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VAN GM Mike Gillis and asst GM Laurence Gilman taking in the WSH-PIT game today in D.C.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 3, 2013
Brian Burke’s legacy as Maple Leafs general manager should not be judged solely on the Phil Kessel trade.
So says Peter Chiarelli, the man who traded Phil the Thrill to Toronto in the first place.
With his team being referred to as the “Boston Maple Leafs” because of the number of key players that are on the Bruins roster thanks to deals with the Leafs, Chiarelli said Saturday that he does not think it is fair that Burke’s body of work in Toronto be based on that one deal.
“I don’t think it is,” Chiarelli said during the Bruins morning skate at the Air Canada Centre. “When you are in this job, we all have made deals that we’d like to have back. We’ve all made deals that we’d like to have a do-over on.
“I’m not saying Brian feels that way about the (Kessel) trade. I don’t know that. I mean, they got a 35-goal scorer out of the deal.”
Look for the team to move to Seattle if the sale of the Sacramento Kings to hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is finalized. The NBA team’s prospective new owners want to move the Kings to Seattle where they plan on opening a new arena in two years. Two teams in one building is better economics. Quebec, the former home of the Colorado Avalanche, has also been mentioned as a viable place for the Coyotes to go. It is. Quebec City has broken ground on a new arena. But NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wants the league to be coast-to-coast. And with Jets moving from Atlanta to Winnipeg last season the NHL doesn’t want its sponsors and U.S. television partner, NBC Sports, thinking the league is contracting geographically.
Various sources are reporting that the potential deal for Jamison to buy the Coyotes is falling apart. Today he was denied a lease extention which indicates that he is having serious difficulty coming up the the funds to purchase the NHL team.
Brent Sopel is BACK? The Gritty hard nose defenseman who helped Chicago win a cup has been reportly talking to teams about making a return to the NHL. Sopel left the NHL after the 2010-11 season and has been playing for Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the KHL. Sopel played in 47 games registering 2 goals and 6 assists and serving 33 penalty minutes. Sopel was drafted 144th Overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 1995 and had his most productive season during the 2003-04 campaign registering 10 goals, 32 assists and 36 penalty minutes in 80 games. Sopel played for 6 NHL teams over the span of 13 NHL seasons. Sopel turned 36 this month. Sopel will surely provide grit and leadership to any of the many teams struggling on defense.
WELCOME BACK BRENT!
What team do you think should go after Sopel?
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Tim Connoly has now been assigned to the Marlies. You would have to think that Nonis will try to move him and retain contract.
— hockeytraderumors (@hockeytraderumo) January 18, 2013