NHL Rumor Wire – May 8th, 2011


The Dallas Business Journal released a story that suggested the Dallas Stars could possibly move under new ownership. Well fans, there is no need to worry, Dallas is not going anywhere.

From Mark Stepneski (ESPN Dallas)

First, a statement from interim president Tony Tavares:

“Any opinion or rumor that it is even possible for the Dallas Stars to move from North Texas is unequivocally untrue. The Dallas Stars are not moving. The team’s current contractual agreements with both the City of Dallas and American Airlines Center prohibits the Stars from moving.”


St. Louis Blues backup goaltender Ty Conklin has made it clear to friends that he loves being in St. Louis and wants to remain with the club. Conklin will be a free agent on July 1st.

From Bernie Miklasz (St. Louis Post-Dispatch on American Chronicle)

Blues backup goaltender Ty Conklin has made it clear to friends that he loves being in St. Louis and wants to remain here. Conklin, a free agent, hopes that the Blues will re-sign him. And unless the Blues are fully committed to Ben Bishop as the No. 2 goaltender to Jaro Halak, it makes sense for the Blues to seriously consider keeping Conklin.

I bet you can’t  figure out what the Philadelphia Flyers need to address before next season starts. You give up? Ok, Flyers must fix their goaltending. Sorry Flyers fans, i thought sarcasm was needed there.

From Spector

While Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher for the most part played well during the regular season, and had their moments in this year’s playoffs, their struggles had head coach Peter Laviolette playing musical goalies with the pair (along with last year’s playoff hero, Michael Leighton) this spring.

Goaltending has been an ongoing problem for the Flyers for some time now, but one management – first Bob Clarke, now Paul Holmgren – have for whatever reason been unable to adequately address.

Once-promising goalies like Brian Boucher and Robert Esche failed to play up to expectations. Once-solid veterans like John Vanbiesbrouck and Sean Burke were past their prime when they donned their Flyers jerseys. Others, like Roman Cechmanek and Martin Biron, maddened with their inconsistency. Another, Antero Niittymaki, was waylaid by nagging injuries.

Ohh and Flyers GM’ Paul Holmgren refuses to place blame on goalies….

From Mike G. Morreale (NHL.com)

“I don’t think we can fault our goaltending at any point in this series,” Holmgren said. “I know it looks bad when you’re taking guys out all the time. But goaltending, as I’ve said before, is a function of your team. Was (Bobrovsky) great (in Game 4), no, but he’s a young kid and under intense circumstances. But we didn’t lose the game because of our goalie. We lost the game because their team outplayed our team.”

With the St. Louis Blues up for sale, it seems they are generating some serious outside interest.

From Andy Strickland (TrueHockey.com)

A source very connected to the sale of the St. Louis Blues tells me the team has received serious outside Ownership interest.

The source would not confirm whether or not an offer has been made.

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Tags: Dallas Stars Paul Holmgren Philadelphia Flyers St.Louis Blues Ty Conklin