Friday, December 31, 2010

Trade! Montreal -> Anaheim

*-> Montreal has traded forward Maxim Lapierre to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Brett Festerling and a 5th round draft pick.

This is clearly a defenseman panic move as well as a body has to go now that Max Pacioretty has shown he's ready. I still don't like the move as now Montreal have a crowded blueline. Lapierre is also one of the few french born players left on the team.

Ice Scoopz: Friday Afternoon

*-> Brian Rolston successfully cleared reentry waivers and will continue to stay in Albany till he is dealt. Rolston is rumored to be very unhappy about the series of recent events and surprised he wasn't claimed but has told the New Jersey media he is willing to stick it out with the New Jersey and fill any role needed from him. Rolston is pushing a trade and hopes that the Devils will find a partner shortly. I'm kinda surprised he didn't get claimed at half price but then again Rolston said it best himself when he told the media he expects his salary detered many teams.

*-> The new Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster has told the Calgary media he still does not intend on trading team captain Jarome Iginla. Feaster will not ask him to waive his no trade clause and feels Iginla is an important part of the team. Iginla has noited he is aware of the rumors and he claims they don't bother him at all. This is old news but since the rumors are once again stirring over and over around the rumor world I figured this should silence those spreading them.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2011 World Juniors: 4 Days In


Brayden Schenn - Canada - The younger brother of Luke Schenn has shown some serious offensive potential this tournament. I've been impressed with Schenn, I have to say he's even surprised me as I didn't expect him to be putting up phenomenal numbers. 12 points (6 - 6) in 3 games is hard to ignore. Although he does play on one of the two major contenders his US counterparts have put up only a quarter of the points he has.

Ryan Ellis - Canada - Ryan Ellis was expected to be one of Canada's top performers going in and he has not disappointed so far. The prototypical powerplay quarterback and offensive catalyst for the Canucks. His hockey sense is tremendous and clearly see's the play breaking down before the puck has even left his stick. There were major concerns about his play in his own end but I can see a drastic defensive improvement from the last time around as he no longer looks like an out of place forward on the backend.

Erik Gudbranson - Canada - The Orleans native has shown why the Florida Panthers tried so hard to try and sign him to their main roster. The big blueliner has the total package and has looked like Team Canada's best defenseman so far. Clearly capable of shutting down a top line or putting up numbers from the back end. Gudbranson is tied for the tournament lead with Brayden Schenn an impressive +8. He's also managed to rank 3rd in tournament scoring with 5 points in 3 games as he looks to be the most NHL ready of all this years tournaments participants.

Joonas Nattinen - Finland - The big Finn wasn't on many teams radars before the tournament began but the Montreal prospect steamrolled his way with a surging Team Finland. Nattinen has the size and physical abilities the Canadiens have dreamed about for years. Has unusual hitting abilities for a European born player as seen with his hit on Brock Nelson of the US who isn't shy himself of physical play. Not only can he hit with 3 goals in 3 games he's shown a little offensive upside as well. A major reason why the Finns have muscled their way into the next round.

Joni Ortio - Finland - The Calgary Flames may have a steal on their hands with Ortio. I've caught several glimpses of Ortio overseas and he's looked stellar. He has shown he has nerves of steal and stole the extra point away from the US and almost the win before he had a tough break with an untimely weak goal. Apart from the weak goal Ortio has played well for his club in all 3 games and currently boasts the best save percentage (94.59%) among goalies who have played more than one game this tournament. The Finnish goaltender factor is still producing.

Vladimir Tarasenko - Russia - Tarasenko makes the stud list because every Russian game I've watched so far this year in Buffalo he's been the only player that had me on the dge of my seat everytime he had the puck. He's truly an offensive talent that with some brief North American seasoning could be NHL ready soon. The Russians don't seam to have any jump or the ability create any chances till Tarasenko or his line gets into the play. His 1 point isn't good enough to put him in the top 23 point scorers but his numbers do not do his play justice. Great vision and has incredible hands, my only knock on Tarasenko to date is that he needs to shoot first pass later as his linemates have failed to capitalize on the presents he's given them.

Robin Lehner - Sweden - Although the Swedish net minder has only played one game so far splitting the first two games with partner Fredrik Petersson Wenzel, Lehner has impressed. Lehner appears to be the real deal as he shut down and shut out the high flying Russians. He didn't seam phased or even pestered by any of the Russians attacks and looked to be in full form despite lingering injury concerns. It's still early yet to declare Lehner the goalie of the tournament as he will face an even bigger test when he suits up against the Canadians on Friday afternoon.

Anton Lander - Sweden - Lander has dazzled hockey fans so far with the Swedes and appears to be yet another piece of the Edmonton oiler puzzle. Terrific offensive abilities along with a responsible defensive side. His +4 is among the highest ratings for the Swedes and currently has 3 points (1- 2) in 2 games. We'll have to wait a see if Lander will be able to produce against much tougher competition however.


Phillip Grubauer - Germany - Grubauer was expected to be the back bone of the German squad but hasn't played up to his potential. The Kingston goalie has struggled to be a dominate force and has struggled to keep his team in games where they should be easily leading. Several soft and untimely goals have taken the sails out of his squad when a big save was need to spark his helpless team. Although the blame isn't sorely on Grubauer, he will be needed to improve his play otherwise Germany could find themselves relegated out of the tournament.

Nino Niederreiter - Switzerland - Yes I know it's only been 2 games in but I've expected a lot more from a player who barely got cut from an NHL roster. Mind you it was the New York Islanders but Nino was expected to be the drive and the offense behind his Swiss teamates. With 2 points in 2 games it's barely the magic many were expecting. There's still plenty of time left but if he doesn't turn it up against the Slovaks he and his countrymen could find themselves playing for only their dignity instead of playing for a medal.

Zach Kassian - Canada - Kassian is another big player this tournament I've expected big things out of but hasn't shown me much to impress. Kassian was being counted on to produce and make space on the top line but has seamed more like a hindrance to his line mates. Although he has 1 point in 2 games I expected him to be a driving force behind Canada's "lunch pail" squad. Bad penalty after bad penalty and almost blowing the game for the Canadians against the Russians with a lazy needless penalty. He's one of only 2 minus players on a high scoring Team Canada.
Great World Junior tournament so far out of Buffalo. This is my second favorite time of year next to Trade Deadline day of course and to be honest I look forward to the U20ks more than the Olympics funny enough. Its just something about these potential stars putting everything on the line for a medal. Watching these kids knowing that one day some of them will be the next generation of Crosbys, Kanes, Toews, Malkins and Ovechkins while others will fade into obscurity. Each year a new storyline emerges and legacys are made. I guess its the same to say for the Olympics but those are grown men with their paths already laid out, the Juniors are kids trying to carve out their paths. Later on tonight I'll post a few of the players I feel to watch and some of my observations from the tournament so far.

*-> Marek Svatos's stay in St. Louis was brief as he was claimed today by the Nashville Predators.

*-> Word around the league is the Atlanta Thrashers are offering up a package of Ben Eager and Niklas Berfors. The Minnesota Wild organization is one of the teams reportedly thinking about the deal. The Thrashers asking price is a draft pick for this years draft.

*-> Brian Rolston will be on the move in the next 48 hours it's being said.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Trade! New York Islanders -> Montreal

*-> The New York Isles have traded defenseman James Wiesnewski to the Montreal Canadiens for a conditional 2nd round draft pick in 11 and a conditional pick in 2012.
Obviously something had to give in Montreal with Andrei Markov out and the Canadiens slumping.

Thanks Mack for the tip.

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Afternoon

*-> TSN is reporting veteran Brian Rolston has been assigned to Albany of the AHL today. It appears Lou is going back on his previous statements and is preparing to place the veteran forward on re-entry waivers where he is expected to be claimed. It's said the Devils are sending a message to their players and hoping to clear some much needed cap space for any possible move in the near future by placing Rolston on rentry waivers. Several teams are interested if New Jersey picks up the tab. Were Kings were lited as a team interested till the recent trade for Marco Sturm as were the Blues before this mornings signing of Marek Svatos. Toronto has been mentioned since the start of the season as well. Buffalo is also in the mix it's said. Many are sayiong New Jersey and the Ottawa Senators have been talking about possibily replacing Jason Spezza till he returns from injury but the rumor is Jaime Langenbruner. Could it possibly be Rolston the Sens are looking at instead?

*-> Darryl Sutter has finally been relieved of his duties as the GM of Calgary Flames after making head scratching move after move. He will be replaced by Jay Feaster on a interm basis. A long time coming in my mind, Sutter has successfully sunk the Flames with one bad decesion after another.

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Morning

I hope everyone had a Christmas / Happy Holidays this past weekend. I had a good weekend off and spent some much needed time with the family before I seclude myself for the World Juniors. A quick signing for the morning and I'll be back around 3 with more news and rumors. See you then.

*-> The St. Louis Blues have signed Marek Svatos of Avangard OMSK to a 1 year contract. However Svatos will have to pass through waivers first. The deal is reportedly a 2 way contract worth 800K.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

2011 World Junior Preview / Ice Scoopz Predictions

Here are my 2011 World Junior Predictions, remember this isn't based on the teams overall skill set level but the final standings based on the Group seedings and the tournament format.

1. United States
This was a hard call to make as I am Canadian but the US brings too much to the table this year. The US has 8 returning veterans to the tournament from their gold medal winning squad which will help greatly. The core of the team is impressive with many of their core players playing in higher levels of competition than many of their rivals with Nick Leddy, Jerry D'Amigo, and Kyle Palmieri playing in the AHL while Jeremy Morin was loaned from the roster of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Yanks forwards should be able to play at both ends of the rink. First round draft picks Nick Bjudstad, Charlie Coyle and Emerson Etem should provide an offensive punch while fellow 1st rounder Brock Nelson will bring the jam. The versatility of the American's forwards is the reason I give them the edge to the tournament. Not only are they high flying and offensive they play a solid system and play solid defensively. Speaking of defense, on the defensive side of things the Americans have a deadly backend featuring Derek Forbort, John Merrill, Justin Faulk and Nick Leddy who should be their goto guy this year and be one of their best producers. They have a nice blend of grit and skill which should benifit them greatly. Jack Campbell stole the tournament for the US last year and should provide the same solid goaltending this tournament. There's no reason for a decline in play and should be able to elevate his game for the occasion. If he goes down however the Americans could be in serious trouble with the untested Andy Iles as the backup. The American's have the total package this year and although they don't have the big names as they did in the past the core is solid and many of their players are highly touted prospects in the NHL. There really is no weakness except for the pressure on them to repeat as tournament champions but most likely the home turf advantage and crowd should motivate them to play.
Team MVP = Kyle Palmieri

2. Canada
It was extremely hard for me to rank the Canadians 2nd as I am from Canada but I the US just had a few more ups than my fellow countrymen. The Canadians could easily be the number one team in this tournament as they boast a potent offense and a deadly defense. However I'm not sold on this "lunch pail" blue collar style the coaches have been preaching but to not see Canada in the Gold medal game would be a major shock to almost everyone in the hockey world. It's next to impossible. This new style really doesn't make sense as the Canadians have plenty of offensive talent and skill to go around. Brett Connolly if he recovers from his concussion could be one of those individual talents that carries the red and white squad. Ryan Johansen is considered NHL ready by most and is one of the best two way players in junior hockey. Johansen should be one of the major players on the team. Louis Leblanc, Quinton Howden and Carter Ashton all have offensive capabilities while curtis Hamilton, Marcus Foligno and Zack Kassian should be the official "lunch pail" crew. I'm not sold at all on this style of play but I can see it working well against teams like Sweden and Russia. When it comes to a team thats not afraid to bite back like the States or if they get into a goal for goal game with a team with offensive punch it could be a problem. Their defense will be the focal point and one of their key strong points. Erik Gudbransen, Dylan Olsen and Jared Cowen will be the "rock" of stability on the backend. Gudbransen made the Florida Panther squad but was only sent back to Kingston because of contract issues. how many players in the World Junior Tournament can boast that? If Cowen returns to form, he should be eager to show that he's ready for the show as well. Junior stand out Ryan Ellis will be the teams offensive catalyst from the point and should provide most of the chances coming from the back. You can expect he'll log heavy minutes and provide leadership as the Nations captain. He'll also be joined by Calvin De Haan who is no slouch in ether department. In goal they will have yet another tournament where the duties will be flip flopped and they'll ride the hotter goaltender between Olivier Roy and Mark Visentin. Neither goalies have shown anything above average in the days leading up to the tournament so it's hard to say who will become the number one and if the experiment will be a success. It's always hard on a team and their goalies when no-one knows who the starting goalie will be and a decision is handed down game by game. Team Canada would be number one if it wasn't for the Americans home country advantage, deep roster, Canada's average goaltending, strange choice of style and lack of experience up front. Canada will be in the Gold medal game and will be in it to the end. Canada's defense is just too good for them not to be.
Team MVP = Ryan Ellis

3. Sweden
The Swedes continue to year after year produce high caliber players and provide the world with entertaining World Junior squads, this year should be no different. The Swedes quite possibly have the best goaltender in the tournament in my opinion in Robin Lehner. If not best goalie then second best at worst. The Tres Kronor are coached extremely well and each year they continue to buy into the system. The only knock many can say about Team Sweden is that they cannot play the physical game their neighbors the Finns, and rivals in North America can bring to the table. Future first round draft pick Gabriel Landeskog should help change that this season as he brings a tough and gritty style to Buffalo this year. He's alos the only player other than Lehner to have experienced first hand the North American way so he will feature heavily in this teams drive to a medal. One half of the Klingberg brothers Carl will also be a major factor on Sweden. Anton Lander and the returning veterans will also help give this team some much needed experience. Their defensive core will be their biggest strength this year. The Swedes boast another deep talented defensive core as they seam to keep providing year after year. tough as nails Patrick Nemeth will provide the sandpaper while Tim Erixon and John Klingberg will provide the firepower. Possible top 5 draft pick Adam Larsson will also be present on the backend. As pointed out earlier I truly believe Robin Lehner is the best goalie in the tournament this year. If he can recover from his injuries while playing for the Binghamton Senators he should be able to carry the Swedes even if their offense sputters. In the end the Swedes are a deadly team and should contend for a medal if all goes as planned. The goaltending and defense will be their major strengths and if they can over achieve offensively they could win this tournament.
Team MVP = Robin Lehner

4. Russia
Individual talent and soft play are two of the Russian squads biggest problems. The Russians can't seam to always struggle mainly because many of their players are more concerned about putting up individual stats rather than put the teams stats first. Nikita Filatov's icing the puck trying to score an empty net goal in Ottawa is the perfect example. This year there isn't a superstar on the roster and the Russians have virtually chosen to ignore any of their prospects playing in North America. Stanislav Galiev and Ivan Telegin both were surprisingly left of the roster along with potential first round draft pick Vladislav Namestnikov. Kirill Kabanov and the Russian Federation's politics have kept him out of the lineup once again as well. Although no Malkin's or Ovechkin's are on the radar this year they do have Vladamir Tarasenko and Evgeni Kuznetsov. Tarasenko is highly under rated going into this tournament and is putting up numbers in the KHL playing against men. Many feel he is the most NHL ready among the many young prospects in this tournament. The Russian's won't have trouble putting the puck in the net when they get the chance but the physical play of the States and Canada should freeze their assets when it comes to chances. The backend of the Russian team is better than years before and Dmitri Orlov should be their goto guy once again. In net they have Igor Bobkov who should fare well having played the North American style of play with the London Knights. A big coaching change also should help the Russians with a more youth friendly coach in Valeri Bragin . All in all the Russians have no where to go but up after last years tournament but could find themselves in a similiar position again due to the Russian Federations politics keeping some of their more talented players off the roster. I can't see the Russians missing the medal rounds however.
Team MVP = Vladamir Tarasenko

5. Finland
Not many other people than myself have the Finns this high on the their lists but I feel the Finns have a decent team as well as an anything goes pool in Pool B. The Finns have just as much of a chance as the Germans, Slovaks and the Swiss so anything can happen. Finland is the only outside of North America to be able to play a heavy hitting physical style without sacrificing talent to do so. A major loss to the Suomi was the loss of star player Mikael Granlund but the Finns should be able to muster enough goals from Teemu Pilkkinen's play making and Joel Armia's offense. The Finns strength up front however isn't offense based but instead comes from their gritty play and determination. Their defensive style is also a key attribute and should be able to hold off the weaker competition from out scoring them. Montreal draft pick Jonas Nattinen is a heavy hitting defensive pillar of their squad. Their defense isn't laden with many big names or even a memorable name. Sami Vatanen and Tommi Kivisto will be the main players on the backend. Many have writting off the Fins goaltending but I've seen Joni Ortio in action and am convinced the Flames had a steal in 09. He could be a sleeper goaltender of the tournament ala Jaroslav Janus. The other netminder Sami Aittokallio is decent as well and the pair should split the round robin. The Finns are a long shot for anything but I feel their style of play could put them in the quarter finals over the other members of Group B. Their not the most talented but each member of the team meshes well and everyone of them have play the rugged shut down style play that could at least stall many of the pool rivals. If they can contain the offense and play spectacular defense they could surprise a few and squeak on to the next round.
Team MVP = Teemu Pilkkinen

6. Germany
The Germans find themselves in an easy group and could be the team to go on but it all depends on one man standing on his head and two men carrying the weight of a nation. Phillipp Grubauer will be their star once again and fellow Germans Tom Kuhnhackl and Tobias Rieder will follow suit. The success of the team rides heavily on those 3 individuals which is a lot of pressure but all 3 players should be able to elevate their games for the situation. 7 of the 21 players currently play in the CHL so the Germans should be accustomed to the North american tempo which should fair well for the Germans. On forward the Germans have Windsor Spitfire star Tom Kuhnhackl as he'll be expected to create most of the chances for the black, orange and yellow. Soon to be 2011 first round draft pick Tobias Rieder continues to impress and shouldn't disappoint offensively. Mirko Hofflin should also be another key figure to watch up front. The Germans can produce offense if given the chance but getting those chances will come harder for them than most. The German blueline is fairly weak and not experienced and only Konrad Abeltshauser stands out among the many. The key to the Germans having any success at all will be in one mans hands, Phillip Grubauer. Grubauer will see a lot of puck this tournament and it's a good thing since he's quite capable of standing on his head. If Grubauer falters however so will the rest of the Germans. Their success depends on it.
Team MVP = Phillip Grubauer

7. Czech Republic
I think the Czech Rep have a more skilled team than the Germans but due to the way the pools are setup I feel it would be impossible for the Czech's to advance, however they should beat the remaining competition in the relegation rounds. They have a decent squad but the days of the Czech's being a powerhouse is over and the cycle of life continues. The hockey program is struggling to pump out stars as it did in the past. This years crop is a better than last years however. The Czech will have a decent amount of offense and should have an alright defense but against a high powered offense they'll find trouble. Another worry for the Czechs is in net as neither of their goaltenders are spectacular. The Czech forward core features 8 CHL players so they should be able to take a bit more of the crash and bang style than their peers. The first line should feature the dynamic duo of Jakub Culek and Petr Straka best of friends and line mates for the Rimouski Oceanic. They'll provide most of the offense while Andrej Nestrasil and Martin Frk will fill the secondary role. Chillwack Bruins Roman Horak and Robin Sedlak should round the offense out. On the backend the Czech's took a major hit when star defenseman David Musil went down due to injury. The weight will spread out amongst an average defense corps. Adam Sedlak of the 67's could surprise many. As mentioned above they have a below average tandem in between the pipes. It's tough to even pick a starting goalie amongst Filip Novotny and Marek Mazanec. The tandem will have to put on a pretty impressive performance to contain mainly of the tough opponents in Group A. To make the medal round the Czech are going to have to way over achieve this year, it isn't impossible but likely wont happen. The only way is ff the Russians have a major break down and free fall from contention. The team has to rely on it's group of forwards and not on the defensive side of things because help won't be coming from there.
Team MVP = Jacub Culek

8. Switzerland
Many have high hopes for the Swiss and think they'll crack the top 6 but I'm not so sure. They easily could be one of the top teams in Pool B but I think they have a lot of questions to answer and too much depends on one player. If Nino Niederreiter steps up with his fellow Portland Winterhawk teamate Sven Bartschi they could make the top 6 but it will have to take some magic. The Swiss defense is full of holes, no pun intended and their goaltending is decent but not great. They should struggle against any teams with firepower. The offense consists of two players both Portland Winterhawks Nino Niederreiter who performed some World Junior magic last time around and close friend Sven Bartschi should provide some relief as well. The puck stops there however. The forwards are going to depend on a few lucky bounces and a lot of Christmas miracles. On defense the Swiss have Dominek Schlumpf to rely on. Plymouth Whaler Dario Trutmann could surprise a few watching but there isn't much back up after that. In net the Swiss have Benjamin Conz who should struggle seeing a lot of action. His back-up is HC Davos prospect Remo Giovannini. Overall the Swiss tend to overachieve but this seasons World Juniors they may need a bit more than that with most of the competition evening out after the big 4. Their group is an easy one so it is possible, Nino will have to be at the top of his game as well as every member of the roster for it to happen.
Team MVP = Nino Niederreiter

9. Slovakia
This years tournament won't feature a surging Team Slovakia. The upset of two years ago is still in our memories but most likely won't repeat again in the near future. It'll most likely be a tough tournament for the Slovaks as they lose most of they "miracle" team with Jaroslav Janus and Tomas Tatar out of the picture. The Slovaks still have Richard Panik and a decent forward group but it's still going to be an up hill battle for the team. The offense will be based around Richard Panik, he should get some support from Tomas Jurco and co. Andrej Kudrna has the potential to have a break out tournament and the Slovaks will need that extra spark to make an impact. As for the point, the Slovaks blueline is pretty thin. They'll bank on Martin Marincin being the offensive and defensive force behind the group. 3rd round draft pick Adam Janosik of the Tampa Bay Lightning returns to the squad this year as well and should provide a little help for Marincin. The rest of the defensive core is inexperienced and not likely to pack a punch. The goaltending could be a surprise factor and could be the difference in the Slovaks being relegated or not. Jaraj Holly has North American experience in Calgary with the Hitmen and if he surprises the whole squad may have a chance at overachieving. His backup Dominek Riecicky won't be much help behind him . An overachieving Slovak squad would be a plus but more than likely they'll play to their predicted ranking unless the team rallies and comes together as a unit once again it's possible but not likely.
Team MVP = Richard Panik

10. Norway
Norway is lucky to be in this tournament and their experience should be well about getting World Junior experience. They'll be lucky if they don't get relegated let along make it to the next round. They lack depth and talent at all 3 positions and will struggle even against the bottom feeders in this tournament. Their forwards don't have the offensive capabilities nor the defensive capabilities to compete. Nicholas Weberg should be their best forward and player for the Norwegians. There defense isn't an above average core or even average while the goaltending isn't much better. Team Norway should just be happy to be there this year and build on the qualifying for the tournament and plan for the next.
Team MVP - Nicholas Weberg

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Noon

*-> The Gatineau Olympiques have traded Alex Noel, a 6th round pick and their 1st round pick in the 2012 Import Draft to the PEI Rockets for forward Cody Linteau, a 5th round pick and their 1st round pick in the 2012 Import Draft.

*-> The Olympiques also pulled off another deal yesterday by trading Alexandre Beaton and their 5th round pick to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles for forwards Felix Bergeron, goaltender Dylan Brind'Amour and a 12th round pick in 2012. The trade period ends Thursday January 6th at noon so expect several more CHL deals in the next few weeks.

*-> The Calgary Flames have signed 3rd round pick Ryan Howse to a 3 year entry level deal this morning.

The IR: Wednesday Morning

*-> The New York Islanders have placed Mike Mottau and Rick DiPietro on the injured reserve. Mottau who will miss the rest of the season after undergoing hip surgery while DiPietro will miss at least seven days as a precaution because of knee swelling.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Monday Morning

The Christmas Trade Deadline is now in place till the 27th of December and not surprisingly nothing happened. Although it was quieter than I thought as I was expecting a minor deal to occur but thats the salary cap world now a days. A couple of quick rumors for today, I'll still be updating during the freeze as no matter what time of year the rumors will always fly.

*-> Reports out of New Jersey are saying Lou Lamoriello the GM of the Devils held a closed door meeting with the players and threatened a major shake up and told the players with no movement clauses their is possible ways to get them off the roster if needed. Following the meeting Brian Rolston was placed on waivers. Devils management has told the media that it's simply a cap compliance move and have no immediate plans to move or demote Rolston. No negativity has been reported out of Brian Rolston's camp before or after being waived but that could be his veteran experience and professionalism. Another report out of New Jersey has said the players are unaware any closed door meetings have ever happened during that time period. It's a tough call, big Lou is a tough no nonsense GM and you'd have to think he's pretty irate with the situation in the Brick so far. I can see him making those statements but if the players are denying no meetings have taken place it's hard to say so keep that in mind. While on the Brian Rolston topic I'm hearing the Minnesota Wild would like Rolston to return to Minny but once again at half price at the Devils expense. Los Angeles which I believe is a long shot and also the Anaheim Ducks have been linked to the veteran forward.

*-> The Minnesota Wild are shopping struggling defenseman Cam Barker around the league as he's fallen out of favor in the Wild organization.

*-> Some recent rumors have the Rangers offering young center Brandon Dubinsky unofficially to the Dallas Stars as bait for Brad Richards. Not too sure how true this one is, I'm not buying it yet.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Sunday Afternoon

A few rumors to report as the Christmas Trade Deadline looms. Not much activity so far but should pick up hopefully later this afternoon.

*-> Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman is insisting that the Bolts have only touched base with free agent goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Yzerman claims his team is prepared to moat likely payout the season with his tandem. Despite these claims many around the hockey world are saying Tampa is indeed interested if they could get him cheap. The Sens keep coming up as well but do not have the cap space to proceed and are struggling to find takers for Brian Lee. Colorado is also reportedly in the mix but still on the fence about bringing in help. Washington is still sticking with their 100% not interested in a goalie this season.

*-> The Columbus Blue Jackets are reportedly talking to the New York Rangers about Michael Del Zotto. It's believed the Jackets are trying to send former Ranger Fedor Tyutin back to the Big Apple along with Nikita Filitov in exchange for young Del Zotto.

*-> Pierre Lebrun has reported several teams have contacted the Devils in regards to Brian Rolston but are asking to get him at half price on re-entry waivers. One of the teams is rumored to be St. Louis.

*-> Lebrun has also reported that underachieving Nikolas Berfors is on the block with the Atlanta Thrashers.

*-> The Flyers are having no luck so far shopping Scott Walker, Dan Carcilo or Nikolai Zherdev. The attention from most teams is on James Van Rymsdyk but their asking price is ridiculously high. Some have even reported its as high as 2 first rounders and a prospect. They still however maintain their not shopping the young forward.

More in a bit.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Friday Afternoon

*-> The Chicago Blackhawks have signed free agent forward Ryan Johnson to a 1 year 1 way contract. Johnson had been playing with the Rockford IceHogs the past season before signing with Chicago. Great signing for the Hawks I'm surprised he lasted this long on the market. A good defensive player to replace the loss of Andrew Ladd and John Madden

Ice Scoopz: Friday Lunchtime

*-> The Anaheim Ducks are reportedly shopping one of their many spare defensemen. It's rumored that Paul Mara and Sheldon Brookbank are on the block. Mara has been recently used on the 4th line as a forward so it only makes sense the Ducks will deal one of their spare parts. It's rumored that the Dallas Stars and the Edmonton Oilers are interested in Mara's service.

*-> The St. Louis Blues are still looking at bringing in some help to relieve some pains from recent injuries. The Blues inquired about Alexei Kovelev from the Sens but it's not believed the Sens are shopping him quite yet. Jaime Langenbruner has been linked but it too is also unlikely. The Blues may have to wait till close to the deadline for help or take a look at one of the New York Ranger's expendable forwards like Alexander Frolov or the Flyers Nikolai Zherdev.

*-> Brian Lee is still awaiting his fate as he sits in the press box. Ottawa GM Bryan Murray has said he's still shopping the young D but said theres no takers and without any playing time the chances of him being moved are getting slim. It's still believed Vancouver has interest but would like him on re-entry waivers and Ottawa picking up half the tab.

*-> Montreal tried to shop gritty forward Dustin Boyd earlier this week but found no takers and waived him. Boyd is expected to try and play his way out of Hamilton till Montreal is able to move him. The Habs do not wish to move lose him on rentry waivers it's being reported.

Ice Scoop: Friday Morning

Here are your transactions from yesterday and this morning

*-> The Dallas Stars have sent down Aaron Gagnon and Richard Bachman to the Texas Stars.

*-> Matt Walker's conditioning stint in Adirondack has ended and has been recalled by the Flyers.

*-> The Devils have sent Harry Young back to Albany.

*-> The Nashville Predators have called Steve Begin up from Milwaukee.

*-> The Chicago Blackhawks have sent back Jeremy Morin to the Rockport IceHogs.

*-> Johan Harju has been returned to Norfolk by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*-> St. Louis Blues have called up Nikita Nikitin from Peoria.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Evening

*-> The Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has told the Florida media that he has indeed spoken to Nabokov's agent Don Meehan while the Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau has said his club is not at all interested in bringing in another goalie. Meehan has said 3 teams have been in contact with him so far. So we know the Bolts are one of the 3 and if Washington isn't involved then that still leaves 2 left. It's hard to say at this point who would be interested but one would think the Ottawa Senators could be a potential suitor given their recent struggles and their lack of consistency between the pipes. I've heard San Jose's name being mentioned but why wouldn't they have kept him in the first place? and also they would have to move ether Nittymaki or Neimi first. Chicago another name being mentioned as well but they already have Turco and it looks like they have faith in Corey Crawford at this point. It'll be interesting in the up coming days to see where he lands.

*-> A little bit more on the Hudler rumors that have taken off this morning. Jiri Hudler could be on the move come the trade deadline as the club views him as expendable and could be shopped for another key piece of the puzzle. This afternoon Bob McKenzie has twittered that Hudler could indeed be on the block especially by the deadline. It's not hard to see the Wings wanting to part ways after Hudler went to the KHL and became a spare part of the organization. It's unknown at this point who could be possible suitors but any team looking to add a bit of offense could take a look at acquiring Hudler.

*-> It appears veteran Dean McAmmond is ready to call it quits after struggling to find a team this season and only playing a minor role with the Devils last season.. While it's not official, the conference could be coming in the next few days.

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Afternoon

*-> Brian Fahey has been sent back to Hersey by the Washington Capitals while Jay Beagle and Andrew Gordon have been recalled back to the big club.

*-> Chicago has recalled Jeremy Morin from the Rockford Ice Hogs.

*-> Dan Kelly has been sent back to Albany from the Devils.

*-> The Florida Panthers Kenndal McArdle has been sent back to the Rochester Americans.

*-> Luke Adam has been sent back to the Portland Pirates by the Buffalo Sabres.

*-> Jonas Holos has been recalled by the Colorado Avalanche.

*-> Michael Leighton's conditioning stint in the AHL has ended and he now has been returned to the Philly Flyers.

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Afternoon

*-> New Jersey Devil Brian Rolston has cleared waivers and will remain in the line up until management decides to. A signs are pointing to just a cap clearing waiving and no set plan to demote or trade is in place as revealed yesterday.

*-> Evgeni Nabokov's agent Don Meehan has confirmed that the Tampa Bay Lightning have contacted him it's been reported. Speaking of the Bolts their expected to recall former Montreal Canadien Cedrick Desjardins from Norfolk to see if he can step in and steer the teams goaltending woes in the right direction.

*-> Jiri Hudler is on the block in Detroit according to reports, more on this later this afternoon.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Afternoon Update

*-> An update on Brian Rolston, the Devils have no plans on immidiately placing Rolston on re-entry waivers. Rolston was told he will not have to report to Albany and will remaim with the Devils. No trade plans ether management has said.

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Afternoon

*-> Brian Rolston has been placed on waivers by the New Jersey Devils TSN's Bob McKenzie has twittered. A surprise out of the Brick, while Rolston is no longer the same player he was, he still has value. It's no secret the Devils have cap issues after the Kovalchuk signing this was long over due but it makes you wonder if a trade or a planned claim is coming.

*-> Team Canada has made their first round of cuts today as the road to the World Juniors in Buffalo winds down. Defensemen Brayden McNabb, Jesse Blacker, and forwards Brad Ross, Brendan Gallagher, Linden Vey, Garrett Wilson, Joey Hishon were all released this afternoon. The only real surprise out of the bunch was Joey Hishon, the rest had a slim chance to begin with. I do like what Brad Ross brings to the table but talent over jam is more important during international play.

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Morning

A few minor transactions to start the morning off as well as an update on Evgeni Nabokov.

*-> The Washington Capitals have sent Andrew Gordon to the Hersey Bears.

*-> Dave Scatchard, Adam Cracknell and Chris Porter have been recalled to the St. Louis Blues from Peoria.

*-> Warren Peters has been assigned to the Houston Aeros from the Minnesota Wild.

*-> The Chicago Blackhawks have called up Ryan Polulny from the Rockford Ice Hogs.

*-> It's been reported by ESPN that Nabokov is indeed leaving Russia due to family reasons. The family reason being his wife is North American and along with his kids would like to return back to North America. It's reportedly nothing to do with the KHL or the franchise, his family was just unhappy and he aims to return home. He looks to sign a deal as quickly as possible and it's rumored he's seeking a 2 year deal but is willing to take a 1 year deal just to get back into the league.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Monday Afternoon

Not much brewing so far this Monday, trying to get something more from the Sens but nothing more than still fishing.

*-> Here's the Brad Richards news as promised. Brad Richards has reportedly told his agent that his number one choice is the Dallas Stars. He would like to remain a Star and may even be willing to take a pay cut to stay in Texas. That being said it all depends on the Dallas management and financial situation leadsing up to the deadline. My belief is the Stars will deal him at the deadline most likely. The Stars know there is a ton of teams looking to get their hands on him and are willing to pay the asking price which is believed to be outrageous right now. A top prospect and a high pick and a player to help now. They also know he'd seriously consider returning to Dallas in the off season if he doesn't resign. The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay Lightning are looking to wait till the off season to jump in but if a bidding war stars expect both to be a part. The Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers both have been vocal about wanting to acquire Richards and will most likely try near the deadline. A darkhorse in this is the Montreal Canadiens looking to get some more offense and now have the cap space with Markov gone for the season. I think Richards would like to stay with the Stars but it may not be his choice especially if a team is willing to part with a heavy fee, something the Stars would love, cheap young future stars.

*-> Nothing new on the Nabokov situation from the NHL side of things, I'm hearing he's had several offers from teams within the KHL however.

*-> It looks Max Pacioretty and David Deshanais were recalled not demoted as previously mentioned.

Ice Scoopz: Monday Afternoon

*-> Bob McKenzie of TSN has twittered the Vancouver Canucks have waived Guillame Desbiens and the Montreal Canadiens have waived Dustin Boyd for a second time.

*-> It appears Evgeni Nabokov is ready to return to the NHL. His agent Don Meehan has said he's ready to go and listen to all offers. It's rumored the Tampa Bay Lightning may be ready to make an offer. Nabokov would havew to pass through waivers if signed however making a signing this season very unlikely. As I finish the paragraph I'm reading the Caps would be interested as well.

*-> The Alexei Kovalev soap opera continues today as now it appears the St. Louis Blues have inquired about his price. The Sens are still saying they arn't looking to move him and he also holds a no trade clause. Its rumored he is open to a trade but hasn't come out and asked for a deal. Kovalev has had several conversations with Murray in regards to coach Cory Clouston. Kovalev still feels he's being targeted by Clouston and it's rumored to not just be Kovalev unhappy with him. Alfresson had discussions earlier this season about the veterans not respecting him. It's an interesting situation but unless a major deal comes Ottawa's way or Kovalev directly asks to be move don't expect a deal. Ottawa desperately needs offense and unless they get someone who can equally provide it, the Sens need him.

*-> The Florida Panthers phone lines are lighting up as many teams have inquired about acquiring prospect Erik Gudbransen after contract negotiations have completely stalled and the two sides are no longer talking. I highly doubt Florida will part with Erik, he impressed the organization right out of the gate at camp and would have played this season if it wasn't for the contract issues. He's a big part of the organization for a long time to come. The only way its happening is unless Gudbranson refuses to play for the Cats. Just silly rumors.

*-> The New York Rangers organization is reportedly upset that people are saying they've spoken with Brad Richards and apparently it's 100% not true. They do reportedly have interest in Richards and are expected to make a pitch this summer for him. More on Richards this afternoon.

Ice Scoopz: Monday Morning

A few demotions and recalls for this morning,

*-> The Canadiens have sent back down Max Pacioretty and David Deshamais to Hamilton.

*-> Dylan Reese and Rhett Rakhshani have been recalled from Bridgeport by the New York Islanders.

*-> Mark Mancari has been sent back to the Portland Pirates by the Buffalo Sabres.

*-> A shuffle in New Jersey this morning as Harry Young and Dan Kelly have been called up to Jersey while Alexander Vasyunov and defenseman Mathew Corrente head back to Albany.

*-> Former Oiler Marc-Andre Pouliot has been sent back to Norfolk by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ice Scoopz: Monday Morning

A slow weekend for rumors and hockey news, continued by a slow Monday morning. I hope everyone had a good weekend as I know I got some much needed R & R. A little update on the future of this site as changes are set to finally start taking place after the new year. It's been a slow progress so far due scheduling conflicts between me and my webmaster but we're on a role and you should expect exciting things come this January. I still want your input on what you guys want to see for this site. Send me an e-mail or post a follow up comment. I want to make this your one stopo for everything hockey, also if anyones looking to take out ad space you may contact me as well. Thanks everyone for sticking with us, it's only going to get better!

*-> The Marco Sturm deal has finally gone through pending Sturms physical. The Los Angeles organization has said it's all depending on Marco Sturms knees at this point but they don't feel theres an issue. The return has now been lowered from a 5th round draft pick however to future considerations. The Bruins have maintained this was a cap clearing transaction and cap space and being cap compliant is return enough. I don't like this one for the Bruins, they literally got nothing in return for a player who if they held a little longer they could have gotten a return for. However they were against the cap but one would think they'd try to get atleast a late pick back.

*-> Darren Archibald of the Niagra Ice Dogs has been signed by the Vancouver Canucks to a 3 year entry level deal. Achibald had recewntly been traded to the Ice Dogs and has suited up for 3 games thus far. Archibald has 69 goals and 70 assists in 151 OHL games.

More around noon

Friday, December 10, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Friday Morning

*-> The Boston Bruins made a few minor league trades last night. The Bruins first dealt defenseman Jeff LeVecchio and forward Jordan Knackstedt to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Sean Zimmerman and a 7th round draft pick. Then they traded forward Levi Nelson to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Juraj Simek.

*-> Rugged defenseman Brendan Witt is looking for a contract. Witt was bought out and released by the New York Islanders last season and now he appears set to make a return to the NHL. His agent has been shopping his services the past week and looks to target a club looking to boost physical play and add leadership. So far no teams have been listed as interested but speculation has the Stars, Canadiens and the Sabres could be inquiring soon if the price is right. Not too sure if any of those teams need a physical d-man except for the Habs after losing O'Byrne except now Yannick Weber has been thrown into the line-up they have an extra man on the backend so it's not likely. Witt may have to settle for a 2 way contract.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Morning

*-> The Boston Bruins are still shopping Marco Sturm, many are saying a deal could go down later this week. Reports out of Boston have the Bruins talking to both Dallas and Phoenix about a possible deal. The Ottawa Sun has mentioned Ottawa as a possible trading partner. I can see Phoenix, Dallas is iffy because of the salary limits and I also don't see the Bruins trading Sturm to a division rival.

*-> Alexander Frolov's unrest in New York has reportedly come to an end after only 24 hours. Frolov has said he's happy in New York but would like to see more ice time and isn't considering his options at all and will remain with the team. However many are predicting the Rangers will attempt to shop Frolov before the deadline to address some of their more pressing needs. Ottawa is rumored to have looked at that option but isn't biting quite yet.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Night

*-> The New York Rangers have a disgruntled Alexander Frolov on their hands. The enigmatic Frolov is reportedly been vocally upset at the Rangers coaching staff for mis using him this season. He is unhappy with his role or lack of role with the blueshirts and expected to be a key part of the Rangers when he signed on. Many have said the Russian winger will look to move on once again after the end of the season and the KHL most likely wont be the destination. This is the second time now in 2 seasons that Frolov has come out about his unhappiness with his coaching staff. First it was in LA now New York. It might be time for him to play up to his potential and re-earn his role back.

*-> The Ottawa Senators are still seeking a trading partner. GM Bryan Murray is still working the phones to try and find a shake up trade. Vancouver is still believed to be a target with Kevin Bieksa on the block but it's rumored the Canucks are trying to shop him around to get the highest price before pulling the trigger. Peter Regin is also rumored to be now a potential player to be moved. This seams like speculation to me about Regin just due to being a healthy scratch for several games. I've heard from my inside source that the Sens are rumored to be talking to the Nucks but he seams to think it's only going to be a minor deal. What do you guys think is Bieksa the fix the Sens need? I don't think so but thats just me.

*-> Dallas Star veteran Jere Lehtinen has called it a career after mulling over his future. He told the Stars earlier this season it would be them or nothing and his decesion this afternoon was it was time to get out of the game after a great career. Sad to see another veteran guy exit the league but I believe injuries played a major part and also as Kirk Cobain said it's better to burn out fast then slowly fade away.

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Noon

*-> Anton Gustafsson of the Washington Capitals is contemplating retirement as he's unhappy the way his career has landed. In a recent interview with Swedish newspapers he's said he was demoralized by being bounced around between the Hersey Bears and the ECHL by the Capitals. At the start of the season he took off back to Sweden to contemplate his future in hockey. After not playing all this time he's finally put on the skates and has begun practicing with a Swedish div 3 team. He is still unsure of his future.

*-> Mark Fistric of the Dallas Stars is rumored to be heading down to the AHL to play with the Texas Stars.

*-> The Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson has been working the phones in an attempt to obtain a number 1 to 2 defenseman. Columbus is rumored to reinterested in the Toronto Maple Leafs Tomas Kaberle. The Jackets are also rumored to be mildly interested in Kevin Bieksa of the Vancouver Canucks. It was reported yesterday they have no interest in Marc-Andre Bergeron like previously rumored.

*-> Speaking of M.A Bergeron, his surgery has gone well and expects to be ready to go by Christmas as hs agents has started trying to work the phones. His agent confirmed yesterday that he has been in steady contact with 4 teams including the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was also revealed the pucking moving blue liner is seaking a 2 year 1 way deal but most teams were offering a 1 year.

*-> The Los Angeles Kings are eyeing Sergei Samsonov of the Carolina Hurricanes in an attempt to add more fire power for the new year.

More this afternoon, including a Sens update, the Alexander Frolov news and some next season UFA updates.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Morning

I'm back after a much needed recovery day from a staff Christmas party Sunday night. Not too much going on today but a few missed news highlights yesterday however.

*-> The Pittsburgh Penguin organization have announced Bill Guerin is hanging up his skates and finally decided to retire. The Pens website reported yesterday the American winger has decided it's the right time for him to move on and will retire a Penguin. Guerin had struggled to find a team this season even after a tryout with the Flyers which is quite surprising. Something tells me there is more to this and that the Penguins have offered him an "off-ice" position with the club. Guerin really didn't seam like he was ready to call it quits but due to an offer and the lack of playing offers he may have been forced into it.

*-> Bob McKenzie from TSN reported Former Ottawa Senator Todd White was waived yesterday by the New York Rangers. He is expected to clear waivers and be sent down to Hartford of the AHL. The Rangers were contemplating what to do with White since the start of the season as they hadn't been able to find a role with the team. Many are saying this could be the prelude to an comming trade but most likely due to Chris Drury returning.

*-> A rumor surrounding the return of Pierre-Marc Bouchard of the Minnesota Wild has caught fire today. The rumor has Pierre-Marc Bouchard heading to the New York Rangers for a prospect and a pick. Bouchard who has been out over 18 months with a concussion is set to return Wednesday and the Wild are looking to add some defensive help it's said. The prospect is reportedly Matt Gilroy. many are jumping on this rumor as yesterday White was waived and the Rangers are making room for Bouchards 4 million plus salary. It is a known fact the Rangers still want offense and the Wild do need help well everywhere but many pundits have already shot this one down. I'm not seeing why the Wild would dump offensive help from Bouchard unless they know something about Bouchard we don't or are worried about him being damaged goods. anything is possible in the hockey world however.

More later this afternoon

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Saturday Afternoon

*-> The San Jose Sharks are looking at adding a puck moving defenseman and Francois Beauchemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs is a rumored target of the Sharks. San Jose has also reportedly been looking at Paul Mara of the Anaheim Ducks.

*-> The Marco Sturm situation is still on going as Sturm admitted he's being shopped and has said Los Angeles is a team on his list he's willing to waive his no trade clause. Sturm would not list his other possible destinations. It's said that Sturm is further away from a return than thought and the Kings are still weary as they'd like help sooner than later.

*-> The Boston Bruins are rumored to have taken Blake Wheeler off the table despite the rumors of the B's shipping Stuart and Wheeler to the Dallas Stars for Matt Niskanen. A very doubtful rumor in my mind, it's true the Bruins are looking for a quick puck carrying d-man to replace Matt Hunwick but it's expected they'll look in house first.

*-> The Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has told the media and his team that if things don't turn around soon he'll make some changes but would rather stick with the team in front of him. Another threat from Fletcher, didn't we hear this a month ago?

Ice Scoopz: Saturday Noon

*-> Some Ottawa Senators updates for today, Bryan Murray has once again admitted to speaking to several GM's about a possible deal and said it's going to have to be a dollar for dollar deal at this point. Brian Lee is the target of several teams and Vancouver has been said to be interested but would have to take a heavy contract back as they will have cap space issues in the future with the eventual return of Salo. Anaheim has also been linked as Ottawa Senator scouts have been watching the Ducks the past week. Murray is said to be looking at a defensive defenseman. Murray has also said he's officially had interest in Nick Foligno and Peter Regin but really isn't interested in moving them. Rumor is he will both one of the pair if he can get exactly what he's looking for.

*-> The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled Johan Harju from the Admirals of the AHL this morning.

*-> Aaron Gagnon of the Texas Stars has been recalled by the Dallas Stars.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Friday Late Afternoon

*-> The Toronto Maple Leafs have made an inquiry about James Van Reimsdyk
Tim Panaccio has reported out of Philly this afternoon. The Flyers have said no deal JVD is not avaliable.

*-> While on the Toronto subject, Brian Burke has told TSN he will not fire Ron Wilson this season. JS Giguere has also come to his coaches defense and said the it's the players responsibility to get themselves out of this one not the coaches. Looks like Wilson is safe til seasons end.

*-> Ottawa's David Hale could be heading down to Binghamton this evening as it's rumoured Bobby Butler will get the call up. Not too sure what's going on in the Nations capital but the rumblings have quieted down late this afternoon. Hopefully we'll see something happen before the weekends end. On the coaching change note it appears the veteran players such as Daniel Alfresson are starting to butt heads with Corey Clouston. It doesn't seam like the veterans respect his system at all. my source has hinted that there unhappiness from the begining of the season from several key players is still there just painted over.

Ice Scoopz: Friday Noon

*-> Nothing new yet for the Sens but David Hale has cleared waivers. I thought they'd surely lose him at that bargain price. TSN's Bob McKenzie has confirmed the clearing as well as Atlanta has placed newly signed Tim Stapleton on waivers this morning.

Ice Scoopz: Friday Morning

*-> Libor Pivko of HC Paradubice has agreed to a deal with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the KHL.

*-> Sergei Korostin of the Dallas Stars has agreed to a deal with Dynamo Tver this morning.

*-> Brayden Schenn of the Los Angeles Kings has been sent back to Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL for some fine tuning.

*-> After all that fuss yesterday with Marco Sturm, Boston GM Peter Chiarelli has said there was no official deal in place with the Los Angeles Kings. He claims he indeed did ask Sturm to waive his no trade clause and has been speaking to several teams but no deal is in place at the moment and Sturm will skate with the Bruins as a member of the B's until further notice. I'm not buying into Chiarelli's statement, I do believe he had a deal in place but Sturm's injury has held a deal back with the Kings. TSN's guys are extremely reliable and usually where theres smoke there's a little fire. Chiarelli has to move a body soon and who better than Sturm since moving him will not effect any team chemestry at the moment since he's been out. I guess that means the rumors about Marc Savard will continue to swirl (read the next paragraph) till a deal is done for Sturm or another Bruin.

*-> On the Ottawa situation it's apparent that something is in the works for the Senators. Bryan Murray has been talking to several GM's the past few days and now the rumors have begun to spiral. Many are saying that they are working on a package deal right now that includes Brian Lee and a young forward. The waiving of David Hale yesterday symbolized the need to get rid of cap space so it looks like the deal will involve the Sens taking back a bigger contract their way. Remember Hale was a guy they really liked and thought they'd lose for free in the past weeks hence the Brian Lee waiving. There are rumblings out of Calgary, Boston, Edmonton and Phoenix right now in regards to a possible deal. Some are saying it's going to be a minor deal while many believe it could be a blockbuster trade. I was joking with Jalen and CA a few weeks back saying would you make a deal for Calgary's Jarome Iginla? well some reports have Murray attempting to swing a deal for Iggy which would be a packaged deal of Kovalev, Lee, and Regin and a 1st for Iggy, another forward and a 2nd. I'm not too sold on this deal as A. Iggy would have to lift his clause and B. why would the Flames want this deal? Kovalev is playing no where near Iginla on a bad day. I do agree it might be time for Jarome to move on but this one doesn't quite add up. The Bruins deal revolves around bring Marc Savard back to his hometown Ottawa and their cap situation. With the B's not being able to move Sturm due to injury concerns they're looking at their next best option Savard. Edmonton has always been on Ottawa's radar since the Heatley ordeal so it's only fitting the Sens may try a deal for Andrew Cogliano who the Sens still reportedly covet. Dustin Penner is another Bryan Murray favorite and could fit well with Jason Spezza. The last deal I've been hearing is to Phoenix and all I'm hearing at the moment is Wojtek Wolski's name. Finally I've been told by a reliable source it may not be a trade we see first, which leads me to believe he is hinting on a possible firing. Corey Clouston is the first name that comes to mind as I highly doubt Murray will be out the door as Eugene Melnyk has said he has faith in his GM less than a week ago. It's a tough situation in Ottawa and if anyone else has been hearing any Ottawa trade rumors because I know there's a ton out there post them up, I'd love to hear em.

*-> The Atlanta Thrashers and the Toronto Maple Leafs are talking trade. GM Rick Dudley has been seen an awful lot around Toronto the past few weeks. Could Brian Little be in the Leafs sights?

More this afternoon folks!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Night

Despite the 2 - nothing deficit the Sens fans are still pretty fired up but the Sens can't seam to rally around this. They can't seam to even break out of their own zone without a bad turnover. The Sens need help fast if they want to make the playoffs let alone contend this spring.

*-> Its being reported the Montreal Canadiens are giving Yannick Weber a trial slash showcase tonight as they have sat young PK Subban. Weber could be an option for a team looking to add a puck moving D like San Jose.

*-> Peter Regin has first line minutes tonight could Murray be showcasing his talents? Regin is rumored to be on the table for any Sens deal as well as Brian Lee. Around here many are still saying Nick Foligno is untouchable still.

*-> Nothing new yet on the Marco Sturm front.

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Night

Despite the 2 - nothing deficit the Sens fans are still pretty fired up but the Sens can't seam to rally around this. They can't seam to even break out of their own zone without a bad turnover. The Sens need help fast if they want to make the playoffs let alone contend this spring.

*-> Its being reported the Montreal Canadiens are giving Yannick Weber a trial slash showcase tonight as they have sat young PK Subban. Weber could be an option for a team looking to add a puck moving D like San Jose.

*-> Peter Regin has first line minutes tonight could Murray be showcasing his talents? Regin is rumored to be on the table for any Sens deal as well as Brian Lee. Around here many are still saying Nick Foligno is untouchable still.

*-> Nothing new yet on the Marco Sturm front.

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Evening

Live from Dany Heatleys return to Ottawa as the Sharks takes on the Sens at the Scotiabank place. The atmosphere here is nuts and it should play out to be a good one.

*-> Bob McKenzie has confirmed via twitter that David Hale has indeed been waived by the Ottawa Senators. This should be a good sign that Ottawa is up to something. We just may be in for a trade. Keep a close eye on this one.

*-> The Marco Sturm trade has fallen through it appears as there seams to be injury concerns with his physical several major agency's have reported. Another situation to watch.

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Late Afternoon

*-> Reports out of Ottawa have David Hale placed on waivers by the Ottawa Senators this afternoon. Nothing official as no major media outlets nor the team have confirmed these rumors. Ottawa may be up to something.

*-> The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Brett Flemming of the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors to a 3 year entry level deal. Flemming is 10th on his squad in scoring and 2nd in defensemen.

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Afternoon

While we're waiting on the Marco Sturm trade details here are todays news a rumors.

*-> Bryan Murray and the Ottawa Senators continue to hold on to Brian Lee as they attempt to trade a trade. Lee cleared waivers yesterday but the Sens would rather deal him instead of sending him back down to the AHL and possibly losing value because of rentry waivers in the future. Murray has said he's giving his team a chance to deal with it's issues within before pulling the trigger on a major deal. Many are saying Murray is attempting to package Lee with a promising young forward which is believed to be ether Nick Foligno or Peter Regin. We'll have to watch Lee as we know now for sure the Sens are looking to dump him before the Christmas deadline. I'm still hearing Minnesota (probably because of the Minnesota connection) and Columbus. I'm not seeing ether, but I could see Minnesota taking another risk on an underachieving player and possibly paying out again ala Guilliame Lattendresse.

*-> Joffrey Lopul is set to return to the Anaheim Ducks after his conditioning stint with Syracuse of the AHL.

*-> With Michael Leighton set to return to Philadelphia the Flyers now have a goaltending controversy. With 3 goalies potentially on the roster with next to no cap space left it's no secret the Flyers are in tough. Sergei Bobrovsky wasn't expected to steal the number one spot right out of the gate and was expected to play the season in the AHL so the Flyers have a major decesion. It appears the flyers will not demote Bobrovsky to the AHL as he's played admirably so far. Bobrovsky would not have to pass through waivers as Brian Boucher and Leighton would. That leaves ether Boucher or Leighton on their way to ether a new team or the AHL. Brian Boucher is the less espensive option and well suited for the backup role. boucher has been linked as the odd man out from early on but with the cap crunch on it could be the costly Leighton. It's a tough call for the Flyers brass, in my opinion I think they may buy some time with an lenghty conditioning stint for Leighton before making any moves. The Flyers will look to trade rather than waive ether netminder as surely ether would be claimed by a struggling team as both goalies are affordable. Leighton seams destined to be the odd man out simply because of his cap hit and the Flyers will want some move to maneuver at the deadline. The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Calgary Flames were rumored to be interested in Boucher while Colorado was previously linked to Leighton.

Trade! Boston -> Los Angeles

*-> It looks like Marco Sturm is on his way out of Boston and headed to sunny Los Angeles after agreeing to waive his no trade clause. We're still trying to figure out the return for Sturm. TSN broke the trade but is also at a standstill on who is coming back to Boston.

Some are now saying it's a 2nd round pick but nothing official yet. I've also heard Wayne Simmonds but I'd be surprised if the Kings would let a prospect such as Simmonds go for a recovering and soon to be unrestricted free agent Sturm.

*-> Update! It's a conditional 5th round draft pick it's being reported. I knew it wasn't going to be a big prospect or high pick but I didn't expect a pick as low as 5th round, the Bruins must have been eager to unload Sturm. For the Bruins it's something or nothing but for the Kings Sturm adds some veteran offensive help for cheap and arn't stuck at the end of the season with a player they don't want if he doesnt work out.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Morning

It's pretty sick that someone would rob Pat Burn's wifes car after the funeral, but anyways here's this mornings rumors and news.

*-> The Kitchener Rangers have traded back Sudburys 8th round pick in the 2012 Selection draft for forward Ryan Lopes of the Wolves.

*-> It's been reported that Peter Schaefer has called it a career once again. This is not official yet though merely still a rumor. I think many people are just seeing that the Manitoba Moose site has listed him as retired from the club.

*-> Goaltender Tyler Moss has signed a deal with Langnau after playing for amur of the KHL.