Rumors Heating Up

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Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun provides plenty of speculation on the rumor front. One of the tid bits of speculation that he provides is that the Los Angeles Kings have stepped into the Peter Forsberg shopping spree. He also speculates that the New York Islanders have made a waiver dump in order to sign free agent Bryan Berard.Although the Berard move is a no brainier for the Islanders HTR believes that it is highly unlikely that Forsberg will go to the Kings. Why would he go to a rebuilding team in LA when he knows that “good” teams such as Ottawa, Detroit and Vancouver are lining up to add him to their team.

Two other little tidbits of interest in this article include the possibility that the Leafs will pick up Dave Scatchard and the possibility that Pavol Demitra is unhappy with the coaching in Minnesota.

HTR recommends that you read the full article for other interesting bits of speculation.

22 Responses to Rumors Heating Up

  1. Asquaredx2 says:

    Forsberg, if you read this (and he won't) we really, really need you in Ottawa. We really need you here.


    The entire Senators Fanbase, and the Second Line.

  2. go_sens_go says:

    holy crap!! i don't know what you (and everyone else) is complaning about!! its been THREE games into the season, and you're already calling out the fact that there hasn't been any secondary scoring?? WHO CARES!!! let's worry about that when they start losing games (which i don't see them losing many with the way Gerber has been playing lately)… so far, they're undefeated and as far as i'm concerned, as long as they win, i couldn't care less if McGratton scores all the goals for the team!! Don't mess with success… let them do their thing. If it comes to a point where they're going to need some help with secondary scoring, we'll worry about it then.

    Frankly, the way I see it, we have one of the most talented group of forwards in the league (even though the Rangers forward lineup is quite impressive). You can shuffle the lines and we'll still have awesome firepower on the first three lines (1st line – no worries with Spezza and Heatley, Alfie on the 2nd line with Fisher has worked well, Vermette on the 3rd line with Kelly and Neil has shown to be pretty effective) and with McAmmond – when he returns – combined with Donovan and whoever else, will provide a pretty decent 4th line that can outplay most 4th lines in the league.

    I'm sorry, but as much as I would love to have Forsberg in the mix in Ottawa, I really don't care at this point. It's too early to say, and so far, with an undefeated season going right now, I'll take the current status quo, thank you very much.

  3. Asquaredx2 says:

    I'm not complaining, but I know that secondary scoring was an issue last year and they lost two of their primary secondary scorers in Comrie and Schaefer. Vermette may put up a few more points, but the do need a legitimate threat. Alfredsson and Fisher work well together, but don't put up points.
    Foppa won't return until December anyway. We'll have a better idea then. But doesn't it bother you slightly that only one forward other than Heatley/Alfredsson has scored thus far?
    In the playoffs, you need secondary scoring. That's the way it works. Otherwise, if we made it to the Finals, Detroit would throw out Lidstrom, Rafalski, Cleary, Draper and Maltby, or Anaheim would throw out Pronger, Beauchemin,
    Nieds, Pahlsson and Moen, or San Jose would throw out Vlasic and McLaren and Grier etc, or Vancouver would throw out Bieksa and Mitchell and their checkers, or Calgary would throw out Phaneuf, Regier, and their checkers, etc, every time Spezza Heatley and Alfredsson step out on the ice. It won't be much of an issue in the East, since other than Chara there are no real shutdown defencemen, but once you hit the West, you need your number 2 line to put points on the board.

  4. eron says:

    Teams I see Foppa heading to:

    1. Vancouver: Playing with Naslund on the second line is a great way to take pressure off of the Sedins, as well as spark up Naslund.  Canucks are a sure fire bet into the playoffs so adding Forsberg means the team might have the right fire in the playoffs to make it past the second round.

    2. New Jersey: The Devils have plenty of cap space to give him a nice paycheque this year, whether or not he plays a full season.  He won't be too far from Philly if he purchased a house and will have some good support in Zubrus. 

    3. Detroit: I honestly don't think it would EVER happen but if he wanted to go somewhere that is always a Cup Contender, Detroit is it. 

  5. Rico71 says:

    I would see him in Vancouver.

    Half the roster if swedish already. The official language in the dressing room must be swedish. Heck, Vigneault should learn it! lol

    Foppa with Naslund…that would be nice to see. Naslund is a good buddy of Foppa. That can't hurt. 

    I vote for Vancouver.

  6. dcz28 says:

    no need to worry about secondary scoring much during the season but it's not a bad thing to have….big reason why Datsyuk and Zetterberg are not on the same line this season and were split up on the road against Anaheim.

    Actually Filppula has been centering Draper and Cleary while Kopecky was centering Maltby and Drake but all that will change with Franzen being out for about a month. Filppula or Cleary are likely to move up  on the top 2 lines while Downey or Ellis will step in on the 3rd or 4th but i get what your saying with shutdown lines.

  7. dcz28 says:

    Wings have as many Swedes as the Canucks and even more…Zetterberg, Holmstrom, Franzen, Lidstrom, Samuelsson, Kronwall and Lilja. Wings are team Sweden of the NHL as i doubt any other team has as many Swedish players not that i think that will do much in where Forsberg decides to play anyways.

    Personally i don't really care where Forsberg wants to play even if it is with the Wings or another Western team.

  8. FlamingHomer says:

    If Forsberg plans on playing for the Wings, he better spend some time at the pool and practice his diving.

  9. muckies says:

    If The Sens get Forsberg, they will have the best forward combination of any team. It would make their 4th line equivalent to most other teams 2nd line. The addition of Comrie last year improved the depth on the 4th line by moving Neil down there, it really balanced out the team and made all 4 lines dangerous. Comire didn't help the second unit PP like they hoped they would.
    Forsberg would make the difference on the Sens second unit

    PP 1st Unit –
    Heatley- Spezza- Eaves
    Redden – Meszaros

    PP 2nd Unit
    Vermette – Forsberg – Fisher
    Corvo – Alfie

    Line Combos

    Heatley – Spezza – Eaves
    Foligno – Forsberg – Alfie
    Donovan – Fisher – Neil
    Vermette – Kelly – MaCammond

  10. Hoondog2 says:

    Ottawa's 3rd, and 4th lines are the exact opposite of dangerous.  Its no secret that Ottawa has never had secondary scoring.  Starting next season, they are the new Tampa Bay.

  11. leniwm1 says:

    being a Devil fan, it would be exciting to see Foppa in jersey, but just cuz he has a house in philly dont mean shit. These people buy homes like its nothing. He can have a house in LA, and still play for Carolina, get the point? As for Lou, he wouldnt waste money on damaged goods. one game he is ok, the next, " Oh,my foot hurts… Im gonna go to Sweden for the rest of the year. And i wont play in the NHL anymore.." untl the season after. Let him keep is whiny ass in SWEDEN. he always threatens every year how he is gonna stay in swden, and he always comes back. loser in my book

  12. eron says:

    Lou wouldn't waste money on damaged goods?  Vladamir Malakhov was damaged goods when he came to New Jersey.

  13. Senatorsfan78 says:

    Forsberg is not coming to the Senators. I see Bryan Murray mking a trade for Andrew Brunette in January or Feburary or a trade for Erik Cole.

  14. neilios says:

    He will be a Canuck by Christmas.I think he would rather play on a team with a goalie like Luongo and not a old timer like Hasek who is a band aid himself,and plus the Swedes on the Wings arnt as good as the ones in Vancouver like the Sedin's,Nassy,and Ohlund but the Wings have Lidstrom,Zetterberg and Holmstrom thats about it and couple young guys that wont do nothing for couple years and Forsberg dont have couple years.

  15. wingerxxx says:

    No one remembers it, but the Berard-Potvin trade that Milbury made was one of his worse ones.  It'll be nice to see Berard back where he had a few decent years and began his career.  He's still a very good offensive defenseman.

  16. dcz28 says:

    Maybe he should go to Calgary and learn how not to score goals and suck on road trips. I guess your still upset your team looked like tools losing to the Wings in the playoffs last season…Owen Nolan is sure going to fix your goal scoring problems lol have a nice day!

  17. dcz28 says:

    I'd take Lidstrom, Zetterberg, Holmstrom and Kronwall over all of the Canucks Swedes no doubt. Why would he go to Vancouver when they have a hard time winning a playoff series? Must be all those cups the Canucks have won over the years that will draw him to Vancouver lol Oh and by the way Hasek's playoff numbers were pretty close to Luongo in the playoffs last season.

  18. FlamingHomer says:

    How do you know they played like tools? I didn't see you or anybody else in the stands in Detroit.

  19. RealisticNick says:

    Unless you are assuming "most other teams" are all like Washington, Columbus, NYI or Phoenix…you need to think again about that statement.

  20. Asquaredx2 says:

    Are you freaking kidding? Detroit's Swedes are waaay better, Lidstrom is practically better than all those players by himself. Then you throw in Zetterberg, Holmstrom and Kronwall? Plus, the Wings also have good non-swedish players, like Datsyuk and Rafalski.

  21. dcz28 says:

    You know they have something called a television out that you can use with a satelite dish and get the centre ice package and watch all the games. I don't live near Detroit but i watch all their games.

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