March 1st – Evening Trade Rumor Update

Coyotes general manager Don Maloney: Team won’t give away talent

Zidlicky’s Wild future might hinge on a deal

Flames sign Stajan

Tambellini expects to wheel and deal before deadline

Coyotes general manager Don Maloney: Team won’t give away talent

Jim Gintonio

The big news on the Coyotes
front is that they are on the verge of their first playoff spot in eight years. But there is old news that remains relevant: General Manager Don Maloney will not sacrifice what he considers top assets to bring in a player who might be gone at season’s end.

The NHL’s freeze on trades during the Olympics ended at midnight Sunday, and the window remains open until 1 p.m. (Arizona time) Wednesday. ”

Money is not the issue for Maloney; it’s his belief that success is built and then ensured through a solid foundation. Any deal he makes would fit that parameter.

“I still believe we are growing this franchise,” he said. “We expect to win. We’re a playoff team, and we think when we get there we have a chance to win, so that’s why we’re looking (for) help, but . . . the price right now on some of these players, that’s the challenge.

“This isn’t a money decision for us right now. We’ve been able to save enough in our budget to give ourselves room for paying the next six weeks. This is more of the asset price that we have to give up to acquire, and a second-round pick and prospect for a guy for six weeks, that doesn’t cut it for me at all.

“That’s where maybe somebody else is wiling to pay, but I’m not. We think we’re good enough, and we like the group. If we can find a way to be better, we’ll do it.”

Despite the season-ending knee injury suffered by Scottie Upshall, the Coyotes continue to play well. They enter their final 19 games in fourth place in the Western Conference. They have 79 points, a 10-point margin over No. 8 Calgary.

Zidlicky’s Wild future might hinge on a deal


If Marek Zidlicky isn’t signed by Wednesday, there’s a good chance the veteran defenseman has played his last game for the Wild.

The Wild is trying to sign the pending free agent to a contract extension, but if Zidlicky remains unsigned by Wednesday’s 2 p.m. trade deadline, General Manager Chuck Fletcher suggested Sunday that he would trade Zidlicky like he did pending free agent Kim Johnsson before the Feb. 12 Olympic break trade freeze.

“We’d have to look at that,” Fletcher said during a telephone interview. “[Zidlicky’s] a pretty significant asset for us, and we were able to resolve the future status of Kim Johnsson, and I think Zidlicky would fall into that category as well.

“It’d be a priority for us, and a prudent thing for us, to resolve his future status one way or the other by Wednesday.”

A handful of teams have contacted the Wild with interest in Zidlicky, 33, who ranks 10th in the NHL among defensemen with 36 points and last season scored 10 power-play goals. But Fletcher made clear his first priority is to try to sign him.

“Our preference is for him to sign a deal and stay in Minnesota,” Fletcher said. “Hopefully over the next day or two we can find a way to resolve all the issues. They’ve been realistic in their demands, and I think we’ve been fair in our offer. I don’t think there’s any deal-breakers at this point.

“But I’ve learned you never know. Sometimes you think things are going a certain way and they don’t get there.”

Fletcher wouldn’t discuss other names Sunday, specifically pending free agents Owen Nolan and Eric Belanger. If there’s interest before Wednesday and the price is too good to pass up, Fletcher might consider trading them.

Flames sign Stajan


Matt Stajan is staying put.

Less than a month after arriving at the Saddledome as part of a blockbuster swap with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the slick centre has signed a long-term extension with the Calgary Flames.

Stajan, who has been skating with Jarome Iginla on the team’s top line, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Not anymore. Although the Flames did not disclose the terms of the deal, TSN is reporting Stajan put his stamp on a four-year pact worth about $3.5 million per season.

The 26-year-old pivot has two goals and two helpers in seven games with the Flames.

The club returns to action Wednesday when they host the Minnesota Wild.

Tambellini expects to wheel and deal before deadline

Oilers veterans realize change is inevitable in the coming days

athey’re at the bottom of the NHL standings despite having one of the league’s higher payrolls. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini will be trying to wheel and deal before the league’s trade deadline Wednesday.

That inevitability isn’t lost on such veterans as captain Ethan Moreau, the club’s longest-serving player (having arrived in ’99), who has been mentioned repeatedly in trade speculation leading up to the 3 p.m. ET deadline.

Likewise for defenceman Steve Staios and forward Fernando Pisani, neither of whom would be surprised to see their lengthy tenures in Edmonton end with a change of address.

“I realize the situation we’re in,” Moreau said Monday. “There’s a strong possibility that I’ll be moved, but that’s just my assumption from conversations with people I trust and people I know.

“Nobody in the organization has talked to me about what their plans are. I talk to my agent and I hear the same things other people do, but there is nothing concrete.”

The Oilers (19-36-6) sit 15th in the Western Conference and 30th overall with a record of 19-36-6, despite a payroll just under US$60 million. So the expectation is Tambellini will be aggressive in trying to reshape his roster.

Moreau, Staios and Pisani all understand they might be a part of that makeover. And that prospect would be a difficult one for Moreau (637 games with Edmonton since being obtained from Chicago at the 1999 deadline) and Staios (an Oiler since 2001), who both have deep roots with the team.

“If anybody says they don’t think about it, they’d be lying,” Pisani said. “It’s something that’s part of the game and we understand it’s going to happen.

6 Responses to March 1st – Evening Trade Rumor Update

  1. leafit2me says:

    Sportsnet and TSN reporting that Oilers have dealt D-man Denis Grebeshkov to Nashville for a 2nd rounder

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    Looks like the Oilers are gearing up for the future, in which they are trying to include Taylor Hall.

  3. nordiques100 says:

    well the leafs have called up hanson and stalberg. with the addition of lundmark and mikael barroombrawlerbovski back soon if not tonight, the leafs have 14 forwards. if pony sits, he is gone. pony and stemp may both sit. should be interesting.


  4. dumbassdoorman says:

    I think they should both sit, it is the luck of the Leafs that an injury could occur. Depending on what it is it may spell DEADline as in DEAD….lol. If they have the supposed offers (2)of 2nd and prospect for Poni, they can't play him can they? I would still love to know the teams that have supposedly made these pitches for him.

  5. dizon says:

    thats one hell of a tongue twister

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