DREGER: NIEDERMAYER, BRUNNSTROM SUBJECTS OF TRADE TALK
Two surprising names have surfaced to fuel the possibility of NHL trades. Anaheim defenceman Scott Niedermayer is one, and sophomore Dallas forward Fabian Brunnstrom the other.The Newark Star-Ledger quoted Niedermayer as saying, “I think it’s a possibility,” when asked about being traded by Anaheim this season. Niedermayer doesn’t have a no-trade clause, but in follow-up, Niedermayer says his family loves Anaheim and he isn’t interested in leaving.
League sources say Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk is receiving interest in Fabian Brunnstrom. He scored 17 goals in 55 NHL games last season but has just one in 17 games this season. Critics say Brunnstrom hasn’t adjusted to the North American game. However, the 24-year-old was highly sought after by a dozen NHL clubs prior to signing with the Stars in May, 2008.
If Brunnstrom does come on the market, you can be sure the buzz won’t rival that of his free agent status. But if at any point this season Scott Niedermayer hits the market, there will be many who will want in on this Duck hunt.