NHL: Canucks, Penguins to battle for Paul Kariya once again?

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Bruins in on Whitney, Tkachuk The Boston Bruins are free falling in the standings and the Bruins are making a hard attempt to land Ray Whitney before the Olympic break. The Bruins have also be engaged in trade talks with the St. Louis Blues regarding forward Keith Tkachuk but the Blues aren’t ready to move the veteran forward. The asking price for Ray Whitney is a first round pick and a mid-tier prospect. A steep price for teams like Pittsburgh that won’t go that high. Vancouver, Calgary, Los Angeles, are among a number of teams interested. Maple Leafs mulling trade options The Globe and Mail reports, Toronto Maple Leafs have to make a decision at goaltender. The Globe and Mail lists three options that will be considered: *Hand the No. 1 job to Gustavsson next season and sign a good backup from the list of free agents.Read More »

Blues could lose Tkachuk for the season

 

The St. Louis Blues have been struck with injuries all season, and they were dealt another serious blow last night when forward Keith Tkachuk suffered what is believed to be a broken wrist. A Vancouver radio station brokes the news last night and Blues insider Andy Strickland is also confirming that Tkachuk will be lost for the season. Tkachuk is 5th in scoring for the Blues with 39 points. With 11 games remaining, the Blues are four points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Around The NHL

 

Photo Courtesy of South Central The most glaring thing of the Penguins 3-2 shootout loss against the Islanders Monday afternoon is playing in front of their new coach for the first time they couldn‚Äôt come up with enough of a adrenaline rush to beat the worst team in the league. Personnel wise this team is flawed. There is no way around it. I am all about the Penguins moving to a more up-tempo system but all Dan Bylsma will be is a fresh face. Until the roster is upgraded where the Penguins can be effective playing a up-tempo system, were not going to see much improvement. Sidney Crosby is clearly frustrated and he is just doesn‚Äôt seem like himself lately. The losing seems to be getting to him and it appears he is frustrated with the lack of help on his wings. Shero has to bring in somebody to elevateRead More »

Source: “Management doesn’t see Antropov as a good fit”

 

A few tidbits I’ve been able to gather today Sources tell me Leafs forward Nik Antropov is not on the Penguins radar, he is not seen as a good fit. Columbus, Boston, Florida, Buffalo, Chicago, and LA are among the teams that are currently pursuing Antropov. Check out the NHL Trade Deadline Chart for the rest. The Chicago Sun-Times reports, the Chicago Blackhawks and left winger Martin Havlat have conducted discussions on a long-term extension. I’m hearing a two-three year deal worth $4 million per season has been discussed. Havlat is in the last year of a 3 year – $18 million deal he signed three seasons ago. The surging Kings and Panthers along with the Buffalo Sabres are among the most active teams in trade talks right now. If the Panthers are going to move Nathan Horton it won’t be until the draft. Sharks enforcer Jody Shelley (lower bodyRead More »

Penguins have mishandled Whitney since returning from injury

 

The Penguins begin a crucial 5 game stretch beginning Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens. So much for the Penguins turning the corner after beating the Rangers 6-2 Wednesday night. Losing to a rebuilding team like the Leafs shouldn‚Äôt happen. The biggest disappointment with this team is their inability to clear the front of the net in the defensive zone. Head coach Michel Therrien and associate coach Andre Savard are defensive minded coaches and just as Mike Yeo takes the heat for the power play struggles, Savard and Therrien deserve some criticism for the Penguins defensive struggles. The Penguins have mishandled Ryan Whitney since he came back from off-season foot surgery. Whitney is clearly struggling and since his first game back he has been among the Penguins leaders in ice time. He should have been gradually brought back not playing 25+ minutes off the bat. Bill Thomas was a -2Read More »