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The Ottawa Sun is reporting that some tid bits of speculation that have been discussed at length before … but here we go. They are reporting that Atlanta will most likely look to deal Mathieu Schneider and Niclas Havelid, that the Oilers and Bruins have been talking trade (sending Cole to Boston) and they also report that the Predators and Flames may be talking about the possibility of Calgary sending Matthew Lombardi to Nashville for Dan Hamhuis.
Bruce Garrioch of the Toronto Sun is reporting that the LA Kings are willing to part with Alexander Frolov and that the Thrashers are heavily shopping Colby Armstrong and Marty Reasoner, along with defenceman Mathieu Schneider.
As the trade deadline gets closer speculation always ramps up in the rumor world. Players are linked to one team, in exchange for another. Anything from incredibly lopsided deals and fantasy rumors to really good and fair trades get tossed around. Now many will say that rumors are pointless and almost 99% of the time are wrong (which is true, rarely have i ever seen a single rumor that comes true with the exception of the lucky person who guesses that Boumeester is going wherever he goes) but I see the deadline in a different light. It is Christmas for fans everywhere and rumors make things that more exciting. Today im not here to suggest that Montreal is gonna get Vinny or Kaberle is going to bring back a first, a prospect and a good RFA, or to suggest that the Penguins are going to grab a first line winger (like Havlat) to play with Crosby but rather to suggest players that could be moved or teams that will likely make trades to shore up issues they have. Speculation or correction that comes from this article would be great but this article is not rumor but rather an educated look at possible moves.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a grand opportunity in the next few weeks to start righting some of the wrongs they’ve displayed the last several years.
The team practically has a blank canvas to begin retooling and reshaping the entire organization. In fact they can start taking small steps to correcting decades of mismanagement, misguided direction and futility by making some key moves in the next few weeks and months.
Its going to take time and patience on everyone’s part, from ownership, to management, to the coaching staff and even from the fans in order to see something good over the next little while.
Five years out of the playoffs and 42 years of losing however has led to patience being worn thin. But in very short order, the team can start the process of doing what it takes to build a successful franchise.
Tampa Bay Online is reporting that the off again on again Lecavailer trade rumors appear to be once again … on again.
This could be the last hurrah for this flock of Ducks. With only 9 players under contract, the team is likely going to try and take one last run and pretty much start fresh next season.
The following are due to be UFAs: Brendan Morrison, Todd Marchant, Rob Niedermayer, Sammy Pahlsson, Travis Moen, George Parros, Brad Larsen, Scott Niedermayer, Kent Huskins, Francois Beauchemin, Bret Hedican, Steve Montador
The Toronto Sun is reporting several big trade rumors that involve Keith Tkachuk, Mathieu Schneider and Maxim Afinogenov.
Boston, Montreal, Philly, Chicago, Florida all interested in Leaf assets
With the trade deadline lingering in the horizon, we can expect trade rumors to escalate in the coming weeks.
This is especially true for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
As likely sellers, the Leafs offer an assortment of players that opponent GMs will likely find enticing.
Sean Avery is reportedly in talks with the Rangers to take a league minimum salary.
After being sent down and somehow “kicked off the Dallas Stars”
The league is working out a deal with Sean Avery’s agents and advisers so that he can re-join the NHL and come back to the NY Rangers… maybe the only team that would welcome him.
Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca is speculating that there is potential for the Habs to swing a deal for Lecavailer.
Tampa Bay Online is denying speculation that the Lightning may be willing to trade superstar Vincent Lecavailer.
The trade deadline is the passion that divides us all. The various NHL clubs are spit into Buyers and sellers. In theory the buyers get a short term jolt into their lineup for a stanely cup run (short term gain) while giving up picks and prospects to the sellers (long term gain).
However, I have always believed that buyers lose much more often then thay win.
Bruce Garrioch of Slam Sports is reporting that Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish could be in trouble.
Bruce Garrioch of the Toronto Sun is reporting that Tom Renney could be in trouble. He also indicates that the Stars may be looking to deal Avery back to the Rangers and provides his latest updates on the Mats Sundin saga that never seems to have any closure to it.
Bruce Garrioch of the Toronto Sun provides his speculation regarding Mats Sundin, the Canucks, Panthers, Rangers and he also speculates that the Thrashers may be ready to trade both Kovalchuk and Mathieu Schneider.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun provides quite a bit of speculation in his latest article.
Bruce Garrioch of Sun Media is reporting that the Ottawa Senators are stepping up their pursuit to land the Canucks Mattias Ohlund.
The Ottawa Citizen speculates that the Senators search for a talented defenseman is continuing. They also provide a juicy tid bit in regards to another possible Peter Forsberg return.
Fantasy Hockey: Eastern Conference Scene
Written by Frank Mazzola, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer
November 7, 2008
Frank Mazzola takes a look at the NHL’s Eastern Conference and keeps you up to date on the latest developments.
Darren Dreger of tsn.ca speculates that the Canucks are actively shopping Ohlund and that the Tampa Bay Lightning are eager to shed some salary.