Tons of Trade Rumors – June 17, 2010

Derek Boogaard available?

GM Lou Lamoriello says Devils haven’t discussed trading Martin Brodeur

Chiarelli: No. 2 pick not in play

Plenty of goalies available this summer
Derek Boogaard available?

Derek Boogaard, the Wild’s 6-8 enforcer, remains unsigned two weeks prior to free agency. And, although General Manager Chuck Fletcher says he’s had “regular conversations going back three months” with Boogaard’s agent, Ron Salcer, Fletcher has indicated that he’s unlikely to re-sign Boogaard prior to July 1.

“We haven’t closed the book either, and maybe we revisit it July 1 or 2 if we don’t [re-sign him before],” Fletcher said. “But we have several areas we’re looking to improve. It comes down to, ‘How much cap space can you allocate to a certain area without compromising other areas?'”

Fletcher has been entrenched in trade talks heading into next weekend’s draft in Los Angeles. He wants to maintain salary-cap flexibility so it doesn’t inhibit any roster moves via trade or free agency.

“I respect Derek Boogaard and think he’s probably the most feared enforcer in the game,” Fletcher said. “But once you allocate those cap dollars, you don’t have them anymore. So if it doesn’t work out, it’s not because we don’t value him. There’s a finite amount of money we can spend to improve our team.”

, 27, a fan favorite who’s had 54 NHL fights and amassed 544 penalty minutes in five seasons, wants to return. But the reality is he can probably make more money over a longer term elsewhere.

GM Lou Lamoriello says Devils haven’t discussed trading Martin Brodeur

Several readers have asked about the trade rumors involving Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello today emphatically denied that there have been any discussions by management about the possibility of trading Brodeur.

Brodeur has a no-trade clause in his contract and would have to approve any deal. The goalie also has a very close relationship with Lamoriello.

Although management does not blame Brodeur for the club’s loss to Flyers in the playoffs this spring, Lamoriello has explored ways to acquire a first line center with the possible intention of using Travis Zajac on the second line.

One rumor has Brodeur being traded to the Washington Capitals for Alexander Semin. The Devils would be very interested in Semin but, again, Brodeur would have to agree to a trade.

Chiarelli: No. 2 pick not in play

GM Peter Chiarelli acknowledged that among the offers he’s been made for the No. 2 pick in next week’s draft, he said he was impressed with one pitch. But even as good as that offer was, Chiarelli is standing firm that he will take either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin with the second overall pick.

“I’m not moving it,” Chiarelli said of the No. 2 position. “We’re going to take one of those two forwards.”

Plenty of goalies available this summer

Yes, this year’s free-agent crop is lacking in overall depth. But if there’s one position that bucks the trend, it’s in goal, where there are a multitude of unrestricted free agents looking for jobs.

“It’s the year of the goalie, it seems,” netminder Marty Turco told on Wednesday.

Turco is among the bigger netminder names headed for unrestricted free agency; the Dallas Stars ended Turco’s reign in the Lone Star State by replacing him with Kari Lehtonen this past season.

As Turco looks at his options, he has competition. Depending on whether they re-sign between now and June 30, joining Turco in the free-agent waters July 1 could be Evgeni Nabokov , Martin Biron,Dan Ellis , Michael Leighton , Chris Mason , Jose Theodore , Antero Niittymaki , Vesa Toskala , Johan Hedberg , Patrick Lalime , Manny Legace ,
Wade Dubielewicz , Alex Auld , Steve Valiquette , Andrew Raycroft , Yann Danis and Curtis Sanford .

“There’s some great guys in their prime that have played a long time; there’s some guys that have shown more than just promise that can use a breath of fresh air, and some guys you can take a chance on and a risk and hope they pan out,” Turco said. “It’s a great list.”

And that group doesn’t even factor in what the Montreal Canadiens will do with Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price (both are restricted free agents, one of whom could possibly be traded), or whether the Boston Bruins will try to move Tim Thomas now that Tuukka Rask has established himself as the No. 1 man.

With all the goalies in play, the key is for them to find a chair when the music stops. You don’t want to be left standing in August.

“It’s a unique situation this year,” Biron told on Wednesday.

knows the drill. A year ago, he waited until July 22 to find an NHL home with the New York Islanders. It’s a nerve-racking time when you miss the first and second wave of free agency as jobs and money become scarce around the league.

“You can take that experience from last year and use it to prepare yourself for this year,” Biron said. “But the free-agent period isn’t like it was when I started in this league. It’s changed the last few years. There’s a real crapshoot element to it. Teams are more patient. So are the players. It took me until July 22 last year, and it was a situation I never even thought of three weeks before that.”

And that might be the intriguing play come the first week of July: Will these free-agent goalies hold out for more money or grab hold of the first secure job offered to them? With so many goalies available, teams might have the upper hand in terms of salary negotiation. That’s fine with Ellis, who hopes to sell himself as a bargain so as to find a good fit.

6 Responses to Tons of Trade Rumors – June 17, 2010

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    Hmmm… and the Habs just bought out BGL.  Does Boogard actually fight or does he invite his apponent to fight and if he says no then just proceeds to suck.?

  2. futurebruin says:

    Congrats to Cam Neely, who's been named the President of the Boston Bruins.  Sounds like JJ finally grew a pair and gave Neely the authority to fire PC.

  3. leafmeister says:

    WOW. Terrible Halak trade. Absolutely awful. Not only do they trade the superior goalie, but they get a couple decent prospects in return. I would have thought they would get something proven in return. Yikes. Not a good move at all.

  4. KingCanada says:

    WOOOW Halak traded to St Louis for prospects Lars Eller and Ian Schultz!!

    I thought Price was the man on the outs…IMO Montreal made a mistake here!

  5. number15 says:

    Derek Boogard will be a Toronto Maple Leaf…… Brian Burke will put together the scariest 4th line in the NHL

    Boogard/Orr combo would keep everyone in check

  6. number15 says:

    Quote: "Montreal made a mistake here!"

    well we can only wait…………. and hope

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