Monday, November 24, 2008

NHL and Hockey Rumors for Nov 25, 2008

According to Bob McKenzie's blog on, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher may not be done with moves, and more trades could be coming in the next few weeks. Both coach Ron Wilson and soon-to-be Leafs GM Brian Burke denied any involvement in the trade. Brochu's take: Both Alex Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo have been in Wilson's doghouse all season, so it's not surprising that they were traded. It appears Fletcher wants to go out with a bang before Burke takes over.

Jeffrey Simpson of the Globe and Mail believe the Ottawa Senators should wipe the slate clean and fire GM Bryan Murray. Simpson blames Murray for all his personnel decisions, and suggests that Steve Yzerman or even Pierre McGuire should be the Sens new GM. Brochu's take: Simpson sounds like he has an axe to grind against Murray and former Sens GM John Muckler. Yzerman has a comfy position in Detroit and may not be quite ready for full GM duties. McGuire has been approached by many teams in the past, but seems happy with his position at TSN. Source

During the FSS broadcast of the Carolina Hurricanes-Florida Panthers game Monday, New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello was spotted taking in the game in a luxury box with Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr. Brochu's take: The Devils play the Panthers Wednesday. But they don't play the Canes until January. Perhaps a little bit of scouting?

According to sources in Montreal, Canadiens assistant GM Pierre Gauthier has been spotted at the last 2 games of the AHL Springfield Falcons, the Edmonton Oilers affiliate. The rumor is that they are looking at forward Rob Schremp. Brochu's take: The Canadiens are looking for bit more punch in their offense, and Schremp could fit that role.

The Columbus Dispatch Blue Jackets blog "Puck-rakers" is reporting that "former Blue Jackets assistant general manager Jim Clark is in the building. He's now scouting for the Ottawa Senators. The interesting part of this, of course, is that the Senators are scouting the Blue Jackets ... again." Brochu's take: The Senators scouting staff have pretty much been setting camp in Columbus; you have to wonder when a trade will happen. Word is that the Sens are interested in Jason Chimera. Source

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