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Burke says only 'slim' chance of trade before deadline

Christmas will likely come early for the Maple Leafs in the form of no phone call to pack bags for a trade.

BRUCE GARRIOCH Rumors – Sunday December 5, 2010

Rumours du jour

Montreal GM Pierre Gauthier is trying to add a forward with some size. While Gauthier would like to move underachieving C Scott Gomez and his $7.37-million cap hit, that’s not going to happen. Maybe the Habs will take back RW Alex Kovalev from the Senators. He’d like to finish his career in Montreal and he sure looks like this might be it for him … Keep an eye on Washington coach Bruce Boudreau. The pressure is on him big time to win the Stanley Cup next spring or he could be in his final season with the Capitals. If the Capitals do decide to make a move, they won’t reach far outside their organization for a potential replacement. Talk has already surfaced London Knights coach Dale Hunter, a legendary Cap and one of the most successful bench bosses in junior hockey, could be ready to make the jump … The Sabres are looking to move veteran D Craig Rivet. He has been a healthy scratch six times this season and is the club’s captain. Making $3.5 million, Rivet is going to be a tough sell.

FIRE RON WILSON! (THE FIRST STEP TO SUCCESS!)

As I am sure most of you around HTR know this already that I really disliked Ron Wilson from the beginning and that he could not make this team into a winner. Now that he has started leading this team into a downward spiral and STILL can not make the teams PP or PK any better I think its time for me to state the first step in any major rebuild and SHOULD be top priority on any list to help this team. Ron Wilson must go plain and simple, He has made out teams PK be dead last or close to dead last in every season he has been here and has not improved the atmosphere at all. Plus I would like to point out his inability to even spark and amazing cast he had in San Jose to any form of playoff birth but yet some people think he can do the same with a lesser class of players?

NHL News – December 2, 2010

Senators defenceman Brian Lee clears waivers, Murray still seeking trade

Oilers fans should not fear relocation

Flyers Notes: Flyers face roster decision soon

San Jose Sharks’ Dany Heatley braces for boos from jilted Senators fans

Leafs GM has centre on Christmas list

Is Brian Burke busy working the phones?

As the NHL’s Dec. 19 Christmas roster freeze approaches, the talk is the Toronto GM has been trying to land a top centre — with the Maple Leafs attempting to stay in the playoff race.

L.A. hot for Richards sweepstakes

With the NHL now into its second quarter, weaknesses and strengths are revealing themselves.

That said, you can add the Los Angeles Kings to the potential list of teams that will be in pursuit of forward Brad Richards should the potential unrestricted free agent be put on the market by the Dallas Stars.

Will the Oilers shop Penner?

– Oilers winger Dustin Penner, who justified his $4.25 million annual salary last year with 32 goals and 65 points, is back to looking uninterested. Talk around Edmonton is that he has lacked passion and could be traded before the deadline. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent after next season.

Flames source denies rumours of Jarome Iginla trade

Even as the rumour mill swirls, the Calgary Flames are not shopping Jarome Iginla.

In fact, a source within the organization confirmed Wednesday morning that the Flames have not spoken with ANY National Hockey League team about a trade involving the captain and face of the franchise.

In other words, he is not on the trade market.

FLAMES DEAL SUTTER, WHITE TO CANES FOR BABCHUK, KOSTOPOULOS

Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter has traded his son Brett to the Carolina Hurricanes one week after he was charged with assault outside an Arizona bar.

The 23-year-old forward and defenceman Ian White were shipped to the Hurricanes on Wednesday in exchange for defenceman Anton Babchuk and winger Tom Kostopoulos.

NHL teams ready to wheel and deal

The groundwork has been laid for some good old wheeling and dealing.

As the NHL’s 30 GMs gathered at a Toronto airport hotel Tuesday to discuss changes to the NHL all-star game and various rules, trade talks were also on the menu.

They’re starting to separate the men from the boys in the NHL as the 20-game mark approaches. The teams off to slow starts are trying to find a way out of the mess, others are accepting their fates and many are trying to deal with cap issues.