Sunday, October 19, 2008

NHL and hockey rumors for Oct 19, 2008

On CBC's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, the "Hotstove" panel mentioned that Philadelphia Flyers coach John Stevens could be the next head coach to be fired, if the Flyers don't pull out of their recent slump.

It was also mentioned that Chicago Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon could be in danger, but there is no chance that senior adviser Scotty Bowman will take over. It's been rumored that Tallon was forced to fire coach Denis Savard by Bowman and president John McDonaugh.

Sportsnet's Mike Brophy is quoting "sources" that goaltender Dwayne Roloson has asked to be traded. There are rumours that the Nashville Predators may be interested in the veteran goalie. Brochu's take: It's no secret the Oilers are shopping Roloson, but there haven't been any takers. The Preds are looking for an experienced backup, so "Roli" may be a good fit.

The following rumors are from the irrepressible Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

Boston Bruins forward Peter Schaefer turned down a $2.1 million contract to play in the KHL. The Bruins are still looking to deal the forward for a defenseman. Brochu's take: Not many teams are going to take that much salary back, especially for a third liner.

The Vancouver Canucks are looking to deal Matt Pettinger, and the Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes may have interest.

The Hawks have held talks with the San Jose Sharks about defenseman Kyle McLaren. Brochu's take: There are still major cap issues to be settled IF this comes to pass.

"A couple of teams" have called agent J.P. Barry about goaltender Ray Emery, who cannot leave his $2 million contract until after the season ends. It's believed the Los Angeles Kings are looking for goaltending help. Brochu's take: I guess Garrioch believes the "if you repeat it enough times, it will come true" mantra, as he's been beating to death this Emery-to-Kings "rumor".

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