Rumor Roundup

Phaneuf's future cloudy in Toronto

Phaneuf's future cloudy in Toronto

by Lyle Richardson - May 13, 2013 11:45 AM EDT

How will Dion Phaneuf's contract situation play out next season?; Habs seek size; and more.
Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf’s defensive gaffe in Game 4 leading to the Boston Bruins’ overtime goal prompted two Toronto pundits to cast doubt upon his future with the Leafs.


Busy, bold Vancouver summer ahead

Busy, bold Vancouver summer ahead

by Lyle Richardson - May 10, 2013 12:50 PM EDT

The Canucks suffered another disappointing playoff exit and have many roster questions to answer.
For the second straight year, the Vancouver Canucks were bounced from a conference quarterfinal by a California-based team. Last year, they fell in five games by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.


Sabres, Stars and David Clarkson

Sabres, Stars and David Clarkson

by Lyle Richardson - May 8, 2013 1:10 PM EDT

Would Vanek want to join the Wild?; should Loui Eriksson be available from Dallas?; and what's David Clarkson worth?
Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News recently wrote he “wouldn't be surprised” if Sabres star Thomas Vanek signed with the Minnesota Wild when his contract expires next July.


Not so sweet Carolina

Not so sweet Carolina

by Lyle Richardson - May 6, 2013 3:40 PM EDT

After a bunch of upgrades to its forward unit, Carolina was supposed to be better. Instead, it was much of the same.
A season that began with considerable optimism for the Carolina Hurricanes ended once again in disappointment. Last summer's acquisitions of Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin led the Hurricanes to atop the Southeast division for over a month at mid-season, but injuries to key players and poor defensive play knocked them out of playoff contention for the fourth straight season.


Will Briere bite the dust in Philly?

Will Briere bite the dust in Philly?

by Lyle Richardson - May 3, 2013 2:00 PM EDT

Danny Briere a likely buyout candidate; Pietrangelo the next offer sheet target?; and more.
It’s expected the Philadelphia Flyers will buy out the final two years of winger Danny Briere’s contract this summer. CSNPhilly.


Stars shake it up with new GM

Stars shake it up with new GM

by Lyle Richardson - May 1, 2013 12:46 PM EDT

Jim Nill brings a lot of experience from his time in the Detroit organization and a new vision to Dallas.
Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi wasted little time shaking things up following his club's elimination last Thursday from playoff contention, replacing Joe Nieuwendyk as GM over the weekend with former Detroit Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill.


Jets fans tired of playoff delays

Jets fans tired of playoff delays

by Lyle Richardson - April 29, 2013 1:30 PM EDT

Winnipeg faces tough roster decisions to satisfy a restless fan base.
The Winnipeg Jets’ playoff hopes ended last Thursday with a 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Though the Jets ninth-overall finish in the Eastern Conference was an improvement over last season’s 11th-overall performance, it also marked the sixth consecutive season (dating back to when they were the Atlanta Thrashers) they’ve failed to make the playoffs.


Devil disappointment

Devil disappointment

by Lyle Richardson - April 26, 2013 12:08 PM EDT

A year after making the final, New Jersey missed the playoffs and have plenty of uncertainty in the future.
The defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils were officially eliminated from playoff contention last Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers.


Where will Iginla play next season?

Where will Iginla play next season?

by Lyle Richardson - April 24, 2013 1:14 PM EDT

Pittsburgh's big pickup is a free agent in the summer, so will he re-sign or test the market?
As former Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla pursues a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, there's speculation over where he'll play next season.


Luongo, Bozak, Malone and the Canadiens

Luongo, Bozak, Malone and the Canadiens

by Lyle Richardson - April 22, 2013 1:35 PM EDT

Looking at trade and free agent talk from around the league and how it may play out this summer.
It's widely acknowledged Roberto Luongo's hefty contract (with nine years remaining at a cap hit of $5.33 million per season) is the reason the Vancouver Canucks have been unable to trade him.


Nashville's off-season options

Nashville's off-season options

by Lyle Richardson - April 19, 2013 2:50 PM EDT

Looking at what the Predators may do to improve their roster this summer.
The Vancouver Canucks 5-2 victory on Monday over the Nashville Predators officially ended the latter's playoff hopes. It's been a disappointing season for the Predators, who hoped to build on their post-season progress of the previous two years.


The task at hand for MacTavish

The task at hand for MacTavish

by Lyle Richardson - April 17, 2013 3:45 PM EDT

What does the new Oilers GM need to do and what are his options?
In the wake of the Edmonton Oilers hiring Craig MacTavish to replace Steve Tambellini as GM, the local media wasted little time speculating over MacTavish's off-season plans.


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