Some Maple Leaf rumors

With the vastly improved play of the Maple Leafs this month, rumors are already starting to trickle in that Toronto may seek to acquire a high-quality, skilled forward to fuel their recent surge.

Sundin Mania!!!

First off, I want to start off this article by saying that I think Mats Sundin is one of the elite players in the NHL, and I have been a fan and still am of Mats’. But, since there has been a lot of talk about the trading of Mats, I thought I would pull together a couple trade possibilities that JFJ could make come trade deadline time, and the Leafs are out of the playoff race.

Huge Blockbuster Coming Between Habs and Sharks!? reports that Habs Gm Bob Gainey is talking to Sharks GM Doug Wilson about a potiential blockbuster that would send Saku Koivo and Michael Ryder to San Jose for Patrick Marleau and Stever Bernier. Also CKAC Radio reports that the swap could be Koivo and Ryder for Bernier and Joe Pavelski.

Turco Ain't Going Nowhere.

No trade for Turco.

New Stars co-general manager Les Jackson has no plans to trade veteran goalie Marty Turco.

As reported in Tuesday’s Dallas Morning News, Jackson was asked about rumours that the Stars might want to trade Turco to the Tampa Bay Lightning for winger Martin St. Louis, Jackson said that he was not expecting to trade Turco to anyone.

“I don’t like to talk about rumours. But in regard to Turco, the first thing about that is, I don’t want to trade him. And the second thing is, I really have no plans to trade him,” Jackson said.

Erat on the Move…

The Vancouver Province reports that given the new ownership situation in Nashville, Dave Poile is looking to trade Martin Erat and his $1.675 cap hit… In the midst of a career year, could this be the “top 6 guy” Bryan Murray Has been holding out for?

The Big 3, who will go?

Boyle and Prospal will need contracts, the ownership is in trouble, and the team is struggling. All indications point to the bolts trading one of the “Big 3″ before the beggining of next season. But who will it be?, and where will he go?

Western Conference Rumblings

Anaheim Ducks: GM Brian Burke has to dump about $900,000 to fit Scott Niedermayer’s contract under next season’s salary cap. Rampant speculation suggests Burke could shop a defenseman (Chris Pronger excepted) with Mathieu Schneider, Francois Beauchemin and Sean O’Donnell considered the leading candidates.

Heartless Habs

Remember the days when no one wanted to come play in the Montreal Forum. Teams knew that they would be in for a very tough game. If you touched one of the habs, you would have to pay. Those days are long gone. Every Habs team that won a cup had a guy or 2 to clean your clock. The role players in Montreal are not playing their roles. Latendresse can’t be on your 3rd or 4th lines. Neither can Ryder. If Montreal has so many young prospects why do they have 8 defencemen in the lineup every night.

Battaglia Waived

Sportsnet is reporting that Bates Battaglia has been waived by the Leafs as of 2007.12.10

Maybe they are making room…

Flyers Trade Timonen to the Dallas Stars

The Philadelphia Flyers dealt defenceman Jussi Timonen to the Dallas Stars on Monday for a conditional draft pick in 2009.