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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
When freshly-hired New York Rangers coach John Tortorella refused to discuss Sean Avery the other day - the same Avery who Tortorella used to roast during his TSN gig - most everyone suspected the awful truth: the Rangers were probably desperate enough to bring Avery back into the fold.
Now comes word from an NHL source that the Rangers are so intent on bringing Avery back they gave Tortorella a condition of employment: you can have the job but you’re almost certain to be coaching Avery before the season is done.
Sources tell Sportsnet Gary Bettman and the city of Glendale have come to terms on an agreement that will see Glendale concede at least $15 million per year to the Phoenix Coyotes towards a new lease deal.
Sources also say principle owner Jerry Moyes has had three separate out of state groups show interest with one already making a formal offer.
A league source tells Sportsnet they hope to have a new ownership group finalized by the 2009 NHL entry draft in Montreal.
St. Louis Blues forward Cam Janssen has been fined $2,500 for his high hit last night on Zbynek Michalek of the Coyotes, but he will not be suspended.
The incident happened in the first period behind the Phoenix net. Janssen jumped off the ice during a check and got his elbow up on Michalek. No penalty was called on the play.
Here’s video of the hit. Not great quality, but clear enough we can argue about it if you feel we must…
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Slightly used hard man for sale, still feared, no reasonable offers refused. Inquiries should be directed to B. Gainey, Bell Centre, Montreal, Que.
Yup, Georges Laraque says he’s on the trading block, assuming the Canadiens can find a taker for the $3-million remaining on the three-year contract he penned in the off-season.
“I haven’t asked for a trade, but with my salary and the way they’re using me, I’m definitely expecting it. The coach has told me he doesn’t like tough guys, he said I’ll be in and out (of the lineup) until the end of the season,” a dejected Laraque said after practice today.
from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
Toronto general manager Brian Burke has repeatedly said he’d have to be blown away by an offer in order to trade the smooth-skating Kaberle before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline.
He defined that further today.
“It would be a minimum of a first-round pick, a guy that can play on our team right now and a top prospect,” said Burke in a conference call with reporters.
Burke said he wouldn’t divulge the entire details but he would be looking for a return similar to what he gave up to acquire Chris Pronger in 2006 when he was Anaheim’s GM.
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Lindy Ruff informed the media this morning that Patrick Lalime is demonstrating flu symptoms, and there’s no certainty he can play tomorrow night. In that scenario, Mike Harrington at Sabres Edge explains the problem:
If Lalime can’t go, rookie Jhonas Enroth would get his first NHL start. Lalime will travel with the team today but if he can’t dress, the Sabres don’t have another healthy goalie in their system to back up Enroth because Adam Dennis and John DeCaro are both injured at Portland.
Wow. Nightmare scenario.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Vinny isn’t available and anyone who suggests he might have been available earlier in the year– and the suggestees included Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey – had better check their sources.
It doesn’t mean Lawton won’t try to be active in shedding payroll. It just means the Lecavalier trial balloon they floated just before the All-Star break was so badly received the Lightning figured it out in a hurry – it was a road they couldn’t go down and retain any credibility in their market. It’s one thing to show Brad Richards and Dan Boyle the door; it’s quite another to ditch the face of the franchise, even if the face of the franchise is set to earn $85-million over the next 11 years on a heavily front-loaded contract – the first four years are all worth $10-million in cold hard disposable cash in Lecavalier’s pocket,a tidy sum considering how iffy the team’s financial picture is at the moment.
The New York Rangers have claimed Mark Bell from Toronto according to Fan590.
Update 12:30pm ET: From TSN—
Although he has been claimed by the Rangers, he will not be in the lineup tonight when the Blue shirts face the Maple Leafs on TSN.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN answers some questions from fans regarding possible trades. The following is NOT an example of most of them..
Flyers need goaltending and a true 3rd line center. Flyers send Briere, Biron, Jones and a 1st round pick to Vancouver, for Luongo and Kesler and a conditional pick. Briere would waive his no trade clause because his best friend Biron is going with him. Very wishful thinking I know.
LeBrun: Ah ... no. Unless Canucks GM Mike Gillis falls on his head, he’s not going to move Roberto Luongo any time soon. I’m not sure he would even do it for Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. Luongo is the best goalie in the world and those players don’t grow on trees.
added 11:59am, More trade talk from Pierre and Scott Burnside.
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