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Hockey Trade Rumors – Feb 6, 2012 – Mega Update

With the NHL trade deadline three weeks from Monday, the Carolina Hurricanes seem to be everyone’s favorite partner.

Jets would like to add a scorer

Is Ales Hemsky worth the risk? How much should other NHL teams value him?

Blackhawks facing fourth net change in four years down stretch

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NHL arena coming to Seattle?

Yahoo sports is reporting It was only three years ago that Kevin Durant and the rest of the Seattle SuperSonics folded up their green-and-gold uniforms for good and moved to Oklahoma City. Now word comes that there are plans for an arena to be built in a Seattle suburb that could house an NHL team, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The main focus of the plan is to try and lure an NHL team to Seattle, the online newspaper reports.


Brian Burke said an offer sheet for restricted free agents is not out of the question in the future. Which begs a further question: Would Burke considering jumping in on the best of the restricted players — Steven Stamkos, Shea Weber, Zach Parise, Keith Yandle, Zach Bogosian?

Bruins left with a sick feeling

Bruins president Cam Neely stood facing the freight-elevator doors on the ninth floor of TD Garden, probably 20 reporters sardined in behind him. There had been plenty of idle chatter as the press-gallery security guard awaited Neely’s arrival. And when the idolized former Bruins destroyer stepped aboard and the doors closed for the sixstorey trip to ice level, there was silence.

Wilson will be back

It shouldn’t come as a surprise for anyone following the Toronto Maple Leafs in great detail: Head coach Ron Wilson isn’t going anywhere – even if his team misses the NHL postseason for a third year in a row.

General manager Brian Burke confirmed as much Wednesday, saying Wilson has “done a marvellous job” and would remain behind the bench for 2011-12.

Burke must make a Sundin/Gilmour type impact trade.

Remember the days of having a true bonafide 1st line center, one that was a reliable point per game player or better. Remember the trades that brought in Gilmour, and Sundin. Players that some may consider Franchise players, or pretty close to it, players that were able to carry a team on there backs, and actually make an impact. This is exactly what the Leafs are in need of, Richards is not the answer, here’s the player Burke must target in the off-season.

The Big Free Agent The Leafs Must Chase

James Reimer has had a terrific little run. He stepped into the breach when the Leafs needed somebody – anybody – who could stop the puck with consistency, and turned the club from a team wallowing in the depths of the Eastern Conference into a squad that has at least been able to make the final weeks of the season interesting.

It’s clear Reimer has a chance to be a good NHL goalie, or maybe more.

Tomas Vokoun: Do Panthers Want Me to Stay? Do I Want To?

Barry Jackson covered the Panthers for me today because of a weird traveling quirk. Mr. Jackson spoke to Tomas Vokoun at length today about his potential future with the Panthers.

He said he gave the Panthers three teams he would waive his no-movement clause to. They never asked him to.

Major NHL Trade Tracker

All Major NHL trades that happen on Feb 28 will be listed here

Thrashers – Radek Dvorak and a 5th rounder from Florida for Niclas Bergfos and Pat Rissmiller

Capitals get Dennis Wideman from the Panthers for Jake Hauswirth and 3rd rounder

Coyotes get Klesla from Blue Jackets for Scottie Upshall and Lepisto

Kings get Dunstin Penner from the Oilers for Colton Teubert, The Kings first rounder in 2011 and a conditional draft pick in 2012

The Ducks get Winchester from the Blues for a 3rd rounder.

Panthers get Samsonov for Bryan Allen

The Leafs have sent John Mitchell to the Rangers

Canucks get Max Lapierre from the Ducks – TBO

Canucks get Chris Higgins for Evan Oberg and a 3rd rounder

Flames get Fred Modin from the Thrashers for a 7th round pick

Capitals get Arnott from the Devils for Steckel