Sourced Trade Rumours 2
I got such a good response from the first one, I decided to make a second one. So here it goes:
Pittsburgh Penguins: Despite what was written a few days ago, the Pens are not currently looking for a veteran netminder to work with Fleury but if he continues to struggle, they may not have another choice.
Anaheim Ducks: With the Ducks struggling to score goals, Brian Burke has been openly talking with many NHL GM’s about trade possibilities but nothing has really progressed from these talks. According to The Fourth Period, Burke may part ways with Ilya Bryzgalov, Top Prospect Bobby Ryan or even his 2008 1st Round Draft choice.
Toronto Maple Leafs: According to the Ottawa Sun, GM John Ferguson Jr. is trying to increase his team’s play-off chances through trade. With most teams wanting Matt Stajan or Alex Steen, the Sun has reported JFJ is shopping Kubina, McCabe and Gill around. These defencemen’s salaries make them next to impossible to trade.
Colorado Avalanche: The Avs may win the Forsberg sweepstakes as they are reportedly going to offer Forsberg 5 million dollars, which meets the Swedish Star’s salary demands. But the Camden Courier-Post is saying Forsberg is deciding between Colorado, Philly, Detroit, Dallas and Ottawa. UPDATE: The Wings want to let it be known that they will be just as involved as the other teams mentioned when Peter Forsberg decides he wants to come back. They have roughly 4 million in Cap Space for the Swedish Star.
St. Louis Blues: With rookie defenceman Erik Johnson coming back from injury, many speculate the Blues to make a trade. But according to the St. Louis Dispatch, trades aren’t on the Blues horizon as they plan to keep 8 defenceman on their 23 man active roster. Forward Mike Johnson cleared waivers and will not be sent down to Peoria(AHL) but he is apparently going to be taken off the 23 man active roster so as to make room for Erik Johnson.
Edmonton Oilers: With the Oilers being fairly deep on the blueline, defenceman Dick Tarnstrom may be on the trade block, says the Edmonton Journal. The Journal goes on to say that the Atlanta Thrashers have been heavily scouting the Oilers and could be in the market for a defenceman. It is widely speculated the New York Rangers will take any necessary steps to aquiring an offensive threat in the back end which could possibly result in an Oilers-Rangers trade involving Tarnstrom.
Nashville Predators: According to the Nashville Tennessean, GM David Poile is willing to make moves but any move would have to go through Nashville’s current owner if it involved adding salary. The Preds could be shopping around a defenceman to other teams.
Ottawa Senators: Jason Spezza told the Ottawa Sun that his agent, Rick Curran and Sens GM Bryan Murray, have held contract talks. The Sun has reported that Curran is seeking a similar deal that Dany Heatley got, something in the 7 million dollar range. As for Wade Redden, Murray has yet to contact Redden’s agent, Don Meehan.
New Jersey Devils: Many speculate that with the Devils currently sitting last in the Atlantic and 28th overall in Goals Scored with 22, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is on the lookout for a Top 2 Centerman and a Top 4 Defenceman. But, seeing as the Devils currently have just 1.5 million in Cap Space, they can’t really afford to obtain a high priced player unless Lou’s willing to part with any of his high priced talent.
The following are from http://www.spectorshockey.net/rumors.html
Atlanta Thrashers: The Atlanta Journal has reported that GM Don Waddell has been working the phones feverishly in search of a new Head Coach and to add depth to his hockey club. Craig Custance has noted that the Thrashers need help at Centre as well as on Defence. Waddell has admitted to talking to nine GM’s as well as Marian Hossa’s new agent, Ritch Winter.
Columbus Blue Jackets: It is being reported that Jacket’s GM Scott Howson may try to convince Head Coach Ken Hitch***** to contact Free Agent Peter Forsberg about joining the Jackets, which would fill the Jackets need of a #1 centre and it wouldn’t cost them prospects or draft picks.
Chicago Blackhawks: According to the Chicago Tribune, Hawks veteran forwards Yanic Perreault, Rene Bourque and Sergei Samsonov have been healthy scratches lately, possibly leading to trade rumours. Though, the only one of the three worth getting would be Perreault because of his skill in the face-off circle.
Free Agent News: Veteran players Sandis Ozolinsh, Joel Bouchard and Dave Scatchard have shown their desire to play in the NHL this season. Bouchard has recently signed a 25 game try-out with the Hamilton Bulldogs, which could possibly lead to him signing on with an NHL team. Scatchard has done the same thing with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Recently, Ozolinsh was dropped after his 2 game try-out with the Worcester Sharks. Scatchard and Ozolinsh could provide play-off depth to any team where as Bouchard is more likely going to stick to the AHL.
Phoenix Coyotes: Talks with the Rangers are on again with Ed Jovanovski being the center of attention. But, sources have said Jovanovski isn’t “willing” to waive his NMC unless it’s a trade with the Florida Panthers, which isn’t likely given the Panthers financial situation.
Montreal Canadiens: Apparently the Pittsburgh Penguins are interested in goalie Jaroslav Halak given their recent goaltending struggles. Montreal’s asking price is supposedly Colby Armstrong, which is way too much of an asking price if you ask me.
Ottawa Senators: Apparently the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes have asked about Chris Neil’s availability but he isn’t going anywhere.
Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres are apparently going to announce the signing of veteran defenceman Nolan Pratt this week. The defender has been working out with the club and could potentially go to Rochester(AHL) for a conditioning assignment.
So, that’s all I could really find and it seems fairly interesting, especially Forsberg’s possibility of going to the Jackets. Highly unlikely but interesting nonetheless.