Rumors from the Edmonton Journal

Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal

This ‘n’ that

– – Columbus winger Raffi Torres, on pace for 25 goals, will be an unrestricted free agent July 1. Do the Blue Jackets buck up to keep him or deal him for, say, a second-round draft? Bet on the latter. There would easily be eight to 10 teams willing to give up a No. 2 for Torres, who may be an inconsistent offensive talent but has the ability to turn a game with a hit. Just ask Milan Michalek. who got steamrollered in 2006.

– – Nobody — not even the Pittsburgh Penguins, who badly need wingers — bit on Petr Sykora on waivers because of the $750,000 left on his contract, but some team will take him if the Wild takes a warm body back. Best trade options: Calgary, Boston or Anaheim.

– – Nashville’s 161-pound Steve Sullivan got into his second NHL fight with 210-pound Wojtek Wolski of the Colorado Avalanche on Friday in Denver. Sullivan’s first tussle was in 1997 against Tony Granato). “One in a million,” said Sullivan. It was Wolski’s first scrap.

– – Avs winger Marek Svatos is definitely available for a mid-round draft pick at the deadline.

– – One reason the Stars might want to deal 2005 first-round defenceman Matt Niskanen? They have a really good Russian prospect, Ivan Vishnevsky — big shot, mid-season AHL all-star — who might well head to the Kontinental League next year for big bucks if he’s not in the NHL soon.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Wish upon a Star

An Eastern Stanley Cup contender (maybe the New Jersey Devils) might well make a pitch for Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano at the trade deadline, but Modano sounds lukewarm to the idea of moving even if his club has little chance of winning this year. The Stars would certainly sound him out if there was a deal on the table.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Hockey+World/2478881/story.html


8 Responses to Rumors from the Edmonton Journal

  1. Kramer says:

    They should make a new board game like Monopoly but with hockey trades.

  2. palindrom says:

    your skate token landed on my kovalchuk square, you own me 2 first round and a prospect

  3. hockey_lover says:

    heh … nice

  4. hockey_lover says:

    Columbus winger Raffi Torres, on pace for 25 goals, will be an unrestricted free agent July 1. Do the Blue Jackets buck up to keep him or deal him for, say, a second-round draft?

    Is that what 25 goal scorers go for nowadays? a 2nd round pick?

  5. reinjosh says:

    wow far way to fall for svatos
    just a couple of years ago he was regarded as a cant move player with huge potential
    then he went to injury prone struggling scorer who still had value
    now? a mid round pick
    he has terrible stats but could just use a change of scenery. biggest obstacle to teams wanting him? he hasn't ever played more than 69 games.
    still, it might be worth it burke to see what he could do, offer a 4th for him, if thats really the price colorado is asking
    well provided you get some other picks in other trades first

  6. dumbassdoorman says:

    Ya sometimes you just have to take a chance and he is fairly young still I believe?

  7. dumbassdoorman says:

    I guess it depends on what that 25 goal scorer brings to the table besides goals? What do you think a 25 goal scorer should net? I am curious to gauge peoples opinions.

  8. Kramer says:

    I thought of this: Hockey Monopoly

    GO = NHL Head Office
    Boardwalk = Hockey Hall of Fame
    Park Place = Air Canada Center
    Pennsylvania = Ovechkin's house
    Jail = 20 game suspension
    Free Parking = All-Star break
    Chance = NHL draft
    Community Chest = Free agency
    4 Railroads = 4 playoff rounds

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