NHL Trade Deadline Eve Afternoon Updates

Kozlov requests trade from Thrasher

Thrashers sign Chelios

Lot of Huet trade rumors out there

Supply over demand

Tomas Vokoun: Keeping Options Open

Kozlov requests trade from Thrasher

Thrashers forward Slava Kozlov has requested a trade due to his lack of playing time and would be willing to waive his no trade clause, he told me on Friday.

“I don’t know if I’m going to be on this team or another team,” Kozlov said. “If we can find a team which I like and which is good for me and my family I will go. If not, I’m going to be here. …

With coach not playing me, what can you do? That’s why I feel I could go play for somebody that needs my help. Is so, I’ll waive my no trade clause.”

Kozlov’s agent met with Thrashers general manager Don Waddell in Chicago before the team’s final game before the two-week Olympic break.

“He’s disappointed with his reduced role of the ice,” Waddell said. “Like I explained to his agent, coaches make a decision and that they are trying to win games. They feel like right now he’s not in the top group of 12 guys and other guys are giving us more.

“I told his agent you control it because you have a no-trade. If you guys are willing to waive your no trade than I will explore and that’s how we left it.”

Waddell said he has had little contact with other teams because executives are just starting to return from the Olympic break.

Kozlov said he would waive the no-trade clause to join a playoff contender.

“We are waiting right now,” Kozlov said. ” I will think about it, talk to my family and my wife and see.”

Kozlov had his franchise record 251 consecutive starts streak snapped when he was a healthy scratch on Jan. 23 at Tampa Bay. He missed the next four games before returning to the lineup for two games on Feb. 5-6. He was also a healthy scratch the three following games leading to the Olympic break and the meeting in Chicago.


Thrashers sign Chelios

The Thrashers have signed defenseman Chris Chelios, the team announced Tuesday.

Chelios, 48, has been playing for the Thrashers’ AHL affiliate in Chicago this season, although he was not property of the Thrashers. He signs with the Thrashers as an unrestricted free agent. He appeared in 44 games for the Wolves this season with five goals and 16 assists. He was also a plus-35.

Chelios must clear waivers, which the Thrashers will know by noon Wednesday. If he is not claimed by another team, he will remain in Chicago. However, he will be available to the Thrashers.

According to GM Don Waddell, Chelios gives the team veteran depth in case of injury.

“You never know,” Waddell said when asked the likelihood that Chelios is called up. “We have a busy schedule. When you go into a run like this, you like to have 10 defenseman in case you get a couple of injuries.”

Over his 25-year NHL career, Chelios won three Stanley Cups. He scored 948 points (185 goals, 763 assists) and 2,891 penalty minutes in 1,644 career games with the Red Wings, Blackhawks and Canadiens. In a NHL-record 266 career playoff games, Chelios has 144 points (31 goals, 113 assists)

He won the Stanley Cup with Montreal (1986) and twice with Detroit (2002 and 2008).

Other notes of interest from morning skate prior to tonight’s game against Panthers.


Lot of Huet trade rumors out there

Tim Sassone

It’s the day before the NHL trade deadline and there are rumors everywhere.

For the Blackhawks, many of them involve goaltending and Cristobal Huet possibly being on the move.

Various rumors have Huet going to the Islanders, Toronto or Florida with the Hawks attempting to acquire either Tomas Vokoun from the Panthers or Dwayne Roloson from the Isles.

It would be an accomplishment of importance in helping solve the team’s salary cap problems for next year if Hawks general manager Stan Bowman could find a team willing to take Huet and the $5.625 million hit remaining on his contract for the next two years.

The Islanders certainly have enough cap space to accommodate Huet’s contract, and they have goalie issues going forward with Rick DiPietro’s health always a big problem and Martin Biron signed only through this season.

Would the 40-year-old Roloson, who is signed through next year, be an upgrade in goaltending for the Hawks? Roloson is an excellent goaltender, underrated, in my opinion, “a battler,” according to an Islanders source who believes Roloson could help the Hawks win a Stanley Cup.

But Vokoun would be a better fit, if the Hawks could land him.

Meanwhile, there’s a game to play Tuesday night and Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said following the morning skate that John Madden, Ben Eager and Brent Sopel all would be in the lineup here against the Islanders.


Supply over demand

Mark Spector

The old dollars and cents could play a role as to who’s shopping and who’s buying at the deadline.

The sellers are fewer this season than most, it seems, which always favours the supply side over those in demand.

So as the National Hockey League’s trade deadline creeps closer, that old economic driver might just work in the favour of soon-to-be 38-year-old Carolina winger Ray Whitney, who won’t waive his no-trade clause unless he gets a two-year extension from whoever wants him.

(L.A. wouldn’t do it last month, but word is Boston would love Whitney. Do they need to move Michael Ryder’s $4 million salary next season before it can happen? That could be tough.)

Then there is pending Columbus UFA Milan Jurcina, whose play at the Olympics may be just the push that Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson needs to get something for the big Slovak this week.

Or Joe Corvo, another Hurricanes player being shopped by GM Jim Rutherford. Every year there is a puck-moving defenceman who starts a bidding war at the deadline. Perhaps this March, Corvo is that guy.

In Toronto, anyone older than about 27 — or leftover from the pre-Brian Burke era — is likely available. UFAs Alexei Ponikarovsky and Lee Stempniak are being shopped hard, while Tomas Kaberle is on the table — regardless of Burke’s statements that he is not going to ask the defenceman to waive his no-trade.

In Calgary, the Flames tied up former Leafs centre Matt Stajan on Monday, after signing Rene Bourque to a six-year, $20-million deal last week. With both his first- and second-round picks in the 2010 draft traded away — and having already brought in six new faces prior to the Olympic break — GM Darryl Sutter will be more interested in shoring up his system at the deadline than acquiring players for the big club.

Dallas, too, is expected to be very quiet.

If it is also quiet in Edmonton however, players there will get a serious read on their perceived value on the open market.

Gritty winger Steve Ott came off the market on Monday, as Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk got proactive and signed Ott to a 4-year extension at about $3 million per season. That might be good news for Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini, who has a third-line winger
in Ethan Moreau who might become Plan B for other GMs.

Playing in front of 18 scouts in games at Anaheim and L.A. just before the Olympic break, Moreau had his best two games of the season (plus-3, three points).


Tomas Vokoun: Keeping Options Open

Is it possible Tomas Vokoun has played his final game with the Florida Panthers.

Yes, it is.

With the trade deadline quickly approaching — and Vokoun getting the night off tonight in Atlanta — he may have rocked the leaping cat for the last time.

We spoke to T-Vo today after the morning skate at Taco Mac Arena and he said he had spoken to GM Randy Sexton regarding the trade rumors and his stance on dropping his no trade.

Vokoun says he had not told Sexton that he would not waive the no trade as I had read somewhere and he knows there are potential deals out there. The Twitterverse is, ahem, a-twitter with rumors that he might be going to Philadelphia.

Which would make for an uncomfortable night come Wednesday what with the Panthers playing host to the Flyers and all.

But lets not forget, a team like Philadelphia — which is pretty tight to the salary cap — would have to move some money to get a player like Vokoun (or rather, Vokoun’s salary) in under.


No, I didn’t. We agreed we wouldn’t make public any of the details. But I didn’t. It’s more like, if there’s a deal in place, he’ll let me know. Ultimately it’s my decision, yes or no.


No, that’s not true.


27 Responses to NHL Trade Deadline Eve Afternoon Updates

  1. reinjosh says:

    Ponikorovsky is gone. He was scratched for tonights game which puts the icing on the cake. All thats left is to see where.

    Also Eklund is saying that Huet to TO has legs. He is saying that Finger is going the other way. He is using the scratched player argument too. Because Finger is scratched tonight I guess it means he is moving. I wouldn't read into it much though. Finger has been scratched alot this season. Plus Burke has already denied the rumors.

  2. bbruins37 says:

    yeah i was just about to say that for pony. too bad ryder is in the line-up for boston…

    didn't someone like dreger or mckenzie shut down huet to toronto? hawks just acquired boynton too.

    i have a feeling we'll hear alot of trades announced after the games

  3. reinjosh says:

    Yeah I believe they both did and I think they cited that Burke/Leafs denied it but that part could be wrong. It was a ridiculous rumor anyways. It might have made sense had we not had Giguere.

    In regards to Ryder its almost a better thing that he isn't scratched. A guy like Poni has to be because teams already know what they are getting and have seen a good season. There is not need to audition him. For a guy like Ryder, a guy who has struggled, having him in the lineup is a way to audition him and maybe have a last minute look at the potential he has and whether or not he just needs a change of scenery. Its definitely a risk worth taking for the Bruins. But it would mean no deal would go down till tomorrow and likely not til the afternoon.

    Yeah, I think we will hear about trades after the games. And while I don't think tomorrow will have any bigger names than Whitney or Hamhuis on the move, I think a lot of secondary guys will be on the move and lots a minor league for picks type deals and player for player deals will happen.

  4. bbruins37 says:

    horton scratched! something big is gonna go down

  5. bbruins37 says:

    going to boston maybe? we just added wild and kampfer for prospect depth, so a couple prospects might be going out.

  6. Kramer says:

    I told every body something big is gonna happen. I predict at least 8 big trades. The atomic bomb of trades.

  7. bbruins37 says:

    oh wait, i think he might just be injured

  8. reinjosh says:

    That would be interesting.
    Maybe its a package with Horton and Seidenberg (the dman Chiarelli wants?)?

  9. Dunski23 says:

    I just hope something big that no one has reported or heard about goes down. I took work off tomorrow to drink beers and talk hockey with you guys, and if the Whitney, Poni, and Hamhuis are the cream of the crop i'll be disappointed lol

  10. Dunski23 says:

    Lol ya he's still hurt. I still think he would be a nice pickup for the future…maybe something to revisit at the draft? He's young and has a nose for the net, plus maybe with Savvy as his center he could be a consistent 30 goal guy (when/if healthy) He seems to be injury prone, but it's because he plays tough from what I've heard.

  11. Kramer says:

    Big trade!!!  I think my favorite player got traded. Wade Belak is a healthy scratch. He's on the move.

  12. dizon says:

    we shouldve traded antropov THIS year.

  13. leafmeister says:

    Poni is about to be dealt for Luca Caputi.

  14. leafy says:

    Shades of Luca Brasi from "The Godfather". Let's hope he's not another Luca Cereda.

  15. LeafsNeedHelp says:

    cant believe burke would trade poni for someone i never heard of…he better be getting a pick aswell.

  16. LeafsNeedHelp says:

    wow just heard NO picks just poni for caputi…….crazy burke

  17. Magleaf says:

    ya i know WTF is this shit..  there should at least be a conditional pick…  

    now who takes over for poni??   we bring up another kid??

  18. leafy says:

    Don't be too hasty to bash Burke.

    HockeyFuture has this kid rated 7C, which means he "may reach" second line status. That's not bad.

    He's a big guy at 6'3" and a power forward who plays physically and in areas where goals are scored. eg, in front of the net. Not a perimeter player.

    Also his stats aren't bad either. His AHL numbers are almost a point per game, and he's still 21.

    So looks like a calculated trade. Not a random trade orgy.



  19. nordiques100 says:

    caputi could take over for pony. he has 9 nhl games under his belt.

    he has 24 goals this year in the AHL. was a big junior scoring star. he might be a player. on par with a 2nd rounder.

    but he could help sooner than later. he has played almost 2 full years in the A.

    team needs like a legit no. 1 centre though with kessel. they have lots of support scoring guys it seems. stalberg, kulemin, hanson, bozak, kadri, caputi is another. hopefully in 2 years we get that big centre with big skill and these kids develop well. scoring then shouldnt be an issue.

    caputi was the pens 2nd ranked prospect in thn. but wasnt in the mags top 100.

  20. leafy says:

    Now they're saying the Leafs also get Martin Skoula in the deal.

    Before people get too excited, Skoula is not the player he used to be. He's struggled this year. Probably meant to balance the salaries.

  21. LeafsNeedHelp says:

    skoula better be moved after joining teh leafs though….no need for more dmen. unless this move has something now to deal with the idea that kabby is actually waiving his ntc

  22. mojo19 says:

    no kidding.

    or if i had my way we would have re-signed him to one of those life time deals. 10 years – $25 million. But its ok……

  23. LeafsNeedHelp says:

    id take belak back in toronto any day…played for almost nuthing in salary…great locker room guy… and also was awsome doing teh interviews…lets not forget always stood up for the guys on the team.

  24. mojo19 says:

    i think it was for A – Cap space for Pittsburgh, and B – cuz were gonna move Exelby and possibly Finger

  25. mojo19 says:

    I really like Wade Belak, the guy as well. But the player, although sometimes he was just a beast in the corners and drove to the net, he had very little puck skills, and was prone to take lazy penalties, over aggressive penalties, and just plain careless penalties. I think Colton Orr brings a much more polished game.

  26. LeafsNeedHelp says:

    i think the leafs will be stuck with finger and if anything maybe a 3rd for exelby

  27. Magleaf says:

    makes sense but now im hearing we get skula as well..  why would we trade a salary dump and an ok prospect for a legit top 6 forward.

    i didnt get it before (maybe this caputi is better then i give him cred) but now even if he is good i dont think we should get nothing for this salary dump

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