The latest on the Rangers, Bruins, Red Wings, Jets, Canadiens and Blue Jackets.
CBC.CA: During the October 29th Hockey Night in Canada telecast, on “The Hotstove” segment, Elliotte Friedman claimed Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier attempted to make a deal for a defenseman or a forward, felt he had to do something, and fired assistant coach Perry Pearn. The reaction around the league was overwhelmingly negative…Eric Francis reports UFA goalie Marty Turco is still working out and would be willing to play as a backup. Francis suggested Columbus would be a good fit as he could mentor Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The reaction to the Pearn firing may be negative, but the Canadiens won their next three games after the move was made…Changes could be coming soon for the Jackets, and they could use an experienced backup to help Mason. Turco might be the answer, but it remains to be seen if they’ll go that route.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun recently reported Winnipeg Jets management wouldn’t allow their team’s slow start to prompt them into making any short-sighted deals that mortgages their future. If they make a move, it’ll be for something which helps them now and in the future. LeBrun suspected if they do deal, it could be from their defense.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I meant to post this one up yesterday but missed it. I agree with LeBrun, the Jets management won’t panic and make quick fix deals. Besides, they’ve got the luxury right now of a fan base that’s just thrilled to have NHL hockey back in their city. They could suck on toast all season and Winnipeg hockey fans won’t care. Next season, however would be another matter.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the Rangers are still waiting to hear if free agent defenseman Anton Stralman will accept their contract offer. Stralman skated with the New Jersey Devils on a tryout basis but was not offered a contract. He’s currently in Sweden visiting his family.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers apparently made that offer to Stralman over a week ago.
BOSTON HERALD: Steve Conroy reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has been doing “his due diligence on the trade front” but it remains to be seen if he’ll pull the trigger on a deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Head coach Claude Julien is clearly exasperated over his team’s performance lately. The Bruins better turn things around soon or a shakeup of some sort may be coming.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings have placed forward Fabian Brunnstrom on waivers.