Glen Murray to the Penguins?

The buzzontheburgh ( www.thebuzzontheburgh.blogspot.com) is reporting that the Penguins have contacted the Bruins about the availability of Glen Murray. What makes this interesting is Shero came very close to landing center Brad Boyes this offseason in exchange for Ryan Malone and prospect Eric Christensen. The Bruins declined and countered that defenseman Noah Welch be included into the deal. Ray Shero declined but with Ryan Whitney developing into a #1 defenseman, play of young defenseman Kris Letang, it is believed that Shero may offer Malone ( 1.3 million per ) and Welch to land Murray.

The Case Against Hitch

After Tuesday night’s 9-1 drubbing at the hands of the Sabres, some say the Flyers have hit their lowest point in franchise history. That sentiment is an unlikely assessment since the Flyers are only 7 games into the season. That still doesn’t mean that the cracks in this team’s makeup, management, and philosophy aren’t readily apparent. Despite a consensus that holds the players just aren’t good enough, this situation warrants a deeper analysis. Players like Forsberg, Gagne, Hatcher, Knuble, and the like didn’t go from being solid or spectacular NHL players to stiffs in one off-season. Young prospects like Carter, Richards, and Umberger didn’t suddenly forget the things that made them look like future stars last year. Is it possible that the problem more likely resides with the coach of this hockey club?

Balsillie and Penguins chances improve for FREE arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and their new owner (pending NHL approval), Jim Balsillie received good news on a new arena in Pittsburgh on Thursday evening. The city’s Gaming Task Force, which has been reviewing 3 bids for a slot machine casino license in Pittsburgh, suprisingly stopped short of fully endorsing the Isle Of Capri bid for the slots license in an official letter to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (who awards the license). It was not widely expected that the IOC proposal would have the backing of the task force, and let alone with such force, although afterwards 3 dissenting board members in the task force resigned their position.

Modano?

After listening to the CBC documentary on Madano last Saturday, I stongly believe that he may be out of Dallas pretty soon.

Will Theo play against the Habs?

The Colorado Avalanche are contemplating starting Montreal’s former netminder, for his return to the Bell Center. (Theo’s morale seems to be up right now, and if he wins this game, his morale will sky-rocket… but if the Bell-Center-booes gets to him, his morale will plumet.)

Avs’ coach Joel Quenneville said this week that there was a good chance to see Theodore play against his former team on saturday.

What are your thoughts, should Quenneville go with Theo or give him the night off?

Berard out until January due to Surgery

Blue Jacket’s D-man Bryan Berard is out until at least January due to having a second surgery on his back.

NHL RULE CHANGES

If anybody saw Robyn Regehers hit on Aaron Downey in the Flames/Habs game, this article is for you.
I’m all for hitting and fighting in NHL hockey. Love to watch the boys play grind it out, emotional hockey. But the NHL has to change its rules on hitting. NO longer should hits be allowed to the head on any players, it just does not make sense.

Ziggy Palffy out of retirement?

The Score was reporting that Ziggy Pallfy was playing hockey in Slovakia opening the doors to speculation he could return to Pittsburgh in February.

Will Havlat be the NHL next Art Ross winner?

In only 6 games this year Martin Havlat has 7 goals, 13 points, and is 8+.

Salary Dump but for what

Flyers dump 3.

“The team placed defenceman Nolan Baumgartner and forwards Niko Dmitrakos and Petr Nedved on waivers and will recall right wing Stefan Ruzicka, defenseman Alexandre Picard and left wing Ben Eager from their AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. “

Why not Conroy?

Now, we all know, habs fans or not, Montreal desperately needs that center n.2 to back up Koivu. We also know that Gainey likes the idea of a big, right handed center. A veteran center who is a good two way player, could help youngsters. We also know the Kings are probably looking to get younger up front. You do the math…

Berard possibly needs second sugery

Blue Jacket’s Defenceman Bryan Berard could potentially need additonal surgery on his back.

Yanic to sign??

The Ottaw Sun is reporting that Ottawa GM John Muckler is interested in signing Yanic Perreault. The Sun also reports that when healhty, Florida GM Jacques Martin will make a run at signing Yanic, and may already have a deal in place.