Rumor Roundup: Bruins, Rangers, and Senators buzz

Chris Stewart

The Boston Bruins are still in the market for a first-line right wing. Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe reports the Bruins tried twice to acquire Buffalo Sabres winger Chris Stewart and they could still make another pitch before the trade deadline.

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos believes the Bruins are the closest to acquiring the 27-year-old Stewart, but what the Sabres want in return remains a sticking point. Kypreos claims Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner could be in play, but Sabres GM Tim Murray wants another piece in the deal. Read more

The 10 worst free agent signings of 2014-15

Dave Bolland's five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Florida Panthers is one of the worst UFA deals handed out. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues’ signing of Martin Brodeur didn’t turn out the way many fans would have hoped, with the legendary netminder playing some of the worst hockey of his career and then retiring once there was no longer a spot for him in the lineup.

But the signing was a calculated risk. Brodeur came cheap, was a capable backup and a teacher and mentor for young goaltender Jake Allen. Because Brodeur retired before Feb. 1, it saved the Blues from paying a roster bonus to the veteran netminder. Those are all reasons you won’t find Brodeur on this list of the worst signings of this season.

What you will find is a few players who are overpaid, contracts that are far too long, and a few gambles that simply didn’t pay off. Read more

Marc Methot flips Lucas Lessio with a beautiful old-school hipcheck

Josh Elliott
Lucas Lessio and Marc Methot

A perfect hipcheck is a thing of beauty, isn’t it?

The Ottawa Senators’ Marc Methot had all the ingredients for a wicked and clean hipcheck when he took out Arizona’s Lucas Lessio on Saturday.

Methot went low and swept to the side directly into Lessio’s path at the Ottawa blueline, catching the Coyotes forward across the hips and sending him tumbling head-over-skates to the ice.

Lessio dusted himself off after the hit and got back into the play.
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Rumor Roundup: What to watch as trade deadline draws near

Tomas Fleischmann, left, has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks. (Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

With the 2015 NHL All-Star Game now history and teams returning to action on Tuesday, the focus shifts toward the approaching NHL trade deadline on March 2. It’s expected trade activity will increase over the next five weeks as more clubs fall out of playoff contention.

As the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch observes, only four teams – Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers – can be considered non-contenders and therefore sellers in the trade market. Between now and the trade deadline, Garrioch believes they will be joined by the Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers. Read more

Which skills are the hardest? The all-stars weigh in

Bobby Ryan skates in on Corey Crawford (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS – The moves that NHLers can pull off are incredibly impressive, especially since they perform them in front of thousands of people live and many more on TV. The All-Star Game’s skills competition puts many of those tricks on display, but which are actually the hardest? The players themselves have weighed in.

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Five players you can expect to be dealt after the All-Star break

In the salary cap era, trades before the All-Star break are becoming increasingly rare. But once the All-Star festivities come to an end and teams get back to business, the trade winds really start picking up.

There are several players that have been headlining trade talks from opening night, and with only five weeks remaining until the March 2 trade deadline, you can be expecting there will be a few significant moves made. These are five players you can expect to be traded following the break. Read more

Ill Sens GM Bryan Murray likely to step down at end of season, but will choose successor

Adam Proteau
Bryan Murray (Getty Images)

Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray is in the midst of battling Stage 4 cancer that began in his colon and has since spread to his lungs and liver. He is answering a bleak future by carrying on every day as normally as he can, and in doing so, he’s become a model for anyone facing adversity. But the 72-year-old veteran NHL executive is realistic enough to know his days running the franchise are nearing an end – most likely at the conclusion of the current season – and to the credit of Sens owner Eugene Melnyk, Murray has been given free reign to select his successor.

In a moving interview with the Ottawa Citizen’s Wayne Scanlan, Murray said that, because of his condition, he’ll likely resign as Sens GM this summer, but added that Melnynk is giving him the chance to decide on the best person to replace him.

“I think I’ve got to take a look at it at the end of this year,” Murray said of stepping down. “All Eugene said to me was, ‘You’re going to pick the next guy, Bryan. Work with me on it, but you come up with when you’re going to transfer it over.’”

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How Bryan Murray helped me face my fears

Ken Campbell
Bryan Murray  (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

I woke up Wednesday morning on a stretcher in the recovery room at the hospital and the first thing that came to my mind was, “They’d better do this soon because these drugs are really starting to wear off.”

It was right around then the nurse came by and asked me whether I remembered speaking to the doctor. “Yeah, he came to talk to me while I was getting the anesthetic,” I said.

“You don’t remember talking to him after the procedure?” she said.

“What do you mean after? It hasn’t already been done, has it?” I asked. Read more