Sunday, January 29, 2006

News and Notes from the NHL -

- In the midst of the Leafs' latest losing streak, everyone is on the chopping block, it seems, with head coach Pat Quinn and captain Mats Sundin both rumoured to be heading out. Leafs management and Sundin himself put on brave faces in the following days, insisting that both sides want to stay together for years to come. John Ferguson Jr. was vaguely supportive of Quinn, when questioned. The Globe and Mail thinks that the Leafs still have an interest in adding a winger to play with Sundin.

- The Toronto Sun also has C Jason Allison on the block, again.

- The Edmonton Journal addresses the Oilers' goaltending needs, suggesting that the Bruins would only consider dealing Andrew Raycroft for a forward like Jarret Stoll, which wouldn't happen. However, the Journal also says that Raffi Torres could be another target of the Bruins in a potential deal.

- Owen Nolan could be ready to return soon, perhaps gaining medical clearance within the week, according to the Vancouver Province. The paper lists San Jose as a potential destination for the former Sharks captain.

- Reports indicate that the Senators are Doug Weight's first choice, though the Ottawa Sun thinks the Blues might have high hopes of landing C Antoine Vermette or D Anton Volchenkov in return.

- For teams that are interested in goaltending, Blue Jackets GM Doug MacLean tells the Columbus Dispatch that he hasn't been shopping G Marc Denis, but with Denis and Pascal Leclaire splitting time, Denis seems less satisfied with his status in Columbus. The Dispatch also says that Blue Jackets D Luke Richardson could be on the move to defence-needy Toronto.

- Rumours also abound that Red Wings D Jamie Rivers could be on his way to the Leafs.

- The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Tampa Bay has been after Wild G Manny Fernandez and that several playoff contenders, including division rivals Colorado, Vancouver and Edmonton, have inquired about G Dwayne Roloson.

- Senators GM John Muckler is confident that the Senators will be able to re-sign defencemen Zdeno Chara and Wade Redden, both of whom will be unrestricted free agents this summer.

- According to the Los Angeles Times, the St. Louis Blues have dangled LW Dean McAmmond and D Eric Weinrich to the Kings in trade talks. The Miami Herald wonders if the injury-ravaged Panthers might have interest in McAmmond as well.

- Philadelphia is counting on Petr Nedved to help boost the club's secondary scoring. Jeff Carter is the only Flyer -- aside from first-liners Simon Gagne, Peter Forsberg and Mike Knuble -- in double-digits for goals through 50 games. Flyers GM Bob Clarke also indicated, in the Delaware County Times, that he spoke to injured C Keith Primeau and told Primeau, "If he can't be back by the beginning of March, then he's probably not coming back at all."

- Blackhawks C Tyler Arnason has been the subject of increasing trade rumours.

- In the Daily Herald Times, Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon denies that he has anything going with Montreal for LW Jan Bulis.
- According to the Edmonton Journal, several teams are hounding the Blackhawks for winger Kyle Calder.

- The Miami Herald reports that the Panthers have newly-acquired LW Jon Sim skating with C Joe Nieuwendyk and RW Nathan Horton.

- Several reports indicate that the Islanders have interviewed John Weisbrod for their GM position. Weisbrod, who played hockey at Harvard, was GM of the Orlando Solar Bears in the IHL before holding the same post with the Orlando Magic of the NBA.

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