Monthly Archives: November 2011

Entering last night, Scott Arniel (coach) and Scott Howson (GM) remained in charge of the stumblebum Blue Jackets, who will be here Thursday night. A brutal start (2-12-1) for the Jax, who aren’t going anywhere until they get legit goaltending, leading to rumors that they could be after the Bruins’ Tuukka Rask or the Islanders’ Evgeni Nabokov.

Looking into this one, but if it is true this would mean that the Canucks are moving a goalie, who would almost certainly be Schneider..looking for more on that part…

While the Jackets aren’t firing anyone, they are busy working the phones: The club picked up C Mark Letestu from Pittsburgh last week, but it doesn’t intend to stop there. Teams have shown interest in C Antoine Vermette and C Derick Brassard, but both have long-term deals that pay them in excess of $3 million a season.

Desperate to move Kaberle. Would they move McBain? I wouldn’t. Need to get a comparable young forward back. Already have those.!/LukeDe*****/status/135397058852044800

All it takes is nothing to happen for the NHL world to get into an uproar. The aftermath of the Tampa Bay Lightning-Philadelphia Flyers still life Wednesday night is still reverberating in the hallways of rinks and the NHL offices. The cir*****stance where two teams decide not to play the game — hey, the Columbus Blue Jackets are actually trying — is expected to be discussed next week when the NHL’s general managers are in Toronto for the Hall of Fame proceedings.

Proteau: Rick Nash best served by move out of Columbus

In professional sports parlance, trade requests made by athletes are the equivalent of Marie Antoinette’s “let them eat cake” dismissal of her royal subjects. Pulling the chute usually is seen as the ultimate act of heresy, a selfish personal bailout from a situation bankrupted of positives.

Certainly, we’ve already seen the butt-kicking laid on the character of Coyotes center Kyle Turris this season when he demanded that Phoenix GM Don Maloney deal him to another team. It was richly deserved, given Turris’ modest achievements over the course of his 131 career NHL games.

If you were Burke….

So…Scrivens, Gustavsson….Nabokov?

What should the Leafs do…? Do you have confidence in Scrivens
(I do apologize for the lack of an introduction, but you probably get the picture)

Furthermore, there are some fine backups who may be on the move, if need be, or if Jonas+Ben dont equal success, without Reimer.

Why not have some all-star fun

The all-star ballot has been released by the NHL. Some have questioned the inclusion of Sidney Crosby, as he has yet to play a game (like anyone in the hockey universe needed to be told that), among other factors. Voting does not begin until December 14th, and in that vein, I thought we might have a bit of fun:

As you’re probable aware, the Coyotes are in the market to trade Turris, but where could young Kyle fit? The answer: many many places. No doubt, he’s got a set of hands (see shootout goal vs. Nathan Lawson), but whats the price for such a player, who, to a certain extent, has underacheived. No, hes not terrible, nor is he fantastic. He certainly has potential though.
BTW, thanks for all the support of my Nashty Trade article 🙂

Pheonix Coyotes center Kyle Turris has expressed his interest in leaving the team and has a deadline to do so.

Turris has to sign a contract with a team by December 1st if he wants to remain in the NHL.

The No. 1 suitor at this point is the Coyotes. But with Turris expressing his interest in leaving the club, there may be other teams that might take a crack at him. One that has been in talks recently are the Calgary Flames.

Know this: Nabokov dying to leave, making no secret about it. Family still in CA. #Isles dying to get down to 2 goalies.!/ChrisBottaNHL/status/134859337557491712

Agent says Reimer improving

The Maple Leafs won’t take the muzzle off of James Reimer, but agent Ray Petkau spoke Thursday night of a positive outcome to this three-week head injury saga.

Petkau said the Toronto goaltender will be returning to the ice soon and has not experienced headaches in several days after being forced to stop on-ice workouts a week ago.

“We are 100% confident the Leafs are handling this situation well and that includes James, his family and all involved,” Petkau told TSN.

A Nashty Trade?

Columbus stinks. No two ways about it. But what about their star player….s? The captain could see his way out of things dont improve. The Jackets are a long way off from being a great team. Nash, Carter, and Umberger make up the majority of their team. The back end consists of Fedor Tyutin and Mark Methot. In net, Steve Mason has won less than 50 games since his sophmore year. So what would Scott Howson look for in return? WHere would Nash like to go? Here are some thoughts: