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Monday debate: trade 'untouchables'

Monday debate: trade ‘untouchables’

Ok, so lets pretend that you are the GM of the Hurricanes, a team that is off to a horrible start. What would you do?

Canes general manager Jim Rutherford continues to say he’s looking at potential trades and has often mentioned dealing a defenseman for a forward. But should that be it? Or should more players be available and on the table when deals are being discussed? And which ones? Question: which players would you consider the “untouchables” in potential trades? The floor is open.

Habs GM deserves boot, not well-respected coach

Pierre Gauthier proved Saturday he’ll do anything to save his own butt.

Rather than shoulder the responsibility for a season that’s gone terribly wrong and make deals, the Montreal Canadiens sent coach Jacques Martin packing and replaced him with former Senators captain Randy Cunneyworth.

With the Habs struggling as they prepared to face the New Jersey Devils Saturday night at the Bell Centre, Martin joined what’s become a long list of unemployed bench bosses when he was given his walking papers by Gauthier in the morning.

Turris Dealt to the Senators

OK, centre Kyle Turris has his wish, dealt away from the evil hand of Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, who wanted him to be able to play when he didn’t have the puck, and GM Don Maloney, who gave him exactly what he deserved ($2.8 million over two years) about three weeks ago. The jury’ is very much out on Turris, who chafed at how he was used in Phoenix after being the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 draft.

CANADIENS FIRE MARTIN; CUNNEYWORTH NAMED INTERIM HEAD COACH

Jacques Martin has paid the price for the Montreal Canadiens’ poor season.
The Canadiens fired their head coach, announcing assistant Randy Cunneyworth will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

Larry Carriere, Montreal’s assistant general manager, will become an assistant coach.

The Canadiens (13-12-7) are last in the Northeast Division.

Could the leafs swing a deal for Staal?

On XM radio last night Bill Watters claimed that Jim Rutherford and Brian Burke had a deal in place involving Eric Staal that was on hold because of Brian Burke’s roster freeze. Bill Watters went on to claim that the deal would be completed after the roster freeze was lifted.

Are the Philadelphia Flyers Talking Trade with the Canadiens?

Last night, news broke that the Montreal Canadiens may not yet be done making changes to their roster. All we know right now is that it most likely involves a major player, and he could either be traded or waived within the next few days.

When I first heard the news, my immediate thought was that it’s got to be Scott Gomez.

Could the Kings hire Sutter?

Source confirms to me as well that Kings have officially sought permission from Flames to speak with Darryl Sutter

https://twitter.com/#!/Real_ESPNLeBrun/statuses/146629825350742016

Kings' uninspired performance led to Terry Murray's dismissal

On a fine summer day in 2008, shortly after Terry Murray was appointed the 22nd coach in the Kings’ rocky history, he predicted the course of the team’s latest rebuilding process.

“You’re going to have to go through a lot,” he said. “A lot of pain. Hard nights, long nights, pain.”

Phaneuf Effect in Carolina?

This is kind of an interesting topic. After the Phaneuf trade, it made me wonder; would other struggling teams who have 2 star players, look to move one, because of dominance issues…the newer player taking over the teams, as it was evident that the Calgary Flames had to be, Jarome Iginla’s team??
So lets look at some situations:

Lack of tough guys not hurting Canucks

If you’re ever going to get the Vancouver Canucks to change the model that’s enabled them to have success in the past year, it’s probably best to try when they aren’t enjoying a 9-1 stretch.

But despite the current run, and a trip to the Stanley Cup final, there are those who still believe the Canucks are doing it wrong. As the story goes, the team’s lack of toughness renders them incapable of self-policing and therefore exposes their best players to undue risk. Opponents who may be prone to taking liberties at the best of times are further emboldened against the Canucks for a few reasons.

Kings may be preparing to fire Terry Murray

Kings executives are poised to dismiss Coach Terry Murray this week, hoping to halt a string of disappointing performances and revive an offense that has produced a league-low 2.24 goals per game despite a beefed-up payroll that puts the team near the salary-cap limit for the first time.

People familiar with the situation but not authorized to comment publicly said a candidate has not been found to replace Murray, who took over before the 2008-09 season. Murray installed a solid defensive foundation but has not been able to take the team to the next level and capitalize on resources enhanced by the off-season additions of skilled forwards Mike Richards and Simon Gagne.

Pat Hickey: Spacek-Kaberle trade boggles the mind

I don’t get it.

The Canadiens swapped defenceman Jaroslav Spacek Friday for Carolina’s Tomas Kaberle in a deal that doesn’t make sense on any level.

The most important consideration should be what Kaberle brings to the rink, and the Canadiens are hoping the defenceman injects some life into one of the worst power plays in the National Hockey League.

Coach Jacques Martin noted Friday that the Canadiens need someone to distribute the puck, and Friday’s trade was an admission the club can no longer wait for Andrei Markov to be healthy.

But there are two problems with this thinking.

Montreal Lands kaberle

The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenceman Tomas Kaberle from the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday in exchange for defenceman Jaroslav Spacek.

Realignment leading to NHL work stoppage?

I’m probably being an alarmist, but the little spat between the NHL and the players over the realignment creates more fear of another asinine work stoppage.

The collective bargaining agreement, which came out of the ashes from the lost 2004-05 season, expires after this season, and every shot across the bow — even those from a pop-gun — makes you cringe.

Rogers, BCE on verge of deal for MLSE

Rogers Communications Inc.and BCE Inc. are on the verge of a deal to purchase a majority stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment for more than $1.3-billion. MLSE said in a statement Friday that it was poised to make a major announcement later in the morning, though it gave no details. Sources said the deal would be announced within a matter of days.

Kings shrinking back from expectations

How fine is the line between making the playoffs and not?

What is the line that separates the expectation that goals will go in, that good things will happen, from simple relief that they do?

Those are the questions the Kings ponder as this most curious, most crucial of seasons unfolds for them.

The next IGINLA?

With the Twitter and trade talk behind him, Evander Kane is creating a new kind of conversation with his all-star calibre play.

The Jets forward has blown up on the NHL scene, with a scorching start to the season that has him 47th in league scoring with 21 points.

His 14 goals are fourth best in the NHL and has people league-wide discussing his potential all-star status.

Kane will need to keep up his pace and maybe even increase it to get the nod but the NHL’s hockey operations types have taken notice.

More Truculence!

As of right now the Toronto Maple Leafs sits 6th in the conference. With the middle of the season approaching quickly GM’s need to evaluate what their team really is. Honestly I see Toronto as a bubble team at this point. We are more than capable to make the playoffs but as to do well in the playoffs well as we have seen from this years four games against the Bruins we can not out play teams like Boston with sheer speed. So what can make us take the next step? Well here 2 options.

Devils’ Brodeur not ready to pack it in

He’s 39 and admits he even feels his age some days, but retirement hasn’t yet crept into the mind of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.

“I haven’t given any thought to that,” Brodeur said after practice in preparation for Tuesday’s game against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. “There might be a time when I have to ask that question but I’m not ready to ask it yet.

Flyers not interested in McCabe or Sarich

According to sources, the Flyers do not have interest in two defensemen that would have readily been available: free agent veteran Bryan McCabe and Calgary’s Cory Sarich.

Sarich, 33, is in the last season of a 5-year, $18 million contract. He has been a healthy scratch for 11 of the Flames’ games this season and reportedly requested a trade last week to escape from the press box. Though his cap hit is $3.6 million, which the Flyers could not afford once Pronger is healthy again, I am told they are not even interested in him if he hits re-entry waivers to nab him at half price for the rest of the season.