NHL News and Rumor Roundup – June 11, 2009

Rumours fly following Heatley’s alleged trade request

Pens will be in market for blueliner

Jacques Demers: selling a Vinny trade to fans would be difficult but doable

Rumours fly following Heatley’s alleged trade request

By Ken Warren, The Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa Senators fans are about to enter the rumour mill after Tuesday’s news that star winger Dany Heatley wants a trade out of the capital.

The list of who, potentially, could replace him in Ottawa is a long one.

Defenceman Dion Phaneuf, Robyn Regehr and soon to be unrestricted free agent forward Mike Cammalleri from the Calgary Flames? How about forwards Dustin Penner or Patrick O’Sullivan of the Edmonton Oilers? Centre Mason Raymond and pending unrestricted free agent defenceman Mattias Ohlund of the Vancouver Canucks?

Let’s discuss the possibilities of Los Angeles Kings left winger Alexander Frolov coming to town, along with the fifth overall selection, at the draft in two weeks. While we’re at it, we should also consider what Anaheim’s Corey Perry might bring to the Senators.

So much for the sleepy spring in Ottawa Senators land.


Pens will be in market for blueliner


The Penguins could be players on the NHL’s free-agent market this summer.

While they’d like to keep blueliner Rob Scuderi, 29, who made $725,000 (all terms US) this season, he’ll likely be off for greener pastures on July 1.

Sources say Penguins GM Ray Shero will try to sign another blueliner who can move the puck to take some of the pressure off Sergei Gonchar. The best blueliner available will be Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester, but he’s expected to sign in Western Canada.

Anaheim defenceman Francois Beachemin is a possibility. The Ducks would like to keep him, but the Penguins can sell free agents on the fact they’ve been to the final last two years and there’s a strong chance to win in Pittsburgh.


Jacques Demers: selling a Vinny trade to fans would be difficult but doable

Damian Cristodero:
Had a long talk the other day with former Lightning coach Jacques Demers, who is now a television analyst for Canada’s RDS network. Not surprising the discussion turned to Vinny Lecavalier and the rumors that we will hear perhaps all summer that he could be traded.

Again, just to lay the groundwork, there is no guarantee the star center will be dealt. I believe GM Brian Lawton when he says he is not calling around looking for takers, but I also believe given the Lightning’s financial situation and Lecavalier’s $10 million salary next season, it actually is prudent for Tampa Bay to listen to what teams have to offer.

There are other considerations, as well, beyond the consequences on the ice. And as we discussed in last week’s story, it is not lost on the Lightning brass that Lecavalier said he is planning to have a “great” season in 2009-10 and will begin workouts two weeks earlier than usual, with an emphasis on increasing leg strength and explosiveness, to make sure that happens.