Regier, NHL GMs have little time to shop

John Vogl

The sellers

• Carolina Hurricanes: Carolina has already begun shedding players, sending forward Matt Cullen to Ottawa before the Olympics. They have a proven scorer on the market in winger Ray Whitney. They also have what the Sabres may need.

Defenseman Joe Corvo, an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, is a power-play regular. The 32-year-old, who has played just 33 games because of a leg laceration, has four goals and two assists with the man advantage. He makes $2.625 million, but because it’s prorated it would fit under the approximately $1.16 million in salary cap room the Sabres have available.

• Florida Panthers: The new owners sent an open letter to fans saying the Panthers are not a competitive squad, and “no small changes or quick fixes will do.” In other words, no reasonable offer refused.

The Sabres could use consistent scoring at right wing alongside Roy and Thomas Vanek, making Nathan Horton (17 goals, 46 points) an intriguing target. The 24-year-old broke his leg in January but is expected back soon. He has three years remaining on a contract that averages $4 million a year.

• Edmonton Oilers: The NHL’s worst team is eager for a makeover. Problem is, they are the worst for a reason. Players such as Sheldon Souray, Ethan Moreau and Steve Staios are available, but their performances (seven to 13 points) don’t equal their salaries ($2 million to $5.4 million).

• Toronto Maple Leafs: GM Brian Burke loves to get folks talking, and he did so by acquiring defenseman Dion Phaneuf and goaltender J.S. Giguere before the break. He’s probably not done.

There are rumblings blue-liner Tomas Kaberle, who leads the team with 40 assists (including 21 on the power play), might finally be willing to drop his no-trade clause for an Eastern Conference team. Big right wing Alexei Ponikarovsky (19 goals, $2.1 million) has an expiring contract, as does left wing and West Seneca native Lee Stempniak (14 goals, $2.5 million).

8 Responses to Regier, NHL GMs have little time to shop

  1. dumbassdoorman says:

    After having been delt basically twice in two years you think Kaberle would want some control ove rwhere he goes…..but I guess not. I don't want him traded for the sake of being traded, but he HAS to see that he is gone really.

  2. hockey_lover says:

    Ya know, I wanted to post something like this but didnt want to deal with the crap that the Leafs fans would have heaped on me.

    Why would Kaberle even WANT to stay there anymore? Its obvious he is not wanted or appreciated as they have tried to move him several times. I get that he has a family or might have ties to the community. But come on .. this guy is one of the top 15 dmen in the league, a beast on the PP .. any team would LOVE to have him, especially given his cap hit.

    He deserves better.

  3. dumbassdoorman says:

    I think given the stance of him and the team, they should have either asked him or talked extention. I also like the move of the pens aquiring Leopold. I wonder if that takes them out of the Poni or Whitney runnings?

  4. reinjosh says:

    They can't talk extension till July 1st unfortunately. The CBA only allows teams to talk extension one year prior to a player becoming a free agent (and less if its a one year deal I believe).

    But I really am starting to think that Burke is serious about keeping him. This militant stance by him not wanting to ask Kaberle to waive his clause and Kaberle not wanting to waive his clause is really quite telling. Burke had no problem trading for a player with an NTC (giguere) and having him asked to waive it, but he won't ask Kaberle for some reason. I believe its an easy way out for him. Truthfully, I would rather trade him. I think that it just serves the purposes of the team more than keeping him but who knows. Although stacked defense is always awesome.

  5. dumbassdoorman says:

    I still say they will trade him, Burke basically thought he had this summer for Kessel.  I understand what you were saying about Giggy, but I have a hunch the lack of playing time had a lot to do with that, plus Hillers extention. And there is nothing say Anh. didn't call Burke knowing he is willing to take on salary and suggest the trade.

  6. reinjosh says:

    Although, What I forgot to mention on the comment above, is that I could see Burke just skipping trading Kaberle at the draft and trade deadline altogether and instead waiting till July 1st. He then could talk to Kaberle about an extension and see if it is agreeable and also see if he can grab Marleau (which I realize is unlikely but its a possibility) should he hit the market. If He gets both then Kaberle wouldn't need to be moved. That would provide us with two natural snipers and a stacked defense. Bring up Kadri if he is ready, sign Poni back and the team is laughing. It would be tight cap wise, but our scoring wouldn't be as bad and we would actually have a playoff team.

  7. dumbassdoorman says:

    Good thinking, I agree with hockeylover as well i think Goli is a goner from Pitt, he is what will be traded for a scoring winger…now just who is the question?

  8. hockey_lover says:

    I think so as well. Be awesome to try and package 2 dmen (Goli and Skoula/McKee) to get a winger.

    Id like to keep SOME pics lol 

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