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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.


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!/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.