Hockey Trade Rumors – Mega Rumor Update #2 – Feb 25, 2011

Is Arnott going to be traded?

Feaster under no pressure to make blockbuster trade

Sens in rush to re-sign Phillips

GM Tambellini playing trade game with caution these days

Should the Canucks look at Reasoner

Rivet hopes re-entry waivers produces another playing opportunity

Is Arnott going to be traded?

Jason Arnott still doesn’t know whether he will still be a Devil after the NHL’s 3 p.m. trade deadline on Monday. Even with the Devils going 16-1-2 in their last 19 games, including eight consecutive wins, they still are nine points out of a playoff spot with 22 games remaining.

The Devils have two games remaining before the deadline – Friday at Tampa Bay and Sunday at Florida. Arnott, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and has a no-movement clause in his contract, said he will “probably” meet with general manager Lou Lamoriello after Sunday’s game to discuss his future with the organization.

“It’s going to be tough,” Arnott said. “I think it’s going to depend on the next two games and how many points we’re still out.”

The Devils will not be in a playoff spot by Monday, so both Lamoriello and Arnott will have decisions to make. Arnott said he and Lamoriello did speak once about the idea of him waiving his no-movement clause, but not recently.

“We haven’t talked about it,” Arnott said. “We’re just going with it right now. We’re on a good winning streak and things are going well for us. I think we’ll just let it unfold and see what happens.”

Feaster under no pressure to make blockbuster trade

And so the acting general manager steers this hockey club as the trade deadline looms ever close. When the clock strikes 1 p.m. Monday, the time for dealing draws to a close for another season.

With the playoff races so tight – especially in the West – the vast majority of teams are classified as buyers. Much like the Alberta housing market in a boom, the selling teams can expect excellent return on their available assets.

Toronto scooped up a first and third-round pick from Philadelphia for Kris Versteeg. Carolina shipped former Flames defenceman Ian White to San Jose for a second-rounder.

“You’ve been able to see the deals that have been made as far as what the prices have been on the trade market right now,” Feaster said. “It’s a pretty heated market in a lot of ways.”

The surging Flames lack much in the way of tradable assets, especially because Feaster has gone on the record with his opposition to messing with the team chemistry.

Since he took over from Darryl Sutter, the Flames have piled up a record of 15-5-5 and rocketed from 14th spot in the Western Conference to eighth heading into action Thursday night.

“We’re trying to improve our hockey team if we can,” Feaster said. ” The thing is, as I’ve said all along, I really think this group – with what they’ve accomplished in the last couple of months – they deserve the opportunity to stay together. They deserve the opportunity to see this thing through and bring this thing to the fruition of being a playoff team and seeing how far we can go in the playoffs.

“If we can improve, I would like to do that. I would like to improve our depth if we can”

Sens in rush to re-sign Phillips

“We’ve made a proposal that we feel is more than fair,” said Murray. “They came back and talked to me a little differently. We haven’t talked (Thursday). I guess we’re waiting to get their reaction to what we want to have happen.

“He’s totally in control. Chris has been here a long time, he’s been involved in the community. He’s a good man and he’s a good player. He’s not had the year you would expect he would have, but we’ll have more discussions.”

If the Senators can’t get a deal done with Phillips, then they’ll take a similar route to the one they used with Alex Kovalev. Once the club gets a deal in place — likely for a second-round pick — they’ll go to Phillips and see if he likes the destination and would be willing to waive his no-movement clause.

GM Tambellini playing trade game with caution these days

Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini could be a seller with Monday’s NHL trade deadline fast approaching, but he’s not an active seller.

That’s why there have not been many NHL scouts trailing the Oilers these days.

It’s frustrating if you want some player movement with the trade deadline 72 hours away, but while players are moving on other teams, nothing’s happening here.

“Last year, we were looking to move some older players, so some younger guys could play,” said Tambellini, who sent defenceman Steve Staios on his way to the Calgary Flames last year at this time.

“This year, to be honest, if we don’t make any trades, that would be fine with me.”

But it’s not fine with rabid hockey fans, who like the buzz of trade deadline time.

Tambellini, who will see his club host the St. Louis Blues on Friday at Rexall Place, is either more careful or more resolute this time of the year.

When he’s asked how things are going on the Ales Hemsky or Dustin Penner trade watch, Tambellini gets one of those ‘move on, there’s nothing to see here’ looks on his face.

Should the Canucks look at Reasoner

The Florida Panthers have been actively shopping forwards before the NHL trade deadline and the Vancouver Canucks should check out the sticker price on Marty Reasoner.

The pending unrestricted free agent centre brings all the elements the Canucks are searching for to fill their riddle in the middle on the fourth line. At 33, the veteran leads the Panthers in faceoff percentage at 54.5 per cent, can kill penalties and doesn’t take stupid ones, with just 20 minutes through 60 games. He wouldn’t disrupt a dressing room where chemistry has translated into accountability. Reasoner, who has 25 points (11-14) in 16:25 of average ice time, would also be insurance against injury at the centre position and with little left on his $1.1-million-US deal, there’s salary cap space, too.

On Thursday, the Panthers traded pending UFA centre Cory Stillman to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Ryan Carter and a fifth-round draft pick. That may mean the Panthers would be willing to take a late-round pick for Reasoner, but the only problem might be a bidding war, because several clubs are interested. Then again, he would come cheaper that other UFAs who are older.

Rivet hopes re-entry waivers produces another playing opportunity

Rivet’s career as a Portland Pirate will end at noon today. It consisted of zero games, zero trips to Maine and one night spent in Clarence hoping someone will give him a chance to continue his NHL career.

The Buffalo Sabres’ captain will be placed on re-entry waivers today, 24 hours after he cleared regular waivers and was assigned to the minor-league Pirates. It was merely a paper transaction. The Sabres were unable to move their oft-scratched defenseman via trade or waivers, so Thursday they decided to try the re-entry route. Any team that picks up Rivet when the Sabres recall him will do so at only half his salary, with Buffalo picking up the other 50 percent.

The captain will know at noon Saturday whether he’s changing teams for real and not just via the transaction wire.

“I feel I have something to give to a hockey team, and we’ll see what happens,” Rivet said in HSBC Arena after helping his teammates prepare for tonight’s game against Ottawa. “I want to play. I want to battle and compete and help a team. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to do that.”

There appears to be at least a few teams interested in claiming Rivet. They just need to decide whether to do so with Monday’s trade deadline approaching.

“There were a couple of teams that expressed a little bit of interest, but right now where the trade deadline is, it’s tough to know,” Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said. “You never know whether the player is first on the list or not. I’m just very hopeful that we can help him continue his career.”

Rivet is in the final year of a contract that pays him $3.5 million annually. There is about $828,000 left to be paid, so a team that claims him on re-entry waivers would pay him $414,000.

One Response to Hockey Trade Rumors – Mega Rumor Update #2 – Feb 25, 2011

  1. Zeddyp_Sens says:

    Ughh cmon ottawa just trade phillips hes never really been good hes allways just had a solid defensive partner to make him look good…screw loyalty

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