Hockey Trade Rumors for Feb 4th

1. The Sharks could be fishing for a trade

2. Stars face some trade deadline decisions

3. Flyers talk contract extension with Ray Emery

4. Thrashers: Kovalchuk will be traded

5. Fired Hitch***** may return to Blue Jackets

6. Senators called about Kovalchuk1. The Sharks could be fishing for a trade

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting David Pollak reports Sharks GM Doug Wilson will be travelling with his club on its current road trip checking out the NHL trade market. Wilson would discuss specific players or needs but didn’t hide the fact he’d like to take a first hand look at players he might acquire as well as prospects he might have to send the other way. The Sharks will visit St. Louis, Nashville, Toronto, Columbus, Detroit and Buffalo. Prior to injuries to Sharks blueliners Dan Boyle and Marc-Edouard Vlasic it was speculated they might seek blueline depth and it’s been reported Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Niclas Wallin might be headed to San Jose.

TO read more..

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_14329868?nclick_check=1

2. Stars face some trade deadline decisions

The Dallas News is reporting Mike Heika reports Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk appears to be approaching the trade deadline with caution as his club remains in the playoff race in the Western Conference. Heika suggests it’s possible the Stars might move Marty Turco but they would want to find a good trade partner with another goalie coming back in return. Their targets appear to be Montreal’s Jaroslav Halak or Vancouver’s Cory Schneider but the asking price for both is high. Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen appears down on their depth chart. They’re also in talks with pending UFA forward Steve Ott but they’ve also considered trading him, as well as re-signing him and moving out another forward, like perhaps Mike Ribeiro.

TO read more..
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/hockey/stars/stories/020409dnspostarsnewsletter.3b84ba8.html

3. Flyers talk contract extension with Ray Emery

CSN Philly is reporting Tim Panaccio reports the Philadelphia Flyers are preparing to talk contract extension with Ray Emery’s agent.

TO read more..
http://www.csnphilly.com/pages/landing_09?Long-Term-Flyers-to-Talk-Extension-With-=1&blockID=174788&feedID=695

4. Thrashers: Kovalchuk will be traded

The AJC is reporting Ilya Kovalchuk’s days in Atlanta are numbered. Kovalchuk was informed by Thrashers general manager Don Waddell after practice Wednesday that he will be traded. Kovalchuk then phoned agent Jay Grossman, who later was told the same thing by Waddell. Teams most often mentioned as interested in Kovalchuk have been Los Angeles, Boston, New York, New Jersey, Calgary and Philadelphia.

TO read more..

http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-thrashers/thrashers-tell-kovalchuk-he-290529.html

5. Fired Hitch***** may return to Blue Jackets

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting Ken Hitch*****, fired as coach of the Blue Jackets, could return to the organization before the end of the summer if he’s not hired by another NHL club, The Dispatch has learned. Hitch***** is signed through the 2011-12 season at $1.3 million per season, one of the many reasons this decision to fire him was not made lightly. If he returns, it could be the position of senior advisor, or some such title. No decision will be made until the summer.

To read more..

http://blog.dispatch.com/cbj/2010/02/the_fallout.shtml

6. Senators called about Kovalchuk

The Toronto Sun is reporting While Senators GM Bryan Murray called Atlanta GM Don Waddell recently to see what the Thrashers are looking for in return for star winger Ilya Kovalchuk, it would appear Ottawa is going to be on the outside looking in. Ottawa has only about $500,000 in cap space and the only way Murray could get involved is if the Thrashers were willing to take Jonathan Cheechoo’s $3.5-million cap hit. That won’t happen.

TO read more..

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hockey/2010/02/03/12731626-qmi.html


116 Responses to Hockey Trade Rumors for Feb 4th

  1. leafmeister says:

    Oduya, Bergfors, Tedenby, 1st.

  2. cam7777 says:

    cormier in, tedenby out

  3. leafmeister says:

    Not a bad package. What does this do to the Devils lines?

    Kovalchuk-Zajac-Parise – WOW
    Elias-Zubrus-Rolston- Good 2nd line
    Pandolfo-Niedermayer-Clarkson – excellent 3rd line
    Peters-Mcammond-Lablond – decent 4th line.

    The defense definately takes a hit, but they still have Marty back there.

  4. cam7777 says:

    You're forgetting their Captain, Jamie Langenbrunner.

  5. leafmeister says:

    Oh shit. Your right, that makes their top 6 even more deadly.

  6. cam7777 says:

    they're pretty negative on the actual board though.  most of them thought we'd be lucky to get a 5th for Stajan, and they've been calling for Burke's head for some time now.

  7. cam7777 says:

    sounds like the consensus is that Waddell got raped.  people feel this is just as bad as the hossa deal.

  8. leafy says:

    Just asking. I was under the impression he came here to be number 1 guy.

  9. reinjosh says:

    I don't know man. Oduya will fit in nicely with Enstrom and Bogosian and may actually help Hainsey play like he is supposed too.
    Bergfors has regressed this season but has good second line power forward potential.
    Getting Cormier and a 1st is pretty big too me. Cormier was a top prospect in Jersey before the whole incident and Waddell probably "convinced" Lou to throw in a 1st because of that. Smart to me.
    Its not a bad package. I mean its likely only for 20 or so odd games so I think he did pretty well.

  10. leafy says:

    I think of it like this. They got two potential hall of famers for 6 players who will never make the hall. And one of the two players is only 24 while the other is 32 with plenty of hockey left. A coup for the Leafs.

  11. mojo19 says:

    Jonny O rocks. And Bergfors could be a decent top 6. You knew that Atlanta would not get fair value for Kovalchuk and that it would be some kind of deal like this, what can you do>? Their hands were tied, they got a couple good players, and at least something kind of tangible, unlike Esposito and a 1st, Oduya and Bergfors fit right in (more like Armstrong).

  12. mojo19 says:

    Is it the "Sam Pollock rule" that says the team that got the best player in the trade won the deal?

    Dion Phaneuf type players are not easy to come by, so I think the general consensus in Leaf Nation is that we're all pretty much pumped.

  13. mojo19 says:

    I think he chose Toronto because he figured he had a chance to get more games in, considering the other teams it came down to were San Jose, and Dallas (historically Turco and Nabby are work horses). And the other team was Colorado, so I guess he had a shot to be a starter there going into the season, but he chose Toronto.

    So, ya you're right, he definitely would have had starter aspirations coming into this season, but the plan was to get him 20-30 games originally, and he knew that, they were very vocal about that.

    Now leafy, if you listen to the things Monster said about the Giguere trade, you can see that he's excited to be working with one of the world's great veterans. He said he's going to take the oppurtunity to learn from one of the greats, so we'll see where we're at in a year or 2 from now.

    No rush on the Monster!!
    GLG!!!
    I HEART 35

  14. hockey_lover says:

    While not exactly right (even before all the sources were saying it), you did call it man. Most of the time I think you're a jackass but man, you nailed this one before it happened.

    Good call.

    I totally did not see it at all. I didnt think NJ would be in the running even a little bit. Good on them though.

  15. reinjosh says:

    bbruins is getting a lot better actually

  16. reinjosh says:

    He also stipulated that he didn't want his style changed. He knew his style worked and would take criticism/additions to his game but didn't want the overall style changed.
    Burke, Wilson and Allaire all agreed to that.
    Im not sure if other teams did or not but it was one of his reasons for coming here along with playing time and it being Toronto (self explanatory).

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