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If they build it, they will come.
Or will they?
On the surface, the proposed construction of the 19,500-seat GTA Centre in Markham is not an attempt to land a second National Hockey League team to southern Ontario.
The way his team has played over the first 20 games has created a dilemma for Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray.
Instead of just sitting back and watching in a rebuilding season, he might have to start thinking about adding pieces to bolster his team’s playoff hopes. One game over .500 as they prepare to meet the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, the Senators have the No. 8 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Their fortunes could easily change over the next 20 games, but if they don’t, and the Senators remain in the playoff picture, then Murray said he’s going to have to start thinking about making a deal or deals.
With Andy Sutton and Corey Potter set to have MRIs to determine the extent of their injuries, the Edmonton Oilers have recalled Colten Teubert and Taylor Chorney to fill the holes in the defensive corps.
The pinch-hitters were flying in from Oklahoma City and will join Theo Peckham, Jeff Petry, Tom Gilbert and Ladislav Smid on Saturday when the Oilers take on the explosive Chicago Blackhawks.
This isn’t new to the former Toronto Maple Leafs coach, who has had to deal with an undercurrent of speculation of his demise over the course of the past two seasons in Carolina.
Sources say Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford is trying to make a deal for a forward and even though his top defenceman Joni Pitkanen is injured, it’s believed Rutherford would trade either Tomas Kaberle or Bryan Allen in return for an offensive boost up front.
If Marty Turco is going to find a job in the National Hockey League, apparently it won’t be with the Maple Leafs.
“No interest,” Leafs general manager Brian Burke said in an e-mail on Tuesday night.
There were reports that the Leafs reached out to Turco, who is a free agent.
A report in a Russian newspaper said RW Nikita Filatov is negotiating a return to the KHL this season. The sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft was acquired by the Senators from Columbus for a third-round pick at this year’s draft, but had just one assist in six games before he was demoted. Filatov was in the Binghamton lineup Tuesday night, but players have negotiated a release in the past. He entered the game with four goals and two assists in 11 games for the Baby Sens …
Forget for a moment the fresh and yet-to-be-determined injuries to forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur and ask yourself this: Where would the Maple Leafs be this morning if it weren’t for the handiwork of Phil Kessel?
It may have often been ugly Tuesday night at a dead Air Canada Centre, but the Leafs still managed to salvage a shootout-loss point to the Phoenix Coyotes.
For all of the knocks Tim Connolly takes in Leafs Nation and beyond, he does add an element or two to the Maple Leafs lineup when he is healthy.
Seven years of living in the Rocky Mountains with the Colorado Avalanche taught John-Michael Liles a few things about wild weather patterns.
But just a few weeks in Toronto and the veteran defenceman has already seen dramatic swings in the hockey climate of the Air Canada Centre.
From a team that opened with a hot record of 5-0-1 at home, to a cold spell of 0-3 and outscored 17-3.
Looking into this one, but if it is true this would mean that the Canucks are moving a goalie, who would almost certainly be Schneider..looking for more on that part…
All it takes is nothing to happen for the NHL world to get into an uproar. The aftermath of the Tampa Bay Lightning-Philadelphia Flyers still life Wednesday night is still reverberating in the hallways of rinks and the NHL offices. The cir*****stance where two teams decide not to play the game — hey, the Columbus Blue Jackets are actually trying — is expected to be discussed next week when the NHL’s general managers are in Toronto for the Hall of Fame proceedings.
What should the Leafs do…? Do you have confidence in Scrivens
(I do apologize for the lack of an introduction, but you probably get the picture)
Furthermore, there are some fine backups who may be on the move, if need be, or if Jonas+Ben dont equal success, without Reimer.
Why not have some all-star fun
As you’re probable aware, the Coyotes are in the market to trade Turris, but where could young Kyle fit? The answer: many many places. No doubt, he’s got a set of hands (see shootout goal vs. Nathan Lawson), but whats the price for such a player, who, to a certain extent, has underacheived. No, hes not terrible, nor is he fantastic. He certainly has potential though.
BTW, thanks for all the support of my Nashty Trade article
Pheonix Coyotes center Kyle Turris has expressed his interest in leaving the team and has a deadline to do so.
Turris has to sign a contract with a team by December 1st if he wants to remain in the NHL.
The No. 1 suitor at this point is the Coyotes. But with Turris expressing his interest in leaving the club, there may be other teams that might take a crack at him. One that has been in talks recently are the Calgary Flames.
The Maple Leafs won’t take the muzzle off of James Reimer, but agent Ray Petkau spoke Thursday night of a positive outcome to this three-week head injury saga.
Petkau said the Toronto goaltender will be returning to the ice soon and has not experienced headaches in several days after being forced to stop on-ice workouts a week ago.
“We are 100% confident the Leafs are handling this situation well and that includes James, his family and all involved,” Petkau told TSN.
He’s 34 years old, hasn’t been in the playoffs since 2009 and is still trying to win his first Stanley Cup. Jarome Iginla and the Flames lost Tuesday night, but he was out there battling. He had one of the best scoring chances on Niklas Backstrom, a shot that hit the post during the Minnesota Wild’s 3-0 win. He fought Nick Johnson and was convincing enough in his argument that he was head-butted in the fight to earn a five-minute power play and match penalty for Johnson. But it was another loss for a Flames team that sits in 13th place in the Western Conference with a 6-7-1 record.
Q: I can’t see New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello being interested in Sam Gagner, but the New York Islanders might be desperate enough. Do you think Islanders GM Garth Snow would give up a first-round draft pick for Gagner? In next June’s draft that is loaded with defenceman, a first-rounder has great value.