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Hockey trades are motivated almost as much by contract status and salary as play on the ice. That means certain players — Selanne and other unrestricted free agents, for example — become automatic fodder for trade talk.
And all that talk is magnified by the Internet.
“It’s gotten to this point because of the Internet,” Sharks General Manager Dean Lombardi said. “If one newspaper has it, everybody has it. That’s different than five years ago when you might see it in one paper, but it wouldn’t have a life of its own.”
Many major hockey sites have a link to trade rumors. Some, like www.hockeytrade rumors.com, are even more direct.
All of which poses a problem for general managers: how to respond to the player — and to the public.
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According to the articles archive, HockeyTradeRumours.com will be one year old this Friday. The first ever article was simply titled “Hockey Trade Rumours” and dealt with a number of key issues, like Alexei Yashin, and created a plethora of speculation on where he and other big names might end up.
The media falsified their trade rumors of New York Rangers veteran netminder Mike Richter. Today, radio station 660 WFAN interviewed Rangers GM Glen Sather. Radio announcer Sal Mussina asked Sather about his involvement in the trade deadline, mentioning Richter. Sather responded that he has not talked to any teams about Richter. Sather said he will trade only if the offers will be right for the Rangers, not to just make a trade.
In my opinion, the Rangers should just fire Low.
The National Hockey League is now holding one of the many annual General Manager meetings where new rules are discussed and personnel discussions are articulated.
*** Since the trade deadline is coming closer, HTR REQUIRES ALL submitted trade rumors to have a source. Trade rumors that are “thoughts” or “i heard somewhere” will NOT be posted, unless the trade rumor could happen or sounds realistic.***
The Flyers have aquired forward Jarrod Skalde from the Thrashers for minor leaguer Joe DiPenta.
The Isles would love to land either Geoff Sanderson or Shawn McEachern to play alongside Alexei Yashin. Bait could be Mariusz Czerkawski-plus
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks traded right wing Marty McInnis to the Boston Bruins for a third-round NHL entry draft pick.
Larry Brooks from the NY Post reports:
The Boston Herald reports that Vancouver Canucks General Manager Brian Burke will try to deal for Tampa Bay Lightning Vincent Lecavalier or Boston Bruin Bill Guerin. It is not clear if Burke will trade during the offseason or before the trade deadline but Vancouver will be doing business for good talent in the near future.
Today’s game against the Rangers exposed many of the flyers problems, as well as some additional ones.
Contraction. It’s an issue that Major League Baseball is trying to deal with and has been hit with huge skepticism concerning it. Still, this contraction talk and the finishing of the Olympic hockey tournament made me think: Could the NHL contract nine teams to get it back to a competitive 21 teams?
To do this I’ll examine one-by-one each of the 30 NHL teams and put up my reasons for and against contracting each team.
After hearing that HTR had a meltdown, I’d thought I’d run a Reader’s Digest version of what has happened so far at the men’s Olympic hockey tournament.
Next Head Coach to call a time-out will be thrown out of the game?
Everybody is wondering what the Oilers are going to do with Tom Poti. Even our local sports man, Brian Hall, who usually sticks up for every Oiler on the roster, said that he would never want Poti on his team. So I think Kevin Lowe knows he has to trade this guy while his value is high, and besides that the defense is just fine, the second line needs somebody the centre it.
In Courtesy of Spector’s Rumors.
A source out of New York says the New Jersey Devils have contacted the Buffalo Sabres regarding the trade status of forward Miroslav Satan.
-After watching the Devils lose to the Thrashers, they need something. Their defense seems to be getting weaker, Rafalski is injured, and the Devils’ offense can’t put the puck in the net. Satan is a goal scorer, and is capable to score 30 goals a season, how much will the Devils have to give in order to aqcuire Miroslav Satan? Arnott, Gomez, or______?-
The Sabres and Flames have worked out a mutual aggreement to make a trade but…it hasn’t happened yet because the teams are working out draft picks and future considerations. The trade should go down within the next week or so like this:
Buffalo gets-Marc Savard and Bob Boughner
Calgary gets-Chris Gratton, Richard Smehlik, and future considerations
The Montreal Canadians acquired left winger Sergei Berezin from the Phoenix Coyotes for left winger Brian Savage, a third rounder in 2002 or 2003, and future considerations. Savage was set to become a UFA this summer. Should be interesting to see the reaction to this deal, considering Savage was one of the longest standing Canadians.
In other news, the Boston Bruins sent Andrei Nazarov to Phoenix for a fifth round pick.
Thrashers are closing in on franchise win number 50. Doesn’t seem all that great considering a few teams almost got that many last year alone, the Avs being the only team to actually cross that 50 win point last year with 52.