More Rumors – Dustin Byfuglien, Kaberle and more

A collection of tweets and a rumor tidbit from the Edmonton Journal – Rumors from Pierre Lebrun, Bob McKenzie with regards to Dustin Byfuglien, Kaberle and more
Pierre Lebrun

Meanwhile, source tells me this morning that interested in Tomas Kaberle getting “more serious” and there have been “several offers.”

Pierre Lebrun

Still think Kaberle deal gets done in LA on Thursday, Friday or Saturday… we’ll see

Kevin Allen

Dustin Byfuglien is definitely in play as the Blackhawks sort through how to eliminate their salary cap issues this summer.


Horton trade has’t happened, I’m told. Bruins are in thick of it but nothing done yet. Stay tuned. He’ll move. Could be BOS.

Penguins to go after Whitney

Take this to the bank: the Pittsburgh Penguins will go hard after Carolina Hurricanes winger Ray Whitney as a free agent, after letting the hugely disappointing Alexei Ponikarovsky and the enigmatic Ruslan Fedotenko walk away.

Ponikarovsky was a dud after they got him from the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was a healthy playoff scratch, doing himself no favours in free agency.

Whitney would like a two-year deal, but he might take one to play with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin .

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7 Responses to More Rumors – Dustin Byfuglien, Kaberle and more

  1. Kramer says:

    Somebody should go after Kaka.

  2. cam7777 says:

    Ponikarovsky will probably get a solid deal in Atlanta.  Ponikarovsky – Antropov – Afinogenov could be a solid line when followed by the likes of Evander Kane, Nicklas Bergfors, Bryan Little, Patrice Cormier, and perhaps Jeff Skinner.  Whitney on the other hand, could be pretty pricey for Pittsburgh.  Like the article says though, he might consider a discout to play with Crosby or Malkin.  That said, it's not like he had it rough playing with Eric Staal.

    I'm loving the sounds of Byfuglien in play, and I hope Burke is working the phones on that one.  I would love if he traded a pair of prospects and maybe our 2nd in 2011 for him.  Paradis, Mitchell and a 2nd?  That's basically a 1st, 2nd and 3rd for Byfuglien and 3 million in cap savings.  I guess a lot of teams will be interested in Byfuglien though.

    Darren Dreger has a hunch that Tampa Bay is the team that gets a deal done for Kaberle.  That being said, his brother-in-law Dave Nonis could be stringing him along to put the right things out there.  Perhaps the team they really want to deal with isn't offering up the right kind of package just yet, so Nonis tells Dreger "yep, could definitely be Tampa."  I suspect a lot of posturing is going on right now.  There's the potential for Maple Leaf fans to be re-experiencing the Phaneuf/Giguere euphoria of a few months back, or the chance tor major disappointment.

  3. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Would Leafs fans want Poni back at 2 million? I'm on the fence leaning towards no.

  4. reinjosh says:

    I think thats a lot for Byfuglien although I'm more looking at his regular season play than his playoff play. And I really like Paradis, I'm not sure I want to give him up. Plus that 2nd leaves us with no picks until the 4th round in 2011.

    I'm honestly thinking that we are going to be disappointed. I just keep expecting a really nice player but always get back to the fact that every time the Leafs go into free agency or the trade deadline I get disappointed.

    I really do think Burke is playing the media right now though. I think he learned last year from his Tavares comments. Apparently though he has had a bunch of offers already just none that meet the requirements Burke has set out.

  5. cam7777 says:

    He'll have a bunch of stuff to deal at the deadline next year though.  I suspect Grabovski, Beauchemin and Sjostrom will all be traded at the deadline.  If he signs VanRyn back, or trades for Sopel, they would be moved at that point too.  It seems like every defensemen is worth at least a 2nd at the deadline, so that's good news.  I'm not worried about not having picks in the weakest draft in a decade.  Oh well, I guess Burke will just sign 4 college free agents instead, ho-hum.

  6. cam7777 says:

    He'll get 3 million from someone.  I suspect it will be Atlanta.

  7. mojo19 says:

    Atlanta would be a good spot for him, especially if Afinogenov and Armstrong both leave.

    Ponikarovsky – Antropov  and either Bergfors or Evander Kane would be a good combo

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