Hamhuis to Flyers rumors abound but nothing has changed, really


As expected, a flurry of activity tonight surrounding Dan Hamhuis,
as rumors are starting to fly that the Nashville Predators are working
on a trade with Philadelphia. Of course, in these days where most all
sports news is broken via Twitter, we get wild speculation and guessing,
sometimes even from team beat writers.

Comcast Sportsnet reporter
Sarah Baicker first reported
that the Flyers and Predators were talking, with very little in the
way of details, other than “Parent may be in
the mix, he may not be” and that there were a number of players being
talked about.

Then CSN Flyers beat writer John Boruk
got involved, first saying that the Flyers are not close to a deal with
Nashville and that it’s more than just a Hamhuis for Ryan Parent trade,
and that Dan Ellis was involved. He deleted that tweet (archived
by BroadStHockey
), and came back with:

I’m told Flyers
are not close to a deal with Nashville as of Monday night. Dan Ellis
NOT involved in a trade scenario…sorry.

as of now all we have is that the Flyers are talking to the Predators,
they have made room under the salary cap to work a deal, that the
Predators are most likely going to deal Hamhuis, the best fit would be
the Flyers, but no firm deal is in place.

is this any different than a couple of hours ago?

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)

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Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…

Two-for-two: Another successful coach’s challenge as Sens reverse Kane’s goal

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Coaches are quickly getting the hang of this challenge thing.

Following Mike Babcock’s successful challenge in Toronto’s opening-night loss to Montreal on Wednesday, Babcock’s provincial rival — Sens head coach Dave Cameron — got it right as well, successfully reversing Evander Kane‘s would-be equalizer in the third period.

From the league:

At 10:34 of the third period in the Senators/Sabres game, Ottawa requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Buffalo was off-side prior to Evander Kane’s goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”

Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Buffalo Sabres.

The clock is re-set to show 9:32 (10:28 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.

As the league later noted, this was the first coach’s challenge under the offside scenario.