Roster Freeze Not Freezing the GM's of the League

The roster freeze is on, but the minds of NHL general managers are still functioning.Vancouver Canucks GM Nonis marked Alex Auld as the current #1 goalie to lead the way, but after a crucial performance against the Edmonton Oilers last night, a 7-6 loss, Nonis may change his opinion rather quickly.

Look for Nonis to contact other general managers whose goalies are available. Number one is Roberto Luongo, but he won’t be going anywhere before January. If Ryan Miller keeps winning for the Sabres, Martin Biron will become available. Nonis may also look into Lalime’s services, and if he wants to go on the cheaper side, Jocelyn Thibault may be an option.

Luongo Trade: A blockbuster deal.

Biron Trade: Rich value goes to the Sabres involving drafts picks, prospects, and NHL ready players.

Lalime Trade: Very cheap acquisition.

Thibault Trade: Very cheap acquisition.

Rangers star Jaromir Jagr shows frustration that the team, as of late, is not scoring enough goals. Rangers may try to call up a scoring forward like Nigel Dawes or Jarkko Immonen to shake things up. If that does not work, look for the Petr Sykora rumors to heat up. It would be a complicated trade as the Rangers do not have much to trade, but other options may include Blues forward Petr Cajanek, or Blue Jacket David Vyborny.

The Devils are not completely free from Malakhov’s salary as his agent is stating that Malakhov is not retiring. Devils went 0-11 on the powerplay against the Rangers the other night. With GM Lamoriello behind the bench, he gets a better idea of needs for the team and may be ready to pull a trade in January.

Same as the Canucks, the Edmonton Oilers may look to acquire a goaltender if Conklin, Markkanen, and Morrisson are not reliable enough. Edmonton has more depth to trade than the Canucks that should interest the Sabres. Look for MacTavish and Lowe to rotate the three goalies for another stretch of games before making any trade.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are still struggling for consistency in wins. GM Jay Feaster may try to negotiate an affordable deal with Brad Richars in january, and if that does not work then he may decide to pull a big trade, possibly acquiring a goalie.

37 Responses to Roster Freeze Not Freezing the GM's of the League

  1. hockeyhead says:

    raycroft, murray, samsonov and boynton.

    one or all will be a part of the deconstruction of the bruins.

  2. paul_dc10 says:

    i want loungo on cancucks 🙂

  3. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Canucks aren’t gettin’ Luongo. Sure you guys have a defenseman to offer (Jovo) but you don’t have a #1 goalie to offer. If you guys don’t want Cloutier, than who the hell else wants him? He sucks in the playoffs and is injured everyother game. Keenan will want a better goalie than Cloutier to get Luongo out of Florida.

  4. wingerxxx says:

    What I was afraid would happen with the Rangers, is happening right now. And that is simply not enough scoring depth at all, behind Prucha and Jagr. And no run to run the power play. Both are getting to be very serious problems.

    If Jagr has an injury (which is not out of the question), then the team is in big time trouble. There is no real go-to guy other than Jagr and Prucha. The guys are working hard overall…but it’s looking more and more like the Rangers have overachieved. Your weaknesses really show during down stretches, and the Rangers have glaring weaknesses that need to be addressed. Hopefully Sather and the coaching staff can take a long look at the team and address them.

  5. buster says:

    I heard rumours reported by that Todd Bertuzzi is still on the trading block and that 5 teams are really interested. The site says that Montreal, Toronto, Anaheim,florida and L.A. are all interested. The site also says that the trade with Toronto would most likely send Bertuzzi to Toronto and Ed Belfour to Vancouver to fill up their goaltending needs.

  6. buster says:

    I’ve heard that the Canucks are close to a deal for Blue Jackets Goalie Marc Denis as the Jackets are very impressed with the play of Pascal LeClaire and have a capable backup with Prusek. I heard Denis would be traded to Vancouver for Matt Cooke, Jason King and a 5th rd pick

  7. zyphrit says:

    Was this in “rumors” or “humor” section?

  8. propiro98 says:

    yes…..makes perfect sense 40 year old goalie on the down hill for big Bert….Toronto has nothing to offer which would make this deal sound reasonable

  9. propiro98 says:

    wow and Ana got 2 crack pots for federov? i never knew back ups were in such high demand

  10. lukeleim says:

    i actually heard this too, i forget from where but it was actually bertuzzi for belfour and stajan

  11. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    If Ryan Miller keeps winning for the Sabres, Martin Biron will become available. isnt it biron winning?

  12. wayne2 says:

    True the canucks and oilers both need a goalie and i still say the oilers made a mistake by not signing Curtis Joseph.The best possibility for the oilers is either Martin Biron or Marc Denis.I see Luongo going to Colorado but it will cost them.If Tampa Bay need to make room to sign Richards i say they should consider Martin (one good year) St-Louis,i like the guy but he still only had one good year(career year possibly).I much rather have Richards and Lecavalier as 1-2 centers.

  13. GaryPuck says:

    This is the deal from cbc.

    To Vancouver: Dwayne Roloson and Marian Gaborik

    To Minnesota: Brad Richards and 2nd round pick

    To Tampa Bay: Todd Bertuzzi, Dan Cloutier and 2nd round pick

  14. lukeleim says:

    tampa seems to be giving up too little

  15. wingerxxx says:

    It would be interesting to see how that proposed deal would affect the salary cap for those teams, if at all.

  16. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Yeah, that’s exactly what Vancouver needs, A 40 year old goalie that allowed 8 goals in his last game played. That’ll sure solve Vancouver’s goalie problem’s won’t it?

  17. mikster says:

    Very true, but do not rule out a possible 3 team deal. Keenan is the type to go after a UFA goalie…. like Cujo.

    But, i hardly see Luongo getting traded. If he does, it won’t be for Jovo, it will be for Bertuzzi.

  18. mikster says:

    I highly doubt it.

  19. mikster says:

    Marc Danis is one of the most underrated goalies in the NHL and a definite starter whou could easily play 70 games a season. He’d be perfect for the Nucks, but only close to the deadline will the B’Jacks trade him….or at least, until they are certain they are completely out of the playoff picture.

  20. mikster says:

    Right, but Miller was winning before Biron and it’s obvious that the Sabres gift warpped the starting position to Miller in training camp, which i thought demoralized Biron.

    And of course, Miller just came back and Biron loses….

    Miller is the guy for the Sabres, Biron did great for them….rasied his value which is exactly what the Sabres wanted.

    Said, isn’t it? The guy worked his ass off for the team and they’ll end up trading him.

  21. mikster says:

    It’s a crap deal for Minnesota. Risebrough would never do that trade. Not in a million years.

    They give up their key player, their better goalie for as great center who is also a UFA in 2006 and a 2nd rounder (big deal).

    Vancuver gets a solid reliable goalie and a great speedy winger to replace Bertuzzi.

    Tampa gets a goalie, which means they would have to dump Burke somehow, or deal Grahame for nothing…, plus Bertuzzi and a 2nd round pick….for…. how the French say…. “I dono wot`”.

    Makes no sense. Who on CBC came up with that?

  22. distance7 says:

    Why would Tampa take Cloutier? Can you even trade injured players like that?

  23. wingerxxx says:

    Of course, the day that I point out some obvious flaws in the team, they go out against Tampa and proceed to light up on the power play and get goals from other players! Even Poti! I still think those are areas that need to be addressed though.

  24. dcz28 says:

    David Vyborny i think is leading Colombus in scoring right now since Nash has been out most of the season so i would be surprised to see them trade him but then again Lang was leading the nhl in scoring when he got traded to the Wings so i guess it could be possible

  25. dcz28 says:

    Wouldn’t this deal put Tampa over the cap?

    Bertuzzi and Cloutier’s salary makes 7.7 million for those two and if you take out Richards 3.4 million salary that makes at least 4.3 million more for Tampa…do they have 4.3 million in cap space?

    Add the fact they already have Burke and Graham and dont need Cloutier and i dont see it happening unless they can flip Cloutier or another goalie to another team but even then i dont see this happening but who knows i never thought Boston would trade Thornton for the players they got either

  26. nyrhockey094 says:

    The Leafs have less then $hit to offer any team right now, a 40 year old goalie whos way over the hill and picking up speed? A very much over rated player in Nik Antropov who in reality really is not that good. And Tellqvist isnt ready yet to take up the starting position. Personally I dont understand how the leafs get all teh hype every year. They continuously get older and older and lose more and more skill but still seem to have the same asperations by fans. Most Ignorant fans out there IMO.

  27. nyrhockey094 says:

    No way in hell. Minnesota is giving up way to much in gaborik and a roloson who can definitly be a # 1 goalie with a decent team in front of him. Brad Richards is good but thats not enough in return and Tampa just gets a awesome deal out of this but why the the hell is any team gona trade for a goalie whos injured?????

  28. thatleafsguy says:

    well you like to say the leafs get older and older……but who is the ignorant one? i think its you….if you compare the leafs roster of 04 to the leafs roster of today, they have gotten alot younger not older… before you post a stupid comment like this again, do some research.

  29. thatleafsguy says:

    if there were a deal involving belfour and bert there would obviously have to be more than just belfour going to the canucks……

  30. samsdad says:

    As a Bruins fan, here is my take on the mentioned players….

    Raycroft – since he only has a 1 yr deal, and Hannu id playing great, he could go – problem – who then would be the 2d goaltender – Tim Thomas would have to clear waivers, and Sigalet is certainly not ready. So they would need to pick up a back up – Potvin, Lalime,Thibault?

    Murray – again a possibility – would need to get back a skating forward

    Sammy – dont see it happening…they will have plenty of cap space next year…and Sammy is the type of player that the Bs have learned you need…good skater, not a Thorton type slow guy

    Boynton – a definite possibility – a 1 year deal, and tough to negotiate with – trade for a good skating defenseman

    I think the Bs have learned its about skating and speed now…not power

  31. Hollywood666 says:

    haha! that was brilliant, I might have to steal that one!

  32. hockeyhead says:

    if they play like they did last night and punch home another tonight….they may decide not to trade those guys.

    hanny better be the number one….i am sick of razor getting his starts and not making the big save.

    also, zhamnov coming around makes him more tradable.

  33. buster says:

    I heard a crazy rumour today, on some whacked out rumour site that said the Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr. and Pat Quinn are tired of the Leafs lack of energy on the ice. The rumour on this whacked site (I wish I remembered the site link now cause it’s just so messed) The rumour said the Leafs were close to acquiring Jordin Tootoo from Nashville for Marc Moro and future considerations. Has anyone else seen this rumour? I f so so you remember the link? I have to see that site again!!!LOL

  34. bammer91 says:

    yeah the canucks need the 40 year old virgin on there team

  35. bammer91 says:

    k first of all canucks wouldnt acqiure someone as good as louongo…….wat would happen when cloutier gets back>? Also if u’ve been watching the games rite know alud isent doing that bad no trade will happen until at least feburary if he keeps it up

  36. pensfanalltheway6687 says:

    Who would want Thibault and what would the Pens get for him, if anything at all??? He has been playing like a bag of sticks lately, as have all of the Penguins!!!

  37. Tuner44 says:

    You can not trade a player on the injured list. Cloutier is going nowhere till the summer.

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