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Unfortunately for Jacques Martin and the Montreal Canadiens, the Columbus Blue Jackets — the current remedy for whatever ails a team in need of a win — don’t visit the Bell Centre until the beginning of December.
The big question entering a critical week for the reeling Habs is will Martin, on a hot seat that is warmer than a freshly steamed hot dog, be around at that point? Will he be behind the Habs’ bench a week from now?
The Toronto Maple Leafs may not have No. 1 goaltender James Reimer for their game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
TSN is reporting that Reimer, 23, will miss Monday’s showdown after suffering a minor neck injury in the early stages of Saturday’s 5-4 overtime win at Montreal. Reimer’s head made contact with the right elbow of Canadiens captain Brian Gionta in the first minute of the game. He managed to finish the period before meeting with team doctors during the intermission, when it was then ruled that he wouldn’t finish the game.
All right, folks: Let’s see the hopeless homers of the press box find a way to put a positive spin on this:
Seven games into the season, Jacques Martin’s Canadiens are 29th in the NHL and dead last in the Eastern Conference. They are seven points behind the Leafs and the sum total of their accomplishments so far this season comes down to this: They spoiled the return of the Jets to Winnipeg.
That was two weeks ago. Their accomplishments since then? Diddley and squat.
He may not be ready to handle the bruising Flyers just yet, but Tim Connolly believes he is moving much closer to finally making his regular-season debut as a Maple Leaf.
The veteran forward, who is eventually expected to centre the big line of Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, has been cleared for contact and took his first friendly fire from teammates during Sunday’s practice at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Blue Jackets are starting to draw the attention of the league now, and for all the wrong reasons.
At 0-7-1 after a crushing 4-3 loss to Ottawa on Saturday, the Blue Jackets took a day off today. They’ll get back to work on at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, giving them a day to get ready for a rematch with Detroit.
But the questions swirling around the franchise aren’t taking a break. How many more can this team lose? How much longer can coach Scott Arniel keep his job? For that matter, what about GM Scott Howson? Is a trade shake-up coming?
The Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Petteri Nokelainen and defenceman Garrett Stafford from the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday in exchange for forward Brock Trotter and a seventh-round draft pick in 2013.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has admitted his disappointment over losing playing time this season, but still enjoys being a member of the club.
Don’t automatically assume Daniel Alfredsson will be a top candidate to be a “rental player” at the NHL trade deadline.
While there is a possibility the Senators captain could be traded to a contender in February so he has a chance to win a Stanley Cup, it’s far from a sure thing.
Ivanans (CGY) and Bagnall (MIN) clear waivers. On waivers today: Nolan Baumgartner (VAN) and Scott Jackson (TB).
Roberto Luongo’s on-again, off-again relationship with Canucks’ fans wasn’t helped any Tuesday night by his team’s lacklustre 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers. Despite stellar regular-season play and his Olympic gold medal, many fans believe the brooding, somewhat joyless Mr. Luongo is incapable of carrying the team to Lord Stanley’s promised land.
The loss to the Rangers wasn’t Luongo’s fault entirely; the forwards lacked finish despite generating 40 shots.
Winger Nikita Filatov who has been a standout in Binghamton so far, has been notified and recalled by the Senators tonight. He will on the plane tomorrow morning and will join the team back in Ottawa.
Kadri assigned to Marlies and Connolly is inching closer to return. Told he’s doubtful for tomorrow, but could play after that.
He left the ice exhausted (BOOOOO!) and walked down the hall to the dressing room (BOOOOO!) where Roberto Luongo slumped joylessly into his stall (BOOOOO!) and slowly removed his goaltending equipment (BOOOOO!) while reporters surveyed him like undertakers.
So, Roberto, how does it feel to get booed?
There continues to be a lot of Kyle Turris trade rumors surfacing, including some that say teams have made “significant” offers to the Phoenix Coyotes; all of which is apparently news to Phoenix GM Dave Maloney, who continues to be adamant that the Coyotes are not trading the restricted free agent who hasn’t come to terms on a new deal, and that if he plays anywhere in the NHL this season, it will be Phoenix or bust. If Turris isn’t signed by Dec. 1st, he’s not eligible to play in the NHL this season.
t seemed like since the middle of summer people were speculating where Cody Hodgson would land once Ryan Kesler returned from hip labrum surgery.
Third line? Fourth? Chicago Wolves?
On Tuesday against the New York Rangers he’ll be playing right wing on a line with Kesler and Chris Higgins – which is much less of a issue for Hodgson than many would have thought.
The Foster Hewitt Media Gondola at the Air Canada Centre always is a popular spot for league scouts but there were more than usual on hand on Monday night. All in all, 17 teams were represented including scouts from the Bruins, Stars, Panthers,
Matt Frattin is just three months and one day younger than Phil Kessel.
“He’s also played like five years,” said the 23-year-old Frattin of Kessel’s NHL experience. “That’s why I asked him the other day and he said he’d already played five and was on his sixth, I was like ‘You’re a year older than me and you already played that many’. I couldn’t believe it.”
The Canucks are pursuing Kyle Turris BIG time and have vaulted to the the top of the list of possible destinations for the New Westminster, BC Native.
The Canucks have had “intense talks at the highest levels” according to two sources..One adding that last night a deal almost was put together…
One possible explanation for coach Jack Capuano’s surprising decision to start Evgeni Nabokov in goal?
The Islanders could be showcasing the 36-year-old netminder in hopes of trading him.
Capuano’s decision was a puzzling one, especially since starter Al Montoya played so well in the team’s first three games. The 26-year-old is 2-1-0 with a 1.35 GAA and .953 save percentage.