There was plenty of trade smoke emanating from the floor of Staples Center during the NHL draft over the weekend, but – with the exception of the Vancouver-Florida swap that sent defenseman Keith Ballard from the Panthers to the Canucks – there was very little fire.
After the league’s 30 general managers dispersed across the continent from Los Angeles to their respective cities, they’ll get back at it today in anticipation of a thin free agent market that opens on Thursday. Bruins [team stats] GM Peter Chiarelli is expected to be feverishly rubbing his twigs together, looking to reignite deals he was working on Friday and Saturday in an effort to move center Marc Savard and goalie Tim Thomas.
The Flyers made an offer to more than one soon-to-be free agent goaltender this weekend. According to ESPN’s E.J. Hradek and Pierre LeBrun, Paul Holmgren contacted Marty Turco with the permission of the Dallas Stars.
From Hradek, in a portion of his blog that’s thankfully in front of ESPN’s ridiculous “Insider” pay wall:
In fact, Holmgren offered Turco a three-year deal worth roughly $6 million (or a bit more than $2 million per season). The 34-year-old Turco, who confirmed the offer via text message, politely declined, opting to test the market on Thursday.
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Given that he is a central character in the latest blast in hockey’s silly season, surely Brian Burke is well aware of the suggestion that Marc Savard is being touted as the potential answer to his team’s offensive woes.
The Maple Leafs general manager won’t knock the Boston Bruins’ playmaker and certainly he must recognize the offensive talent the elite centre brings.
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