Monthly Archives: November 2011

Rangers general manager Glen Sather has been in touch with Anaheim counterpart Bob Murray regarding the availability of 24-year-old power winger Bobby Ryan, The Post has learned.

It is unclear whether Sather is simply conducting due diligence regarding Ryan, who is being dangled by the skidding Ducks, or whether discussions have evolved beyond the tire-kicking stage.

There was one amusing hypothetical question arising from Vancouver’s 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rogers Arena Tuesday night.

Would the Vancouver Canucks have won that game had Roberto Luongo played goal? That question is as unfair as it is unanswerable, but when you consider how well Cory Schneider played again and got a lot of luck he later admitted to in the bargain, you have to be a little dubious about that outcome.

Iginla wants to win with Calgary

If Jarome Iginla is indeed thinking about asking for a trade or even open to that option should the Calgary Flames approach him, he’s not saying.

The long-time Calgary Flames captain and face of the franchise insists he believes the Stampede City is the best situation for him.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Brian Burke drafted Ryan second overall in 2005 and has a good relationship with him and his management.

Ryan played for Leafs coach Ron Wilson as part of Team USA during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Phil Kessel was one of Ryan’s linemates during that tournament. Plus, Ryan played junior hockey in Owen Sound, so he is familiar with Ontario.

Burke is never shy to make a deal and cap space isn’t a major issue for the Leafs right now.

Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean said that it would take a steep offer for a team to add Ryan’s services.

“I think this guy has got superstar written all over him,” said MacLean. “Bobby Ryan’s are unbelievably hard to find … I would make a coaching change before trading Bobby Ryan … No matter what deal is made, Bobby Ryan will be the best player in the deal.”

MacLean suggested that it would take a deal like Luke Schenn, Nazem Kadri and a first-round pick for the Leafs to land Ryan.

Are the Flyers looking to make a deal?

For the long term, Holmgren likely needs to make a trade to bring in depth replacements. It’s tough to be successful on a nightly basis while asking two rookies to play nearly 30 minutes per game.

Other defensemen with experience in the system – such as Matt Walker and Oskars Bartulis – would first need to clear re-entry waivers, where they would be subject to a claim at half their salary-cap price. Bartulis, 24, almost surely would be claimed for $300,000 and the Flyers would be stuck with the other $300,000 as a salary-cap penalty without anything to show for it.

Ducks Shopping Ryan?

Doing the oilers/predators game @RealKyper told by an nhl exec that ducks r shopping bobby ryan. Wow. 2 wins in 18.!/darenmillard/status/141369570857467904


The Carolina Hurricanes have fired head coach Paul Maurice and replaced him with former Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Kirk Muller.

Muller, who spent five seasons with the Canadiens as an assistant under Guy Carbonneau, Bob Gainey and Jacques Martin, joined the Nashville Predators this season as head coach of their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.

Is there a market for Iginla?

I don’t see a big market for Iginla if only because of his $7-million salary next season and most of the contenders are close to the salary cap or maxed out.

Iginla, who is 10 goals from scoring 500 in his career, also has a no-trade clause in his contract and won’t play on a bottom-feeder like the Islanders or another team that has lots of cap room.

The Washington Capitals have fired coach Bruce Boudreau, who won 200 games faster than any coach in modern NHL history but stumbled regularly in the playoffs despite a talented lineup featuring two-time league MVP Alex Ovechkin.

Boudreau was replaced by former Capitals captain Dale Hunter, who was scheduled to lead Monday’s practice and make his debut behind the bench Tuesday night when Washington hosts the St. Louis Blues to begin a three-game homestand.

Leafs win could be costly

They don’t appear on the scoresheet often, and are far more about function than flash.

But if the Maple Leafs lose both David Steckel and Carl Gunnarsson, they will lose two important pieces in the team’s decent opening quarter of the season.

Both players paid the steepest price for blocking shots when they were forced out of Friday night’s 4-3 shootout win over the Dallas Stars.

Will desperate Ducks make major trade?

Is it time to press the panic button at Honda Center? Is it time for General Manager Bob Murray to make a major move to shake up — if not break up — the skidding Ducks?

What a Night! + Jackets, Leafs, Blues, and Jets are in on Kyle Okposo

The rumor this morning is definitely surrounding Kyle Okposo. The Isles are in the market for a move to be certain, and I am pretty shocked to see Kyle may be available for the right price. A player I would grab were I a GM.

So far, Columbus, Toronto, St. Louis an Winnipeg are teams I am hearing have interest.—Jackets-Leafs-Blues-and-Jets-are-in-on-Kyle-Okposo/1/39927

Turris off Sens' radar

The Senators may like Kyle Turris. But it doesn’t look like he will be packing his bags anytime soon.

While the Senators — along with three other Canadian teams — remain interested in the 21-year-old centre after he finally agreed to a contract with Phoenix Tuesday, Coyotes GM Don Maloney isn’t playing Let’s Make a Deal.

Turris, who missed the team’s first 19 games as a restricted free agent before agreeing to a two-year, $2.8-million deal, will suit up for the Coyotes while his demand for a trade sits on the table.