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TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading on Tuesday and the topics discussed were Steven Stamkos' recovery from a broken leg, the San Jose Sharks trying to re-sign their "top three," a management shuffle in Philadelphia, USA's goalie situation ahead of the Olympics, and trade talk.
What is on the front burner of trade talk?
Dreger: The New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, and Edmonton Oilers are believed to be among the most active teams in trade discussions. The Islanders are looking for depth in goal and a defenceman. The Canucks had some interest in Martin Erat out of Washington and while that's not a fit they still want a top six forward. And it's Groundhog Day in Edmonton where Craig MacTavish continues to search for a defenceman.
McKenzie: Carolina is a hot spot right now. General manager Jim Rutherford is one of the most patient GMs in the NHL but that patience is definitely wearing thin. There's no coaching change planned right now; head coach Kirk Muller's not in imminent danger. But another week or two of underachieving the way they have been and all bets are off. Off the ice, on the ice, Rutherford is getting extremely frustrated the way his team is looking. And anything is possible if this team keeps taking a nose dive.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I mentioned last week that the Vancouver Canucks had a conversation with the Washington Capitals about Martin Erat -- who has asked for a trade -- but the Canucks after some thought decided to pass. Ditto for the Ottawa Senators, who initially showed a bit of interest but ultimately decided Erat wasn't a fit. ... The name of winger Jamie McGinn is making the rounds of late, one source telling ESPN.com that Avalanche head coach/executive Patrick Roy has mentioned his name in conversations with a few teams in an attempt either to land a defenseman or a veteran checking forward. ... While the Panthers are willing to move some of their veteran forwards, such as Tomas Fleishmann or Scottie Upshall, the more intriguing name making the rounds is that of young blue-liner Dmitry Kulikov, who is RFA after the season. There is perhaps fear he'll want big money or go to Russia next season, which is why he's being made available, but he's certainly worth a gamble in my books for teams looking to upgrade their blue-line.
read on for more topics including can the Sharks sign their UFAs, Team Canada and a second arena on the Toronto area...
Wayne Gretzky will be repaid money he was owed by former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes, the NHL agreeing to cut a check to the Great One after reaching a tentative deal with the legend, sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.
Sources would not confirm the exact figure, but it's believed to be around $7 to $8 million.
The NHL for the past few years had sought to get the money owed to Gretzky from Moyes via a lawsuit but a judge threw out most of the league's claims from the suit against Moyes in early October.
In light of the delays associated with the Moyes litigation, the Audit/Finance Committee from the NHL's Board of Governors approved a plan to make Gretzky whole for deferred compensation owed to him by Moyes, and which was never paid as a result of the Coyotes bankruptcy back in September 2009, source have told ESPN.com.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the deal is worth between $7 and $8 million.
Katie Strang of ESPN held an online chat today...
Hi, in your opinion are the Montreal Canadiens a top 5 team in the east, and why or why not?
Katie Strang Yes, definitely, though I'm not sure what sort of standard that even is anymore. The East is so mediocre, and vastly less competitive than the West, that being in the top five isn't exactly analogous with being elite. In my mind, Pittsburgh and Boston are head and shoulders above the rest. Should Detroit get healthy, they could make things interesting too.
Hey Katie! Hank said all the right things about Talbot getting the start, but how do you really think he felt about it? I feel like the coach doesn't truly appreciate it what he has in Lundqvist. What percentage do put on him being a Ranger next season and not walking?
Katie Strang I think a deal gets worked out, but I don't think he'll get a max contract of eight years, especially if the Rangers feel they legitimately have something in Cam Talbot. Lundqvist was actually pretty honest yesterday. He wasn't happy about the decision, but he supported it. Hasn't pouted or sulked, at least no publicly. He'll be as motivated as ever come Thursday.
The process begins...
from the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Rogers Communications has purchased the naming rights for the future home of the Edmonton Oilers, further increasing the telecommunications giant’s reach in Canadian professional sports.
Rogers said in a release Tuesday that the downtown arena, which is set to open in 2016, will be named Rogers Place.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
All right, Alain Vigneault has had his little romance with Cam Talbot, and it is difficult to blame the coach for sticking with the hot hand for Monday’s game against the Jets even if it meant sticking Henrik Lundqvist on the bench again.
But the dalliance with the backup and the genetic engineering being applied the Rangers’ goaltending situation has to end, and end now.
This isn’t a reflex response to Winnipeg 5, Blueshirts 2 at the Garden. This is simply stipulation that the Rangers have no chance to reach their ceiling — whatever that may be — without Lundqvist at his best, and in order to be his best, Lundqvist needs to play … and play … and play in order to get into the rhythm to which he and we have become accustomed over the last eight seasons.
For it is not about one game, not about giving the team its best chance to win one game, not in December it’s not, and not if winning the battle might ultimately undermine efforts to win the war. It is about giving the team its best chance to win over 82 games, even if that means taking one step back to take two steps forward.
The Rangers are stuck in the middle. They don’t have enough top-end talent to play a skill-oriented game. They don’t have anywhere near enough size or muscle to impose their will on anyone. Their identity is anybody’s guess.
added 2:20pm, from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,
The 3rd star of the month in November carries his fine play into December.
NEW YORK (Dec. 3, 2013) – Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of November.
What do you think?
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