Ok so everyone is so worried about Ryan Smyth being signed and the oilers possibly making the playoffs and the fact they might very well be sellers. I think they will be big sellers, except not with the likes of Ryan Smyth being rid of. At the deadline i see the oilers dealing for young talent so as to retool for the next season, and at the same time dumping salaries for the off season free agent market. Two trades to possibly happen at the deadline:
With the Oilers out of the playoffs and no shot to make it in my opinion, do you think Ryan Smyth will go before the deadline, and if he does who do you think he will go to, and who for.
According to Spectors Hockey, and Hadley Sports, Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk will be dealt by the St. Louis Blues fairly soon. The Maple Leafs, Red Wings, Canucks, and Ducks have all been rumored suiters.
According to Michel Villeneuve from TQS, the Canadiens are in serious negotiations with the Minnesota Wild about a possible trade before the deadline comes up. While the involved players aren’t known at this time, Villeneuve sounded like he had pretty reliable sources.
The Los Angeles Daily News is suggesting that the Ducks may need to add a big name/ “fresh face” to their roster in order to re stimulate their early season success. The problem for Burke however is that he is just not willing to give up any of his super talented youngsters for a playoff rental. For example it is thought that Corey Perry was part of the asking price for Forsberg.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Penguins may become buyers this year. Some of the names mentioned include Aaron Miller, Jassen Cullimore, Sheldon Souray,and Yanic Perrault. Other names such as Keith Tkachuk or Bill Guerin may be too pricey.
Okay not much news today, and i’m getting tired of all the Trade deadline talk, so I thought I would talk about a topic almost never discussed on this website. Okay I saw the same type of thing in “The Province” a few days ago, and I thought It was interesting, i’m changing it abit though. Since we don’t have anyone to decide who would win rounds to decides who’s the best fighter, all of you guys can be the judges, and i’ll try to count all of your chooses, and see who wins. Okay just copy, and paste the part I put in bold letters, and then write beside it what your chose is.
The Buffalo News is reporting that the Sabres may be looking to trade goalie Martin Biron for some injury relief. One hot rumor that surfaced this week was the possibility of trading Biron to the Panthers for Ed Belfour and Gary Roberts. Although it was shot down quickly by all parties this trade may make some real sense.
The Boston Globe reports that the on going GM meetings may be the time for Peter Chiarelli to swing a deal involving Marco Sturm.
The Denver Post provides some interesting insight into the end of the Avalanche season. It is speculated that the Avalanche may be looking to “fix for the future” instead of shopping for the now. Of note in this article is that it appears that the Av’s G.M. is wanting to talk contract extension with Joe Sakic and is possibly shopping Marek Svatos.
The Chicago-Sun Times is reporting that the Black Hawks may be looking to move out one of their three goalies. Lalime has played very well of late while sitting in for the injured Khabibulin however due in part to Lalime’s good play the possibility has arisen that the Hawks could look to deal the Bulin wall.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the Wings are actively stepping up their pursuit of players to add before the trade deadline. With 5 million dollars of cap room, the Wings are in an envious cap space position, allowing them to make a number of deals if so desired.
Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins is on a little tear, scoring 6 points in 3 games. I saw a glimpse of his current scoring streak, and I thought, “hey for a guy who was given 20 million over 4 seasons, that’s worth it” But then I took a closer look……