Alfredsson, Gonchar, Kovalev and others on the trade block?

Owner Eugene Melnyk broke his silence on his team’s season from hell on Saturday when he told the Ottawa Sun that, “The time has come to make some of the most difficult decisions that any owner can make.”

Melnyk said he has a plan “in motion” but refused to elaborate.

The Globe and Mail, however, has learned certain aspects of the plan.

– General manager Bryan Murray will finish out the year in his position but will move on to a senior advisory role similar to that held by coaching legend Scotty Bowman with the Chicago Blackhawks. Murray, who stayed on this season at Melnyk’s request, is open to this change as friends say the results of this season have left him “sickened.”

– coach Cory Clouston will also play out the year, but is highly unlikely to stay on as head coach. The new GM will have full responsibility for naming the coach of his choice.

Murray’s immediate task will be the “selling off” of player assets heading into the Feb. 28 NHL trading deadline. If playoff-bound teams are interested in the likes of forward Alexei Kovalev or defenceman Sergei Gonchar, two unhappy and underperforming expensive veterans, deals could be forthcoming. It is even possible that longtime stalwarts such as captain Daniel Alfredsson and defenceman Chris Phillips could be moved it they agree to the deals.

4 Responses to Alfredsson, Gonchar, Kovalev and others on the trade block?

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    Kovalev might get you a late round pick as a rental from a playoff bound team.  Not sure what Gonchar will get you, maybe the same thing, maybe more.

    Alfredson and Spezza and Phillips, if they're moved could bring back a bunch of picks/prospects that could jump start the rebuild.  Wouldn't hurt if they got themselves a couple of goalie prospects too. 

  2. leafmeister says:

    I doubt Kovalev would get you much. If anything. Although its not a bad risk. Gonchar is immovable, he has negative value.

    No team is gonna mortgage their future for Alfredsson. He is 37 and has clearly lost a step. Phillips would probably get a decent return. Spezza would be tough to move, they would have to take back some salary, and at the end of the day, it might end up looking like the Phaneuf trade.

  3. leafy says:

    That's one team due for a painful rebuild.

  4. reinjosh says:

    Want to here something funny? When offered Roszival for Wolski on NHL 11, the Phoenix Coyotes respond with the answer "We here in the Phoenix Coyotes organization take trading seriously. Seems like you aren't. You are not even close to offering us fair value for what you are asking for."

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