Hockey Trade Rumors for July 20, 2009

Happy with Hawks, Sharp deals with rumors

Selanne, Koivu take Anaheim over Montreal

Kessel, Boston not close to deal
Happy with Hawks, Sharp deals with rumors

Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff

Patrick Sharp is a lot of things to the Blackhawks – one of their most popular players, a dependable goal scorer and a leader in the dressing room.

Is expendable about to be added to that list?

On a team that still needs an experienced defenseman, with a lot of forwards who do the same things and salary cap issues, Sharp remains a prime candidate to be traded if you believe the rumors that won’t go away.

It’s believed the Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks are at least two of the teams interested in the 28-year-old Sharp, who carries a cap hit of $3.9 million for the next three seasons.

“It’s not something in my control,” Sharp said of the rumors this weekend at the Hawks fan convention. “It’s something I learned early on as a pro that you worry about the things you can control and other than that there’s no use worrying about it.”

Sharp and his teammates can do the math. While the Hawks would be barely under the NHL’s $56.8 million salary cap if the 2009-10 season started today, there are problems ahead.

Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane will be looking for new contracts after next season and there is only about $13 million coming off the books. General manager Stan Bowman already has said decisions must be made eventually about which players to keep because everyone can’t stay.

Selanne, Koivu take Anaheim over Montreal

Randy Youngman – The Orange County Register

So how much arm-twisting did you have to do, Teemu?

“It wasn’t like that,” a laughing Selanne said this week, by phone from his summer home in Helsinki, Finland, upon returning from a weeklong family vacation in Spain.

“We’ve been talking and joking about this (playing together in the NHL) for a long time. And when Saku became a free agent (after Montreal decided to shake up its roster), we talked some more, before anybody made him an offer.

“I just tried to tell him what a great place Anaheim is to play and let him make up his own mind. I didn’t want to pressure him about it, because I don’t know how long I’m going to play.”

Interestingly, it was Koivu who had tried to persuade Selanne to sign with Montreal when Teemu was mulling retirement after the Ducks won the 2007 Stanley Cup and again the next year when he was still undecided about his future. But Teemu’s deliberations didn’t last long.

“No brainer for me,” Selanne said, laughing again. “No way I was going to Montreal.”

Didn’t take long for Koivu to realize the futility of his recruiting mission.

“We joked about it (playing together in Montreal) a few times and talked about it, because we enjoyed our time with Team Finland,” Koivu said last week from his home in Finland during a media conference call. “But to be honest with you, Teemu and his family love the sun too much and love California and Anaheim too much for me to get him to come to Montreal. He said there was no way.”

Kessel, Boston not close to deal

Kevin Paul Dupont

The Phil Kessel contract talks, if the sides are indeed still talking, have not progressed.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli slams down the Cone of Silence at the mere mention of No. 81, and agent Wade Arnott – not nearly as chatty as his boss, Don Meehan – has politely refused a handful of opportunities to comment on his client, a restricted free agent with no arbitration rights.

So, with about eight weeks to go before the start of training camp, here’s how it’s shaping up for the 21-year-old winger, who potted 36 goals last season. Kessel can:

►Cut a one-year deal, accepting only a slight bump over his 2008-09 wages, and use it as a bridge to arbitration as of next July 1. If he popped in another 36 goals or more in 2009-10, he could ring up the Causeway cash drawer for $5 million per year or more next summer. Remember, the players who scored more than Kessel last year will average $6.5 million in the coming season.

►Take something akin to David Krejci money (three years/$11.25 million), forget about finances for 36 months, and come to the table in the spring of 2012, ideally with a more mature and proven overall game.

►Force his way out of town, either by requesting a trade or refusing to sign, leading Chiarelli to deal away a non-performing asset (probably at the post-Olympic trading deadline).

►Wait for a Group 2 offer sheet, of which there have been none this summer, nearly three weeks into the free agency process.

15 Responses to Hockey Trade Rumors for July 20, 2009

  1. goose says:

    ***** that shit San Jose's forward debth are better than the Leafs,
    so make a deal with Sharp to the Leafs!!:D

    to chicago: finger/van ryn, mayers, 3-5th round draft pick
    to toronto: Sharp & a prospect (hjalmarsson,aliu)

  2. flamefan20 says:

    nobody wants jeff finger

  3. cam7777 says:

    i want him.  trading him is dumb.  he's the perfect depth defensemen with that 2-way contract.  he's good enough to be in the top 4 when injuries occur, is a veteran, and can be sent to and from the minors on a whim. 

  4. pezzz123 says:

    why would the Hawks trade Sharp for that ridiculous package?? And you add a prospect?? ok, no.

    Exelby, Stefanovich, 2nd rounder to Chicago for Sharp alone.

    Anyways, if the Hawks really wanna trade Sharp, they're gonna do it NEXT SUMMER, when they are really screwed. Right now, they got no money problems at all, so why trade a 30 goals scorer?? Makes no sense.

  5. pezzz123 says:

    If the Hawks really wanna trade Sharp, they're gonna do it NEXT SUMMER, when they are really screwed. Right now, they got no money problems at all, so why trade a 30 goals scorer?? Makes no sense.

  6. muckies says:

    I'm with you, stack the team and take a shot when Detroit and Anaheim are weakened,  but I don't think Huet will ever win a Cup, so that kinda bones them on their chances, but this could be there year.

  7. cam7777 says:

    If I were them, I would keep him too.  BUT, the question is, do you load up for a Cup run, and risking losing value to all these players you have signed and can't possibly afford to pay?  Sharp could very easily have a poor, or injury ridden season.  Versteeg could be a flash in the pan.   Events could unfold that severely tarnish the Hawks chance of moving these guys.

    I think the fear also, is that moving any money at all next summer will be very difficult.  Most teams are pressed to cap as is.  Next summer will be ideal for free agent signings, because so few teams will actually be able to afford to spend money.  If players want to stay in the NHL, they will have to accept lesser deals – like we are seeing with all the veterans.

    In that kind of atmosphere, who is going to give up quality picks and prospects for Sharp, when they could try and sign someone of comparable value for free, and probably for a lesser dollar amount?  For instance, let's say someone like Ponikarovsky hits the market.  Good defensive player, career plus, conistent 20 goal scorer, capable of 25-30 goals on a good team, 60 points – probably cost around 3 million.  Ponikarovsky for free, or Sharp for a quality prospect, and a good pick, plus a 3.9 million dollar cap hit?  There's going to be options galore next summer, and the Hawks could easily get left in the dark…

    Finally, consider that Sharp would have to be moved before Toews, Kane, and Keith are resigned, because you can only go over the cap by so much without harsh penalty.  This year, no trades happened until the draft, and that's cutting it close for the Hawks.  If they don't have to space to tender any of those guys qualifying offers, then they will become free agents. 

    Lots of things to consider….

  8. nordiques100 says:

    if i were finger though, i would be asking burke for a trade if he cant be with the leafs.

    i'd really want to see if i can get my 3.5 mil salary somewhere else rather than a minor league salary.

    may not be too happy down on the farm, would that impact the kids there? maybe. that scenario cannot be discounted.

  9. wayne2 says:

    The hawks should try to deal Huet and his huge contract.(6 mil /year if I'm not mistaken).There's still a few goalies that can do the job a lot cheaper and with their defense(Barker,Seabrook,Keith and Campbell) plus the offense they have they dont need an elite goalie.

  10. cam7777 says:

    that's true.  but on the other hand, he is the one who signed a 2-way contract.  he played in the minors till he was 27.  he signed with the leafs so that even if he had to continue to play in the minors, at least he was getting paid.  burke said he would not be handicapped by other GMs signings….

  11. flamefan20 says:

    is it actually possible to have a 2 way contract when your making 3.5 million a year

  12. Kramer says:

    I got some deep insider info. The Leafs changed their mind and not gonna go after Tavares.

  13. Bure96 says:

    That's what I was thinking lol

  14. Kramer says:

    Nobody knows how to play hockey no more.

    This is how the game should be played.  Good old fashioned brouhaha!

  15. JoelJoel says:

    No one wants that contract. Plus, Huet hasn't showed he's got what it takes. Partly because the Hawks wouldn't use him in the playoffs. That hurts confidence, team solidarity, and experience.

    I'm pretty sure he would clear waivers…

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