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Keith Yandle has been the glue that’s been holding together a struggling Phoenix Coyotes team. As it stands now, the Coyotes sit in ninth place in the Western Conference with 39 points, and the team is currently under .500.
It’s a tough thing to watch, especially since the Coyotes have plenty of talent on their roster. They just can’t seem to pull it all together.
Phoenix recently traded disgruntled forward Kyle Turris to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for David Rundblad and a second-round draft pick. They also traded their star goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to the Philadelphia Flyers in the offseason last year. Even with all these shake-ups, it still hasn’t seemed to change much.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are open for business.
GM Scott Howson has seen enough and signaled his intentions in a solid column by Bob Hunter in Wednesday’s Columbus Dispatch.
I reached out to Howson on Wednesday to follow up, and his feelings certainly had not changed. The GM was willing to forgive his lineup in the opening six weeks with so many faces missing because of injury or suspension, but since then it’s been mostly a healthy lineup and the Jackets have remained stuck in the basement.
“We haven’t played well in the last 2 to 3 weeks and it’s given us a little bit more clarity,” Howson told ESPN.com.
It matters not, this contract extension Ron Wilson is gloating over. Or at least, it changes nothing.
He makes the playoffs, he’ll stay as Leaf coach. He misses, he won’t. This extension is mostly about feathering his nest, at least in terms of certainty. He’ll get his money, which is apparently what he wanted under his tree and Brian Burke was happy to provide.
Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson must have been pretty good this year — his team certainly has been — because apparently he got his Christmas wish.
On Friday, Wilson had posted on his personal Twitter account a request for a contract extension for Christmas. In another tweet posted early Sunday morning, Wilson said Santa Claus — in this case, Leafs General Manager Brian Burke — brought him what he wanted.
Merry Christmas to all and Happy Holidays. Best wishes to all and all of your families.
Let’s start things off on a positive note: it can only get better.
That sounds encouraging, until you look at the PK standings. And the fact is, with 30th ranked penalty kill, you’re just not going to make the playoffs. No way around it. With Phillipe Dupuis are your #1 PK man, its rather expected (although hes IR). So in an ideal world, Brian Burke would have a look at some of the top pentalty killing teams and players, and perhaps make an acquisition, because its downright embarassing to be taken advantage of so many times, over and over and over, the minute (or 2) that you take a penalty, its all but over. So lets have a look:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Source confirms to me as well that Kings have officially sought permission from Flames to speak with Darryl Sutter