Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun is reporting that Bryan Murray has not been able to find a trade partner to shake up the Senators' roster. They are very tight against the cap so a trade could be difficult to make, as such, the Senators have tried to trade Brian Lee since this summer but he has been terrible. Teams are willing to take Nick Foligno and Erik Karlsson but Murray isn't interested in moving them.
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As far as I am concerned, the Senators are going to have a hard time making a deal. The only contracts they can move are the players with cheap contracts, but they would probably have to take back a larger salary which the cap does not allow. They would likely have to make a three team trade, or dump a salary before they could make a deal.
Rick Thompson of The Boston Herald reports that Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk will be out for a month after a slight fracture in his forearm, though, it is probable he will not need surgery.
With these injuries you can never be sure if they'll need surgery. He may be back in a month but will he be a 100%? Only time will tell.
Mark Everson of The New York Post reports that the Devils are dead last in the league in scoring and points. He says the team needs to stop juggling their lines and let them find a way to work together. Ilya Kovalchuk scored the team's only goal after his one game banishment to the press box. Kovalchuk stated that the coach wanted him to get some rest—that's all—what happened is between him and the coach.
I guess the explanation makes sense, however, when the Devils blew up their salary cap situation to get Kovalchuk, I don't think they ever envisioned him sitting out a game.
Tom Gulitti of The Bergon Record showcases other reactions to the Kovalchuk benching. The coach states that Kovalchuk is fine, he played and skated hard. Kovalchuk, on the other hand, stated that they are all professionals and he came back after his one game banishment extremely hungry.
Gulitti also stated via Twitter that he thought there is something else going on. The Devils are a very secretive organization and the only reason they would bench Kovalchuk is because he violated a team rule or is injured.
I don't think the media is blowing this way out of proportion. Yes the Devils are tight lipped about what goes on but that does not mean they are going to hide an injury or rule violation. However, the thing that really bothers me is that they are still not icing a complete team and yet are benching their star forward. Something is not right here.
Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review stated that Aaron Asham will likely be ready to go on Wednesday. The Penguins will send Eric Tangradi to the AHL, as does not need to clear waivers.
Tangradi has been solid but not spectacular. I fully believe this is the right thing to do, as this move allows Tangradi to continue developing in the minors.
Eric Stephens of the OC Registrar has reported that Dan Sexton of the Anaheim Ducks has a broken nose after taking a shot to the face from Ruslan Salei. It is unknown how long Sexton will be out.
This is a huge blow to Sexton's development. He is a young player trying to chip in and an injury like this is a sure setback. Hopefully he gets better quickly. It takes about two months for a person to recover fully from a broken nose, so we will see how long it takes him to heal.
Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News reports that the Dallas Stars still don't know if Jamie Benn should play the wing or centre. The last two games he's played the wing with Steve Ott and Tom Wandell, whereas last year he played centre for the first time in his career. Marc Crawford is taking this a game at a time.
Personally I think they should keep Benn on the wing. To make him switch to centre after all these years is a difficult transition. The centre position is much harder to play, and realistically, Benn would be better served on the wing, though the team may be better with him at centre.
Pierre Lebrun of ESPN reports that the Senators want the Ducks to take Brian Lee off their hands, but the Ducks are probably more interested in Campoli. There may not be a fit between the two teams. The Sabres, on the other hand, are talking to the Ducks as well. Also Erik Ersberg's contract was terminated. He was supposed to report to Los Angeles' AHL affiliate but did not, thus breaching his contract. Although Jimmy Howard is a UFA at season's end, Ken Holland has not discussed an extension with him.
A lot to take in. The Senators will probably not be able to move Lee except as part of a package deal, and they may have to deal Campoli if they are serious about shaking up their roster. The Ducks and Sabres have very little in common. Personally, I think they both need defencemen, however, the Ducks may covet Zack Kassian. As for Ersberg, he is going to regret this. Now teams will be reticent to deal with him as he has shown how volatile his emotions are. As for Howard, Holland will lock him up but at a cheap salary as he always does with his goaltenders. If Howard does not sign, look for Holland to shop him at the deadline for goaltender help or a prospect.
Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reports that Jason Spezza missed his third game with a groin injury. Whoever their current coach is, said they don't want him back until he is 100%. Pascal Leclaire is also out with a groin injury.
This is one of the main reasons the Senators are so bad. One of their offensive studs, Spezza, is injured, and one of their top goaltenders is injured. Granted all of their goaltenders are terrible, but they still need them.
Jeff Klein of The New York Times has reported that Brandon Prust, who was clipped in the eye with a high stick, has been cleared by doctors, so he flew home with the team.
Good for him. I am glad he has recovered.
Andy Strickland of True Hockey has reported that Roman Polak (a defenceman for the St. Louis Blues) sliced his right wrist on Sidney Crosby's skate. The full extent of the injury is unknown.
I wish him a speedy recovery. The injury, however could get ugly fast.