Rumors From Around The League

Rumors Circulating Around The League…Rumors:

  • Sabres looking for D:
  • With the Sabres nearing a playoff spot, mostly because of the poor play from Montreal and with injuries to 2 of their key defensemen, Jay McKee and James Patrick, Sabres GM Darcy Regier says he will look to acquire a defenseman at the NHL’s trade deadline but he also said it wouldn’t be easy. The biggest names being shopped around are Washington’s Sergei Gonchar, New York’s Brian Leetch and Chicago’s Alexander Kapovtsev. Leetch would help the Sabres in the experience department but I see him retiring as a Ranger.

  • Devils eyeing solid D and another Center:
  • New Jersey had their eye on Zhamnov until he was traded and with Gonchar’s trade value getting higher everyday, the Devils might be more interested in acquiring Brendan Witt. The club that acquires Gonchar (most likely the Leafs) will try and get Witt included in the deal so the Devils may try to acquire him quickly. Also, as a replacement for Zhamnov at the center position, Lamoriello may be looking at Phoenix’s Chris Gratton.

  • Colorado – Too Many Defensemen?:
  • With Colorado recently acquiring 2 defensemen, Bob Boughner and Kurt Sauer, the Avs now have 7 defensemen and couldn’t consider scratching any of them come playoff time. With the result of Morris’ poor offensive play, the Avs may look to move him for a good forward before the playoffs.

  • Nashville wants Sullivan signed already!:
  • With Sullivan playing so well since being acquired, Predators GM, David Poile already wants to sign him to a contract extension! The reason the Blackhawks traded Sullivan was to unload salary (He makes 3 Million this year) and were worried they could not re-sign him at the end of the year as he will become an unrestricted free agent July 1st. When Sullivan rejected an offer from the Blackhawks worth 2.5 Million a season for 3 years the Blackhawks then started shopping him.

  • Gonchar doesn’t want to remain a Capital:
  • Gonchar reportedly approached GM Mike McPhee within the past month to let him know that he wants to be traded to a contender and would like to be traded to Toronto. Every website I visit there is an article about Gonchar going to Toronto that I am starting to believe this Leaf rumor will happen!!! Gonchar said that if his team is rebuilding and wants to get younger (which is obviously what they are doing) he wants to go somewhere else. He said: “I’m not getting any younger, and I want to win a Stanley Cup before my career is over.” While discussing a trade players names going to Washington that were mentioned included defeseman Carlo Colaiacovo and forwards Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarovsky. Colaiacovo said he wants to stay in Toronto but knows he may not have the choice. Gonchar said it would be nice to be moved to Toronto, he has a lot of friends there and he could play with ex-partner Ken Klee.

  • Islander want to play safe and get a D-Man
  • The Islanders want to make sure they stay in playoff position and are looking to acquire a hard-hitting defenseman. Brendan Witt is being shopped and a lot of teams seem to be interested, add the Islanders to that long list. The Isles could also be interested in Edmonton’s Jason Smith and Anaheim’s Keith Carney. Although Carney is a great under-rated defenseman he is the core of Anaheim’s team and I don’t think he will be moved anytime soon.

  • Hawks GM claims he will move “one more”
  • Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Bob Pulford expects to move one more player before the NHL Trade Deadline but won’t name who he is thinking of. Various sources say he is thinking of moving defenseman Alexander Karpovtsev and with many teams looking to add a defenseman he could be moved easily.

  • Columbus won’t be active
  • Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager says he doesn’t see any free agents that will be on the market this summer that will attract his interest, therefore he doesn’t want to part with his “quality veterans”. He mentioned he would love to deal Scott Lachance and would be listening to decent offers for forwards Andrew Cassels and Geoff Sanderson. However, he does not want to part with defenseman Luke Richardson.

  • Dudley may move Odelein
  • If the Panthers are nowhere close to a playoff position by the trade deadline, Lyle Odelein will “almost certainly” be traded to a Cup Contender. Dudley said several teams are interested and have inquired about Odelein as many Cup Contenders are in the market for a veteran defenseman. Dudley said he won’t make a move until he see’s he is nowhere close to a playoff spot. Dudley said if it doesn’t look like the Panthers are going to make the playoffs he would sit down with Lyle and ask him what he wants to do. If he wants to be dealt to a contender, Dudley would like to do for him. And if that were the case Dudley would like to re-sign Odelein in the off-season and apparently Odelein would want to do so aswell. He told the newspaper if he gets traded and doesn’t win the Stanley Cup he will come back and re-sign with the Panthers in the off-season to play for another year or two. Odelein said he would re-sign with the Panthers because he doesn’t care about the money and he’s made enough money. He’d rather play in South Florida and be part of a winning organization because he knows the future of this team will be awesome.

  • Boston looking to make first acquisition
  • So far this season, the Boston Bruins have been bidders and not buyers. They were in involved in the bidding for Steve Sullivan and Alexei Zhamnov reports the Herald. Apparently the Bruins would like to acquire 28 year old Jeff O’Neill from the Hurricanes to play the same type of hockey along with Joe Thornton but they know the price would be high and if they couldn’t beat the two 2nd Round Draft Picks for Sullivan than I don’t think they are ready to seriously bid on O’Neill. The Bruins are also interested in 40 year old Ron Francis from the Hurricanes but they will only deal him if he wishes to.


    25 Responses to Rumors From Around The League

    1. Wills says:

      I’ve heard Morris might get traded for to get another forward. Not sure why the Av’s would give up on Morris already but its just a rumor. The Caps want a good return for Gonchar without adding salary, so that pretty much means they want prospects and picks, something Quinn has already stated he doesn’t want to give up. I have a feeling Gonchar will end up on a team no one expects. I doubt JFJ or the Devils GM will overpay for this guy. Also expect the Rangers to hold a fire sale very soon. They are now 13 points out of a playoff spot after the loss tonight and are playing bad hockey. Detroit already has their top scout Mark Howe at the game, most likely looking at Kovalev. I’m guessing at least 3 or 4 top players from the Rangers get traded for some good draft picks and prospects.

    2. piettro22 says:

      Actually, I could also see the Sabres going for another forward with a defenceman in a package that will see one of Ryan Miller, Martin Biron, or Mikka Noronen going to another young team. Sabres right now need a solid defenceman for sure, but their offence is inexperienced and need to address the toughness part.

      And Pulford has to be feeling angry that the Hawks got the worse end of the deal that sent McCabe to Toronto (even though he wasn’t the GM back then.) karpotsev, Potsy as others would call him, has not been such a big contributor as Hawks fans and management expected. In fact, he was waived, sent down to minors, but still no team has shown real interest. But this year, some of the teams may take an interest in acquiring him for a mid round pick or future consideration, which means not entirely too much to lose for a player who has disappeared from the radar for quite a while.

      Just maybe…Cassels to Boston…Morris apparently on the shelf, including the Gonchar bid? (doubtful…Avs don’t need another scoring D)…Devils may want to take a look at Witt as Stevens’ replacement…Isles to address left wing side with Sanderson?….Flyers not done yet? May enter the Rangers’ dismantling sweepstakes…Leafs fan hungry for more, but Fergie is trying to play the money game right…Kolzig not really packing his bags? Wouldn’t he look nice in Isles or Blues or Preds uniform?…Dallas to address offence?

      O’ Neill could be part of that puzzle…

    3. afanofthelakings says:

      Biron VS Leetch

      OR

      Biron VS Morris

      ???

    4. afanofthelakings says:

      Kolzig would be a great acquisition for the Islanders !!!

      You don’t go far in playoffs with Snow and DiPietro

    5. Primis says:

      Colorado – Too Many Defensemen?: With Colorado recently acquiring 2 defensemen, Bob Boughner and Kurt Sauer, the Avs now have 7 defensemen and couldn’t consider scratching any of them come playoff time. With the result of Morris’ poor offensive play, the Avs may look to move him for a good forward before the playoffs.

      Given the Avs history of D-men getting injured, they’d probably be wise to stand pat and not deal a blueliner away. Especially considering their run of luck so far this season… they can afford them.

      Islander want to play safe and get a D-Man

      “…this is a recording…”

      Hawks GM claims he will move “one more” Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Bob Pulford expects to move one more player before the NHL Trade Deadline but won’t name who he is thinking of. Various sources say he is thinking of moving defenseman Alexander Karpovtsev and with many teams looking to add a defenseman he could be moved easily.

      Berard would be the blueliner moved.

      His contract is up at the end of the season and I don’t think he has any interest in resigning with the god-awful team. Wirtz would like something back for him, I’m sure…

      Also Thibault’s name is being tossed around in Chicago from what I hear, don’t rule out them moving him.

      Columbus won’t be active Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager says he doesn’t see any free agents that will be on the market this summer that will attract his interest, therefore he doesn’t want to part with his “quality veterans”. He mentioned he would love to deal Scott Lachance and would be listening to decent offers for forwards Andrew Cassels and Geoff Sanderson. However, he does not want to part with defenseman Luke Richardson.

      Columbus is in a real bind. They’re in the same division as the lowly ‘Hawks, but they’re also in the same division with the powerful Wings and the rising Predators. I’d imagine it’s tough for them to decide how to go about things — continue to slowly build, or make a push to make the playoffs next year. If they’re smart they’ll realize they have a long ways to go and stand pat…

      Odelein said he would re-sign with the Panthers because he doesn’t care about the money and he’s made enough money. He’d rather play in South Florida and be part of a winning organization because he knows the future of this team will be awesome.

      Does he really expect he’s going to be playing for another 3 or 4 years? The Panthers are in decent shape with youth but, wow do they have a ways to go yet. And I don’t see Odelein playing long enough to enjoy it…

      — Primis.

    6. shady_records says:

      Odelein said he will be around for another year or two and wants to help the young ones develop.

    7. -MJ- says:

      Toronto

      As much talent as Sergei Gonchar has, he is not worth the potential that Steen, Stajan, Colaiacovo, Wellwood, Antropov, Kaberle, and Panikarovski offer the Maple Leafs. I think the Maple Leafs will acquire Gonchar, but it will be for a less touted prospect, and draft picks. JFJ waited out on Ken Klee and Joe Nieuwendyk, and pulled the trigger when the times were right. I think he’s got this deal under control, and is waiting for the opportune moment to pounce. The Capitals are NOT going to have Gonchar on their payroll next season. They are asking for too much in return, so there’s not going to be much interest, until it gets closer to “crunch time” and McPhee has to lower is expectations a bit to make the deal.

      Also…for as much talk that has been going around about the lack of DEFENCE in Toronto, why have the Leafs not inquired about the services of one of the most reliable, and available defencemen in the NHL…Keith Carney!!! This guy logs 25 minutes/game, plays against all the top stars in the west every night, and is one of the most underrated d-men in the NHL. His offensive game is something that lacks to be desire, but he makes up for it with his INCREDIBLE durability and steadiness in his own end. Something the Maple Leafs havn’t had since…I can’t remember when.

      -MJ-

    8. piettro22 says:

      Of course Biron for Morris. The Rangers still have the likes of Jussi Markkanen and Mike Dunham, and the Avs? Aebischer and Sauve? I would definitely bet that the Rangers are more solid in this department than Avs. Markkanen has proved himself to be a potential star, and Dunham has not been solid, but at least he has played more games than Aebischer and Sauve.

      However, Lacriox may want Kolzig instead of Biron. Kolzig has the experience and the desire. But his contract is up at the end of the season so it will be a headache for Lacroix to think about (Kolzig may sign with them though…Avs are contenders.) So, I would say they are fighting for Kolzig along with several other teams.

      Leetch going elsewhere? Nope. He had won a cup with the Rangers so I would imagine him staying as a Ranger till the end.

      Morris would be a welcoming addition to the Sabres. He plays tough and still possesses some great skills. Won’t I be surprised if the Leafs are not secretly making a move for this guy!

    9. piettro22 says:

      The thing is, Snow has the experience but not good enough. He has been solid in the past couple seasons, but once it comes to playoffs, this guy is a no-no. Snow is too slow from post to post and his down-low game isn’t good enough.

      DiPietro needs at least another year to mature. He has the ability, but would Milbury be satisfied with him in the net if the Isles were to go deep? NO. At least not now, not this season. However, the Caps may ask for much more since the Isles are in the same conference and if the Caps are rebuilding, chances are they will not be happy to face Kolzig in playoffs down the road. So…maybe and just maybe…Kolzig will go to a western team.

    10. piettro22 says:

      Carney seems like a good adition on paper, but considering that the Leafs will certainly go with the likes of McCabe, Kaberle, Klee, and Marchment, there are only two spots left: one for a puck-carrier (another powerplay quarterback) plus someone solid. Now with Carney, unless his partner is a world-class playmaker or someone good at the transition game, the Leafs may not want to have Carney fighting minutes with the other four (heck, they are already fighting over them!) I will say Gonchar looks better on powerplay (like Housley) and maybe someone who plays like McCabe (Morris? Avs will like to see a team from east making the bid than any other teams from west), someone who is solid n both ends. But, hey, Carney’s salary will not be a concern so I could totally see that picture.

      (Are the Ducks willing to let go of this veteran though? They still want a mentor for their younger kids, especially with Visnevski and Havelid not playing as well as expected…they may want a prospect like Colaiacovo plus a top pick along with a Leafs’ roster player for Carney and a minor leaguer or prospect or 2nd round pick.)

    11. Dober says:

      I really hope that JFJ is waiting for a trade that is better than the gonchar trade. Personally i dont think they need his type of play. I think a Jason Smith or Keith Carney would suit them much better and they wouldn’t have to trade away all of their youth to get one of them.

      The leafs should also being looking for a foward who is not afraid to stand in front of the net. We all no that Nieuwendyk is the only one that will.

      Well that’s my opinion on what the i think the leafs should do AND JFJ don’t do make that Gonchar trade for everybody and their brother.

    12. Aetherial says:

      Supposedly the Caps aer askign for Antropov. Colaiacovo and a first rounder.

      They are asking that Parise be included in a deal with New Jersey.

      Sorry, neither scenario is going to happen.

      Rememeber what Chicago was asking for Zhamnov? Granted Gonchar commands more, but I don’t think any team is going to give up that much… if there is a team willing to, then I will be glad if it is not Toronto.

    13. MaSTiK says:

      as for as for the leafs, maybe 2 of the three, althought I cant see it being Antropov and Carlo, probably one of them and the pick

    14. spazmainia13 says:

      Quinns not the GM anymore dude.

    15. kuntakentai1 says:

      As for the leafs, fuck that trade they don’t need to be giving up the fucking farm for some pussy ass bitch.

    16. bigdog says:

      Like that makes any difference…

    17. madhippo says:

      Marchment is not a top 4 guy on the Leafs and he doesn’t get many minutes at all.

      What worries me more is that Aki Berg plays well with Klee…if we trade for Gonchar, then Aki may suck again, so I think we should make him part of any trade (if we can).

      Also, the talk about getting Gonchar is ridiculous! There is no way in hell i would give up Coaliacovo, Stajan AND a pick, or Coaliacovo, Antropov, a pick and someone else. Those rumours had better be BS b/c that is asking WAY too much. Then I hear that they want PArise from NJ to make the trade. Fuck you McPhee. Washington might fuck themselves and have no one left to trade with if they continue to make ludicrous demands. Those types of players, prospects would fetch WAY more then Gonchar.

      If, on the other hand Witt, Gonchar and Kolzig could be had for Kaberle, Antropov, a pick and a prospect not named Stajan or Coaliacovo, then I would pull the trigger. Gonchar is very good, but he will be gone next year one way or the other and with his big contract (and the need to sign a bigger one) and lack of a dominant defensive game he is not worth the sky AND the moon!

    18. LeafsFan_1710 says:

      Hey McPhee, you want that for a minus 18 player (I don’t care if he’s on a shit team, minus 18 is minus 18) You know what I say to McPhee if I am JFJ, fuck you, if he’s that good, keep him. Fergie, don’t fuck up our future for someone who won’t put us over the edge.

    19. cuntscab says:

      Who the Hell does McPhee thinks he is?!? He wants Toronto’s top prospects and a first round pick!! That guy deserves to get ass raped. Colaiacovo, Steen, Antropov!?!? your talking about two prospects that have nig futures in them and a young 6’5 russian that has shown flashes of brilliance and doesn’t loose battles in the corner. I think it goes unnoticed, but next Leafs game watch Antropov in the corner, he always comes out with the puck (big reach, and filling out).

      The fact that McPhee wants a shit load waayy too much for the OVERRATED, NO-DEFENCE Gonchar is a FUCKING JOKE!!! Lets get serious here… you have trade him cause he makes 3.65-million and is due for more next year, and can’t afford him!!! If I was McPhee, I would be jumping for joy that the leafs were willing to give up ONE of their prospects and a draft pick for Gonchar.

      I DON’T THINK THE LEAFS SHOULD GET GONCHAR EVEN IF ITS FOR ONE PROSPECT AND A PICK!!! WHY THE FUCK GET CAUGHT UP IN A NAME, WHEN YOU HAVE HOLES TO FILL!! (I.E. – DEFENSIVELY SOUND DEFENSMEN!!!)

      Gonchar is no where near what McPhee is asking, and I hope JFJ makes a trade for a guy like Smith or Carney (hopefully both) and solidify our defense… think how solid that is.

      No Gonchar… A more Solid Defence… A chance at the cup!

    20. Wills says:

      When did I say Quinn was the GM? I just stated what he said. Do you actually believe JFJ will make a move without asking what Quinn thinks? Every GM will ask the coach what they think before making a trade.

    21. rojoke says:

      If you really want to get Gonchar, and not give up any top-level talent, there might be a way to do it. I am suggesting the following trade:

      to Toronto – Gonchar

      to Washington – Jay Harrison, Harold Druken, draft pick (2nd round at least, 1st if they have more than one)

      Harrison is in his second year in St. John’s, and is about as steady a blueliner as you’ll find in their system. Druken seemingly has matured, both physically and mentally, and has performed pretty well when he was recalled to the big club. If he’s not in the Leafs’ future plans, maybe another team can fit him into theirs. He does have an NHL shot.

    22. malooga says:

      The Sabres really don’t need another defenseman, just consistency from the ones they have. Janik plays well when up here, and Campbell has been a stud lately. That being said, the team has played well recently without McKee and Patrick. Patrick will be helping out behind the bench here next year. Given that the team has done well without him, McKee will likely be dumped in the offseason. Delmore could be had for a good beef on weck.

      Other players that will be used as trade bait include Curtis Brown, Miro Satan (because of his contract and 20-game scoreless streaks), possibly Maxim Afinogenov, and minor leaguers Norm Milley, Jason Dawe (yes, he’s still alive), Chris Taylor, Jason Botterill, and other random slugs. Also, take Tim Connolly, please!

      The Devils would be best served going after Witt – he’s the only one who plays a similar style to Stevens. They were never going to score much with Stevens, so why try to get a gun from the point? Gonchar is poor defensively, and does not fit their system. Burns would strangle the life out of him within about four seconds.

      Lastly, I hope Gonchar does go to the Leafs. As previously posted, offense is not their problem, and Gonchar is much like Paul Coffey – he blows defensively. But then again, they may need to outscore teams 8-7 to advance through the playoffs. God I hate them!

    23. shady_records says:

      McPhee is asking so much for Gonchar cuz he knows the stupid Leafs will bite.

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