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Bobby Ryan to Leafs? Not likely

Scoring winger and potential restricted free agent Bobby Ryan has heard the Maple Leafs trade rumours along with the rest of the National Hockey League.

But the former No. 2 pick overall of Brian Burke when both were in Anaheim says he is still resolved to paddling with the Ducks, despite lack of progress on a new multi-year contract.

“I know the Toronto one is … because of the Burke connection,” the 35-goal Ryan told the Orange County Register. ”I’d be very surprised if I were moved before I signed or before July 1.

Can This Rumour Turn To Reality?

The proposed deal: Tomas Kaberle and Mikhail Grabovski to Chicago for Patrick Sharp and Brian Campbell.

The players: Campbell is 31. He has six more years left at $7.1 million. He had 38 points in the regular season but only one goal in the Hawks 19-game Stanley Cup run.

Hard to score in Kaberle deal

Brian Burke is hoping to get a relatively young scoring winger in a deal for Tomas Kaberle .

And that is going to be a challenge of sorts.

The highest-scoring wingers available are expensive free agents like Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrick Marleau.

Rumors from the Edmonton Journal

What the Oilers would have to give up for the 2nd overall

Want Kris Versteeg? take Brent Sopel too

WILD NEEDS A CENTRE

SOURAY MAY FIT WITH SABRES

Leafs to Make a few splashess?

Found this while surfing twitter..

While some of the trades seem fairly logical to the Leafs, not sure if they would be logical from the other sides. All depending on how Florida decides to move forward (rebuild or restructure and compete), and if we have a package that is the most suitable to Chicago.

Habs trade Halak to the Blues

The Montreal Canadiens have traded goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues for a pair of prospects.

The Canadiens received forwards Ian Schultz and Lars Eller.

The 21-year old Eller scored two goals in seven games with the Blues last season, and scored 18 goals in 70 games for the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen.

Kessel wants to score 40 goals next year – Can he?

On a team historically bereft of big-time scorers, Phil Kessel believes he can achieve what only one Maple Leaf has been able to do in the last 15 seasons.

That’s topping the 40-goal mark.

“I think I can score 40. I could have had it last year if I’d have scored (consistently). I had a lot of chances, plus I missed quite a bit of games,” said the 22-year-old winger as he passed through town for the unveiling of Dion Phaneuf as Toronto’s captain and Tuesday’s opening of Real Sports Bar and Grill, MLSE’s playpen beside the Air Canada Centre.

Leafs not interested in Kovalchuk

Lebrun is posting on his twitter account this morning that Brian Burke has told him that he has no interest in Kovalchuk. This goes right along with what Hockey trade Rumors has been saying, burke wants to move Europeans off his team, he wants to bring in big tough Canadian/American players just like what he did in Anaheim.

# I’ve got a Kovalchuk blog coming later here’s what Burke told me today: “We’re not going to be involved in that race,” Burke said of Kovy.

Bruins the Subject of Many Trade Rumors as Draft and Free Agency Approach

Tis the season for NHL rumors again!

While the month leading into the NHL trade deadline is full of trade rumors, the month prior to the NHL Entry Draft, which takes place June 25-26 in Los Angeles, and July 1, the start of free agency, has become rumor season part Deux.

With the Bruins holding the second overall pick in the draft, as well as three more in the first two rounds, and general manager Peter Chiarelli openly saying that he is exploring the trade market to improve the team, the Bruins have already been the subject of numerous rumors over the past two weeks.

So let’s take a look at three rumors that probably won’t go away until the draft or July 1, and whether there could be any validity to them.

Ryan-for-Kaberle trade? Really?

Based on some of his public statements, Toronto general manager Brian Burke has made it pretty clear that he’ll trade puck-moving defenseman Tomas Kaberle if a good offer comes across his table.

The intentions are pretty clear when you send out details of your player’s contract and the specifics of when his no-trade clause will be lifted to the other 29 NHL teams

Sources: Devils making run at Leafs’ Kaberle

While the Devils’ search for their next coach continues with Chicago assistant and Jersey native Mike Haviland believed to be the latest candidate interviewing for the job, sources say general manager Lou Lamoriello may be among the strongest bidders for Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle .

Kaberle
, whom general manager Lou Lamoriello could be targeting, has been a regular trade subject in Toronto at the usual deal junctures, but Leafs GM Brian Burke recently circulated an e-mail to other general managers outlining the upcoming window in Kaberle’s no-trade clause.

NHL News and Rumors – June 10, 2010


Jason Williams won’t return to Wings

Hamhuis prepares for free agency, has considered Vancouver

Senators will likely buy out Cheechoo ’s contract

NHL teams showing plenty of interest in Kaberle

Ever since Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke sent a note to the National Hockey League’s 29 other teams explaining how Tomas Kaberle’s no-trade clause works, interest has reportedly grown for the puck-moving defenceman.

Cashing In On Dual Offer Sheets

The words “offer sheet” combine for a horribly dirty phrase for some in the hockey world. It’s considered dirty pool by many fans and major media personalities, while general managers like Darcy Regier and Brian Burke take it as a personal affront. Though it’s not such a terrible sleight that it prevents them from later making moves that they deem right for the team, such as unloading Ales Kotalik on the evil guys that send out offer sheets.

Oilers Rumors – Souray to San Jose????

Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal

Souray , anyone?

Versteeg to Oilers?

Jim Matheson: Would Spezza be a good fit for the Oilers?

Edmonton might want to consider trading for unhappy Ottawa Senator

With the Ottawa Senators’ Jason Spezza seemingly disgruntled with his lot in life in the nation’s capital, here’s how the Oilers might solve the Taylor vs. Tyler debate.

Draft winger Taylor Hall on June 25 with their No. 1 pick at the NHL entry draft, pass on centre Tyler Seguin and trade for Spezza later.

Rumors and News – June 4, 2010


Kings to go after Marleau

NHL Draft: Risers and tumblers

Avs sign Budaj, Koci to new deals

Could Jason Spezza Be Traded? Florida and Columbus Are Top Candidates

How players feel when their coach freaks out like Laviolette

B's, Oilers consider flip-flop at top

While there remains some debate about just how the first two picks in June’s NHL draft will work out, the Edmonton Oilers, who own the first overall pick, and Boston Bruins, who acquired the second overall pick in a deal with Toronto, have discussed a possible deal to ensure both get who they want.

The consensus top prizes are Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin , but there is no consensus on who should go No. 1.

More Kaberle News + Leafs UFA Wants

Trading Kaberle , who has one year left on his contract at $4.25 million U.S., may be the best way to get what Burke is looking for — a scoring forward or a first-round pick.

Burke told the FAN 590 that two teams “made inquiries” about the veteran defenceman that were “more than nibbles.”

More Jackets / Leafs trade Talk

The rumor percolating in Canada that Toronto will offer defenseman Tomas Kaberle to the Blue Jackets for the No. 4 pick appears to be just that — a rumor. But don’t be surprised, we’re told, if Toronto GM Brian Burke makes that offer in the days or hours leading up to the NHL entry draft, set for June 25-26 in Los Angeles.