Thursday, January 01, 2009

NHL and Hockey Rumors for Jan 2, 2009

According to the "Puck-rakers" hockey blog of the Columbus Dispatch, there were two Blue Jackets scouts at the Toronto Maple Leafs - Buffalo Sabres game on Thursday. Brochu's take: Columbus remains one of the most-talked teams in the rumor mill. Source

Phoenix sources are saying that there is a rumor that involves the Montreal Canadiens trading forward Guillaume Latendresse to the Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Keith Yandle. Brochu's take: Yandle was a healthy scratch recently, while Latendresse has not met expectations. Perhaps a change of scenery is good for both?

Hot off the Winter Classic in Chicago, there are rumors that the Chicago Blackhawks have been invited by the NHL to open the 2009-2010 season in Prague, Czech Republic. The Chicago Herald is reporting that the Hawks could be opening the season in Europe, possibly with the Florida Panthers. Source

There are reports that an outdoor game could be an annual event, and the rumour is that New York and Boston are the leading cities in contention for next year. Brochu's take: A Rangers-Islanders game would be pretty exciting, as well as having a game in Fenway Park in Boston.

Poll Results:

Who will be the no. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft?

John Tavares
181 (69%)
Victor Hedman
73 (28%)
5 (1%)

Total Votes: 259

Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll!

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