Friday, November 25, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Friday Morning

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*-> Nothing new on Kyle Turris yet, I'm keeping my ears open but many are still telling me the price is way too high now that the Coyotes are willing to just sit on him till the right offer.

*-> I'm hearing some rumors out of Toronto in regards to Cody Franson. The Leafs are denying their shopping the young blueliner but Brian Burke has admitted that he has received some offers but Burke is believed to be holding him till Mike Komisarek comes back into the fold.

*-> There's still many rumors surrounding Jeff Carter's discontent in Columbus although himself, his agent and GM all have said otherwise. The rumor mongers don't seam to believe him or want to drop this one. Usually from my experience where there is a rumor there is a tiny bit of truth but this one is a tough call as I don't see the Jackets parting with him.

*-> Sam Gagner is a player is watch as the Oilers look for a blueliner. Expect the Oil to try and dangle Gagner, Hemsky, Omark or another young name to try and add a blue chip defenseman. Lots keeps kinking Linus Omark to Carolina.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Morning

A quiet day so far on the rumor front, well a quiet week so far actually. I'm not hearing too much but just teams kicking tires as every team still feels they have a shot to make the playoffs with their current rosters and deals are more cautious than usual.

I've been working on the forum situation, and I should have that up and running this week. For those using the old site I'll keep it going for another little while most likely till after December. C.A should have another edition of Crease Crashing in the up coming weeks and I have an article on the way next week as well as this Thursday I'll have a full review of Georges Laraques book. If there's anything you'd like to see on Ice Scoopz feel free to let us know, this is your site too. Just contact me at

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*-> Stuart Percy of the St. Michael's Majors was signed to a 3 year deal by the Toronto Maple Leaf's yesterday./

*-> Not hearing too much on the Kyle Turris front although I got a chance to talk to my Sens connect and was told the Sens are still interested but he hasn't heard much the last couple of days. He did tell me to watch Brian Lee. I tried to ask about the Filip Kuba to Edmonton rumors and the only response I recieved was a chuckle.

*-> As for the other teams I'm hearing the Leaf's arn't looking at Turris heavily anymore as they are looking to trade Cody Franson pretty badly at this point. There has been talks of Florida trading Scott Clemmenson to the Leafs for Franson but I'm also hearing the possibility of Jose Theodore. I've also heard that before Evgeni Nabokov got hurt that they were interested but James Riemer is making unexpected progress. The Leafs are showcasing Jonas Gustafsson and once again are attempting to deal the Monster.

*-> Finally I'm hearing that Turris has been told he'll be moved as part of the signing deal, both parties will get what they wanted. Phoenix wont settle for just anything and are holding teams to high price. I'm also hearing the Yotes wont even look to teams in the far.

More around lunch.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Evening

Sorry folks I've been in and out of the hospital visiting my dad so I've been tied up the past couple of days and unable to reports but everythings going well and now it's on to the rumors.

*-> The Ottawa Senators are continuing their pursuit of Desert Dog Kyle Turris. Don Maloney is still maintaining that he isn't shopping the centerman but I'm still hearing otherwise. It is doubtful however that the Coyotes will move him untill ether he signs a deal or until the final hours before December 1st. There are at least 8 teams interested inTurris but Ottawa, Calgary and Toronto remain the strongest bidders.

*-> There are also rumors going around the Ottawa Senators are looking at Darrick Brassard of the Columbus Blue Jackets but there appears to be better potential suitors than the Sens. It's believed that GM Scott Howson is looking for solid veteran goalie or some instant help at any posistion before he moves Brassard. I'm trying to dig deeper into this one but apart from rumors I've yet to hear anything solid. Some have said that the Islanders and the Jackets are talking Nabokov....

*-> Last bit of Sens news, it appears Nikita Filatov once again is unhappy playing in the AHL. Reports out of Russia have CSKA Moscow highly interested in the Russian sniper and willing to take him on loan.

*-> I'm hearing reports the Toronto Maple Leafs have spoken with Marty Turco in the past couple of days. With James Riemer out for what appears to be long term and the Monster not able to gain Ron Wilsons confidence the Leafs will look at all options.

*-> Niklas Hagman was claimed off re-entry waivers by the Anaheim Ducks yesterday for half the price while the Calgary Flames remain on the hook for the other half.

*-> Mikko Koskinen of the New York Islanders has gone back to Finland to join KalPa of the SM Liiga while goaltender Ari Ahonen has left KalPa in a loan to Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL due to Koskinen's arrival. <--- Check Out the new site!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Friday Noon

Here's the rest of this mornings rumors

*-> Linus Omark's name keeps coming up, a major rumor keeps spinning it's wheels saying the shootout specialist could be headed to Carolina soon if the Edmonton Oiler's keep rolling along.

*-> It's believed that Frolunda, HV71, and MODO of the SEL as well as Neftekhimik of the KHL are all highly interested in Mats Zuccarello if the New York Rangers decide to loan him overseas.

*-> I'm hearing that the Islanders are lining up suitors for Evgeni Nabokov as he's extremely restless in Long Island and wants out. He could be on the move today, there are rumors that Fedor Tyutin could be sent to the Islanders for Nabby. I'm hearing the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets remain the front runners but St. Louis, Winnipeg and Calgary have interest now too.

*-> Marty Turco continues to shop himself around the league and is still maintaining he could be had for cheap and is willing to accept a mentoring role. Columbus anyone?

*-> As I type this Bob McKenzie has twittered that he's been told Fedor Tyutin will not be traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets. It wouldn't make much sense if he were but who knows with the Blue Jackets.

More in a bit

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Ice Scoopz: Friday Morning

Lots of new rumors on the go after a day off. We'll start with the several waiver claims made yesterday.

*-> The Anaheim Ducks claimed forward Ben Maxwell off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets.

*-> The St. Louis Blues lost Taylor Chorney to the Edmonton Oilers.

*-> Mattias Ritola was waiver yesterday by the Tampa Bay Lightning then loaned to MODO of the SEL after not being claimed.

Now on to the rumors I'll start with the situation in Columbus

*-> I'm hearing lots of rumblings out of Columbus today. I received a text yesterday from a buddy saying "watch Nash". From what I'm hearing around the league is Rick Nash may be unhappy in Columbus and ready to pull the plug after watching his franchise consistently bomb. There's not doubt that absolutely nothing has worked out for the Blue Jackets except Rick Nash and maybe the signing of Vinny Prospal. Most of their high level prospects have busted and or have struggled with their careers playing in Columbus. Lets take a journey back in time for a second and look at where the Jackets first rounders have gone

2011(8th) - None - Traded to Philadelphia (Sean Couturier) with a 3rd Round Pick 2011 (Nick Cousins) and Jakub Voracek for Jeff Carter

2010 (4th) - Ryan Johansen -

2009 (21st) - John Moore -

2008 (6th) - Nikita Filatov - Trade to Ottawa for 3rd Round Pick 2011 (Thomas Tynan)

2007 (7th) - Jakub Voracek - Trade to Philadelphia for Jeff Carter with 2011 1st Round Pick (Sean Couturier) and 2011 3rd Round Pick (Nick Cousins)

2006 (6th) - Derek Brassard -

2005 (6th) - Gilbert Brule - Trade to Edmonton for Raffi Torres

2004 (8th) - Alexandre Picard - Trade to Phoenix for Chad Kolarik

2003 (4th) - Nikolai Zherdev - Trade to New York Rangers with Dan Fritsche fro Christian Backman and Fedor Tyutin

2002 (1st) - Rick Nash -

2001 (8th) - Pascal Leclaire - Trade to Ottawa with a 2nd Round Pick 2009 (Robin Lehner) for Antoine Vermette

2000 (4th) - Rostislav Klesla - Trade to Phoenix with Dane Byersfor Scottie Upshall, and Sami Lepisto

So when looking at the above for a team that has essentially picked in the top 10 for the past 10 years the Blue Jackets should boast a pretty good line-up. When Rick Nash and Rostislav Klesla (both of which were Doug Maclean era picks btw) have been your only real success the problem lies with the scouting staff and management. Ryan Johansen is their only real blue chipper in the organization and Rick Nash after being promised the ship would turn around for many years now is undoubtedly frustrated. So I believe the rumors about him being unhappy in Ohio. I don't think Rick Nash is the type to request a trade but we do remember he did test the waters of free agency in 2009. The more the ship continues to sink I have a feeling the Rick Nash rumors will persist. I highly doubt anything in Columbus is going to change without a complete overhaul of the management and even the roster.

*-> Bob McKenzie of TSN believes a deal is in the works to send defenseman Fedor Tyutin somewhere and the Nikitin deal could be a prelude to something bigger. I've been hearing Tyutin's name dropped a few times as well so we'll have to watch him over the next few hours. As for destinations I'm hearing Dallas and Montreal so far.

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*-> The Columbus Blue Jackets were at it again this morning as they dealt defenseman Kris Russell to the St. Louis Blues for defenseman Nikita Nikitin. Just another shake-up move? Or is this another setup move?

I have a feeling this isn't all for the Blue Jackets but I also have a feeling this is all there able to find at the current time.

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Remembrance Day

I hope everyone is having a good morning on this chilly Remembrance Day. Lots of rumors and even a trade to announce but out of respect for all those who lost their lives fighting in wars accross the world for our freedom I'm going to hold off till after the moment of silence. So please bow your heads and observe a moment of silence for all those brave men and women. We will never forget you.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Noon

*-> The Philadelphia Flyers have resigned Braydon Coburn to a 4 year 18$ million dollar deal this morning. Coburn has been a steady presence for the Broad Street Bullies but $4.5 million per season is a bit steap especially when moving forward with an expensive roster.

*-> Not hearing much on my mornings rumors on Boston and Florida except people are saying the Bruins are highly interested in Stephen Weiss and reuniting him with Nathen Horton. David Krejci maybe the return? I'll keep listening out for anything new.

*-> GM Scott Howson of the Columbus Blue Jackets has told the Columbus media that acquiring Mark Letestu this morning isn't leading up to another deal. I beg to differ Letestu alone isn't going to put the Jackets into contention or even close, plus this appears to be a stocking up depth move.

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Morning + Trades

The last couple of days I've received a few e-mails about adding a comments section to my blog so in the next couple of days I'll be adding a forum again. Last time around it not many people chose to use it and would rather comment on each post but a forum has so many options and I feel is the better way to go. If it goes well I'll also look at adding a brief comment section per post.

Some KHL news then a couple of minor trades to tell you about.

*-> Former Montreal Canadien and Nashville Predator Oleg Petrov has found a new team for the season. Petrov will join AK Bars Kazan for the remainder of the season.

*-> In other KHL news Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk has confirmed interest in New York Ranger Mats Zuccarello.

*-> I'm hearing rumors of the Florida Panthers and the Boston Bruins talking shop this morning. The recently surging Bruins are reportedly seaking a depth defenseman and yes more offense although they have out scored their opponents 18-5 in the last 3 games played.

*-> Last night the Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Mark Letestu from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 4th round pick in 2012. Looks like the Jackets are trying to add anything cheap possible to help their ailing club. I'm hearing they need to make the playoffs this year or else so expect some kind of push to come.

*-> The Washington Capitals also made a minor deal this morning and dealt Francois Bouchard to the New York Rangers for defenseman Tomas Kundratek. Not much to comment on for this one except both teams look to be address depth needs at the AHL level. Doubtful ether will have any impact on their parant clubs.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Morning/Afternoon

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, I got some much need R&R. Not much on the go today except a few calls in regards to the recent Daniel Alfresson rumors which we'll start with. This post was meant for this morning but got completely tied up till now but anyways on with the rumors.

*-> I know everyone by now has heard the crazy Alfredsson trade rumors that has swept the internet. To me these rumors don't make any kind of sense as why would anyone inquire about a freshly injured Daniel Alfredsson. Especially when it's a serious head injury to an aging player which many believe is way more serious than predicted. If you haven't heard the rumors they consist of Alfredsson being sent to ether the Vancouver Canucks (Swede connections i.e the Sedins) or the Edmonton Oilers (youth movement) both highly covet Alfredssons leadership abilities and on ice determination and talent. I wasn't fishing for anything on the Alfredsson subject with my source but was told randomly that Alfredsson is untouchable for now but here's the kicker it's believed he'd be willing to take a trade possibly before retiring as long as it's a hopeful shot. I was told the management on the other hand isn't feeling the same way. Eugene Melnyk is a huge Alfie fan and mosty likely would nix any deal for the captain especially since he feels the Sens still have playoff talent this season.

*-> Lots of Cory Schnieder rumors swirling as well, nevermind the silly Roberto Luongo rumors. Columbus is possibly interested as they need some help badly for young Steve Mason. They were previously looking for a veteran goalie but it's believed they could shop Mason while teams still have high hopes. Another destination would be to send Schnieder out of the West and to the New Jersey Devils where they will need a future replacement for the aging Martin Brodeur. I've also heard whispers of Luongo to NJ as well but I'm not convinced yet the Canucks are ready to pull the plug.

*-> On the Kyle Turris watch, it appears to be slowing down for now. Not much new out there, or at least I'm not hearing much new. Don Maloney went on the record Saturday night on Hockey Night In Canada and said he will not trade Turris. It seams this is about principal for Maloney and the Coyotes. It's still believed he's avaliable but Maloney is determined that a sign and trade deal is what has to happen otherwise Turris will sit and rot. The Turris camp are reportedly shopping his services and do not want any part of the Coyotes so this could get ugly before it gets done. But the key is Maloney keeps insisting that he's not shopping him. Then again the St. Louis Blues also said there wasn't going to be any coaching changes any time soon nor would Ken Hitchcock ever be the coach of the Blues so. The Toronto Maple Leafs are rumored to be yet another NHL team interested in Turris.

*-> Evgeni Nabokov is attraching interest around the league, I'm hearing at least two teams were scouting him last week. Columbus as mentioned above and rumored to also be watching are the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Well back to the office, I had a chance to start reading Georges Laraques book that comes out soon so I should have a review shortly. If anyone hasn't checked out Cody Ackland's column in the column section check it out. It's a great read and even I enjoyed it despite my Jeremy Roenick like position on Sid the Kid <-- The All New Ice

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Evening

*-> TSN has just confirmed our rumor this afternoon that the New York Rangers have indeed signed defenseman Anton Stralman to a 1 year 900K deal.

*-> The Providence Bruins have signed NHL veteran Chris Clark to a professional try-out at the recommendation of the Boston Bruins this afternoon.

*-> Cody Franson of the Toronto Maple Leafs is avaliable. Rumors have Franson upset with his ice time and usage in Toronto. I'm hearing both the Blue Jackets and the Rangers although it doesn't make much sense with the Rangers signing Stralman.

*-> The Phoenix Coyotes are telling teams that they will not trade Kyle Turris unless they can sign him first. They refuse to back down according to the management and even if a trade is reached they wish to send a message to their players.

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Afternoon

Lots of rumors starting to brew today it appears the Columbus Blue Jackets and Boston Bruins are the two names that keep resurfacing to no surprise. Check out the wicked first edition of Crease Crashing by CA today by clicking the text or heading to the Columns page.

*-­­ Not much new on Kyle Turris and the Phoenix Coyotes today. I am hearing the Senators are still leading the way, from what i hear Bryan Murray is extremely high on Turris and covets him as their second line center but are expecting more of a deal like they had with the Blue Jackets for Nikita Filatov rather than the high price being asked. The Flames are attempting to package Matt Stajan in any deal people are saying but the yotes are still contract weary and are looking for youth who can help now rather than unwanted cap hits.

*- The Boston Bruins brass has admitted to kicking tires around the league in order to help right the ship. Although management has said they don`t want to rip apart their Stanley Cup roster they have to do diligance and take a look tpo see what options they have. Rene Bourque`s name has come up several times linked to the B`s. In my opinion once the Bruins offence gets going they`ll be alright, maybe a minor move to shake them up but it`s all part of the Cup Hangover right.

*- The New York Rangers continue to talk to a free agent defenseman, Anton Stralman is the man I believe their interested in.

More in a bit...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Afternoon

A few quick whispers from around the league..

*-> Kyle Turris is rumored to have up to 8 teams interested in him. The Columbus Blue Jackets have reportedly entered the fray. Ottawa still seams to be the consensus favorite but arn't willing to pay the Coyotes the steap price being asked.

*-> Evgeni Nabokov is gaining interest around the league. Some are saying the Solumbus Blue Jackets would love to add some insurance while many are saying that Toronto is ready to pull the plug on Jonas Gustavsson and bring in support for James Riemer. I'm not too sold on the Leafs interested yet although there is the Ron Wilson connection. It isn't a secret when Rick DiPietro gets healthy the odd man out is Nabokov. No way Dipietro is going anywhere.

*-> The Edmonton Oilers are silently shopping Linus Omark around the league. The skilled winger has sat the last 5 Oiler games and isn't keen on heading back to the AHL again. Remember Omark holds a return to the KHL clause if he's unhappy. It's said several teams in the East are interested but most teams continue to try and barter for Ales Hemsky. I'm hearing the Habs and the Canes both love Hemsky.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Evening

*-> The Kyle Turris watch is on. I was contacted by a source telling me that the Ottawa Senators have been in contact with the Phoenix Coyotes in regards to Turris. My source informed me although GM Don Maloney is denying shopping the holding out Turris the Yotes are listening for offers. Apparently they have been in talks with at least 4 teams Calgary I'm hearing is the second Canadian team. The Coyotes brass are still denying any movement of Turris and still claim their ok with him sitting out but those appear to be scare tactics. My source tells me that Phoenix is asking an arm and a leg however. The asking price is rumored to be a 1st round pick, or a combo of both a defensive and forward prospects according to my source.

*-> The New York Rangers are in talks with a free agent defenseman, it looks like Marc Staal could be out even longer than believed. Some are saying Bryan McCabe but I highly doubt McCabe is in the mix.

*-> I'm hearing rumblings of a possible Marty Turco signing. Turco is in shape and ready to settle for the minimum salary along with a strictly back up role. Recently several pundits have linked him to Columbus while I'm hearing Toronto. *-> Ville Nieminen has signed a deal this morning in the KHL with Dynamo Riga.