Sunday Rumors from Larry Brooks

Larry Brooks

So Atlanta general manager Don Waddell will not allow clubs interested in acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk to speak to the winger’s representative about a contract extension before a trade is completed.

We were told a while ago that Waddell doesn’t want agent Jay Grossman to control the process, but we are duty bound to suggest that might not be such a bad idea given the Thrashers’ track record in these matters.

It would be no surprise if canny Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero, who acquired Marian Hossa, Pascal Dupuis and Hal Gill at the deadline two years ago and Chris Kunitz and Billy Guerin in deals late last season, moves sooner rather than later in the trade-constipated NHL.

The Penguins, who don’t appear to have the depth to stay with the Capitals this time, would seem the perfect landing spot for Ray Whitney, the veteran Carolina left wing who will be a rental proposition.

If Paul Kariya, who has spent his entire career in the West, agrees to waive his no-move clause if the Blues so request, he would be a very interesting fit with Sidney Crosby, don’t you think?

If Hurricanes GM Gentleman Jim Rutherford has a notion of moving either Joni Pitkanen or Tim Gleason from his back end, the Rangers would stand on line overnight in order to get an early shot at either defenseman.

Pitkanen has one year at a $4 million hit remaining on his contract following this season, and Gleason has two more at a bargain $2.75M.

The Candy Canes also have Matt Cullen on the market as a rental. A team with a need at the power-play point might want to take a look. Rangers could be interested, but they have Ales Kotalik for that job.

It will not be a giveaway, not at all, but the development of Andrew McDonald and Dustin Kohn would seem to free Islanders GM Garth Snow to move veteran Brendan Witt, just the type of crease-clearing defenseman whose value increases in the playoffs.

Witt, tougher than a truck, has one year remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $3M, with a salary of $2.5M. Two years ago, the Maple Leafs were able to get a No. 2 and No. 5 from the Penguins for Gill. If Snow can wrangle that kind of a return for Witt, who turns 35 next month, the general manager would be advised to make the deal.

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6 Responses to Sunday Rumors from Larry Brooks

  1. BlueOrangeWhite says:


    Yes, Brooks is correct, HE'S A GONER. ANYONE watching Islanders games this season knows that he's been a healthy scratch several times, and that Scott Gordon is not a big fan of Witt's this season. The Islanders also took what they first described as very minor injury that should cause Witt to miss 1 game, and have now turned it into a weeks long absence (by exaggerating the extent of the injury, so they can keep Witt OUT of the line up – it's a known thing that he has been skating full on practice with the teams for over a week, but still isn't in line up). I don't think Witt fits into the current Isles line up, and his plus/minus backs that up. I'll be glad to see him go. Hopefully, he'll stop at "Supercuts" on the way out of town.

    Jeff Tambellini is also likely to go. I don't think I agree with this move, as he was just starting to show a scoring touch when they benched him. So I think he could be a steal for another team.

    This one may come as a shock, but I think Doug Weight could go. He like Witt does not fit the playing style of the current Isles team.

    Another defenseman (maybe Freddy Meyer, or Bruno Gervais) could be gone.

    And of  course there's Martin Biron…Or is there? DiPietro was mysteriously scratched yesterday, and the Isles CLAIM they were just giving him a day off while he recovers from the injuries. BUT, what team gives their goalie a "day off" from sitting on the bench? He had not been scheduled to play yesterday anyway. Roloson was the planned stating goaltender against the Flyers. So WHY would the Isles give DP a day off from nothing? Fact is, DP's play for the most part since his return has not been great, and for all we know he re-aggravated his injuries in his last start against Carolina (a game in which he looked bad). Today will tell you the story. Does he or does he not, dress against Florida? If he is not dressed, the Isles are going to be forced to come out with the truth, and Biron's not going anyplace…  


  2. reinjosh says:

    Larry Brooks is an idiot. Candy Canes? what kind of respectable writer calls teams names unless its their own team and thats after a bad loss.
    And Witt would be a welcomed addition to any playoff team. Like really, who wouldn't want a guy that can take on a truck? No, but seriously, who wouldn't want a tough as nails guy who gets hit by trucks, gets up right away, swears at the guy and walks away, to clear the net.

    So I have this weird thought. Does anyone think its possible Waddell is trying to convince Kovy to come back to the Thrahsers in the offseason? Maybe he is trying to convince him that by trading him, not only are they allowing him a chance to win a cup but they are going to get a player or two to help him and make the team into a true contender if he were to come back.

  3. Kramer says:

    I predict even more big trades in the weeks ahead. Today was good but I wanna see even bigger trades.

  4. reinjosh says:

    Higgins and Kotalik to the Flames
    TSN is reporting that Jokinen is going the other way
    Sutter and Burke get shit done
    2 days, 2 pretty big trades and 1 blockbuster
    just wow

  5. pezzz123 says:

    Jokinen and Prust to the Rags for Kotalik and Higgins.

    Sather rapes again.
    Sutter gets raped again.

    Sad day for the C of red.

  6. FlamingHomer says:

    The Flames/Rangers trade makes no sense unless it's part of something else. Other than throwing in Aulie, I am OK with the Toronto deal.
    Either Sutter is a genius or he's gone at the end of this year. I don't think anything in between will be tolerated.

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