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Posts Tagged Zach Bogosian
Morning Hits: Hawks-Pens at Soldier Field, Ribeiro not thinking contract, Jets, Avalanche and Bergeron talks
- Hockey Central: The Blackhawks will host the Penguins at Soldier Field on March 1st.
- Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times: Capitals UFA Mike Ribeiro said he’s not worried about his next contract. He could earn his next contact with a good playoffs. He’s looking for a long-term deal and has already rejected a Capitals offer of three-years, $14 million.
“I think playoff or not playoff, I’m probably going to have a good deal so I’m really worried about my deal right now,” Ribeiro said. “It’s going to signed at some point. So the focus since the beginning was to get to the playoffs and now that we’re here it’s about how far can we go as a team. But I’m not worried; I’m going to sign and it’s just going to happen when the time is right.”
- Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets coach Claude Noel has one year left on his contract and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff had this to say:
“Claude Noel is the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets. He’s under contract. I know you’re going to ask me about an extension. There’s processes that have to go through, there’s different things you discuss, you talk about, you meet as a group, as a staff.”
The Jets have nine RFAs who are “very much priorities” according to Cheveldayoff. No formal contract discussions have taken place with RFAs: Zach Bogosian, Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler, Alex Burmistrov, Eric Tangradi, Anthony Peluso, Zach Redmond, Paul Postma and Arturs Kulda.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: If the Avalanche didn’t win the lottery and get the first overall pick, there were rumors that they would look to trade up. Avs GM Greg Sherman is still with the team, but it may come down to what role Joe Sakic wants to take. If Sakic decides to take over, VP of Player Development Craig Billington could have a bigger role. If Sakic declines for family or other reasons, does Sherman remain? The Avalanche asked for Derek Stepan when they were in talks with the Rangers about Ryan O’Reilly. Sounding like the Bruins and Patrice Bergeron have already talked contract extension. He has one year left on his deal and can’t sign a deal until after July 5th.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Sources saying that Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill will replace GM Joe Nieuwendyk in Dallas. Andy Strickland: Confirms reports that Nill will replace Nieuwendyk.
- Erik Erlendsson: Erlendsson doesn’t see the Lightning buying out Ryan Malone or Teddy Purcell. Trading Malone is a possibility.
- The Fourth Period: It’s thought that the Flames were close to trading Cory Sarich at the deadline. Teams also called about Lee Stempniak, Curtis Glencross and Alex Tanguay. GM Jay Feaster has indicated that he isn’t really interested in trading Glencross. If Miikka Kiprusoff retires, the Flames will be on the lookout for a new No.1 goalie.
- Mike Vogl: The Capitals signed Michal Neuvirth to a 2-year, $5 million extension. He’ll earn $2.4 million next year, and $2.6 million the following year.
- Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau won’t name is starting goalie for Game 1, but added that he’s known who it will be for awhile.
- Andi Petrilli: (Canucks lose 7-2, 6 goals in the third) Canucks Roberto Luongo was off the ice, undressed, showered and out of the arena in 12 minutes. Jason Botchford: “I’m not sure how furious Luongo is. He should be used to getting hung out there and embarrassed by now.”
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets have nine RFAs, including: Zach Bogosian, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little. Wiebe thinks they should lock up Bogosian to a max-length eight year deal worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $48 to 50 million.
“You never know. It’s a negotiation. It’s not something that usually happens overnight. “I don’t really know what I’m expecting as far as how smooth or how not smooth it’s going to go,” said Bogosian. “Yeah, I’ve really kind of settled in here and I’ve enjoyed my time. Whether it’s two years, eight years or 10 years, I’m going to enjoy playing here.
“I’m looking forward to that next step. I want to be part of the solution moving forward, as far as getting in the playoffs and winning a championship.”
Wheeler will be looking for a raise from his $2.55 million, and could get a long-term deal.
Little should get a multi-year deal for more than the $3 million he was making.
Alex Burmistrov is an interesting case, as some think he could bolt for the KHL or could use a fresh start with a new organization.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres Thomas Vanek has thought that Friday’s game could have been his last in a Sabres uniform.
“Let’s be honest,” Vanek said. “I’m not stupid. I know I have a year left and they can probably deal me for prospects, young guys, whatever else is out there. Yeah, I’ve thought about it. If it looks like it’s a long rebuild, then it probably makes sense for both parties to move on.”
“I don’t know what the plan is,” Vanek said. “If they’re turning it over to the younger guys, it’s a turnover. Or are they going to build around us again? It’s all speculation at this point because you guys don’t know and I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Sabres Ryan Miller also realizes that his days could be number.
“Around this stage of a contract, you have to be realistic,” Miller said. “In the last year of your deal, if you’re not part of the plan, you become an asset that’s tradable. So I’m just trying to stay open to coming back and trying to stay excited about playing hockey games in the NHL if it’s not going to work out.”
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: On Red Wings Darren Helm back injury:
“They ruled out everything bad,” general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. “It’s a small strain or tear in a lower back ligament. He got an injection, said he felt better right away.”
- James Mirtle via twitter: The Maple Leafs put Carl Gunnarsson on the IR yesterday. It will allow Mike Brown to return to the lineup, which will happen likely by the weekend. Jonas Siegel via twitter: Gunnarsson could return next week and it shouldn’t be a long-term issue.
- Randy Miller via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Wayne Simmonds is “probably” cleared for contact, but is not 100% yet. A Saturday return is possible.
- Bob Stauffer via twitter: With putting Anton Lander on the IR, the Oilers can now active Ben Eager for this weekend.
- Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian is getting close to returning. There is no set date, but he’ll travel with the team to Ottawa for Saturday’s game. Once his injured wrist passes a few more tests in practice, he’ll get the green light to return. Dustin Byfuglien is still out with an undisclosed injury. Antti Miettinen is out with an upper-body injury. There is no timetable for when Byfuglien or Miettinen could return.
Medvedev coming to N.A. to talk Kovalchuk buyout … Teams could look at Hemsky … Reasons for Flyers to go after Luongo
- Igor Eronko via twitter: KHL president Alex Medvedev said he’ll be heading to North America in February to talk to the Devils about a contract buyout for Ilya Kovalchuk to bring him back to Russia.
- The Fourth Period: With the Oilers in need of some help on the blueline, they may look at moving Ales Hemsky this season. They had inquiries last season, but decided in the end to keep him and sign him to a 2 year contract extension. At last years draft, they reportedly turned down an offer from the Canadiens that included P.K. Subban for the 1st overall pick. The Oilers may look to send him to an Eastern Conference team. The Panthers, Devils, Islanders and Jets would all like to add a player like Hemsky and could target him. The Oilers and Jets could look at Zach Bogosian in a deal according to a league source.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Hurricanes trade Brian Boucher and Mark Alt to the Flyers for Luke Pither.
- John Boruk via twitter: Boruk looks at 4 reasons why the Flyers may explore a trade for Roberto Luongo. 1. Upgrading the position 2. Compliance buyout – would owe Ilya Bryzgalov about $23 million on a buyout. 3. The new “Luongo Rule” 4. Failure to bolster the defense.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Carolina is looking for a 4th liner with some size and toughness.
- TSN: Video of James Duthie sitting down with Brian Burke to discuss his firing.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: The Canadiens have announced that 27 players will be attending training camp, including Mike Commodore, Alex Galchenyuk, Jarred Tinordi and Brendan Gallagher. There will be 16 forwards, 9 defense and 2 goalies.
- NY Islanders via twitter: Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart have been recalled by the Islanders to attend training camp.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: The Islanders made travel arrangements to have Lubomir Visnovsky flown in to New York for physicals on Sunday. Visnovsky didn’t get on it. It looks like this will have to be settled between the NHL and KHL. B.D. Gallof via twitter: Visnovsky is testing the KHL/NHL agreement. If the KHL says no, he’ll be back with the Islanders. If they say yes, he’ll remain in the KHL.
- Corey Pronman via twitter: The Hurricanes are bringing Jeremy Welsh, Zach Boychuk, Drayson Bowman, Bobby Sanguinetti and Ryan Murphy into camp.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: The Capitals have sent Tom Poti to Hershey on a conditioning assignment.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Mathieu Darche will be at the Devils camp without a contract.
News involving the Jets, Wild, Canadiens, Rangers Penguins, Flyers and some CBA issues that weren’t really discussed
- Ed Tait and Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Mark Scheifele will be invited to the Jets training camp. Zach Bogosian’s rehab from his wrist surgery is coming along fine and he may begin skating this week. His return date is unknown, and it’s possible that he misses the first month of the season.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard said he’s ”pretty much symptom-free” and aiming for opening night. He hasn’t been cleared to play yet. Josh Harding, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October, feels great and doesn’t foresee any problems. He isn’t sure how his weekly treatment will affect him though. Marco Scandella is still out with a groin injury, will be reevaluated this week. The Wild don’t plan on bringing Matt Dumba to camp.
- The Fourth Period: Canadiens Tomas Plekanec suffered what is believed to be a pulled rib muscle in late December and may not be ready to start training camp. He hasn’t skated in 10 days, but could begin to do so today.
“It’s better, but is going slower than I thought,” Plekanec told Czech reporters this morning. “This is gonna take some time. It’s not anything serious, that I know one hundred per cent.”
- Katie Strang of ESPN: There will be little time for Michael Del Zotto and the Rangers to get a deal done, but they’ve already started the process.
“I’m hoping to get something done as soon as possible,” Del Zotto told ESPNNewYork.com. “I know my agents and Glen (Sather) are talking and I expect that they’ll try to get a deal that’s fair to me and the team.”
Del Zotto was previously looking for a multi-year deal worth more than $3 million a season according to a source.
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Penguins will look to sign Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to contract extensions this summer. Both can sign an extension starting on July 1st. GM Ray Shero has talked to Sidney Crosby that it’s possible that Malkin could become the highest paid Penguin.
“I did not anticipate what the salary-cap number would be, but I‘ve said over the years that you had to anticipate the (last labor contract) was ending,” Shero said. “And I wanted to be in a position to sign (captain Sidney) Crosby, Malkin and (defenseman Kris) Letang.”
- Randy Miller of the Courier Post: Chris Pronger is expected to attend the Flyers training camp, but he’s unable to skate. He’s still suffering from post-concussion syndrome and will likely never play again. Look for Claude Giroux to be named captain of the Flyers.
- Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Toronto was leading in the way in pushing to fix long-term back-diving contracts. The Sharks were another team opposed to those types of deals. One agent was miffed that a couple issues were hardly looked at or ignored.
“No-trade contracts, just as one example,’’ he said. “Why, as a GM, would you give them out as routinely as these guys do? That never even got discussed. Or how about the arbitration process? The salaries that get swept into that whole thing probably serve as one of the most inflationary factors in the game. Barely a change to arbitration.
“I get the 50/50 — that’s where the other leagues went, so you had to figure that’s what would happen here. And, yeah, that’s a huge change. But some of what didn’t get touched here, like, say, the age level for free agency, kinda shocks me. It stayed the same. So the players can’t call that a win, per se, but there’s value in the fact that a lot of it didn’t change.’’
The agent added,
“It’s pretty clear how Gary’s operated here,’’ said the agent, referring to Gary Bettman, league commissioner for all three lockouts in the game’s history. “If you look at the document, you can tell he’s ignored the input of hockey people, especially his own GMs, who are the guys who have to work with it every day. Nothing changed in no-trades, in arb, in age threshold for free agency . . . guaranteed contracts.
“He’s an extremely bright guy, no one questions that. But I think he thinks his own GMs are dumb. He refuses to listen to most of them, and so you end up with a deal that wins on 50/50 and contract length — very important stuff —but then all this other vital stuff gets left alone.’’
The same agent feels that Gary Bettman will soon be moved from his job. He would never be fired, but maybe in a year or two shift to another front office job, some advisory role. Bill Daly would be obvious choice to replace Bettman.
Bogosian injury update … Hossa gets clearance … Rangers would be ready … Kane ready to leave again … Gardiner injury
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian had wrist surgery in the summer, with a 4 to 6 months recovery needed. Mid-January would be the 4 month mark. Last week he had a screw removed, and remains on schedule.
- Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks Marian Hossa has been given medical clearance by the team. He’s been recovering from a concussion that he suffered from a Raffi Torres hit in Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals last season.
- Steve Zipay of Newsday: If the season were to begin in January, Rangers Rick Nash, Marian Gaborik and Carl Hagelin would be expected to be healthy enough to start the season.
- Tracey Myers via twitter: Patrick Kane will return to Switzerland on Sunday if the lockout isn’t settle beforehand.
- Kyle Cicerella via twitter: Marlies Jake Gardiner is feeling symptoms in the neck and some headaches. Coach Dallas Eakins won’t call it a concussion, but they will ”err on side of caution.”
Bogosian out 4-6 months … Ovi, Crosby, Toews and Kane looking overseas … Tarasenko arriving today … Changes to HRR
- Scott Brown via twitter: Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian will undergo surgery today to repair a chronic ligament tear in his right wrist. Gary Lawless via twitter: Bogosian will be out 4 to 6 months.
- Aaron Ward via twitter: “Players looking to clarify possible ‘double dipping’ in the new NHL proposal.Benefits in new HRR definition,present combined additional” … “expense deductions AND possible tax credits available to owners,while still asking players to absorb ‘escrow’ on salaries.”
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: KHLs Dynamo’s GM said that Alex Ovechkin’s attorney flew to Russia to speak with them regarding Ovechkin playing for them if there is a lockout.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: If there is a long lockout, Sidney Crosby wants to play hockey and his agent Pat Brisson has had “many conversations with lots of European clubs.”
- Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are considering playing in Europe in the event of a long lockout according to agent Pat Brisson.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko will arrive in St. Louis today, in is expected to hit the ice at the Ice Zone on Tuesday.
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins signed RFAs Eric Tangradi, Robert Bortuzzo and Alex Grant to 1 year, 2 way deals. Tangradi will get $726,000, and both Bortuzzo and Grant will get $525,000.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: The KHL will air games in Asia this year, with an eye on expanding to China, South Korea and Japan according to izvestia_ru.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: In the NHLs most recent proposal, they made some changes to Hockey Related Revenue:
1) In the existing CBA, teams can deduct the cost of doing business from HRR. But there are limits. For example, deductions from preseason games or “special games” such as European openers, “shall not in the aggregate exceed fifteen (15) per cent per League Year on a League-wide basis” of the revenues. You can find all of the examples, if you wish, in Article 50 of the current document. The NHL is arguing that costs far exceed these caps.
2) One area of HRR the NHL cannot deduct ANY costs from is luxury suite sales (e.g., paying people to sell them). Everything must be thrown into the pot. Mistake, oversight, whatever - the league would like a re-do.
3) Lightning owner Jeff Vinik spent $35 million US last summer to upgrade The Tampa Bay Times Forum. Meanwhile, Rangers owner Jim Dolan committed an estimated $977 million to a massive renovation of the Madison Square Garden. (Say what you want about Dolan, but doing that without public funding is extremely impressive.) As it stands, teams receive no financial credit for that. The league would like that changed. The model is probably the latest NFL CBA, which allows the league the option of taking 1.5 per cent from the NFLPA’s 47 per cent share to build new stadiums. Larger revenues from newer buildings, the reasoning goes, benefits the players, too.
4) When players on one-way deals like Wade Redden or Jeff Finger are sent to the minors, their salaries no longer count. Not only is the NHL trying to eliminate this loophole from the salary-cap portion of the discussion, it is trying to make those contracts tied to HRR, too.
Rumors involving: Thomas, Luongo, Vokoun, Flyers, Capitals, Staal, Schultz, Suter, Enstrom and Alfredsson
- TSN: Pierre LeBrun on Tim Thomas: The Bruins may look to trade him when his no-trade clause expires, but Thomas may also be considering not playing next year, taking a year off. He’s had a stressful year. Darren Dreger on Roberto Luongo: GM Mike Gillis will meet with Luongo this week to see if his views have changed for his future. There has been interest for Luongo but there is an equal chance they don’t do anything and he remains a Canuck. Pierre LeBrun on Tomas Vokoun: The Leafs could still look at Luongo. but UFA Vokoun or trading for Anders Lindback may be more likely. Vokoun turned down a KHL offer, and LeBrun thinks that Vokoun sees a fit in Toronto. Bob McKenzie on Flyers: Vokoun may be an option for Flyers as well. The Flyers may not think Sergei Bobrovsky has enough experience needed to be Ilya Bryzgalov’s backup. Bob McKenzie on Canadiens coaching search: The Canadiens search is likely down to Michel Therrien and Marc Crawford. Darren Dreger on Calagry: You don’t hire a coach like Hartley if you’re going to trade away veteran players like Jarome Iginla. Darren Dreger on Capitals coaching search: The Capitals could hire their new coach from within the organization, with Dean Evason and Jim Johnson as strong candidates. Pierre LeBrun on Jordan Staal: The Penguins have had calls regarding Staal’s availability, but they may be still hoping to re-sign him and Sidney Crosby to contract extensions. If they can’t get both deals done, then Staal could go on the market. Bob McKenzie on Justin Schultz: It’s going to be hard for the Ducks to make a deal involving Schultz. He’s trying to make it happen and there are many teams that are interested in him if he becomes a UFA. McKenzie thinks the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Oilers are extremely interested. It’s going to be hard for the Ducks to get anything for him, and will likely hit free agency.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: With Nicklas Lidstrom retiring, it may “throw a wrinkle” into the Wild’s plan to pursue Ryan Suter if he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Red Wings are now expected to pursue Suter as well. The Wings can’t talk to him, but he has to know there is a spot for him there if he’s interested. The Predators have a tendency to trade UFAs that won’t re-sign with them, and they have past of doing so with the Flyers. The Flyers are also interested in Suter. Guillaume Latendresse tweeted: “Doc send me home saying that im at 100% and better than before my concussion, he predict my best season haha really exciting.” Latendresse will be a RFA and requires a $2.5 million qualifying offer, which doesn’t look like will happen. They may try to re-sign him at different number.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom has a cap hit of $3.75 million next season in the last year of his deal, and will be looking for a nice raise on his next deal. Wiebe isn’t suggesting that the Jets are or will be putting him on the trade block, but they’ll likely have to listen to offers when teams come calling. Enstrom could bring back a top 6 forward that they are looking for. The Jets have Dustin Byfuglien under contract at a $5.2 million cap hit until 2015-16 and Zach Bogosian will be a RFA at the end of next season. Paul Postma was an AHL all-star and is ready for NHL duty.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Daniel Alfredsson indicated at the World Championships that he may have played his last game in a Senators uniform. He has one year left on his deal at $1 million.
Hall has concussion … Trotz expects Radulov decision soon … Datsyuk, Bogosian to return … Anderson close … Skinner suspended
- Shane Jones via twitter: Oilers forward Taylor Hall suffered a concussion last night and coach Tom Renney added, “It was a clean hit in my mind. He slipped. That made it worse .”
- Josh Cooper via twitter: Predators coach Barry Trotz thinks a decision if Alexander Radulov will be returning this year or not should be coming soon.
“It sounds like it’s in better position and has a lot more steam to it than the past,” Trotz said. “I would probably say by the weekend we should have a better idea of if he’s coming or not.”
Radulov’s KHL team (Salavat) is holding things up. His contract is up with them on through April 30th.
“We are under the KHL jurisdiction, and this matter must be resolved in a legally sound way,” his Russian agent, Yuri Nikolaev, told Yahoo. “We don’t want to break the law. Nashville made a very good offer to Radulov that he could satisfy the entire last year of his entry-level contract by playing a few games. We are searching for the right way out that would allow Alex to go to the NHL.”
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk said he’ll be playing today.
- Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets hope to have defenseman Zach Bogosian back in their lineup on Sunday. He missed 12 or the their last 13 games.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov’s agent said on a Russian radio that Kuznetsov will consider all offers. He didn’t say that offers were KHL only.
- Wayne Scanlan of the Senators Extra: Senators Craig Anderson could return between the pipes as early as next week.
- Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks tonight.
Lightning will likely turn to Schneider … Injury notes: Parise, Kindl, Howard, Timonen, Meszaros, Bogosian, Comeau and Downie
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Since the Lightning weren’t interested in giving up a 2nd round pick for Ben Bishop, speculation is that they’ll turn to Cory Schneider in the summer. They have 2 1st round picks and likely 4 2nd rounders. Schneider has a career 32-14-4 record with a 2.36 GAA and .924 SV%.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils winger Zach Parise injured his hand yesterday, that may required him to get x-rays. He doesn’t think, and hopes it isn’t broken. He was hit in the hand with a Milan Jurcina shot.
- George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl tried to play yesterday, but only last 2 shifts before leaving with an upper-body injury. More importantly for the Red Wings, Jimmy Howard left after the 1st period with a lower-body injury, and is day-to-day.
- Philadelphia Flyers via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren: Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros will be out indefinitely with lower body injuries.”
- Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets will be without defenseman Zach Bogosian for at least another week after re-aggravating his injury.
- Randy Sportak via twitter: Flames forward Blake Comeau is officially day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Roger Millions via twitter: Comeau looks to be out 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche forward Steve Downie has a shoulder injury, this timetable won’t be known until today.
Letang has concussion symptoms … Lidstrom uncertain for Friday … lines and starting goalies … Roenick and Milbury battle video
- Josh Yohe via twitter: Penguins Kris Letang has concussion symptoms.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Bruins Brian Rolston hasn’t decided if he’ll play next year or not. He talks like he’ll be retiring.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Zach Bogosian will be back in the lineup for the Jets tonight.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom didn’t practice and his status for Friday is uncertain. Kyle Quincey skates.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov: “I need to be ready 100 % mentally and physically before I play.” They are not sure if he’ll play this season.
- Helene Elliott via twitter: Lines at Kings practice: King-Richards-Carter; Brown-Williams-Kopitar; Stoll C for Penner/Lewis/Westgarth; Fraser C for nolan/Clifford/Richardson.
- Roger Millions via twitter: Coyotes lines: “Whitney Hanzel Vrbata-Boedker Vermette Doan-Pyatt Gordon Korpikowski-Torres langkow Bissonette.”
- Roger Millions via twitter: Flames lines: “Bouma Horak Jackman-Tanguay cammalleri Iginla-Glencross Jokinen Moss-Kostopoulos Stajan Comeau.” Defensive pairing and goalie: Giordano Hannan-Smith Bouwmeester-Brodie Sarich … Kiprusoff .
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders tonight.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Martin Biron will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
- Brian Hedger via twitter: Ray Emery will start in net for the Blackhawks against the Senators.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars tomorrow against the Oilers.
- Jeremy Roenick and Mike Milbury battle it out last night:
Written by Mark Shannon, who can be found on twitter at @MarkShannon64
The Winnipeg Jets were the story of the summer and now they’re making a push for the playoffs, and are in the weak Southeast Division where they sit tied for 3rd in the Eastern conference with the Florida Panthers for the division lead. They have a solid home record of 18-9-3 and the MTS Centre is rocking every game and night.
This is Kevin Cheveldayoff’s first season at the helm of the Winnipeg Jets and it will be his first trade deadline, yes the Jets are sitting in a tight race to make the playoffs, but do they spend big or do they spend small and bring in small pieces to make the playoffs. Their defence and goaltending is starting to come together and they’re playing good hockey.
The Jets definitely need some size up the middle and a number 1 centre would give them a huge boost, because Burmistrov and Little although extremely talented are both #2 centres in most peoples eyes, How much do you spend on a centre without going against the plan from the beginning, there are a few names out there that might interest the Jets.