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March 21, 2013

NHL Trade Rumors: Boston Bruins May Look For Defenseman

With defenseman Adam McQuaid (shoulder injury) out for up to a month, the Boston Bruins may want to bring in another blue-line body via trade. Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe proposes defensive depth can be added to the list of “wants” that also includes a left-shot top-four defenseman and a scoring winger. Now whether the Bruins are able to do much of anything before the trade deadline is another story altogether.

Outside of the Florida Panthers in the East, no team appears willing to throw in the playoff towel quite yet. And the lack of sellers makes for a very limited market. There’s only so much Filip Kuba to go around. Until a few more teams tumble out of realistic contention Colorado AvalancheCalgary FlamesBuffalo Sabres competitive clubs like the Bruins will have very few trade options.

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March 21, 2013

NHL Trade Rumors: Philadelphia Flyers Interested In Bringing Back Jaromir Jagr?

Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News suggests that Dallas Stars forward Jaromir Jagr would be a great fit again with the Philadelphia Flyers. Particularly as linemate to forward Claude Giroux.

“For my money, Jagr changes everything about the way Giroux plays the game. Jagr is able to win battles along the boards, hang onto the puck and find the open man. He is strong and commands respect from defenses, even at his advanced age … For a third round pick, if that’s the price, it’s worth experimenting whether Jagr can get the Flyers over the hump and into the playoffs. Especially for a team which has dangled draft picks like candy over the years.”

ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun recently reported that the Stars seemed “undecided” on what to do with Jagr. Much might depend on the quality of offers the club receives for the UFA-to-be before April 3. Another significant factor will be the Flyers’ position in the Eastern Conference standings (currently 12th). Unless the team goes on a tear in the next couple of weeks, GM Paul Holmgren would more likely be selling than buying ahead of the trade deadline.

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March 20, 2013

Florida Panthers Eric Selleck Suspended Two Games

Update: Florida Panthers forward Eric Selleck has been suspended for two games for leaving the bench on a legal line change for the purpose of starting a fight with Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth during NHL Game No. 431 in Carolina on Tuesday, March 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

Florida Panthers forward Eric Selleck faces a hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Wednesday afternoon.

The following grounds for potential supplemental discipline are being considered: leaving the players’ bench on a legal line change for the purpose of starting or joining an altercation (Rule 70.2). The incident occurred at the 17:02 mark of the third period during a game Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

In addition, Selleck was assessed a two-minute minor for instigating plus a five-minute major for fighting and game misconduct under Rule 46.12 (Instigator in Final Five Minutes of Regulation Time [or Anytime in Overtime]) and has received an automatic one-game suspension.

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March 20, 2013

NHL Trade Rumors: Dan Boyle Doesn’t Want To Be Traded From San Jose Sharks

Dan Boyle is aware that his name has come up in nhl trade rumors and he doesn’t want to play anywhere but in San Jose.

“This is where I want to be. I don’t want to be anywhere else,” he said. “You guys have been with me for five years and you know what I bring to the table. I don’t want to be anywhere else. It’s not fun to hear that. The only other time my name was involved was five years ago. Sometimes where there’s smoke there’s fire, and I hope in this case, it’s not the case. It’s hard not to pay attention to that stuff.”

The San Jose Sharks are in the thick of a tough playoff race and currently hold the eighth spot in the Western Conference with a 12-10-6 record. However, the team has posted a mark of 5-10-6 since February 1 and GM Doug Wilson is believed to be willing to make some moves. Boyle does have a limited no-trade clause and one more year after this season left on his current contract.
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March 20, 2013

NHLPA To Poll Players About Visors

After years of resisting the idea of mandating visors in the NHL, the NHLPA plans on polling players this summer to see if they’re interested in grandfathering mandatory visors into the league.

Mathieu Schneider, the NHLPA’s special assistant to the executive director, described himself as a visor advocate after playing his entire NHL career without one.

“By the sheer numbers of players wearing them, you’re seeing a big change in visors,” Schneider said after Wednesday’s GM meetings. “That’s going to be something we’re going to be talking to the players about certainly this year.”

Schneider said the NHLPA polled the players in 2009, and they were heavily in favor of not grandfathering visors into the league. He sees an attitude shift since then.

“Obviously a lot of time has passed, a couple more injuries,” Schneider said. “There are a lot more players that are wearing them in today’s league.”

He said 73 percent of NHL players wear visors.

Schneider represented the NHLPA in the general managers’ large group discussion. He said goalie equipment size was a focus, as was debating ways to maintain the integrity of faceoffs. There wasn’t a lot of traction in the group about instituting a coach’s challenge for replay, Schneider said.

“It was a good meeting,” he said. “This is the start.”

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March 20, 2013

NHL Trade Rumors: Calgary Flames Interested In Philadelphia Flyers Matt Read?

Elliotte Friedman suggests that that the Calgary Flames could be an interested in Philadelphia Flyers Matt Read. Read is one of the few bright spots for the Flyers this season but could get considerable attention on the trade market.  Flames assistant GM John Weisbrod apparently has been after the right winger for years.

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March 20, 2013

Toronto Maple Leafs Place Mike Komisarek On Waivers

The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed Mike Komisarek on waivers.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger has also reported that Komisarek has waived his no-movement clause. If he is claimed by another NHL club he will report to his new team, otherwise he will report to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

The 31-year old New York native has seen limited time on the team’s blue line this season, appearing in just four games registering no points a plus-two rating and two penalty minutes.

A big-name free agent signing in 2009, Komisarek still has one more year remaining on his deal beyond this season at an average annual value of $4.5 million.

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March 20, 2013

General Managers One Day Meeting In Toronto

All 30 of the NHL’s general managers will be in Toronto today to discuss diving/embellishment calls, Olympics and coaches challenges, according to NHL.com.

Diving/Embellishment Calls:

The amount of diving/embellishment calls is up this season after select players, coaches, GMs, officials and League personnel stressed the importance of calling the minor penalty during a two-day summit on rules enforcement in Toronto last August.

There were 25 minor penalties issued for embellishment/diving through games played Sunday night (428 total games played), opposed to 12 embellishment/diving calls through the same number of games last season.

Expect more candid discussion on the embellishment/diving issue at the meeting Wednesday.

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March 20, 2013

NHL Signing: Montreal Canadiens Give Francis Bouillon One-Year Contract Extension

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Wednesday a one-year contract extension worth $1.5 million for defenseman Francis Bouillon.

The 37-year old Bouillon played in each of the Canadiens 28 games since the start of the 2012-13 season. In his 13th NHL season and 10th with the Canadiens, he has recorded seven points (1 goal and 6 assists). He shows a +5 differential and 30 blocked shots. He ranks third on the team with 48 hits. Bouillon served eight penalty minutes and is averaging 18:01 of ice time per game.

Since making his NHL debut, the 5’ 8’’ and 197 lbs defenseman has registered 141 points (30 goals, 111 assists) in 704 regular season games. Seven of his goals came on the powerplay, one while shorthanded and he accounts for seven game-winning goals. Bouillon added nine points (2 goals, 7 helpers) in 41 career NHL playoff games.

Bouillon joined the Canadiens organization as a free agent on July 2, 2012.

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March 20, 2013

NHL Trade Rumors: Jarome Iginla, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, Dan Boyle, Ottawa Senators

  • Will the Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla be on the move prior to the Apr. 3 trade deadline? It remains possible, but as TSN Insider Bob McKenzie reported on Tuesday’s edition of Insider Trading, the 35-year-old will certainly be in control of his own destiny. Pittsburgh, Boston and Vancouver remain the most speculated upon among possible destinations for the veteran sniper, but teams like the Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings may also be in the mix. While McKenzie could not confirm whether Iginla has made a formal list of destinations he did state that the wheels are in motion to begin the process of dealing the long-time Flame.
  • The forward ranks in St. Louis Blues have suddenly become a lot more crowded thanks to the return of Andy McDonald Tuesday and the expected return of T.J. Oshie later this week only promises to put playing time at a higher premium. Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch speculates that while the Blues do have players that can be sent to the American Hockey League without being put through waivers, players such as Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin ShattenkirkVladimir Tarasenko and recent standout Jake Allen remain integral parts of the club and demoting them would be less than desirable. The other option, O’Neill writes, is expending a forward, which may make the likes of Chris Porter or Matt D’Agostini available via trade.
  • With the San Jose Sharks sitting eighth in the Western Conference as of Wednesday, general manager Doug Wilson may take this year as an opportunity to re-shape his roster. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun said that Dan Boyle is the type of high-talent defender that could bring value as more than just a rental player, by virtue of the one year remaining on his contract beyond this season. LeBrun believes the New York Rangers would be a fit for Boyle, given the fact that Boyle won a Stanley Cup with Rangers coach John Tortorella as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.
  • With defenseman Marc Methot limping off in the second period of last night’s victory over the New York Islanders, the top priority for Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray may now be finding a top-four defenseman. The Ottawa Citizen’s Ken Warren reported that with key players like Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowen already gone for the year, Methot’s injury may put an enormous strain on the existing members of the blue line if he is out for any lengthy period of time. In the interim, Warren said that he expects the Senators to recall Mark Borowiecki from Binghamton of the AHL to temporarily fill the roster vacancy.
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