sheet or trade for Canadiens
Subban saga drags on, you have to wonder if there is a team out there that would consider an offer sheet for the defenceman, who remains far apart on a deal with the Montreal Canadiens following a meeting that yielded no progress Friday.
At the top of anybody list would be the Philadelphia Flyers, a club that tendered an offer to Shea Weber which was matched by the Nashville Predators last summer, and who lost another defenceman Friday when it was announced oft injured Andrej Meszaros will be out for a month with a shoulder injury. With Chris Pronger career all but officially over because of a concussion, the Flyers have a need for a top blueline presence.
would be futile to make an offer sheet, he texted. would match for sure and every team knows it. No one will do it. Subban was offered a deal worth $5 million a year, the compensation would be a first and third round pick.
One NHL executive told QMI Agency on Friday there have been at least three teams that have reached out to the Habs to inquire about Subban availability in a trade.
As long as the Habs keep winning and the knee of veteran defenceman Andrei Markov and the performance of depth defenceman Rafael Diaz hold up, the leverage in the talks will tilt to the Canadiens side.
There are some people in the NHL who are convinced the Habs will wind up dealing Subban. Both sides are so entrenched. Subban?
TARASENKO TEARING IT UP
St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has been impressed with rookie Vladimir Tarasenko, but it goes beyond the kid four goals, which included two tallies on his first two NHL shots.
a good kid, I keep saying that, Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. going to have his ups and downs here. I mean getting on a charter (flight) is a new thing for him, staying in hotels, knowing where to go all those things are new.
he a good kid. He asks questions. He wants to learn. He has a real healthy respect for the veteran guys in the league, which to me is so important. He almost a throwback, to be honest with you. It very impressive. made a smart move to combo the rookie with a couple of veterans like Andy McDonald and Alex Steen and surrounding him with that experience has obviously helped Tarasenko with his transition into the league.
Tarasenko was the 16th pick in the 2010 NHL draft. The Blues obtained the pick from the Ottawa Senators for defenceman David Rundblad, who was flipped by the Senators to the Phoenix Coyotes for centre Kyle Turris.
HEAR AND THERE
Are people really upset by that goal celly by Edmonton rookie Nail Yakupov? Players get ripped for not having enough personality. Now they going to get criticized for having too much? The kid scored a big goal. It tied a game with five seconds left. Kings. It was fun to watch his joy Also, nice to see Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding, who revealed in November he has multiple sclerosis, come up with a 24 save shutout against the Dallas Stars in his first game. been a tough couple months here, the 28 year old told reporters in Minnesota. made it all worth it. I can thank the team enough for having my back. What a nice story BUZZ
Wade Redden made his return to the NHL without the benefit of a full practice with the St. Louis Blues. After being bought out by the New York Rangers and signing with the Blues, he had two morning skates and a day off before playing his first game in the NHL since 2010. He wound up paired with top defenceman Alex Pieterangelo and played 17:23. It was career game number 995 for Redden The Detroit Red Wings are riddled with injuries and hadn scored a power play goal going into Friday night. a team in flux, as everybody knows, but we gonna get better. We be just fine, said coach Mike Babcock Tough start for Phoenix Coyotes defenceman Keith Yandle, whose turnovers led to three Chicago Blackhawks breakaways. has to be corrected, said Coyotes coach Dave Tippet. expect him to be a leader on our team. We expect him to be a big minute player. When you making critical mistakes like that, they affecting the outcomes of games. Cue the Yandle trade rumours.
LEMME SAY THIS ABOUT THAT
If it ever gets to the point when the Calgary Flames are shopping captain Jarome Iginla or are at least entertaining offers you can bet the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have been looking for a winger for Sidney Crosby, will be there. Not that they would be alone You have to love the nickname for Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Cory Conacher: badger. He a little guy (5 8, 179) who was undrafted, but has tenaciously worked his way up the ranks (rookie of the year and MVP in the AHL last year). A honey badger is apparently a ferocious creature (check out YouTube). Conacher is a distant relation to Hall of Famers Charlie, Lionel and Roy .
You look at the Florida Panthers, a team that really seems to miss is defenceman Jason Garrison. Watching their games this week, they miss that big shot on the power play Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reported the Colorado Avalanche and restricted free agent Ryan O are about $8 million apart on a long term deal ## ## .
THE LAST WORD
Dany Heatley is not a fan favourite in either Ottawa or Edmonton after asking for a trade out of the capital and refusing to go to Alberta. He off to a good start this season with the Wild after off season surgery on a wonky knee that limited his mobility and his production last year. He had just 24 goals. are upset still (in Canada), Heatley said. guess they allowed to be I past that. I don care. I like being with my teammates here; The fans here treat me well and I just want to help this team win. FIVE HEAD SHAKERS
I know it early in the season, but here are five things that have happened already that are tough to figure out or were unexpected from the first week around the National Hockey League:
1. Survivor, Long Island: Every time the Tampa Bay Lighting go to Long Island they get kicked off. By the Islanders. Really. The Lightning have lost four straight there, the latest was on Monday, and have been outscored 16 6. never seen our team play as bad as every single game we played in the Islanders barn. I can wait for them to move, said Tampa coach Guy Boucher of the Brooklyn bound Islanders. The Bolts might try changing hotels next time to shake up the routine.
2. Brandon Prust, top free agent: Okay, maybe that a bit of a stretch, but has there been a guy who has done a better job of fulfilling the job he was signed to do? In the Montreal Canadiens first two games, he played on two different lines and they were both the club best lines that night. Thursday night he stepped up to defend teammate Francis Bouillon after a big hit by Washington Matt Hendricks (personally, I dislike guys having to fight after a clean hit) but the Habs liked that.