Latest Rumors from around the League…

Here are the latest rumors that are circulating around the league…

1. The New York Times is reporting that the Rangers are shopping Brian Leetch and Alexei Kovalev. The Rangers’ playoff hopes are seriously fading a way. Should they trade the two super stars, it would mean the beginning of a new era in Ranger Land. It would mean that the Rangers will begin the process of rebuilding after seven years of paying big money to under achievers.

2. The Leafs are reportedly the front runner in the Gonchar chase. The stumbling block between the two teams is Carlo Colaiacovo. The Caps are insisting that Carlo should be involved, but the Leafs aren’t willing to bite just yet. If the Leafs hope to win the cup this year, they need to deal for a No.1 defenseman. The Avs, especially after the recent injury to Rob Blake, have jumped into the race.

3. Chicago Daily Herald is reporting that the Blackhawks haven’t received the kinds of offers they were expecting to get for center Alexei Zhamnov. Ottawa, Vancouver, and the Philadelphia Flyers might have interest in the Russian. Vancouver, after losing Magnus Arvedson, could increase their offer as they try to close the gap between them and the Avs. Ottawa are also interested in Bondra, but losing Bonk might mean that they may shift their search to a center. The Flyers had plenty of centers at the beginning of the week, but their depth at center has suddenly become very thin (Lost Roenick and Preimue to injury, and traded a way Comrie).

4. The Wild are seriously shopping goalie Manny Fernandez. Teams interested that maybe interested are the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators. The Rangers are also interested in Edmonton’s Tommy Salo and Calgary’s Roman Turek. I don’t think any of the goalies mentioned above can help lead the Rangers to the playoffs. I think the Rangers should plan a head to the next few years instead of putting themselves in more trouble. The first smart move they can make is fire Glen Sather.

5. Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel is reporting that Panthers GM Rick Dudley is shopping veteran forward Viktor Kozlov. The Panthers are trying to get a solid D-man that can run the PP. Edmonton’s Eric Brewer has been mentioned in talks. Although a Kozlov-Brewer deal would make sense financially (to the Oilers), I don’t see Kevin Lowe trading Brewer. Jason & Ryan Smith have both been mentioned in trade talks.

6. The Lang Deal: I don’t think it’s as close as you guys think it’s. I don’t think Lang will be dealt before Gonchar and Bondra. If the Caps can’t unload Bondra or they don’t get what they want for him, they will then shop Lang. I may be wrong, but an opinion is an opinion…


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