NHL Rumors from the Blogosphere – September 3, 2011.

In today’s funhouse, speculation the Canadiens and Jets are talking trade, and a far-fetched one linking a certain Flyers defenseman with the Canucks. Enjoy!

HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” posted Friday he was following leads from multiple sources claiming the Montreal Canadiens were closing in on a defenseman from Winnipeg, suggesting it could be either Zach Bogosian or Johnny Oduya.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s since tweeted the target is Oduya. I’ve recently discussed with a few readers my doubts of the Habs seeking a top-four defenseman before they’ve even taken to the ice for training camp. While admittedly anything’s possible, and acknowledge it wouldn’t be the first time a GM has made a move which left me scratching my head, I’ll defer to Hockeybuzz.com’s own Eric Engel’s recent take on the matter. While he acknowledged the uncertainty over Andrei Markov and Jose Gorges recoveries from knee surgeries, and the decline last season in Jaroslav Spacek’s performance, Engels wondered why Habs management would “venture towards the negative before a single game’s been played?” 

GATHER.COM: Larry Seely claims the Vancouver Canucks are looking to add Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger “in a move that would add instant credibility in the locker room and on the ice.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So many things wrong and absurd about this one,but rather than get into it, I’ll just post three letters: N M C. If I have to explain what that means, and how it applied to Pronger, you’re obviously not a serious hockey fan.




  1. Spec, I’ve been trying to find an answer to a question I have … Maybe you can help ? Does NHL center ice online exist anymore ? I don’t have cable but want center ice .

  2. Peff, you should look for “NHL GameCenter Live”.

  3. @Peff – It’s called NHL GameCenter online. It also works on the PS3, Roku, etc. Just watch out for their blackout restrictions as they can be brutal. I live in south central PA and would have had 30+ Leafs games blacked out last year. This year I worked it out to probably only 19 so I think I’m going to get it this season.

  4. My concern is whether Bogosian or Oduya are ready to be legit top 4. The other development is Buff’s obscene weight when picked up for drinking while boating. Will Winnipeg be in a place to let a d-man go?

  5. Thanks spec and leafsnationus ….. That link spec is for cable only been there tried that … Gamecenter offers NHL vault to canadian’s but I think they only offer center ice to US only … I’ll keep my I open to see if that changes

  6. Spec, I do not know who requested you give legitimacy to these types of rumors but in my opinion you could stop anytime and I’d still visit your web site daily. Just know I will not be clicking the link to these blogosphere posts anymore. Any child could come up with rumors like this.

    • That’s why I keep rumors from the blogosphere separated from those reported by the MSM. I don’t expect folks who don’t put any stock in blogosphere-generated rumors to read them. There are others who do enjoy reading them, if for nothing else, than for the entertainment value they provide. As one reader described them, they’re like funnies in the newspaper. That’s a healthy way to look at it. Either that, or a gossip column.

  7. Hey,
    I went through this last year, go to NHL.com and go to the watch live section. You get most games, but as someone else said, some do get blocked out. I don’t know where you live but I’m in the Canadian Forces and last year I travelled all across Canada and could get it anywhere I went. I was around $250 I believe. Hope this helps!

  8. I don’t understand why you would bother posting Ekland’s blogs. His batting average is what 0.0001% of his rumours becoming reality?

    • They’re part of rumors from the the blogosphere. If you don’t like ’em, don’t read ’em. Stick to the posts which only involve rumors reported by the MSM. Cheers!

  9. Peff– CenterIce online/ NHL GameCenter hasn’t opened up it’s service for this season yet. It should be coming up soon. I too have looked and am waiting to subscribe, as I did last year. I currently have NHL Vault in the U.S. (Alaska). The vault allowed me to watch the Bruins’ Cup run all over again.

  10. geez spector u are really desperate for hits printing this stuff

  11. Thanks boys for all your help on NHL center ice online

  12. Take these posys with a grain of salt. They are funny! Adds some humour to the dog days of the NHL off-season. only a few more weeks till training camp. don’t get your panties in a knot.

  13. LeafsNationUS…..Good answer about gamecenter, and here’s another site that might help if you have blackouts. http://www.ourleafs.com. Free sign up, and show all games, even LeafsTV. BOL…..Cheers!

  14. If you didn’t know that a NMC could be waved, you’re obviously not a serious hockey fan…

    • And if you think Pronger would waive it to go to Vancouver, you really aren’t a serious hockey fan….

  15. In a hockey starved time period – the Blogosphere rumors allow us armchair GM’s a chance to generate some conversation. The Blogo’s seem to generate at least 15 responses and whereas some of the other rumor postings don’t generate much. And right now there is kind of a lull in news.

    I agree with Casey – based on Buf’s weight gain is he gonna be in shape when the season starts. Also I’m not quite sure of Oduya being a “centerpiece” d-man. Don’t get me wrong, I like him and he is pretty consistent, but I have him in the same category as Daniel Girardi, Boychuk, Chris Campoli, et al.

    As for Pronger going to Vancouver, I can’t see it. The Canucks have $2.6 in cap space and Pronger is $4.9. I don’t know who the Canucks would trade to Philly and I believe Philly is banking on Pronger to mentor and lead – I’m sure he is going to be the Flyer’s new Captain.

  16. Hi Spec, just wanted to start off with a gratz on this site. I have been a frequent viewer for years and this is truly the hockey site I look forward to reading every morning. Keep up the good work!!!!

    As for Atl-MTL speculations, I to scratch my head at this rumour, but at least Oduya makes more sense than Bogosian. He would be cheaper to acquire. The only d-man who wouls be on the outs would be Spacek. and Quite honestly if we needed a more physical big bodied defensemen we should have bought out Spacek and Kept Hamrlik. Anyways do not read to much into it considering the source of the rumour..

    Oh Yeah On passing by just want to tip my Hat to CKAC Sport radio here in MTL , the long running station got it’s Sports section cut off suddenly leaving alot of ppl out of work. Wishing them all the best and a thanks for all the good memories of their talk shows prior and following all the Habs games.


  17. love the blogosphere section and rest of the site keep up the good work