Category Archives: Trade Rumors
BY WEB STAFF – sportsnet.ca
It appears as though Ilya Kovalchuk is on his way out of Atlanta.
The Thrashers’ star is out of contract at season’s end and has yet to reach a new deal with Atlanta. Sportsnet can confirm Thrashers general manager Don Waddell recently told his captain that he should expect to be dealt soon.
On Sunday, the moving truck loaded up and moved out six Toronto players while their Maple Leafs teammates watched in disbelief.
Two trades, ten players, and the promise of more to come, and if the pieces of the plan continue to fall into place, there will be more dealing.
Alexei Ponikarovsky survived the first trade tsunami, but its unlikely he’ll be able to dodge the next wave.
By Tim Panaccio
CALGARY, Alberta — Dion Phaneuf is off the market. Ilya Kovalchuk is still there.
And the Flyers are listening to what Atlanta has to say about the Russian sniper.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was on his cell phone Monday morning at the Pengrowth Saddledome, conceivably looking for a trade partner.
Know deal is possible
Joanne Ireland, Edmonton Journal
Change is coming, it’s just a matter of when — and it is the “when” that has the Edmonton Oilers pondering, particularly on the heels of Sunday’s blockbuster deal.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, who like the Oilers have taken up residence in the bottom of their respective conference, were restructured in the three-team trade.
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
Flames GM Darryl Sutter has made a couple of trades which make it appear another deal is soon coming.
He’d better be.
Six new faces via trade, and a seventh if you count Mikael Backlund being summoned from the minors just over a week ago, has added up to big changes on the roster, but it’s not enough to seriously call this club a Stanley Cup contender.
The John Liles situation – and it has entered into “situation” territory – figures to be interesting again tomorrow. Will Liles get back in the lineup against Columbus, or will he be benched again? Needless to say, he and his agent aren’t happy at the benching he received Sunday night, especially not after having put up nine points in his previous 10 games. Liles is too laid back to come out and rip the team or anything, but his agent, Joe Resnick, had a hard time biting his tongue the other night.
Oilers feel trade fever
No guessing Sutter’s next move
Jackets’ Torres likely on trading block
Are the Blackhawks stepping up their efforts to acquire a defenseman for the stretch run?
There were plenty of rumors Monday pointing in that direction.
By Calgary Herald
Olli Jokinen is reported to be Broadway bound.
After negotiating a seven-player swap, speculation is rampant that Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter hasn’t finished re-tooling his struggling hockey team. TSN.ca is reporting that the underachieving Jokinen will be officially dealt to the New York Rangers today along with Brandon Prust in exchange for wingers Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.
Ales Kotalik has left the Rangers after being told that he would be traded, The Post has learned.
Kotalik, the 32-year-old winger who was signed to a three-year, $9M free agent contract this summer, accompanied the Blueshirts to Phoenix for the first game of their three-game western tour but did not accompany his teammates here for tonight’s match against the Avalanche.
So Atlanta general manager Don Waddell will not allow clubs interested in acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk to speak to the winger’s representative about a contract extension before a trade is completed.
We were told a while ago that Waddell doesn’t want agent Jay Grossman to control the process, but we are duty bound to suggest that might not be such a bad idea given the Thrashers’ track record in these matters.
The Leafs “are” also on the verge of acquiring veteran goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the Anaheim Ducks, pending his waiving a no-trade clause, a source told ESPN.com.
The Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes are cooling off, just at the wrong time for Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell.
With only two weeks until the Olympic break and a roster freeze that runs Feb. 12-28 — up until three days before the trade deadline — sources say Waddell’s phone isn’t exactly ringing off the hook.
At this point, it would appear more teams are out of the running than actually vying for Kovalchuk.
The belief is the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers both looked into acquiring the potential unrestricted free agent, but don’t consider themselves contenders.
Kent Hughes, the agent for Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier, did react to a Hockey News story that said if Vinik takes control, he could ask Lecavalier to waive his no-move clause as a way for the team to cut costs.
Lecavalier, 29, with 14 goals and 52 points, is in the first year of an 11-year, $85 million deal that pays $10 million this season.
Given that they’re still just a few points out of a playoff spot with 29 games left, it’s hard to tell whether the Ducks will be buyers or sellers when the March 3 trade deadline rolls around.
In the meantime, Chiarelli confirmed he’s working the phones trying to make a deal ahead of the Feb. 12 Olympic roster freeze and March 3 trade deadline.
“I’m looking every year [to make trades] but maybe more so this year because of the way we performed,” Chiarelli said. “Having said all that, we want to be in the playoffs and we want to succeed in the playoffs.”
At least four teams, including the Los Angeles Kings, are in contention for the high-scoring left wing who reportedly wants upward of $10 million a year for 10 years.
The Kings are a prime contender to acquire high-scoring left wing Ilya Kovalchuk from Atlanta, but they’re competing with Vancouver, Boston and another Eastern team for the two-time 50-goal scorer, according to hockey sources who were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
The Bruins are mired in a 1-7-1 slump. They’ve fallen out of a playoff position in the East. And they’re coming off their most horrid performance of the season, losing 5-1 Sunday in Carolina against the team with the worst record in the NHL.
Rugged Maple Leafs forward Jamal Mayers believes he has at least a few good years left him in, but doesn’t see Toronto in his future.
By Adrian Dater
It’s only January, but already NHL teams are making decisions about whether to buy or sell at the league’s trading deadline. Why now, when the deadline isn’t until March 3?