<span class="vcard">Mike Halford</span>

Boston Bruins v Colorado Avalanche

Seidenberg says trade rumors were ‘a slap in the face’


Suffice to say Dennis Seidenberg wasn’t happy about hearing his name in trade talks this summer.

“If I had heard it from the GM then I would have been concerned, but the thing that bothered me was that people even talked about it. That’s kind of a slap in the face. It means you’re not playing your best, and you obviously want to play to a level where people don’t question you,” Seidenberg told the Boston Herald. “On the other hand, you have to focus on your own game and not worry about what people say. If it comes from the top, then you have to be worried about it, but I’ve never heard anything.

“I’ve read it and I saw it, but at the end of the day, I have to focus on what I have to do.”

Seidenberg, 34, is coming off an up-and-down campaign, his first full season since tearing his ACL in ’13-14. His play, age and cap hit — $4 million through 2018 — led many to speculate he could be on his way out of town, especially with the B’s pressed so close to the cap ceiling.

Trade fires were further stoked when, just prior to March’s trade deadline, Seidenberg said he’d waive his no-trade clause if asked. A few months later, he again responded to trade rumblings, this time insisting he wanted to stay in Boston.

Since then, much has changed on the Bruins’ defense.

Dougie Hamilton was traded to Calgary, Matt Bartkowski signed in Vancouver and when the dust settled, Seidenberg emerged as a key component of a defense that looks to be comprised of himself, Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller and Matt Irwin.

So now, the veteran German rearguard can focus on taking those trade rumors and using them as fuel for a bounce-back campaign.

“You never like people to write those kinds of things about you,” he said. “It just means that you have to work harder and do better.”

Claude Lemieux to play in Avs-Red Wings alumni game

Claude Lemieux Detroit

One of the key players — if not the key player — in the violent history of the Detroit-Colorado rivalry is back in the mix.

Claude Lemieux will participate in this year’s alumni game preceding the Avs-Red Wings outdoor game at Coors Field, per Bleacher Report:

During the mid-1990s and early 2000s, Colorado and Detroit formed one of the nastiest rivalries in recent memory — so nasty, in fact, that Dater wrote a book, Blood Feud, about the hatred between the two.

As the video shows, Lemieux figured prominently in that rivalry thanks to his hit on Kris Draper and subsequent fight with Darren McCarty.

(Some will object to the usage of “fight” given how it went, but I digress…)

After his Red Wings were ousted by the Avs in the ’96 playoffs — the same series in which the Draper hit occurred — Detroit forward Dino Cicarelli summed up his and most of his teammates’ feelings on Lemieux.

“I can’t believe I shook this guy’s friggin’ hand after the game,” he said. “That pisses me right off.”

The alumni game is scheduled for Feb. 26, one day before the Stadium Series contest.

Related: Avs-Red Wings alumni game to feature Sakic, Forsberg, Shanahan, Lidstrom

Wild hire ex-Oilers goalie coach Chabot

Edmonton Oilers Headshots

On Thursday, Minnesota announced the hiring of former NHL goalie and Edmonton goalie coach Frederic Chabot as the club’s new director of goaltender development.

Chabot, 47, was fired by the Oilers early last season with the team holding the NHL’s worst save percentage. How much of that was on Chabot is up for debate; Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth underwhelmed all year long, and with Fasth now in the KHL and Scrivens seemingly relegated to a backup role, it’s fair to say that neither was a legit No. 1 NHL netminder.

Of course, Chabot worked with other goalies during his five-plus years in Edmonton.

Chief among them? Wild starter and Vezina finalist Devan Dubnyk.

At first glance, bringing in Chabot based on his work with Dubnyk might seem odd, especially since Dunbyk was a flop in Edmonton and never posted very good numbers. But to hear Dubnyk explain it, his poor play in Edmonton had nothing to do with Chabot, a guy he holds in pretty high esteem.

“He’s been incredible for me,” Dubnyk told CBC Sports last year.

Note: The Wild still have Bob Mason as their goaltending coach, to clear up any confusion. Chabot will work with “goalie prospects throughout the Minnesota Wild organization, including goaltenders playing for the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League.”

Flames ‘haven’t been able to find something’ with still-unsigned Ferland


Calgary power forward Micheal Ferland, who broke out during last year’s stirring playoff run, is still without a new contract just weeks away from the start of training camp.

But according to Flames GM Brad Treliving, the only two things holding up the deal — how much Ferland will make, and how long it will be.

(So everything, basically.)

“Just money and term, that’s all,” Treliving said, per the Calgary Sun. “We’ll bang away. We haven’t been able to find something that both sides nod on yet, but we’ve still got some time.”

Ferland, 23, made his NHL debut last season and fared well, scoring two goals and five points in 26 games. But it was in the opening round of the playoffs when he really made his mark — against Vancouver, Ferland delivered six games’ worth of ferocious hits and finished with two goals, four points and the reputation as a fearsome forechecker.

The WHL Brandon product made $797,500 annually on his entry-level deal, which expired in July.

Ex-NHLer Peat pleads guilty to arson

Stephen Peat skates

Former Washington Capital Stephen Peat, who was arrested in March for arson, pleaded guilty to charges of arson by negligence on Wednesday morning, stemming from an incident at his father’s house.

Details, per The Province:

The homeowner, Walter Peat, was in bed when the fire started but managed to escape. A basement suite tenant was not home at the time.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but the house and vehicles in the driveway were severely damaged.

Police were called to investigate the fire because a passerby saw a man lighting the fire and tried unsuccessfully to stop him.

Investigators learned that there was a “domestic dispute” between Walter and Stephen Peat which began that the afternoon and was renewed later in the evening.

A pre-sentence report was ordered for Peat, with sentencing scheduled for Nov. 18. The maximum sentence for arson by negligence is five years in prison.