Habs' lineup just about set

With Habs’ training camp just over a month away, it seems as though it’s safe to say we can predict who will suit up for the team on their October 7th season opener in Toronto. Here are my thoughts on team.

Deal may give clues to Souray's fate

If you’re wondering what Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini will get in return for disgruntled defenceman Sheldon Souray, just take a look at the Simon Gagne trade.

On Monday, the Philadelphia Flyers acquired defenceman Matt Walker — a No. 6 or 7 blue-liner — and only a fourth-round draft pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning for veteran forward Gagne, who is four years younger than the 34-year-old Souray and has scored at least 33 goals four times in his career, including two seasons over 40 during the last five years.

Blackhawks GM: Sharp isn't going anywhere

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Monday that there’s still work to be done to solve the team’s salary-cap troubles and admitted “as of right now we don’t have a solution.”

Whatever Bowman comes up with as he continues negotiations with goaltender Antti Niemi, it won’t include trading veteran forward Patrick Sharp.

“I told (Sharp) he can relax, he’s not going anywhere,” Bowman said before the premiere of “Chicago Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup Championship” DVD at Navy Pier. “He’s a big part of this. He means a lot to us on the ice and off the ice.”

Kaberle Likely Next to Go

There were 3 things that needed to happen before the Toronto Maple Leafs could really start to entertain offers for blueliner Tomas Kaberle.

While they’ve gotten some nibbles, its now where some tangible offers should come on the table.

The Leafs first needed the distractions of the draft to pass and allow teams to focus on their current rosters than on the rosters of tomorrow.

GM Brian Burke did mention this during the draft as he put the Kaberle talks on the shelf at that time as teams were simply too busy to think trades.

Tampa Bay Aquires Simon Gagne from philly!

Philadelphia waited less than three hours after news broke about Kovalchuk re-upping with the Devils to deal veteran forward Simon Gagne to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Matt Walker and Tampa Bay’s fourth-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft.