I should have never started drawing this picture during the Olympics...
Who knew it would foreshadow the Gold Medal Game...
I'm sorry Team USA. It's my fault.
Word is Paul Kariya would waive his no-movement clause if he has a chance to move to a true Cup contender.
His goal totals have actually decreased, from 14 to 13 to 9. Consistency has been a major issues, and the other parts of his game aren't quite strong enough to make up for a lack of offensive production.He was dealt to Dallas for Clune prior to the start of the 2008 season. Five months later, he was dealt to Tampa. He re-signed with Tampa but battled knee injuries during the preseason. He was assigned to Lukko Rauma of SM-liliga, where he's currently an assistant captain. Tukonen is sixth on the team in scoring (43 GP, 7G, 16A).
Brandon Segal will be eligible to be sent to Manchester if he clears waivers at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
In another move, the Kings assigned Rich Clune from Manchester to Ontario of the ECHL today. It seems very likely that some type of move will take place tomorrow, so we’ll see how it shakes out in the morning.
Carolina's Ray Whitney remains a prime target for the Los Angeles Kings. The Pittsburgh Penguins have also shown interest but it's unlikely the Pens will meet the Hurricanes' asking price of a first-round draft pick and a prospect.
...Brandon Segal has been claimed by the Dallas Stars. In that case, Rich Clune is expected to be recalled by the Kings...Steve Ott will become a UFA at the end of the year; I could see Segal playing that type of role for Dallas. We'll see what Clune has; there was quite a bit of hype surrounding him at camp before he was injured. Clune = Chris Neil?
Atlanta sniffed around Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson and Wayne Simmonds, at least one of whom would have had to have been the center of a trade package.
You know what I think of these rumors of the LAK on verge of getting Kovalchuk? Total BS. Some interest but fit isn't right at this point.
Will spend more time on bogus reports than actual trades. It's the silly season. Amateur hour. Like New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day. :)
Now, if Kovalchuk goes to LA everyone will say it was good scoop. Telling u, at this time, there's no merit. Take it for what it's worth.
Atlanta GM Don Waddell did talk to Kovalchuk today and tell him the Thrashers are now exploring their trade options, and reiterated that to Kovalchuk's agent Jay Grossman.
...the Thrashers want defenceman Jack Johnson as part of the package. Thus far, the Kings have rejected that notion entirely. The conventional wisdom is that the Kings could trade Johnson, centre Alexander Frolov and a prospect such as Ted Purcell (or one of their many other young prospects) for Kovalchuk and the deal would be done in the snap of the fingers.
...the Kings want to do this deal primarily on the back of their prospects. As long as that is the case, the fit isn't right.
...if the Kings' hockey hierarchy switches gears, or ownership in L.A. invokes pressure to make a splash and deviate from the hockey department blueprint, the Kings could easily vault to the front of the pack.
Whitney was supposed to be a King by this past weekend. He had apparently waived his no-trade clause.
Sources say Whitney was looking for a three-year deal from the Kings in exchange to waive his NTC to go to Los Angeles. The Kings apparently balked. A one year deal might be workable for L.A. but three? No chance.He also speculates that Whitney's request was simply his way of telling the Kings he has no interest in playing there.
It's believed the Kings were prepared to part with a draft pick (not a first-rounder but perhaps a second) and a prospect (the best guess is that it's one of Regina Pat defenceman Colten Teubert or Manchester Monarch Viacheslav Voinov), which is apparently the only solid offer the Canes have received so far for Whitney.That's quite a package for a 37-year old winger but considering he's not costing us any player off the current roster'; it's not a bad acquisition. I can't see any team willing to give up that type of package for him though. We'll see who wins out: Whitney or the Canes. Stay tuned.