SUN Hockey Pool

NHL Notes

By BRUCE GARRIOCH

, Last Updated: 10:05 AM ET

Flyers owner Ed Snider tried to talk GM Bobby Clarke out of quitting last week, but he had already made up his mind.

Part of the reason was he didn't want to fire coach Ken Hitchcock because they've become good friends.

After holding a press conference at the Wachovia Center Sunday, Hitchcock and Clarke took in the Philadelphia Eagles game in the afternoon

HERE AND THERE: Bad news for poolies: Chicago RW Martin Havlat could be out longer than expected. While initial reports indicated a high-ankle sprain would keep him out 2-3 weeks, the word is Havlat is still walking with a limp and may not return until mid-to-late November ... Part of the reason D Brian Leetch remains on the unrestricted free agent market is his asking price. The talk is the Leafs are ready to bring him in at $500,000 (all terms US), but he's seeking $1 million ... Davos of the Swiss Elite League has a familiar name leading its team in scoring: Former Senators No. 1 pick Alexandre Daigle, who has 15 points in 13 games.

AROUND THE BOARDS: The Oilers had a deal done with the St. Louis Blues for C Dean McAmmond at last year's trade deadline, but Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe wasn't able to get the trade approved because the paperwork wasn't in to Central Registry at NHL headquarters before the 3 p.m. deadline ... D Chris Pronger is living in a gated community in Anaheim close to his buddy/neighbour Mark McGwire, a former slugger with the St. Louis Cardinals ... Former Islanders W Oleg Kvasha is in Russia waiting for work ... Watch for Pittsburgh assistant coach Andre Savard to emerge as assistant GM of the Florida Panthers next year. He and GM/coach Jacques Martin are close friends ... The NHL is studying a schedule change next year to make sure all 30 teams play each other once. Under the new format, teams will meet each other six times and then play the other conference at least once.

RUMOURS DU JOUR: If the Sharks are going to deal G Evgeni Nabokov, they can't do it without his permission. Nabokov has a no-trade clause in his contract. If the Sharks end up wanting to move the netminder, they'd like to get a franchise defenceman in return. The Flyers and Bruins have both called looking for goaltending help, but haven't offered much in return ... The reason the Senators won't sign C Yanic Perreault is his asking price. The club might be willing to give him $600,000 to play in an Ottawa uniform, but the Senators consider $1 million too steep. Watch for Perreault, who's looking for a two-year deal, to sign with either Phoenix or Chicago, who lost Michal Handzus for the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his knee ... There's whispers the Canucks are looking for blueline help and called the Senators to see about the availability of D Anton Volchenkov ... The Isles are looking to move C Mike York and his $2.85-million salary. Doubtful they will find any takers at that price ... The Canucks are trying to sign D Sami Salo, who will be an unrestricted free agent next year and is currently making $1.5 million ... The Kings are looking to move D Lubomir Visnovsky ... Since taking over last week, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has been itching to make a move. There's whispers he's trying to put together a blockbuster involving G Robert Esche and two other players because Holmgren feels the Flyers room needs a shakeup ... Before accepting a deal with the Coyotes, C Jeremy Roenick turned down a strong offer from Calgary ... The Bruins are looking for help on the blue line. The Hawks are offering D Jassen Cullimore, while Florida D Joel Kwiatkowski is also available ... Nashville is trying to re-sign D Kimmo Timonen, who is playing 25 minutes a game and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season ... The talk is Calgary is interested in brining back C Craig Conroy, who left the team as an unrestricted free agent to join the Kings two seasons ago. Conroy had good chemistry with Flames W Jarome Iginla.

Have a nice Sunday.


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