Rumor Roundup: Vermette, Glencross and Petry deals close

Curtis Glencross (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Arizona Coyotes center Antoine Vermette still tops the list of best available player on the trade market. Prized for his two-way skills and ability to play center or wing, interest remains high in the 32-year-old forward.

The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch links Vermette to the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, suggesting the Pittsburgh Penguins could also get into the bidding. Read more

The Bakersfield Condors will make their AHL debut in 2015-16

Jared Clinton
An actual condor escaped its handler at a Bakersfield Condors game, landing on the home team's bench before leaving the ice. (via YouTube)

The Bakersfield Condors will fly again next season.

Prior to Wednesday night’s game between the Condors and the Idaho Steelheads, Bakersfield had announced they would be unveiling their team name for the 2015-16 season when they shift from the ECHL to the AHL’s newly founded Pacific Division.

Speculation was the team would take on a new name. However, like the Ontario Reign, the Condors announced the team name would stay the same, much to the delight of fans in Bakersfield. Of course, the most fun team in minor professional hockey had to give it a light-hearted spin, too. Read more

Top 10 big names likely to be traded before the deadline

Antoine Vermette  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Let the wheelin’ and dealin’ begin! Here are the remaining 10 big-time players most likely to find new NHL homes by March 2:

RYAN O’REILLY
Colorado Avalanche, center
Contract status: 1 year @ $6M
Good fit for…ARI, BUF, FLA, MTL, WPG

Although some think O’Reilly, 24, could make the jump to become a bona fide No. 1 center, many pro scouts view him more as a tremendous second-line pivot. He’s a solid two-way forward with exceptional discipline (he had just two penalty minutes in 80 games last season), and he’s not a rental, with one season left on a two-year, $12-million contract. The Avs need a young defenseman in return. It’s more a matter of when he’s traded, not if. Read more

Legendary Oilers dressing room attendant Joey Moss to be inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Adam Proteau
Joey Moss (Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Iconic Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos dressing room attendant Joey Moss is one of the most beloved figures in the city’s history, and the 51-year-old will be officially recognized as such in May when he’s inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

The Hall announced its new class of inductees Wednesday, and Moss is one of 11 honorees. He’s in the esteemed company of Olympic gold medalist curler Kevin Martin, Olympic gold medalist hockey player Carla MacLeod and former NHLer Bruce MacGregor (who also served as Oilers assistant GM) and hockey builder James “Bearcat” Murray. They’ll be honored at the ASHF’s induction banquet on May 29.

Moss has been famous in Edmonton – and for that matter, the hockey community – since joining the organization (and working primarily with the Oilers’ training staff) in the 1984-85 campaign; he’s been a part of four Oilers Stanley Cup championship teams and is a tremendous role model for those living with Down syndrome.

Moss was presented with the NHL Alumni Association’s “Seventh Man Award” prior to the 2003 All-Star Game, and four years later, he was given the Mayor’s Award from Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel as a recognition of the Oilers’ commitment to people with disabilities. He’s also served as an assistant to the training staff of the CFL’s Eskimos since 1986.

Oilers captain and native Edmontonian Andrew Ference paid Moss the highest compliment after hearing the news: Read more

Rumor Roundup: Columbus shopping Wisniewski, Carolina squashes Staal talk

James Wisniewski (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Columbus Blue Jackets made defenseman James Wisniewski a healthy scratch for Sunday’s game against the New York Rangers. At the time it was reportedly a coach’s decision. Of course, whenever a notable healthy player becomes a late scratch at this time of year, it’s assumed he’s about to be traded.

NBC Sports’ James O’Brien thought it was an odd move, citing the 31-year-old Wisniewski’s solid puck-possession stats. He pointed out the veteran blueliner has two years remaining on his contract at an annual cap hit of $5.5 million. O’Brien also cited a tweet from TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie speculating Wisniewski could be traded. Read more

Oilers, Roy reportedly working on deal, in part due to chemistry with Yakupov

Jared Clinton
(Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

With the trade deadline inching ever closer, it would have made sense had the Edmonton Oilers started to think about moving veteran center Derek Roy. However, it seems that’s not in the cards.

According to Edmonton Oilers play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels, Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said the team is looking to re-sign Roy before he heads to unrestricted free agency. A big reason for that? Roy is meshing well with 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov. Read more

Viktor Fasth’s new mask will haunt your dreams

Jared Clinton
Viktor Fasth's new mask (DaveArt/Facebook)

Viktor Fasth is no stranger to having creepy masks, but his brand new lid takes the cake.

Working with DaveArt’s David Gunnarsson, Fasth came up with a brand new lid that mixes the cogwheels and oil that have become staples on the masks of Oilers netminders with his a childhood fear of many – a frightening looking clown. Be warned – if you wanted to sleep well tonight, Fasth’s new mask might throw a wrench in those plans. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Canadiens looking to load up for playoffs

Lars Eller

The Montreal Canadiens entered this week perched atop the Eastern Conference standings. Despite their success thus far, there are some areas of concern. The Habs are among this season’s lowest-scoring teams while giving up a high number of shots-against per game. That’s prompted questions about their prospects for a lengthy playoff run.

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin tends to work more quietly on trades than many of his peers. He has acquired playoff rental players in the past. In 2013 he shipped Erik Cole to Dallas for Michael Ryder. He pulled off the steal of the 2014 trade deadline, shipping a prospect and a draft pick to the New York Islanders for winger Thomas Vanek.

That’s why there’s growing anticipation Bergevin could pull off a significant move or two by this season’s trade deadline. It’s rumored he’s in the market for a scoring forward and a top-four defenseman. Read more