Hockey Trade Rumors from the Ottawa Sun

Fisher on block? Sens sizing up trade market for veteran centre

Leafs looking to make deals

Panthers ready to clear house

The Senators are casting about to see what they can get for Mike Fisher.

But with the 30-year-old armed with a no-movement clause and two years left on his contract carrying a cap hit of $4.2 million, two league executives seriously doubt he’ll be going anywhere anytime soon.

“I know teams have called and I’m sure they’re just trying to shake things up a bit in Ottawa,” said a league executive. “But I don’t see it. He’s having a bad year. He’s not the only one on that team.”

Fisher has 13 goals and eight assists through 49 games. At this rate, he’s not going to come close to the 25 goals and 28 assists he recorded last season.

Still, teams around the league are attracted to his hard-nosed style.

While Fisher is part of the problem in Ottawa, both executives noted he can be a bigger part of the club’s solution if he gets back to contributing the way he’s capable.

The executives also noted GM Bryan Murray has to listen to every offer he gets.

“I just don’t think they can get enough for him to warrant that kind of move,” said another executive. “That’s a drastic move and they’ve got to play (well) next year. They need to have some players.”

So, what would be enough to move the veteran Senator?

“You’d have to get two pretty good young players — and I mean prospects — and a top draft pick,” the executive said.

At this point, all options are on the table for Murray and the floundering Senators.


Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is trying to wheel and deal. League sources say he’d like to exchange veteran blueliners for younger players before the deadline. The belief is the Leafs would like to move Francois Beauchemin or Mike Komisarek. Both have time left on their deals and will be difficult to move. Beauchemin ($3.8-million cap hit) has another year left on his contract, while Komisarek ($4.5-million hit) is signed through 2013-14. While Burke has insisted he won’t ask Tomas Kaberle to waive his no-movement clause, he’s going to be the most attractive option for contenders who want blueline help. Kaberle is in the final year of his $4.25-million deal

The Sharks, Bruins, Predators and Avs are looking to shore up their defence … The Panthers are ready to clean house. GM Dale Tallon wants to follow the model he used to make Chicago a Stanley Cup champion — beginning with clearing out veterans. G Tomas Vokoun, LW Cory Stillman, and RWs Radek Dvorak and Rostislav Olesz are all being shopped Keep an eye on C Stephen Weiss, an attractive option with a $3.1-million hit and two years left on his contract. Sources say the club’s top scorer is available and attracting plenty of interest … The Flyers could decide to bring in another goalie as insurance behind Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher. Don’t expect a repeat performance from last season’s playoff hero, Michael Leighton. After clearing waivers, he will remain in the AHL.