TSN’s Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie discussed the possiblity of the Edmonton Oilers forging a deal with the Ottawa Senators for Ben Bishop. Noting the presence of talented youngster Robin Lehner (recently sent down to the AHL). No doubt the Oilers would love to add a young netminder like Bishop, but at what cost?
Fact is, the Senators adore having a trio of talented netminders in Craig Anderson, Bishop, and Lehner. Senators GM Bryan Murray would have to be presented with a gem of a return to give up that kind of insurance. And, with Yann Danis and a healing Nikolai Khabibulin on board, the Oilers are probably unwilling to give up what’s necessary to close such a deal.
Edmonton city councilors are set to vote on a revised deal to build a downtown arena for the Edmonton Oilers.
City bureaucrats, who have been negotiating with team owner Daryl Katz, are recommending a deal to build the arena and surrounding infrastructure for $601 million.
Edmonton taxpayers would pay $219 million to go with $143 million from Katz and $125 million from a ticket surcharge.
Even if approved, the deal would still be $114 million short.
Both sides are hoping the provincial government will contribute that amount, but Premier Alison Redford has repeatedly stressed there will be no direct funding for a private enterprise.
This would be the second time the city and Katz have agreed to build an arena a deal struck in 2011 collapsed late last year after Katz demanded an extra $6 million a year from taxpayers.
Although the hearing was not officially announced, a league source confirmed it would take place.
Schenn left his feet on a second-period hit on New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov, although no penalty was called on the play and it certainly wasn’t a point of emphasis in the media coverage Tuesday night.
It’s no certainty that the league would even punish Schenn, but at the very least, Shanahan wants to talk to him.
“Sharks should decide within next day or so how they proceed with Gomez. Being very thorough. If they sign him, should be around 1 yr/$700,000.”
January 20th: The San Jose Sharks are currently considered the “best bet” to land Scott Gomez. Today TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the 12-year vet still has more testing to go through with the Sharks, and no deal has been signed just yet.
It certainly appears Todd McLellan‘s squad is the frontrunner for the Alaska native’s services though. And, if all goes well, he could be a solid addition in San Jose. Granted, he struggled mightily last season, managing just two goals and 11 total points in 38 games. And the year before was somewhat uncharacteristic as well, as he posted a subpar 38 points. But he clearly wasn’t comfortable in Montreal anymore, and it was one of those situations where both sides seemed likely to benefit from his departure.
In the 10 NHL seasons prior to 2010-11, Gomez averaged nearly 64 points per season, even breaking the 30-goal barrier for New Jersey in 2005-06. He won’t be that player anymore, but the Sharks or any other prospective team won’t need him to be. Gomez could very well be capable of contributing in the right situation, offers minimal financial risk and, in a league where players over the age of 40 seem to be doing just fine, he’s far from old at 33.
Earlier today we posted that Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis reportedly has a potential deal in place for Roberto Luongo. Below are some more Luongo rumors and other Quick Hits from around the league:
- The Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks are interested in trading for Roberto Luongo, according to Bob McKenzie via TSN Radio. McKenzie also reports that the list of teams Luongo would block a trade to isn’t actually that long.
- Nick Kypreos reported Tuesday that there have been preliminary discussions within MLSE about Wayne Gretzky possibly being the next president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. TSN’s Bob McKenzie also noted on Twitter that the position is one Gretzky would seriously consider but McKenzie noted there has been no direct contact between the two camps at this point. It’s a report that is sure to get the rumor mill in Toronto flowing at a rabid pace, but until MLSE approaches Gretzky’s camp, it’s still just that, a rumor.
- The Dallas Stars could have RFA Jamie Benn locked-in with a new deal in the not-so-distant future, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
While Niederreiter’s agent is said to have made the request last week, Islanders GM Garth Snow isn’t thought to be keen on moving the former first-round pick at the moment.
Despite a strong showing with the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season, the 20-year-old winger wasn’t even invited to Islanders training camp.
The order of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft will be finalized upon the conclusion of the 2012–13 NHL season. However, some teams have already exchanged picks for this draft via trade.
The first round traded picks:
- The Los Angeles Kings first-round pick will go to the Columbus Blue Jackets as a result of a trade on February 23, 2012 that sent Jeff Carter to Los Angeles in exchange for Jack Johnson and this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade). One condition was converted on April 5, 2012, when Los Angeles qualified for the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, giving Columbus the right to choose between Los Angeles’ first-round picks in either 2012 or 2013.The other condition was converted on June 22, 2012, when Columbus chose not to take Los Angeles’ first round pick in 2012, giving them this pick.
- The Minnesota Wild‘s first-round pick will go to the Buffalo Sabres as the result of trade on April 3, 2013 that sent Jason Pominville and a fourth-round pick in 2014 to Minnesota in exchange for Matt Hackett, Johan Larsson, a second-round pick in 2014 and this pick.
- The New York Rangers first-round pick will go to the Columbus Blue Jackets as the result of a trade on July 23, 2012 that sent Rick Nash,Steven Delisle and a conditional third-round pick in 2013 to New York in exchange for Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and this pick.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins first-round pick will go to the Calgary Flames as the result of a trade on March 27, 2013 that sent Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh in exchange for Kenneth Agostino, Ben Hanowski, and this pick.
- The New Jersey Devils have to forfeit one first-round pick in either 2013 or 2014 (they elected to keep their first-round picks in 2011 and 2012) at their own choice as a result of penalty sanction due to cap circumvention when signing Ilya Kovalchuk. The penalty also included a fine of $3 million and the forfeit of the Devils third-round pick in 2011.
We will continue to go through the rest of the rounds leading up to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
The Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Kent Huskins to a one-year contract Tuesday. Huskins has seven points and a plus-9 rating in 25 games with the St. Louis Blues last season. He’ll join a Detroit team which is in desperate need of help on the back end. That said, he’ll likely be more of a depth player for the Wings.