NHL Trade Rumors – September 11, 2009


2. Kings: We aren’t part of a Heatley trade

3. Will Leafs cough up to get Kessel?

4. Canucks hoping Sundin will return

5. Sources: Kessel doesn’t plan to negotiate with BruinsMCKENZIE: NO TRUTH TO REPORTS THAT HEATLEY HAS BEEN TRADED


Here we go again.

Amid reports that the Ottawa Senators have traded Dany Heatley to the San Jose Sharks as part of a three-way deal with the Los Angeles Kings, sources tell TSN nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, sources tell TSN that not only is the report of a three-way deal being done not true, but the Senators are no closer to trading Heatley now than they have been for most of the summer.

It’s eerily similar to earlier this summer when there were reports the Senators had traded Heatley to the Edmonton Oilers. The difference then, though, was the Sens and Oilers actually had a deal worked out, but Heatley refused to waive his no-movement clause. This time around, it doesn’t appear there’s been any agreement with the Senators and one other team, never mind two.


Kings: We aren’t part of a Heatley trade

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi late Thursday shot down a rumor that his team was involved in a three-way deal that would have had disgruntled Ottawa center Dany Heatley landing in San Jose, while the Kings would have sent Alexander Frolov and Jarret Stoll to Ottawa and would have eventually ended up with former Sharks captain Patrick Marleau.

“No, not involved,” Lombardi said via e-mail, adding that he had been in meetings with players until 7:30 and emerged to find a blizzard of calls and messages asking him about a trade he didn’t make.

The rumor began circulating early in the day and was denied by Lombardi. However, it picked up steam after ESPN’s John Buccigross, citing “NHL sources,” said an agreement was in place to move Heatley, who had asked to be traded. ESPN later softened its story by saying all three general managers–Lombardi, San Jose’s Doug Wilson and Ottawa’s Bryan Murray–strongly denied that a deal was in place.


Will Leafs cough up to get Kessel?

Damien Cox

The lingering suspicion that Phil Kessel is no longer interested in being part of the Boston Bruins is now confirmed.

But that doesn’t make him any closer to becoming a Maple Leaf. At least, not yet.

Sources told the Boston Globe yesterday that Kessel won’t conduct any more negotiations on a new contract with the Bruins, and really, that’s no big surprise. To many, the inability of the speedy winger to come to terms with the club over the past three months has been partly about money, and partly about no longer wanting to play in Boston.

For starters, it’s been suggested that Kessel isn’t a big fan of the tight-checking, close-to-the-vest style of play favoured by head coach Claude Julien, who just signed a new contract with the Bruins.

As well, Kessel knows the Bruins tried to trade him to the Leafs at the entry draft in a deal that would have involved defenceman Tomas Kaberle, a transaction wrecked by a strange miscommunication between Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Leafs GM Brian Burke over an exchange of draft picks.

Kaberle, the last remaining member of the infamous Muskoka Five, never wanted to leave the Leafs and is under contract. But Kessel, like most young players, undoubtedly felt stung by the Bruins’ efforts to trade him.


Canucks hoping Sundin will return


If Mats Sundin wants to continue his NHL career, the Vancouver Canucks would roll out the red carpet.

“We’re interested in having him back,” Canucks GM Mike Gillis said. “We were very happy with Mats last season. It took him a while to get going, but we were pleased with his performance.”

Sundin was offered a two-year, $20 million contract by the Canucks prior to last season, but didn’t join the team until midway through the year. He scored nine goals and 28 points in 41 regular season games and scored three goals and eight points in eight playoff games.

The 38-year-old Swede is said to be in negotiations with the Canucks and could sign a contract valued in the neighborhood of $2 million to be the team’s second-line centre. Vancouver may be prepared to make a trade if it is necessary to fit Sundin under the salary cap, if necessary.


Sources: Kessel doesn’t plan to negotiate with Bruins

Paul Dupont

Phil Kessel has made it clear that he doesn’t intend to negotiate any longer with the Bruins, his Toronto-based agent in recent days informing the Boston front office that the right winger’s priority instead is to sign a free-agent offer sheet with one of the league’s 29 other teams.

All of which doesn’t necessarily mean that Kessel’s days in the Hub are numbered.

The Bruins, per CBA rules and guidelines, still reserve the right to match any offer sheet Kessel signs, and if they choose to match they are only prohibited from trading Kessel for the first year of his new deal.

”No comment,” Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli responded via e-mail early this afternoon when asked about Kessel’s latest stance on negotiations.

Kessel’s agent, Wade Arnott, when contacted by the Globe earlier this week about his side’s current negotiating stance, claimed the change in tactics wasn’t true. But two sources familiar with the talks, which on Monday were proclaimed by Chiarelli to be at a ”philosophical impasse,” confirmed the new passive-aggressive approach by the 21-year-old right winger.


9 Responses to NHL Trade Rumors – September 11, 2009

  1. hockeyhead says:

    good luck winning phil.

    you can have all your money and be on a poor club.

    says it all,  holding out for more money…..doesnt like to check/play defense.

    who ever gets this selfish child better know whats in store.

    david krejci is twice the hockey player and twice the person as phil kessel.


    So thinking about the leafs and kessel situation, what about bringing back Sundin as well if a deal with the B's does happen. With the offseason that Burke has pulled off, anything is possible.  Even though I'm no leafs fan if they could make it work cap wise I think they'd be a vastly improved team and a small possibility that they could contend in the east.  

    Whats everyone else think?
  3. Kramer says:

    The NHL should have mandatory testing for gender. How do we know all the players are males? There could be women in the league and not even know it.

  4. Jenkinstein says:

    Perish the thought…not…a…woman…the single worst thing to happen to the NHL since Mike Milbury coined the term "pansification".  This misogyny in hockey is probably the worst thing about the sport.  If there are women out there (and I'm sure there are) who can skate and shoot like NHLers, why not give them a chance? Pro sports are the last barrier women need to overcome, and hopefully they will in the next few years.  If Hayley Wickenheiser can do it, why can't more women?

    I realize that the comment was sarcastic Kramer, but hopefully it will open some eyes as to how retarded some of the mentality in sports is.

  5. hockeyhead says:

    women pro sports like soccer and basketball are painful for the average fan to watch.

    have you ever watched womens college hockey?  its no cake walk.

  6. Kramer says:

    I'm all for having female reporters in the dressing room.

  7. mojo19 says:

    I brought that up to my friends and they thought it was stupid. The general feeling is that we need to keep a spot open for the younger guys.

    Looking at the team right now, nothing is certain but i think these 7 guys have made the team going into camp:

    Blake, Stajan, Ponikarovsky, Stempniak, Kulemin, Hagman, Grabovski.

    Burke likes to go "top 6, bottom 6" but said for now he would settle for 9 and 3, which means he does want 3 grinders in the line up, which will most likely be Colton Orr, Jamal Mayers, and Wayne Primeau.

    That's 10 roster spots gone. On a typical 23 man roster you carry 2 goalies, 7 defensman, and 14 forwards. So there is room for 4 more guys.

    Fighting for 4 roster spots you have legitimate candidates:

    Rickard Wallin – Big, Burke type of player and captain of the SEL champs, Farjstad. Burke brought him in with a defensive role in mind, as a 3rd or 4th line centre. So he could rotate in with Primeau, or with a good camp and consistant play in the regular season, he could become a regular at 3rd line centre.

    Tyler Bozak – has been "dominating" the rookie camp according to Burke. Bozak was a prized UFA out of College and is praised for his 2-way abilities. I like his chances.

    Jiri Tlusty – From January on to the end of the season Tlusty was one of the most dominant players in the American league. He was an absolute scoring machine, with loads of multi point games, including a 5 goal game against Syracuse. 1st round pick from a few years ago and possibly the fastest guy to attend Leafs camp.

    Jason Allison – No contract, maybe not a great shot, but could take a spot. If Sundin were an option he would make Allison obsolete. But if Allison shows up to pre-season and produces, he could be a third line guy who plays as a PP specialist. Maybe is scratched vs quicker teams.

    Victor Stalberg – has been called the most impressive player at Leafs rookie camp. 23 year old U of Vermont grad is a big 2-way, Burke type player.

    John Mitchell – Solid rookie season, he has hands and speed, but was pretty inconsistant in his first year. He was praised late in the year by Burke so you figure one of the last roster spots should be Mitchell's to lose.

    Christian Hanson – Scored 1 goal and 1 assist in his 5 games late last year. Hanson is a big guy at 228 lbs, and has looked like a man playing with boys at the rookie camp, scoring 3 of Toronto's 5 goals in Tuesday nights game.

    Nazem Kadri – Probably needs some filling out to do and a year in junior or the AHL is more likely than playing with the Leafs, but he could make it if he really impresses. From what I've seen of the rookie camp I'm impressed.

    I think Kadri and Allison will be cut from this years team (barring injuries in camp) but that still leaves 4 spots for 6 guys. If you add Mats Sundin to the roster then you have only 3 spots for those 6 guys, and if you add Phil Kessel that leaves only 2 spots for SIX players. Which means lets say they choose Mitchell and Bozak, then the likes of Tlusty, Hanson, Wallin, and Stalberg will all be sent down, along with Kadri and Jason Allison will be cut.

  8. number15 says:

    there is no need for LA. why dont the Sens and Sharks just swap players straight up.

    Sharks want Heatly obviously and Sens get a big time star to replace him in Marleau….. Frolov is good but not the same level.

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