Some rumors: Boston, Minnesota, NYR, Toronto
GMs assessing their roster
A number of interesting trade rumors have arisen as GMs around the NHL evaluate their roster. I’ll try not to repeat the rumors covered in the preceding post.
As reported on TFP, the Boston Globe reports that Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson is very likely to be traded. Axelsson makes $1.85 million a season, an excellent bargain for a very useful player, and he has 2 years left in his contract.
Apparently, the Bruins are urgently trying to bolster their blueline. According to the Globe, the Bruins might package Axelsson with a draft pick in exchange for help on defense right now.
The Globe also indicates that Columbus Blue Jackets center Sergei Fedorov and New York Islanders winger Miroslav Satan could also be on the move this season.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the lines of communication between agents for star forward Marian Hossa and the Thrashers remain open.
Hossa, who is slated to become a UFA next summer, claims that he’s willing to negotiate a new deal during the season, but a new contract is not his top priority.
Given his trade counterpart Dany Heatley signed a lucrative long-term deal this week, it’s likely Hossa is looking for a similar deal.
One wonders, however, whether Atlanta might consider trading him if they can’t sign him soon, especially if Atlanta gets off to a poor start.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, one of either Brian Rolston or Pavol Demitra might also be available. Both of these quality forwards are entering the final year of their contract with the Wild, and it might be exceedingly difficult for Minnesota to re-sign both players.
The paper hints that the Wild are more likely to keep Demitra than Rolston, due to the latter’s age.
Since the Wild are very likely to be a playoff team, it will be interesting to see how management will handle this.
As reported by Spector, Tom Gulitti of NORTHJERSEY.COM and Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun report that NY Rangers GM Glen Sather is not happy with the depth of his blueline.
One option Sather is considering is Ed Jovanovski of the Coyotes. There are 2 problems, however. One, Jovanovski has a no movement clause in his contract. Two, the Rangers would have to dump salary to accommodate Jovanovski.
Gulitti also reports that New Jersey and Boston both have interest in veteran free-agent D Danny Markov, but he’s believed to be seeking more than $2.5 million per season.
The same article indicates that the Leafs, who are looking for help at center, are considering signing free agent C Dave Scatchard. He was bought out by the Coyotes after last season.
My take is that Scatchard could help the Leafs only because they are currently pretty thin at Center. He has good size and is solid defensively, which the Leafs or any team could use. On the downside, Scatchard isn’t great offensively, is a crummy passer, and will not scare the opposition’s defence.
Lastly, Gulitti reports that if the Leafs falter, C Mats Sundin might have the option of going to a contender at the deadline.
An interesting suggestion, but this is unlikely to happen, since the Leafs will be good for 100 points with their vastly improved goaltending and numerous intriguing options on defence.