Briere was the name mentioned in trade rumors with the Buffalo Sabres in the early evening. Rumors emanating from Toronto that involved Steve Ott.
Barring more injuries, the Leafs are probably done trading until the deadline. Nonis already added Peter Holland from Anaheim earlier this season. And Nazem Kadri? Despite the rumours, he’s no more available than he was at the start of the season. If some team comes calling and offering a centre in his early twenties, the Leafs will listen.
Ben Bishop continued his red-hot play with 19 saves Friday night for his fourth shutout of the season as the Tampa Bay Lightning won 2-0 over the Calgary Flames.
Patrick Sharp is on one of those streaks. It seems almost every time he shoots, the puck ends up in the net.
Sharp had his second hat trick in five games and the Chicago Blackhawks avoided a rare second straight loss with a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
Michal Neuvirth [2-3-1, 2.83, .912], whose agent has requested a trade, has not played since Nov. 22.
So, are the Caps ready to make this a long-term commitment to Grubauer, who is 5-2-2 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .938 save percentage?
Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who hasn’t played since December 4, is set to make his return on Saturday.
He suffered from an illness that was later diagnosed as Rocky Mountain Fever.
You can start lining up the usual suspects for the positional need of left wing: Moulson, Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri and Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone are names that have circulated around this team seemingly forever.
A more intriguing play would be with a team that has found success with former Kings Moulson and Thomas Hickey, the New York Islanders.
The Buffalo Sabres on Friday claimed center Zenon Konopka off waivers from the Minnesota Wild.
Regarded as one of the NHL’s better faceoff men, Konopka has won 65.7 percent of his faceoffs, most in the League for players to have taken at least 200 faceoffs. He also has one goal, two points and 55 penalty minutes in 36 games.
Daniel Briere is a proud guy and obviously isn't happy with his situation. How long before both the player and team look for a better fit?
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 3, 2014
The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed forward Taylor Pyatt off waivers, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Pyatt, 32, has played the past two seasons with the New York Rangers, collecting 12 points (6G-6A) in 70 regular-season games. He had four points (2G-2A) in 12 playoff games with the Rangers last spring.
Whether this was the intention or not, the fact of the matter is Michael Del Zotto has become the Rangers’ whipping boy.
For the eighth time this season and the seventh time in the previous 22 games, Del Zotto was made a healthy scratch for Tuesday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Panthers at the BB&T Center. The former wunderkind defenseman has spoiled under new coach Alain Vigneault, and his future with the franchise has never looked more unstable.
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) December 30, 2013
The Toronto Maple Leafs have shored up their defence, acquiring Tim Gleason from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenceman John-Michael Liles and prospect blueliner Dennis Robertson.
The trade is pending a call to the National Hockey League.
Hemsky is an unrestricted free agent and will be traded to a team looking for a top-six winger. With Pascal Dupuis out with a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament, Hemsky is in play along with Mike Cammalleri of the Calgary Flames.
It’s been a rollercoaster stint in Washington for Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth.
Every time he gets an opportunity to seize the No. 1 job, something gets in the way.
Now, his agent is pleading for the Caps to trade his client.
Leo Komarov wants back in the NHL, and if it were up to him he’d suit up with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Now plying his trade in the KHL with Dynamo Moscow, the Finnish pest wants to return to the team he played for during the lockout-shortened season.
As expected, the Maple Leafs captain has inked a new seven-year deal believed to be in the $49 million range.
“Dion is our team leader and has been a pillar in our building process,” general manager Dave Nonis said in a statement. “He has proven to be a very durable and reliable defenceman in all facets of the game.
It appears the Carolina Hurricanes are nearing their breaking point.
Or, at the very least, GM Jim Rutherford is.
Looking to snap his team out of its current funk — the ‘Canes have lost five straight and eight of nine – Rutherford is reportedly working the phones and looking to make changes, according to the Raleigh News & Observer:
Rutherford not ruling out trades. Said was on phone last night and today. "Something could happen but you need two willing people to do it."
— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) December 30, 2013
The best-case-scenario hope, of course, is that various developments will make Phaneuf and the rest of the core look better soon enough; that Morgan Rielly emerges as a home-grown bargain; that Peter Holland continues to produce as a trade-market steal; that trade bait like Jake Gardiner or Nazem Kadri could land a respectable fish; that Bolland returns from injury and re-signs for a reasonable number when he hits free agency this summer; that Jonathan Bernier’s goaltending can cover up enough the rest of the flaws through another money-drenched playoff run.