Lou Lamoriello or Bob Murray? Who won this trade?

// December 12th, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Bob Murray - Anaheim Ducks, ACTIVE - Lou Lamoriello - New Jersey Devils, NHL Trades, You Make the Call!

New Jersey acquires: Kurtis Foster, Timo Pielmeier

Anaheim acquires: Mark Fraser, Rob Pelley, 7th round pick (2012)

Pierre Gauthier or Jim Rutherford? Who won this trade?

// December 9th, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Jim Rutherford - Carolina Hurricanes, ACTIVE - Pierre Gauthier - Montreal Canadiens, NHL Trades, You Make the Call!

Montreal acquires: Tomas Kaberle

Carolina acquires: Jaroslav Spacek

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said he believes Kaberle will provide the dominating power-play presence the team hoped Andrei Markov would bring.

”Andrei Markov is our quarterback, but he hasn’t played a game yet,” Martin said after the team’s practice Friday.

The oft-injured Markov underwent more knee surgery last Monday and isn’t expected back for at least another six weeks.

”The power play is a critical part of the game for us,” Martin said.

”If we can get better production out of it, maybe that can make a difference. That’s what happened my first two seasons here.”

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“I’m sorry it’s over, but it was clear I had no future in Montreal,” Spacek told Sportsnet’s Louis Jean. “I think this will be good for my career and my family.”

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Said Rutherford in a statement, “This deal brings a solid, veteran defenseman to our team for the remainder of this season and allows us more flexibility with our roster moving forward.”

GM Hockey Joke for Those Office Parties – Marek vs. Wyshynski

// December 6th, 2011 // No Comments » // GM News

Okay everyone!  Thanks to Marek vs. Wyshynski we all now have a pretty funny GM hockey joke that we can impress with at our next office party.  Take a listen (and oh, by the way, love those impressions!)…


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“I found Behind the Moves very revealing. I love it!”

// December 5th, 2011 // No Comments » // Book Reviews, BUZZ, Lou Nanne, Reader Reviews


Lou Nanne, Minneapolis MN – former Minnesota North Stars GM

“I found Behind the Moves very revealing. I love it!”

Working the Phones for a Goalie – Howson & Burke

// November 17th, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Brian Burke - Toronto Maple Leafs, ACTIVE - Scott Howson - Columbus Blue Jackets, You Make the Call!

Looks like netminders are a hot commodity right now – both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jackets are working the phones:

Not knowing when James Reimer willl be able to return, GM Brian Burke told ESPN.com “He’s been day-to-day for three weeks, so at some point we have to get a goaltender in here to bridge the gap until he’s healthy

“We’re seeing what’s available and seeing what the price tag is. Obviously nothing has tickled our fancy yet.”

Scott Howson is looking for a goalie right now, but Rick Nash is not part of the deal contrary to reports.

“Not once have I ever brought up his name,” Jackets GM Scott Howson told ESPN.com .

For his part, Nash hasn’t asked to get out, either.

“Rick has never asked for a trade, contrary to what has been reported,” his agent Joe Resnick told ESPN.com . “Rick is focused on trying to turn things around in Columbus and help the team get some wins.”

If you were the GM – who would you get to mind the posts…and who would you give up?

Shark Tank Frenzy – thanks to Fletcher trade agreements

// November 10th, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Chuck Fletcher - Minnesota Wild, NHL Trades

From Chris Nichols – Hockey Hearsay

The Wild and San Jose Sharks meet for the first time after they uniquely aligned to consummate three trades in a six-week period over the summer.

Brent Burns, a popular former Wild defenseman, and Devin Setoguchi, a popular former Sharks winger, will play against the franchises they grew up in for the first time.

Skilled forward Martin Havlat, unhappy in Minnesota and willing to waive his no-trade because of that, will face the Wild for the first time, while goal scorer Dany Heatley, blindsided by the late-evening July 3 trade, will try to show the Sharks that last season’s unproductive Heatley wasn’t the real Heatley.

The trades, which included first-round bust James Sheppard to the Sharks for a 2013 third-round pick, were executed for three very different reasons, at least from the Wild perspective. General Manager Chuck Fletcher recently talked about how, and why, the trades came about.

The Wild had missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season — a second under Fletcher’s watch. He had fired Todd Richards, the first coach he took a gamble on, and was in the middle of a full evaluation of an organization in need of more bona fide prospects for the future and go-to guys for the present.

“By June, we were in a position where we felt comfortable internally where we needed to get to and what we wanted to try to accomplish.”"We were stuck in a rut as a franchise,” Fletcher said. “We wanted to take some time and really assess what went wrong last season, and even more importantly than what went wrong, ‘Where exactly were we as a franchise?’

Fletcher on trading Burns: “The players you could readily move, he had by far the most value. People might find this strange, but the decision actually has no reflection of what we felt about Brent Burns. It was more a reflection on the status quo had to change and we had to aggressively add a lot of young a

ssets. To get three top assets for one at this stage of our franchise’s evolution was really important.”

Admitted Fletcher: “As soon as you traded Brent Burns, you know you’re one day closer to looking for the next Brent Burns. You’re blowing a big hole in one area to hopefully fill multiple areas of weakness knowing you’re going to have to go back and address that other area again.”

The Havlat-Heatley trade was complicated by Havlat’s options after two years with the Wild.

“We envisioned Marty coming in and playing on a top line with Mikko [Koivu]. We envisioned him being a front-line guy for us, and the chemistry was n

ever there. And I’m not blaming Marty at all for that. Just the fit was never there, and I don’t know that he was ever completely comfortable here. And I don’t think he was ever maybe put in the position where he wanted to be put in either. So that trade was just a recognition that we needed a different fit for our team, and San Jose felt the same thing.”

At the draft combine in Toronto, Fletcher began talking to Havlat’s agent, Allan Walsh, about Havlat’s willingness to accept a trade for the right situation. Walsh gave Fletcher a couple of potential landing spots, and Fletcher began talking to those teams.

Fletcher came close on a couple of deals around the draft, he said, but the trade was eventually made after the Wild didn’t find itself on Heatley’s list of 10 teams to which he didn’t want t be traded.

Ironically, trading Havlat was made easier by two things: 1) The acquisition of Setoguchi brought speed and goal-scoring prowess to the Wild; 2) Another of Walsh’s clients, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, ideally would play the role Havlat had on the team.

“It took a lot of time because it had to work with Marty, it had to work with us and it had to work for another team,” Fletcher said. “At the time, I had no idea if we would even be able to move him, if he’d want to be moved, if it was the right thing to move him. It had to be a hockey trade. You’re not going to trade a player that good for nothing. It was complicated, and Marty did a lot of soul searching.”

Bryan Murray – crowded blue line

// November 10th, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Bryan Murray - Ottawa Senators, You Make the Call!

With Senators defenceman Matt Carkner on the road to recovery after knee surgery it looks like Bryan Murray has a few weeks to decide what to do about his crowded blue line.

The Ottawa Citizen reports:

Murray won’t carry eight defencemen, so one – probably from the trio of Carkner, Brian Lee and David Rundblad – will have to be moved.

The Senators could create some temporary space by asking Carkner to accept a conditioning assignment in the American Hockey League with Binghamton – probably the smart thing to do – but eventually the problem has to be resolved.

Given that a lot of teams are looking for defencemen, it might not be hard to trade 24-year-old Lee. However, the Senators have to decide if they really are ready to give up on him.

What’s your solution for Murray’s defensman dilemna?


Rumour: Scott Howson replaced as Columbus Blue Jackets GM on Monday?

// November 3rd, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Scott Howson - Columbus Blue Jackets, You Make the Call!

That’s the rumour on the Jackets board, and other hockey boards online.

Here’s a video from NHL.com: Howson sits down with Bob McElligott for an update on the beginning of the season


The rumour mill sites Craig Button as getting the call…if you were the owner who would you put behind the desk?

Steve Tambellini leaning to the right – Breaking News!

// November 1st, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Steve Tambellini - Edmonoton Oilers, You Make the Call!

The Oilers this year are heavy on the right – they have five highly skilled players who are lined up as right wingers this year. Jordan Eberle, Lennart Petrell, Linus Omark, Sam Gagner, Ales Hemsky (currently out with an injury).

Tambellini just announced that Linus Omark has been reassigned to the Oilers AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons – a decision that gives the Oilers some breathing room to enjoy winning with the current roster in place.

We’ll see how Tambellini decision pans out – your thoughts?

Lou sets the record straight

// October 28th, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Lou Lamoriello - New Jersey Devils

“He was not offered a contract. He didn’t refuse anything.”

Rumours were that the Devils may have been willing to sign Steve Bernier to a two-way contract that would’ve allowed them to send him to the minors after the preseason. General manager Lou Lamoriello denied Bernier refused such an offer.

Lamoriello said Bernier played well in the preseason but was caught in a numbers game as the team tried to get down to the 23-player limit.

As it turns out  Bernier was signed to a minor league contract with Albany (AHL).

Thanks to Rich Chere/The Star-Ledger


Lamoriello on the phone!

// October 28th, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Lou Lamoriello - New Jersey Devils

With Josefson sidelined for three to four months after fracturing his collarbone, it leaves the New Jersey Devils thin at center. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has openly acknowledged that the team will be looking for help down the middle.

“We’ll see. There’s no question that if you can get a player that will help you, you do it,” Lamoriello said. “But you have to give up something to get something. If you add, you have to make sure what you subtract isn’t more than you receive.”

While they shop for a center, they will have to look for solutions from within. And coach Peter DeBoer looked no further than his own captain.

Parise admitted that he surprised to get the call. “I just kind of assumed when I saw I had the same jerseys as Nick and Kovy, they weren’t going to be playing center,” said Parise, who is stepping for the injured Josefson. “So, I just kind of assumed that I was, and they said it out on the ice we were going to try it out.”

The Parise experiment will be interesting, and may only last for a very short time. If he doesn’t work out at center, Lamoriello will be very busy making a lot of phone calls this week.

Thanks to Patrick Kearns, TheFourthPeriod.com

Tampa Bay roster decisions can wait a while

// October 28th, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Steve Yzerman - Tampa Bay Lightning



With the nine-game experiment for rookie LW Brett Connolly earning him a full roster spot, Tampa Bay continues to hold the maximum of 23 players on the roster.

The Lightning are carrying two extra forwards on the roster and an extra defenseman. At some point, D Mattias Ohlund will be ready to return from the arthroscopic knee surgery he had this month.

Coach Guy Boucher has also been trying to juggle the lineup and get as much playing time as possible, as two forwards have to sit each game. The situation will remain status quo until Tampa Bay is forced to make a decision.

“We don’t have a roster issue as far as numbers until Mattias comes back, and he’s going to be out a while,” general manager Steve Yzerman said. “A lot of things can happen between now and then. So we’ll just continue to move along as we go and see what comes up.”

World Juniors

While Connolly has earned a spot on the roster, the 19-year-old remains eligible to participate in the 2012 World Junior Championships for Team Canada. The Under-20 tournament begins Dec. 26. While plenty can happen between now and then, it doesn’t sound like allowing Connolly to play in the tournament is something the team is considering.

“If he plays on our top lines, we need him, so it really depends on our depth at that time, on how he is doing,” Boucher said. “And sometimes you might feel getting a few weeks with guys his own age to see where he is at could be good for his confidence, and playing for Team Canada is always an amazing experience you can draw from a lot.”

No decision has to be made for at least a month, but Boucher has weighed both sides of the decision.

“Most teams don’t send their guys anymore because they keep them for a reason, not just because they are first-round picks but because they made the team and are contributors. So then you are less likely to want to send them back because of that,” he said. “But at the same time, he might be a leader, get some top ice time along with some of the best players in the world and having that pressure, sometimes that’s good.

“So those decisions have to be made and right now we are not there. We have to find a way to make him better with us and continue to adapt and we’ll see then. And I’m sure Steve (Yzerman) has his opinion on that and I have mine, and I’m sure at some point we’ll meet.”

Gillis makes a trade

// October 22nd, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Mike Gillis - Vancouver Canucks, NHL Trades

The Canadian Press

Vancouver –Ryan Kesler will have a new left-winger on Vancouver’s second line after the Canucks acquired David Booth in a four-player swap with the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

The Canucks also acquired minor-leaguer Steve Reinprecht along with a third-round draft pick in 2013.  Going the other way are NHL veterans Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm.

“It’s an opportunity to have a top-six forward and a left-winger to play with Ryan Kesler,” Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis said.

“Booth is a fast player. He’s a north-south player and he’s going to get a chance to play with another guy who plays that way.”

Booth and Kesler played minor hockey together in the Detroit area.

“Ryan knows him very well. He’s scored over 30 goals in the league before and he’s 26 years old,” Gillis said.

“We think if we can get him here and get him moving in the right direction he’ll embrace it.”

Even though the trade had been discussed over the last six months, Gillis said “It just seemed like it was an appropriate time.”

“We wanted to free up a roster spot. We have too many players … and you have to act when it comes your way.”

Gillis said Sturm and Samuelsson “were the players that Florida wanted.”

“You have to work with the other side to try and come up with a match,” he added. “We were looking to try to get a little bit younger and a little bit quicker.”

So who do you think got the better deal?

Bill Torrey’s Blueprint for Success

// October 3rd, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Brian Burke - Toronto Maple Leafs, Behind the Moves GMs, Bill Torrey, GM News

Brian Burke on Bill Torrey's Blueprint for Success - you need to win 16 games to win
the Stanley Cup and 2010 US Olympic Hockey team development

Jay Feaster – Three types of Flames Fans

// October 1st, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Jay Feaster - Calgary Flames, Behind the Moves GMs, GM Quotes

“We know that you reside in one of three groups – you love everything that we do no matter what happens; you are loyal but frustrated; or you think that we’re total idiots that have never known what we’re doing and never will know what we’re doing.

“We hope that the last group is the smallest. If you’re in that group, I’ll meet you in the back alley in a couple of minutes.” Jay Feaster – September 2 – 2011

Get him on the plane

// September 30th, 2011 // No Comments » // ACTIVE - Dean Lombardi - Los Angeles Kings

Lombardi has finally signed top restricted free agent Drew Doughty.

The 21-year-old verbally agreed to a $6.8-million a year over eight years for a $56-million contract, the Los Angeles times reported late Thursday evening.

On Sept. 16, it was reported that the same offer of $6.8-million a year was on the table.

The deal wasn’t agreeable for Doughty. In fact, reports suggested every day since then, the offer from Lombardi was to drop by $25,000 each day.

Doughty is a clear winner in this long, drawn-out stalemate. But in all, nobody expected anything less.