Sourced Trade Rumours 3
Well, here’s my 3rd installment of trade rumours. Hopefully you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Toronto Maple Leafs: According to the Toronto Star, the Maple Leafs will not be making any type of Coaching or General Manager changes anytime soon. Richard Peddie told the Star that Paul Maurice and John Ferguson Jr. are not under any type of “special” watch. But if the Leafs fail to make the play-offs for a 3rd straight year, changes most likely will happen.
Vancouver Canucks: According to the Vancouver Province, Canucks GM Dave Nonis is finding it hard to make a significant deal that would jump start the Canucks. Nonis has been reported that he is willing to trade prospects Luc Bourdon and Cory Schneider in an attempt to aquire a goal scoring threat, just not one that is a UFA at season’s end. The Canucks are also rumoured to be in the Peter Forsberg sweepstakes but Nonis said that his primary focus is on his team. UPDATE: With 2.6 million in Cap Space, Dave Nonis is using Matt Cooke, Brendan Morrison, Cory Schneider and Luc Boudron as trade bait for a legitimate Top 6 NHL Forward who isn’t a UFA at season’s end. That may eliminate the Thrashers-Canucks rumours for Marian Hossa.
Phoenix Coyotes: The Yotes may be scouting the trade market for the right deal. They have been reported as to entertaining offers for Derek Morris and Ed Jovanovski. Apparently Morris has generated a lot of interest from other teams while Jovanovski is on the New York Rangers radar. The Coyotes want to get an offensive forward as well as a defenceman in return for either Jovanovski or Morris. It is also known the Coyotes want a young goaltender and two potential options are the Canucks Cory Schneider and the Montreal Canadiens Jaroslav Halak.
Dallas Stars: Stars Gm Doug Armstrong continues his search for a legitamite sniper. He began his search last year. The Stars may be willing to trade some of their young talent such as Loui Eriksson for a proven goal scorer.
Atlanta Thrashers: Instead of the usual Marian Hossa rumour, I found one involving Bobby Holik. He has yet to be contacted about a contract extension and it is believed the Thrashers may part ways with the 3rd line Centre by the trade deadline. Now, for the Hossa rumours. It is believed that if a new contract is not finalized by the trade deadline, the Thrashers may move the talented forward. Possibilities include: the Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers. The Ottawa Sun suggests the Wild could win the potential Hossa sweepstakes. UPDATE: Atlanta Journal reporter, Craig Custance, has confirmed that Thrashers GM Don Waddell isn’t shopping Marian Hossa around and was only receiving calls about teams who would be interested if Waddell wished to trade the Star foward.
Peter Forsberg Rumours: With the Swedish Star’s return to the ice schedueled for November 8-11, Forsberg has been in contact with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren recently. Holmgren asked Forsberg about playing again and Forsberg said it depends on how he feels after the Tournament in Helsinki, Finland. The Philadelphia Inquirer claims the Flyers, Avalanche, Senators, Red Wings and Stars are very interested in getting Forsberg’s services. Other reports suggest Vancouver and Montreal are keeping a close eye on the Star forward.
Dallas Stars: Despite reports on hockeybuzz.com, Mike Modano will NOT waive his no-trade clause. He stated that yes, he’s having a slow start but everyone has a slow start at some point in their careers.
Calgary Flames: Bruce Dowbiggin reports that Dion Phaneuf’s pending Restricted Free Agent status could hamper the Flames ability to keep future free agents Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius. GM Darryl Sutter may be forced to sign Phaneuf to a huge, long term contract so that he doesn’t receive any tempting offer sheets.
Montreal Canadiens: RDS announcer Yvon Pedneault confirmed the report that goalie Jaroslav Halak has demanded a trade or he will leave and go to Russia, where he can earn up to 1 million dollars for the rest of the season.
Teams who Might Swing a Deal: TSN hockey analyst, Darren Dreger is reporting that Anaheim, Edmonton, Vancouver, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Carolina and Columbus are rumoured to be willing to make a move or two. Dreger also went on to say that the US Thanksgiving holiday usually marks the beginning on NHL Trade Season.
Detroit Red Wings: Ted Kulfan has reported that the Wings may pass on Peter Forsberg citing the fact that Forsberg wants a multi-year deal as well as 5 million dollars if in fact he does return. Also, Kulfan feels that Detroit may not be as high as people think on Forsberg’s wish list.
New York Rangers: Free Agent Dave Scatchard was released from his try-out contract with the Rangers AHL team, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Though, Scatchard may yet sign with the Rangers regardless. The San Jose Sharks recently signed Sandis Ozolinsh after releasing him from his try out contract with the Worcestor Sharks.
Montreal Canadiens: CKAC Sports Radio confirmed that Peter Forsberg’s agent, Don Baizley, was in attendence for the Thrashers-Habs game Wednesday night. This may lead to potential “Forsberg To Montreal Rumours” but before Habs fans get their hopes up, Baizley is also Saku Koivu’s agent. I personally feel that Bob Gainey will pass on getting Peter Forsberg unless Forsberg’s willing to lower his price tag, not a likely scenario if you ask me.