Sheri Forde has all the reaction from Buffalo, where the Leafs once again lost to the Sabres.
Bob McKenzie talks about the rumours concerning Sergei Fedorov and Jason Allison.
Ryan Smith assisted on all three goals, as the Oilers defeated the Blue Jackets.
The Sabres snapped a four-game losing streak when they hosted the Maple Leafs.
The Blueshirts are looking to deal a defenceman, but not just any defenceman; the Blue Jackets keep hunting for a scoring centre while the Coyotes have pulled one of theirs off the block, for now. Trade Report, Recalls, Hot n' Not, Farm Report, Junior Report, Varsity Report and the best in quotes, Chirping, in this week's edition of TSN.ca's Backchecking.
AROUND THE RINKS
- The Columbus Post-Dispatch reports that the the Blue Jackets are interested in acquiring a big scoring centre, though GM Doug MacLean acknowledges that's not going to be easy to come by. For the time being, Manny Malhotra is the club's number one centre. Yes, Manny Malhotra. TSN's Bob McKenzie even discussed the possibility that Maple Leafs C Jason Allison could be available.
- The Arizona Republic reports that the Blackhawks and Hurricanes both inquired about Coyotes C Mike Comrie after he was a healthy scratch recently, but the Coyotes are holding off on any deals for him.
- Tom Poti, having spent time in coach Tom Renney's doghouse already, is on the block in New York, reports the New York Post. St. Louis and Columbus were mentioned, though neither with much optimism, as potential destinations.
- Edmonton made a worthwhile claim on C Krys Kolanos, who was recently waived by the Coyotes. With three points and a plus-2 rating through nine games, the 6-foot-3 pivot, who was a first-rounder in 2000, has the raw ability that might be intriguing in a situation where he could get more playing time.