Category Archives: Trade Rumors

Regarding that Marc Savard-to-the-Blue Jackets rumor

In this weird week before hockey news hits fast and furious again (NHL Draft, Free-Agent Frenzy, Hall of Fame, 2010-11 schedule release), any hockey trade rumor that offers something above teams swapping fourth-round picks is going to get major play.

Which is how you end up with “Brodeur for Semin !” in newspapers and on television.

Last night, NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk blog made an impact by publishing a rumor/proposal for the Boston Bruins and the Columbus Blue Jackets:

Some Big Rumors – June 19, 2010

Capitals Shopping Semin Around the NHL

Bruins looking to move Thomas

Cox: Maple Leafs have big moves in mind

Over the next two weeks, the Maple Leafs hope to enhance their roster substantially, thus increasing the chances the club’s absence from post-season play will be halted at a rather ugly seven years.

See, that’s one way to get people to stop talking about the club’s 43-year Stanley Cup drought. Start a new sub-drought of even more dubious distinction.

Not surprisingly, given that he has signed all kinds of free agents over the past 16 months and made the two of the NHL’s biggest trades of last season to bring Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf into the fold, president/GM Brian Burke has some extensive hopes and dreams for the next two weeks, a fortnight bisected by the NHL entry draft next Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles.

Fletcher sees trades as avenue to improve

A weak free-agent market means the Wild GM will have to wheel and deal to fill needs, and that might mean moving a top defenseman.

Chuck Fletcher has scoured the free-agent forward list and says this is not the summer for the Wild to buy its way out of problems.

Rumor: Boston to trade Wheeler, Savard to Columbus for 4th overall pick

I’d like to preface this post with a quick disclaimer: right now, this can only be classified as a rumor, although one that certainly seems to have legs. Proceed with caution.

Pro Hockey Talk has learned of a possible trade in the works, with the Boston Bruins dealing Blake Wheeler and Marc Savard to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. It’s likely that the Bruins would also include their 15th overall pick in the deal as well, leaving Boston with both the second and fourth pick in the first round.

Tons of Trade Rumors – June 17, 2010

Derek Boogaard available?

GM Lou Lamoriello says Devils haven’t discussed trading Martin Brodeur

Chiarelli: No. 2 pick not in play

Plenty of goalies available this summer

Panthers might trade Nathan Horton soon – Sabres interested?

Agent says ‘there’s a very good chance’ Panthers winger will be dealt

Nathan Horton’s agent said Wednesday he believes “there’s a very good chance” the Panthers right winger will be traded before or at the draft next weekend in Los Angeles.

“It would not surprise me at all if he’s dealt by the draft,” Horton’s agent Paul Krepelka said, adding that Horton’s aware of the possibility. “If it happens, it happens.”

Kovalchuk interested in Leafs; Burke says nyet

NHL free agency opens exactly 15 days from today, and as you’ve no doubt heard already, Ilya Kovalchuk is, if not the prize, then certainly one of the top two along with Patrick Marleau .

Yesterday, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun had a quote from Leafs GM Brian Burke basically squashing any speculation his team would be in the mix for Kovalchuk , saying simply: “We’re not going to be involved in that race.”

So there goes one top-six forward candidate.

More on Kaberle

Jason Pominville or Derek Roy for Tomas Kaberle ? That’s the latest rumour floating around here in Buffalo.

Flyers to trade Carter – Possibly for a goalie?

Carter, who has struggled in consecutive playoff seasons and is entering the final year of a contract that pays him $5 million.

Carter certainly deserves credit for returning early from two broken feet, and it would be unfair to judge him on his playoff performance. But with Briere and Giroux flourishing at center and Carter out of place on the wing, there is simply no room for him on the roster.

So the question may not be whether the Flyers should trade Carter, but for whom? Do they deal him for a young goalie, like Jonathan Bernier , Jonathan Quick , Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak ? Or, do they trade him for a much-needed, top-line right wing like Florida’s Nathan Horton ($4 million cap hit for three years) or Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan ($1.9 cap hit for one year)?

Leafs and Jackets interested in Sharp

The rumor mill already is churning with Sharp’s name being mentioned in several places. The 28-year-old center has two years left on his contract with a cap hit of $3.9 million, which is an attractive price for one of the game’s premier two-way players.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jackets are believed to be very interested in Sharp should the Hawks decide to move him. Sharp could bring the most in return for the Hawks in terms of a high draft pick or top prospect.

What to do about Spezza

Speculation over the future of star Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza is swirling ahead of the NHL draft, writes Ken Warren.

Would Senators general manager Bryan Murray accept a package of Edmonton Oilers Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano and Ladislav Smid — the same trio in the deal Dany Heatley vetoed last summer — in a trade for Jason Spezza ?

Could Spezza serve as the long-lost perfect centre for Columbus Blue Jackets left-winger Rick Nash?

Farewell to Hossa?

The Blackhawks will surely enjoy a summer full of celebration, but there are also some well-known financial pressure points. The team has a multitude of stars, several of them coming off entry-level contracts, and is reported to have some $57 million committed to just 14 players for next season. There are contracts the team likely would love to unload — Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet come immediately to mind — but it will be difficult.