Hockey Trade Rumors – Feb 7, 2011


Homestand will determine whether some Panthers will stay, go

Four Canucks back from injury as deal for centre still on cards

Senators GM Bryan Murray continues to shop for the right trade.

Homestand will determine whether some Panthers will stay, go

The Panthers face a make-or-break homestand in which their remote playoff chances and jobs hang in the balance.

With 30 games remaining, the 23-23-6 Panthers are six points behind Atlanta and Carolina for the eighth and final playoff berth. General Manager Dale Tallon said this week that the five-game homestand beginning Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues will determine whether he will be a buyer or seller before the Feb. 28 trade deadline.

“We’ve been talking about that for a month since Christmas,” Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said. “It’s our responsibility as players and coaches to make that decision tougher for him.

“This team has got a lot of fight in them. When they think they’re down and out, they pull themselves up and get back in the fight. We’ve to piece together some healthy bodies here to try to make the most of these next two weeks.”

In addition to the long-term absences of Bryan McCabe (jaw), Evgeny Dadonov (finger) and Shawn Matthias (ankle), Stephen Weiss, Radek Dvorak and Marty Reasoner all missed practice Saturday with minor injuries.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/other/fl-panthers-homestand-0207-20110206,0,6396047.story

Four Canucks back from injury as deal for centre still on cards

Tanner Glass missed his second straight practice Sunday and strep throat could keep him out against the Senators.

If so, Cody Hodgson will centre Aaron Volpatti and Jeff Tambellini. Volpatti practised for the first time Sunday after missing two games with a rib injury.

Alex Bolduc also practised for the second time Sunday since suffering his third shoulder separation on Jan. 14 in Washington. It’s not the banging and crashing that concerns the Canucks, it’s how Bolduc gets hurt in the circle.

“Twice it has happened off faceoffs and it’s better than a hit,” said Bolduc. “I know I can take hits and make hits, but I just have to be more careful with faceoffs and I should be alright. It’s kind of bad luck, but I’ve got to try and keep my left arm closer to my body. It’s when it gets out a little high and far that it gets yanked on. It’s my [faceoff] force coming one way and his [opposition's] coming the other and being in a vulnerable position. They were both on the same side in the defensive zone, so I don’t know if that has anything to do with it. Right now, the pain is something I can manage.”

If Bolduc can’t manage and Hodgson as a fourth-line centre is a short experiment, the Canucks could go looking for a veteran centre before the Feb. 28 trade deadline.

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Four+Canucks+back+from+injury+deal+centre+still+cards/4233696/story.html#ixzz1DHjm4nnH

Senators GM Bryan Murray continues to shop for the right trade.

Alex Kovalev’s stock is rising, as the veteran winger has three goals and five points in his past three games. His old team, the Penguins, could have interest after losing Evgeni Malkin to a knee injury.

“It’s the strangest thing,” said Murray. “I’ve had, over the course of the year, a number of scenarios where I thought we could do the deal almost the next day. And then for money reasons, or some other reason, it never got done.

“I’ve talked to quite a number of teams, there’s a fair amount of interest in making a trade on the part of some contending teams. But I wouldn’t like to predict when it would come down.”

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Ottawa/2011/02/06/17178866.html