Kypreos “if the Leafs fizzle out and miss the playoffs, nobody is having a conversation about Bernier. He’s done everything needed”
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) March 28, 2014
Did you know? Dominik Hasek owns the best career GAA (2.20) & save % (.922) among goaltenders with at least 500 @NHL games played.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) March 28, 2014
only guessing here, but trade. – @MattsMusings1: Do you think the winger DT is after will be traded for or signed in FA?”
— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) March 27, 2014
Dreger “if Eric Staal is available, is that type of player the guy who entices Nonis to trade Kadri and Gardiner and whatever else for him?”
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) March 27, 2014
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur really has enjoyed seeing a lot of game action and playing pretty well the last month during a late-season stretch in which his team is fighting for a playoff spot.
He never saw this opportunity coming… not after Cory Schneider played almost every game for two months … not after knowing for sure that being traded before the NHL’s March 5 deadline was a real possibility.
“It’s been a very trying time for our team,” Phaneuf admitted on Wednesday as he made the rounds on both Toronto sports radio stations. “I was emotional after the game … I was disappointed with the way I played and mistakes that I made.”
Now some of the Phaneuf criticism out there is fair and some of it’s not.
The last stretch of the Islanders’ season isn’t just for evaluating the young players who have been rotating through the lineup.
Evgeni Nabokov, for example, isn’t signed for next season. He’s had two injuries, including a groin problem that cost him a month and left the Isles hanging during their ugly November and December.
But he showed on Sunday a little bit of why the Islanders might be interested in a fourth season employing the 38-year-old in a backup role next season.
Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger.
St. Louis was all that and more for most of a cold March night. They dealt the sliding Leafs their sixth straight loss – seven in the past eight games – and a very loud exit from the current playoff picture. Once on firm ground toward a second straight trip to the postseason, Toronto now sits 10th in the East, trailing Columbus and Detroit for the final two wild card spots with only eight games left to play.
Darren Dreger: That’s certainly the hope of the Boston Bruins and of Jarome Iginla as well. I know Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins general manager, reached out to Don Meehan from Newport Sports last week. There’s been no official back-and-forth in terms of dialogue or a negotiation and the reality is that the Bruins don’t have the tag room or the cap space to close this deal in-season.
Ryan Miller was just the perfect fit for the St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline — few people would argue that. The question is will he be the perfect fit past this season?
The Blues certainly hope so. They’ve already made it clear to Miller and his agent, Mike Liut, that they intend to aggressively try to re-sign the goalie after the season, hoping the former Vezina Trophy winner will stay on board.
James Reimer needs a cup of what Mike Cammalleri is drinking.
You can imagine what went through Cammalleri’s mind after the trade deadline. He’s a scorer, he thinks a contender can use him. Goals are hard to get in the playoffs; everyone clamps down.
He doesn’t go anywhere.
In light of the news coming out of Raleigh that long-time Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford could be stepping down or moving up at the end of this season, you can expect there will be lots or rumours around the Staal brothers and Jeff Skinner, not to mention goaltender Cam Ward.
That could add to the intrigue at the June draft in Philadelphia. With talk Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler was available at the trade deadline and could be back on the market come summer, along with speculation about the future of Senators captain Jason Spezza in Ottawa, there will be lots of interesting names and scenarios in play.
The chatter around the Hurricanes is that general manager Jim Rutherford might be entering his final stretch at the helm. Rutherford is close to owner Peter Karmanos, but the Hurricanes haven’t qualified for the playoffs since 2008-09. The 65-year-old Rutherford must assume some of the blame for that drought. Rutherford has been too liberal with his owner’s checkbook.
Ted Nolan will likely be getting a three-year contract from the Buffalo Sabres when they return from their Western Conference road swing, which earns a two-thumbs up from Drew Stafford. “He’s a great motivator; he’s extremely simple on his philosophies,” said Stafford, who has been in Buffalo for eight seasons. “He tells us, ‘Look what you get to do for a living … it’s a special opportunity, don’t take it for granted. Show up and compete for a couple of hours.”
The market for James Reimer, restricted free agent, is limited. By my count, there are three teams he could start for — Islanders, Buffalo and Calgary. Three teams where he could compete for a starting spot — Winnipeg, Vancouver and Edmonton. All six of those teams will miss the playoffs.
And we have no idea what any of those teams think of him. If the Leafs choose to trade Reimer, and I wouldn’t necessarily do that, don’t expect them to reap much of a price for him. There is more supply than demand in the goaltending game … Sad to report that Roberto Luongo, the only NHL player worth following on Twitter, has decided to scale back on his social media activities. All I can say is @strombone1 please come home soon … Truth in numbers: Three of the 15 finalists for the Wooden Award (Heisman Trophy of basketball) are from the Greater Toronto area. Yet none of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award (Heisman of college hockey) are from the GTA … Not a bad time for Toronto area hockey players in the NHL, though: Wayne Simmonds is having a breakout year in Philadelphia (38 points in his past 35 games); Before he got hurt John Tavares was tearing it up with the Islanders and now Steven Stamkos is doing the same with the Lightning and Tyler Seguin is doing the all-star thing in Dallas. Not to mention what P.K. Subban or Alex Pietrangelo are doing on defence. For an area that has historically come under criticism for not producing players, this is Olympic quality … What Toronto, the city, doesn’t have: A signature local goaltender.
Patrick Kane was injured in the second period during the Blackhawks’ 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues and could miss the remainder of the regular season.
What should the Edmonton Oilers do with Nail Yakupov?
Do they work with him and take several steps back, consider him just a project like any other draft pick — not the first name called — and hope he finds some hockey sense to go with his hockey skill? You need both.
Or do they seriously investigate trading a 20-year-old with 111 games on his NHL resume?
Is it possible Hockey Hall of Famer Glen Sather, 70, may be thinking of retiring as a general manager if the New York Rangers make the playoffs this season? I’ve heard that. There was no response to a recent inquiry by me from Sather. If true, the Oilers can get his banner raised next season. The Oilers have put off a ceremony because Sather, the first member of the Oilers’ organization to make the HHOF in 1997, has been a GM with another team.
In the end, Ryan Callahan said he still saw himself as a Ranger.
The Blueshirts’ former captain spoke to WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Wednesday afternoon and said he never thought about calling another city home until the trade with Tampa Bay for Martin St. Louis was actually made.