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Amongst this morning's trade scuttlebutt from the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:
Toronto GM Dave Nonis quietly has been working the phones. Didn’t get the sense from anybody that the Leafs are on the verge of making a deal. The Leafs may have been trying to gauge interest in winger Joffrey Lupul before he was hurt last week and was sent back to Toronto for further evaluation. He has a $5.25 million cap hit through 2017-18 and can’t be moved until he proves he’s able to stay healthy.
Buffalo GM Tim Murray has been busy trying to see if anybody will take winger Chris Stewart off his hands sometime soon. These have been going on for months, but Murray is demanding a good return and won’t make the move until he gets it. The Penguins aren’t in the mix anymore, but the Flames, Bruins and Senators have spoken with Murray.
A league executive on trade talks: “Wait a few weeks until teams start falling out of the playoff race, then trades will happen. Until then, it could be quiet.”
After all the rave reviews about Washington hosting the Winter Classic Wednesday, there is talk the next stop could be Winnipeg next season. A visit by Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks might be a nice fit as an opponent.
Garrioch continues, discussing Sergei Bobrovsky's fate, the Oilers' possible machinations and whether the World Juniors could have an effect on the Eichel-vs-McDavid derby (the answer should be "no, short tournament")...And what is it for Chicago, first to four?
The NHL's roster freeze may be in effect until December 27th, but the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch brings trade rumor gifts to the hockey holiday tree via his Sunday column.
First, Garrioch discusses Nick Foligno's future with the Columbus Blue Jackets given his point-per-game form...
Making $3.08 million in the final year of his contract, some wonder if a five-year, $25-million deal would get it done for Foligno. Probably not — the thinking is he’d be able to eclipse that number on the lucrative free-agent market.
You have to think Foligno is looking at the seven-year, $36.75-million deal that David Clarkson signed with the Leafs at $5.25 million per season in 2013-14 as a benchmark. The Jackets aren’t sure if Nathan Horton will ever return from his back issues, so they want to keep Foligno badly.
These quips aren't surprising...
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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It’s not a matter of if, but rather when the Buffalo Sabres flip pending UFA Chris Stewart.
There’s nothing imminent as far as we can tell. We reported earlier that the Boston Bruins have him as one of their targets and another Atlantic Division team the Ottawa Senators had talks earlier this month with the Sabres. The Senators tried to trade for him before the trade deadline last spring. They spoke again to Buffalo a few weeks back but nothing came of it for now.
The Bruins, meanwhile, have been hammered on defense by injuries, so perhaps their need would be best served there, but a source said Thursday that Boston’s plan right now is to ride this out, knowing that within a month or so most of their injured blueliners will be healthy. No panic trade in store.
more hockey topics including the Kings' salary cap issues and the Carolina Hurricanes...
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
As first reported by TSN, the Bruins have been chasing Chris Stewart as a replacement for Jarome Iginla. The wide-shouldered forward scored 15 goals for St. Louis last season before he was shipped to Buffalo in the Ryan Miller trade.
Several factors, however, stand in the Bruins’ way of acquiring the free agent-to-be: cost and competition.
Buffalo GM Tim Murray is hungry for draft picks. Murray’s wish list would include Philadelphia’s 2015 second-round pick, which the Bruins received from the Islanders as part of the Johnny Boychuk trade....
Through seven games, the Flyers were 2-3-2 while allowing 3.71 goals per game. Part of that is on Steve Mason (.878 save percentage after five starts). But the goalie’s defense has not played with structure. They’re without MacDonald and Braydon Coburn, who are out for the next four weeks because of lower-body injuries. Points will be hard to come by for the Flyers. Their second-round pick could be in the low 30s.
The Bruins also have company in the Stewart hunt, just within the division. Ottawa has been interested in Stewart before. The Senators could use a No. 2 right wing (formerly Ales Hemsky) behind Bobby Ryan. Tim Murray was formerly an assistant in Ottawa to GM Bryan Murray, who is his uncle. Tim Murray knows the Ottawa system firsthand.
Columbus could also enter the mix.
more plus other topics including the shrinking fighters club...
“Look at the Colorado Avalanche two years ago. They were a last-place team, and they were arguably one of the best teams in the league last year. So the past is the past. You look at our team now and there are 13 or 14 new faces. So we come in and think of last year as an anomaly. There’s nothing we can do now. We can worry about the future. I hear everybody talking about tanking for Connor McDavid. That’s not in my DNA, personally. I was with St. Louis for four years, and we were Stanley Cup contenders every year. So that’s how I’m going to approach it. It’s playoffs or bust.”
-Chris Stewart of the Buffalo Sabres. More on Stewart from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News.
In his last rumor column of the 13-14 regular season, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch ponders the state of the NHL's search for Brendan Shanahan's successor, the coaching and managerial decisions facing the Canucks, Penguins, Leafs, Panthers and Hurricanes, and he wonders where Mike Cammalleri, Ryan Kesler and Martin Brodeur will end up, but sometimes the "lede story" is the one you go with:
[Tim Murray, the] Buffalo Sabres’ GM has hung the ‘For Sale’ sign outside the club’s office and he’s willing to move just about anybody as the off-season officially gets underway Monday for non-playoff teams.
Sources say Murray has been shopping RW Chris Stewart, D Christian Ehroff, C Luke Adam and RW Drew Stafford.
It doesn’t stop there, either. The Sabres will also listen to see what they can get for LW Marcus Foligno, LW Johan Larsson and D Chad Ruhwedel.
The last three are young players that are still considered prospects so it’s a little surprising Murray would be willing to move any of those guys given the club’s current state and direction.
“He’s just open for business,” said a league executive about Murray before the weekend. “He hasn’t drafted any of these current guys.”
Garrioch continues at length...
TSN's Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger chatted with the NHL Network's Rob Roe on Tuesday evening, and they made some surprising statements.
- According to both McKenzie and Dreger, John Tortorella's snub of Roberto Luongo in the Heritage Classic did in fact prompt Luongo's agent, Pat Brisson, to ask if he could speak to several NHL teams about moving his client;
- The gents also claim that the Canucks want to trade Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler independently of the Luongo situation, with Kesler willing to go to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit Anaheim and possibly other teams (but not the Rangers), and that the Canucks will hold out for the best offer, even if that means trading Kesler at another time;
- The New York Rangers are still considering re-signing Ryan Callahan, signing and trading him or just trading him;
- The Buffalo Sabres are at least considering moving Matt Moulson, perhaps to Los Angeles, but Calgary's Mike Camalleri is also another "goal-scoring winger" on the market, as might be Chris Stewart, but the Sabres in particular cannot carry any more salary in making trades;
- The Sabres may consider moving Christian Ehrhoff or Tyler Myers, and the Red Wings may be interested, specifically in Ehrhoff, but the Wings are in a "transition year," so Ken Holland has to decide whether he's willing to bite on the Sabres' price;
- And regarding Cammalleri, he, Moulson, Ales Hemsky and Thomas Vanek's futures are somewhat intertwined, with Hemsky and Cammalleri serving as the fall-back plans for the teams that don't land Kesler.
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun also penned a late-evening blog entry updating the Kesler situation, confirming that the Canucks feel no need to "settle" for anything less than their asking price:
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from John Vogl of Sabres Edge,
Halak and Stewart, acquired from St. Louis on Friday in the deal that sent Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the Blues, practiced with the Sabres for the first time today. It's entirely possible it was the only practice they'll ever have in First Niagara Center. Ottawa is highly interested in acquiring Stewart before Wednesday's trade deadline, while the Star-Tribune in Minnesota reports the Wild are hot for Halak.
"I’m happy to be here right now, and we’ll see what’s going to happen a few days from now if I’m still here," Halak said. "Anything can happen from now on. We’ve got three more days before the trade deadline, and we’ll see."
Halak, a pending unrestricted free agent, is 24-9-4 with a 2.23 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. Minnesota likely isn't the only club that would be interested in the goaltender....
"You hear about all the rumors," Stewart said. "As long as I’m here, I’m going to focus 100 percent of my energy on winning hockey games for the Buffalo Sabres."
Ted Nolan spoke after practice today, you can wath the video below...
added 7:13pm, Blues press release below...
17:36 Los Angeles Jake Muzzin: 2 minutes, roughing
17:36 St. Louis Vladimir Tarasenko: 2 minutes, roughing
Then with 6 seconds left in the game, Chris Stewart wanted some revenge...
from Brandon Sneed at ESPN,
The East Side Motel on Kingston Road in Toronto seems like the last stop for dying souls, where you're not quite completely gone but way closer than you ever planned. The place is populated with druggies and their dealers. Hookers work the Kingston Road sidewalks, and when they land clients, this is where they book a room. Its rooms are rented by the government -- a place to put families who can't afford anywhere else -- or by the hour. Faded green paint flakes from the walls like ashes. Filmmakers have used the place to show rock bottom.
This is where former NHL first-round picks Anthony and Chris Stewart grew up. Even now, several miles and so many dollars away from East Side and the things that landed them there, they still feel it every day. It haunts them, a chronic sickness. Theirs was Room 29. Their parents, their five sisters and them. A door near their room led to the hotel basement, which had a stocked kitchen. Late at night the brothers broke in and gorged. "It was a nice break from toast, syrup and ketchup," Anthony recalled. "And you know, some days, just ketchup."
Their favorite ways to get some laughs were to throw rocks at hookers and to watch them through the windows having sex, and then run away when they got caught.
from Dan O'Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
“You just have to worry about competing for your teammates and really bearing down. When you do those little things, that’s when you get that room in the offensive zone to make that move. I think that’s one of the best things that has hit home in my career for me.”
Stewart has realized the means can justify the ends. He has focused on the process and the production has come complimentary.
“What we’re trying to do with Stewie is change his value system, and he’s really starting to embrace that now,” Hitchcock said. “You can still be a good player in the game and not get points. You can still have an impact, even though you don’t score.
“It’s about not playing the game looking to score, but playing the game looking to compete and know that when you have a high skill level, like Stewie does, there’s going to be times when you score. But don’t drop your competitive base. Don’t base everything on points.”
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Thursday the club has signed Chris Stewart to a one-year contract.
Stewart, 24, appeared in 79 regular season games for the Blues last season posting 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) and a career high 109 penalty minutes while also tallying two goals and 12 penalty minutes in seven playoff games.
Since joining the club in February of 2011, the 6’2, 232-pound forward has dressed in 105 games for the Blues totaling 53 points (30 goals, 23 assists) and 124 penalty minutes.
Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.
Stewart received five for hitting from behind and a game, Kronwall returned in the 2nd period.
The St. Louis Blues have traded defenceman Erik Johnson, forward Jay McClement and a conditional first-round draft pick to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Chris Stewart, rookie defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk and a conditional second-round draft pick.
The draft picks could be used in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but there are conditions that could change that. If the Blues end up with a Top-10 draft selection, they can choose to transfer their 2012 pick instead. If that occurs, the Avalanche will also send their 2012 second-round pick to the Blues instead of their 2011 pick.
added 9:32am, ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired former first round draft choices Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk and a conditional 2011 or 2012 second round draft choice from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a conditional 2011 or 2012 first round draft choice.
“We’re very excited to acquire a young emerging power forward in Chris Stewart and a top young NHL defenseman in Kevin Shattenkirk,” said Armstrong. “These are two solid young players who will help us now as we continue to grow and improve our team. I would like to thank Erik and Jay for their service to the St. Louis Blues and wish them nothing but the best of luck.”
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced tonight that the team has acquired defenseman Erik Johnson, forward Jay McClement and a first-round pick in either the 2011 or 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the St. Louis Blues. In return, the Avalanche gave up the services of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, forward Chris Stewart and a second-round selection in either 2011 or 2012.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
If Chris Stewart, the Avalanche’s leading goal-scorer and rising star, hadn’t suffered a broken left hand in a second-period fight during Colorado’s 7-4 rout of Minnesota on Saturday night at the Pepsi Center, Greg Mauldin would have been the story — and a very heartening one at that.
But because Stewart’s willingness to drop the gloves and throw punches proved to be costly, his injury stole much of the attention.
“Chris fractured his hand,” Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said after the game. “He’ll be re-evaluated in the morning, and we’ll know more.”
Watch the fight below in which the boys just dropped the gloves after a Wild goal…
This morning’s salute to the top three stars from last night’s NHL contests:
***Cheers to Jaroslav Halak of the St. Louis Blues, who stopped 24 shots in Nashville to top the Predators, handing the home club their first regulation loss of the season. This was Halak’s second consecutive shutout, after blanking Pittsburgh on Saturday and the former Montreal Canadien now boasts a scoreless streak of 151:15 dating back to a second period goal by Chicago’s Brent Seabrook last Friday. So far this year, Halak is certainly proving that last season’s playoff success was no fluke, with a 1.55 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.
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DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed restricted free-agent forward Chris Stewart to a two-year contract through the 2011-12 season.
Stewart, 22, led Colorado with 28 goals and finished second on the team in scoring with 64 points in 77 games last season. Stewart, who scored 25 of his 28 goals at even strength, also paced the Avalanche in both game-winning goals (5) and shots (221). The Toronto native was +4 for the season and added 100 hits and 73 penalty minutes. Stewart went on to lead the Avalanche with three goals (3g/0a) in six playoff games.
“We are pleased to have Chris Stewart under contract,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. “Chris was one of our top offensive players last season and we look forward to seeing him build on what he started a year ago.”