Rumors – NHL News – Monday June 21, 2010

Trade market could be busy – Mostly a rehash of old rumors

Flyers seek goalie in trade

Trade market could be busy

Unless they re-sign with their current clubs prior to July 1, Ilya Kovalchuk , Patrick Marleau , and Tomas Plekanec will be the high-end forwards available upon the opening of free agency. After that, the difference-making ability drops off significantly.

Sergei Gonchar would require a 35-and-older contract (the ex-Bruins defenseman turned 36 in April). Scott Niedermayer , also in the blue-plate-special club (37 in August), will most likely re-up with Anaheim if he doesn’t hang up the skates. Because of how thin the market projects to be, the trade chatter, already raucous, could turn downright vuvuzela-like at the draft. “I think there’s going to be more trades,’’ said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. “I don’t know that they’ll necessarily happen that draft weekend. I think they’ll happen before July 1. There’s been a lot more talk among the general managers than I’ve ever seen, since I’ve been here and with Ottawa.’’

St. Louis started early by swiping playoff hero Jaroslav Halak from Montreal for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz. By dispatching Halak , the Canadiens made Carey Price their default starter via trade for the second time in his career. In 2007-08, then-GM Bob Gainey sent Cristobal Huet to Washington, giving Price the No. 1 job for the playoffs. Time will tell how Price — a restricted free agent with new bargaining power now that Halak is gone — reacts to the pressure this time.

Flyers seek goalie in trade

Dan Hamhuis The Philadelphia Flyers snagged soon-to-be unrestricted free agent defenseman Dan Hamhuis via trade this weekend to help build up what could be the best defense in the NHL if it can improve at goaltending. reports that the team is looking to make a trade before or during the draft to improve that position. The team will begin negotiations with Hamhuis today in hopes of finishing off a deal by the draft, which starts on June 24th, according to the site.

“Obviously, our intention is to get him signed prior to [July 1] and that is what our aim is at this point in time,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told the site. “The sooner that we get going on trying to get this done, the better.”

Hamhuis scored five goals and mad 19 assists last season while making $2 million. He will be looking for more than that in his new deal.,250000

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