RUMOURS DU JOUR
It will be interesting to see what happens to Phoenix D Ed Jovanovski between now and the NHL trade deadline. While Coyotes GM Don Maloney would love to sign the potential UFA to a contract extension, his hands are tied because the team is in bankruptcy and waiting for new ownership. Any extension would have to be approved by Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer (if he ever actually buys the team) or the True North Sports and Entertainment group if the Coyotes are indeed moved to Winnipeg following the Dec. 31 deadline to get a deal done. Jovanovski has had a solid start to the season and there haven’t been any formal contract discussions between the Coyotes and his agent, Pat Morris. If Jovanovski is available, there will be plenty of suitors … San Jose GM Doug Wilson is looking for a defenceman. The Sharks are trying to find somebody to fill the minutes left vacant by the retirement of Rob Blake. Since Wilson is a notorious tire kicker, he’ll likely wait until the deadline to make a deal … While he hasn’t looked great lately, Islanders G Dwayne Roloson will draw some attention at the deadline. Teams will be looking for a capable backup and he fits the bill. The Isles are hoping G Rick DiPietro can return to form … Boston GM Peter Chiarelli, who will be hamstrung by cap issues once C Marc Savard and LW Marco Sturm return from injuries, is going to be a popular figure at this week’s GMs meetings in Toronto. “The sharks will be circling to help him out,” said one league executive. There’s a chance RW Michael Ryder could be dealt. Have a nice Sunday.