NHL Rumors: Predators, Canucks, Hurricanes, Oilers and the Maple Leafs

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Ranking potential Predators coaching candidates: 1. Peter Laviolette 2. Phil Housley 3. Terry Murray 4. Dean Evason 5. John Stevens 6. Willie Desjardins 7. Dan Bylsma
  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: To get more a more experienced goalie that Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom, the Canucks would could spend some big money on someone like Ryan Miller or Jonas Hiller. Miller could re-sign with the Blues. You would be taking a chance on Hiller that he could bounce back to form. Signing Miller would basically cap the Canucks out and would limit their ability to improve their forward lines. Bruins backup Chad Johnson would be a lot cheaper and they could try for a short-term deal at a low dollar amount, with the lure of being able to compete for the No. 1 job.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin thinks that Cam Ward’s time with the Hurricanes could be over.

    “Of course he is a strong goaltender. He is a good goaltender. No one is counting him out. They [Carolina] will decide what to do with him this year, this summer. Maybe he, how can I say, has presented everything he could have,” said Khudobin at a Russian National Team press conference on Monday.

    “Maybe at this club. Maybe in his career. He has been playing in the NHL since he was 19,” said Khudobin.

  • Jason Gregor: “Not sure why people think the #Oilers will let Lander go. Easy decision to offer him new contract. They have very little fwd depth.”
  • Chip Alexander: Can expect an announcement from Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford early next week. Ron Francis is said to be in Finland this week.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “No real update on Carlyle right now. I’m sure there’s ample dialogue between Shanahan & Nonis at the moment” … “It may take two weeks or maybe more before the Leafs announce a decision on Carlyle.” … “Although many of us have speculated that a coaching change in TO was likely, certainly a possibility, there is no guarantee of that”
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: “My breakdown is that Nonis would like to stay with Carlyle & Leiweke wants him fired. Nothing will happen until 1st round is over”


  1. Andrew

    April 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I believe ryan miller stated he would not sign with a Canadian team and of the 8 teams that were part of his no trade clause 6 of them were Canadian teams. I can’t find the source so it is not fact

  2. Mark Easson

    April 22, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I remember reading that as well … But if no West coast team (where it sounds like he wants to be) is interested in him, and the Canucks make a nice offer, would think he at least has to consider it.

  3. hotwings

    April 22, 2014 at 10:58 am

    its time for Carlyle to go… 2 epic collapses in 2 years? 40+ shots per game, how many times this year???? No brainer…

  4. Chris

    April 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm


    Stop the presses. We actually agree on something.

    If Carlyle is still here on opening night it’s the very definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    The players clearly stopped listening to him. The question is, who do the Leafs replace him with?

    Trotz is the obvious choice but I’m wary of another ‘saviour in a suit.’ It’s gotta be a guy who’s good with young players. They need to buy in.

  5. hotwings

    April 22, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    ^thanks for the cliches

  6. Chris

    April 23, 2014 at 10:14 am

    @ hotwings


    Like “epic collapse”….”no brainer”?

  7. Chris

    April 23, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Oh yeah

    I never went back to the last post when I asked you to give me evidence that the Leafs are among the worst teams in hockey at drafting and developing.

    Last time the Leafs drafted and developed a Norris, Selke, Art Ross, Rocket Richard, Lady Byng, Vezina or Conn Smythe winner?

    They’ve really done a great job of drafting B level prospects who will top out as bottom six forwards or bottom four defensemen (Kadri and Rielly excluded…maybe).