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Posts Tagged Michael Ryder
Morning Hits: Sunday’s schedule, West scenarios, Hart nominees, Neilsen, Spezza, Avalanche and Canadiens
- Matt Pepin of the Boston Globe: Sunday’s schedule:
4:30 p.m.: Washington Capitals at New York Rangers Game 6
7 p.m.: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 7-x
7:30 p.m.: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 6
10 p.m.: Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks, Game 7-x
- Eric Stephens: “If Ducks win Sunday, it’s ANA-LA and SJ-CHI. If DET wins, it plays CHI and SJ faces LA.”
- Adam Kimelman of NHL.com: Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares were named as candidates for the Hart Trophy.
- John Shannon: Sounding like there is progress being made between the IIHF, NHL, NHLPA regarding the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The major issues remaining appear to be “logistics in Sochi and cost of travel and insurance and who pays.” If/when an agreement is reached, the NHL will be shut down from February 8th to February 25th, 2014.
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders Frans Neilsen left Game 5 against the Penguins in the 3rd period and his status for Game 6 is unknown.
- Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: Sounds like there is a chance that Jason Spezzawill get back into the Senators lineup for round two. He’s been skating with the black aces/reserves.
“I think that over the weekend, probably, he’ll continue to work hard and we’ll see then.
“It’ll then be up to Jason and (coach) Paul (MacLean) to decide if he’s going to practise with the team or take a little longer.
“But there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”
- Colorado Avalanche: The Avalanche did some management restructuring. Josh Kroenke will be the teams president, replacing Pierre Lacroix, who will stay on as an advisor. Joe Sakic will be their Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and Greg Shermanwill remain as the general manager.
“Greg Sherman will work with Joe in managing the day-to-day business operations of the team as General Manager,” added Kroenke. “I know he is just as optimistic as Joe and I are about the future of our team.”
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett’s contract expires on June 30th and would be a home run hire by the Avalanche if they get the opportunity to talk to him. The uncertainty of the ownership situation has left the Coyotes coaching staff and general manager in limbo as they would all like to know where the team may be located before signing deals.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Michael Ryder will be one of the Canadiens top free agents heading into the offseason, but they may not be willing to match the money or term that others may offer. Colby Armstrong and Jeff Halpren will be UFAs. Halpren may be worth bringing back. RFAs include: Michael Blunden, Ryan White, Petteri Nokelainen and Gabriel Dumont.
Quick Hits: Ekman-Larsson, Leafs, Scouting Flyers-Devils, Ryder, Grigorenko, Allen, Giguere and Luongo
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Oliver Ekman-Larsson signed a 6 year, $33 million contract extension with the Coyotes, a $5.5 million salary cap hit.
- Michael Traikos via twitter: Korbinian Holzer, Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov are the only Maple Leafs that do not have to clear waivers. The team has a “gentleman’s agreement” that Komarov won’t be sent to the AHL. Not an issue right now, but if/when the Leafs recall Jake Gardiner, they have only two options (aside from a trade).
- Adam Kimelman via twitter: On the scouts seating chart for the Flyers-Devils game: Canadiens, Blackhawks, Stars, Red Wings, Flames and Capitals.
- John Bartlett via twitter: Canadiens Michael Ryder will miss their game against the Devils with a lower-body injury.
- Greg Wyshynski via twitter: The Sabres have sent Mikhail Grigorenko back to the QMJHL.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Jake Allen will start in net for the Blues.
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: J.S. Giguere is scheduled to start for the Avalanche tonight against the Wild.
- Brad Ziemer via twitter: Roberto Luongo is expected to start for the Canucks.
Quick Hits: Cut resistant socks, Ryder, Scouting Avs-Sharks, Markstrom, McGrattan, Leafs blueline and Holtby
- Michael Russo via twitter: Wild players are testing out the cut resistant socks in their last couple skates. Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu have tried them. Michael Rupp has been wearing them since Erik Karlsson’s injury.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Michael Ryder is in Columbus and is expected to join the Canadiens in Toronto today for tonight’s game.
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalanche and Sharks game last night from the Eastern Conference were the Jets, Rangers and Bruins.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Panthers assign Jacob Markstrom to the San Antonio of the AHL.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Predators put Brian McGrattan on waivers.
- Terry Koshan via twitter: Don’t anticipate any changes to the Leafs blueline tomorrow night, John-Michael Liles and Mike Komisarek are the 4th pair.
- Chuck Gormley via twitter: Capitals coach Adam Oates said he’s running with Braden Holtby but hasn’t decided if he’ll start tonight against the Flyers.
The Dallas Stars have traded winger Michael Ryder and a 2013 3rd round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for winger Erik Cole.
Cole scored a career high 35 goals last season for the Canadiens. He chipped in with 26 assists for 61 points. The 34-year old was off to a slower start this year as he’s only scored 3 goals and 3 assists in 19 games.
The 32-year old Ryder has scored 6 goals and added 8 assists for 14 points in 19 games.
Cole has 2 years left on his deal after this season and carries a salary cap hit of $4.5 million. Ryder will be a UFA at the end of the year and has a $3.5 million cap hit.
Five Bruins targets … Weiss and Theodore available? Richards Buyout? Outdoor Games … Scouting Avs-Ducks
- James Murphy of ESPN Boston: The Bruins may be looking to add some scoring depth, a top-6 forward. Murphy lists 5 trade targets: Jarome Iginla – if GM Jay Feaster comes down on a price to say a 1st round pick and prospects. Michael Ryder – could cost a prospect or pick. Stephen Weiss – could move him to the wing and would be depth at center if an injury occurs. Ryane Clowe – Sharks GM Dough Wilson has said no one is untouchable and it may not cost the Bruins a roster player. Ruslan Fedotenko – would be valuable for the playoffs. Peter Chiarelli has scouted the Flyers 3 times in the last 10 days.
- Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: The Red Wings and Senators are looking for a center and Panthers center Stephen Weiss is in need of a change in scenery. Jacob Markstrom is ready to get his shot as the Panthers main guy. Scott Clemmensen is under contract through next season. Jose Theodore’s deal expires at the end of this season. TSN pointed out that the Bruins aren’t deep in net.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: With Brad Richards‘ early struggles and the salary cap going down from $70.2 million to $64.3 million next season, Brooks floats the idea of the amnesty buyout option of Richards for the Rangers. The Rangers currently have about $10 million in cap space for next season with 5 roster spots to fill. RFA’s include Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin. Richards carries a $6.67 million cap hit for the next 6 years.
- The Fourth Period: Multiple sources are saying that the NHL is considering multiple outdoor games next year, with the first being the Winter Classic between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The NHL may be looking at getting a game at Yankee Stadium. A game at Dodger Stadium in LA has also been discussed. There has been talk of having a game in each of the Canada’s 7 markets, Minnesota, Denver and Washington. The Flyers, Sabres, Penguins, Bruins and Blackhawks have hosted a Winter Classic already and are options for future games. The Heritage Classic could be head in either Vancouver or Edmonton.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Heika thinks with Michael Ryder’s contract expiring at the end of the year, he’s a candidate to be moved.
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: Eastern conference teams that scouted the Avalanche-Ducks game last night: Rangers, Sabres, Hurricanes, Flyers, Lightning, Canadiens, Bruins and Jets.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets recall Ryan Johansen.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: From a chat transcript: If the Stars continue to struggle and are a non-playoff team at the trade deadline, Heika could see them dangling Michael Ryder, Jaromir Jagr, Brenden Morrow, Stephane Robidas and maybe Ray Whitney. Might have an issue staying about the cap floor if they made a bunch of moves. The Stars are not actively looking for a trade at this time. They are talking and listening though.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Roberto Luongo has done a very good job dealing with the possibility of being traded. The Maple Leafs are still interested, but they are not willing to pay the price the Canucks GM Mike Gillis is demanding in both players and prospects. The Panthers may or may not be interested. Washington is just speculation at the moment.
- Mark Lazerus via twitter: Roberto Luongo: “That stuff will sort itself out whenever the time is right, but we’re here to get the win.”
- QMI Agency on Slam! Sports: Multiple sources are saying that a new bid for the Phoenix Coyotes could come from Calgary based Portland Winterhawks owner, Bill Gallacher. FOX Sports Arizona is saying that Gallacher could be looking to buy the team and move them to Portland, where there already is an NHL-ready arena. Jamison has said he still plans on buying the Coyotes. Gary Bettman has also said they want to keep the team in Glendale.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Milan Jurcina received offers from the Senators, Kings and Red Wings, but couldn’t get a deal done. If Lukko’s season is over by April 3rd, he could still come back over.
Bruins looking for impact player … Blues not shopping Stewart … Quincey speaks about Avs … Lecavalier out 3 weeks
- James Murphy of ESPN: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli may have changed his tune and could be after adding an impact player before the deadline. Nathan Horton’s concussion, Rich Peverley’s knee injury, and their lackluster play since January have all lead to this switch. They have $13.2 million in cap space that Chiarelli can add, but he may be hesitant to trade for a short-term rental as prices are currently “through the roof.” Players the Bruins could look at are forwards Ales Hemsky, Milan Hejduk, Kyle Okposo and defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, Jaroslav Spacek and Johnny Oduya.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Strickland doesn’t think the Blues are shopping Chris Stewart, but you can assume his name as come up. AHL goalie, Ben Bishop, will come up in rumors, with the Lightning potentially interested. One source thought the Blues would eventually got Steve Downie for Bishop and a draft pick. Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey may be a fit for someone looking to bolster their blueline. He has a $4.5 million cap hit, but is only owed $3 million in salary next year. One Bruins source wondered if the Bruins would look at getting Michael Ryder back from the Stars. The Bruins will focus on re-signing Tuukka Rask. Sources are saying that the Canadiens won’t move Travis Moen. Contract extension talks haven’t begun yet though. Ryan Smyth will likely sign an extension with the Oilers.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Kyle Quincey after being traded to the Red Wings:
“Everyone is ready to get shipped out any day. There’s a lot of guys, their bags are packed beside the door, and they wouldn’t be unhappy to go – trust me. I know I had a big smile on my face, and all the guys were jealous. I think there’s a bunch of guys that were pissed off they weren’t in a package deal”
“I truly believe, if you have confidence in a player, then give it to them, show it to them,” Quincey said. “When there’s so much uncertainty if those guys are going to be there next year, it would be nice for guys to get extensions. But that’s their policy, and that’s what they do. Confidence, it comes and goes, and when it goes, it’s pretty tough to get it back.”
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Lightning center Vinny Lecavalier could be out for 3 weeks after an MRI revealed a fractured bone in a his right hand.
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Sean Couturier is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: The Kings are bringing up Slava Voynov after trading Jack Johnson.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Scouting the Maple Leafs – Sharks game: 2 Winnipeg, Avalanche, Oilers, Blackhawks, Canucks, Penguins, Blues, Rangers, Coyotes, Lightning, Senators and Bruins.
Kane’s agent denies trade demand … Doughty says he’s ready … Couturier could stick … Connolly ready … Lehtonen-Quick battle
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: There was a rumor going around that Evander Kane had demanded a trade from the Jets.
“I’ve spoken with Evander and this is completely untrue,” said agent Craig Oster. “Neither he nor us have talked about a trade. Evander is very excited to be in Winnipeg and about his future with Winnipeg.”
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Garrioch thinks that Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier should have been fired, and that he will be next.
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Drew Doughty’s status for (tonight’s) game is still up in the air. If he doesn’t go, he’ll be returning soon. After Doughty took part in practice Terry Murray said, “I’ve got to talk to our medical staff and just get everything sorted out.’’ Doughty added:
“I was cleared to practice with the team and cleared to get some contact in practice. I feel really good. I feel ready to play and almost back to normal. Now it’s just kind of in the hands of the training staff and the coaching staff to put me in.”
“I hope so. I really want to play tomorrow, really badly. It sucks being out, obviously, but like I said I’m ready to play but at the same time, it’s really just in the training staff’s hands.”
- Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers 2011 1st round pick Sean Couturier could stick in the NHL this season due to his defensive instincts and awareness on the PK. As of yesterday, Courturier still hasn’t heard if he’ll remain with the team or be sent back to junior.
“He came in touted as a smart player defensively, someone who is as good in the defensive zone as he is in the offensive zone,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “We’ve put him in situations, 5-on-4, 5-on-3, against top players, to see how he’d respond, and he’s done everything that we’ve asked him to do and do it well. He’s been a nice addition.”
- Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: Scanlan thinks that Mika Zibanejad contract may have been a big factor in the Senators sending him back to Sweden. If he played one more game his contract of $1.775,000 would have kicked in, and he’d be one year closer to free agency. “We think, for the long term development … this is the right step for him at this moment,” Murray said. “This is the best thing for him.”
- Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: Though Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson wouldn’t make it official, Tim Connolly looks to be ready to make his Leafs debut tonight.
“They are really clicking right now and playing extremely well together,” Connolly said of Kessel and Lupul. “I’m just going to try to stay out of their way. Get them the puck as much as possible and just try do all the little things right.”
Goalie James Reimer is ready to return as well. Burke needs to make one roster move before the game as they are one player over the limit.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars coach Glen Gulutzan moved Adam Burish up to Mike Ribeiro’s top line in the 3rd period of their last game, but it appears that Michael Ryder will be back in his regular spot for tonight’s game. It’s looking like a Kari Lehtonen versus Jonathan Quick battle between the pipes.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Tomas Vokoun will start in net for the Capitals tonight against the Oilers.
Kings refine Doughty offer … GMs may not like van Riemsdyk deal … Lombardi free of concussion symptoms … Dent in Stanley Cup (video)
- Helene Elliott of the LA Times: The LA Kings have refined some of the concepts in their offer to RFA Drew Doughty, and added some choices for length of contract, likely 6 to 8 years.
“Everything’s been amicable. We’re waiting to hear back from them. They said they’d get back to us in a day or two,” Lombardi said. “So in terms of distance, I’ll probably have a better handle on that when we hear back.”
The Kings also filed their grievance over the Colin Fraser trade with the Oilers, with the Oilers having a few days to respond. Bettman will late decide if they need to hold a hearing or not.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: GM’s of other teams may not be too thrilled with the 6 year $25.5 million contract the Flyers gave James van Riemsdyk yesterday. Teams will now have to deal with van Riemsdyk comparables when trying to sign some of their young guys. If Taylor Hall gets 55 points this year, do the Oilers have to give him $5 million in a 6 year deal? Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi could be in a similar situation.
- John Buccigross via twitter: James van Riemsdyk salary breakdown: 2012-13 $2.5 million, 2013-14 $3.75 million, 2014-15 $4.5 million, 2015-16 $4.75 million, 2016-17 $5 million, and 2017-18 $5 million.
- Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs forward Matthew Lombardi has been declared free of concussion symptoms but he still could miss the start of training camp according to GM Brian Burke.
“He is cleared for full activity on the bike,” Burke said in a phone interview. “The last report I got he was doing 20-plus minutes without symptoms. He has been declared symptom-free and now it’s about getting the workload back up.”
Burke also added that “Right now, I’ve got nothing going,” and “This is the group we’re likely to head in with.” Luke Schenn’s agent said that he expects to meet with the Leafs later this week and Burke said “We remain optimistic that we’ll sign him before camp.”
- Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post: 39 year old Mike Knuble signed a 1 year deal with the Capitals but wants to sign an extension.
“I’m out there playing for another deal,” he said. “I’m not riding off into the sunset. I want to make that point clear to everybody. This is no farewell song.”
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: After missing last season with a concussion, Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador is symptom free and has suffered no setbacks during/after “full tilt” workouts.
“I’m back in full training, full everything, so I’m excited for the season,” he said today.
“There’s really no concern about my long-term health, actually,” he said. “The doctors have already put me through a lot of those tests, so I’m pretty excited about that. If I get hurt, I get hurt. That’s just the game. I’m in a good situation where I don’t have to be concerned about a lot of things.”
- Katie Strang via twitter: Sources are saying that the Islanders re-signing Alexei Yashin are “unlikely.”
- Katie Strang via twitter: The Islanders have shown interest in winger Sergei Samsonov but it sounds like he’s looking for a deal and not a tryout.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is planning on having Ryan Malone play the final 2 preseason games and havgin him ready to go for the start of the regular season.
- Michael Ryder’s day with the Stanley Cup leaves it with a nice dent. (The guy with the white gloves should have been there to catch it)
Devils could file for arbitration with Parise … Lightning have 12 free agents … Ballard would be tough to move … Maloney not losing sleep over replacing Bryzgalov
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils winger Zach Parise said there is still “nothing” going on with contract discussions. Gulitti thinks it seems likely that the Devils will file for “team-elected arbitration” next week. This would prevent other teams from signing Parise to an offer sheet. When Lou was asked about it, “That’s something we’d never talk about.” Even if they file for arbitration, the sides can still work on a new deal.
“I’m sure that nobody wants that to happen,” Parise said. “No one wants it to drag out all the way to arbitration. I don’t think a player wants to go to arbitration. I don’t think an organization wants to take someone to arbitration at the end of the day. Maybe something like that happens, but of course we don’t want to.”
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: It looks like the Bruins could let Tomas Kaberle walk, and Michael Ryder could be kept. Both players are likely to get offers but at a discounted price. Kaberle is a $4.25 million cap hit, Ryder is at $4 million.
- Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times: The Lightning have 12 free agents, and GM Steve Yzerman said that he probably can’t bring everyone back. He’s told a some players that there are a few contracts he has to do first before he can get to them. On UFA defenseman Eric Brewer,
“He played very well for us,” Yzerman said. “We intend to offer him a contract. It all comes down to how much we can afford to pay for the position and how much the player is asking. We haven’t had those discussions yet. But at my end-of-the-year meeting, he indicated he enjoyed playing here in Tampa and is interested in exploring signing an extension with us.”
Yzerman has been playing “phone tag” with Steven Stamkos’s agent,
“We want (Stamkos) to be a Lightning player for a long time and our intention is to reach an agreement that works for all the parties involved.”
The Lightning will likely want to sign Dwayne Roloson, Mike Smith, Sean Bergenheim and Teddy Purcell. Simon Gagne could be down the contract priority list.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: If Brewer isn’t re-signed, Erlendsson thinks they will look at Kevin Bieksa or Christian Ehrhoff, “those type of UFAs”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Coyotes GM Don Maloney needs to find a number 1 center, but was pleased with Kyle Turris’s play against Detroit in the 1st round. Kris Draper may be finding himself on the outside, as there isn’t really room for him on the Red Wings roster next season. He may retire and take a management job similar to what Kirk Maltby did last year. Alex Radulov’s KHL team is in financial trouble which could bode well for the Predators.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if it’s possible that Tim Thomas wins the Conn Smythe Trophy even if the Bruins lose. Keith Ballard’s days in Vancouver may be numbered as he’s fallen to 9th on their depth chart. Moving Ballard’s contract would be difficult as he has 3 years at $4.2 million per year. Coyotes GM Maloney hopes the Flyers work out a deal with Ilya Bryzgalov so that they can acquire another assets that was conditional in the trade. On a replacement for Bryzgalov,
“There’s some really good up-and-comers, ready for prime time as a No. 1 slot,” said Maloney. “For the right young goaltender who’s 23, 24, 25, who we could keep for five or six years, there’s a price. You weigh that against the UFA market. There’s some experienced, very good goaltenders. I’m not losing sleep over this.”
The Minnesota Wild may not name their new coach until draft week, Craig MacTavish may be the leading candidate. The Coyotes have to re-sign Keith Yandle but may let Ed Jovanovski walk. Matheson thinks the Oilers should sign Zenon Konopka.
Lots of Rumors in today NHL Rumor Roundup … Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove and NHL Sources Say videos
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:
- The Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers are reportedly interested in Dallas Stars centers Brad Richards and Mike Ribeiro if they become available. Ribeiro has a cap of $5 million for the next 2 season, Richards will be a UFA. With the Stars still not able to find an owner, the money may not be there to re-sign him.
- Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said he’s been getting trade offers, “There are deals out there and if you just played in a fantasy league and wanted to be a fantasy GM, you could make great hockey deals. But you can’t because you have to factor the money in. Somebody has got to pay the bills.”
- Steve Yzerman and Steven Stamkos’ agent are talking about a contract, look for something in the 6-7 year range at around $7 million.
- Garrioch thinks that Bob Hartley would be a good hire for the New Jersey Devils if they fire John MacLean.
- It may be hard for the Boston Bruins to demote Michael Ryder to the minors to clear up cap space next month as he’s been one of their better players.
- The Ottawa Senators haven’t had any talks with Chris Phillips who’ll be a UFA at seasons end.
- The Atlanta Thrashers would like to add another forward, GM Rick Dudley has been scouting all over the place.
- Dale Tallon will likely move left winger Cory Stillman later on in the season as he’ll be UFA at seasons end.
- Phoenix is hoping to re-sign Ilya Bryzgalov. Detroit hasn’t had any contract talks with Jimmy Howard. Craig Anderson hasn’t had any talks with Colorado. Tomas Vokoun and Dwayne Roloson will likely be dealt by the trade deadline.
- Joni Pitkanen and Erik Cole will be UFA at the end of this season, Carolina will have to decide if they want to trade or keep them.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN:
- The Lightning and Steven Stamkos’ side have begun talking. LeBrun thinks the Lightning would like to see a Toews/Kane type deal at $6.3 million cap hit, Stamkos’ side may look at Crosby ($8.7 million) and Ovechkin ($9.5 million).
- Talks between the LA Kings and Drew Doughty haven’t begun yet.The Calgary Flames have told Jamore Iginla they won’t trade him this year.
- Players the Boston Bruins could move: Andrew Ference, Marco Sturm, Blake Wheeler, and Michael Ryder.
- Andrei Markov will meet with doctors on Tuesday to determine if it will require surgery or rest.
- The Hurricanes would like to re-sign recently acquired Ian White, but won’t look to do so until after the season.
- Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Ron MacLean, Eric Francis, Mike Milbury & Pierre LeBrun
- SportsNet NHL Sources Say: “The Hockeycentral panel give their thoughts on trade rumours surrounding the Kings as well as Martin Brodeur’s status.”
Flames-Canes trade was in works for awhile … Ryder to minors? Guerin to Pens? Caps won’t trade a goalie … Bruins having trouble with trades
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Flames-Hurricanes trade had been in the works for weeks, before Brett Sutter’s arrest. Bob McKenzie reports that the Flames had to call the Hurricanes to see if they would still be interested in Sutter after his arrest. Vickie Hall via twitter: According to Jay Feaster, with the Mark Giordano signing there was no chance that Ian White would be re-signed.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Haggerty thinks Michael Ryder and his $4 million will be sent to the minors when Marco Sturm and Marc Savard return from LTIR.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: At the Lightning-Islanders game last night, Coyotes GM Don Maloney and their Director of Pro Scouting, as well as the Sharks Director of Pro Scouting (John Ferguson Jr.) and another scout.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: There is a good chance that Bill Guerin will join the Pittsburgh Penguins organization in an undefined role.
- James Mirtle via twitter: It looks like a Jonas Gustavsson versus Martin Brodeur matchup between the pipes tonight.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports: The Maple Leafs are following Chicago’s use of Patrick Kane with the Nazem Kadri, keeping him on the wing and away from opponents top line. Last year the Avalanche were offering John-Michael Liles and his $4.2 million salary to anyone, he has 16 points in 17 games as of Tuesday. Capitals GM George McPhee said he won’t trade any of Semyon Varlamov, Michal Neuvirth or Braden Holtby. According to one GM speaking of the Boston Bruins, “No one’s interested in the first couple of players they are offering.” What about the third guy? “Yes, we’d have some interest, but the Bruins are not prepared to do that, yet.” Garth Snow said Scott Gordon’s firing was his call and not owner Charles Wang.