Category Archives: Trade Rumors
Having three goalies hurts the Leafs
The Kaberle Trade Watch is back on
Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley is actively looking to make a trade to shake up a struggling team on the verge of falling out of the playoff race.
Dudley told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that there is a heightened sense of urgency following a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
Hockey sources here indicated to CSNNE.com that there’s strong interest on the trade front in defenseman Mark Stuart, and that dealing the rugged defenseman might be an option for the Bruins over the next four weeks if the team needs to clear salary cap space for a roster move.
Canadian GMs could be busy
Canadian teams could be busy at the NHL trade deadline.
While there aren’t many GMs on hand for this weekend’s all-star festivities, the talk is Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton and Calgary are all going to be trying to make moves at the Feb. 28 deadline.
Ottawa’s Bryan Murray and Toronto’s Brian Burke are likely to be the most aggressive.
Here’s a look at what the four teams could be up to:
Is dealing Sergei Gonchar fantasy or reality before the Feb. 28 deadline?
League sources say Senators GM Bryan Murray is trying to move Gonchar, who was Ottawa’s biggest free-agent signing last off-season.
While the names of defenceman Chris Phillips and winger Jarkko Ruutu have been bandied about on the trade market for months, Gonchar’s availability has only just surfaced and comes as a bit of a surprise.
The Maple Leafs wrapped up a couple of days of pro scouting meetings in Tampa Bay this week with an eye to the Feb. 28 NHL trade deadline.
“I remind our guys that anything can happen,” vice-president of hockey operation Dave Poulin said.
“Zdeno Chara has won a Norris Trophy in Boston, but he has also been traded once and signed as a free agent once. The same with a guy such as Marian Hossa.
At some point, the Rangers are going to get healthy — well, healthier — but even when they do, even when Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Dubinsky return, the Blueshirts are still going to have a gaping hole.
The blogger Eklund tossed out a rumor this evening on Hockeybuzz.com that has a few Stars fans buzzing.
He contended that the Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs were discussing a trade that would send Brad Richards, Jamie Benn and Ondrej Roman to Toronto for Nazem Kadri, Clarke MacArthur, Kris Versteeg and a conditional pick.
Owner Eugene Melnyk broke his silence on his team’s season from hell on Saturday when he told the Ottawa Sun that, “The time has come to make some of the most difficult decisions that any owner can make.”
Melnyk said he has a plan “in motion” but refused to elaborate.
The Globe and Mail, however, has learned certain aspects of the plan.
The pressure is on Jay Feaster to make changes before the trade deadline.
While most observers expect the Calgary Flames’ interim GM to take on a full-time role next summer, that is not guaranteed. Feaster has to show by the deadline that he has a plan for the team’s future.