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from Stan Fischler of Game On,
My gut feeling is that a reformed-enough Avery is precisely what the roster requires and at no cost to the current lineup – at least not yet.
Smart enough to have learned his lesson; young enough to still ooze with energy, grateful plenty for a second chance, Gabbo, I predict, be a galvanizing force in the dressing room as well as on the ice.
from Damien Cox at his Spin Blog at the Toronto Star,
The next stage in the hurry-up-and-wait process involving Maple Leaf players that may be dealt by tomorrow’s NHL trade deadline comes tonight at around 7:30 p.m.
If the intent of the club, after all, is to deal Nik Antropov, Dominic Moore and/or other players, surely the wise move would be not to dress them tonight against the New Jersey Devils….
With 22 other clubs in action tonight, of course, more than a few GMs and coaches are facing similar choices, particularly those with an eye on qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
added 4:21pm, from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN neither Dominic Moore nor Nik Antropov will be in the lineup tonight when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the New Jersey Devils.
From Bob McKenzie at TSN:
“I’ve never been on waivers before,” the Tampa Bay Lightning forward said. “It’s a first for me. I hope this isn’t how it ends.”
[Gary] Roberts knows his contract is working against him. Because there is no performance bonus cushion this year, Roberts’ salary counts as a $2.42 salary cap hit, with a bonus of $10,000 for every game he plays.
Roberts was hopeful of perhaps finishing his career with the same team he started it with – the Calgary Flames – but it remains to be seen if the numbers add up for Calgary. Roberts’ team from last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are in Tampa tonight, although Roberts has been told he won’t be in the lineup until the Lightning see what happens tomorrow at noon.
McKenzie also notes that Roberts was not told by the Lightning organization personally that he’d been placed on waivers—he found out from his brother in Toronto.
More here on the post’s 2:40pm update.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Injuries are getting to be a way of life for the Calgary Flames.
The latest to go down is forward Todd Bertuzzi, who did not turn up for the morning skate at Scotiabank Place as the Flames prepared for Tuesday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Head coach Mike Keenan said Bertuzzi has a lower-body injury, suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and was left at home for rehabilitation.
“Todd is day-to-day,” Keenan said of Bertuzzi’s status. “We’ll have to get some reports on him and then decide.”
continue for more on the Flames…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The Philadelphia Flyers are stepping up their efforts to acquire defenceman Jay Bouwmeester from the Florida Panthers, but salary cap constraints are rearing their ugly head.
The Flyers are bumping up against the cap and they are working hard to try to free up some space.
Sources say one of the options is trading goaltender Marty Biron and turning the number one job over to Antero Niittymaki. One potential scenario has the Flyers trading Biron to the Phoenix Coyotes as part of a plan that would see the Coyotes flip Biron to another team.
But the Coyotes aren’t going to make that move unless they have the other deal already set up.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The San Jose Sharks are being bitten by the injury bug – again.
Forward Mike Grier is out for four-to-six weeks after getting his knee scoped and veteran Jeremy Roenick is also expected to be out for four-to-six weeks with a shoulder injury.
Both, however, are expected to return to the Sharks lineup prior to the playoffs.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Checked the very readable blog that Adrian Dater writes for the Denver Post this morning and he’s there speculating that San Jose is eyeballing Ryan Smyth and that Jonathan Cheechoo could be coming the other way. Milan Hejduk also comes up as a possible target.
With Smyth’s salary ($7.25 million this year, $16.5 million the next three season) I just can’t see him in teal anytime soon. Hejduk at $4 million now and $4 million next season is even a big stretch. Anything’s possible, I suppose, but from what I’ve been hearing from the Sharks — and misdirection is common at this point in the season — they aren’t inclined to do anything that major.
more on the Sharks…
from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
As far as Alexander Frolov goes, he should really run for prime minister in Canada. They’re ready to throw feasts in his honor up there. But it doesn’t make sense for Lombardi to make a move on that front right now, unless it’s an overwhelming offer, something where the Kings give up Frolov and a top pick/prospect to get a mega-star. I just don’t see that mega-star out there right now, at least one that the Kings are interested in. Plus, Frolov’s cap hit next season is $2.9 million, which is a steal.
more on the Kings…
Per Darren Dreger on Leafs Lunch at AM640... Gary Roberts, Brendan Morrison, Mirolsav Satan waived today.
Any updates, feel free to add and I am sure TSN Ice Chips will have the moves soon.
added 12:34pm, TSN has a story on the waivers today.
added 12:37pm, from Russo’s Rants,
Also, according to sources, the Wild has placed Peter Olvecky on waivers, and the Rangers have placed former Wild players Aaron Voros and Erik Reitz on waivers. Huge names on waivers today. Others include Brendan Morrison, Miroslav Satan, Craig Adams, Jon Sim, Eric Perrin, Gary Roberts and Martin Gerber.
read on for some Gaborik talk..
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
Islanders forward Jon Sim, who had three assists in the Islanders’ 4-2 win over Colorado last night to give him seven points in his past six games, has been placed on waivers for the second time this season. Coming one day ahead of Wednesday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, the move is like an invitation to any team in need of a hard-working winger with some grit and scoring touch to add it without giving up anything but salary.
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