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.

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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


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