Category Archives: Trade Rumors
His No. 1 center shattered, it’s now up to Peter Chiarelli again to pick up the pieces. How to mend a broken lineup? That’s Chiarelli’s charge, only this time, with a re-concussed Marc Savard done for the season, the Bruins general manager theoretically has the ability to engineer a roster makeover before the NHL trading deadline Feb. 28.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli expects to be very busy between now and the Feb. 28 trade deadline, trying to figure out his best option for filling the void left by the loss of center Marc Savard.
“We built a team that is strong down the middle with our centermen, and obviously there will be a gap now,” said Chiarelli, who will be able to use a prorated portion of Savard’s $4.007 million salary on a deal. “So we’re going to have to look to fill that gap now. We’re going to have to be a little more diligent seeing what’s out there.
The Penguins aren’t quite ready to acknowledge that Evgeni Malkin won’t play again this season, although that is nothing more than a formality at this point.
Putting him on the Long Term Injured List will free up $8 million or so in salary-cap space (the precise figure changes day to day, but it is Malkin’s $8.7 million cap hit, minus the amount separating the Penguins from the cap ceiling of $59.4 million).
Habs lining up to acquire help Of the 16 teams holding playoff seeds as of yesterday morning, only the Wild (135) had scored fewer goals than the Canadiens (136). Look for the Habs to try to fortify their forward lines leading up to the trade deadline. A prime target would be pending unrestricted free agent Brad Richards in Dallas, but the Stars remain for sale, and a strong playoff run with Richards aboard is likely worth more to an owner (Tom Hicks) who these days covets a sales receipt over a Stanley Cup.
His detractors might say somebody should have woken up Alex Kovalev with a shot in the head a long time ago.
Or what the Senators winger is doing now is auditioning for a job as Sidney Crosby’s linemate before the trade deadline.
But maybe, just maybe, all the aging Russian needed was a few days under the hot sun to recharge his battery.
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.
Already one of the best teams in the NHL, the Philadelphia Flyers are poised to become deeper and better between now and the trade deadline. A league source tells FanHouse that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren will exhaust all means necessary to put last year’s Stanley Cup finalist in the best position possible for another championship run.
A For Sale sign has been hung outside Scotiabank Place, but Bryan Murray can’t find any buyers.
League executives told the Ottawa Sun Tuesday the Senators GM is willing to trade just about anybody — except defenceman Erik Karlsson.
With a five-day break and time to ponder what’s gone wrong after an ugly 5-1 loss to the Maple Leafs Saturday, Murray was unavailable for comment as he was making his way back from the world junior championship in Buffalo.
The Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins are once again working on a trade to send Marco Sturm to the Kings.
Sources say the deal isn’t done yet, but it could be finalized as early as today.
Would Phoenix trade make a trade for a goaltender? I’m hearing they wouldn’t hesitate to make a move if the right deal comes along. Word is the money goaltender ILya Bryzgalov is looking for after this season is higher than the Coyotes are willing to go.