And boom goes the dynamite.
And finally it’s come to this. The Edmonton Oilers have seen enough, and given Steve Tambellini his walking papers. I’m not confused about the move – I mean, the team simply has failed in every conceivable direction despite stockpiling young talent via failure – but I am confused about the timing. The season ends in like 13 days. This couldn’t have waited and been tidied up down the road?
Maybe the Oil were waiting until they were clearly not going to make playoffs to avoid being a distraction. I dunno. Whatever the case, Tambellini’s out, and the new guy (sound like Mac T) is walking into a pretty sweet deal. This team looks like it’s just about ready to turn the corner. As a wise man once said…
“Sometimes you do the hard work and set the table and somebody else eats the meal.” – Brian Burke
Looks like a pretty decent spread over there in Edmonton. Read the rest of this entry »
Hey, remember when Matt Cooke stepped on the back of Erik Karlsson’s leg and his skate blade sliced Karlsson’s achilles? The defending Norris Trophy-winning defenseman was ruled out for the season because a skate cut his freaking achilles. Pretty cut-and-dried situation, unless you’re Eugene Melnyk, and you believe the cut happened intentionally so you’re hiring a forensic doctor to prove it.
Welp…the dude is back skating.
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Jaromir Jagr has been traded to the Boston Bruins, because the Dallas Stars are in sell mode, and the B’s needed a little help up front.
So there you have it.
The Bruins are more or less league average in goals-per-game, which doesn’t exactly cut it when your goal is a Stanley Cup. Though they’ve done it before, they’re one of the few teams with a legit shot at the big prize who don’t have a Crosby/Malkin, Datsyuk/Zetterberg, Kane/Toews, etc. type of threat on their top line. I think Seguin can come close, but Lucic hasn’t been scoring at the rate they need, and Jagr will simply give them another option.
At the very least, it’s an answer to the Penguins’ Iginla move. STOP THE PENS, JAROMIR! (Don’t actually, they’re really fun to watch.)
More reaction when we find out just what the Bruins had to part with to get this done. Read the rest of this entry »
Okay, let’s dive in.
Yup, that’s a thing that happened. Read the rest of this entry »
If we’re being honest, the Phoenix Coyotes probably aren’t long for Phoenix, which bums me out as someone who recently relocated from there myself. It’s a great spot.
But, they’ve been in limbo long enough, the city of Glendale is sick of dealing with them, and things simply need to get cleaned up one way or the other. We don’t know all the details – hell, we don’t know many details right now – all we know is that tonight, Darren Dreger took to Twitter:
With all due respect to Dreger, part of the reason he breaks news is because it’s given to him in exchange for, oh, maybe occasionally leaking things to the public the league would like leaked. This feels like one of those things. Get us used to the idea, and whatnot.
More on this as news comes out. Read the rest of this entry »
The Flames are playing the Colorado Avalanche tonight, and according to reports, Jarome Iginla will not be dressing, which makes sense. If you are going to trade a guy – and it seems pretty clear the Flames are – it kinda messes with your plans if he tears a knee or something.
Interestingly enough, one of Boston’s top prospects, Alexander Khokhlachev, is apparently also healthy scratched tonight.
When, and for exactly what, we’ll wait to find out. But from where I sit, seems pretty clear that (some variation of) this will happen at some point. Unless Jay Feaster is sneaky sneaky.
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Mike Komisarek earns $4.5 million a year for both this season and next, and the Toronto Maple Leafs just won’t use him. They’ll use Mark Fraser, and Korbinian Holzer, and John-Michael Liles and any number of any other defenseman, but they just won’t use the guy. Today they put him on waivers.
Komisarek also has a no-movement, but here’s Darren Dreger of TSN with some news:
Komisarek hasn’t been having a whole ton of fun here in Toronto, only finding himself in uniform for four games this season. Mike’s a good guy, and a legitimate NHL defenseman. Only question is if anyone is willing to take on that salary. I’m guessing his teammate’s last tweet was in some way a reference to him:
Or possibly their losing streak, what do I know?
Anyway, everyone would benefit from him getting picked up by another team. The Leafs would gain cap space, and he could himself back on the ice.