With so few coaches are are vastly different from the coaches in precarious positions available, the solution teams are turning to is player movement. With some teams being unexceptionably bad, and lots of players, many who have been on the the same team a long time struggling who gets moved will be interesting.
The Canes are one of those teams that is struggling mightily, and no one on the team more so than captain and (former?) face of the franchise Eric Staal. He, and their high priced free agent acquisition Tomas Kaberle are unlikely to be waived so they can be assigned to the AHL, but the rumors around Kaberle are already flying.
Trading Staal would hardly be a popular move in Raleigh, but now when he owns the worst plus minus in the NHL is possibly the best time they could choose to do it. He’ll eventually break out of this funk, but it is anyone’s guess if it will happen soon enough to make the season salvageable.
Add Jeff Carter to the list of possibly disgruntled players. He wasn’t happy to be traded away from the city he’d spent in his whole career in. The injury to himself, the suspension of fellow summer pickup Wisniewski to start the season can’t have improved his mood any. Columbus is a nice little town, but from my visit there, I can fully understand why someone who loved the vibrancy of a larger city (even Philly) could find it pedestrian.
Given how well he’s played this season, and the number of teams who are looking for defensemen now I do wonder if the LA Kings might consider packaging Slava Voynov or one of their other defensemen not named Doughty with the the well regarded Dustin Penner and move them for a forward who might be able to score a goal or three. Of Penner Kings GM Lombardi has this to say:
One thing we can all count on nearly as often as another Sidney Crosby update that isn’t is Kyle Turris rumors spinning until either December first or maybe, just maybe the Phoenix Coyotes sign or trade him. As well as they Coyotes are doing, maybe they don’t feel they either need him or whatever they got in trade. But sending him to a likely lottery team could get a legit franchise forward or a one of the numerous cornerstone defensemen.
Joe Haggerty, Boston’s Twitter Czar says:
which while not exactly earth shattering, is likely an indication they’d listen to interesting offers towards the deadline, or sooner if the price was right. He’s not exactly the only person in the Boston area to speculate on the movement of the Sternbeck native.
With Rene Bourque having an extended cold spell, it’s nice to be able to log into twitter and not see his name in every twelfth tweet. I’m sure that will last until he scores his next two goals in one week.