Canadian GMs could be busy – Rumors from the Ottawa Sun
Canadian GMs could be busy
Canadian teams could be busy at the NHL trade deadline.
While there aren’t many GMs on hand for this weekend’s all-star festivities, the talk is Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton and Calgary are all going to be trying to make moves at the Feb. 28 deadline.
Ottawa’s Bryan Murray and Toronto’s Brian Burke are likely to be the most aggressive.
Here’s a look at what the four teams could be up to:
The names of RW Kris Versteeg, G J.S. Giguere, D Tomas Kaberle and D Mike Komisarek have all been mentioned in trade rumours. Out of that group, Versteeg has the most potential to be moved. He could wind up back with the Blackhawks.
Murray is wiling to move just about anybody, but is focused on D Chris Phillips and RW Jarkko Ruutu. C Mike Fisher is available, but Murray’s asking price is high. Moving D Sergei Gonchar has been called “wishful thinking.”
They’ve got a chance at making the playoffs, but the talk is D Robin Regehr might be asked to waive his no-movement clause. Forget about captain Jarome Iginla being moved, it’s not going to happen.
They are in full rebuild mode and GM Steve Tambellini has been trying to make moves all season without much success. Edmonton might see if it can get somebody to take D Sheldon Souray, who is currently buried in the minors, at the deadline. At this point, it seems highly doubtful that they’d have any takers.
“I don’t expect it to heat up dramatically just yet,” said Burke. “A month is a long time, especially in this business. If you want to put a deal together — even a big deal — you can put it together in 72 hours. I don’t think anyone is feeling any heat yet.”
This ‘n’ that
Peter Karmanos has come to the defence of southern-based U.S. franchises. The Hurricanes owner told a group of reporters plenty of American teams are thriving. “It’s an interesting thing. It’s mainly the Canadian media that’s always giving us a bad time,” Karmanos said. “People need to remember there was a team in Quebec. It moved because they were going broke. There was a team in Winnipeg. It moved because they were going broke. The team in Ottawa went bankrupt. We don’t have an edge on them as far as troubled franchises, all right?” But Karmanos did go on to say with the Canadian dollar at parity, he would like to see Winnipeg and Quebec return. “In the meantime, just because they want a team, they need to remember they already had one and they lost it.” … Montreal D P.K. Subban put on the jersey of Carolina’s Jeff Skinner for the breakaway competition and got a standing ovation. “It was (Dan) Boyle’s idea. I’m just happy to have my jersey on now,” said Subban.
Rumours du jour
Devils LW Zach Parise, out the past three months following knee surgery, hopes to return to play in the next month.
But will he do it in a New Jersey uniform?
Parise, a pending restricted free agent who has a $3.25-million US cap hit, is expected to play before the end of the season and if he goes on the trade block at the deadline, there will be several contenders interested.
Parise will play a handful of games before the end of the season. If he isn’t in the playoffs, he could play for the U.S. at the world championship.
Parise, who can become a UFA in the summer of 2012, could simply decide to sign a one-year deal with the Devils or make it impossible for the club to sign him to try and force a trade.
The Kings have been trying to acquire a forward with Parise’s skill set since last summer, when they missed out on Ilya Kovalchuk.
If C Marc Savard (concussion) is lost to the Bruins for the rest of the season, they would have the cap space to take a run at Parise if New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello decides to put the winger on the market.
While trading Parise might seem crazy, the Devils have cap woes to deal with.