Monday, March 16, 2009

NHL and Hockey Rumors for Mar 17, 2009

The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenseman Taylor Ellington to a three-year, entry-level contract. The Victoria native was originally selected 33rd overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Source

Speculation continues that Patrick Roy will become the next head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. However, the rumor is that current assistant coach Don Lever has the inside track on the job. Brochu's take: There continues to be a bit of an uproar because Lever does not speak French. I don't think Roy has enough experience to become an NHL coach yet.

The Phoenix Coyotes have placed forward Brian McGrattan on re-entry waivers.

Brochu's European rumor roundup:

SM-Liiga team Tappara has loaned forward Jori Lehterä to St. Louis Blues AHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen for the rest of the season. Lehtera was drafted by the Blues in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Source

HC Lugano forward Patrick Thoresen is still considering a return to the NHL. Thoresen had an excellent season in the Swiss Nationalliga A, scoring 22 goals and 41 assists in 48 games. Brochu's take: Thoresen still has a lot of upside to him, and I can imagine his old teams, the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers, would come calling. Source

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