Rumors according to TSN.COM

Numminen going to Detroit and Gomez going to the Blue Jackets are some of the trade rumors discussed on TSN.COM

Although Numminen has been talked about for a while now, Scott Gomez is sure enough a surprise.Trade Rumor of the Day: Numminen to Detroit

February 24, 2003

Kara Yorio

Sporting News

Editor’s note: As the NHL heads for its March 11 trade deadline, teams are lining up deals that will solidify their status as Stanley Cup contenders, give them a boost toward making the playoffs or set their course for next season. Sporting News evaluates the hottest trade rumors and rates whether they have a snowball’s chance in hockey of being done.

Rumor: Numminen to Detroit

Purported terms: Coyotes defenseman Teppo Numminen for Red Wings defenseman Mathieu Dandenault and center Sean Avery.

The Red Wings want a top-four defenseman, and Numminen is the most attractive blue liner out there. But Detroit is not the only team interested in the Coyotes’ captain, and the price might get driven up. The Wings could have an edge in the bidding, however, if Numminen says he’ll waive his no-trade clause only to go the Wings, as has been speculated.

Numminen could be the piece that puts the Red Wings closer to repeating as Stanley Cup champions, and Detroit has never been unwilling to bring in more veterans or afraid of a player’s age — Numminen will be 35 in July.

Snowball’s chance: 3 out of 5

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Trade Rumor of the Day: Devils’ Gomez to Blue Jackets

February 25, 2003

Kara Yorio

Sporting News

Editor’s note: As the NHL heads for its March 11 trade deadline, teams are lining up deals that will solidify their status as Stanley Cup contenders, give them a boost toward making the playoffs or set their course for next season. Sporting News evaluates the hottest trade rumors and rates whether they have a snowball’s chance in hockey of being done.

Rumor: Gomez to the Blue Jackets

Purported terms: Devils center Scott Gomez for Blue Jackets forwards Andrew Cassels and Ray Whitney.

On one level, this deal makes sense — Cassels and Whitney are the type of veteran forwards that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello would want at the trade deadline.

Gomez may be attainable. He is having a difficult time with coach Pat Burns — but he is not the only one.

However, Lamoriello knows he must get more for Gomez than two rental players. Both Cassels and Whitney can be unrestricted free agents after this season. While Lamoriello isn’t against a rental player or two and will pull the trigger to get such a player if he thinks it’s the final piece to his puzzle, he will not give up a young player with Gomez’s potential for a couple of guys who could be gone on July 1.

Snowball’s chance: 1 out of 5


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