abilities extend to kllling penalties. Here are some thoughts:
Tensions are on the rise between the Toronto Maple Leafs and reporters who cover the team.
Brian Burke came out in defence of coach Ron Wilson on his Twitter account late Sunday night after Wilson endured criticism for starting James Reimer for Saturday’s 4-1 loss in Boston.
“I love the quote about the liars in sports,” wrote Burke. “Many gainfully employed in the media.”
The Bruins have some $3.1 million in open salary cap space, and could more than double that number if injured center Marc Savard were placed on the long-term injury list. Given that much free cash, many B’s fans seem eager for trades to strengthen an already powerful team.
No matter how hard he tries, Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster can’t make the rumours of a pending Jarome Iginla trade go away.
The Twitterverse was fluttering Thursday night with reports — created by people who don’t put their face or name to their claims — Iginla was the key part of a major deal with the Montreal Canadiens, and all that was left was for the Calgary captain to waive his no-trade clause.
Cory Schneider’s hockey future has more potential twists and turns than a David Baldacci novel.
This we know: Schneider’s career goal is to become a clear-cut No. 1 in the NHL and receive the playing time – and contract dollars – that go with it. But as long as Roberto Luongo and his contract and $5.33-million cap hit that runs through 2022 are here, it’s not going to hap-pen in Vancouver.
Randy Carlyle barely had the opportunity to hit the unemployment line when rumours of his imminent arrival to the Maple Leafs engulfed the city of Toronto.
But before many Torontonians had the chance to sip their first cup of steaming morning java, Leafs president Brian Burke attempted to put an end to all the out-of-control Carlyle-to-Hogtown speculation.
“Sad to hear about Randy Carlyle,” Burke tweeted on Thursday morning. “But our coach isn’t going anywhere!”
Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard is expected to be a healthy scratch for the seventh time in 10 games tonight when the Jackets face the Calgary Flames in Saddledome. This has not sat well with Brassard, but he has said all the right things and declined to air his frustration with the media.
His agent, Allan Walsh, reached the boiling point today, however. He issued a scathing statement directed at Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel.
With nearly every current roster player a product of a Brian Burke trade, draft, or signing no one can argue that this isn’t his team. Know for his blockbusters, Burke has not been shy in the trade market since landing in Toronto. Below is a list of the biggest moves he’s made (not all trades are included, but feel free to mention a missing-but-important one if you feel so compelled). So, let’s get to it, and break these trades down:
The Anaheim Ducks fired coach Randy Carlyle late Wednesday night and hired former Washington coach Bruce Boudreau, who was dismissed by the Capitals just two days earlier.
The Ducks made the abrupt move after beating Montreal 4-1 on Wednesday night for the club’s third victory in 19 games, snapping a seven-game skid.
For more than a decade, Tomas Kaberle was an institution at a Maple Leafs-Boston Bruins game.
Now he’s in the doghouse in Carolina.
Up until last February, Kaberle had been a Leaf for his entire career. Then he was traded to the Bruins, the team he would go on to win a Stanley Cup with.
The Bruins opted not to re-sign Kaberle during the off-season, allowing him to ink a three-year, $12.75 million US deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Miller clears the air
Ryan Miller doesn’t want out of Buffalo.
A weekend note in the Edmonton Journal by respected hockey columnist Jim Matheson caused a stir with some fans in Buffalo, with the veteran writer saying he kept hearing that Miller wouldn’t mind if the Sabres traded him.
If Burke would have been hired six months earlier, his choice to coach the Leafs would have been Joel Quenneville rather than Ron Wilson!
There was one amusing hypothetical question arising from Vancouver’s 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rogers Arena Tuesday night.
Would the Vancouver Canucks have won that game had Roberto Luongo played goal? That question is as unfair as it is unanswerable, but when you consider how well Cory Schneider played again and got a lot of luck he later admitted to in the bargain, you have to be a little dubious about that outcome.
If Jarome Iginla is indeed thinking about asking for a trade or even open to that option should the Calgary Flames approach him, he’s not saying.
The long-time Calgary Flames captain and face of the franchise insists he believes the Stampede City is the best situation for him.
The Carolina Hurricanes have fired head coach Paul Maurice and replaced him with former Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Kirk Muller.
Muller, who spent five seasons with the Canadiens as an assistant under Guy Carbonneau, Bob Gainey and Jacques Martin, joined the Nashville Predators this season as head coach of their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.
The Washington Capitals have fired coach Bruce Boudreau, who won 200 games faster than any coach in modern NHL history but stumbled regularly in the playoffs despite a talented lineup featuring two-time league MVP Alex Ovechkin.
Boudreau was replaced by former Capitals captain Dale Hunter, who was scheduled to lead Monday’s practice and make his debut behind the bench Tuesday night when Washington hosts the St. Louis Blues to begin a three-game homestand.
They don’t appear on the scoresheet often, and are far more about function than flash.
But if the Maple Leafs lose both David Steckel and Carl Gunnarsson, they will lose two important pieces in the team’s decent opening quarter of the season.
Both players paid the steepest price for blocking shots when they were forced out of Friday night’s 4-3 shootout win over the Dallas Stars.
The rumor this morning is definitely surrounding Kyle Okposo. The Isles are in the market for a move to be certain, and I am pretty shocked to see Kyle may be available for the right price. A player I would grab were I a GM.
So far, Columbus, Toronto, St. Louis an Winnipeg are teams I am hearing have interest.
I think Steve Mason is 3-12-1 or something. Not very good considering he is an NHL goaltender….among other things. Rumors have been circulating that the Jackets have shown interest in Jonathan Bernier from LA, but their asking price is Ryan Johansen….a price too high for Howsen.
Saying he has felt “99 per cent for 30 days,” Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer told reporters on Tuesday that he hopes to return to the lineup “soon.”
“The symptoms are getting better or almost gone. I think it’s just a matter now of getting back into shape,” Reimer said. “I’ve felt great the last five days. It’s been a lot of fun.”