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Trade talk heats up as deadline looms

More activity on the way – both before and after Olympics – after busy week, GMs say

David Shoalts

The salary cap has squeezed the fun out of the NHL’s trade market in recent years, but a series of blockbuster trades this week had fans buzzing and two general managers say there will be more activity.

Some NHL Rumors – Feb 5, 2010

With Kovalchuk moved, Hurricanes lead league in trade deadline intrigue

JD acknowledges Blues’ interest in Ilya Kovalchuk before the trade

Hockey Trade Rumors for Feb 4th

1. The Sharks could be fishing for a trade

2. Stars face some trade deadline decisions

3. Flyers talk contract extension with Ray Emery

4. Thrashers: Kovalchuk will be traded

5. Fired Hitch***** may return to Blue Jackets

6. Senators called about Kovalchuk

Rumors, Rumors, Rumors – Feb 3, 2010

Kovalchuk trade talks heating up

Flames GM on hot seat

Another deal on the Flames’ horizon?

Ponikarovsky: The artful dodger

Ilya Kovalchuk Close To Being Traded To The Kings

Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuck, this year’s top catch on the NHL’s trade market, may be on his way to Hollywood. Sources are rumbling that a deal is nearly complete that would send Atlanta’s franchise player to the Kings. There are currently no details on what the Thrashers would receive in return for one of the NHL’s top snipers.



Now that Brian Burke has started to clean house, who could be next to go from the Maple Leafs? Tomas Kaberle? Alexei Ponikarovsky? Lee Stempniak?

Kaberle said there was nothing new on his front, and would have to waive his no-trade clause.

Rangers' Kotalik blocking trade to Calgary


The trade that last night seemed imminent, in which the Rangers would have received Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust from the Flames in exchange for Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins, remains on hold because Kotalik has yet to waive his limited no-trade clause that includes Calgary, a well-connected source has told The Post.


Sources tell TSN the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames are expected to announce a trade that will send Calgary centre Olli Jokinen and forward Brandon Prust to the Rangers in exchange for forwards Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.

Leafs Land Phaneuf!

The Leafs have acquired Keith Aulie, Dion Phaneuf and Fred Sjostrom from Calgary for Matt Stajan, Ian White, Jamal Mayers and Nik Hagman.

There is another deal pending with another team as per Brian Burke during his press conference.

Too great a cost? Why the Bruins' pursuit of Kovalchuk has stalled

“How many players are really worth $7 million, let alone what a guy like Kovalchuk is going to demand?” said a league GM. “If you’re going to be in that stratosphere, you not only have to be great player, you have to be a leader and you have to make other players around you better. You can’t have any maintenance.”

So what happens if the Bruins can’t land Kovalchuk? Here are a few other players who may be on the trading block and could possibly be a good fit for the Bruins. They may not be an impact player like Kovalchuk, but they also may not command as steep a price.

Burke stuck playing the waiting game


Who will be the first to go?

Brian Burke, victim of unmovable contracts, questionable signings, the Phil Kessel trade, his own reputation, and a hockey team gone bad is poised to do something.

Exactly what that is, when that is, who it involves — and clearly, it’s something more significant than the laughable trade request from Jamal Mayers — is on the horizon.


Darren Dreger-

The prospect of the Olympic roster freeze at midnight February 12th is expected to spark a trade or two before then; however multiple NHL sources describe the current state of trade discussions as ‘very quiet.’ That said the potential list of players available is growing on a daily basis. Here are the top 10 players expected to be dealt on, or before the March 3rd NHL trade deadline.

Time for Canadiens to consider trading Price

Elliotte Friedman

Last week, one of my 30 thoughts concerned the Montreal goaltending battle. I asked a scout about Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price. He said that if Halak was made available, 10 teams would be interested. If Price was made available, everyone makes a pitch.