TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed were Ilya Bryzgalov's ECHL tryout, Patrick Roy's fine and the Sedins twins' contract talks.
Ilya Bryzgalov in Las Vegas is a reality show waiting to happen. Is it now official?
Darren Dreger - Bryzgalov has agreed to attend the training camp of the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers. He passed the physical so he's good to go. It doesn't mean a whole lot more than he wants to continue to work out and wait for an opportunity, perhaps for a job to open up in the NHL - which is quit possible. We've seen NHL players do this in the past; most recently Cody Franson of the Toronto Maple Leafs during his contract stalemate. Bryzgalov has agreed to at least attend training camp in Las Vegas.
Is Patrick Roy on the hook for paying his fine?
Bob McKenzie - A common practice in the NHL when we hear about a coach being fined $10,000 is that they don't actually cash the cheque. They put it in a security deposit and it's basically a good behavior bond. If you don't act up in the next six months or a year, you get the money back. But in this particular case, because Patrick Roy is such a high profile guy and because there was such physical contact with that partition that went down - and almost onto Bruce Boudreau - my understanding is that Roy is actually out of pocket by $10,000. He got a lot of attention from a lot of the coaches in the NHL; Ken Hitchcock saying that was a junior hockey move.
One of the coaches I talked to said that if there was a lot of chirping involved - which was alleged but Roy denied - that he would take three steps. No. 1: Send a little note from trainer to trainer telling the guy to calm down. No. 2: Go over to the boards or the bench and tell him to calm down. No. 3: Set up a private meeting at a barn or a ring and settle your differences.
Is head coach Peter Laviolette on the hot seat in Philadelphia?
Dreger - Winning cures all, but the Flyers did not play well in the preseason and it drags back to the postseason where things did not bode well for the Flyers.
There's a sense of fear of impending doom for some around the organization and without question Laviolette is in trouble. Some believe that if things don't turn around for the Flyers organization and they don't start winning at the 10-15 game mark that Laviolette will be replaced. And you could perhaps look higher up the food chain too, where you find general manager Paul Holmgren and Ron Hextall. Craig Berube's name has been thrown around as a potential replacement, so he's clearly in the system.
What happened to Jonathan Drouin's expectations in Tampa Bay?
Pierre LeBrun - It surprised me and a lot of other people that he was sent back to the juniors, but not if you spoke to some scouts that watched him in preseason. One of the things that I heard from them is that he didn't have a lot of pace in his game in the preseason. He tried to beat players from a stand-still and there was also some questions about his conditioning from an NHL standpoint.
But let's remember something. This guy - just two years ago - was playing midget hockey and so this would have been quit a jump for him. Two years ago, another team in Florida - the Panthers with Jonathan Huberdeau - also picked third overall and he was sent back to junior. A year later, he wins the Calder Trophy in the NHL. The same thing could happen to Drouin, so no alarm here. But obviously, he did not have a great camp.
Are you surprised the Sedin twins don't have new contracts?
McKenzie - I'm a little surprised that the season is opening up for the Canucks and the Sedin twins have not been signed to an extension. That's not to suggest that there's a huge alarm here, but by the same token it's not to suggest things are going swimmingly either.
I thought the entire training camp would have given agent JP Barry and Canucks general manager Mike Gillis an opportunity to put this thing to bed and the fact that it hasn't happened yet suggests to me that term is very much an issue.
The Sedins will be 34 when an extension kicks in and I suspect they're probably looking for at least a five-year deal and the Canucks want something shorter. I think with them taking hometown discounts on the last deal at $6.01 million, they're looking way north of that for a pretty big raise.
LeBrun - Not nearly as much attention - maybe because of the market he plays in - but there's Joe Thornton, also a high profile UFA at the end of the season. The expectation is that his camp will circle back to the San Jose Sharks in the very near future to start that process. But it's not expected to be something that's going to be a distraction for Thornton or whether there's a deadline to this thing. They'll get it done during the season.
There's early trade talk with Anaheim?
Dreger - Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray is looking for a defenceman and its believed Toronto, Pittsburgh and maybe Philadelphia are involved. They want a young defenceman and may give up a young forward in return.