According to the 24-hour sports radio station The TEAM 990 in Montreal and RDS.CA there is speculation that Robbie Ftorek will be let go very soon.
Mario Lemieux is the only untouchable on the Pittsburgh Penguins roster, and that’s only because he’s the owner reports Dave Molinari in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Other Penguins including forwards Martin Straka, and Jan Hrdina and goalie Johan Hederg could certainly be moved before March 11th says Molinari.
Maybe it’s Mike Keenan that the Rangers have been missing the last few years.?.?.
The Fourth Period – Everyone knows the teams that are rumored to be likely to make the most noise before the trade deadline. Philadelphia, Detroit, Colorado, Toronto, Nashville…that’s right, Nashville. The Predators added Oleg Petrov from Montreal and GM David Poile is hinting there may be more to come.
“I think the way things are going for us, our club is definitely not going to be a seller at the [March 11] trade deadline. I’ll certainly be canvassing teams that are out there that have forwards available,” Poile told the Tennessean. With injuries to Andreas Johansson and David Legwand rumors are surfacing that Poile is interested in Buffalo’s Chris Gratton.
It is unclear as to whether the Sabres will trade any any of their better players before the deadline considering their ownership situation. But if Tom Golisano is very close to becoming the Sabres next owner, as some insiders suggest, its possible that the NHL office could consult him before giving the okay to a deal involving Gratton. Gratton will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, giving Buffalo the right to match any offer he receives from another team.
Everyone is shocked by the Kings stupid trade giving up yushkevich for a 7th and 4th rounder. I think there might be a little more to it than just a stupid GM.
According to the Ottawa Sun:
Sources yesterday confirmed Alfredsson has agreed to defer $200,000 of his salary to clear money in the budget if the club wants to add a player before next Tuesday’s NHL trade deadline.
OK…. why does Ftorek still have a job? Don’t get me wrong, I like the guy.
Here are the top candidates for the Head Coaching job in Boston:
I know, I know, nothing like flogging a dead horse. But hey, it’s Trade Deadline season – anything goes.
My Take on this Situation
With March Madness coming up, there will be lots of action going down in the next week. Check out the latest rumors involving the Leafs, Sens, Canadiens, and more!!!
The Fourth Period – According to the Toronto Sun, Carolina defenseman Glen Wesley appears to be willing to become a Maple Leaf. “If it arises that Toronto has some interest in me, it is something I am going to look at,” the Hurricanes defenceman said yesterday. “I think for any Canadian kid, to play in Toronto would be a thrill. I think it would be exciting for anyone to put on the Leafs uniform.”
With everyone’s opinion on what moves and players the Leafs need, I’m going to give my Expert analysis on what I know the Leafs need to fix their weakness and to give them that better shot at winning Lord Stanley…
Acording to TSN.ca Florida Panthers general manager Rick Dudley says he is “going to look at some options” to try and improve the team as the March 11 trade deadline approaches.
“We’ve got a couple of positions where we’ve got a lot of people,” Dudley tells the Palm Beach Post. “If we can be a better team through movement, we’re going to do that. We’re going to see if there’s anything that could put us over the hump.”
According to ESPN.com Bill Guerin is likely out for the rest of the regular season after undergoing emergency surgery Saturday to relieve blood buildup in his thigh. He suffered the injury Thursday at Ottawa.
Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting Flyers General Manager Bob Clarke “conceded” he was unable to pry defenceman Mathieu Schneider from the LA Kings, instead settling for adding depth by obtaining Dmitri Yushkevich yesterday. Clarke stated if another deal for a defenceman can be made by the deadline, he’ll do it.
Bruce Garrioch of the Sun gives his look on what all the teams in the NHL will be looking for and willing to give up….
This is coming from the FourthPeriod.com website:
We all know how shaky thefouthperiod.com is,but is there something brewing? Is Tuggy on the hot seat?
I am a die hard Flyers fan and want to know desperatly why Yushkevich is such a great pickup for the Flyers. Somebody please explain this one to me.
According to the Finnish STT news agency, Teemu Selanne who would exercise his 3rd year option would not be interested in returning to San Jose.
Unless the Sharks put together a series of wins, Selanne would be demanding a change of address soon.
At 6 million $ a year, Selanne is an expensive but welcome scoring threat on any contending team. As a Hab fan, I would love to see him play with one of his best friends, Saku Koivu and see what kind of chemistry would develop between the two of them.
Realistically, I see him ending up with Colorado or Detroit as a playoff rental. Imagine him with Forsberg and Hejduk.
Sigh, I can already hear the Toronto fans screaming his name but who could blame them?
Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Flyers may be interested in Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Phil Housley. ‘Hawks GM Mike Smith said he’s spoken to “every GM in the league” regarding the veteran, adding any deal involving Housley will involve draft picks coming to Chicago. The Flyers have 18 picks, including two in the first round, in the 2003 draft.
Is this the “powerplay fix” the Flyers need? With all the defensemen the Flyers have been rumored interested in Mathieu Schnieder, Alexi Zhitnik, Phil Housley in my mind at least would be a let down. This is of course all depends on what the Flyers have to give up. If the Flyers can get Housley and not give up alot in return, my tune would quickly change.
Housley is 39 years old. He’s been in the league since 1982. He has 6 goals and 23 assists in 57 games this year. Last year he scored 15 goals and 24 assists for the Blackhawks.
TSN.ca, TFP and Montreal radio station CKAC are reporting that Canadiens defenseman Patrice Brisebois will be headed to the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Mathieu Dandenault.