More rumors from around the league
Today More Rumors Surfaced Around The League…
The Habs were already looking for a physical defensive forward and defenseman and now they might look even harder. Jan Bulis will be out for 4 weeks, almost a month after the trade deadline. The Habs may be forced to make a trade to replace him now. Suggestions that have popped up are Anaheim’s Keith Carney who is rumoured to be going to many other teams and the Habs aren’t ready to pay up as much as other clubs are for this guy, Columbus’ Luke Richardson who has been stated unavailable according to the Jackets’ GM and Capitals Brendan Witt who might attract more interest from other teams with Gonchar’s price tag being to high.
With Nashville recently acquiring an offensive player from the Blackhawks, Steve Sullivan, the Predators may to make another trade to make sure they get into the playoffs. They are rumoured to be interested in Pittsburgh’s offensive defenseman, Dick Tarnstrom but they are seeking to trade someone who has been stated as available by their GM’s and the Predators GM David Poile said if he were to make another trade it would be for a defenseman and morelikely a stay-at-home defenseman, which is not Tarnstrom’s type of play.
Ottawa Senators GM John Muckler has said that he is still looking to acquire a defenseman and is highly interested in Edmonton’s Jason Smith. Keith Carney could also be a possibility and Muckler may also be interested in Minnesota’s Brad Bombardir who would come cheaper than any of the others. However, the sooner Volchenkov returns from injury, it may lessen Mucker’s interested in acquiring another defenseman at the deadline.
The Stars who are re-gaining playoff hopes are sending scouts, namely Guy Carbonneau to scout recent Capital games. The Stars seem to be interested in Washington’s Brendan Witt, Mike Grier and Dainius Zubrus.
According to the Boston Globe the Boston Buins have made offers to the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers regarding defensemen Sergei Gonchar and Brian Leetch. They have supposedly offered Sergei Samsonov and a 1st Rounder for Gonchar and have offered an un-named roster player or prospect and a 1st Rounder for Leetch. The Bruins apparently havn’t and will not offer Patrice Bergeron, Hannu Toivonen and Mark Stuart in any trade. Jillson who has been scratched for awhile could be used as trade-bait. This doesn’t seem to make sense as the Bruins have a history of being cheap and not re-signing players after their arbitration hearing (Kristich, Berard) and Gonchar is an “arbitration-prone” player who get loads of money from arbitration depending on what happens with the CBA, maybe that’s why the Bruins want to make a gamble.
Pittsburgh is in complete rebuild more as they are shopping offensive defenseman Dick Tarnstrom and veteran center Mike Eastwood for some “solid young talent”. As reported earlier the Predators seem interested in Tarnstrom and Montreal could have some interest in Mike Eastwood.
The Leafs have reportedly included one of either prospects, Alexander Steen or rookie Matt Stajan in a deal that would bring Gonchar to Toronto. The Caps are also seeking a first round draft pick. The Toronto Sun thinks it would be better to go after Leetch. However, Leetch may rather end his career as a Ranger. The Sun suggests that if the Rangers would get a 1st Round Draft Pick and a potential young prospect or roster player that could play on one of the first two lines in the future would make a done deal. The “player” that would be added to the 1st Round Pick would be either Matt Stajan, Alexander Steen or Nik Antropov. Other defensemen that are on the block and apparently interest Mr. Ferguson are Anaheim’s Keith Carney, Columbus’ Scott Lachance, who GM Doug MacLean would really love to trade, Edmonton’s Jason Smith, Minnesota’s Brad Bombardir and of course Washington’s Brendan Witt.
Sharks Gm Doug Wilson says there is no significant trade deadline to him saying that everyday he comes into his office and thinks of what he would do to improve his team. This year he may seek to add toughness for the playoffs and may find that in either one of the Rangers’ Chris Simon or Matthew Barnaby. Defensemen that may interested Wilson are Chicago’s Alexander Karpovtsev and Bryan Berard.
Coyotes may look to unload a few players at the trade deadline, namely Brian Savage and his $3.5 Million salary, who has been waived yesterday. If nobody picks him up the Coyotes will be forced to “eat up” some of his salary in order to complete any trade involving him. Savage is not the only one the Coyotes would like to get rid of. Chris Gratton has received some interest from the Devils and the Coyotes are willing to part with him. Also, the Teppo Numminen trade didn’t turn out so well as they are shopping center Mike Sillinger now. Jan Hrdina is reportedly also on the block.
With GM Glen Sather recently stepping down from his job to concentrate as GM, he may be a very busy/contacted man at the deadline. With no playoff spot in sight, this year he may start to unload and not overload his team as he has done in the previous years. The players who are mostlikely to attract the most interest are forward Alexei Kovalev and defenseman Brian Leetch. The Dallas Stars and the Toronto Maple Leafs are interested in acquiring Leetch at the deadline and the Stars have sent out some scouts to watch Leetch play in the previous 3 games for the Rangers. And Detroit seems to be the team to want Kovalev the most, having sent scout Mark Howe to watch the Rangers game last night. Kovalev will probably attract more interest then from the Red Wings alone. Other players who could find their way out of New York by the deadline are high +/- forward Martin Rucinsky, center Petr Nedved, big defenseman Boris Mironov, and tough fighters Matthew Barnaby and Chris Simon.
Tonight the Carolina Hurricanes started goaltender Arthurs Irbe against the Washington Capitals and he stopped 18 of 19 shot for the victory. Could this be an attempt to show-case him for teams looking for a goaltender before the trade deadline? Namely Colorado?
The Colorado Avalanche acquired center Darby Hendrikson and an 8th Round Pick in this year’s draft for a 4th Round Pick in next year’s draft.
The Tampa Lightning have acquired Timo Helbling from the Nashville Predators for an 8th Round Pick in this year’s draft.
The Chicago Blackhawks have picked winger Eric Nickulas off waivers from the St. Louis Blues.
The Atlanta Thrashers have picked up forward Brad Larsen off waivers from the Colorado Avalanche.
The National Hockey League Suspended Washington Capitals Defenseman Rick Berry 1 Game, Without Pay, For Spearing Tampa Bay Lightning Martin Cibak. Berry forfeits $2,520.83.
Montreal Canadiens Winger Jan Bulis will be out for 4 weeks with knee injury.
Chris Chelios will be day-to-day after getting injured in a game against the Vancouver Canucks were big Todd Bertuzzi fell on him.
Chicago assigned center Jason Morgan to Norfolk (AHL).
Columbus: 1. Activated center Andrew Cassels from IR. 2. Placed defenseman Rostislav Klesla on IR. 3. Recalled defenseman Zenith Komarniski from the Syracuse (AHL).
Dallas assigned defenseman John Erskine to Utah (AHL).
Edmonton assigned left wing Jani Rita to Toronto (AHL).
Minnesota recalled goaltender Johan Holmqvist from Houston (AHL).
Nashville recalled defenseman Andrew Hutchinson from Milwaukee (AHL).
New Yorks Islanders recalled right wing Eric Godard from Bridgeport (AHL).
New York Rangers announced that Glen Sather has relinquished his head coaching duties and have named Tom Renney interim head coach!
Ottawa assigned goaltender Ray Emery to Binghamton (AHL).
Philadelphia assigned goaltender Antero Niittymaki and defenseman Freddy Meyer to Philadelphia (AHL).
Vancouver assigned left wing Tyler Bouck to Manitoba (AHL) for conditioning.