Barnaby to the Senators?……..And More
Chicago and Ottawa have reportedly (Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun) been in talks……Matthew Barnaby being from Ottawa has reportedly always wanted to play for the Senators rumor is Vaclav Varada and a late pick for Matthew Barnaby…..
Now another possibility for the Senators who are weak on LW is Kyle Calder who is also reportedly on the block…….
The Florida Panthers lost Stephen Weiss for the rest of the season. Weiss was playing in key positions, sometimes with Nathan Horton and Rostislav Olesz. Look for the Panthers to be buyers for a forward…most likely a center. Possible centers: NYR: Steve Rucchin (unlikely), NYI: Oleg Kvasha (quite possible), NJD: Viktor Kozlov (for Devils to salary dump, possible), ANA: Todd Marchant (another salary dump, very possible).
Prior to the starting face-off in Anaheim where the Ducks faced the LA Kings, GM Brian Burke was interviewed about the Sykora trade where it ended with Burke stating that he’ll look to keep shopping. Though rumors have been strong about Montreal Jose Theodore heading to the Rockies, the Avalanche may take a look at Jean Sebastien Giguere, who Burke is more willing to move.
Tampa Bay’s Brad Richards continues to struggle offensively as he has gone on a five game pointless streak. A free agent in July, look for the struggling Lightning to shop Richards in return for a goaltender, maybe Martin Biron who is still drawing interest from the Western teams.
The Isle’s are starting to make changes and look for GM Milbury to continue shopping. The Janne Niinima trade was mostly a salary dump, freeing up about $2M in cap space, which would allow Milbury to take on more salary of a player, or players, he may be acquiring soon.
Added notes written by: mikster