Category Archives: Trade Rumors
When the NHL trade deadline arrives March 3, there will be no GM under greater pressure to make significant changes to his team than Calgary’s Darryl Sutter.
Frankly speaking, his team is a mess. It looks much more like a club that was built for pre-lockout hockey rather than being able to compete in what has now become a very highly-skilled Western Conference. Take a look at the teams competing for the conference title – Chicago, San Jose, and to a lesser degree Detroit and Vancouver – they are all built around skill.
Not so for the Flames.
By Jeff Gordon
Hockey Guy remains in David Backes’ camp, despite his offensive decline this season. So this bit of speculation in the Globe and Mail was unsettling.
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes named Eric Staal the team’s new captain and also asked leading scorer Ray Whitney and defenceman Niclas Wallin to waive their no trade clauses.
While general manager Jim Rutherford says he expects the team to compete for the rest of the season, he indicated that he’ll likely trade away some veteran players before the March 3 deadline.
By MICHAEL RUSSO
Right winger Petr Sykora passed through waivers without being claimed Wednesday and will now stay away from the Wild until his future is crystalized.
With the help of agent Allan Walsh, General Manager Chuck Fletcher is trying to trade Sykora and appeared to be getting closer Wednesday.
Jed Ortmeyer got his first goal in 28 games, Scott Nichol his first in 27, Rob Blake his first in 17, Manny Malhotra in 12 . . .
And on it went for the San Jose Sharks on Monday night as they fattened up on the Calgary Flames while setting a franchise record of having eight different players score during that 9-1 victory.
This was the sort of breakout game the Flames had hoped for, a game where players like Nigel Dawes, Eric Nystrom, Jarome Iginla and Daymond Langkow would break out of prolonged goal-scoring slumps.
Thrashers sniper may price himself right out of Atlanta
By LANCE HORNBY, TORONTO SUN
A Maple Leafs fan with a big imagination has already trumpeted via e-mail next season’s supposed weapon of mass destruction: A Special K line of Ilya Kovalchuk, Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel.
The Edmonton Oilers will do what’s right for the organization.
The Oil will do what’s right for the fans.
Edmonton will do nothing at all.
We’ve talked about our “sourcing” policy at our paper before, but to reiterate, I need to get something confirmed pretty well before I can report it as fact. So when some out there say that Marty Turco will not be re-signed and could be available at the trade deadline, I need to get that from somebody within the organization who agrees to be a “source” and agrees to know that my editors know that person is the “source.”
Joe Smith, Times Staff Writer
The Vinny Lecavalier trade rumors seemingly never end, and the latest one fittingly included the Rangers, whom the Lightning plays tonight at Madison Square Garden.
In the aftermath of Sheldon Souray’s announcing that he would waive his no-trade clause if it helped the Edmonton Oilers and was a move that he could live with, the obvious question is, as one NHL GM told me this week, “But which team can afford him?”
First off, let’s make a couple of assumptions.
One — that Flames general manager Darryl Sutter, still so in love with his core, won’t rock a blockbuster in the coming weeks. So no Vinny Lecavalier. No Nathan Horton. No Jeff Carter. No Eric Staal.
The Rangers’ recent correction in which they have gone 8-1-3 since the Dec. 16 Garden defeat to the Islanders that prompted the twin two-game exiles of Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik presents a challenge for GM Glen Sather.
Because even though the Blueshirts seem to be a playoff caliber team in a conference overloaded with deficient squads, this run against a succession of terrible opponents should not and must not interfere with the real business at hand of constructing a Stanley Cup contender.
Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman is in Atlanta this weekend and the expectation is ongoing negotiations with the Thrashers will resume early next week.
While both sides say they remain committed to getting a deal done, sources say Thrashers general manager, Don Waddell has started to feel out teams who may have interest in a trade, if an agreement in Atlanta can’t be reached.
The Blackhawks’ richest assets are on the blue line, where Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Brian Campbell retrieve pucks and trigger breakouts with their fleet feet and tape-to-tape passes.
Rutherford indicated Monday that trades and other transactions will be coming, noting, “Things are starting to open up now as far as moving players.”
“It’s not like we’re giving up on the second half, but there are some players we are developing who are closer to playing here,” he said. “We won’t just move someone out just to move someone out. We will try to build assets, whether it’s trading for a player or for drafts picks or getting a spot open for a player from Albany.”
Dave Stubble, The Gazette
As seen by Allan Walsh, the agent of Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak, Bob Gainey doesn’t have a problem in nets. Montreal’s general manager, Walsh says, has an issue.
Players on Waivers
Flyers interested in Wild Goalie?
A dispute over playing time created a rift between Mathieu Schneider and the Canucks, and has left Vancouver GM Mike Gillis trying to deal the defenceman and former client.
Atlanta Thrashers forward Ilya Kovalchuk is looking to hit a home run with his next contract and maybe shoot for the NHL maximum of $11.36 million a season.
Why not? Aim high. That’s 20 per cent of the current salary cap of approximately $56.7 million a team, the maximum allowed for an individual player.