Some rumors: Toronto, Montreal, NYR, Florida
Sundin possibly to Montreal, New York; Maple Leafs may target Bouwmeester or Weiss
If you’re like me, you’re probably starving for fresh new trade rumors. Well here are the latest I managed to dig up.
On the Mats Sundin front, it appears that the Toronto Maple Leafs are “turning the page” and will not have Sundin back for this season, even if they won’t declare this publicly.
Eklund – the patriarch of false-alarm rumors – believes that the Montreal Canadiens are the favorites to land Sundin, considering that the New York Rangers are either unwilling or unable to clear enough salary cap space to accommodate Sundin.
All this of course depends on whether Sundin decides to play for another season. Another possibility is that Sundin might return to the NHL in the middle of the season, like Scott Niedermayer last year.
Meanwhile, the Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting that Mike Van Ryn is on his way to Toronto this week, as announced 2-weeks ago. The Sporting News says this will probably happen Tuesday. Also, according to the Sun-Sentinel, Florida might also toss in one of two veteran forwards – Radek Dvorak or Richard Zednik.
However, Eklund reports that there might be a snag in the McCabe “trade”. Apparently the Panthers only want to send the Leafs draft picks for McCabe, rather than defenseman Mike Van Ryn.
Also, a source apparently told Eklund that Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher is trying to lure D Jay Bouwmeester or C Stephen Weiss.
So clearly there’s some conflicting information on the McCabe front, and we’ll have to monitor this story.