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A Wings win over the Penguins today would help answer that question.
Pierre McGuire trys to answer that questioon too and view the today’s NHL schedule below…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• Remember when everybody was so high on Ryan O’Reilly and how the Avalanche had stolen this kid in the second round of the draft? The 18-year-old centre is struggling big-time: one point in his last 29 games, even though he’s still averaging close to 17 minutes a game. Should he be back in junior?
• With every contender looking for defence help, count on somebody trading for Mathieu Schneider, who’s toiling in Manitoba right now. He’d help a power play. And do you suppose any team will take a flyer on Chris Chelios…
• The Penguins need a winger for Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby, but frankly, they need help on the back end more. You can’t win a Cup with a marginal blue-line, not over the two-month playoff haul. Sergei Gonchar is playing with a bad foot and their second best guy, Brooks Orpik, has a body that looks like it has been through a car wreck. Problem is, they have no cap room right now, and GM Ray Shero wants to keep $1 million or so available at the trade deadline. The Penguins need somebody like a Barret Jackman, but I don’t see the Blues moving him.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
• This could be the final season for Glen Sather in a dual role as president/GM of the Rangers. The belief is he’ll remain president with Mark Messier taking over as GM.
• The Carolina Hurricanes may have asked D Niclas Wallin to waive his no-trade clause so he can be dealt to the San Jose Sharks.
more of the same…
via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
Source tells me “major changes” coming today for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
could be a very interesting today. the Hiller extension may play a role in todays Leafs shake-up.
added 9:19am, via Darren Dreger of TSN,
While details are few, sources say the Toronto Maple Leafs are on the verge of completing at least one trade today that will be viewed as a “major change.”
Specifics as to whether the deal will be for an upgrade in goal, or for offensive help, weren’t provided, however this deal and potentially others are very close to being completed.
When asked if these “major changes” were imminent, the source replied, “they should start happening today.”
added 10:25am, via the Twitter of Jeff Marek,
Brian Burke calls press conference for 11:30EST at the ACC.
added 11:09am, Dreger adds to his Twitter,
Something enormous is about to go down. Working on it
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Mike Komisarek received some unfortunate news Saturday night that will almost certainly end his hopes of competing in the Vancouver Olympics with Team USA.
The big Leafs defenceman’s injured shoulder will keep him sidelined up to another seven days – a span that will push him past a deadline to prepare for the Games….
Burke, meanwhile, has several choices to replace Komisarek.
Candidates include Pittsburgh’s Alex Goligoski, Anaheim’s Ryan Whitney, Atlanta’s teenage blueliner Zach Bogosian and Carolina’s Tim Gleason.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Having watched this team on a day-to-day basis for 30 or so years, I wish I could tell you exactly why it has careened into a ditch faster than a runaway Toyota. It is such a multifaceted mess, far be it from a lowly, though faithful, hockey scribe to separate the pick-up-sticks of this horror show when the people in charge of the bench and the front office obviously don’t know which end of the hockey stick to hold right now.
If the Bruins were to follow the advice of my many hair-trigger (though faithful) e-mailers, Julien would be gone, with Chiarelli right behind him, Zdeno Chara no longer would wear the captain’s “C,’’ Tim Thomas would be bought out (not possible till June, by the way), Dennis Wideman would be singing soprano (figure it out), Phil Kessel would be GM/player-coach (OK, I exaggerate), Cam Neely and Terry O’Reilly would be running the franchise (if not the city), and Ilya Kovalchuk would be suiting up Tuesday night when the Capitals come to town.
more plus other NHL topics…
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
The best thing that’s happened to the Rangers in the past week has nothing to do with the Blueshirts.
As they prepare for Game Two of their three-game Western swing on Sunday night in Denver, John Tortorella’s troops can take solace in the following:
* ISLANDERS: Once an apparent threat to pass the Rangers, Scott Gordon’s sextet keeps losing.
* MONTREAL: They win as rarely as either team named New York.
* FLORIDA: Whenever they come close to a playoff berth, they get the heebie-jeebies. Ditto for Atlanta!
he Rangers are surviving — so to speak — by the grace of their inept pursuers and those just ahead of the New Yorkers.
As a result, losing 3-2, to the rejuvenated Coyotes on Saturday night in Phoenix was less painful than it might be with a similar result in April when all the chips likely will be on the playoff line.
read on for a game review…
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
Little wonder that a gleeful Raycroft took a mini-lap of the ice at the final buzzer, pumping his fist, or perhaps waving at the crowd – the same folks who jeered him so lustily in blue-and-white. He did the same when he replaced Luongo to start the second.
“I heard way more boos than that when I was here,’’ he deadpanned afterward in the triumphant dressing room. “That was nothing.’‘
As reporters crowded around his locker, a teammate told Raycroft: “Shove it up their ass, Razor.’‘
Figuratively, he’d done that already.
“I would have went all the way around if I could,’’ Raycroft said of his little victory jaunt. “I was excited. I didn’t really think about what I was doing. I couldn’t keep still.’‘
more and watch Raycroft enjoy the moment below…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
• So Atlanta general manager Don Waddell will not allow clubs interested in acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk to speak to the winger’s representative about a contract extension before a trade is completed.
We were told a while ago that Waddell doesn’t want agent Jay Grossman to control the process, but we are duty bound to suggest that might not be such a bad idea given the Thrashers’ track record in these matters.
• If Paul Kariya, who has spent his entire career in the West, agrees to waive his no-move clause if the Blues so request, he would be a very interesting fit with Sidney Crosby, don’t you think?
• If Hurricanes GM Gentleman Jim Rutherford has a notion of moving either Joni Pitkanen or Tim Gleason from his back end, the Rangers would stand on line overnight in order to get an early shot at either defenseman….
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
Souray and Iginla had a nasty, nasty fight, where Souray was throwing wild shots and was clearly out to hurt Iginla as much as he could.
I don’t blame Souray for his outrage. Iginla had hurt him bad. And, the fact is, the NHL should have suspended Iginla for ten games for such a reckless play. With the NHL refusing to properly police its own players, the law of the jungle applies, and it’s hard to blame Souray for wanting to pulverize Iginla.
I now read that Oilers coach Pat Quinn says Souray has fractured his wrist (is that the same wrist where he took off the wrist-protector before fighting Iginla).
Great! Just #$%@#$A!@# great!
Way to go Sheldon Souray! Way to go Kevin Lowe! Way to go Steve Tambellini!
If Tambellini actually had a chance to move Souray before Saturday’s game—and I certainly don’t know if he did or not—it’s even more frustrating to think about this whole mess.
more and watch the fight below…
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