Author Archives: Trade Man

Brad Richards and free agency

Will anything happen with Brad Richards before July 1?
It seems highly unlikely. Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said last week he was not going to make Richards another contract offer, after trying — and failing — to sign the 31-year-old to an extension before the trade deadline. The Stars would love to make a trade before Richards becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but he has a no-trade clause in his contract, and would have to give the team permission to make a move. With teams all across the league looking for a premier centre, and with the potential of surprise bidders emerging on July 1, it seems unlikely that permission would be granted.

Philadelphia center is top trade target for Howson

The Blue Jackets aren’t waiting for the NHL entry draft this month to start work on what they hope will be a summer of blockbuster deals.

Multiple NHL sources have told The Dispatch that the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers have discussed a trade that would send Flyers center Jeff Carter, an All-Star in 2009, to Columbus for a top-six forward and the No. 8 overall pick in this year’s draft. That top-six forward, presumably, is 21-year-old Blue Jackets winger Jake Voracek, a restricted free agent.

REPORT: RANGERS PLAN TO BUY OUT CAPTAIN DRURY

Chris Drury could be back on the open market come July 1.

The New York Daily News reports that Rangers general manager Glen Sather is planning to buy out the final season of Drury’s five-year, $35.25 million contract.

“He’s gone,” a source told the Daily News.

Leafs hunting Richards?

A U.S. report says the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to make a trade for the rights to unrestricted free agent Brad Richards prior to July 1, but there are no signs he’s coming or even if he’ll leave the Dallas Stars on or before July 1.

Cheveldayoff accepts GM position

Kevin Cheveldayoff has accepted the GM position with Winnipeg’s new NHL franchise. Chicago and league sources told the Free Press on Tuesday that Cheveldayoff will leave his assistant GM post with the Chicago Blackhawks to become GM with the Winnipeg organization.