As a former NHL All-Star Player – What is it like to be traded? What emotions go through your body?
Describe the emotions that were running through your body when you were drafted by the Flyers in the first round? Where were you ranked?
Were there any major rumors that you were about to be traded when you were playing in the NHL? Did the rumors ever effect you?
Tis the season for NHL rumors again!
While the month leading into the NHL trade deadline is full of trade rumors, the month prior to the NHL Entry Draft, which takes place June 25-26 in Los Angeles, and July 1, the start of free agency, has become rumor season part Deux.
With the Bruins holding the second overall pick in the draft, as well as three more in the first two rounds, and general manager Peter Chiarelli openly saying that he is exploring the trade market to improve the team, the Bruins have already been the subject of numerous rumors over the past two weeks.
So let’s take a look at three rumors that probably won’t go away until the draft or July 1, and whether there could be any validity to them.
The Philadelphia Flyers nearly had an unexpected boost prior to their lengthy playoff run as Peter Forsberg told Swedish newspaper Expressen that he had been offered a contract to join the team on March 2nd.
Forsberg told Expressen that Flyers’ general manager Paul Holmgren approached him about joining the Flyers for the remainder of the regular season when both Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne were struggling with injuries. Forsberg stated that only his own injuries prevented him from joining Philly.
The Blackhawks will surely enjoy a summer full of celebration, but there are also some well-known financial pressure points. The team has a multitude of stars, several of them coming off entry-level contracts, and is reported to have some $57 million committed to just 14 players for next season. There are contracts the team likely would love to unload — Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet come immediately to mind — but it will be difficult.
National Hockey League teams have a two-week window from June 15-30 to buy out players, but the Edmonton Oilers aren’t going to rush into anything.
They will try to trade their captain first, just as they tried at the deadline in early March. A contending team may be interested in Moreau for a draft pick.