Not a great crop of free agent defencemen

One the one hand the Philadelphia Flyers give up a good player and then probably proceed to overpay Dan Hamhuis to prevent themselves from looking ridiculous, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

On the other, they almost certainly get the guy they want and it’s hard to argue with where they ended up this season with the ownership counting all that money from a bountiful playoff run to the final.

Tampa will be back in it next season

Tampa in my opinion has really stepped up in signing Steve Yzerman as GM and Guy boucher as the new head coach. Boucher had a strong season with the Hamilton Bulldogs and has proved that he is able to coach at the NHL level. Hid french connection with Lecavalier and St.Louis could really motivate them. And Yzerman has already made his first step to make the team better by signing him.

Talking trade, draft

The Flyers have to dump salary now if they want to sign Hamhuis , so that’ll be a veteran. Now will it be center Jeff Carter , who many teams including the Wild covet, or will it be somebody like Simon Gagne or Daniel Briere or Matt Carle or even playoff stud Scottie Hartnell ? We will see this week.

Also, Preds GM David Poile has to be gearing up for something bigger. We will see, but the one thing about the Preds, they’ve got the reserve list (i.e. minor leaguers and prospects) to do something big. Great drafting, GMing there.

Rumors from the Edmonton Journal

What the Oilers would have to give up for the 2nd overall

Want Kris Versteeg? take Brent Sopel too

WILD NEEDS A CENTRE

SOURAY MAY FIT WITH SABRES

Regarding that Marc Savard-to-the-Blue Jackets rumor

In this weird week before hockey news hits fast and furious again (NHL Draft, Free-Agent Frenzy, Hall of Fame, 2010-11 schedule release), any hockey trade rumor that offers something above teams swapping fourth-round picks is going to get major play.

Which is how you end up with “Brodeur for Semin !” in newspapers and on television.

Last night, NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk blog made an impact by publishing a rumor/proposal for the Boston Bruins and the Columbus Blue Jackets: