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A year after Nik Antropov was shipped out of Toronto, will his buddy Alexei Ponikarovsky also be on the move come the March trade deadline?
If Maple Leafs president Brian Burke does, in fact, hold on to slick puck-moving defenceman Tomas Kaberle, there are indications from around the league that Ponikarovsky would be the one remaining Toronto player who would fetch the most in a deal.
I know it doesn’t matter in the real world of sports, but I like Marty Turco.
He’s a good guy who does a lot of good things for a lot of people. He donates time and money to charity. He believes it’s part of his job to sell the South on hockey. He finds ways to make his job fun.
Bergeron near return
FLYERS GM HOLMGREN PLAYS DOWN RICHARDS SPAT WITH LOCAL MEDIA
Elias out 10 days; Devils won’t call it a concussion
Defensive help on the way for Maple Leafs
Alex Auld has opportunity to become Dallas Stars’ go-to goalie
Scene and heard
BRUCE GARRIOCH, Ottawa Sun
Vincent Lecavalier could be headed to Broadway and a reunion with John Tortorella, his coach from the 2004 Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
The 2010 NHL trading deadline is less than two months away, but one player that has been mired in trade rumors all season has been Atlanta Thrashers sniper Ilya Kovalchuk. The 26-year-old forward is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
The Islanders have managed to become relevant this season, despite the absence of an established goal scorer.
But GM Garth Snow may be in the market to change that, if Atlanta’s star left wing Ilya Kovalchuk is made available before the March 3 trade deadline, a source told The Post yesterday.
Talking to some sources around the league of late, and one thing has been brought to my attention: Marek Svatos is definitely available at a decent offer. Maybe just an OK offer. He’s a guy in the last year of his contract, making pretty good money, who isn’t playing right now and wants to play. So this is no huge scoop, but there are some talks going on between the Avs and a few teams with some interest.
BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
Senators GM Bryan Murray is looking to add a centre to help get the team out of its scoring doldrums.
As the Senators continue their five-game road trip tonight against the Thrashers and struggle to hang onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, two league executives told the Sun yesterday that Murray is trying to deal for a centre.
Oil prices could be slashed
Tambellini could be ready to wheel and deal at trade deadline with Edmonton in last place
By BRUCE GARRIOCH
Steve Tambellini is under the gun.
The Oilers GM is desperate to make moves with his team mired in last place in the Western Conference.
And don’t be surprised if Tambellini is one of the biggest wheelers and dealers before the March 3 NHL trade deadline.
The Oilers are willing to move just about anybody on their roster as things have gone from bad to worse since goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton’s big off-season free-agent signing, went down with a back injury.
Forwards Andrew Cogliano, Robert Nilsson and Ethan Moreau are on the market.
Second half of NHL season will be dandy
MOVIN’ ON OUT
The NHL trade deadline is March 3, just two days after play resumes following the Olympics. Always intriguing to watch are players bound for unrestricted free agency on teams out of the playoff hunt. These rental players are prime assets, as bottom-feeders try to stock up on futures, and contenders look for playoff depth without long-term obligation. Beyond Ilya Kovalchuk, some of the intriguing names potentially in that category are:
By STEVE MACFARLANE, CALGARY SUN
Stunned as he was to hear about an unsubstantiated online rumour that he recently asked the Flames for a trade, defenceman Dion Phaneuf and reporters reversed roles for a few seconds as he tried to get to the bottom of it.
“Where did you hear it?” Phaneuf asked.
John Down, Calgary Herald
If you believe the rumour mill, defenceman Dion Phaneuf has asked to be traded and Darryl Sutter is exploring the possibility of swinging a deal for Vinny Lecavalier or Ilya Kovalchuk or John Tavares or (fill in the blank).
If I have learned anything in 22 years covering the Blackhawks and the NHL, it’s that anything is possible.
Wayne Gretzky was traded. The Hawks rose from the dead. And the Carolina Hurricanes won a Stanley Cup.
With the trade deadline approaching, a number of pending free agents to be dealt with and a team making a series of starts and stops at the bottom of the standings, Leafs GM Brian Burke wants stability for his players.
But he doesn’t promise it.
If it is true that pride goes before the fall, then if Glen Sather is too proud to admit his mistakes in signing Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival the second time and Donald Brashear, he has no place running the Rangers any longer.
By Dan Barnes
You can busy yourself washing the windows, dusting the furniture and vacuuming, but the toilets aren’t going to clean themselves.
Over time, it will become impossible to ignore the smell.
Expect to see Philly C Jeff Carter dealt once the Christmas roster freeze is lifted. The Kings are considered front-runners for Carter, but there is plenty of interest in him. He has a year left on his contract at $5 million US and doesn’t have a no-movement clause.
It’s a good bet that the Bruins will part with some of those picks between Monday, when the holiday roster freeze is lifted, and the March 3 trade deadline. The Bruins have some young and inexpensive talent on their big-league roster, such as Tuukka Rask, Blake Wheeler, Mark Stuart, and Matt Hunwick, that might attract interest around the league and fill some of the Black-and-Gold needs.
The Bruins’ No. 1 priority is a top-six forward who can put shots behind goalies, while a puck-moving defenseman would also be an important upgrade.
LANCE HORNBY, QMI AGENCY
As Rick DiPietro’s long, strange trip back to starting duties with the Islanders nears its end, Martin Biron’s not-so-Magical Mystery Tour of the NHL will likely start again in 2010.