Remember the days when no one wanted to come play in the Montreal Forum. Teams knew that they would be in for a very tough game. If you touched one of the habs, you would have to pay. Those days are long gone. Every Habs team that won a cup had a guy or 2 to clean your clock. The role players in Montreal are not playing their roles. Latendresse can’t be on your 3rd or 4th lines. Neither can Ryder. If Montreal has so many young prospects why do they have 8 defencemen in the lineup every night.
Sportsnet is reporting that Bates Battaglia has been waived by the Leafs as of 2007.12.10
Maybe they are making room…
The Philadelphia Flyers dealt defenceman Jussi Timonen to the Dallas Stars on Monday for a conditional draft pick in 2009.
The Ottawa Sun reports that the Oilers may send Jarret Stoll and/or Raffi Torres and/or a pick to Columbus for Gilbert Brule. While both Stoll and Torres are more established players, Brule’s numbers (4 pts in 28 games) do not reflect his talent and potential. Brule put up large numbers in the WHL, he is signed through 2008/2009, has a cap hit of just $1.2M and is but 20 years old.
Ducks GM Brian Burke will be playing some high-stakes poker in the coming days (and maybe weeks) as he seeks to get his 2008-09 payroll in compliance with the league’s salary-cap requirements.
Are the Lightning and Stars talking trade? Would the Oilers move Raffi Torres? Is Sergei Samsonov on the outs in Chicago?
Given the improved play of the Maple Leafs recently, speculation has already started that Toronto may try to acquire a high impact player to help boost their post season run.
- The Detroit News mentions Oilers C Jarret Stoll as being on the trade market and after being a healthy scratch Friday night for the Oilers is only further evidence he’s on his way out of Oilerville given he don’t start producing SOON.
While the Hurricanes want a puck-moving blueliner, the Oilers are trying to peddle either C Jarrett Stoll or LW Raffi Torres to the Senators.
The Anaheim Ducks must shed about $900,000.00 to get Scott Niedermayer on the ice for Fridays game with the Wild. TFP.com is suggesting that Mathieu Schnider and his $5.625M are going to Chicago in return for Sergi Samsonov and a depth player. Samsonov has 4 assists in 20 games. At $3.525M, the buy out penalty would be $1,762,500.00; a small price to pay for a guy with 3 Cup rings, a Norris trophy, a Conn Smyth trophy, 5 All-Star games and an Olympic Gold medal for a resume.