Garrioch is in a bitter mood this weekend, after his failure to sell his management on a SuperBowl jaunt. He pointed out that Dallas and Phoenix (Sens road games) were so so close to Houston, and was hoping they would send him on a 3 day junket. However they pointed out the Ottawa’s Super Bowl is any hockey game against the Leafs, so there he was stuck at the Air Canada Centre last night watching the friendship games, with all the hugging and intimacy between the two teams one would expect.
Garrioch did write about the game, but also had time to produce two columns of his usual junkets into the Super Bowels of trading. First he had this special column: CuJo won't come cheap now
Nobody wanted to make a deal for Curtis Joseph in the fall. But there could be a race to acquire the Red Wings goaltender before the March 9 NHL trade deadline. …
Sources say the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers have both shown interest in Joseph. Many in Ottawa believe the Senators should get on the list of suitors because of the concern with goaltender Patrick Lalime's recent play. …
But the Wings aren't going to give him away as easily as they would have in October. In fact, they're not even sure they're going to trade him at all. Starter Dominik Hasek is still troubled by a sore groin and hasn't resumed skating yet.
So Hasek hasn’t resumed skating yet but let’s devote a full column to trading Joseph? What a waste of newspaper.
Phoenix GM Mike Barnett is listening to offers for G Sean Burke, but the word in the desert is the club isn't going to give him away. Sources say Barnett wants a top young prospect in return, since the Coyotes have already paid the bulk of Burke's $4.5 million salary this season. It's believed the Rangers have offered C Jamie Lundmark for Burke, but they're not alone in the pursuit. Indications are Dallas GM Doug Armstrong also called to see about getting Burke to back up Turco in the playoffs. Stay tuned. Burke won't be in Phoenix after the deadline this year.
I would ‘stay tuned’ but Garrioch’s column is in a newspaper, not on the radio, or TV. After last year’s Au Gratton deal, Barnett needs to ensure he doesn’t cut the cheese on his upcoming Burke trade.
Chicago GM Bob Pulford is getting a lot of calls about C Alexei Zhamnov, but the asking price is high. The Wings, Canucks, Devils and Thrashers have all shown interest, but Pulford wants a top young prospect -- possibly a defenceman -- in return. The Canucks could offer F Fedor Fedorov and G Alex Auld.
Pulford is getting a lot of calls since he told the press that he was about to deal zzzZhamnov. It’s like Paris Hilton walking into a Chicago bar and saying loudly she wants to get laid. Just a matter of time before we see the video.
Don't be surprised if the Flyers make another pitch for Calgary RW Jarome Iginla before the trade deadline. There are whispers that before GM Bobby Clarke dealt RW Justin Williams to Carolina for D Danny Markov, Williams was offered as part of a package for Iginla that included either LW Simon Gagne, C Michal Handzus or C Mike Comrie. I know: Comrie, you ask? There's talk Philly coach Ken Hitchcock hasn't exactly been awestruck by Comrie's play. The Flames have to qualify Iginla at $7.5 million next season and they can't afford it.
There are whispers, there’s talk, but no shouting. I think this Iginla discussion is premature while the Flames remain hot for a playoff spot.
A player who will be shopped at next week's GMs' meetings in Nevada: Ottawa C Radek Bonk. It doesn't mean he's going anywhere, but you can't fault GM John Muckler for trying.
After weeks of waiting, the world famous Bonk bashing returns! This time it’s the Sens want to trade him, but nobody wants him. Of course if Spezza is out for any serious time, don’t stay up waiting for any go Bonkers deal.
The Panthers are searching for blueliner and may make a pitch for Columbus D Luke Richardson, who is being shopped around. The Flyers are also interested in bringing Richardson back to Philly. Clarke made a pitch for Columbus D Darryl Sydor before he was sent to the Lightning last week.
The Flyers want Richardson back? The Panthers, who want a top D are willing to consider Richardson? I know, it’s the 3 assists that Richardson has, and he is a good stay-at-home defenseman – the coach tells him to stay at home away from the rink.
The Blues continue to hold talks with the Hurricanes about RW Jeff O'Neill. St. Louis has a good chance of being successful in acquiring him.
By trading what?
One last question: Why doesn't New York GM Glen Sather get it over with and hire Mike Keenan as his next coach?
He means why doesn't Glen Sather get it over with and commit career suicide, since Keenan will first point out Sather’s inadequacies as a coach, and then, after a few weeks, his shortcomings as GM – all part of Keenan’s usual program to become coach/GM/US president.
If the Rangers did indeed offer Lundmark for Burke, I would hope the Coyotes are not holding out for much more. I highly doubt Burke will be a Star, because of the division thing, but then again, that's what I said about Teppo.