Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray is not a happy man.
The Pacific Division rivals of the Dallas Stars have been in a free fall practically since the season started and are in a race with the woeful Columbus Blue Jackets for worst team in the NHL at the moment.
There were a few caveats to that announcement. First, veterans Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu are not among those available, and Murray also said he was not looking to dump key players like Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry for picks and prospects.
"And the rest of the players in that locker room, I thought they'd figure out when we changed coaches that time was running, the clock was running quickly here. And I don't care who you talked about," Murray said, referring to his dismissal of Coach Randy Carlyle on Nov. 30 and hiring of former Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau.
"I still believe we have some core players. Now, whether we have to change a few core players, so be it. They're deciding who's staying and who's not staying at this point."
So, is this an actual for sale sign being placed on the Ducks players, or is it simply a cunning and public way to try and get Getzlaf, Perry and Bobby Ryan to start leading the team out of the cellar? And what would you give up for one of those three to come to Dallas?
After the jump, more on the Stars game tonight against the Nashville Predators, a sad update on a Minnesota high school hockey player and a must-watch historic hockey video.
- The big secondary story out of Tuesday's loss to the Detroit Red Wings appears to be new owner Tom Gaglardi, who talks with Mike Heika in this paywalled story. [DallasNews.com]
- A quick update on the health of Philip Larsen, who is still out with concussion-like symptoms. A general rule of thumb is that a player without a significant concussion history is supposed to be out a week from the time he stops experiencing symptoms, so take that information with you. [ESPN Dallas]
- I usually really like Rick Gosselin's stuff, so even though the non-paywalled part of this column doesn't hint at what his view on the Stars is (though the headline does), I can still recommend it. [DallasNews.com]
- I know you all probably have Jordie Benn overkill by this point, but this was a very nice article on his NHL debut from his hometown newspaper, which has some fun anecdotes. Also, I learned that the Benn father, Randy, was a standout softball player in his day. [Victoria Times Colonist]
- I don't care when this Adam Burish interview with Jordie and Jamie Benn is supposed to air, I want it now. [StarsPR Twitter]
- Former Stars coach Ken Hitchcock, hired by the St. Louis Blues two months ago, is now the longest tenured coach of a major sports team in that city. Nice. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
- For those of you who have been following the story of Jack Jablonski, the teenager who was paralyzed in a hockey game in Minnesota, there was a sad update Wednesday. He underwent spinal fusion surgery, and his parents have confirmed he is not expected to be able to walk again. [St. Paul Pioneer Press]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: This post is designed for Tennessee Titans fans who may be turning their attention to the Predators now that the NFL playoffs are out of reach (cue Dallas Cowboys joke... now). But I like it as a general primer on the Preds for anyone. [On The Forecheck]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: Like we had in the links yesterday, Preds defenseman Shea Weber is skating but highly unlikely to play tonight as he recovers from a concussion suffered during a Mark Fistric check. This article reaffirms that, and it also mentions the Preds are looking to open long-term contract negotiations with him soon. [The Fourth Period]
- Around the Pacific Division: Part of the reason Murray was a very unhappy man Wednesday was that his Ducks were in the midst of a 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks. [San Jose Mercury News]
- Some Montreal Canadiens fan brought a very unique item to their team's game against the Winnipeg Jets, tossing it on the ice when Lars Eller scored his third goal of the evening. I just... I don't even know, you guys. [Puck Daddy]
- I know, I know, I should give you Stars interviews. But you really should watch this newsreel from 1948 about hockey in Montreal. It includes clips about the Canadiens, obviously, but also shows a great look at just how different the padding was at the time and some fun clips of outdoor youth and "tomboys" games Here is an older post from our friends at Habs Eyes on the Prize that explains a lot of things from the video.