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How fine is the line between making the playoffs and not?
What is the line that separates the expectation that goals will go in, that good things will happen, from simple relief that they do?
Those are the questions the Kings ponder as this most curious, most crucial of seasons unfolds for them.
With the Twitter and trade talk behind him, Evander Kane is creating a new kind of conversation with his all-star calibre play.
The Jets forward has blown up on the NHL scene, with a scorching start to the season that has him 47th in league scoring with 21 points.
His 14 goals are fourth best in the NHL and has people league-wide discussing his potential all-star status.
Kane will need to keep up his pace and maybe even increase it to get the nod but the NHL’s hockey operations types have taken notice.
As of right now the Toronto Maple Leafs sits 6th in the conference. With the middle of the season approaching quickly GM’s need to evaluate what their team really is. Honestly I see Toronto as a bubble team at this point. We are more than capable to make the playoffs but as to do well in the playoffs well as we have seen from this years four games against the Bruins we can not out play teams like Boston with sheer speed. So what can make us take the next step? Well here 2 options.
He’s 39 and admits he even feels his age some days, but retirement hasn’t yet crept into the mind of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.
“I haven’t given any thought to that,” Brodeur said after practice in preparation for Tuesday’s game against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. “There might be a time when I have to ask that question but I’m not ready to ask it yet.
According to sources, the Flyers do not have interest in two defensemen that would have readily been available: free agent veteran Bryan McCabe and Calgary’s Cory Sarich.
Sarich, 33, is in the last season of a 5-year, $18 million contract. He has been a healthy scratch for 11 of the Flames’ games this season and reportedly requested a trade last week to escape from the press box. Though his cap hit is $3.6 million, which the Flyers could not afford once Pronger is healthy again, I am told they are not even interested in him if he hits re-entry waivers to nab him at half price for the rest of the season.
Once again, Mr. Bettman has proven to be a ruthless an authoritarian dictator when it comes to league affairs. Okay, that was a bit harsh, but the fact is that he got the realignment vote passed in (reportedly) less than an hour. Perhaps he’s brandishing that iron fist of his, or more likely, he simply know what the GMs and their respective clubs and owner want and had no doubt the vote would go as it did. Like him, or hate him, he’s an effective dictator(strikeout) administrator.
Right now, its Colborne-Steckel-Dupuis. Of those 3: One’s a perfect fit, one’s too good and one’s not good enough for their respective positons. Yes there have been some concern areas, but in my personal opinion, the fourth line is the most cautioning. Is it time to make a move; not because their struggling, but for no reason, either, but for one specific need. While their at it, they could add a player whose abilities extend to kllling penalties. Here are some thoughts:
Tensions are on the rise between the Toronto Maple Leafs and reporters who cover the team.
Brian Burke came out in defence of coach Ron Wilson on his Twitter account late Sunday night after Wilson endured criticism for starting James Reimer for Saturday’s 4-1 loss in Boston.
“I love the quote about the liars in sports,” wrote Burke. “Many gainfully employed in the media.”
The Bruins have some $3.1 million in open salary cap space, and could more than double that number if injured center Marc Savard were placed on the long-term injury list. Given that much free cash, many B’s fans seem eager for trades to strengthen an already powerful team.
No matter how hard he tries, Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster can’t make the rumours of a pending Jarome Iginla trade go away.
The Twitterverse was fluttering Thursday night with reports — created by people who don’t put their face or name to their claims — Iginla was the key part of a major deal with the Montreal Canadiens, and all that was left was for the Calgary captain to waive his no-trade clause.
Cory Schneider’s hockey future has more potential twists and turns than a David Baldacci novel.
This we know: Schneider’s career goal is to become a clear-cut No. 1 in the NHL and receive the playing time – and contract dollars – that go with it. But as long as Roberto Luongo and his contract and $5.33-million cap hit that runs through 2022 are here, it’s not going to hap-pen in Vancouver.
Randy Carlyle barely had the opportunity to hit the unemployment line when rumours of his imminent arrival to the Maple Leafs engulfed the city of Toronto.
But before many Torontonians had the chance to sip their first cup of steaming morning java, Leafs president Brian Burke attempted to put an end to all the out-of-control Carlyle-to-Hogtown speculation.
“Sad to hear about Randy Carlyle,” Burke tweeted on Thursday morning. “But our coach isn’t going anywhere!”
Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard is expected to be a healthy scratch for the seventh time in 10 games tonight when the Jackets face the Calgary Flames in Saddledome. This has not sat well with Brassard, but he has said all the right things and declined to air his frustration with the media.
His agent, Allan Walsh, reached the boiling point today, however. He issued a scathing statement directed at Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel.