Because Sheldon Souray cleared waivers Saturday and still tops the Edmonton Oilers’ to-do list, there is more dirty work ahead.
But some significant and admirable housecleaning has already spruced up the 30th-place roster. So, while the Oilers are determined to distance themselves from Souray and his $5.4-million US salary-cap hit, season-ending trade demand, rehabbing wrist injury and bridge-burning condemnation of management, there is reason for general manager Steve Tambellini to feel like a man who accomplished more in 10 days than some National Hockey League franchise-builders can claim in a year.
Jarome Iginla has heard all the rumours surrounding the team’s mid-season collapse and insists there’s no truth to any of them, especially the ones involving Dion Phaneuf.
“I never ever fought with Dion,” said Iginla, candidly addressing a popular rumour suggesting the two squared off in the middle of the dressing room.
Devils left winger Ilya Kovalchuk could be on the move, but not to a place anyone originally expected.
Reports coming out of NHL.com, The Los Angeles Times and Newsday say that the New York Islanders have come to the table with a compelling offer for the 27-year-old and former No.1 overall draft pick.
Small piece by small piece, Brian Burke’s Maple Leafs are getting better.
But for every Kris Versteeg and Colby Armstrong the Leafs add, what becomes more apparent is just how weak this team is at centre, the most important position on a hockey club, other than goaltender.
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An NHL source confirmed Friday night that Islanders GM Garth Snow has held discussions with the agent for perennial 40-goal scorer Ilya Kovalchuk, the top unrestricted free agent on the market following a midseason trade to the Devils last season.