Has Maurice lost his players?
(Feb. 7th) It appears that its just a matter of time for coach Paul Maurice in Carolina. The NHL’s longest serving coach with his current team is on thin ice and will likely not be back with the team next year. Its really just whether management decides to make a coaching change now or wait until the off-season. If Maurice turns his best players against him any further it is likely that his dismissal date will be accelerated. Yesterday Maurice, at his wits end trying to motivate his players, singled out seven players after practice and put them through a gruelling set of skating drills that left centreman Craig MacDonald collapsed on the ice. The other six players were leading scorer Jeff O’Neill, Bates Battaglia, Aaron Ward, Niclas Wallin, Jeff Heerema and David Tanabe. “It’s a [expletive] joke is all it was,” said O’Neill, who tossed his helmet in disgust. “If that’s how he wants to carry on, that’s the way he can do it. Whatever. I don’t even care. I’m playing for my teammates.” Maurice had a different view of the matter, “There’s no sense skating the entire team. The people that hear you aren’t necessarily the ones that need to get the message” he said.
On Wednesday February 5th the New Jersey Devils were greeted by the injury bug as versatile forward Sergei Brylin broke his wrist which lead to surgery being performed on the 6th and the Devils announced that “Sarge” would be out 2-3 months which would be the rest of the season and first month of the playoffs, a situation eerily similar to last year when Scott Gomez suffered the same injury. In light of this developement I believe that Lamerillo will be forced to make a deal, now whether it be for Owen Nolan, Kovalev, Palffy, Kapanen, Satan is unknown, but my intuition tells me that either Satan or Atlantas Slava Kozlov or Shawn Mceachern, seeing as they’d be the cheapest to fill the void left.
Rumor has it the Rangers are thinking of renting out Leetch to a team with playoff potential. At the same time, Kevin Lowe has mentioned he is considering renting a player for the playoffs. Coincidence? I think not.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Renewing his effort to purchase the bankrupt Buffalo Sabres, billionaire B. Thomas Golisano had more discussions with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday.
TORONTO (CP) – Steve Stavro is in talks to sell his control position in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, owner of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA’s Toronto Raptors, the Globe and Mail reported Wednesday.
KKFN radio just reported that the Avalanche have acquired Defenseman Chris McAllister from the Flyers for a 6th round pick.
Don’t be surprised if Doug MacLean begins taking offers for UFA, Geoff Sanderson if the Blue Jackets hopes for a playoff spot fall short. Sanderson, who will be open to the free market come July 1st, is a player many contending teams would dearly love to add to their offensive attack. There is no doubt MacLean would like to sign Sanderson to a long term contract, but with no news on him re-siging the possibility of a trade being made is there. Teams that could use some added scoring punch in the form of Sanderson are Toronto, Detroit, Colorado, New Jersey and Boston. Look for rumours involving Sanderson to heat up by the time the March 11th deadline rolls around.
(Feb. 4th) New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has reportedly been speaking at length with Los Angeles Kings GM Dave Taylor. Rich Chere of the New Jersey Star-Ledger writes that the two GM’s have had long discussions at the GM meetings to try to satisfy both of their needs. Taylor has been told by Kings President Tim Leiweke to cut payroll, Lamoriello would like to add a high scoring forward. Which brings up Palffy’s name, a trade to the Devils would satisfy both teams’ desires. Ironing out the details might be difficult though. New Jersey would most likely require the Kings to pick up some of Palffy’s scheduled $7 million salary for next year, and theKings would require some talented youth in return. Of course Mike Danton’s name was brought up, which sparked another round of insults from both the Devils and the Danton camp. Devils coach Pat Burns doubted that the Kings would have much interest in Danton, “Some of the trades I’ve heard (involving) Danton, we’d hire a private plane and take him there. I’ve never heard one team mention his name.” To which Danton fired back, “Burnsie and I never had a problem, but it’s obvious from those comments that he has drank too much of Lou’s Kool-Aid.” “If no one wants him, what’s the worry?” Danton’s agent David Frost asked. “Then release him. We’ll find somewhere for him to play.” And so it continues.
TSN has reported that if the Leafs dont get Kovalev, Kapanen can be next player on GM Pat Quinn wish list.The Leafs tryed to make a deal for Kapanen before Kovalev became available.GM Jim Rutherford inteads to let Sami Kapanen and goaltender Arturs Irbe before the trading deadline.My Opinion if the Leafs do get shut out of the Kovalev deal that Kapanen will be the best person to get both because his skill and his cost(3m)which can help the Leafs get an D-man which they need.And Quinn does say that he will try his best in the trade market.
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When the Carolina Hurricanes took the NHL by storm in the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a new sense of accomplishment could be seen throughout the southeast portion of the country. A hockey club had made it in the deep south, something most people around this area thought impossible when the Canes landed in Greensboro in 1997. Five years of hard work, sweat, and blood were poured in North Carolina in that span. Now, fast-forward to the present day. All of that hard work to build up a supportive fan base has been wasted in 53 games of lackluster (and often uninspired) play.
Tim Panaccio wrote an article in the Inquirer today that was dead-right in my opinion regarding the Flyers current state of affairs. Here is the article:
ESPN, via TSN, has reported that the sale of the Buffalo Sabres to Mark Hamister has fallen through. The article:
Mark Hamister’s bid to buy the financially troubled Buffalo franchise fell through after his failure to meet Monday’s NHL-set deadline, The Sports Network of Canada reported on its Web site.
According to TFP the NY Post said that New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello should end his two-month punishment of Mike Danton and give his banishment a destination by the end of All-Star weekend. Danton, however, doubts it. “I’m not holding my breath when it comes to Lou ever trading me,” Danton said yesterday through agent Dave Frost. “He has absolutely no intention of letting me play in the NHL again. He has no problem going against his word… “I will not be traded.” There have been continued talks with San Jose and Florida, while Atlanta and Calgary are in the mix.
As for Oleg Tverdosvky, sources suggest Lamoriello may have been using him as trade bait before the defenseman received an independent second opinion of a likely November concussion. Two possible destinations for Tverdovsky may have been Colorado and Detroit. It will be tough to trade Tverdovsky now until he plays regularly again, says the Post.
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Sands writes about Leetch and Bure coming back, maybe.
Bobby Clarke tells that Brendl might be gone.
MapleLeafs picks up the latest on Kovalev.
The Rangers’ website is reporting that team President and General Manager Glen Sather will assume the head coaching duties of the team, effective immediately.
He will be behind the bench this evening when his Blueshirts take on the Colorado Avalanche.
Finally, Slats gets to sleep in the bed he has made. I don’t think he’s ready for the nightmares that await him, though.
The Dolans have their finger on the “fire” button again. It’s only a matter of time before they press it.
Sergei Fedorov expects to sign with a new agent by today. Fedorov, in the last year of his contract, is off to Sunrise, Fla., this weekend to make his sixth All-Star appearance.
I want him to be a wing but not for $12 million.
The Fourth Period is reporting that Canes head coach Paul Maurice’s job is in jeopardy if there isn’t a better effort in tonight’s game vs. Tampa Bay. I live just outside Raleigh, and word is here that Maurice’s job, while definitely not overly secure, is safe for the time being.
The Canes have struggled mightly at times this year, which has caused many OUTSIDE the organization to suspect that Maurice will be canned in the near future. Sources close to the organization and the local paper, the Raleigh News and Observer, have said nothing as to the apparent reports of Maurice’s demise, except that these rumors are 100% false.
If anything is to happen to Maurice, sources say that it won’t be acted upon (firing) until after the front office takes a hard look up and down the organization, presumably after the regular season. However, there has been talk of possible player movement leading up to the NHL trade deadline in mid-March.
With that said, don’t be surprised to see a move made by the Canes after the All-Star break. But in all likelyhood, that move will not be the firing of Paul Maurice.
I forget to bet since i am trying other scenarios as well.
I think I will once again change the rules. Hey, worth to keep trying things and then finding the right rules.