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Garrioch: 'The heat is definitely on Hitchcock'

10/25/2014 at 11:53pm EDT

Staal, Myers, and more! The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch also offers the following rumors:

The St. Louis Blues could fire coach Ken Hitchcock if his team isn’t able to get its act together quickly. The heat is definitely on Hitchcock after an early playoff exit last spring and the club brought in Bob Gainey to act as a mentor. The Blues signed centre Paul Statsny in the off-season and expect to be better. If they don’t buy into Hitchcock’s program soon, you would have to think changes are coming ... With the World Cup of Hockey set to return in 2016 in Toronto, the committee has spoken with organizers of the Toronto International Film about overlapping their last week with the tournament. Not sure TIFF needs the exposure but it would be a good fit for the NHL and NHLPA to get more notice ... Confirm or deny: The Coyotes and the Senators had discussions about defenceman Jared Cowen ... A league executive said Friday teams will start to get nervous at the 20-game mark. “You don’t really know what you’ve got after 10 games. You have a pretty good idea after 20,” he said.

Garrioch continues and suggests that Martin Brodeur is still dead-set on being a #1 goaltender, and I don't want to post this, but I suppose I have to:

There has been plenty of talk about Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers ending up in Detroit, but the Red Wings aren’t the only ones in pursuit. League sources say Anaheim GM Bob Murray has been sniffing around Myers and may have more assets than the Wings to actually do the deal. Even though Myers has $5.5 million cap hit through 2018-19, Buffalo GM Tim Murray has told teams in no uncertain terms he won’t give the 24-year-old away without a strong package in return. It’s believed the asking price is two high-end prospects and a pick. The Ducks have been trying to acquire a blueliner for awhile and Myers fits the bill and apparently the Oilers have made a call on Myers as well. Both teams have the assets with prospects and picks to put together a package that could satisfy the Sabres

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