By landing Nathan Horton , the Boston Bruins had to punch a hole in their blueline by including defenceman Dennis Wideman in the deal with the Florida Panthers. This move has sparked speculation that the Bruins may not be done – and some believe Boston may now zero in on Toronto’s Tomas Kaberle .
Now Leafs GM Brian Burke and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli thought they had a trade involving Kaberle and Phil Kessel at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but the deal was scuttled over confusion as to whether or not draft picks would be included.
Leafs say, ‘Let the bidding begin’
Think of it in terms of real estate. Your house is your most valuable asset, one that is appreciating nicely as the market heats up.
You are days away from accepting offers and the bidders are motivated.
You never were going to give the property away, but suddenly you may have found yourself in a sellers’ market and maybe — just maybe — value is on your side.
Leafs GM Brian Burke is a vendor at heart, a man who has shown throughout his career in NHL management that he lives for the big deal. And even with a modest portfolio to work with, he’s ready to make his latest splash.
His no-movement clause doesn’t vanish until Friday evening, but the Tomas Kaberle open-house is well underway.
So, what do you guys think will go down the rest of this offseason? So far, it’s been fairly quiet, but rumors and news are coming forward like crazy now. So far this summer, we’ve seen a few things go down. First, Rob Blake announced his retirement. It’s a shame to see a guy this good go, but everyone has a point where they’re just done. Then, we got news of a deal between Montreal and St. louis. The deal looks like:
To STL: Jaroslav Halak
To MTL: Lars Eller , Ian Schultz
At least we know Jason Spezza won’t be going to the Florida Panthers.
As the trades begin and speculation is everywhere leading up to Friday’s National Hockey League entry draft in Los Angeles, the Panthers shipped power forward Nathan Horton to the Boston Bruins in a package that saw defenceman Dennis Wideman and the Bruins’ 15th overall selection go to Florida.
The chances of the Edmonton Oilers flipping their No. 1 overall pick to the Boston Bruins for their No. 2 selection at Friday’s NHL entry draft are about the same as Sheldon Souray being an Oiler this fall.
But Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini is all ears should his Bruins counterpart, Peter Chiarelli, come up with a proposal so that the Boston GM gets his man, presumably winger Taylor Hall.
If the Oilers decide they like centre Tyler Seguin better — a recent Journal poll had it split 50-50 on the Tyler vs. Taylor debate– then maybe Tambellini can squeeze the No. 15 overall pick out of the Bruins to lay off Hall. Or how about winger Blake Wheeler? What about Finnish forward Mikko Lehtonen, one of Boston’s best prospects?