Hockey Trade Rumors – Feb 21, 2011 – More Rumors

Pretty much anybody on the Panthers roster is available

Are the Rangers looking at McCabe?

Sharks looking to deal

Avalanche looking to deal Heduk?

It’s hard to believe anybody would claim Souray

Is Gaborik Available?

Pretty much anybody on the Panthers roster is available

Florida GM Dale Tallon is trying to unload before the deadline. Pretty much anybody on the Panthers roster is available — including C Stephen Weiss, if somebody will give up a first-round pick. The list I’ve been given of available players in Florida: LW Cory Stillman, C Steve Reinprecht, D Bryan McCabe, RW Steve Bernier, D Dennis Wideman, RW Radek Dvorak, C Shawn Matthias and Vokoun. OK, that pretty much covers the team. The Penguins could acquire Stillman, while McCabe and Wideman are good possibilities to get moved … Why did the Blues send D Erik Johnson, F Jay McClement and a first-round pick to Colorado for D Kevin Shattenkirk, F Chris Stewart and a second-rounder in the blockbuster early Saturday? The organization wasn’t pleased with the way Johnson was developing and the deal was the right fit … The next player leaving Denver: D John-Michael Liles. The Habs, Sharks and Canucks have interest. Avs veteran RW Milan Hejduk and D Adam Foote are also available.

Are the Rangers looking at McCabe?

Rangers had one last roundtable on Souray, and decided to pass. Their new focus? Bryan McCabe in Florida.

Sharks circling

If Sharks’ top-four defenceman Marc-Eduoard Vlasic’s upper body injury is serious, look for general manager Doug Wilson to be looking for more than just Ian White for his power play.

Vlasic isn’t the player people thought he’d be a couple of years ago, but he eats up minutes.

The Sharks may need backup goalie for Antti Niemi, too, if Antero Niittymaki’s injury keeps him out for any length of time.

San Jose is staying mum on Niittymaki. He hasn’t been on the ice in 10 days and they lost Alex Stalock, their best AHL prospect, when somebody stepped on his leg, which resulted in surgery.

This and that

Now that Colorado is in heavy wheel-and-deal mode, would they move winger Milan Hejduk? Teams would be lining up for the 35-year-old Czech, but Hejduk has a no-trade clause in his contract, and his family loves life in Denver, so he might balk at a deal anyway.

Wayne Gretzky’s son, Trevor, could get picked in the top three rounds of the Major League Baseball draft. He’s a catcher/first baseman at a high school in California. He has a scholarship to San Diego State, but if he goes that high in the draft, he might forego college.

Of the Stars’ top-six forwards, James Neal is the most vulnerable to get dealt for an offensive defenceman. But as long as Jamie Benn (shoulder injury) remains out of action, that’s like taking away from Peter to pay Paul.

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu may have a broken finger after stopping a shot on Friday, which could kill their playoff hopes.

NHL teams are all into father-son trips and Dean Miller has had a great season. First he went to Florida with his son, Ryan, the Buffalo Sabres goalie. Then he was back in the sun with Drew Miller, Detroit’s fourth-liner.

It’s hard to believe anybody would claim Souray

A league executive on the flurry of deals before the deadline: “A lot of GMs don’t like the pressure of the final hour.” … The Rangers are taking a serious look at Ottawa D Filip Kuba. He played for coach John Tortorella in Tampa in 2005-06 and did a solid job. New York doesn’t have any veteran blueliners and has been trying to move D Matt Gilroy all season. Kuba would have to waive his no-movement clause and does have $3.7 million left on his contract next season … The Oilers placed veteran D Sheldon Souray on re-entry waivers Saturday and teams have until noon Monday to make a claim. The Rangers will look at Souray because he’s available for half his $4.5-million contract. But scouts who have seen him with Hershey of the AHL this season describe his play as brutal. Habs GM Pierre Gauthier should look because Souray thrived in Montreal. In the end, it’s hard to believe anybody would claim Souray.

Is Gaborik Available?

The concussion that forced Marian Gaborik out of yesterday’s 4-2 Garden defeat to the Flyers after the first period clouds a number of issues for the Rangers, who are staggering and close to being out on their feet after their eighth loss (2-7-1) in the last 10 games.

There’s of course the issue of Gaborik’s health. According to coach John Tortorella, the winger had complained intermittently for about a week about not quite feeling well “off the ice,” but did not miss a practice or a shift until he remained in the locker room after taking six turns for 4:39 in the first period.

There’s the issue of whether this injury will have an impact on interest in Gaborik leading up to next Monday’s trade deadline.

Though previous reports of the Kings’ interest in No. 10 have been fictitious, The Post has learned that Kings general manager Dean Lombardi recently has canvassed his friends among league executives for their opinions on the sniper, who is suffering through the worst season of his career and is available for the right price.

And there’s the issue of what the Blueshirts will do to try to replace Gaborik if the winger, who has recorded 17 goals in 47 games but has scored in just 10 matches, is sidelined for a lengthy period

22 Responses to Hockey Trade Rumors – Feb 21, 2011 – More Rumors

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    Souray might be worth getting for the Habs.  The question is, do they claim him or wait until he clears and contact the Oilers about a deal where he and Penner would come to the Habs. 

    Taking him with Penner might reduce the cost.  I have no idea what the Oil would be looking for in that trade though. 

  2. albertateams says:

    Calgary put Hagman on waivers. Not sure I agree with this, someone is going to pick him up. Why do this unless there is something else pending and they need the cap room? It just doesn't make sense why mess with ateam that is on such a role?

  3. reinjosh says:

    Adrian Dater is saying Paul Stastny might be gone by the end of today, specifically saying LA as a destination.

  4. reinjosh says:

    This is odd. Making a cap move for a potential acquisition is about the only thing that this makes sense for.

    Why mess with chemistry unless something worthwhile is coming in?

  5. albertateams says:

    Flames have a lot of cap space  from the Kotalik demotion and the LTIR (could take on 4 million contract). Add in 3 million freed up from Hagman and we could fit in Stasny?
    It's probabblly a pipe dream though as I don't think we have the assets to get a deal done.

    Col: Backlund, 1st 2011, Irving, 2nd 2012
    Cal: Stasny

    I just don't know if that gets it done or not or if Stasny is truely available.

  6. reinjosh says:

    Interesting. Apparently the Avs are looking for another young goalie. Backlund has potential and would fit behind Duchenne nicely. I would agree its probably a pipe dream but how sweet would having Stastny be?

    Thing is, do they make a rebuild step (which this is) or do they swap stars again like the Johnson trade?

  7. reinjosh says:

    So much for all these deals detracting from deadline day. This is the most interesting the deadline has been in quite some time.

  8. albertateams says:

    Its probabbly something as simple as freeing up cap room to sign Glencross to an extension, but its odd why would they do it now? Why not just wait, Hagman has been under preforming, but he hasn't been hurting the team. Its very interesting.

    With Hagman's salary gone they could add a 7.5 million dollar contract without exceeding this years or next years cap commitment.

    Guys that fit the bill and are rumored to be available Richards, Stasny, Spezza, Gomez, Gaborik or Vinny.

    I doubt it would be Vinny or Gaborik and it better not be Gomez or I would demand Feasters resignation immediately.

    Maybe Spezza the teams were linked in the summer?

  9. reinjosh says:

    Actually Vinny would make some sense. Feaster has past connections with him so maybe he is willing to reacquire him. Plus he would cheaper than Richards and Stastny and better than Gomez.

  10. leafmeister says:

    Burke has gotta make a push.

    BOS 1st, PHI 1st, PHI 3rd, Bozak, Blacker, Caputi

  11. leafmeister says:

    Alternatively: Kadri, Caputi, BOS 1st, TOR 2nd, PHI 3rd.

  12. reinjosh says:

    Stastny is one of the few players I would consider trading Kadri for.

  13. albertateams says:

    True, but is Tampa going to want to move him before a playoff run considering where they are, Feaster has the same connections with Richards. He would be cheap or at least should be given that contract.

  14. reinjosh says:

    Yeah thats a good point. I would imagine if they could get a contract signed before hand, that Richards could be had for Backlund and a 1st plus another pick. Basically the Kaberle trade.

  15. reinjosh says:

    I know the video was posted on another article but I love how Burke ripped into the one media guy. I've always said Burke's best asset as the GM for Toronto is his unwillingness to please the media. He knows what he wants, he sticks to it and he won't take crap from them. Its awesome.

  16. reinjosh says:

    Haha Burke burning the league for the moronic AHL – NHL post trade deadline contract call up limitation. The pause, and then saying he doesn't want to be fined. Awesome

  17. reinjosh says:

    Who do you think picks him up? I would be surprised if no one did. He may be inconsistent but he can get you 20 goals and 40 points. Decent option for a team like Nashville or Phoenix.

  18. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Good for Al Montoya…

    Everybody has written him off in his career, and he's really looked great with the Isles.

    I think he should stay and until he's proven he cannot do it, get rid of him!!!

    Some of you guys have said the Oilers have the best young team, but I would prefer the Isles.

    With young talents like:

    De Haan

    Led by an ubber talented Mark Streit…This team is going to be A-OK, and really like the direction Garth Snow has taken

    All they need is stability in goal, and I think Montoya could possible be that guy if he continues playing well. He seemed to hate the AHL and not care for it, possiblt leading to his poor play.

  19. lafleur10 says:

    i think alot of teams would like to add stastny i know both reinjosh and leafmeister  gave there thoughts on what they'd offer ,i think though guys the friggin kings will get stasny  because they'll  play the b.schenn chip and that will ultimately land them stastny it wouldn't be just schenn alone but that's a major piece the kings have to offer unfortunately our 2 teams don't have this to offer

  20. leafmeister says:

    The Kings have more potential chips to play, but have also shown a total unwillingness to play them. Lombardi is always reluctant to make moves to put him over the top, especially when they involve picks and prospects. Burke would move Kadri and the sudden abundance of picks we have acquired.

    Statsny and Kessel would be too awesome.

  21. albertateams says:

    Ottawa could use him in a transition role. Nashville or Phoenix would but that would take 18 other teams passing on him. Florida, Buffalo, St Louis all would make sense depending on what they are planing to do at the deadline.  

  22. reinjosh says:

    Unfortunately, I agree with you. The Leafs are unlikely to get him. I would kill to pair him with Kessel. That said, I don't think the Kings would grab him. As leafmeister said, they have shown an unwillingness to make the hard moves. Lombardi will never win a cup with that team.

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