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The Jackets are trying to make changes, but GM Scott Howson hasn’t been able to find a trade partner. His refusal to fire coach Scott Arniel is curious, but a couple of more losses and Howson might not have a choice. The Jackets are fielding calls for D Kris Russell and C Derick Brassard … Tampa GM Steve Yzerman isn’t ready to push the panic button, but he does have concerns about the play of veteran G Dwayne Roloson. The Lightning could look to bolster its netminding before the trade deadline.


Sean Avery could be on his way back to the New York Rangers.

According to multiple reports, the Rangers will place Sean Avery on re-entry waivers Monday.

Another team could claim Avery and have him for a portion of his salary and cap hit. However, the report suggests it would be unlikely to happen.

Woeful Start Could Spark Changes

The Blue Jackets, off to a woeful 1-9-1 start, may be on the verge of making substantial changes.

Multiple NHL sources have informed The Dispatch early Sunday that Jackets president Mike Priest has contacted Ken Hitch***** about returning as the club’s coach, and that former Calgary Flames general manager Craig Button has been contacted about taking on the same job with the Jackets.

A New Leaf Turned.

The new Toronto Maple Leafs seem to be on a warpath and their objective is to end this playoff drought. Now its still only October and there is still plenty of hockey to be played but the stats show that only 18% of teams who are in the bottom 8 move up into a playoff position by April so its looking pretty good for us Maple Leaf fans but who should get the praises? My props go out to a few people….

Monsters and Robots: The Goaltending Situation in Toronto

Through his first five games and four starts of this season, Jonas Gustavsson has ac*umulated three wins and sports unimpressive numbers at 3.85GAA and a .886 save%. His first 2 outings were shaky and The Monster seemed nervously out of place. With Reimer’s ever extending absence from the Leafs net, it’s anyone’s guess how long Toronto will have to lean on its backup tender. Despite his slow star, however, Gus seems to have settled down in net and has been making spectacular saves at key times to keep the Leafs in games. Over his last two starts, Jonas is 2-0-0, with a 2.50GAA and an impressive .925 save%.

Could the Maple Leafs have an unexpected challenge to their number one spot between the irons?

Which conference is dominant?

I’ve noticed that since the start of the season if a team is struggling, commentators in the media and on the forums remark that X team needs to be better in a dominant Y conference. If it’s Boston struggling, the line goes: “The Bruins can’t afford to leave point on the ice in the powerhouse Eastern Conference”. If the team in doubt is Vancouver we’re told: “The Canucks will need to play hard to climb the ranks, especially with how strong the West is this year”.

So the question is this: Which conference is more dominant this year?

Turris interests Sens

But don’t count on the Coyotes restricted free-agent centre wearing an Ottawa uniform anytime soon unless Phoenix GM Don Maloney makes a seismic shift in his stance on trading the 22-year-old Turris before the Dec. 1 deadline to sign him.

While reports Thursday confirmed Turris has indeed asked the Coyotes for a trade, it’s believed the Senators are one of six or seven teams — including Calgary and Vancouver — who have expressed an interest in Turris, but have been told he’s not going anywhere.

The Senators are trying to fill the void at centre behind No. 1 pivot Jason Spezza with Peter Regin out 6-8 weeks.

The Montreal Canadiens: Where are they sitting?

It’s been a bit of a jagged start to the year for Les Habitants. Getting two wins in a row certainly helps them in the standings and may keep the Francophone Faithfuls at sub-riot state, for the time being. What’s the reason for the panic among fans and media figures? Many will point to the less-than-inspired play of the young Carrey Price and even extend it to the ever-chirping P.K. Subban. The coaching staff has already lost one long term member (a shocking move considering the long term relationship between Pearn and Martin), and remain closely watched. The core of the offense has been characteristically unproductive and the team seems to lack cohesion. Let’s examine the state of affairs in Montreal.

Problems in the Flyers nets?

Bryzgalov: “I Have Zero Confidence In Myself”

Through the first 10 games of the season, it doesn’t look like $51 million well spent. Ilya Bryzgalov has allowed nine goals in a 24-hour span and an unfathomable 18 goals in his last four appearances. He has lost five straight and his biggest critic looks to be himself.

Should the Columbus Blue Jackets Trade Rick Nash?

It may be time for the Columbus Blue Jackets to move their most precious asset. It may be time for the team to do the unthinkable. It may be time for the Jackets to trade Rick Nash.

Tons of teams scouting the Oilers and Washinton game last night

An aside: there are 16 different scouts representing 15 different teams here tonight. As many as I’ve ever seen!/dantencer/statuses/129741504091660288

Connoly looks ready to go tonight

Nothing like a Broadway debut to elevate the excitement of a mid-week hockey game.

For the opening act at Madison Square Garden Thursday night, we have the Rangers playing their first home contest of the season at the renovated and self-proclaimed “most famous arena on earth.”

Also under the lights will be the Big Apple opening for Brad Richards, the marquee acquisition of this summer’s free agency sweeps but a player who has struggled at times early in his Rangers tenure.

Joe Colborne lighting up the AHL and becoming a smarter player along the way

As Joe Colborne has been piling up the points with the Toronto Marlies, the 6-foot-5 centre has added a new wrinkle.

Two players off to nasty starts

Luongo pulled as Canucks fall to Oilers

Gaborik being benched

Jay Feaster is still working the phones

Jay Feaster is still working the phones. Nothing imminent. As per his modified NTC, Bourque gave a list of 10 teams he won’t go to in July.!/DarrenDreger/statuses/128896364737331200

No quick fix for Jets

If you’re waiting for Kevin Cheveldayoff to pull the trigger on a couple of blockbuster deals and completely blow up the roster because the Winnipeg Jets are off to a slow start, it’s time to give your head a shake, take a deep breath and adjust your thinking.

It’s simply not going to happen, especially not eight games into an 82-game season.

Columbus bringing back Ken Hitch*****??

Plenty of rumours that Columbus ownership is considering forcing a change behind the bench — bringing back Ken Hitch*****. The team is paying him $1.3 million on a deal ending after this season.

What will Connolly's debut mean for Leafs?

Now that there is a “when” for Tim Connolly’s debut as a Maple Leaf, the team must prepare to answer the follow-up questions that go with the news.

It is expected the team’s big free-agent acquisition will be in the lineup here on Thursday when the Leafs face the Rangers.

With Tyler Bozak also due back after missing two games with a foot injury, Leafs brass can spend part of their two off days in Manhattan determining how to re-configure the roster.

Time for Molson to take action

Alright, 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.

Lots of teams scouting FLA/MON game

Team w/scouts at FLA/MON tonight: STL (2 of them), COL, DET, VAN, CAL, EDM, LA, PIT, MIN, WASH, OTT, TOR (also 2), PHOE.