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


22 Responses to Rumors according to TSN.COM

  1. Devil666 says:

    I don’t think Lou will trade Gomez for a rental player or two. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is traded but I think it will be for another scorer that will stay with the team for a while.

    I expect him to trade for someone that has played under Burns and played well.

    Of course Lou will do the unexpected and surprise everyone.

  2. amazing_jesse says:

    Not many people are commenting on this one. Numminen is the kind of guy who is just there. He’s good, but not flashy. Just a Finnish lunch pail kind of guy.

    Yawn.

    Anything up with Lindros these days?

  3. AvT says:

    Hehe…I agree, it’s not exciting news but still newsworthy to some degree. It’s one of those articles that you just kinda read real quick and respond to only if you’re a fan of one of the teams mentioned.

    As for Lindros, the last I heard he was still the host of Be A Player.

    …..Ohhhh….You meant, Eric….. Ummm…who really cares? : )

    later…

  4. chaos83 says:

    It was my understanding that numminem didn’t want to waive his no trade clause because his wife is with child and is due to have the baby before the end of the season.

  5. KaPluie says:

    If the Wings give up Avery, I will be very upset. I think that Avery has the feistiness that the Wings need. Detroit needs players like Avery especially in terms of their future. He reminds me of Kris Draper, though more physical. Draper has been one of the team’s key players for a while, and every Detroit fan knows how vital the roll players are to their club. Avery could become a big time roll player in the future, and I don’t want to see him go, even if it is for Numminen. I think that Detroit needs to just forget about Numminen, and look for a different defenseman. Glen Wesley perhaps.

  6. amazing_jesse says:

    He’s a slim shady!

  7. aaron says:

    Man, Numminen’s an All Star level defenseman, but I really don’t want to give up Avery for him. Dandenault is iffy; he’d be an upgrade on that position, so couldn’t complain. But Avery…that is not a player I want to get rid of as a throw in (and I know Phoenix wants him as more than a throw in, but you know what I mean).

  8. czar5 says:

    Gomez is a solid young playmaking center who makes a mere $900,000 per. If he’s traded, a young, offensive, and inexpensive center must be coming to NJ. That fact narrows the options considerably. Without Gomez, NJ is looking at Madden and Rheume down the middle for next season,assuming Joe Nieuwendyk is not re-signed. Even if Joe N is resigned, NJ still needs a second offensive center. My suggestion would be Buffalo’s Stu Barnes. He’s an all around player who plays all 3 forward positions; he’s very much like the injured Sergei Brylin. Maybe Lamoriello can package Berglund, Gionta and Danton somehow. However, no matter what, tading Gomez makes little sense.

  9. aaron says:

    Gomez has been underachieving the past two seasons. If Lou could get Cassels and Whitney for him, I’d pull the trigger in a heart beat. He can always retain them. Anyways, Gomez always disappears in the playoffs.

    That would give the Devils some actually scoring punch, something they’re sorely lacking right now.

  10. habsoverserver says:

    Morrisson and a pick brought Mogilny (and a Cup). Gomez and a pick should fetch Selanne or the equivalent.

  11. amok says:

    The Canucks got Dennis Pederson as part of the Mogilny package. Pederson didn’t do a hell of a lot but he was part of a package (with Berehowsky) for Letowski, Warriner, and Bouck.

  12. habsoverserver says:

    Thanks, I forgot the particulars of the trade, but I was trying to say that the Devils got great value for Morrisson and would aim for equally high value for Gomez.

  13. mikster says:

    Isn’t Gomez playing win now though?

  14. mikster says:

    A slim loser !!!!!

  15. LeAfS4LiFe says:

    Ray Whitney is by far the best player in the NHL of all time, and can put players like Gretzky and Lemieux to shame. He alone should be able to get the BJ’s Gomez, Stevens, Brodeur, Madden, Gionta and 4 first round picks. Even after this trade, I stil think that it will be in favor of the Jackets because of Whitney’s unparalelled greatness.

  16. Pock says:

    Yeah I like Ray Whitney too, but I don’t think you should be able to drink before coming on this site making ridiculous comments like that.

  17. Pock says:

    Probably once again just speculation, but if it were true i’d take that in a second. Lets not forget Gomez has had two great seasons, both when Mogilny was his linemate. He does have great potential though. I’d be surprised if hes in a devs uniform after the deadline due to butting heads w/ Lou.

  18. czar5 says:

    ???…is there a typo or something? Is Gomez playing well now? or win now? Gomez is playing well, supposedly a bit unhappy with burns…but a young player like him needs a coach like Burns.

  19. amok says:

    He probably meant “wing”

  20. amok says:

    That trade worked out great for both teams. Devils got the Cup and the Canucks got a future firstline center.

  21. aaron says:

    Mogilny disappeared in the playoffs and had nothing to do w/ the Cup. If I were the Devils, I’d be regretting that trade right now.

  22. Rico71 says:

    *lol*

    I agree.

    Man…keep away from the drugs and/or alcohol.

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