Murph’s Musings: NHL Trade Deadline – After Saving Up, Ducks Going For it; Goalie Shuffling In Edmonton
In the words of one-hit wonders Timex Social Club: “Look At All These Rumors!” With the NHL trade deadline at 3 PM ET Wednesday, the rumors ramped up on Tuesday but thankfully the […]
Just hours after Marty St. Louis and Canada beat the United States to advance to the gold medal game last Friday, former NFLer Boomer Esiason who co-hosts the ‘Boomer and Cart Show’ on CBS New York tweeted this:
“Marty, Marty , Marty in a good way? Hard to believe.”
Then just over 24 hours later Esiason tweeted this:
“Its coming and it will be huge. Surprising, shocking, inevitable, and all about business. $$$ #NHL#tradedeadline”
On Monday, Esiason explained whom he was referring to when he said “Marty” making sure his New York and New Jersey listeners didn’t think he meant Devils netminder Martin Brodeur who is also the subject of trade rumors.
As if we all needed another reminder that hockey is — and until another country can produce as many quality and winning players – Canada’s sport. What Canada did in their semifinals and gold medal wins at the 2014 Men’s Olympic hockey tournament can only be described as the type of dominance that we haven’t seen at the Olympics or international level since the Russian Red Army teams owned the international hockey scene. That’s why it’s no surprise to have just read these stats from the NHL public relations department’s always-resourceful “Morning Skate” email:
“With the win, Canada became the first country to earn back-to-back gold medals since the Soviet Union in 1984 and 1988.”
The seedings are set for the qualification and medal rounds of the Men’s Olympic hockey tournament and Sweden, United States, Canada and Finland all earned byes and automatic spots in the quarterfinals.
Came away with some interesting tidbits on my weekly show “Murphy’s Hockey Law” this Saturday. NHL Vice President of Player Safety & Hockey Operations Damian Echevarrieta joined me to give a behind the scenes look on how suspensions and fines are determined. He also gave some interesting insight into what he agreed was one of the toughest decisions he and NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Development and Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan have had to make and that is the 15-game suspension handed down to Shawn Thornton in December. As Echevarrieta pointed out, suspending a guy they want other players to emulate was very difficult.
The NHL roster freeze went into full effect Friday at 3 p.m. and there was not the flurry of trade activity many in the media were expecting. But while all was quiet on the trade front, the chatter around the league went into full Olympic mode. One of the big debates for years now has been whether or not NHLers should be participating in the Winter Olympics. But when the NHL and NHLPA ended the lockout of 2012-13 and agreed on a new CBA, they both agreed that the players would participate in the Sochi games and then reevaluate for South Korea in 2018. But as of late, it doesn’t appear that most owners and teams are upholding the spirit of that agreement.
On Thursday, Flyers owner Ed Snider didn’t hold back when asked what he thought of NHLers traveling to Sochi or any Olympic tournament mid-season.
It was another busy day of NHL trade rumors Thursday with the Olympic roster freeze Friday at 3 p.m. ET. Many expected that the freeze would serve as another trade deadline before the official one on March 5 but as of Thursday night there hadn’t been any major deals this week. Still that doesn’t mean teams aren’t talking and trying to get ahead of the rest of the pack by pulling off an impactful trade before the Olympic break.
With the Olympic trade freeze coming up quickly and the trade deadline coming March 5th, ten days after the Olympic trade freeze is lifted, trade rumors are coming fast and furious. The Montreal Canadiens have been part of trade rumors for the bulk of the season, with the latest rumors being them heavily shopping forward Rene Bourque. Let’s look at what the team needs and who a rumored to be on Bergevin’s radar and who might be on the outs.
Tis the season for trade rumors and furthermore rumors of trades that could only be pulled off in a video game. Such was the case last Thursday when Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reported that the Avalanche and Canadiens were discussing a possible deal that would send defending Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban to the Avalanche in exchange for draft picks and prospects.
For much of the last few weeks, New York Rangers defenseman and soon to be unrestricted free agent Dan Girardi has been a constant in the increasing NHL trade rumors circuit. But now according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post and Pierre Lebrun of ESPN.com and TSN his teammate and captain Ryan Callahan – who is also an unrestricted free agent on July 1 – is being shopped as well. Both Brooks and Lebrun reported that contract talks for both Girardi and the Rangers’ heart and soul forward Callahan have hit a wall and Rangers general manager Glen Sather is fielding offers for both so they don’t end up leaving the Rangers with nothing if and they walk via free agency.
During the 2013 off-season, Marc Bergevin spent nearly $6.5 million to improve the Montreal Canadiens. He started off with the ever confusing and controversial signing of Daniel Briere for a generous two-year deal that will pay the Gatineau native $8 million. Bergevin’s following move was trading a seventh round pick in 2014 along with AHLer Philippe Lefebvre to the Florida Panthers for enforcer George Parros. His final move came in August with the signing of Douglas Murray to a one year deal worth $1.5 million to replace the then injured Alexei Emelin.
No matter whom you cheer for, there is nothing like being in Montreal when the Canadiens are winning or in the playoffs. The Habs haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1993 and yet a mid-season winning streak can make a winter day with sub-arctic temperatures seem like spending a beautiful summer day sipping a pint of your favorite beer on a Crescent Street terrace. As the Canadiens go, so goes the city of Montreal and that’s why when they’re losing there is nothing like being part of the media in Montreal.
The Montreal Canadiens’ recent play has left a lot to be desired and has sparked a heated debate across the city on whether or not the time for a coaching […]
The holidays are a busy time of year for family, friends, and hockey teams. The holidays can also be a time of reflection as we roll into 2014 with a hope that a new year can help change ones fortune.
The Montreal Canadiens are an elite organization, and it’s safe to say their fans, for the most part, match them in terms of class. Attending a game at the Bell Centre is an experience in of itself, and an absolute must for hockey fans looking for a unique atmosphere.
Listening to a recent conversation between media personalties Tony Marinaro and Brian Wilde about why the goals per game in the NHL are at historical lows, the solution is simplistic. The NHL does not want to make the big meaningful changes required.
When Michel Therrien was hired about 18 months ago to coach the Montreal Canadiens, the decision didn’t have unanimous support from the fans and the media. The truth was that Therrien had already failed behind the Habs bench in the early 2000s. Yet, the move paid off last season when the Canadiens managed to lead the team to a Northeast Division championship with a record of 29-14-5 for 63 points in 48 games.
With a record of 9-9-2 after 21 games this season, the Montreal Canadiens have been inconsistent to say the least. After starting the season 5-2-0 in their first seven games, the Canadiens went 4-7-2 the following 13 games.
Mayor Denis Coderre tweeted a comment that went something like “so when is David Desharnais going to be sent to Hamilton?” Immediately, Max Paccioretyy chimed in to say that his tweet is inappropriate. Coach Michel Therrien made a similar comment.
Dear Mr. Bergevin and Mr. Therrien,
I know you think you are both doing the right thing with David Desharnais, by giving him every opportunity to get himself back to playing at a respectable level. To the contrary, the way I see it, you are both hurting him more than ever.
Michel Therrien, the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, has made some interesting decisions behind the bench so far this season. With a record of 8-8-1 to start the season, the panic room certainly isn’t a place the Habs’ bench boss needs to be so early in the season.
Five days ago, the Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Alexei Emelin to a four year contract extension worth $4.1million per year. Supposedly on his return from injury shortly, just how big […]
TVMcGill Sports Producer, and Montreal Hockey Talk contributor, David P. Stein, had the privilege of interviewing TSN Montreal bureau chief, John Lu. Lu goes in depth about the Montreal Canadiens,and […]
PK Subban may or may not have made a fantasy line-up for Team Canada, and it seems that people are losing their collective minds over fictitious predictions. The will-he or won’t-he should be encouraging pleasant discussion and friendly banter; unfortunately, it has caused just the opposite.