FEAR INFECTING LEAFS AS PLAYOFF HOPES DWINDLE

Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger.

St. Louis was all that and more for most of a cold March night. They dealt the sliding Leafs their sixth straight loss – seven in the past eight games – and a very loud exit from the current playoff picture. Once on firm ground toward a second straight trip to the postseason, Toronto now sits 10th in the East, trailing Columbus and Detroit for the final two wild card spots with only eight games left to play.

Bruins hope to resign Iginla

Darren Dreger: That’s certainly the hope of the Boston Bruins and of Jarome Iginla as well. I know Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins general manager, reached out to Don Meehan from Newport Sports last week. There’s been no official back-and-forth in terms of dialogue or a negotiation and the reality is that the Bruins don’t have the tag room or the cap space to close this deal in-season.

Blues want to re-sign Miller

Ryan Miller was just the perfect fit for the St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline — few people would argue that. The question is will he be the perfect fit past this season?

The Blues certainly hope so. They’ve already made it clear to Miller and his agent, Mike Liut, that they intend to aggressively try to re-sign the goalie after the season, hoping the former Vezina Trophy winner will stay on board.

Reimer should follow Cammalleri’s lead

James Reimer needs a cup of what Mike Cammalleri is drinking.

You can imagine what went through Cammalleri’s mind after the trade deadline. He’s a scorer, he thinks a contender can use him. Goals are hard to get in the playoffs; everyone clamps down.

He doesn’t go anywhere.

Hurricanes watch begins with rumour of Rutherford’s demise

In light of the news coming out of Raleigh that long-time Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford could be stepping down or moving up at the end of this season, you can expect there will be lots or rumours around the Staal brothers and Jeff Skinner, not to mention goaltender Cam Ward.

That could add to the intrigue at the June draft in Philadelphia. With talk Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler was available at the trade deadline and could be back on the market come summer, along with speculation about the future of Senators captain Jason Spezza in Ottawa, there will be lots of interesting names and scenarios in play.


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