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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 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.
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.
The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenceman Tomas Kaberle from the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday in exchange for defenceman Jaroslav Spacek.
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 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.
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: