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A certain fan base that visits Kukla's Korner regularly reacted to Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney's suggestion that it would be "difficult" to part with Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but that just about everyone else on his team's roster is available, means that OEL is on the move, but even the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch doesn't belive that to be true--though he does have some news about the Coyotes' would-be fire sale:
In summary, captain Shane Doan won’t be going anywhere, defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is doubtful to be moved (but could be) and if teams are willing to pay the price then pretty much everybody else is on the market. However, buyers should beware.
For example, centre Antoine Vermette will be going somewhere by the March 2 deadline and he’s highly-sought after. The talk amongst NHL executives is when the Senators made a call, the asking price may have been top-prospect Curtis Lazar or another high-end prospect.
For a rental? Thanks, but no thanks for the Senators, but that doesn’t mean some contender won’t pay it.
Defenceman Keith Yandle, a year away from unrestricted free agency, is also drawing a lot of interest. The Coyotes will want two pieces and a pick in return for him but Maloney hasn’t given teams interested an idea of just how big he wants those two pieces to be.
“If you can get Yandle at this deadline you can get him for two playoff runs,” noted a league executive. “This isn’t an easy move but you’re getting a guy who can play 20-plus minutes and is pretty good offensively.”
Garrioch continues, discussing the Leafs' possible attempts to move Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel, Martin Brodeur's retirement as a Blue, and this:
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So good for the league that additional and advanced statistics will be available soon on NHL.com.
But if the NHL truly wants to do the public a service, it will introduce a salary cap component featuring information that essentially has been unavailable since the invaluable web site, capgeek.com, went off the grid at start of the calendar year.
Upon further review, if the NHL truly wants to do the public a service, it would eliminate “cheerleader” from the job description of anyone and everyone working for the NHL Network.
-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more topics including the salary cap and the Canadian dollar...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Keep hearing that San Jose will deal Antti Niemi before the trade deadline and have a different approach in goal heading into the playoffs.
- No succession plans have been announced in Ottawa for the eventual replacement of Bryan Murray but word around is that fired Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero has the inside track here.
- Department of bad ideas: The American Hockey League in California.
- The Todd McLellan Watch has begun around the National Hockey League.
And there is a lineup of teams — including the Maple Leafs — interested to see what becomes of the coach of the San Jose Sharks.
McLellan and general manger Doug Wilson haven’t exactly seen eye to eye with the Sharks and the suspicion is this is likely his last season in San Jose.
But if he wants, he won’t be out of work for long....
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Nine months ago, when his heart was operating at 28 per cent of its capacity, doctors were telling Gino Odjick he might have a year to live.
Today, his heart is operating at 58 per cent of its capacity and the doctors are saying he might have three years left, possibly more.
So those numbers tell a story; a significant story. But what they don’t tell, what they can never tell, is the life that’s in Odjick’s eyes and the strength in his being. He’s still trying to take all this in and sort out what it means — “I don’t know if it’s a gift,” he says. “I still have to get used to this situation” — but he knows one thing.
He can now talk about a future and the things he can do.
He used to take that for granted. He doesn’t anymore.
“I’m just starting to feel better and better,” says the former Canuck. “I want to get used to this.”
IGINLA RECORDS 1,200TH CAREER POINT IN WIN OVER PREDATORS
Jarome Iginla (1-0—1) recorded the 1,200th point of his NHL career in the Colorado Avalanche’s 3-0 shutout win over the Nashville Predators. The Avalanche improved to 21-18-11 (53 points) this season, two points behind the Calgary Flames, who currently hold the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. Colorado extended its season-high home winning streak to four straight games and is 6-1-0 in its last seven games at the Pepsi Center.
* With his team-leading 16th goal of the season, Iginla became the 47th player in NHL history to record 1,200 points (576-624—1,200) and tied Dino Ciccarelli for 46th on the NHL’s all-time points list. With 576 career goals, Iginla is only one shy of tying Mark Recchi for 19th on the NHL’s all-time goals list.
“I’ve been here a long time, it’s a place that I hold in my heart, and obviously if I was asked differently or it came to that, you cross those bridges when you come to them. As of right now, I’m a member of the Hurricanes and that’s what I’m hoping to be, but you never know what can happen as you move forward.”
-Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes. More on Staal, who is now playing left wing, from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Hockey’s two primary minor league circuits had quite the dance this week, with the American Hockey League and the ECHL trading towns like hockey card collectors at a trade show.
When the dust settles, we’ll have a Pacific Division of five teams in the AHL and a migration in the ECHL — which at one time stood for East Coast Hockey League — to the Eastern side of the continent. Then, over time, I believe we’ll see Vancouver bring their AHL affiliate from Utica into British Columbia (likely Abbotsford), Colorado open up an AHL affiliate in-state, and the Coyotes go from Portland, Maine to Tucson or the Prescott, Arizona area.
Expansion Las Vegas will set up an AHL farm club somewhere nearby, and if Seattle ever comes on board we could see as many as 11 AHL clubs out West, including the Texas Stars in Austin.
For now though, the five-team Pacific Division will have some growing pains.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
From the first week of December through the NHL all-star break last weekend, the early Eastern games on Saturday nights on the CBC and the Rogers networks had an average audience of 1.696 million, down 6 per cent from the same period a year ago when the games were only on the CBC and drew an average audience of 1.803 million. A lot of this can be blamed on the dismal performance of the Toronto Maple Leafs, whose audiences drive the ratings more than any other team.
Things are worse for the Western games, as the average audience from December through January was 765,000, a 19-per-cent decline from the previous year. And audiences in the most prized demographic for advertisers, ages 25 to 54, are down 25 per cent compared to 2013-14.
Another big event did not go well for Rogers, as the audience for the Winter Classic outdoor game between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 1 drew just over 1 million viewers, down almost 2.6 million from the 2014 game, which had 3.6 million viewers. However, that was understandable because the 2014 game featured the Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings.
Since Rogers budgeted for a 20-per-cent increase in viewers this season and went to advertisers with a similar increase in rates, the declines are continuing bad news.
The goal stands...
Did he lose the puck or just relax?
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