WILL DOAN LOOK TO BE TRADED? Despite a sweetheart deal on the table, Greg Jamison’s attempt to buy the Phoenix Coyotes has fallen apart and what isn’t shocking to anyone in league circles, Jamison didn’t have the money to close the deal. The Coyotes relocating to maybe Quebec, Seattle or Ontario in the next two to three years is becoming a strong possibility and the chances are increasing by the days, despite Gary Bettman trying to do everything he can to keep the team there so it doesn’t look like a mistake on his end. Will this impact Shane Doan’s future? The Coyotes captain waited until the last minute before the lockout to resign with the Coyotes due to their ownership mess, agreeing to a 4 year, $21.2 million contract in September with Phoenix, but Doan finishing the contract with the Coyotes franchise might be based on whether they stayRead More »
RANGERS CLEAR NO.2 OPTION AFTER COYOTES Shane Doan’s decision about 10 days ago to give prospective Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison more time to bring in new investors after meeting with Jamison in person on July 29th appears likely to pay off in the long-run. Word out of Doan’s camp late Wednesday night began to circulate that Doan is getting close to “putting pen on the paper” with a particular team, possibly by the end of the week, and that team is widely believed to be the Phoenix Coyotes with Greg Jamison finally making some headway on securing the sale of the franchise.
Brendan Shanahan has struck down on Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres who delivered a late hit to the head of Marian Hossa in Game 4 of the Coyotes – Blackhawks series. Shanahan ruled today that he has suspended Torres for 25 games, the NHL announced, sending a statement for those type of hits. Shanahan ruled Torres knew Hossa didn’t have the puck and made Hossa’s head the principle point of contact and Torres in the process not only targeted Hossa’s head but violently launched before contact. Torres history also played a factor in the suspension being 25 games, in addition to Hossa suffering a major injury.
DePaoli’s NHL Thursday Rumor Roundup — Darren Dreger of TSN.CA reports the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs are inching closer to a deal that would send Tomas Kaberle to Boston. The deal could be finalized as early as Friday. The Bruins have been actively seeking a puck moving defenseman and this will address a serious need. To make room for Kaberle, the Bruins are trying to move Blake Wheeler. Several teams showing interest, including the Atlanta Thrashers. The New Jersey Devils who were among Wheeler’s top choices when he was let go by the Phoenix Coyotes two summers ago, also have interest.
D-Men McCabe, Tyutin on Rangers radar Just passed the halfway mark, the New York Rangers (25-16-3, 53pts) have emerged as a surprising contender in the Atlantic Division. New York is just five points behind 2nd place Pittsburgh (27-14-4, 58ts) and six points behind first place Philadelphia (26-10-5, 57pts) Under head coach John Tortorella, the Rangers have emerged as one of the best defensive teams in the NHL, ranking 6th at 2.46 goals against per game. Tortorella has done an excellent job getting the most out of his squad that includes a young inexperience blueline but there’s no way around it that the Rangers lack the kind of fire power to in the long run, compete with the likes of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Sunday Janaury 17, 2010 Trade talks are heating up with the trade deadline 6 weeks away but with some many teams still in the playoff mix, it’s unlikely many deals will be struck before the Olympic trade freeze (February 12 – February 28th) as teams are leery to make a run at veterans who are participating in the Olympics. In the Eastern Conference the only team in sell mode at this point is the Carolina Hurricanes. Even the Toronto Maple Leafs are only 9 points out of the playoffs. In the Western Conference, Edmonton is clearly in sell mode while the Blues and Blue Jackets are expected to begin shopping a number of veterans in the next couple weeks. The Latest buzz on the rumor mill Ovechkin + Kovalchuk = Cup? It has been no secret that the Washington Capitals have some kind of interest in Thrashers star wing IlyaRead More »
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Sergei Gonchar were named to Russia’s 2010 Hockey Olympic team on Friday for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Russia is considered a favorite to win Gold at the games. The provisional rosters of all teams in the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be announced between December 23 and January 1. The final Olympic rosters will be registered on February 15 at the directorate meeting one day prior to the beginning of the tournament. After that date, no replacements are possible. Goaltenders Ilya Bryzgalov – Phoenix Coyotes, NHL Evgeni Nabokov – San Jose Sharks, NHL Semyon Varlamov – Washington Capitals, NHL Defensemen Sergei Gonchar – Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Denis Grebeshkov – Edmonton Oilers, NHL Dmitri Kalinin – Salavat Yulayev Ufa Konstantin Korneyev – CSKA Moscow Andrei Markov – Montreal Canadiens, NHL Ilya Nikulin – Ak Bars Kazan FedorRead More »
Latest Buzz from BOG Meetings Salary Cap could increase by $1.5-$2 million NHL commissioner Gary Bettman met with general managers and owners on Tuesday at the Board of Governors meetings and projections for next years salary cap has the cap in the $56.8 – $58.5 million range . The league does not expect a decrease and early projections show the possibility of even a $1.5-$2 million increase at the max. The projections now set the stage for general managers to begin preparations for next season. The Canadian franchises are the markets that carry the salary cap. They make up for teams like Phoenix, Florida and Atlanta which don’t bring in adequate revenues. It’s astounding that the league is against relocating a team like Phoenix to Canada. It’s time for the league to admit their mistake and do what’s best for the entire league. Cap projections set stage for Gonchar negotiationsRead More »
According to the New York Post, the New York Rangers almost traded for Phoenix Coyotes forward Peter Mueller. According to the Post, the Rangers wanted to send minor league defenseman Bobby Sanquinetti to the Coyotes, but Phoenix was demanding Brandon Dubinsky or Ryan Callahan to be included into the deal. Rangers GM Glen Sather balked at the deal as Sather remains very active in trying to add a top-6 forward. Mueller, 21, scored 22 goals in his rookie season but his production has has dropped since his rookie campaign. Mueller does not have a good relationship with new head coach Dave Tippett which has led to the Coyotes making Mueller available for the right deal. A number of teams have checked in on the asking price for the young power forward, including the Pittsburgh Penguins.