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It’s open season for NHL player acquisitions, and the Anaheim Ducks bagged the first major prize when they acquired tough and skilled defenseman Francois Beauchemin from the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday for Joffrey Lupul, prospect Jake Gardiner and a conditional fourth-round pick.
The Chicago Blackhawks later acquired Michael Frolik from the Florida Panthers for Jack Skille in a deal that also included three prospects.
It’s 19 days until the trade deadline and here’s the most wanted list of potential players who might move at the deadline:
The first domino appears to have fallen prior to the NHL trade deadline as the Toronto Maple Leafs have shipped defenceman Francois Beauchemin back to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Joffrey Lupul, defenceman Jake Gardiner and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in the 2013 Entry Draft.
The 30-year-old Beauchemin struggled during his time in Toronto after signing as a free agent in 2009, however he helped the Ducks capture the Stanley Cup in 2007.
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1) Trade discussions around the NHL are heating up as teams move closer to declaring themselves as “buyers” or “sellers.”
Sources around the league consider the Columbus Blue Jackets to be among those most eager and perhaps, closest to making a significant deal.
Senator’s no-movement clause expired last season
It’s a “clause” for concern for Mike Fisher.
While there has been confusion as to whether the popular centre has a no-movement clause in his contract, the Ottawa Sun has confirmed the Senators are free to trade him anywhere before the Feb. 28 deadline.
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It seems that every season about this time, the issue of veteran defenceman Tomas Kaberle and the no-trade clause in his contract comes to the forefront of any talk related to the Leafs making a big move.
The NHL’s trade deadline is exactly one month from today. Where did the season go?
And yet, a month is still a lot of time to determine this year’s buyers and sellers.
As of today, there are many teams with legitimate playoff chances, making it a short sellers’ list. In addition, some buyers need to wait until the last possible moment so their rental pickups don’t count as much against the salary cap.
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It is looking more and more like Ron Wilson will finish this season behind the bench of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
That is probably a good thing, considering that if/when GM Brian Burke decides to make a change, there will be more head coaching options in the summer. In particular, Kirk Muller could be available. And not to jump a step and look too far ahead, but he would be the ideal candidate.
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Leafs GM ‘working the phones hard’
GLENDALE, ARIZ.—Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke says the recent uptick in his team’s performance doesn’t change the fact he’s looking for trades, but the offers certainly have improved.
“When you’re struggling, you’re very popular and the offers you get are mostly garbage,” said Burke. “When you’re playing better, you’re not as popular and the offers you get are better. It definitely makes a difference what cycle your team is in as to what kind of offers you’re fielding.”
Given his druthers, Clarke MacArthur would rather remain a Toronto Maple Leaf.
But deciding what to do with the team’s leading scorer, heading into Monday night’s game against the Kings, may well be on top of general manager Brian Burke’s to-do list, followed by re-signing defenceman Luke Schenn and deciding what the trade value truly is for some of his most-sought players including Francois Beauchemin.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello has asked captain Jamie Langenbrunner to waive his no-trade clause and is on the verge of dealing the veteran right winger.
Langenbrunner will not play in tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Guess Garth Snow didn’t want the New Jersey Devils getting out of range.
Okay, that’s mean. Presumably, the Islander GM simply saw a chance to get some value for a veteran defenceman, James Wisniewski, who will be unrestricted in July, and pulled the trigger, getting a second round pick and a fifth rounder from Montreal.
The Leafs performance in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Columbus was disturbing enough to prompt serious talk among observers that it’s time for GM Brian Burke to make a trade to help his troubled team.
Burke, of course, does not listen to media rants and won’t be swayed by them. But Thursday’s disappointment certainly carried the point home in large part because it further deflated an almost flat hope that this roster can do very much to rescue a playoff berth.
A shakeup in Calgary is underway as the Flames announced Tuesday that Executive Vice-President and general manager Darryl Sutter is stepping down effective immediately.
Jay Feaster has been appointed Acting General Manager and will assume full and complete responsibilities for day to day hockey operations.
Colorado and Boston have made a few trades since the start of the season, and the Avalanche are the big winners so far (Tomas Fleischmann is on fire for them).
But otherwise, it’s been predictably quiet. The salary cap and parity in the standings are forcing teams to wait until closer to the deadline to make their moves. Keep in mind there’s also a holiday NHL trade freeze from Dec. 19-27 (starts Sunday).
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