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Craig MacTavish, Kevin Lowe and Mark Messier scouted the game between the New York Rangers and Anaheim Ducks last night for Edmonton last night. That in itself could mean just about anything, but Larry Brooks of the New York Post writes that there is a possibility the Rangers might have interest in a skilled winger – either Ales Hemsky or more likely 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov.
If the Oilers are in fact discussing those names with New York, what might they be interested in off the Rangers’ roster?
Jaromir Jagr does not have a no-trade clause but Martin Brodeur, who does, told The Star-Ledger he would consider going to a contender.
“I hope it will never happen , but if there is a situation that could be really fun for me and really good for the Devils, why not? It’s not like I’m going to play 25 more years here,” Brodeur said Tuesday.
If you’re a hockey fan, and you’ve ever entered into a conversation with someone who knows little or nothing about the sport – I’ll bet you’ve been asked the question; why is hockey so violent?
It’s understandable why this is so perplexing to the outside world. After all, other sports which are well-known for their fights on the pitch such as American football, both types of rugby, Gaelic and Aussie Rules etc., are more obviously physical in the sense that the aim of the sport is to grapple – at least a little or a lot in some sports.
It is a short-term move born out of desperation. And yet, it is a move that has been in the works for a long time, at least since the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired James van Riemsdyk more than 16 months ago.
McKenzie on TSN Radio "I wouldn't be surprised if the Leafs made a move. They need anotjer body down the middle. It won't be a panic move"
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) November 4, 2013
Edmonton, which has opened 3-10-2 under first-year coach Dallas Eakins, is believed to be accepting offers for veteran winger Ales Hemsky while also exploring the market for second-year winger Nail Yakupov, the first overall selection in the 2012 Entry Draft.
Even if interested in Hemsky, the Blueshirts would have to maneuver to get under the cap in order to accommodate the 30-year-old. Hemsky is on the final year of a contract worth a $5 million cap charge and is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are shopping for reinforcements.
Leafs general manager Dave Nonis is searching for a forward, preferably a centreman, to help fill the void created by injuries to Dave Bolland and Tyler Bozak.
Dispirited captain Andrew Ference said he was at a loss for words after Saturday’s 5-0 defeat by the Red Wings. Head coach Dallas Eakins said his team had lost its confidence.
Defenceman Ladislav Smid, who has experienced his share of losses since 2006, said he was in shock.
Panic is easy. You see it all the time. But the man or woman standing still and measuring the situation while all around them are losing their minds is the rare one. They’re also the people you want handling your stock portfolio, operating on your heart, or, as it is in this case, running your hockey team.
The Senators GM started the ball rolling Saturday by calling up defenceman Mark Borowiecki from the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton Saturday but if this group doesn’t show a marked improvement quickly then bigger changes could be made.
It’s believed Murray has held talks with a couple of teams to try to make an upgrade and it’s believed he’ll try to shore up back end if the Senators don’t have success against the Dallas Stars Sunday at home and the Blue Jackets Tuesday in Columbus.
A month into the season, the NHL’s trade market might finally be ready to loosen up.
The chatter amongst NHL executives has increased as teams head toward the pivotal 20-game mark and those who were expected to be contenders limp out with the label pretender written all over them if they don’t get their act together.
The decision by the Philadelphia Flyers to acquire Steve Downie from the Avalanche for Maxime Talbot could be the tip of the iceberg. Never before have so many cap teams started off so poorly which means something may have to give.
Edmonton Oilers will hotly pursue Jonas Hiller as free agent if Devan Dubnyk doesn’t work out in goal
The Edmonton Oilers will be all over Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller this summer, when he’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, if Devan Dubnyk (also unrestricted) doesn’t pan out as their No. 1. The Ducks are loaded in goal with Viktor Fasth, Frederik Andersen and John Gibson, the AHL’s Player of the Month. Hiller, 31, will be the Swiss Olympic goalie.
What possibly could be the justification in Edmonton, where goaltenders Devan Dubnyk, Jason LaBarbera and Richard Bachman have combined for a dramatically deficient .882 save percentage that has undermined Dallas Eakins’ first month behind an NHL bench, for not offering a contract to free agent Ilya Bryzgalov?
While Phil Kessel signed an eight-year, $64-million contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs a few weeks ago, the understanding has been that neither side has illustrated any urgency regarding Leaf captain Dion Phaneuf who also becomes an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.
As Olympic hopeful Roberto Luongo makes his bid to once again don a red-and-white maple leaf on his chest, there was a time not so long ago when he was relatively certain he’d be wearing a blue and white one, as well.
Luongo isn’t too shy to admit it all these months later — he thought he was going to be a Toronto Maple Leaf.
A few teams are watching one of Snow’s guys very closely: defenceman Andrew MacDonald. He’s unrestricted after the season, and a greatly improved player.
Colorado was considered a possible landing spot for Miller during the offseason, but Varlamov put those rumors down by starting 7-1 with a 1.76 goals-against average and .945 save percentage. The Avs appear to be legitimate Stanley Cup hopefuls — they lead the league in goals allowed per game at 1.46 and rank sixth in goals scored at 3.18 — and have 36-year-old J.S. Giguere as a backup.
Sitting 12th in the Western Conference and having won just three of their last 10 games, the Jets are becoming more and more aggravated with each passing day.
The team continues to play with inconsistency and is looking to score more in order to win more hockey games.
To that end, Stauffer suggested the Oilers might try to trade for Nikita Nikitin of Columbus. “I do think there’s a guy out there they can get who would be a heavier top four defenceman. It’s a former Western conference team, a team that’s deep in defence prospects and might be able to slide somebody in, a guy like Nikitin might make sense here. … I don’t think the cost would be too severe.”