Despite both Kane and the Jets insisting there had been no trade requests in the off-season, Kane claims he asked for a trade as early as the summer of 2012 when he was coming off a 30-goal season. He asked again in the summer of 2013 and ’14, a request that was finally granted when he was dealt to the Sabres last February in a blockbuster trade that saw Zach Bogosian join him in Buffalo in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, two prospects and a first-round draft pick.
But Florida coach Gerard Gallant — who’s paired Gudbranson with veteran Willie Mitchell in a shutdown role — definitely likes what he’s been seeing this season.
“I think Gudbranson has been outstanding this year, really has played well,” Gallant told the Miami Herald. “I think he has been great, is happy with his role playing against the best players. He’s a fifth-year player. You look at him as a veteran player who is playing very well.”
Dave Cameron doesn’t like the forecast for his Ottawa Senators.
“Right now I feel like the weatherman,” the coach told reporters today, per TSN’s Brent Wallace. “When you got something planned and you turn on the TV and the weatherman is all talking about how sunny it is, everybody is happy, they listen, they turn it up. When the weatherman forecasts there’s a storm on the horizon, they change the channel.
“Well, if we don’t fix our game, a storm is coming.”
That storm may actually have already arrived, based on the Sens’ four-game winless streak. On Saturday, they lost 4-1 at home to Arizona. They’ve allowed 11 goals in their last three games combined, all at home.
“It wears on you. Fans come and they pay their money and they want to see wins and not 4-1 losses,” forward Bobby Ryantold the Associated Press. “You can’t stay in the hunt losing points at home, especially when you’re on a homestand and you haven’t found a way to get anything out of it.”
The Sens (3-3-2) host Calgary Wednesday then travel to Detroit for a game Friday.
— Mike Smith for the Coyotes versus James Reimer for the Leafs, whose goaltending has really let them down this season. Reimer has an .890 save percentage, while Jonathan Bernier‘s is only marginally better at .902.
Bruce Boudreau was channeling Annie today as his struggling Anaheim Ducks prepared to face the Blackhawks tonight at United Center.
“Every day’s a new day,” Boudreau said, per the Sun-Times. “The sun’s still coming up even if it is in Chicago in October/early November. You look for the positives in everything, and you’re not sitting around being gloomy. Today, I talked to them about how great it is to be a hockey player. We’re so lucky, so blessed to do this job that we love, rather than doing things that are forced upon you. And we have to play with that. We have to play with that enthusiasm.”
No word if Boudreau has ever “seen a bunch of guys look so [expletive] down when something bad happens,” but the Ducks sure didn’t look too cheerful Saturday in Minnesota, where they were shut out for the fourth time season.