Talk won’t go away that the Hurricanes are going to move RW Erik Cole before the Feb. 26 trade deadline according to the Toronto Sun.
There’s talk in NHL circles that Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford would like to shake up things and shed Cole’s $4-million salary for next season. The Senators are interested, but GM Bryan Murray would have a tough time taking on that salary.
The All-Star break is here and a couple of teams that were predicted to finish close to last or not make the post season are proving otherwise.
A few surprises…And disappointments…
The Toronto Maple Leafs won’t be just selling off any contracts they can. They also won’t be adding players on for a long playoff push. They’re going to do a little of both and finally start this rebuilding process. It will be a Fletcher style approach though.
Tampa Bay Online is reporting that the Lightning may be willing to part ways with several of their players.
The LA Daily News is reporting that defenseman Rob Blake has to go ….
Peter Forsberg is skating again with his hometown team in Sweden. He says his ankle is good so far and that he is in constant contact with his doctor.
According to NHL official site, The Leafs placed Ponikarovsky on injured reserve with a shoulder dislocation and is expected to be out of the lineup for six weeks. Darryl Boyce was recalled on Thursday to fill the roster spot.
Call me Cliff…
What I’m going to do is write what I believe a shrewd and smart GM would do with what the Leafs have and then draw conclusions.
When you look at the Eastern forward line-up for this year’s Youngstar game, with the exception of Niklas Backstrom, I’m wondering if the term “star” is appropriate to define such a group of grinders. Young and promising grinders I would pick any day on my team, but still grinders…
Sorry to non-Habs fans for another Habs article, it’s just I haven’t written about them in nearly 6 months. So yeah, sorry.
Now, over the last 4 or 5 days, I’ve been asking myself just where does Montreal stand going into the Trade Deadline, which is in 33 days. Should they be big buyers and go after the Marian Hossa’s and Mats Sundin’s? Or should they continue to do what they’ve they’ve the last several seasons and aquire minor pieces like the Todd Simpson’s and Jim Dowd’s? Or should they stay the course with the current roster and the only changes should be the promotions of players like Kyle Chipchura and Carey Price near the Play-Offs?