Monthly Archives: November 2010

Isles' mess

I think the Islanders mess needs to be addressed in an unprecedented show of force by the league. The latest circus moments are the attempted cir*****vention of the SALARY FLOOR, increase of prices, dismissal of Billy Jaffe, 12-game losing streak, press credential pulling of Chris Botta, the complete and seemingly intentional destruction of this team by the ownership since they didn’t get their Lighthouse Project approved, and the firing of Scott Gordon (coach #?) as a scapegoat for the incompetence and contempt this management crew seems to have for the fan base


The Edmonton Oilers are faced with a dilemma.

Do you add a few pieces to make the team more competitive, while balancing a commitment to be patient in developing a strong organization long term, or do you continue to take it in the teeth in hope the lottery barrel in ‘Studio 6′ at TSN spits out another top draft pick in April?

Oilers coach Tom Renney was outraged by his team’s performance in a 5-0 loss to the Coyotes on Tuesday in Glendale.

Andy Strickland notes the Bruins could banish Sturm to the AHL to gain cap relief, since he won’t be an attractive trade target due to his knee problems.

Wingers Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler are two other trade targets for the Bruins, along with Savard. Armstrong dealt with Boston before, acquiring Vladimir Sobotka from the Bruins supply of surplus forwards.

Brad Richards can wait.

You know what, if Rangers general manager Glen Sather cares to pony up Marc Staal or Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Dubinsky or Ryan Callahan, then the Rangers undoubtedly would have Richards, the blue-chip Dallas first-line center in the final season of his contract at a $7.8 million cap hit, in time for tonight’s opening faceoff at Tampa Bay.

Brad Richards and the Stars confirmed what they have known for a while: There’s no telling where Richards might be playing next season.

— Oilers winger Dustin Penner, who justified his $4.25 million annual salary last year with 32 goals and 65 points, is back to looking uninterested. Talk around Edmonton is that he has lacked passion and could be traded before the deadline. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent after next season.

Is there a more compelling contract negotiation this season than Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning?

How much will it cost to sign a player that will challenge for the Hart, Art Ross and Rocket Richard trophies?


Canucks coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t too happy with the players the Hawks were using on the power play with the game in hand Saturday.

His words only make the Hawks-Canucks rivalry more compelling.

“Obviously we’re going to have to find a way to play better at home against that team,” Vigneault said after the Hawks demolished his team 7-1.

Flames tell Iginla he's staying put

Jarome Iginla will not be traded this season.

At least that’s what the Flames captain has been told by the club.

In the midst of growing speculation Iginla is primed for relocation because of his team’s early struggles, the Sun has learned Iginla sat down with a team official and was told he wouldn’t be asked to wave his no-trade rights this season.


The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired forward Rob Bordson and defenceman Danny Syvret from the Anaheim Ducks for forwards Patrick Maroon and David Laliberte.

The Flyers announced the deal Sunday, saying that Bordson and Syvret will report to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

In their quests to land a centre, the Rangers and Maple Leafs are hoping the Stars align.

The whisper among NHL executives is that both New York and Toronto are interested in Dallas Cs Mike Ribeiro and Brad Richards if Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk decides to make a move.

Even as the rumour mill swirls, the Calgary Flames are not shopping Jarome Iginla.

In fact, a source within the organization confirmed Wednesday morning that the Flames have not spoken with ANY National Hockey League team about a trade involving the captain and face of the franchise.

In other words, he is not on the trade market.

Would Phoenix trade make a trade for a goaltender? I’m hearing they wouldn’t hesitate to make a move if the right deal comes along. Word is the money goaltender ILya Bryzgalov is looking for after this season is higher than the Coyotes are willing to go.