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Carter To Columbus Talk

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Talks have simmered between Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson and Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren for more than six months now—they last chatted at the NHL scouting combine two weeks ago—and a Bryzgalov signing could be the trigger.

Sources have indicated to The Dispatch that the Blue Jackets would trade a roster player, quite possibly winger Jake Voracek, and their first-round pick (No. 8 overall), to the Flyers for veteran center Jeff Carter.

Carter is signed through the 2020-21 season at $5.27 million per season according to capgeek.com. Of those two numbers, it’s the term—11 more seasons—that would scare off some clubs, but the Blue Jackets have reached a point where they need to start taking measured risks.

He’s a proven top-six center, which remains a roster need. He’s a proven scorer, with 115 goals the last three seasons. At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds Carter could give the Blue Jackets a formidable 1-2 punch with captain Rick Nash, which they’re currently missing. He is a player who has gone where few in the Blue Jackets dressing room have ventured—deep in the Stanley Cup playoffs.


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One Thing Wrong With Tim Thomas

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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Tim Thomas is a throwback.

He’s a heart-on-his sleeve, all-or-nothing, fight-for-everything he gets goaltender who has stolen the spotlight in the Stanley Cup final.

He’s everything Canadians want to see representing the game they call their own.

But the Boston Bruins’ Thomas is also (gasp!) an American.

Say it isn’t so … a hockey hero inspiring a team in a championship series, who with his bushy ginger playoff beard looks like a lumberjack fresh out of an old-growth redwood forest in B.C., and he calls Flint, Michigan, home?

It just doesn’t seem right.


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Phoenix Has Goaltending Options

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from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Maloney said he will use a three-pronged strategy in his goaltending quest:

- Acquiring a top young player via trade: “There’s three or four in other organizations that may be available in a trade that would cost a good asset but may potentially solidify your goaltending for a long time; that’s one obvious way to look at it.”

- Signing an unrestricted free agent: “There’s two or three players in that grouping that we like. We think in our system with (goaltending coach) Sean Burke would be good fits for us.”

The free-agency period begins July 1, and the prime target is Tomas Vokoun, 34, of the Florida Panthers, but his price tag might be too steep: He made $5.7 million last season and responded with a 2.55 goals-against average and a save percentage of .922.

- Bringing in an experienced goaltender: “I’ve had a couple conversations (this week) regarding some very good established goaltenders on other clubs that for financial reasons they might be looking to make some changes.”

While he talks with his players and agents, Maloney also is trying to add scoring punch or another defenseman. “We’ve got a lot of payroll right now . . . it’s just a matter of spending wisely.”


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Montreal Re-Signs Darche

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MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of forward Mathieu Darche to a one-year contract (2011-12). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Mathieu Darche. Mathieu is a classy veteran player who displays great leadership and determination, and we strongly believe he can help us achieve our goals in the upcoming season,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.

Darche, 34, completed in 2010-11 his eighth season in the NHL. The left winger set personal-highs with 12 goals and 26 points in 59 games. Two of his goals were tallied on the powerplay. He served 10 penalty minutes, registered 90 shots on goals and maintained a +7 plus/minus differential, while averaging 11:16 seconds of ice time per game. Darche added two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in seven playoff games.

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Red Wings overnight report: Uncertainty on parade and quite the weekend at Gibraltar Trade

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In hockey terms, when Jim Rome asked Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom whether he’d made a decision as to whether he’ll continue his playing career on Thursday, Rome made the mistake of attempting to skate around the back of the net to beat Lidstrom to the left goalpost, and Lidstrom made a patented move, sliding his left leg against the goalpost while jabbing the puck off Rome’s stick while he was still behind the net.

In other words, he stated that he hadn’t made his decision, that he has until July 1st to do so (though it’s assumed that he’ll inform Ken Holland prior to Lidstrom’s trip to the NHL Awards on June 22nd), and he offered a few comments that further exasperated* Wings fans like me, who are worried to no end about the captain’s decision, as noted by the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:

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The NHL’s deputy commissioner makes the case for a non-Jets Winnipeg franchise name

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When I think about the fact that the Winnipeg team has yet to choose a name for itself, and has been more than willing to sell season tickets, bring in the team’s presumptive captain and trot around the NHL’s deputy commissioner without doing so much as offering a hint as to whether the beloved Jets name will return, I’ve got to admit that the whole concept is a very Manitoban one. Never rushing, the team’s building its identity from the front office on out, restructuring, and in many cases, making fresh starts and clean breaks from the Atlanta Thrashers’ franchise. I think that the team will probably be quite happy to absorb most of the Thrashers’ up-and-coming players, but at the same time, it seems pretty likely that a free agent or two will join the team’s ranks without donning a team jersey as this team’s displaying a Nicklas Lidstrom-like level of refusal to be rushed.

If anything, they’re all but repeating their ownership’s decision to slowly and steadily court a franchise while keeping their cards in their vest pockets, and in a way, it’s impressive as hell to watch the team be embraced while its management takes shape and asks its fans to simply wait to know the face of its object of affection.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was in Winnipeg on Thursday, and he told the Winnipeg Free Press’s Ed Tait that True North Sports and Entertainment isn’t anywhere near making a decision as to the mail order bride’s countenance…

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Bold-but-tenative prediction from Ottawa: Red Wings assistant coach Paul MacLean likely to join Sens

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Oh, Ottawa. I really hope that if current Red Wings assistant coach Paul MacLean’s skin is as thick as his moustache, because if Senators GM Bryan Murray, who did give the nod to MacLean as Mike Babcock’s hand-picked assistant coach way back in the day when Babcock helmed the Mighty Ducks, he’s got quite the press corps to deal with. The Ottawa Sun’s Don Brennan frames his suggestion that MacLean will probably get the nod as the Sens’ coach with a bold proclamation’s worth of bluster, before hedging his bets like nobody’s business:

Paul MacLean is going to be the next coach of the Senators.

Now, I’m not 100% sure of this. I would not bet my truck. But of the candidates uncovered by the Sun in recent weeks, MacLean seems to be the most logical choice.

Of course, that is if the decision really is with GM Bryan Murray and not owner Eugene Melnyk. Let’s believe it is, if only because the boss says so.

Brennan proceeds to survey the six likely finalists for the position, offering this take on MacLean

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It’s Not Easy To Like The Canucks

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

If they were first-graders, they’d be encouraged to try and colour inside the lines more consistently.

And let’s face it, there have been more than a few occasions this spring when the Vancouver Canucks have resembled first-graders.

The biting. The bullying. The pretending the next kid in line started it. The sticking out of the tongue at classmates and authority figures.

Yessir, these Canucks have tons of talent and lots of experienced bodies, and since October they’ve been trying to convince one and all that they have the character required to win it all.

Problem is, we’re four games into the 2011 Stanley Cup final, and the Canucks’ claims suddenly aren’t as believable as they were last week.

And they’re not a very likeable team, are they?


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Bruins Well Prepared For This Moment

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Picture the Boston Bruins at a team-bonding camp in the Vermont hills this past fall. Think of the image of players trying to work through the psychological demons of a stunning playoff loss from the spring before.

There would be no elephant in the room this season. The Bruins decided they would deal with it head on. And right away.

“It was the only way to approach it at the time,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told ESPN.com on Thursday. “We did take a lot of care and planning in setting up the training camp. The way last year ended wasn’t very fun and we knew it would have an impact on the team and we had to address it in the right way.”

On the opening day of camp, Chiarelli addressed the players. He wanted to make it clear they would not just brush off what transpired last postseason, when the Bruins coughed up a 3-0 series lead to Philadelphia and became only the third NHL team in history to lose in that fashion.


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