Sourced Trade Rumours 6

Well, here is the 6th Trade Rumour article.

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Nashville Predators: The Mayor of Nashville has made a final offer to the mostly-local group planning on buying the Predators. The offer includes that the new owner group keep the team in Nashville for at least 5 more years in return, the new owner group would get a more generous arena lease. In other news, the Preds are entertaining offers for defenceman Marek Zidlicky.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Struggling out of the gate has prompted rumours to pop up almost daily involving “Big Changes” for the Pens. But, GM Ray Shero has no plans to fire Michel Therrion nor does he feel the need to blow up the team. Though, it is widely known he is talking to other GM’s and weighing his options, Shero feels no need to pull off a trade at the moment. Various reports state the Pens are shopping Colby Armstrong, Ryan Malone and even Jordan Staal around to try and get a right-handed Top 6 forward and a physical defenceman. It is highly unlikely the Pens will part with Staal but Malone and Armstrong are viable trade bait. Shero also let it be known that he will not trade Marc-Andre Fleury nor will he trade for another goalie to replace Fleury.

Tampa Bay Lightning: According to reports, the Bolts are looking for another goaltender as well as a veteran defenceman to replace Dan Boyle. Jay Feaster is working the phones but has said he will not part with his Big 3 (St. Louis, Lecavalier and Richards). Feaster has supposedly talked to the Ducks about Ilya Bryzgalov and the Kings about Brad Stuart.

New York Islanders: According to the Ottawa Sun, Isles GM Garth Snow has been quietly trying to ink forward Ruslan Fedotenko to a long-term contract extension.

Calgary Flames: GM Darryl Sutter and RFA Dion Phaneuf’s agent have begun talking about a contract extension, so as to avoid a guaranteed bidding war if the talented defenceman remains an RFA this off-season. No dollar amount has been discussed yet but could be a direct issue in the coming future.

Washington Capitals: The Caps are trying to ink RFA Alexander Ovechkin to an extension. But they are having troubles because Ovechkin has yet to replace his agent Don Meehan (who was fired last year) but Ovechkin has hired a lawyer to over-see the negotiations. The Caps are looking to sign Ovechkin to a 5 year deal worth around 8 million per season. The Caps are also willing to give the Russian Star a similar deal to Sidney Crosby at around 8.7 million. But, Ovechkin’s camp is seeking around 9-10 million dollars.

Boston Bruins: If Bruins GM Peter Chairelli decides to trade RW Glen Murray, he’ll have plenty of teams wanting Murray. Reports suggest that the Atlanta Thrashers, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets have all shown interest in Murray’s services. On a side note, Murray is under contract until the end of the 2008-09 season.

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Dallas Stars: Jennifer Lloyd Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram suggests that the Stars should move veteran forward Mike Modano to a contender, giving him the oppurtunity to win a second Cup. It would, of course, take a lot to convince Modano to waive his NTC.

Ottawa Senators: Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports that Sens GM Bryan Murray has yet to receive any offers for goalies Martin Gerber and Ray Emery. But with the season nearly 20 games old, that could change as Garrioch reports that the Lightning, Penguins and Kings could look for a goalie. Also, the rumour that was circling around having Patrick Eaves and Gerber traded to LA for LaBarbera and a forward is false. Personally, I doubt LA will make a trade for Gerber simply because Kings GM Dean Lombardi has already said that he has stopped his search of a number 1 goalie and is content with LaBarbera and J-S Aubin.

Anaheim Ducks: Free Agent forward Teemu Selanne was seen visiting the Ducks dressing room after the Ducks 3-2 win over the Sharks the other night. This may indicate Selanne’s ready to comeback. Also, Bruce Garrioch reports that the Ducks will have to dump salary if Scott Niedermayer returns and a possible candidate could be his replacement, Mathieu Schneider. Apparently the Canucks, Oilers, Avs and Thrashers may be interested. Spector notes that the Canucks won’t trade for Schneider based on the fact Dave Nonis isn’t panicking yet and the Oilers are very close to getting Souray back so they’re out of the running. Also, the Avs may not want to disrupt chemistry and may pass on Schneider as well. Also, the Thrashers have Hossa to worry about and will also likely pass.

Chicago Blackhawks: Apparently GM Dale Tallon wishes to trade both Sergei Samsonov and Martin LaPointe this season. All I can say is have fun. The only one of the two worth something at this moment is LaPointe and that’s because he’s a good leader.

New York Islanders: The Isles have claimed defenceman Freddy Meyer off re-entry waivers from the Phoenix Coyotes. The Isles originally lost Meyer to Phoenix earlier this season.

Rumour Round-Up: Scott Cullen from reports that the following players could be on the trade block at some point before the Trade Deadline: Ana- Ilya Bryzgalov Atl-Marian Hossa, Kari Lehtonen Bos- Glen Murray Buf- Maxim Afinogenov Chi- Yanic Perreault, Jim Vandermeer Col- Marek Svatos Dal- Jussi Jokinen Edm- Raffi Torres LA- Brad Stuart, Jaroslav Modry, Tom Preissing Mtl- Michael Ryder Nsh- Marek Zidlicky NJ-Patrik Elias NYR- Jaromir Jagr, Petr Prucha Paul Mara Phx- Derek Morris Pit- Ryan Malone, Colby Armstrong, Marc-Andre Fleury SJ- Patrick Marleau, Steve Bernier, Joe Pavelski Stl- Martin Rucinsky, Doug Weight TO- Matt Stajan, Ian White, Andrew Raycroft, Bryan McCabe Van- Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison.

Minnesota Wild: Wild forward Wes Walz was granted an indefinite leave of abscence this week. I believe this may spell the end of his career.

Waiver Wire: Ducks defenceman Maxim Kondratiev cleared waivers and is expected to report to Portland but he may return to Russia. Hawks defenceman Danny Richmond cleared waivers and reported to Rockford. Habs forward Garth Murray cleared waivers and was sent to Hamilton. Wings enforcer Aaron Downey was also sent down to the AHL.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Buds GM John Ferguson may look to move a defenceman or two. Tomas Kaberle may be one of those two.

Ottawa Senators: After Jason Spezza signed his extension, rumours have popped up involving Wade Redden. Redden has refused to waive his NTC last year and will likely not waive it this year. Joe Corvo may be the one to go, if Bryan Murray wants to re-sign Redden in the off-season.

Edmonton Oilers: With several problems to deal with, GM Kevin Lowe may trade Raffi Torres, Shawn Horcoff or Dick Tarnstrom.

Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks need defensive help and GM Dave Nonis may make a blockbuster deal to obtain one. Markus Naslund may be apart of that deal.

Montreal Canadiens: The Habs may
have no alternative then to trade Jaroslav Halak so as to avoid him signing in Russia. The Pens have been mentioned as a team of interest but not at the price of Colby Armstrong. Also, Flames Head Coach Mike Keenan wants management to get Alexei Kovalev from the Habs. Spector notes that their is no real basis to this rumour.

Well, that ends the 6th Trade Rumours article. Hope you enjoy the read.