So Vokoun told a Czech paper he might retire? Sounds reasonable. I'd be stunned if he plays again. Hope he does. Great guy. But unlikely.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) December 18, 2013
Is Cheveldayoff frustrated with where the Jets are at?
“I’m like everybody, you want the result to be on the positive side of the ledger,” he said. “There have been some positives. You look for more positives. It’s easy to point out the negatives.”
Peters has played so well, the Hurricanes now face some difficult decisions. Having too many goalies is a good problem to have, but it’s still a problem that needs to be solved. Ward isn’t going anywhere, while Khudobin and Peters both have contracts that expire after the season. As important as Peters has been to the Hurricanes recently, he has more value as a trade asset than Khudobin, who has taken nine weeks – and counting – to recover from an ankle injury.
The Toronto Maple Leafs remain in constant communication with Dion Phaneuf’s agent, as the two sides continue to work towards a long-term contract extension.
Phaneuf, 28, is in the final-year of a six-year, $39 million contract and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
It’s likely, if not a certainty, that Ales Hemsky is down to his last two months in Edmonton.
Of course, the Czech winger has been rumoured to have one foot out the door for about five years now and still ends up at Oilers training camp every fall.
They have lost four in succession on the road in which their goaltending suddenly has a bit of a leak – four or more goals yielded, per loss, in regulation play.
Their scoring has been erratic, their defense has looked very slow off transition, and yet they have still managed to pick up eight points over their last eight games.
It’s no secret the Montreal Canadiens want to get bigger and more offensive, but it’s taking GM Marc Bergevin a little longer than he’d like to acquire some outside help.
After an impressive 11-1-2 run, the Canadiens have lost three of their last four games and have only managed to score three times in this stretch.
Bergevin has been scouring the league looking for a scoring winger to add to his top-six — preferably the team’s top line — but has found it difficult trying to complete a move that also works within the team’s salary cap.
Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton has decided to appeal his 15-game suspension for punching and injuring unsuspecting Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik. Thornton’s agent, Anton Thun, confirmed in an email that his client was appealing
The Carolina Hurricanes could be ready to make room in their crowded crease.
The talk Saturday was that Carolina GM Jim Rutherford has been calling around to see what kind of market there is for goalie Justin Peters. The Hurricanes also have netminders Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin.
There are rumours out there; indeed, there are always rumours. The names Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien have been heard but nothing’s been verified.
Rutherford has been busy. Unlike some other GMs, he hasn’t sent out an e-mail to indicate all of his players are available and hung the dreaded ‘For Sale’ sign, but the talk is you can have pretty much have anybody on the Carolina roster with the exception of C Eric Staal, C Jordan Staal, LW Jeff Skinner or G Cam Ward. The Hurricanes are pushing for a playoff spot in the East, but Rutherford would like to make changes.
Matt Frattin has become a healthy scratch for the Los Angeles Kings and it’s all but certain Ben Scrivens will be sent packing once Jonathan Quick returns, which means the Kings won’t have much, if anything, to show for the deal that sent Jonathan Bernier to Toronto — unless they get something decent for Scrivens.
Yes, the Rangers can make the playoffs in their God-awful division, and yes, the Rangers conceivably could record their annual early-round victory over the Capitals, but does anyone believe the ceiling is higher than a second-round goodbye?
Tell me there’s more to the plan than that.
Two immediate items of utmost importance: the futures of pending free agents Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi.
It is no secret that David Clarkson was one of the players rookie Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish went after hard this summer.
When Clarkson signed with Toronto, MacTavish expressed his regret and said that he “thought this guy was an Oiler.” Shortly thereafter, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported that Clarkson had left money on the table when he signed his seven-year pact worth $36.75 million. LeBrun didn’t report it as fact, but said he suspected the team to make Clarkson an even more lucrative offer was Edmonton.
One suspects that these days the Maple Leafs are wishing the Oilers had won that bidding
Just because he’s coming off the first suspension of his NHL career doesn’t mean opposing players can expect to have their head down when they skate anywhere near Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.
Not unless they want to pay the price.
Even though Burke acknowledged that Feaster and his scouting staff hit a “home run” with the selection of Monahan last June, Burke wants his next GM to be draft savvy so the presumable next top-five pick will be a key part of the Flames’ future.
“We have to get those picks right,” he said. “You have to hit home runs.
“Jay did that last year.”
McKenzie "Nonis is certainly not in blow it up mode. If the right deal comes along for a player like Gardiner they'll make a deal."
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) December 13, 2013
The trade rumours have also come with suggestions that Kulikov might be about to jump to the KHL; the option there (if the Oilers are interested) would be to try and negotiate an extension before acquiring his rights (note: I’m not a lawyer but as I read the CBA, Kulikov can talk about an extension prior to January 1 because he’s currently on a two-year contract). Given the Oilers needs on defence and the number of Russians MacTavish has brought in, Edmonton might be an attractive option for the young rearguard.