Rumors from the Edmonton Journal

Most people think the Pittsburgh Penguins will dangle defenceman Simon Despres to get a forward at the NHL trade deadline because they have Derrick Pouliot, who was outstanding in the world junior hockey championship, coming and they like blue-liner Brian Dumoulin, who they acquired in the Jordan Staal trade.

Fans can knock the $7 million a season for seven years the Toronto Maple Leafs gave captain Dion Phaneuf, but I’m from the school that thinks you overpay a little for your own free agents, rather than go out in the summer for somebody you don’t know as well. Phaneuf has cut down on the search-and-destroy open-ice hits. He plays a more controlled, hard game now.

T.J. Oshie, the forward the Oilers were spitting mad they couldn’t draft with the 25th overall pick in 2005 — he went 24th to the St. Louis Blues — could be an all-purpose player for Team USA at the Olympics. “He’s a real Swiss Army knife player,” said U.S. director of player personnel Brian Burke. The Oilers took Andrew Cogliano at No. 25 in ’05, and he’s turned out just fine, too.

It’s looking more and more like the Maple Leafs are leaning to Jonathan Bernier as their No. 1 goalie, which means James Reimer could be available this summer. Would the Edmonton Oilers be interested? Just asking. Reimer played for Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on the Toronto Marlies.

26 Responses to Rumors from the Edmonton Journal

  1. reinjosh says:

    So has anyone else been impressed with Bozak this year? I’ve been pretty harsh on him for a while, and haven’t really liked how he’s been our top line center, but he’s actually been fairly impressive.

    He’s scoring at a fairly impressive 70 point pace, he’s playing pretty well defensively, and while his faceoff win percentage is almost 5 percent off his career average, it’s still pretty good (and better than everyone’s but McClement).

    He’s actually playing like a number 1 center, albeit it a lower end number 1, but a number one nonetheless. Now if he could only stay healthy…

    • Gambo says:

      Bozak’s a smart player and works hard. My two biggest knocks on him is that he so often refuses to shoot when he has a chance, rather he just dishes it off to Kessel and he can’t seem to finish that often on big scoring chances.

      I’ve always liked him and yeah he’s looking really good. He steals the puck from the opposing players a lot it seems. Don’t think anyone can complain about his season so far other than him being injured too often, if they can it’s the same people that complain about Dion’s play this season.

  2. reinjosh says:

    So has Bernier sort of taken the starters position?

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      Well, he was given it, first time he started five in a row against NY and it showed. I wouldn’t want to deal Riemer anytime soon.

      Bozak has quietly had a good year, though I’m bias I’ve never despised him.

      • LN91 says:

        Oh yeah, Bernier’s clearly to blame for that NYR debacle.

        The guy only faces 40+ shots on a nightly basis…No biggie.

        • leafs_wallace93 says:

          I’m not blaming Bernier, he’s been awesome this year, that said I’m not sold on him being a #1 for an 82 game schedule.

          • LN91 says:

            More sold on him then Reimer…Reimer makes a ton of saves, but his rebound control is terrible…And on this pathetic squad, Bernier gives the Leafs a better chance right now.

          • leafy says:

            I think both Bernier and Reimer are true no. 1.

            Check out this simple math. With their current save %, if they faced a more reasonable 27 shots per game instead of 37 shots (last in the NHL), they’d lower their GAA by almost a full goal!!!!!

  3. doorman says:

    I don’t think 5 in a row was the fault in the Ranger loss, it was the less then half hearted effort. Reimer did himself no favors when he took over. Don’t get me wrong I like Reimer but it seems he and Kadri have fallen out of favor with Carlyle. I have always thought Bernier would be the last man standing only because Nonis traded for him. I have zero problems reading either in a good hockey deal.

    • LN91 says:

      Yeah, I agree…Some of those goals was just poor efforts by the Leafs. Kreider running right past a Leaf defender for what seemed like the 100th time that game? Hard to fault Bernier on most of them…They were high quality scoring chances.

      Speaking of the latter, Chris Kreider will be one of the stars in the NHL in a few years.

      Bernier was always going to be the last man standing for that reason…Reimer was Burke’s guy, while Bernier was Nonis.

      Also, I think their was little doubt amongst the NHL that Bernier was going to be a solid starter in this league before LA traded him.

    • LN91 says:

      It appears that way.

      Carlyle mentioned today that Kadri “Has just been standing around out there during games”. But is he wrong? Kadri’s effort in the last while has been brutal.

      • doorman says:

        Agreed if his effort matched his talent he would be a star. There is something not clicking in his head. Hopefully someday it does for him before its too late.

        As for Josh yes Bozak has been very very solid this year not a hater but always thought he was a 2nd line guy.

        • LN91 says:

          Well, let’s look at it this way…If their is tension between Kadri and Carlye, I have a feeling that everyone would assume it’s because Carlyle is not a good coach, unfair, etc.

          But this would not be the first time Kadri has had an issue with a coach here…Granted, Ron Wilson is not the best example, but he also disapproved with Kadri’s effort.

          Tomorrow is a statement game for him against NYI…If he’s an embarrassment, then theirs a real big issue with him going forward.

          • reinjosh says:

            Kadri has been lacking effort lately in a big way. It’s a big problem. Even as his biggest fan on here, I’m not impressed.

            There also is clearly an issue between him and Carlyle. However I’m not so sure that this is an issue from Kadri’s end. While he has had issues with Wilson, Kadri’s had some big proponents in Eakins and Hunter. Both had great things to say about him and while Eakins was a critique at times, it never came across as an attitude issue. In fact, Eakins always said the opposite.

            I’m starting to think that this is a Carlyle related issue. It’s been rumored he sort of lost the players in Anaheim, and we all know he wouldn’t even give Lupul a shot in Anaheim. We’ve seen how Carlyle treats Gardiner, barely giving him any confidence, and there are signs suggesting that Reimer is starting to get frustrated with Carlyle too.

            James Reimer is looking to have issues with Carlyle. One of the most likeable, easy going players in the NHL, is starting to look like he has problems with Carlyle.

            I’ve long been against hiring Carlyle. I’m not a fan. I don’t believe he’s ever going to be the coach this team needs.

            • LN91 says:

              Okay…I agree with you about Reimer and Gardiner, but sorry…Not about Kadri.

              While Gardiner and Reimer have been scratched, pulled, benched, humiliated by Carlyle…That has never been an issue with Kadri.

              What has Carlyle done to Kadri?

              Has Kadri lost ice time during his poor play? Nope. Has he been scratched? Nope. Has he lost PP time? Nope. Has he moved beyond the second-line? Nope.

              So, what would have Carlyle done to make him look so effortless during games? If this how Kadri protests a coach, then clearly we have a really bad lockeroom cancer on this squad.

            • realistic_leafs_fan says:

              Eakins has actually said that he had “a ton of battles” with Kadri. He did say that Kadri’s greatest asset is his ability to walk away after a negative meeting, where there were many, and just let it role of his back. What he has not said, is that Kadri is easy to coach and teach. He never said that Kadri takes the criticism and works hard to correct those areas. He just said he can walk up to the media 10 minutes after a bad meeting and tell them how good he feels about his game. When do you here Kadri talk about how he is accountable? Confidence is one thing, over-confidence can be an issue.

  4. doorman says:

    Tomorrows game is a statement game for sure, but for the whole team. Kadri needs to do somethingfor sure, but there are others who do too. This is being blow more out of proportion by the media then is healthy though. Also, I think Bernier gets the nod going by Carlyles interview.

    • reinjosh says:

      I think everyone needs to look at the rest of the team too. He’s hardly the only player struggling right now.

      Lupul has 3 points in his last 9. Since October 22nd, Lupul’s played 25 games and has 12 points. He’s put up points in only 6 of those games. That’s awful. Mason Raymond has only 2 points in his last 9 games. In his last 22 games, he has only 9 points. JVR has 4 points over his last 9 games and only 5 over his last 13.

      Kessel has been our only consistent forward over the last 9 games and the last 15-20 games. Bozak has been too, but I don’t count him since he’s missed almost all of December.

      This is not an issue of just Kadri struggling. The whole team is struggling to do anything right now.

      • LN91 says:

        Josh…Look at the production of players when they played with Kadri as opposed to when they did not.

        Lupul/Raymond were actually producing at a better rate when they were with Holland, even Lupul scored when he was with Bozak and Kessel the other night.

        Kessel/JVR struggled with Kadri…Yet, have been productive once again when re-united with Bozak.

        What’s the common demoninator here?

    • realistic_leafs_fan says:

      Agreed doorman. Too many guys taking nights off. I do believe Kadri is sulking somewhat and it’s affecting his play. Many use his age as an excuse, but you could name many other NHL’ers of similar age or younger that haven’t seemed to have as many issues as Kadri. His attitude is his biggest problem. It’s not his skill, or even his size (ie lack of). It’s his sulky nature.
      As for the goalies, Bernier should get the nod. Carlyle should have made it clear earlier that Bernier was his guy, even when Reimer was also playing well. He let the “competition” go on too long and neither Bernier or Reimer could figure out why they played or why they didn’t. Give Bernier the ball…and let’s move on to more pressing matters. Like puck possession, passion, increased physical play etc.

  5. glotz_99 says:

    What do you guys think about deal involving Kadri + for Paul Statsny. Even though Statsny is a UFA at the end if the year, I don’t think they would have any problems resigning him. I read a piece in the Denver Post suggesting he probably wouldn’t be back with the avalanche next year.

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