Trying to shed some light on the NHL's offseason debates


By Kevin Allen, USA TODAY

Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak:

Sign Nabby or let him walk:

Marleau or Kovalchuk :

HockeyTradeRumors partners with former NHL All Star Brian Propp

NHL All Star player Brian Propp is proud to be working with HockeyTradeRumors.com over the next several months. Brian will be able to offer some insight into the life of a NHL player, what it is like to be a first round draft choice and he will also add his insight into who he believes that Oilers should pick first overall.

LEAFS' BURKE SOUR OVER KULEMIN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

Despite the fact that his hockey team has not taken the ice in nearly two months, Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager Brian Burke has remained in demand and in the spotlight this off-season.

On Sunday on Toronto radio station AM 640, Burke discussed the latest news, or lack thereof as the Leafs attempt to re-sign forward Nikolai Kulemin .

Spezza wants to stay with Sens

Senators forward Jason Spezza has dismissed speculation he wants to leave the NHL team, telling reporters Thursday he’s happy in Ottawa.

Rumours of the 26-year-old’s discontent have swirled around Ottawa since the Pittsburgh Penguins knocked the Senators from the first round of the playoffs in April. Spezza , who drew fire from fans for his performance in the post-season, has a no-trade clause that kicks in July 1.

“I don’t have a no-trade now, so if they trade you, then you get traded,” Spezza said. “Obviously, I’ve signed there, so I’m happy to be there. And we’re looking forward to the future.”

GM Sather has blueprint for Rangers future

Glen Sather isn’t big on what ifs. But the temptation to wonder is tantalizing. What if Olli Jokinen had kept it going? What if Henrik Lundqvist had stopped Claude Giroux ?

What if the Rangers rather than the Flyers had won the shootout in Game 82?

(What if the Rangers had selected Giroux 21st overall in the 2006 Entry Draft, one slot ahead of Philadelphia, instead of taking Bobby Sanguinetti? We digress.)