Fletcher sees trades as avenue to improve

A weak free-agent market means the Wild GM will have to wheel and deal to fill needs, and that might mean moving a top defenseman.

Chuck Fletcher has scoured the free-agent forward list and says this is not the summer for the Wild to buy its way out of problems.

The Kovalchuk Equation

With the debate of whether or not the Leafs should enter the Kovalchuk sweep stakes the question is would signing him kill the Leafs chances of building a contender? The worry being that the Leafs couldn’t flourish with 20 million wrapped up in three players.

I’d like to make the case that it’s the best choice by comparing how that price tag would compare to the rest of the league. Let’s say the Leafs sign Kovalchuk to a 105 million dollar 12 year contract.

Rumor: Boston to trade Wheeler, Savard to Columbus for 4th overall pick

I’d like to preface this post with a quick disclaimer: right now, this can only be classified as a rumor, although one that certainly seems to have legs. Proceed with caution.

Pro Hockey Talk has learned of a possible trade in the works, with the Boston Bruins dealing Blake Wheeler and Marc Savard to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. It’s likely that the Bruins would also include their 15th overall pick in the deal as well, leaving Boston with both the second and fourth pick in the first round.

Habs trade Halak to the Blues

The Montreal Canadiens have traded goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues for a pair of prospects.

The Canadiens received forwards Ian Schultz and Lars Eller.

The 21-year old Eller scored two goals in seven games with the Blues last season, and scored 18 goals in 70 games for the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen.

Tons of Trade Rumors – June 17, 2010

Derek Boogaard available?

GM Lou Lamoriello says Devils haven’t discussed trading Martin Brodeur

Chiarelli: No. 2 pick not in play

Plenty of goalies available this summer

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