Realignment Plan ‘Gaining Steam’ In NHL – Sporting News

Several realignment discussions have popped up in the NHL lately. But nothing can top this idea, which is apparently gaining a lot of steam.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s Elliotte Friedman led off Saturday night’s The Hotstove segment of “Hockey Night in Canada” with a drastically different plan which he said is “gaining steam,” and that some teams were saying the chances of it happening were “50-50.”

Latest realignment plan ‘gaining steam’ in NHL – NHL – Sporting News.

‘G Line’ Finding Chemistry

Another busy week for the Flyers finds them with three games – including back-to-back games midweek at Buffalo, then home against New Jersey.

The hot guys are on the G Line – Claude Giroux centering Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr.

“I think Hartsy’s done a really good job jumping on that line, and he has provided some space out there,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “He goes to the net and the other two are really creative. It’s a good mix and a good combination. [Giroux] and [Jagr] have been together pretty much the whole time, but finding the right fit, your right, and they do seem to have some chemistry out there.
“Hartsy playing really well, Jaromir, he’s been impressive since he has been here, and Claude [Giroux] has been outstanding.”

Hartnell’s game has awakened since being placed on this line.

“They’re doing a lot of battles and that gives me protection and kind of slows down the play a little bit and I just try to find an open area,” Giroux said. “He’s been working hard lately and he’s been going to the gym a lot and he’s heavy on his stick and I think he’s just getting better and it’s fun to play with him.”

‘G Line’ finding chemistry.

Panthers’ Booth To Vancouver – NHL.com – News

With his team coming off back-to-back shutout losses, Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon decided it was time for a shakeup.

The Panthers sent left wing David Booth, center Steve Reinprecht and a third-round pick in 2013 to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday in exchange for veteran forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm.

“A lot of things come into play,” Tallon said of the trade, which was announced a few minutes before the Panthers’ home game against the New York Islanders and not long after the Canucks’ 3-2 OT win against Minnesota in Vancouver. “We’re in the performance business, and I was not happy with our team’s performance, especially the last two games. I wasn’t going to sit still and let this fester and I want to send a message and I want to make changes and I want to get better.

“We felt as far as an organization we get two top NHL players and it allows David to rekindle his career and go to a winning team in Vancouver and regain the touch that he had in previous years.”

Booth, 26, had no goals and just one assist in six games this season with Florida, which came into Saturday night having lost 3-0 to Washington and Buffalo in its last two games. He played 82 games with the Panthers in 2010-11 recording 23 goals and 40 points, along with 26 penalty minutes and a minus-31 rating. In 309 career games with Florida, Booth has 87 goals and 167 points, with 127 penalty minutes.

Panthers send Booth to Vancouver in four-player deal – NHL.com – News.

Caps, Flyers Changes Working

The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers have seemed to be traveling parallel paths for the last year or so.

They finished 1-2, respectively, in the Eastern Conference, but each was swept out of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs in the second round.

Rather than stand pat with teams stocked with All-Stars and elite players, Capitals general manager George McPhee and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren engineered roster overhauls, with the result being not much different than last season — both teams are right at the top of the conference standings.

Their paths will converge for the first of four times this season Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US) in Philadelphia.

NHL.com

Caps Stun Pens In OT Thriller – NHL.com

Caps Over Penguins 3-2 in OT

PITTSBURGH — The Washington Capitals thwarted power-play chance after power-play chance by the Pittsburgh Penguins without getting an opportunity of their own before finally yielding a late goal to force overtime.

But when the Capitals finally got a chance on the power play during OT, they made the most of it.

Dennis Wideman collected a feed from Nicklas Backstrom and snapped a shot past Pittsburgh goaltender Brent Johnson at 2:48 of the extra session to give Washington a 3-2 victory Thursday night at Consol Energy Center. It was the Caps’ third consecutive victory to start the season (all in extra time) and it was the eighth straight victory for the Capitals in this city spread across three venues –here, Mellon Arena and at Heinz Field, where Washington won 3-1 in the 2011 Winter Classic.

Caps over Pens in OT.

Thomas Gets Start For Bruins

RALEIGH – Tim Thomas gets the start for the Bruins after earning a day off against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday afternoon, and will be between the pipes for the B’s against the Caroline Hurricanes at the RBC Center.

Thomas is 1-1 with a 1.51 goals against average and .945 save percentage in two games thus far this season, and the 37-year-old has enjoyed a solid start to his follow-up season on the heels of Vezina, Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe glory.

By Joe Haggerty / CSNNE.com

Notes: Thomas gets the start in net for Bruins.

Downturn In Fortune For Parse « LA Kings Insider

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Scott Parse

The saga of Scott Parse continues. Parse was penciled into a third-line role at the start of training camp, then appeared to be on the outs late in camp until Dustin Penner suffered an injury. That put Parse back on the third line, but it didn’t put him back in the good graces of the coaching staff. After two games in Europe, during which Parse didn’t exactly distinguish himself, he’s not slotted to be a healthy scratch tomorrow night against New Jersey. Parse, who underwent hip surgery last season, has repeatedly said that he is healthy, but after practice today, Murray still talked in terms of Parse recovering from his injury, rather than criticizing Parse’s play.

Downturn in fortune for Parse « LA Kings Insider.

Habs, Leafs Season Opener Lineups | All Habs

On this day in hockey history… 1955 – Toe Blake made his NHL coaching debut as the Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto 2-0. Jacques Plante got his 11th career shutout.

Season opener! Game #1:  Montreal Canadiens vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Air Canada Centre 7:00 pm. EDT
TV: CBC, RDS

GameDay: Habs, Leafs Season Opening Lineups, Price in Pink, Honor for Kristo | All Habs.

Could Sean Avery Get Recalled? | SNYRangersBlog.com

In the NY Post, Larry Brooks spoke with Glen Sather and Sather said that if Avery ends up in Hartford and plays well, he could get called back up.

Sather said that the decision to put Avery on waivers was made because of the evolution of the team:

“I thought Sean would come to camp and light it up, but that didn’t happen,” said Sather, who alerted teams to Avery’s availability within the last week. “I don’t think he had a bad camp, but other guys had better camps, and with that the case, we have to evolve as a team.

Avery seems to want to play in Europe over in Hartford and either way, I don’t see the situation, unless truly decimated with injury, where Avery gets called back up. He would need to dominate in Hartford, but it would seem like if Avery thought he could get called back up, he wouldn’t be entertaining the idea of playing in Europe.

Buzz: Could Sean Avery Get Recalled? | SNYRangersBlog.com.

Jets Sign Scheifele To Entry-Level Contract – The Globe & Mail

Mark Scheifele says he’s relieved to have finally signed a contract with the Winnipeg Jets but he knows there’s no guarantee he will be with the team for the season.

“It was a pretty happy moment for me,” Scheifele said after signing an entry level contact that runs three years and is worth a reported $900,000 annually plus a $700,000 annual bonus. “It has given me the opportunity to show what I can do.”

The 18-year-old forward was Winnipeg’s first pick last summer and he has been a stand out for the team during the preseason. He’s had eight points, including four goals, easily topping any other Jet player.

But the club has to decide whether to keep for the season or send him back to his junior team in Barrie. If he plays more than nine games with the Jets his contract would kick in and he would be eligible for free agency after three years. If he returns to Barrie before game 10, his contract would not start until he returned to the Jets next year, pushing out his free agency a year, until he was 21.

Jets Sign Scheifele To Entry-Level Contract.

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