Recent Speculation Tid bits

– Stall for Hossa ??
– Jackets and Ranger to make a swap?
– What’s in store for Kolzig?

The Pittsburgh-Tribune Review is denying speculation that the Penguins are considering a mega trade that would see Jordan Stall go to the Thrashers for star forward Marian Hossa. It is thought that Hossa would be too expensive at his current contract rate and that Stall despite a slump is a huge player with super upside. Although the tribune speculates that this trade will most likely not happen it is noted that one has to give up assets to get something back in return. HTR believes that if the Penguins were able to add Hossa to their lineup they have the possibility to turn into an offensive powerhouse that cold exceed all expectations. On any note, often where there is smoke there is fire. HTR believes that the possibility exists that a deal cold be worked out between these two teams.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_547624.html

Blue Jackets and Rangers to make a swap?

Speculation continues to run rampant that the New York Rangers are trying hard to make a deal with the Blue Jackets. The Daily News is speculating that the rangers are eager to make a move however it is noted that it may be a little difficult to try to convince that “any of the Ranger players are worth taking.” It is noted that the Rangers may be looking to make the kind of move that they made last year by acquiring Avery which turned the teams fortunes around and set the team on a late season roll.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/

Kolzig to Retire? Or to be shopped?

The Washington Post is speculating that Olaf Kolzig is taking a wait and see approach about the trade deadline. Although he has a no trade clause in his contract he did not say that he would not be willing to waive it. One of the main parts of the article is that Kolzig may be thinking about retirement due to the past several seasons in Washington which have not been too successful. HTR notes that Kolzig may be a great rental goalie down the stretch for a team. He has great size and experience. He would be a great fit for any team that needs goaltending depth.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/


48 Responses to Recent Speculation Tid bits

  1. KingCanada says:

    why does everyone keep mispelling the name STAAL, there is already 3 of them in the league, one of which is a star player!  Jeez guys lol

  2. Habs_pm says:

    Hossa will be playing with his buddy Gaborik soon,he'll be traded to the west if anything….
    No way the Pens will give up Stall.
    He is a rookie having a bad season, you just don't dump a player like that. He had 29 goals in his first season…that was no fluke.

    Kolzig should get out of washington or retire…he hasn't done anything for them in the past 4-5 seasons….He was huge for them when they had that run a few years ago but he hasn't been a clutch goalie….and he gets paid alot…

  3. stratmancj says:

    i see "Stall for Hossa ??" in the headline, and think, wait, they are both on the rangers

  4. NYI365-318J1 says:

    i think big young jordan stall for proven goal getter Marian hossa would be fair but i'd rather see either or both on long island playing against there bum brothers marc and marcel.

    i think the blue jackets and blue shirts would only hurt each other by making a trade together so im all for it!!!

    and kolzig will most likly be traded to pittsburgh or tampa by the deadline as long as the caps are still not playoff contenders (and they probobly wont be contenders becuse one of there top centers (nylander) just got injured for the rest of the season)

  5. TheDonkey says:

    Why does everyone waste their time with these idle speculations.  Everyone knows that all of the guys mentioned in this post will be going to the Leafs!
    Staal, Hossa, Kolzig, Avery..all of them to the Leafs with nobody going in return!  They will just add depth.

  6. senators101 says:

    I see Hossa to the Pens a lot more likely than Sundin to the Pens –> Leaf fans, forget about Staal and a bunch of picks coming your way.  If Hossa gets traded, Pittsburgh keeps their 1-2 down the middle with Crosby and Malkin but you get Hossa with Crosby… finally some real wing talent for him to play with.  Just makes more sense than having another centreman in Sundin.

  7. Pronger44 says:

    Yeah one’s name is Marc, the other is Eric Staal dipshit, remember he lead the Hurricanes in scoring when they won the Stanley Cup two seasons ago, any hockey fan would know the four Staal brothers moron, they are from my hometown Thunder Bay On. their dad built them a rink and from there on the become great hockey players, they make our city proud.

  8. bernonedown says:

    First thing first, why would Kolzig retire? Second, why would the Capitals want him to leave? Keep him, get rid of Johnson. I like him, but the team should get a youthful goalie up into the NHL for some personal mentoring from Kolzig while he still has a year or two left. Kolzig is still a really good option on a young team and I'm sure there are at least 2 or 3 teams who would want him if they decide to trade.

    Staal for Hossa? Don't know why either GM would consider this. Atlanta desparately needs a big, scoring center, but if I was them I would wait to sign one in the summer. Atlanta has a chance at making the playoffs this year again, and if I was them I would be working around the clock to get Hossa inked. The thrashers should be shopping around Boris Valabik….. I hate to say that, and he is going to be a top 4 D-man one day, but I think he could fetch them a free-agent center that could help the team make a strong push to the playoffs and hold off Carolina for the third seed. If Hossa won't agree to sign a contract, and they have to trade him, they need to find at least one top 6 winger to come back to them so they have a chance at making thunder in the first round.

    As for Pittsburg, Hossa would be good alongside Crosby, but so would almost anyone. And Pittsburg wouldn't want to resign him at a high price, because they have more valuble pieces to the puzzle already. I think if Pittsburg wants to make a serious run at the Cup, they need to get more playoff experience on the back end, and possible get one more defensive forward who can still chip in. This would definatly make Pittsburg a serious contender in my mind:

    To Pittsburg: Rob Blake

    To L.A.: Angelo Esposito, 2nd Rounder

    To Pittsburg: Raffi Torres

    To Edmonton: Erik Christenson

    Good move for everyone.

    As for Atlanta, it would depend on their position and if Hossa resigns.

    Trade are hard to predict at this point in the season, but I know a few teams will be active and lots of teams fighting for the rentals!!!

  9. habsrock99 says:

    Raffi Torres is out for the season with a torn ACL or MCL.

  10. TheArn23 says:

    I think you misread there you reading inapt asshole.

    He's talking about Marcel HOSSA!

    Wake the hell up man, you don't want to be promoting farming towns' IQ level.

  11. bernonedown says:

    I dont exactly mean Raffi, but a player of his calibre and style….. isn't he back for the playoffs tho?

  12. Pronger44 says:

    quit responding to my posts faggit, if you got a crush on me or something, which i obviously see you do im straight ok, so quit posting to me, i dont want to be involved in some sick pedophile scam like you my friend, like i said, talk hockey, or F!UCK OFF!

  13. marcstaalscrazy says:

    staal for hossa…i mean thats basically trading a finess forward with great hands and already a stellar career and season coming off of an amazing three goal game for a player who has proven his rookie season to be a reliable two way player who works well on the pk..although staal is a promising young two way forward, this seems like too little to go back to atlanta for giving up one of their highest producing offenseman

  14. prayin-for-the-wce says:

    Your insane if you think Staal isn't worth Hossa.  Hossa is a rental player.  SUre he's a great hockey player and all, but he is a rental.  Jordan Staal was the 2nd overal pick 2 years ago, had 29 goals and lead the league in shorthanded goals last year.  He is also still on his rookie contract, while Hossa will probably demand upwards of 8 million next year while staal will still be making rookie minimum. 

  15. caliplayr21 says:

    the rangers are just going to trade them between positions. try somehting new. couldn't hurt lol

  16. caliplayr21 says:

    i believe he is talking about the Islanders getting both Jordon  Staal and Marian Hossa to play against Marc Staal and Marcel Hossa of the Rangers since they play the msot times against each other. (although marian playing in pits would essentially mean the same thing, just it wouldn;t be this guys favorite team having both).

    pay attention.

  17. habsrock99 says:

    I highly doubt Torres will be back by then but even if he is, he's quite possibly one of the most over-rated 3rd line players who is posing as a Top 6 forward in the NHL. Yes he adds some grit but he is not all that good of a player. His career high in goals is 27 and his career high in points is 41, which is quite sad for a 5th overall Draft Pick. He even had a hard time scoring in the AHL during the lock-out (46 points in 67 games take it he had over 160 PIM). But, the thing is, he has a torn ACL, which takes anywhere from 3-6 months to heal from and it's an injury that most GM's won't gamble on, especially when it'll cost a Draft Pick and he won't be playing. Draft Picks are too coveted in the Salary Cap Era to just throw away when a deep Draft is near. Which is why I highly doubt the Leafs will get the type of return Leaf fans expect.

  18. leniwm1 says:

    The only thing i woudl give up for blake is the bag of pucks, minus the pucks.

  19. Williams1505 says:

    you need donkey punched in the face!

  20. bernonedown says:

    yes 41 points is bad for a 5th Overall pick, but if he was picked 180th overall he would be a steal. The money players make is based on production, not draft place.

  21. Plekanec says:

       So the world biggest idiot is from Thunder Bay! No wonder that place is such of dive!

  22. senators101 says:

    hey “dipshit”. Marian Hossa has a brother named Marcel Hossa (who the original poster was referring to) who plays on the rangers. SO, it would be 2 sets of brothers playing against each other. Marian Hossa and Jordan Staal (islanders) vs. Marcel Hossa and Mark Staal.

    You look like an idiot when you talk sh*t and you’re wrong.

  23. marcstaalscrazy says:

    you make good points but hossa is not a rental player at all..sure he has a high demand contract but who in this league who produces as much even more than hossa without a high pay contract..thats inevedable in this league..i agree the money that i spent on hossa is not needed for atlanta especiall ywhen atlanta would recieve a minimum rookie contract..but he still has proven obviously bcecause hes been in the league longer, to be a great goal and point scorer.. Jordan Staal would be a huge, huge bust if he did not produce in atlanta especially with the already started, disappointing season that he's having.

  24. marcstaalscrazy says:

    *atlanta

  25. BruMagnus says:

    I was about to post that when I saw the first response was yours. Good job. I declare a worldwide campaign to get people to spell it correctly.

    S T A A L

  26. BruMagnus says:

    He is a rookie? He is a sophomore riding the jinx if I'm not mistaken (which, naturally, I am not).

    Plus, ever hear of a guy called Alexandre Daigle?

  27. BruMagnus says:

    lol, that was funny

  28. BruMagnus says:

    Kolzig is 100% NOT coming to Pittsburgh. TB maybe… Pittsburgh DEFINITELY NOT!

  29. BruMagnus says:

    You've finally slipped up.

    Consider yourself reported!

  30. BruMagnus says:

    A BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM!!!

    Well done.  *clap* *clap* *clap*

  31. BruMagnus says:

    He doesn't look like an idiot, he IS an idiot and a gay basher who should be banned from this site.

  32. BruMagnus says:

    Very succint and logical. So naturally [most] Leafs' fans won't comprehend it.

  33. BruMagnus says:

    You are joking right?

    ChristensEn still has plenty of upside left, not to mention being last season's BEST shootout expert. The Pens have enough Torres like players. We need a true top line scoring winger. A true number 1 goalie, which may or may not be Fleury, and a solid top 2-4 defensive defenseman.

    Rob Blake does indeed fit that, but to even THINK and actually SUGGEST that we'd trade Esposito (even straight up!) for Blake who has 1-3 years left tops, is absurd! Esposito had been the consensus number one overall pick, and could still develop into such…. this kid is as good as untradeable unless it landed one of the few elite wingers in the League like Hossa, Heatley or Iggy.

  34. BruMagnus says:

    I agree. Staal will likely develop into a much more well-rounded player than Hossa.

    Just a note: Staal's cap hit is $2.2 million because of bonuses.

  35. GolfLeafsGolfHa says:

    Bru your such a pathetic waste of air. Reporting people for swearing a little, booooo*****enwhoooooo you *****en cry baby, go suck the owners of this site off some more you cheap *****en pissant.

  36. GolfLeafsGolfHa says:

    Bru's such a *****ing baby its sickening, wahhhh wahhhhhh WAHHHHHHHHHHH ALL THE *****ING TIME, YOUR SUCH A LOSER BRU AND FEEL PROUD BECAUSE YOU GOT YOUR LITTLE HOCKEY SITE TO COME ON AND LOOK LIKE YOUR SOME SMART *****ING GUY, WELL YOU AINT BRU OR YOU WOULDN'T BE LIVING YOUR POOR EXCUSE OF A LIFE TYPING A WAY ON SOME SHIT ASS HOCKEY SITE, SO CRY BRU, NO ONE CARES ABOUT THIS CRAP BUT YOURSELF, SO HAVE ALL THE GEEK FUN OF TYPING AWAY ALL YOU WANT YOU FAGGIT.

  37. bernonedown says:

    No I'm not joking. I never said Christensen didn't have any upside, and I think he would be a nice upgrade on any roster. As for the shootout, he is a dynamo, but they don't have the shootout in the post-season. And while he is a valuble penatly killer and lots of potential, I just think bringing in another "grind out the win" type player would allow Armstrong or Malone to be more involved offensively. Roberts is always amazing and doing his job, but as we saw in last years playoffs he and Laraque weren't enough, even for the Sens. As for Esposito…… I know he has the talent, but I feel his confidence has dropped significantly the last few years and may not live up to the hype of when he was younger. He might have been a concenus number one, but that was 2 years before his draft year. Everyone one of the players taken before him, are better, and probably some behind him. I think you just have a thing for the Penguins where everyone on the team is perfect and theres nothing ever wrong with them, they are a young team, need warriors with playoff experience, and the Pens could be contenders immediatly by giving up a player who looks like hes take steps back every year. Blake….. I wasn't even counting on him staying after this year…… just a rental, the price of rentals is as high as ever, so it would take alot. Your beloved Penguins have a good chance at playoff success, they should take it. And Espo would never, ever, ever be close to what Iginla and Heatly are. They could trade Espo for Hossa I'm sure, but defense are more of a high commodity…. remember Norstrom??

  38. habsrock99 says:

    How the hell is Staal so hard to spell?

    While we're at it, add L O S E, L O S S and L O S I N G to the "Frequently Mis-Spelled List". I've noticed recently a lot of folks are spelling them loose, loos and loosing. I don't know about anyone else, but I learned how to spell loss, lose and losing back in Grade 1.

  39. BruMagnus says:

    Good point about shootouts being irrelevant in the post-season. One could argue that a team needs to get points via a shootout to even make the post-season, though. But I agree, it's a very good argument. However, I'm not sold on Torres. If it was Maltby, then ***** ya!

    About Espo, he was the number one draft pick half-way through his draft year, not 2 years before… unless I'm mistaken.

    Oh I don't think the Pens are perfect, I've written many articles or replies about what we lack (namely a top scoring winger, a true no.1 goalie, which may or may not be Fleury, and a top 2 or top 4 defensive defenseman). Also, one more top 6 winger with good scoring like Sykora.

    I

  40. BruMagnus says:

    Good point about shootouts being irrelevant in the post-season. One could argue that a team needs to get points via a shootout to even make the post-season, though. But I agree, it's a very good argument. However, I'm not sold on Torres. If it was Maltby, then ***** ya!

    About Espo, he was the number one draft pick half-way through his draft year, not 2 years before… unless I'm mistaken.

    Oh I don't think the Pens are perfect, I've written many articles or replies about what we lack (namely a top scoring winger, a true no.1 goalie, which may or may not be Fleury, and a top 2 or top 4 defensive defenseman). Also, one more top 6 winger with good scoring like Sykora.

    I

    do

  41. BruMagnus says:

    Good point about shootouts being irrelevant in the post-season. One could argue that a team needs to get points via a shootout to even make the post-season, though. But I agree, it's a very good argument. However, I'm not sold on Torres. If it was Maltby, then ***** ya!

    About Espo, he was the number one draft pick half-way through his draft year, not 2 years before… unless I'm mistaken.

    Oh I don't think the Pens are perfect, I've written many articles or replies about what we lack (namely a top scoring winger, a true no.1 goalie, which may or may not be Fleury, and a top 2 or top 4 defensive defenseman). Also, one more top 6 winger with good scoring like Sykora.

    I

  42. BruMagnus says:

    Good point about shootouts being irrelevant in the post-season. One could argue that a team needs to get points via a shootout to even make the post-season, though. But I agree, it's a very good argument. However, I'm not sold on Torres. If it was Maltby, then ***** ya!

    About Espo, he was the number one draft pick half-way through his draft year, not 2 years before… unless I'm mistaken.

    Oh I don't think the Pens are perfect, I've written many articles or replies about what we lack (namely a top scoring winger, a true no.1 goalie, which may or may not be Fleury, and a top 2 or top 4 defensive defenseman). Also, one more top 6 winger with good scoring like Sykora.

    I

    do

  43. BruMagnus says:

    Good point about shootouts being irrelevant in the post-season. One could argue that a team needs to get points via a shootout to even make the post-season, though. But I agree, it's a very good argument. However, I'm not sold on Torres. If it was Maltby, then ***** ya!

    About Espo, he was the number one draft pick half-way through his draft year, not 2 years before… unless I'm mistaken.

    Oh I don't think the Pens are perfect, I've written many articles or replies about what we lack (namely a top scoring winger, a true no.1 goalie, which may or may not be Fleury, and a top 2 or top 4 defensive defenseman). Also, one more top 6 winger with good scoring like Sykora.

    I

    do agree

  44. BruMagnus says:

    Good point about shootouts being irrelevant in the post-season. One could argue that a team needs to get points via a shootout to even make the post-season, though. But I agree, it's a very good argument. However, I'm not sold on Torres. If it was Maltby, then ***** ya!

    About Espo, he was the number one draft pick half-way through his draft year, not 2 years before… unless I'm mistaken.

    Oh I don't think the Pens are perfect, I've written many articles or replies about what we lack (namely a top scoring winger, a true no.1 goalie, which may or may not be Fleury, and a top 2 or top 4 defensive defenseman). Also, one more top 6 winger with good scoring like Sykora.

    I

    do agree they

  45. BruMagnus says:

    Good point about shootouts being irrelevant in the post-season. One could argue that a team needs to get points via a shootout to even make the post-season, though. But I agree, it's a very good argument. However, I'm not sold on Torres. If it was Maltby, then ***** ya!

    About Espo, he was the number one draft pick half-way through his draft year, not 2 years before… unless I'm mistaken.

    Oh I don't think the Pens are perfect, I've written many articles or replies about what we lack (namely a top scoring winger, a true no.1 goalie, which may or may not be Fleury, and a top 2 or top 4 defensive defenseman). Also, one more top 6 winger with good scoring like Sykora.

    I

    do agree they need

  46. BruMagnus says:

    Sorry, computer frakked up.

    I do agree they need more warriors like Roberts. I really wanted Maltby or Gelinas in the off-season… oh well…

  47. BruMagnus says:

    agreed.

    and one more that infuriates me is:
    resign (to quit)
    re-sign (to sign again)

  48. caliplayr21 says:

    that one's a little bit tougher to remember. although i wish we all had good grammar (not grammer lol).  we should start a "let's learn english properly thread"

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