Monthly Archives: February 2013

Teams interested in Briere?

According to sources, Armstrong has been asking for forward Danny Briere. He isn’t the only one. Boston inquired about Briere last week, among others.

Briere, 35, is one player who isn’t going anywhere. The Flyers have not asked Briere to waive his no-trade clause, and it isn’t clear whether they’re interested in moving him, but he provided an answer Tuesday.

Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean “shocked” other teams aren’t interested in Ryan Whitney

“The offers are not coming,” MacLean says.

Former NHL coach and general manager Doug MacLean was on the Mark Spector show on Team 1260 on Wednesday, talking about his surprise that there doesn’t seem to much of a market for Oilers d-man Ryan Whitney, who has fallen to 7th or 8th on Edmonton’s depth chart.

”Can they move Whitney?” MacLean said. ” I am hearing Whitney, the offers are not coming. There’s very little in the way of an offer for Whitney. I’m shocked by that. I haven’t seen him like you guys have, but has he dropped that dramatically that there’s not even offers for him out there?

“And then I heard the other day whispers that he could go on waivers. That can’t be true. But I did hear whispers of it on the weekend from a couple of agents and it shocked me. But it probably isn’t true, but as they say in P.E.I: I’m not telling you  it’s the truth, I’m just telling you what I heard.

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Could the Sabres move Ryan Miller

If there are any further moves to be made in Buffalo, the biggest impact would surround Regier and goalie Ryan Miller, who sounds incredibly unhappy. He’s got a limited no-trade clause and maybe it is time. Regier just received an extension. If — and I stress this is an if — he is in any trouble, the team’s president (Ted Black) and senior advisor (Ken Sawyer) have connections to Pittsburgh. Would Buffalo look at Tom Fitzgerald or Jason Botterill?

Sather taking long look at Zuccarello

The Hobbit just might bounce back from overseas to provide the Rangers with a March spark for their power play the way he did last season.

General manager Glen Sather told The Post he intends to talk to Mats Zuccarello about returning from Russia to New York once the 25-year-old winger’s season ends with Mettalurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL.

Bozak or MacCarther ?

As we stand the Toronto Maple Leafs sit in seventh place in the eastern conference, despite the injuries to Joffery Lupul (fore arm) and Mat Frattin (Knee). Lupul came over in a trade with the Ducks two years ago. In this two Years he has become one of the key players in the leafs line up. His role on the first line with Phil Kessel has given the leafs fans something to cheer about in last years lack luster season. Early in this shortened season he was injured from a Dion Phanuef slap shot. Expected to miss the whole year, Matt Frattin was called up from the AHL. Frattin excelled with six goals in six games, before going down with an injury himself.

Canadiens acquire Michael Ryder from Stars in exchange for Erik Cole

The Montreal Canadiens have traded forward Erik Cole to the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Michael Ryder.

The trade returns Ryder to the organization that drafted him in the eighth round (216th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Canadiens netminder Carey Price tweeted out to his former teammate shortly after hearing the news.

Will Flames put Iginla on trading block?

So when does Calgary general manager Jay Feaster place Jarome Iginla for sale?

And if that were to happen, would Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren grab Iginla before Boston’s Peter Chiarelli?

Both these clubs are looking for help on the wing.

Truth is, however, the Bruins are in far better shape to make a deep playoff run than the Flyers, who increasingly appear to be a “bubble team” that may miss the playoffs.

Phil Housley could draw interest from Buffalo Sabres

Lindy Ruff, fired as coach of the Buffalo Sabres last week, and Phil Housley played together in Buffalo for eight seasons. Both were extremely popular there. It wouldn’t be surprising if Housley, the former South St. Paul High School star who this winter coached the U.S. junior national men’s hockey team to a gold medal in the world championships in Russia, gets interest from the Sabres, if not to succeed Ruff, then as an assistant next season.

Rick Nash’s extended absence and NY Rangers’ silence could point to concussion or potential long-term injury for star winger

Rick Nash hasn’t practiced or played in eight days due to an undisclosed injury. He skipped last week’s Rangers road trip to Canada. But his absence from Monday morning’s practice in Greenburgh after a scheduled off-day raised the warning level to code red that his injury could be a concussion and therefore a long-term issue.

The 28-year-old forward is eligible to come off injured reserve for Tuesday’s home game against the Winnipeg Jets, just as fourth-liner Darroll Powe (concussion) did by practicing Monday following a three-game absence. But Nash not only wasn’t on the ice in Greenburgh; he was nowhere in sight.

“I haven’t looked for him today at all,” John Tortorella said when asked whether Nash were around. “I’m focusing on the guys on the ice. I have a lot of guys on the ice.”

At least defenseman Ryan McDonagh – who also did not practice Monday with an undisclosed injury – was seen receiving treatment from trainers at the team’s Greenburgh facility. The fact McDonagh flew home from Montreal Sunday morning was a good sign, as well,  since athletes normally avoid flying if they’re experiencing concussion symptoms (read: Nash last week).

Panthers bench slumping Stephen Weiss

Stephen Weiss has been one of the most consistent two-way players in franchise history, so his season-long slump on both ends of the ice has been baffling to coach Kevin Dineen, who finally sent the veteran center a stern message during and after Sunday’s 4-1 loss to Boston.

Dineen not only moved a listless Weiss from the top line to the fourth line as the game progressed but he benched him for all but two shifts in the third period, including the final 6:01 when the outcome was still in doubt.

With his contract expiring, Michael Ryder is ‘a candidate to move’

Stars beat writer Mike Heika answered questions in a chat on Thursday. Here are some highlights.

Do you think Ryder’s days are numbered in a Stars uniform? what do you think we can get in a trade for him Mike?

John-Michael Liles sitting ‘like a pro’

He isn’t going to pout.

Or stomp his feet. Or whine to the media. Or demand a trade.

That is not John-Michael Liles‘ way.

A healthy scratch for the past four games, Liles admitted on Sunday that he is not happy being forced to watch games from the press box.

Panthers on the block? Weiss? Theodore?

Of course the trade rumors are heating up. Panthers heart and soul center Stephen Weiss continues to be missing in action. Panthers higher ups are confounded by his subpar play. At first the impending free agent was thought to be playing hurt by that is no longer the case. Weiss himself told me he’s fine and I believe him.