Category Archives: Trade Rumors
Oilers blue-line big gun likely on the move before trade deadline
By Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal
Edmonton Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray isn’t saying what clubs he would play for and waive his no-trade clause, but you can bet these teams are on his list — Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.
An alternative could be Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun. Even though the Panthers are almost as inept as the Leafs, Vokoun quietly re-established himself as one of the best goalies in the league. Word is that if the Panthers remain out of playoff contention leading up to the deadline, GM Randy Sexton will starting looking to trade his goaltender.
NHL general manager Darryl Sutter was going on and on about trade rumours the other day – dismissing all the speculation percolating around his Calgary Flames – and, on one level, what’s not to believe?
Consider Sheldon Souray officially on the market.
The Oilers defenceman gave GM Steve Tambellini a list of preferences in the event that he is shipped out before the trade deadline, according to the National Post.
Unrestricted free agents Toskala, Stajan rumoured to be on block
By TERRY KOSHAN, Toronto Sun
The future of Mike Komisarek and several of his Maple Leafs teammates is about as clear as the bleak January skies.
Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal
This ‘n’ that
– – Columbus winger Raffi Torres, on pace for 25 goals, will be an unrestricted free agent July 1. Do the Blue Jackets buck up to keep him or deal him for, say, a second-round draft? Bet on the latter. There would easily be eight to 10 teams willing to give up a No. 2 for Torres, who may be an inconsistent offensive talent but has the ability to turn a game with a hit. Just ask Milan Michalek. who got steamrollered in 2006.
GM says Flames won’t trade for pending free agent
By ERIC FRANCIS
Despite his club’s offensive struggles, Darryl Sutter sees no scenario in which he’d be part of the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes he’s been linked to.
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Cap crunch on Kovalchuk
By BRUCE GARRIOCH
The Senators will be buyers before the March 3 NHL trade deadline, just don’t expect them to be involved in the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes.
Joanne Ireland, edmontonjournal.com
If the Edmonton Oilers elect to deal Sheldon Souray by the trade deadline, general manager Steve Tambellini now knows his parameters.
Damian Cristodero, Times Staff Writer
Vinny Lecavalier said he heard the rumor, first reported by the Ottawa Sun, that the Rangers tried to start trade talks for him, but he didn’t think much of it.
Tampa Bay general manager Brian Lawton called the rumor “completely false,” but Lecavalier said he hardly paid attention.
By BRUCE GARRIOCH
Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini has a major housecleaning in mind as he tries to fix the mess his organization has become.
With the NHL trade deadline on March 3, Tambellini has plenty of work to do.
RUMORS DU JOUR: There’s something admirable about the way the Carolina Hurricanes are going about their rebuilding phase, without any pretence about their prospects for the current season, which are lost anyway. First, they installed Eric Staal as captain in place of Rod Brind’Amour, so he can adjust to the yoke of leadership, with comparatively little stress. Secondly, they’ve acknowledged publicly via general manager Jim Rutherford what everybody knew already – they will be sellers at this year’s NHL trading deadline and that any number of veteran players with Stanley Cup championships on their resumes
If Minnesota Wild backup Dwayne Roloson fetched a first-round draft pick from the desperate Edmonton Oilers at the trade deadline in 2006, shouldn’t Dallas Stars starter Marty Turco be the same attractive bait?
Turco has been the Stars No. 1 guy since Eddie Belfour left the team in 2002, but his contract is up July 1, Dallas isn’t winning a Stanley Cup with this edition and Turco turns 35 in August.
Despite Calgary general manager Darryl Sutter’s adamant denial that Dion Phaneuf is on the trade market, another NHL GM yesterday told The Post that the Flames are “desperate” to move the defenseman and the annual $6.5 million cap hit he will carry through 2013-14.
The trade market finally is open, but these Devils need not worry. They’re safe unless someone wants players who don’t score.
They Devils have managed 10 regulation goals, including an empty-netter, in their past eight games. Even with Martin Brodeur in net, that’s a losing formula.
There is no question in my mind that the Atlanta Thrashers are going to trade Ilya Kovalchuk and I believe that the sweepstakes for the star sniper is unofficially on.
When the NHL trade deadline arrives March 3, there will be no GM under greater pressure to make significant changes to his team than Calgary’s Darryl Sutter.
Frankly speaking, his team is a mess. It looks much more like a club that was built for pre-lockout hockey rather than being able to compete in what has now become a very highly-skilled Western Conference. Take a look at the teams competing for the conference title – Chicago, San Jose, and to a lesser degree Detroit and Vancouver – they are all built around skill.
Not so for the Flames.
By Jeff Gordon
Hockey Guy remains in David Backes’ camp, despite his offensive decline this season. So this bit of speculation in the Globe and Mail was unsettling.
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes named Eric Staal the team’s new captain and also asked leading scorer Ray Whitney and defenceman Niclas Wallin to waive their no trade clauses.
While general manager Jim Rutherford says he expects the team to compete for the rest of the season, he indicated that he’ll likely trade away some veteran players before the March 3 deadline.