Category Archives: Trade Rumors
A hot commodity for teams right now shopping for power play help is defensemen Sami Salo. The Finnish McInnis is set to become unrestricted at the end of the year and because of his contract status many teams are contacting the Canucks to see if he is available. It should be noted that the Canucks are top in their division right now and Salo is a huge part of the Canucks success. I would have to think that Nonis is not willing to part with Salo via trade and is more likely to hang onto to him and take his chances trying to sign him to a contact extension.
According to the Tennessean.com scouts from St. Louis, Detroit, Pittsburgh and the Islanders were on hand to watch their latest game.
The Palm Beach Post reports that the Panthers are considering many different options prior to the trade deadline. It is speculated that the Panthers will hold on to Big Bad Bertuzzi so that they can hang on to the right to negotiate with him until July the 1st.
Although not expanded upon, Minnesota / TwinCities.com columnist Charley Walters would not be surprised if the Minnesota Wilds go out and make a move for the St. Louis Blues power Forward Keith Tkachuk.
Newsday.com suggests that the Islanders are only a few players away from being a legitimate cup contender. Although players such as Tkackuk, Guerin and others would be a big help to the team newsday feels that they would be better off waiting until the summer to pick up players rather than selling off the farm for today.
The Chicago-Sun Times speculates that the Black Hawks may be looking to deal some of their veteran players prior to the deadline. Some of the names mentioned include Bryan Smolinski, Martin Lapointe, Adrian Aucoin and Jassen Cullimore.
With the amount of trades happening in the last 48 hours it appears as though the flood gates have opened, here are some rumors:
Calgary landed Brad Stuart so now GM Kevin Lowe has to look elsewhere for defencemen
STLtoday.com reports that the Blues are looking to trade many of their players who are set to become unrestricted free agents come years end. To note is that it is reported that Keith Tkachuk is reported to be willing to waive his no-trade clause in order to be shipped off to a playoff bound team.
The Detroit News reports that many players may become available at the looming trade deadline. Florida has Gary Roberts, Martin Gelinas and Jozef Stumpel to offer while if Edmonton falls out of contention they could look to trade Ryan Smyth.
The Edmonton Sun reports:
Suddenly, the Sabres are listening to offers for G Martin Biron. It’s believed the asking price is high: a player, prospect and first-round pick. Sources say the Bolts have made a pitch because they haven’t had strong goaltending since Nikolai Khabibulin left. The Sabres may also be ready to move RW Ales Kotalik
Part two of three in taking a look at some of the trade buzz, which players are available, and what you should do in your hockey pool to prepare for these moves that may or may not happen.
Jason Blake has been one of the best Islanders over the past 6 years and will be an unrestricted free agent at years end, instead of worrying about making the playoffs this guy is worrying about a long term deal.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Peter Forsberg is said to be down to 3 teams that would make him renounce his no-trade clause…
According to TSN.ca Denis Hamel has been put on waivers. This guy should be snatched up pretty fast.
The Edmonton Journal suggest that if the Edmonton Oilers were to fall out of playoff contention that star winger Ryan Smyth could be traded. Ryan Smyth who is turning 31 becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer and contract talks are still far apart for both the sides. Ryan Smyth is looking for a long term contract about 5 years and around 5 million a year.
A collection of Peter Forsberg stories that may be of some interest
A look at the Forsberg situation
The Kings look to move players
The NHL ready to move past Bettman
The Leafs ready to be buyers or sellers or both
While listening to the radio on a business trip in St. Louis today, I heard an interesting trade rumor.
The host reported talks between STL, MTL and OTT in a three-way trade of struggling players.
Canucks hockey is becoming dramatic; some fans blaming General Manager Nonis. Who is to blame and what could have been done?
Am I the only one pulling the trigger? I think every general manager in the NHL should have an icon representing them. See, I have the gun ready to fire. Why can’t any other general manager have it? Nonetheless, you name a general manager and you can tell me what their icon/image/avatar/ whataveryoucallit they should have. Could be fun. But, more important is the question “why no trades?!”