Well things are starting to heat back up in the hockey world as NHL camps open soon. Here are just a few tidbits of information I've picked up over the past few weeks.
Marleau Sens Bound?
Since being stripped of the captaincy by head coach Todd McLellan, there has been speculation that Patrick Marleau is now the centerpiece of a trade that will bring Dany Heatley to the Sharks.
If a move is made, however, it won't stop at just Heatley for Marleau; Mike Fisher and Jonathan Cheechoo are also said to be involved.
If being the main guy in Edmonton isn't enough for the hot-headed Heatley, how's his role going to be any different in San Jose than it was in Ottawa with Joe Thornton there?
Good luck, San Jose, Heatley is the NHL's answer to Axel Rose. He seems to think he doesn't need anyone around him to succeed, but wouldn't rock nearly as good solo.
Lanny Gare to Play for Germany at the Winter Olympics?
It looks as though the super-slick nephew of the legendary Danny Gare may get a shot to compete with the pros after all. There is interest in the now citizen of Germany to earn a spot on their National Team for Vancouver in 2010.
Gare has bounced around and never really been given a shot at the NHL, but after an outstanding season for Bad Nauheim EC that saw him score 35 goals and add 56 assists in 52 games, the coaching staff has interest in sending him an invite.
Don't be surprised if Lanny Gare makes an impact if he does get an opportunity, folks. He seems to do just that everywhere he goes.
Tanguay's Rocky Mountain High.
Free agent Alex Tanguay is more than likely headed back to the team he had his best years for a lot less money than the $5.75 million he commanded last season with the Habs.
The Colorado Avalanche were said to be interested in bringing him back if the price was right, though it had been said that Minnesota Wild were also in the fold and offering a little more money over a longer term.
Mike Comrie Healthy and Ready to Rebound.
Mike Comrie is finally feeling good after a season hampered by hip surgery, and wouldn't dismiss getting the opportunity to play for anyone, even the Oilers!
Yes, with 15 forwards locked up, it would be a longshot to make a return to the team he didn't want to play for due to the media pressure. At 28 years of age, though, Comrie feels he has matured not only as a person, but a hockey player.
There's no doubt that when healthy, he can contribute offensively, and he's coming into what should be the peak of his career.
The Rangers, Flames and Kings were apparently all interested in the center's services, but only if it wasn't too much of a cap hit.