Monthly Archives: January 2011

Mark Stuart draws interest on trade front

Hockey sources here indicated to that there’s strong interest on the trade front in defenseman Mark Stuart, and that dealing the rugged defenseman might be an option for the Bruins over the next four weeks if the team needs to clear salary cap space for a roster move.

Max Talbot’s place in this city’s sporting lore is secure forever.

His place with the Penguins probably is not.

Talbot, of course, scored both of the Penguins’ goals in their 2-1 victory in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup final in Detroit, one of the great clutch performances by anyone who has played here in any sport.

Canadian GMs could be busy – Rumors from the Ottawa Sun

Canadian GMs could be busy

Canadian teams could be busy at the NHL trade deadline.

While there aren’t many GMs on hand for this weekend’s all-star festivities, the talk is Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton and Calgary are all going to be trying to make moves at the Feb. 28 deadline.

Ottawa’s Bryan Murray and Toronto’s Brian Burke are likely to be the most aggressive.

Here’s a look at what the four teams could be up to:

The NHL’s trade deadline is exactly one month from today. Where did the season go?

And yet, a month is still a lot of time to determine this year’s buyers and sellers.

As of today, there are many teams with legitimate playoff chances, making it a short sellers’ list. In addition, some buyers need to wait until the last possible moment so their rental pickups don’t count as much against the salary cap.

Is dealing Sergei Gonchar fantasy or reality before the Feb. 28 deadline?

League sources say Senators GM Bryan Murray is trying to move Gonchar, who was Ottawa’s biggest free-agent signing last off-season.

While the names of defenceman Chris Phillips and winger Jarkko Ruutu have been bandied about on the trade market for months, Gonchar’s availability has only just surfaced and comes as a bit of a surprise.

Januray 28, 11 – A bunch of Hockey Trade Rumors

Change needed for reeling Blues

Flyers targeting Cole?

Will the Wings dump Howard?

Florida Panthers’ Dale Tallon likely to be busy as trade deadline nears

The Panthers go into the All-Star break with the same number of wins as regulation losses with five overtime defeats thrown in for fun.

If one subscribes to the Bill Parcells adage that a team is only as good as its record indicates, well, the Panthers are a pretty average bunch.

Not real good, not real bad.

The Maple Leafs wrapped up a couple of days of pro scouting meetings in Tampa Bay this week with an eye to the Feb. 28 NHL trade deadline.

“I remind our guys that anything can happen,” vice-president of hockey operation Dave Poulin said.

“Zdeno Chara has won a Norris Trophy in Boston, but he has also been traded once and signed as a free agent once. The same with a guy such as Marian Hossa.

Walker is placed on waiver wire

The Flyers placed defenseman Matt Walker on waivers Thursday, a move that will free salary-cap space and could enable them to make a deal before the Feb. 28 trade deadline.

When Walker’s $1.7 million salary-cap hit comes off the books – he can clear waivers at noon Friday and be sent to the Adirondack Phantoms – the Flyers will have $3.6 million of acquisition space available for a deal.

Here is the recipe for a trade proposal according to the average proposal we can find about everywhere.

Note: Step 1 and (2&3) can be inverted.

1 – Look to acquire one or some of:

A – A player that could really help your team. Preferably a star player or a younger player under 23yo able to contribute in the league.
B – A 1st round draft pick from a teams that have chance to get a lottery pic. If not, a top 10 is still good.
C – A top 25 prospects in the league, according to Hockey future. If they are struggling you can of course have them for cheap.

2 – Now look into your team for future UFA, struggling players, bad contract or stalling young players (or prospect), 4th line player or 6th-7th defensemen.

Monster willing to spend time with Marlies

Jonas Gustavsson joked he won’t stray very far from Toronto during the NHL all-star break because his girlfriend is a nervous flyer.

But the Maple Leafs goaltender — No. 3 on the depth charting if we’re ranking — appears likely to take a walk to the Ricoh Coliseum next week.

The Swede does not embrace the idea of joining the AHL Marlies on a conditioning stint, for which his permission is required.

Flames trade rumours funny to Feaster

Even after acting Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster went on national TV and stated he’s not interested in dealing captain Jarome Iginla, the trade rumours only became more persistent.

Today, Iginla is being touted as a potential Philadelphia Flyers target.

The day before that, it was the Montreal Canadiens.

Before that, it was the New York Rangers.

Jacques Lemaire won't return

New Jersey Devils coach Jacques Lemaire will not return next season, he told the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., on Wednesday.

“No [I won’t return even if I’m asked]. Because I find that it’s tough,” Lemaire, 65, said, according to the newspaper. “I’m not at the end of the season yet. I still have two to three months to go and we’ll have tough days. You get back from road trips, I get more tired than when I was 40.”