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Will GM Paul Holmgren remain patient and wait for Hartnell’s return in four or five weeks? Or will he pull the trigger and try to make a deal for a sniper like Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan?
The next two weeks may provide the answer. Holmgren doesn’t figure to wait too long because he doesn’t have that luxury in a 48-game season.
Building block? Several Flyers said they can build off a Tuesday’s strong third period, a stanza in which they were constantly in the Rangers’ end. The Flyers play in Washington Friday and host Carolina on Saturday.
Former NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly just told council NHL discussed expanding to 32 teams with him
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 30, 2013
That leaves Ryan O’Reilly. As of Monday night (when I wrote this), there didn’t seem to be any movement between him and Colorado. With him unsigned, Steve Downie out for the season and Gabriel Landeskog in an uncertain position, it’s believed the Avalanche are trying to add a forward. Ideally, that guy would be O’Reilly.
With all of the trade talk out there with Kessel and Luongo it would be interesting to see fans reaction to a possible trade that could benefit both teams. Would you be willing to do this deal? What else would have to be done to sweeten the pot?
Please comment and have your say.
Text Size BROSSARD, Que. — It wasn’t exactly smiles and high fives in the Montreal Canadiens dressing room on Tuesday over the news that P.K. Subban’s contract dispute had finally ended. In fact, the mood was surprisingly chilly on a team that started the lockout-delayed NHL regular season 3-1-0 without the flashy player who was their top defenceman last season.
Prospective Phoenix Coyotes owner Greg Jamison told The Arizona Republic on Monday that he expects to complete his purchase of the team on Wednesday or Thursday this week, just ahead of a crucial deadline associated with Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.
(Special note to Seattle and Canadian hockey fans who were hoping to snare a vagabond Coyotes franchise: Insert your curses in either English or French here.)
Arnott was the second-leading scorer from last season available as a free agent, but it appears he has not recovered from off-season knee surgery to the Rangers’ satisfaction.
“He couldn’t pass a medical, so we’ll move on, that’s all I can tell you,” Rangers General Manager Glen Sather told reporters at practice. He added that “it’s always necessary to look around” and that he would continue to do so.
The most polarizing athlete in Toronto had provided plenty of grist for the rumour mill after just five games. Paid millions to put the puck in the net, Kessel was still looking at a donut beside his name in the goal-scoring category despite 104 minutes 35 seconds of total ice time and 24 shots.
“He’s had chances,” said Carlyle.
Even though the coach didn’t seem overly concerned, many others in the city weren’t quite so willing to cut him slack. Talk radio shows seized on the opportunity to renew the debate about Kessel’s long-term place among the team and began asking listeners whether he should be traded before his contract expires at the end of next season.
The Montreal Canadiens have just signed restricted free agent PK Subban to a 2 year contract worth a total of 5.75 million.
Good news if you are a habs fan and didn’t want to see the Subban issue grow any more that it already has.
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?
There’s only one untouchable on the Maple Leafs.
The man with no name.
Not Clint Eastwood, or his empty chair.
The 2013 first-round draft choice.
It is to be protected, retained and cherished, although other teams covet it and have already started suggesting it should be included in proposed trades.
No. 1 centre is Leafs priority one – Forget about a goalie, Leafs need to find someone to feed Kessel the puck — and quick
The bottom line is this: Without a front-line centre, Kessel’s talents are being wasted. He was a 37-goal scorer last year but with a bonafide first-line centre, he might be a 50-goal scorer. Further to that, the Leafs will not take the next step in becoming a threat to go deep into the playoffs until they address the first-line centre situation.
Centre should be priority No.1 for the Leafs.
RDS.ca is reporting that the Flyers and Canadiens have been taking about a potential deal for Subban. It is noted that the Flyers are eagerly looking to find another top defender aftger they failed to land Weber in the summer.
= Hearing a lot of rumblings about the Penguins looking for a winger. Nothing close yet, but know that D Simon Despres can be had for the right price. Question becomes is that price a veteran winger with a short-term future or if the scouting staff has identified the next James Neal and now GM Ray Shero is set on trying to bring said player to Pittsburgh.
The Avs don’t want to trade O’Reilly and insist that they won’t. But I’ve seen too many players get shipped out of town after they butted heads with management over money. I have to believe the Avs will trade O’Reilly if the stalemate drags on.
Question is: Do you trade him in this lockout-shortened season or let him sit out the season and take your time making a deal during the summer? That’s a tough call. The Avs no doubt could get something good for O’Reilly this season and use it
to their advantage in a playoff push. But what are you really going to get in terms of proven players at this time of the year?
For 14 years, McPhee has been GM of the Capitals. But many around the NHL are wondering if the pressure on him from owner Ted Leonsis has ever been greater than it is right now because this isn’t the start that was scripted.
The Caps had a gutsy effort in a 3-2 OT loss to the New Jersey Devils Friday, but the reality is all they did was squander another point. Oates tried struggling Alex Ovechkin on the right wing and moved him back to the left after three losses.
The Flyers have company. Injuries have run rampant around the league, causing numerous first-year pros to fill the gaps. In Detroit, the Red Wings had nine defensemen either injured or ill after the season’s first week.
The teams that have the quality depth are the ones that will survive the 99-day regular season and have the best chance to make a serious Stanley Cup run.
Will the Flyers, who managed a total of five goals in their first four games, be one of those teams?
Not at this rate. Which is why a bold move could be in the works, and why a player such as Anaheim winger Bobby Ryan, a South Jersey native who would love to return to his roots, could appear on the Flyers’ radar. Ryan, who has scored 30-plus goals in each of his four full seasons, is just the type of sniper the Flyers need. Could Ryan be to the 2013 Flyers what John LeClair and Eric Desjardins were to the struggling 1995 team, one that acquired those players in an early-season deal that turned around its year?
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When the club was looking for a coach to replace Ron Wilson in the grim days when last season transformed itself into a lost season, NHL sources say Nonis went to bat for Dallas Eakins, then and now the coach of the AHL Marlies. Nonis and other front-office executives were of the belief that Eakins is everything a modern-era coach should be; progressive but hard-nosed, communicative with players but never friends with them. Burke, of course, insisted on his old friend Randy Carlyle.
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