Morning notes involving Stastny, Semin, Blake, Oilers arena, Hurricanes, Redden, DiPietro, Crawford and Auld

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (from his ‘mailbag’) Custance doesn’t think the Avalanche are interested in moving Paul Stastny. Burke is looking to use his defensive depth as part of a deal to get an impact player. If Colorado were to do any sort of big deal, salary would play a part as they are close to the salary floor. Custance thinks there are 7 elite goalies, Ryan Miller, Ilya Bryzgalov, Carey Price, Henrik Lundqvist, Tim Thomas, Pekka Rinne and Roberto Luongo. Any contract extension for Alexander Semin from the Capitlas won’t come until after the season. Custance doesn’t think the Capitals will trade him during the season as you need high-end players to win the Cup.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Jason Blake suffered a severe forearm laceration last night. He was wheeled out on a stretcher to a hospital.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter on Oilers arena issues: “Katz Group has withdrawn the request for a non-compete from Northlands, who will continue to operate the current building as they see fit.” … “The City of Edmonton will assume all land options for the arena site and make the purchases pending paperwork and their current prices.” … “The City of Edmonton is still actively pursuing a written commitment from the Province of Alberta for funding to cover the $100M money gap.” … “The City of Edmonton will spend $20M over 10 years with the Oilers to promote Edmonton. Think logos, rink boards, commercials etc.” … “There will be another meeting at the end of the month, hopefully with a $ commitment from the Province by then. Will discuss Plan B if not.”
  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has added Michael Kahn as an investor and should be adding more shortly. So far he’s sold $22 million in equity to 9 people from North Carolina. In the next 6 months he’s looking to sell another $20 million to North Carolina people.
  • Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN talk Rick DiPietro: Burnside thinks DiPietro’s deal could go down as one of the worst hockey decisions ever made. He also wonders how the Islanders would have made out if they had kept Roberto Luongo and not drafted DiPietro 1st overall.  LeBruns wonders if there will be a “one-time buyout provision for teams to get rid of one bad contract” in the new CBA. Al Montoya has started all 3 games for the Islanders, and if they want to showcase Evgeni Nabokov for a trade, they’ll have to get him in some games. LeBrun thinks they will move Nabokov before the trade deadline regardless of DiPietro’s health. If the Islanders are in a playoff hunt, Burnside thinks they may not use Nabokov as straight trade bait.
  • James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen: Alex Auld will be in net for the Senators tonight against Capitals. Bobby Butler re-aggravated a groin injury and won’t travel to Washington.


  1. Jeff

    10/15/2011 at 10:04 am

    Colorado should NOT trade Statsny. They have so much talent up front. They need to make sure they have strong goaltending, and build depth on the Blue Line and veterans to teach the kids how to play. There is a very bright future here.

  2. Phil

    10/15/2011 at 12:07 pm

    FYI – Wade Redden did NOT break his leg. Beck was duped by a source and jumped the gun breaking the news. He’s written a lengthy apology to the Rangers and Redden for the gaff. You might want to pull that line.

  3. Bill Bayne

    10/15/2011 at 12:30 pm

    how did craig custance even get a job, i could make that shit up too, 7 elite goalies? how can you play 1 full seasoon and be considered elite, carey price? Tim thomas was garbage until he was 34, and no kiprussoff?, he is better than luongo, who is the most overated goaltender on earth.

  4. Mark Easson

    10/15/2011 at 12:49 pm

    Redden dupe is deleted.

  5. mapleleaves

    10/15/2011 at 1:02 pm


    im gonna write up a list of the top 6 “elite” defencemen and call it an article and myself a reporter..

  6. D

    10/15/2011 at 1:59 pm

    i dont understand this luongo is the most overrated goalie on the earth talk. have you ever seen him play? i guess olympic gold and making it to game 7 of the stanley cup finals doesnt mean anything.

    and dont say that its because of the team around him. if you’re gonna use that argument, then what you’re saying is that it was the team that got them there, but then only luongo loses it? the gold medal game went to OT, and it was an intense game. luongo won game 7 in the chicago series, he outmatched rinne in the nashville series, and they took out san jose in 5 games. also, the final score of game 7 vs. boston was 4-0. where was the offense? the sedins were too busy crying, and kesler was injured. what about the defense? they played a garbage game. and granted, luongo also had a terrible game, he didnt see the puck very well, but it wasnt only him. you win as a team, and you lose as a team.

    you talk about how price and thomas have only put one or 2 good seasons on the ice which is why they shouldnt be considered elite (i agree), luongo has been doin it for a decade, he played his hardest on a shit florida team, and still put up sick numbers.

    most overrated? i think not. is he an elite goalie? thats a fair question.

    if you look at his cap hit amongst goalies, then luongo barely makes the top 10 (note that bryzgalov signed a contract that avg’s 5.66m, which puts luongo at no. 10)

    at his 5.33m cap hit, he’s the 10th highest paid goalie in the league. if the there are only 7 elite goalies in the NHL, he’s not getting paid like one of them.

    also, some food for thought: there were 7 goalies listed as “elite” (whether they are or not is debatable for sure), how many of those goalies have taken a team to game 7 of the finals? or even the finals for that matter? (hint, just 2)

  7. Wunschkind89

    10/15/2011 at 4:19 pm

    @D – I’d say Luongo is overrated, but not so vastly as people make him out to be. So he folded in the playoffs. The playoffs are such a crapshoot that even goalies whom I’d say were about on par with him (CuJo?) never won a cup themselves.

    As for Stastny, he’s a skilled player, but c’mon Burke, another American? Personally I don’t care where the player originated or calls home, but having a roster that’s constantly being filled with American-born players is fairly conspicuous. I’d much rather see Burke attampt to work out a deal for Turris.


    10/15/2011 at 9:47 pm

    you would rather have turris in your line up than stastny? wow.

  9. Wunschkind89

    10/16/2011 at 7:49 am

    Absolutely. Turris’ ceiling is much higher than Stasny’s is, but who am I to try and speak reason to a Turris hater :p


    10/16/2011 at 12:15 pm

    every 20 year old has a high ceiling… stastny has proven himself to be a top 6… turris has not done that, and neither has tons of other young 20 year olds with a theoretical high ceiling

  11. Jeff

    10/17/2011 at 7:54 am

    I have to agree. Turris looked incredible with Team Canada, but Statsny has proven himself in the NHL, and Turris has not.