Western Conference Rumblings

Anaheim Ducks: GM Brian Burke has to dump about $900,000 to fit Scott Niedermayer’s contract under next season’s salary cap. Rampant speculation suggests Burke could shop a defenseman (Chris Pronger excepted) with Mathieu Schneider, Francois Beauchemin and Sean O’Donnell considered the leading candidates.

Heartless Habs

Remember the days when no one wanted to come play in the Montreal Forum. Teams knew that they would be in for a very tough game. If you touched one of the habs, you would have to pay. Those days are long gone. Every Habs team that won a cup had a guy or 2 to clean your clock. The role players in Montreal are not playing their roles. Latendresse can’t be on your 3rd or 4th lines. Neither can Ryder. If Montreal has so many young prospects why do they have 8 defencemen in the lineup every night.

Battaglia Waived

Sportsnet is reporting that Bates Battaglia has been waived by the Leafs as of 2007.12.10

Maybe they are making room…

Flyers Trade Timonen to the Dallas Stars

The Philadelphia Flyers dealt defenceman Jussi Timonen to the Dallas Stars on Monday for a conditional draft pick in 2009.

Oilers Jackets talking trade.

The Ottawa Sun reports that the Oilers may send Jarret Stoll and/or Raffi Torres and/or a pick to Columbus for Gilbert Brule. While both Stoll and Torres are more established players, Brule’s numbers (4 pts in 28 games) do not reflect his talent and potential. Brule put up large numbers in the WHL, he is signed through 2008/2009, has a cap hit of just $1.2M and is but 20 years old.