Category Archives: Trade Rumors
Anaheim: With Scott Niedermayer retired, defense is a priority. That means re-signing James Wisniewski and adding another impact blueliner. A plethora of forwards are already signed, but one that isn’t is RFA Bobby Ryan. Ryan could land the Ducks a huge return, and some believe that his 30-goal seasons are as much a result of the talent around him as his goal-scoring upside.
Atlanta: There’s lots of money invested on the blue line and lots of holes up front. Still, Clarke MacArthur is an RFA and scored just three times in 21 games with the Thrashers. Some teams may see his potential and make a play for him.
Time to pay the piper; tough cuts ahead for Hawks
Nashville Predators are open to free agents
A Real Look At the Rumor Mill
By landing Nathan Horton , the Boston Bruins had to punch a hole in their blueline by including defenceman Dennis Wideman in the deal with the Florida Panthers. This move has sparked speculation that the Bruins may not be done – and some believe Boston may now zero in on Toronto’s Tomas Kaberle .
Now Leafs GM Brian Burke and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli thought they had a trade involving Kaberle and Phil Kessel at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but the deal was scuttled over confusion as to whether or not draft picks would be included.
I hope I don’t go on the DL with strained thumbs this week. It is sounding like I’ll be burning the keys off my BlackBerry.
As I get ready to head to Las Vegas on Tuesday morning for the NHL awards and a car ride Thursday morning to Los Angeles with Scott Burnside for the NHL draft, the buzz around the league is palpable.
It’s going to be a hectic week, it would appear.
With four days remaining until Friday’s draft in Los Angeles, the Bruins are preparing to draft Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall with the No. 2 selection. GM Peter Chiarelli has spoken with Edmonton counterpart Steve Tambellini regarding a deal — the Oilers would retain the top pick, but acquire an asset from the Bruins, who could then choose between Seguin or Hall — but made it sound like no trade was close.
Mike Ribeiro to the Wild makes sense for both teams
Tampa Bay will not trade Vincent Lecavalier
It appears the Bruins may not be on the verge of acquiring Florida Panthers forward Nathan Horton , according to a source close to the situation. Reports surfaced this weekend that the Bruins had been closing in on a trade for the former third overall pick, but the Bruins were just one of multiple teams to nearly have a deal with the Panthers in the past few days.
“They were close, as were a few other teams,” the source said of the Bruins’ chances of getting Horton. It was unclear where a potential trade stood as of Sunday night.
The Flyers have to dump salary now if they want to sign Hamhuis , so that’ll be a veteran. Now will it be center Jeff Carter , who many teams including the Wild covet, or will it be somebody like Simon Gagne or Daniel Briere or Matt Carle or even playoff stud Scottie Hartnell ? We will see this week.
Also, Preds GM David Poile has to be gearing up for something bigger. We will see, but the one thing about the Preds, they’ve got the reserve list (i.e. minor leaguers and prospects) to do something big. Great drafting, GMing there.
In this weird week before hockey news hits fast and furious again (NHL Draft, Free-Agent Frenzy, Hall of Fame, 2010-11 schedule release), any hockey trade rumor that offers something above teams swapping fourth-round picks is going to get major play.
Last night, NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk blog made an impact by publishing a rumor/proposal for the Boston Bruins and the Columbus Blue Jackets:
Over the next two weeks, the Maple Leafs hope to enhance their roster substantially, thus increasing the chances the club’s absence from post-season play will be halted at a rather ugly seven years.
See, that’s one way to get people to stop talking about the club’s 43-year Stanley Cup drought. Start a new sub-drought of even more dubious distinction.
Not surprisingly, given that he has signed all kinds of free agents over the past 16 months and made the two of the NHL’s biggest trades of last season to bring Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf into the fold, president/GM Brian Burke has some extensive hopes and dreams for the next two weeks, a fortnight bisected by the NHL entry draft next Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles.
A weak free-agent market means the Wild GM will have to wheel and deal to fill needs, and that might mean moving a top defenseman.
Chuck Fletcher has scoured the free-agent forward list and says this is not the summer for the Wild to buy its way out of problems.
I’d like to preface this post with a quick disclaimer: right now, this can only be classified as a rumor, although one that certainly seems to have legs. Proceed with caution.
Pro Hockey Talk has learned of a possible trade in the works, with the Boston Bruins dealing Blake Wheeler and Marc Savard to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. It’s likely that the Bruins would also include their 15th overall pick in the deal as well, leaving Boston with both the second and fourth pick in the first round.
Derek Boogaard available?
GM Lou Lamoriello says Devils haven’t discussed trading Martin Brodeur
Chiarelli: No. 2 pick not in play
Plenty of goalies available this summer
Agent says ‘there’s a very good chance’ Panthers winger will be dealt
Nathan Horton’s agent said Wednesday he believes “there’s a very good chance” the Panthers right winger will be traded before or at the draft next weekend in Los Angeles.
“It would not surprise me at all if he’s dealt by the draft,” Horton’s agent Paul Krepelka said, adding that Horton’s aware of the possibility. “If it happens, it happens.”
Yesterday, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun had a quote from Leafs GM Brian Burke basically squashing any speculation his team would be in the mix for Kovalchuk , saying simply: “We’re not going to be involved in that race.”
So there goes one top-six forward candidate.