Something is definitely not quite right up in Winnipeg where power forward Evander Kane continues to show signs he’s unhappy with his station in NHL life. The Winnipeg power forward is essentially breaking rocks in hockey jail for the Winnipeg Jets with no chance for playoff appearances, and far out of the league spotlight toiling for a team in the Canadian hinterland.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to pick up talks with captain Dion Phaneuf on a new contract this week, if negotiations haven’t resumed already.
The Calgary Flames shook up their front office Thursday after a disappointing start to the season, firing general manager Jay Feaster and assistant general manager John Weisbrod.
The Flames have just 26 points this season, good for 13th place in the 14-team Western Conference.
Ovechkin, who after a four-goal outburst Tuesday night is humming along on pace for a career-best 72 goals this season.
Interesting name potentially in play is Shawn Matthias in Florida. If Leafs looking to change forward mix, he's big and can play centre.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) December 11, 2013
I thought it was important to start with Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon’s denial in a Miami Herald blog of our report on Hockey Night Hotstove that he had a trade in place involving Dmitri Kulikov, which was the reason the defenceman was scratched last week. It is believed Tallon’s trading partner was the Colorado Avalanche. The two teams did have some serious talks and may do so again. Tallon didn’t comment before we went to air and I stand by the info, but it should be known that history proves he’s been honest when I’ve contacted him about things.
The Leafs’ previously kicked the tires of Dallas Stars centre Vernon Fiddler, whom Stars GM Jim Nill said is no longer on the block.
The Isles’ disappointing Pierre-Marc Bouchard hit the waiver wire Monday, but his $2 million price tag might be too steep.
Leino was a healthy scratch Tuesday after loafing through practice Monday. More disturbing than his practice habits was his nonchalance over getting benched. He shrugged his shoulders and wondered aloud what Nolan expected, as if he needed things spelled out for him after going scoreless in his first 18 games
It’s not that difficult to understand. Nolan expects an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. He expects leadership from 30-year-old playing his seventh NHL season. He expects a little jam. He expects a goal every once in a while from a so-called top-six forward. Is that really asking for too much from a guy making $4.5 million?
Just putting this out there. It seems the bloom is off the rose between Evander Kane and the Winnipeg Jets.
With the cap going over $71 million and climbing even higher, what does this mean to P.K. Subban and his contract talks?
LeBrun: It could mean a lot. In many ways, he could be the poster child for young, star free agents and future negotiations. For guys like Alex Pietrangelo and Erik Karlsson, they signed long term deals because they were looking for security and didn’t know where the salary cap was headed.
All told, the Flyers have $49.36 million committed for next season.
That leaves approximately $21.7 million to spend, though a few players need extensions first. Goaltender Steve Mason will be due a big raise once he is eligible to sign an extension on Jan. 1. Steve Downie is set to become an unrestricted free agent and already earns $2.65 million. Brayden Schenn, Michael Raffl and Erik Gustafsson are all restricted. The Flyers also will need to find a deal for Ray Emery or look for a new backup.
Bryan Murray decided not to head to California to see if he could swing a deal at the NHL’s board of governors meetings.
But if the Senators GM is looking for a top six forward that might be able to play on the right side of centre Jason Spezza there is one available on waivers to be claimed before noon Tuesday.
Dreger "what I know, is that the Leafs are among the most active in looking to make moves. Nonis is prepared to do anything"
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) December 9, 2013
“We’re looking at all our options,” he told Newsday on Sunday.
“Obviously, we have some key players not performing at a high enough level.
“This has got to change. We can’t just go through the motions, win a game, lose a game, and hope [other teams] do something for us, and life is good,” Brad Richards said after the Blueshirts pleaded Nolo Contendere against the Caps and neophyte netminder Philipp Grubauer.
“You dig yourself into these situations, sometimes it’s going to take some time or it’s going to take something to get you out of it,” the alternate captain said. “We’re going to have to get a little uncomfortable here and get out of our comfort zone.
It seems Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf could be in some hot water.
According to reports late Sunday, Phaneuf will have a hearing with the league — likely of the phone variety, but you never know — over an incident involving Bruins defenceman Kevan Miller during Boston’s 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.
As noted by Ottawa Sun uber columnist Bruce Garrioch today – and this is something I’d heard as well – it’s possible that the reason why a deal fell through to bring Kulikov to the Avs is because of his contract status and the KHL. There is word that Kulikov might just take a big offer to go back to the KHL after this season, that he doesn’t love life in the NHL that much. More on that here:
Craig Anderson is doing neither Ottawa nor his country any favors. Last season, Anderson went 12-9-2 with a 1.69 GAA and a .941 save percentage. He was expected to backstop Ottawa into the playoffs this season and contend for an Olympic job with Team USA.
It’s time to seriously look toward the trade market. One media report late last week said the Avs were interested in Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, the 14th player selected in the 2009 draft. He has been awful so far this season with the Panthers, but maybe a change of scenery under Roy’s guidance could get his once-promising career back on track. Still, if the kid can’t even stay in the lineup of the Florida Panthers right now (he was a healthy scratch last week), is this the answer?