Bryan Bickell

Here are your trade and free agency odds


The offseason is upon us and it’s time to figure out where everyone is headed. Of course, free agency doesn’t start until July 5 and trades could happen at any moment. So how about some odds?

Online oddsmakers have some numbers to help you spend your entertainment dollars on guessing who is playing where next season. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Of course, the first question surrounds Roberto Luongo’s future. Deja vu, eh?

Will the Vancouver Canucks trade Roberto Luongo prior to the start of the 2013-14 season?

Yes: 1/2

No: 3/2

And what about Ilya Bryzgalov?

Will Ilya Bryzgalov be a starting goalie for an NHL team in their first game of the 2013-14 season?

Yes: 2/1

No: 1/3

When it comes to Dion Phaneuf’s future in Toronto, since they’re apparently open to dealing him, Bovada is blunt with the question.

Will the Toronto Maple Leafs trade Dion Phaneuf prior to the start of the 2013-14 season?

Yes: 3/2

No: 1/2

As for the free agents, they see a bit of a surprise destination for the recently bought out Danny Briere.

New Jersey Devils:  3/2

Ottawa Senators:  5/2

Montreal Canadiens: 9/2

Phoenix Coyotes:  5/1

Buffalo Sabres: 5/1

Those odds for him going back to Buffalo make for some great trolling money.  As for playoff hero Bryan Bickell, Bovada sees a very curious destination for him.

Detroit Red Wings: 1/1

Florida Panthers: 3/1

Vancouver Canucks: 13/4

Chicago Blackhawks: 7/2

No courtesy odds for the Sabres and Terry Pegula spending more crazy money? I feel like we got slighted. As for Jarome Iginla, the Penguins don’t have the shortest odds of the bunch here.

Los Angeles Kings: 11/4

Pittsburgh Penguins: 3/1

Dallas Stars: 9/2

St. Louis Blues: 5/1

San Jose Sharks: 15/2

Anaheim Ducks: 8/1

Colorado Avalanche: 8/1

As always, these odds are just for fun or setting the bar for taking money from your friends. Curious to see how they think some things play out, however.

Sens demote former first-rounder Puempel

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Looks like Matt Puempel won’t be making the leap after all.

Puempel, the subject of Ottawa’s “looking to make the leap” profile during our Team of the Day series, has been sent down to AHL Binghamton one day prior to the Sens’ opener against Buffalo.

Puempel, taken by Ottawa in the first round (24th overall) at the ’11 draft, made his big-league debut last season and looked as though he’d stick around — only to suffer a high ankle sprain after 13 games, and miss the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old came into this year’s camp looking to secure a full-time position at the big league level, but was beaten out by Shane Prince for the final forward spot on the roster.

To be fair, contract status probably played a role. Prince would’ve had to clear waivers to get down to Bingo, whereas Puempel didn’t.

A former 30-goal scorer in the American League, Puempel is expected to get another look with Ottawa this season.

Report: Torres won’t appeal 41-game suspension


Sounds like Raffi Torres is accepting his punishment.

Per Sportsnet, Torres won’t appeal his 41-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg.

The report comes just days after the NHL’s Department of Player Safety levied one of the longest disciplinary rulings in league history, citing both the severity of the Silfverberg hit and Torres’ lengthy history of suspensions, fines and warnings.

There was some thought, however, that Torres would try to challenge the ruling.


He does have a history of success in that department. In 2012,Torres successfully appealed his suspension for a headshot on Chicago’s Marian Hossa, and had his punishment reduced from 25 games to 21.

Torres also isn’t considered a “repeat offender” under the current collective bargaining agreement, as his last suspension came in 2013.

Of course, part of that clean record is due to the fact he hasn’t played much. Torres has largely been sidelined by injury for the last two seasons, missing all of last year with knee problems.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman delved further into the repeat offender thing in his latest 30 Thoughts column:

If you read the relevant sections of the CBA, the league takes the position that the repeat offender status is only applicable to fines. Repeaters are fined on a per-game basis, non-repeaters on a per-day basis. (The former is more expensive, because there are fewer games than days in an NHL season.) However, if you go to Section 18.2, among the factors taken into account are, “the status of the offender and, specifically, whether the Player has a history of being subject to Supplementary Discipline for On-Ice Conduct.”

So, in the NHL’s view, a player’s history is relevant, even if longer than 18 months ago.

Should the report prove accurate and Torres doesn’t appeal, he will be eligible to return to action on Jan. 14, when the Sharks take on the Oilers.