Big Names on the move in Atlantic Division?

 

NHL RUMOR SUNDAY The Atlantic Division could see some big names being moved by the April 3rd trade deadline or this summer. Marian Gaborik tops the list as the New York Rangers are shopping the star winger for a top flight center, NHL sources say. Sources indicate GM Glen Sather remains infatuated with trying to acquire Sharks center Joe Thornton but the buzz is this type of deal would be more likely to happen during the summer than before the trade deadline. Those around the league say the Rangers shopping Gaborik in the “right deal” is a sign that John Tortorella’s seat isn’t even warm as Tortorella is regarded as growing tired of Gaborik and a likely driving force to the Rangers at least exploring potential trade options for Gaborik. Meanwhile, struggling center Brad Richards is suddenly becoming a hot topic in league circles. In the second year of a 9 year,Read More »

NHL: Latest Trade Rumblings: Teams preparing to make a run at Kovalchuk

 

Hurricanes not moving Eric Staal A number of league sources have disputed any talk that the Carolina Hurricanes are even considering the possibility of moving Eric Staal. Not going to happen under any circumstances I’m told A report by the Ottawa Sun indicated the St. Louis Blues were making a play for Staal. Market growing for Ilya Kovalchuk The Atlanta Thrashers have yet to make Ilya Kovalchuk available for trade but when or if they do, teams are already beginning preparations. The Flyers, Kings, Oilers and Canucks are four teams prepared to make a major play for Kovalchuk, sources tell me. The Kings are willing to offer a package centering around Dustin Brown and Jack Johnson, while Philadelphia has made a number of players available including Daniel Briere, Matt Carle Simone Gagne and Scott Hartnell to name a few. However, to land Kovalchuk, the Flyers are going to have toRead More »

Inside Look at the Flyers

 

Philadelphia Flyers (15-15-1-31pts) GF 90: GA 88 Divisional Record 4-2-0: Conference Record: 13-10-0 PP % 21.8: PK % 78.8 By James Conley The Pittsburgh Penguins face the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, opening up a home-and-home series that ends Thursday night in Philadelphia. It will be the first matchup of the two clubs since Pittsburgh’s 5-4 win in Philadelphia over two months ago. Since that game, the two teams have gone their separate ways. Pittsburgh (45 pts) is tied for first in the Atlantic and second in the East, while the Flyers (31 pts) find themselves locked up with the Islanders and Rangers for third in the division. The Pens (7-2-1 last 10) will be playing one of their few games this season with a healthy lineup, as well as a new-look power play featuring Matt Cooke on the top unit. The Flyers (3-7 last 10) are struggling to turn things aroundRead More »

Series Preview: Penguins in 6

 

(Courtesy of South Central) Season Series 10/14/08: PIT 3 – PHI 2 11/13/08: PIT 5 – PHI 4 12/13/08: PHI 6 – PIT 3 1/13/09: PIT 4 – PHI 2 2/21/09: PIT 5 – PHI 4 3/22/09: PHI 3 – PIT 1 Star Power PIT: Evgeni Malkin (112 pts), Sidney Crosby (103 pts) PHI: Jeff Carter (84 pts), Mike Richards (80 pts) Advantage – Pittsburgh Forwards Pittsburgh: Down the middle the Penguins are the deepest team in the NHL with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal. While Crosby, Malkin had little help for much of the season, Penguins general manager Ray Shero added Chris Kunitz (18 points, 20 pts) and Bill Guerin (12 points, 17 games) prior to the trade deadline. The additions of Kunitz, Guerin has led to Sidney Crosby‚Äôs game taking off in the past month and role players such as Max Talbot, Pascal Dupuis, are nowRead More »