Hockey Trade Rumors – Feb 28, 2011 – Trade Deadline Day

MacArthur likely to stick with Leafs

Ladislav Smid on Blackhawks’ wish list

Sabres acquire Boyes from Blues

Senators likely to be on the move

Brad Richards is willing to waive his no move clause

Liles not going to the leafs

MacArthur likely to stick with Leafs

Clarke MacArthur will likely be a Maple Leaf by the time Monday’s trade deadline passes.

Contract talks are ongoing between the club and MacArthur, who is on a one-year deal, and he would only be traded if the Leafs get an offer that blows away GM Brian Burke. The likelihood of that happening was diminishing as of Sunday night, a source told the Star’s Kevin McGran.

The Leafs are under no pressure to sign MacArthur before 3 p.m and might be content to go to arbitration over the summer with the restricted free agent. They believe they can get the right winger signed for $3 million U.S. a year, perhaps on a two-year deal.–macarthur-likely-to-stick-with-leafs

Ladislav Smid on Blackhawks’ wish list

The Chicago Blackhawks are still keen on acquiring Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid to be in their third defensive pairing for their playoff drive, sources say.

But the Oilers are playing hardball because they have spent five years developing Smid, who came to Edmonton in the July 2006 Chris Pronger trade along with Joffrey Lupul and several draft picks.

Although his play has grown a little stagnant, Oilers brass aren’t crazy about trading Smid — unless the Blackhawks give up one of their high-end prospects.

The Oilers would be keenest on American-born blue-liner Nick Leddy, who went 16th overall in the 2009 NHL entry draft and was Minnesota high school player of the year. Edmonton had him on its short list, but when Magnus Paajarvi became available at No. 10, they grabbed the Swede instead.

Leddy was traded from the Minnesota Wild to Chicago for Cam Barker last season and has been up and down between the Blackhawks (25 games) and their American Hockey League farm club in Rockford, Ill., (22 games) for salary cap purposes. When Leddy and the Blackhawks were here a few weeks ago, Leddy was in their top four, playing ahead of Brian Campbell. He’s on the small side (five-foot-11, 190 pounds) but can really skate. He also can move the puck.

Sabres acquire Boyes from Blues

Brad Boyes has the talent. It’s not luck when a player scores 76 goals in two seasons. The forward just has to rediscover how to use it that often.

He’ll be getting the chance in Buffalo.

The Sabres acquired Boyes from St. Louis late Sunday night, sending the Blues a second-round pick in the June draft. The 28-year-old right winger/center is in sixth season and has one year left on his contract, which has a cap hit of $4 million and a salary of $4.5 million this year and $4 million next year.

“For us, he’s someone that if he can slide into our forward group and contribute offensively, then that’s what we’re looking for,” Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said by phone. “He was one of a few players that we’ve talked about. We were looking for someone that could contribute for the balance of this season and a minimum next season, and given the marketplace at the deadline, he was one of the guys we were looking at.”

Boyes was a scoring machine from 2007 to 2009 with the Blues. He led St. Louis with 43 goals in 2007-08 and was tied with Paul Kariya for the team lead with 65 points. The following season, Boyes led the Blues in goals (33) and points, with a career-high 72.

He dipped to 14 goals and 42 points last season, and he was tied for third on the Blues this year with 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists).

“It’s not just the goals,” Regier said. “I certainly think the goals were there and they’ve dropped off, but it’s also his ability to make plays, his ability to play in and around the net. He’s got very good hands. He sees the ice well, can make plays, and I think that’s probably the shift you see in him statistically this year is probably gone from more goals on one end to setting the goals up on the other side.

Senators likely to be on the move

Here’s a look at who could be wearing a new sweater by the end of today:

Chris Campoli: He’ll be a restricted free agent this summer. For the money he got this season, $1.4 million, he has been an offensive disappointment with only three goals and 11 assists.

Will he be any better at 27, 28 or 29 than he is at 26 or is this as good as it gets? The Senators have probably already answered that question.

Perhaps we’ll find out the answer today.

Filip Kuba: The New York Rangers were interested, but have probably found their answer with Bryan McCabe.

Kuba’s problem is threefold: He’s 34, has had a terrible year (only nine assists and is minus-26) and he has a year left on his contract at $3.7 million.

It’s not difficult to figure out why other GMs haven’t been wearing out Murray’s phone.

Murray will likely have to take back some money to trade Kuba.

Chris Neil: He’s out with a lower-body injury and that will likely hinder the chances of a trade, but he is a valuable commodity: a tough, hard-nosed player.

The question, though, is this: Is he too expensive?

He has two years left on his contract at $2 million a year. Does he bring enough to a team to justify that?

Maybe not. He has only three goals and 12 assists this year. Also, he’s 31 and his style of play is invariably going to lead to more injuries.

These are considerations the Senators have likely already arrived at themselves. Other teams, too.

Brian Lee: He might be the easiest player to get rid of. He can play, he’s young at 23 and he’s cheap at $875,000.

A number of teams have been scouting him and they’ve liked what they’ve seen. The irony is delicious. When the Senators had him sitting in the press box in the first half of the season, they couldn’t get a nibble for him. Now they may be wondering if they should keep him.

Pascal Leclaire: You can’t blame Murray for trying. At the very worst, nothing happens. At best, he gets a draft pick. But no one is going to take the 28-year-old goalie off waivers. Indeed, Leclaire’s injury history has almost certainly ended his NHL career.

For Murray, this is almost as bad as the Dany Heatley fiasco. The Senators paid Leclaire $3.8 and $4.8 million and got close to nothing in return.

Brad Richards is willing to waive his no move clause

Plot thickens. If you’re wondering if Brad Richards is willing to waive his no move clause? Yes, but only one team

Liles not going to the leafs

Source tells @ESPN_Burnside that the Avs have told the Leafs that Liles isn’t moving to them