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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 »

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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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Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Islanders

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.

Anaheim Ducks v Phoenix Coyotes

It’s official:

Ryan Getzlaf has re-signed with the Anaheim Ducks for eight years, the maximum amount of years allowed under the new CBA. He’ll earn 66 million dollars, for an average annual cap hit of $8.25M. With the cap going down to just over 64 million next year, that is a massive deal (12% of the their cap next season).

From the Ducks website:

“We are very happy to have Ryan committed to this franchise long-term,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He has often expressed his interest to stay in Anaheim for his entire career, a goal we share. He is a leader, a proven winner, and possesses a skill set that’s hard to find. This is a great day for the Ducks.”

Now, all they have to do is trade Corey Perry, and they’ll be laughing!

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He’ll join Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin, and Eric Staal as players with a cap hit above eight million dollars a year.

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With word coming down that the 2014 Winter Classic will go ahead as (it was) planned (in 2013), it’s officially time to focus on the fun stuff, like will HBO’s 24/7 be back, and what will the sweaters look like? Well, if SportsLogos.net is to be believed as it often is, the jerseys above are what you’ll be seeing. They’re not crazy popular in the office, but I’ll tell ya – I kinda like ‘em.

The numbers on the back of the Red Wings jersey are especially sharp: Read the rest of this entry »

Toronto Maple Leafs v Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets’ Zach Redmond has been transported to hospital after taking a skate cut to his leg in Carolina practice today. Here’s their beat writer Ed Tait:

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Colorado Avalanche v Buffalo Sabres

Lindy Ruff was the NHL’s longest tenured NHL coach until today, when he was fired by the Buffalo Sabres. He’d been at the helm in Buffalo since 1997-98 (think Donald Audette and Alexei Zhitnik), losing in the Stanley Cup Final on the controversial Brett Hull goal in just his second season. He coached a total of 1065 games for the organization, and compiled a 562-452-78-84 record (yes, there were actual ties allowed at one point) along the way. He was also named the NHL’s coach of the year in 2006-2007.

During his time in Buffalo, there were 170 coaching changes around the NHL. Barry Trotz is now the NHL’s current longest-running coach (with Mike Babcock and Alain Vigneault in his rear-view mirror.)

The problem for Ruff this year was pretty simple: the team got a new owner, threw some money at a pretty good team, compiled a pretty good roster, and promptly headed in the wrong direction.

We talked about it on the podcast today:

When you can’t find an obvious reason or two for a decent roster failing, down comes the guillotine on the coach. Their goaltender, Ryan Miller, is world class. He’s having an off-year, and still has a .915, a hair above league average. Their d-corps is better than a lot of teams – Tyler Myres, Christian Erhoff, Robyn Regehr, Jordan Leopold and others. They have some skilled players like Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, Cody Hodgson, and Tyler Ennis. They have toughness in guys like Steve Ott and Marcus Foligno (I won’t mention their hired thug). They just…haven’t won.

Miller certainly could have been better, and probably will be, but this was simply a group playing below expectations, and the organization has been growing impatient for some real success for awhile now. I like Lindy Ruff as a coach and a man, but the team was due for a new voice, some new ideas, and a new direction. At the very least, this is the large-scale version of  ”pulling the goalie in a game” to say “wake the hell up” to your team, and to let them know that if things don’t change soon, more changes were be made. Ruff, ironically, had been hinting at “big changes” himself pretty recently.