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Poni on the express out of Toronto?

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.

Turco may not be in Stars' long-term plans

Mike Heika

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.

NHL Tidbits and News – Tuesday January 19, 2010

Bergeron near return

FLYERS GM HOLMGREN PLAYS DOWN RICHARDS SPAT WITH LOCAL MEDIA

Elias out 10 days; Devils won’t call it a concussion

MacLean offside

NHL News – Monday January 18, 2010

Kovalchuk drama.

Defensive help on the way for Maple Leafs

Alex Auld has opportunity to become Dallas Stars’ go-to goalie

Scene and heard

Rangers eye Lecavalier

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.

Price Has to Be Right for Bruins to Go After Ilya Kovalchuk

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.

Kovalchuk deal may tempt Isles

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.

Svatos on the block

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.

Senators GM sets sights on centre

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.

Tons of Rumors from the Ottawa Sun

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 deadl

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:

Blueliner shoots down online talk he asked GM Sutter for trade

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.

Flames general manager dismisses Phaneuf trade rumour

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).

Slow down with Kovalchuk talk

Tim Sassone

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.

Leafs' free agents to be trade bait for Brian Burke

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.

Slats' Fat Cats gotta go

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.

Time for Oilers to clean house

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.

RUMOUR DU JOUR

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.

Bruins seeking a top 6 forward

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.

Biron on the block

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.


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