Category Archives: Trade Rumors
By Tim Panaccio
As of Tuesday morning, it appears as if Nashville general manager David Poile hasn’t been impressed enough to move defenseman Dan Hamhuis to the Flyers or anyone else.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a deal in place to trade forward Alexei Ponikarovsky to the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenceman Martin Skoula and prospect Luca Caputi.
The deal will become final after a trade call with the NHL.
The biggest piece at the NHL trade deadline is at a standstill.
While Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford wants to move Ray Whitney before the 3 p.m. tomorrow, the club is in a holding pattern.
The Flyers aren’t just clearing cap space for the fun of it. They’re trying to set up a deal that would give the offense more life.
The Flyers yesterday freed more than $2 million of cap room by putting goalie Ray Emery ($1.5 million salary) on the long-term injured reserve list – he could still return this season – and placing seldom-used winger Riley Cote ($550,000 salary) on waivers.
The Flyers now have about $2.8 million of cap space – and that figure could grow, of course, if a player on their current roster is in a deal. A team’s roster cannot surpass $56.8 million.
BRAD ZIEMER, VANCOUVER SUN
Kyle Wellwood insists he isn’t worried, but perhaps he should be.
With the NHL trade deadline looming, Vancouver Canuck coach Alain Vigneault has acknowledged that finding more scoring punch for his anemic third line is high on his priority list.
GM Tambellini in a tough spot
By ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI
One and done?
Steve Tambellini is famous for taking his time on the trade front, but he says there’s still time enough left to make another move or two.
DARREN DREGER – Tsn.ca
The NHL’s roster freeze lifted at midnight eastern time, freeing general managers to close on any trade discussions that took place during the Olympic break.
Based on the level of those discussions, there’s a good chance we’ll see some movement in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Here’s what we know.
As is the case most years, veteran defencemen are a hot commodity.
Almost 6,000 fans crammed into the GM Centre in Oshawa to watch the Maple Leafs practice on Sunday in another testament to the undying popularity of the team and its players.
• Carolina Hurricanes: Carolina has already begun shedding players, sending forward Matt Cullen to Ottawa before the Olympics. They have a proven scorer on the market in winger Ray Whitney. They also have what the Sabres may need.
Remember last season’s trade deadline? The Lightning, foundering in the standings and trying desperately to reduce payroll enough to gain full league revenue sharing, was in sell mode, dumping wing Mark Recchi, goaltender Olie Kolzig and defensemen Steve Eminger and Jamie Heward.
By Rich Chere/The Star-Ledger
If all goes well, the Devils will get defenseman Paul Martin back in their lineup for a March 10 home game against the Rangers.
By BRUCE GARRIOCH
Bryan Murray is spending the weekend working the phones.
Bruins players are braced for one or more significant trades to occur soon after the NHL trade embargo is lifted at midnight tomorrow.
Indeed, there is expected to be a flurry of activity across the league before the trade deadline arrives at 3 p.m. Wednesday. While some players – maybe the ones who figure they could be on the move – expressed hope no Bruin gets dealt, center Marc Savard hopes general manager Peter Chiarelli can land some scoring help.
“Yeah, we could use that, for sure,” Savard said. “We haven’t been able to score as much as last year. It’d be nice, it’d be really nice. So hopefully (Chiarelli is) trying to do that.
“I’m not sure what his plans are. But if not, we’ve got guys in here who’ve done it before. We haven’t had the best of years, but it’s just a matter of guys stepping up.”
Until defenceman squashes speculation, it will rage on
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, Toronto Sun
When Brian Burke was asked about the status of defenceman Tomas Kaberle earlier this month, he was quite abrupt with his response.
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
Shean Donovan is going to have some anxious hours before Wednesday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline.
The Olympic break and the NHL’s trade embargo until Monday means this is probably the longest we’ve gone without some kind of Blackhawks goalie talk-slash-rumor-slash-fear, so here’s something:
Why now: “We wanted to get to this point when we sat down last year as a group to be playing meaningful games for the playoffs and we are there now, and that’s not good enough. Finishing ninth is not good enough for the Tampa Bay Lightning, coming up a little short isn’t good enough. We’ve got high expectations that runs from our past ownership to our eventual new ownership, that is crystal clear and everybody should understand that.’‘
By BRUCE GARRIOCH
While the March 3 trade deadline is looming, NHL GMs aren’t exactly burning up the phone lines.
Since the NHL’s two-week break for the Vancouver Olympics doesn’t officially end until Monday, many league executives are finding it difficult to wheel and deal.
Will they or won’t they?
Predators general manager David Poile says the biggest decision the team will make leading up to the NHL’s March 3 trading deadline will be whether or not to move defenseman Dan Hamhuis.
With the Olympics just about halfway done, the NHL trade rumor mill will begin to heat up as the trade deadline is quickly approaching.