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The Arizona Republic is reporting that Nedved may be on the trading block. Speculation is that he would go to an eastern team. I, however, would disagree with what they claim. (Sorry for so many Coyote articles in a short amount of time, but rumors come when they want to come – not when we want them to.)

The Republic stated, “Petr Nedved’s days with the Coyotes appear to be numbered,” and “don’t be surprised if the Coyotes trade the veteran center, most likely to an Eastern Conference team, for defensive help.”

Here is the problem – Nedved wouldn’t even be taken on waivers. He has only been healty enough to play in 24 games this year. In that time he has 2 goals and 8 assists – and that is with plenty of time with some of Coyotes most talented players. He is making $2.2M (Please correct me if I’m wrong but I think he is in year 1 of a 2 year contract). Last night he was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career.

If teams don’t feel Andreychuck is worth $800,000 or Mogilny is worth $3.5, then Nedveds 10 pts surely aren’t worth $2.2M – especially given his 3 injuries already this season.

Secondly, I think the Coyotes would rather find the scoring center they lack than a dman. Nedved didn’t fill that star center role very well. Although Lundmark has done as well as could be expected of him, and Comrie does alright, they are not a long term fit between Doan and Nagy. As for defence, O’Donnell only has one more game on his suspension before he is back and Morris will be back after olympic break. Jones and Spiller, not the best solutions, can pick up slack until then. Remember Phoenix found themselves with too many dmen at the beginning of the season and then traded off Hulse and Tanabe to widdle themselves to where they wanted to be. They didn’t do that just to have to go and find another.

Anyway, I will let you be the judge. I have included a link for the trade speculation article, but personally I think they are out to lunch.

Laus723 reports: According, Roberto Luongo is going to be offered a six year 30 million dollar deal by the Florida Panthers.

***mikster: I may be able to get a little information on that. If I do, stay tuned.***

Gretzkin reports on Drug Testing:

This Sunday, the NHL will begin the Random Drug Testing.

Testing players throughout the League as many as 2 times throughout the rest of the season, as part of the new CBA.

We’ve all thought that we had a relatively clean sport when it comes to performance enhancers, compared to other pro sports, but at the same time, we’ve all heard the stories in the Playoffs, as to what measures some players will go to to be able to make it into the lineup, after minor, nagging, and sometimes serious injuries.

Wayne Gretzky was quoted at the beginning of the year as saying that he had never seen it in the game while he was around, but noted that the community of players “using”, wouldn’t have been extremely public about it.

You’d have to question some of the Goons out there, and some of the guys dropped quite a few pounds in between the last season and the current one.

One NHLer came out publicly recently, admitting to using steroids at the beginning of his career. Sorry people, I can’t remember who it was.

Anyhow, I’d been wondering what was happening with that, but apparently the NHLPA wanted to take some time to learn the boys as to what they can take, and what they can’t (And perhaps give them a head start to clean out the systems).

Anyways, look for some drug controversy in the next few months…