Around the NHL

 

Senators need to keep Jason Speeza: The Ottawa Senators have been very in trade discussions regarding numerous players and they need to decide what thety want to do with Jason Speeza. The Senators have always had some question marks but in the past they could always count on Spezza, Heatley and Alfredsson to carry them offensively. While the three have combined for 55 points this season, Jason Speeza only has 7 goals and 9 assists this season. There is speculation that the Senators may explore the possibility of moving Speeza but it might not be the smartest decision. They need to continue to build around Heatley and Spezza. Heatley would be a totally different player without playing with a dynamic center like Spezza Nikolai Khabibulin off the trade block?: Any trade talks regarding Nikolai Khabibulin has been put on the backburner. Khabibulin has responded to the competition of the HawksRead More »

Carolina Hurricanes (3-1-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2-1)

 

Projected Lineup Forwards Dupuis-Crosby-Malkin Fedotenko-Staal-Sykora Satan-Talbot-Kennedy Bissonnette-Zigomanis-Godard D-Pairings Orpik-Scuderi Letang-Eaton Sydor-Goligoski Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal Canes Lineup Samsonov-Staal-Eaves Whitney-Brind’Amour-Cullen Bayda-Sutter-LaRose Brookbank-LaCouture D-Pairings Pitkanen-Gleason Corvo-Seidenberg Wallin-Babchuk Melichar Michael Leighton will start in goal

A look ahead at the games this week

 

10/20/08 @Boston Bruins (2-1-1) The Bruins have the started the season with four straight road games and host the Penguins on Monday for their home opener. Boston is coming off a 4-2 win against the Ottawa Senators. Marc Savard is off to a solid start and leads the Bruins with 9 points in four games. RW Phil Kessel who has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the summer is second on the team with four goals. Kessel scored two goals in the Bruins win Saturday night. The Bruins struggled to score goals last season but they are a much better offensive team this season with a healthy Patrice Bergeron. Forward Chuck Kobasew (22 goals last season) is currently on the shelf with a fractured right ankle. Player to Watch RW Michael Ryder (1goal ‚Äì 4 assists ‚Äì 5 points) With Kobasew out of the lineup the pressure is onRead More »

NHL: Wednesday’s Rumor Mill

 

O’Sullivan signs three year deal The LA Kings have signed forward Patrick O’Sullivan to a three year deal. O’Sullivan missed all of training camp due to his high demands but in recent days the two sides made progress in negotiations. Last season, O’Sullivan scored 22 goals and added 31 assists for 53 points. Hurricanes to pursue Brendan Shanahan? The Carolina Hurricanes have made plays for Glen Murray and Mark Parrish over the course of the summer. Thus far they have come up empty. In the market for a top 6 winger the Canes may now make a pitch for Brendan Shanahan. Shanahan who continues to wait on the Rangers has drawn interest from the Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins. McLaren drawing interest from¬†five teams The agent for Kyle Mclaren has had talks with the Tampa Bay Lighting, St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers.Read More »

NHL Preview: SouthEast Division

 

Inside Report: what everyone will be watching this season is whether the Capitals can play at the level they did near the end of the regular season. The Lightning and Hurricanes will have something to say about that while the Panthers and Thrashers begin the season on the outside. Both teams lack the offense to compete this season. The Panthers will look to win with defense. Expectations will be high for the Capitals. 1. Washington Capitals (43-31-9) The Capitals went 11-1 last year to clinch a playoff berth and won the South East division title on the final day of the regular season. Head coach Bruce Boudreau changed the whole complexion of the Capitals. He made hockey fun for the players and they excelled under his leadership. Alexander Ovechkin (65 goals ‚Äì 47 assists ‚Äì 112 points) flourished under Boudreau and was named the league‚Äôs most valuable player. Ovechkin isRead More »

Day 2 NHL Free Agency

 

Day 3 8:40 a.m. – This is what I got right now. Jagr a longshot. Naslund is also looking like a longshot. Most of Naslunds efforts are with the New York Rangers, Vancouver and Minnesota. With Fleurys contract the pens are down to 8 million in cap space with 4 roster sports to fill. Shero looking at older veterans but i was told to lower the expectations. Hearing Jason Williams , Mirsolav Satan and this morning. A lot of pressure on Shero to get a top 6 winger via trade. gotta run… update later. 1:08 a.m. Penguins expect decision from Naslund tomorrow. Talks intensifying with Matt Cooke. Cooke is also in talks with two other teams. Despite Penguins breaking off talks with Bertuzzi, Penguins still interested if his demands come down. Big news of the night — sources are confirming that the Penguins have signed Marc Andre Fleury to aRead More »