Category Archives: Trade Rumors
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.
Another day, another Jarome Iginla trade rumour.
And yet again, this one involves the Los Angeles Kings.
The blogosphere is humming tonight with speculation out of Edmonton that the Los Angeles Kings are trying to assign Brayden Schenn to the American Hockey League in hopes of eventually sending him to the Calgary Flames, perhaps as part of a package, for Iginla (who has a no movement clause and would have to agree to any such deal.)
The Flyers insist they are not having a hangover from last season’s remarkable playoff run.
Could have fooled us.
Their power play has been alarmingly bad, and their offense has resembled Ryan Howard in the post-season – lots of chances, but little productivity.
The Senators took a hit before they even stepped on the ice Friday at the HSBC Arena.
Centre Jason Spezza was a late scratch with a groin injury that has troubled him since the start of the season and is listed as day-to-day. The Senators were forced to dress Brian Lee as a forward in Spezza’s place.
There are no guarantees Spezza, who has a goal and four assists in five games, will suit up Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Place because his injury requires rest.
Just heard from Belanger’s agent, Joe Tacopina, who said he can’t confirm anything at this time about whether the free-agent center will be returning to Washington or not. More to come.
According to The Globe and Mail this afternoon, free-agent Eric Belanger will return to the Capitals once the team has completed another deal that is suspected to be a trade for a defenseman. More to come on this.
Saturday could be a big day around the National Hockey league as it is the last day the Maple Leafs can trade defenseman Tomas Kaberle before his no-trade clause kicks in at midnight Sunday. There have been reports of as few as four and as many as nine teams involved in negotiations.
Given Tampa Bay’s needs on defense, it is naive to believe general manager Steve Yzerman hasn’t at least inquired about getting Kaberle into a Lightning uniform.
The clock is ticking on Tomas Kaberle(notes). The Toronto Maple Leafs have until Sunday to move the veteran defenseman before his no-trade clause kicks back in. What has been talked about for years, what he has never wanted, now seems almost inevitable.