Burke…. Good or bad

well with a couple seasons under his belt a pretty recognizable face of the nhl Brian Burke is up on a simple poll today just for discussion

Flyers considering waving Gagne……signing Zherdev?

Could the Flyers consider waiving Simon Gagne if they can’t find a trade partner? According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, a few NHL executives he’s spoken with believe that’s an option Philadelphia will use if they can’t move Gagne in the next few days.

The Flyers need to clear salary cap space to officially sign Nikolai Zherdev, a free agent forward who spent last season playing in Russia. Gagne is due $5.25 million for the 2010-11 season, the last year of his contract.

Make It Seven

Lebron James signing in Miami to play for the heat has affected many NBA franchises, notabley Cleveland. But does lebron have the power to affect franchises not even in his league? Most notabley the florida panthers.

Florida is currently one of the worst attended NHL teams with a below 80% rink filling average per game. I can see this dropping to almost 60% with the newest attraction of Bosh-Lebron-Wade playing for the heat. With those 3 players the Heat actually have a chance at a championship while the panthers are doubtful to even make the playoffs. (sorry panther fans, not this year)

SHARKS SIGN FREE AGENT D HJALMARSSON TO OFFER SHEET

The San Jose Sharks have signed Blackhawks restricted free agent defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson to a free agent offer sheet, signing the defenceman to a four-year, $14 million dollar contract.

Blue Jackets Rumors

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is hoping to add a puck-moving defenseman via trade, but he’s not desperate to do so. Howson reiterated today that he’s not burning up phone lines or begging his fellow GMs for help.

“We’d like to make an upgrade, sure,” Howson said. “But if we don’t get a deal done, I’m fine taking this group of defensemen into the start of the season with us. We think it’s a good group; a group that can win games for you.”