Hockey Trade Rumors – Feb 23, 2011

Should the Caps trade Alexander Semin?

On Phillips and Kovalev

Is anything else brewin’?

Avalanche Defenseman John-Michael Liles Trade Rumors Fly

Rangers scouting the Wild and Caps?
Should the Caps trade Alexander Semin?

Despite the high level of activity around the NHL as the Feb. 28 trading deadline approaches, the Capitals have been awfully quiet.

General Manager George McPhee hasn’t ruled a trade out, but he also hasn’t given any clues as to whom he might go after — be it a second-line center, a defenseman or something else.

The past few seasons for the Capitals have been about winning, and winning now. Entering the playoffs with that in mind, should McPhee consider taking a big risk and moving skilled winger Alexander Semin, who was essentially a non-factor in the last postseason and may be even more out of place now with the new defensive system?

Maybe so, writes Craig Custance of the Sporting News:

After watching the Capitals shut down the Penguins behind solid defense and strong goaltending, it’s easy to wonder where sniper Alexander Semin fits into the equation.

As his rival general managers make bold moves, it may be time for McPhee to make the biggest – trade the talented Semin for the kind of impact center or defenseman who would complete the transformation in Washington.

Semin has three goals since Nov. 28, all coming in Washington’s 7-6 shootout win over the Ducks.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalsinsider/alexander-semin/line-change-should-the-caps-tr.html

On Phillips and Kovalev

With the trade deadline now less than a week away, there is still little movement on the Chris Phillips front. Murray met with JP Barry late last week. The two briefly discussed the possibility of an extension but little progress was made. The hope was that if nothing else, the two sides could find out if they were close on a number moving forward.

Would be very surprised if they are.

As long as Filip Kuba remains in the picture, there really isn’t room to bring Phillips back and it really has nothing to do with money.

The team wants to have spots open for David Rundblad and Jared Cowen next year and with Gonchar, Kuba, Lee, Karlsson and Carkner all under contract for next season, decisions have to be made.

I really get the sense that while this is coming down to the wire, Chris Phillips will be put in a position where he ends up waiving that NTC.

http://www.senschirp.ca/2011/02/on-phillips-and-kovalev.html

Is anything else brewin’?

The Bruins remain without an elite scoring/playmaking center. Marc Savard is not walking through that door, and it remains to be seen if he’ll ever again be in uniform.

They still don’t have anyone who could be characterized as a marksman on the wing. Michael Ryder was hired for that spot in July 2008 and has filled the role only in fits and starts. Nathan Horton began the season roaring like a lion, quickly morphed into a lamb, and only lately has shown a stubble of his mane.

On the blue line, where Friday’s import of Tomas Kaberle provides a huge upgrade on the power-play point, the Black and Gold could used added depth. Long playoff runs can extract many pounds of flesh, and typically they get taken out of the backliners’ hides.

“I’ll take any help I can get, to be honest,’’ coach Claude Julien said following yesterday morning’s brief workout at Ristuccia Arena, when asked if he’d prefer Chiarelli bring in help at forward or defense. “The one thing you want is some depth, and that’s the one place we might have hurt ourselves a little bit last year. [David] Krejci was hurt and Savvy was just coming back [from concussion]. We got thin pretty quick and I think that really took away our chances and hurt us a lot in that area. So I think we are trying to cover that right now and if he brought people in it would just mean more depth.’’

http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/articles/2011/02/22/if_anything_still_brewin_for_bruins_they_may_deal_for_defense/

Avalanche Defenseman John-Michael Liles Trade Rumors Fly

ust like clockwork, the rumors surrounding Colorado Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles pick up momentum every single trade deadline. This year is no exception.

With the acquisition of Erik Johnson from the St. Louis Blues, many clubs view Liles, 30, as available for the right price. Monday afternoon, Twitter was filled with false reports that Liles had been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs — a team that has been high on Liles’ skillset for some time. Other sources have reported that Toronto has indeed asked about Liles, but deemed the cost too great.

Just this morning, Luke De***** of the Raleigh News & Observer stated that the Carolina Hurricanes may be a possible destination for Liles.

http://denver.sbnation.com/colorado-avalanche/2011/2/22/2007904/avalanche-defenseman-john-michael-liles-trade-rumors


Rangers scouting the Wild and Caps?

two ranger scouts at oil game in minny and washington. Hemsky? Smid, Penner? take your best guess.

http://twitter.com/NHLbyMatty/statuses/40205830015946752


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