Thursday, December 28, 2006

Ducks acquire Caron

The Anaheim Duck and Chicago Blackhawks have just completed a 5 player trade. The Ducks have acquired Sebastien Caron, Matt Keith and Chris Durno. The Blackhawks get Bruno St. Jacques and Pierre Parenteau. It is believed that the injury to J.S. Giguere is worse than first thought. Link

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Guerin to the Islanders?

There have been rumours that Bill Guerin might be headed to Long Island. The Islanders have recently shed a lot of salary from their team, and are looking to add to their offensive as they make a strong push for the playoffs. The Blues are shopping their veteran players and will be willing to give up Guerin for either a high draft pick or prospect.

Toronto has jumped into the Craig Conroy speculation. They are looking for a centre to fill Michael Peca's spot in the lineup, and Conroy might be the ideal choice. However, the Leafs are balking at the asking price, which is rumoured to be either Alex Steen or Matt Stajan.

The LA Kings are on the verge of a fire sale. Aside from Craig Conroy, the most tradeable assets are Aaron Miller, Lubomir Visnovsky and Jason LaBarbera. The Oilers are interested in acquiring Visnovsky as they are still in need of a powerplay quarterback.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Tkachuk to Vancouver?

Local radio reports in Vancouver have indicated that Keith Tkachuk could be an option to the Canucks at the trade deadline. The Canucks are desperate for scoring and the addition of Tkachuk could help in that category. Vancouver would have to unload some salary however, and the name that's come up most often is Matt Cooke.

The Islanders are looking for a defenseman to bolster their blueline corps. Their recent trades have fueled speculation that GM Garth Snow is looking to make a splash on the trade front.

The talks of realignment by commissioner Gary Bettman has started rumours that the NHL may consider expansion once again. The NHL is looking at 2 more teams so that each new division would have 8 teams each.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Roenick on waivers?

There are early reports from Phoenix that the Coyotes may waive Jeremy Roenick. Roenick has had a poor start to the season and has had some recent troubles with Wayne Gretzky about his playing time. Should he pass waivers, he may retire instead of reporting to the Coyotes minor league team.

The Islanders are be looking for offensive help. The recent trade of Alexei Zhitnik frees up some cap space for New York, and GM Garth Snow is looking to improve his scoring. He is not willing to give up any of his talented youngsters in the system, but may dangle Miroslav Satan as trade bait.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Tampa looking to trade

GM Jay Feaster has let it known that he is actively looking for a trade. It will not involve the troika of Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier or Martin St. Louis, but he is listening to offers for Ruslan Fedotenko, Vaclav Prospal and Mark Denis. Feaster is looking for a defenseman as well as a goalie.

LA is looking to acquire Martin Biron. The current goaltending situation in LA is dire, as they have called Yutaka Fukufuji up on an emergency basis to back up Barry Brust, who was called up when both Mathieu Garon and Dan Cloutier got injured. The Kings are willing to send draft picks.

A new rule that is being discussed between the league and the teams is the issue of goalie interference. The goalie may be considered "fair game" if he wanders outside the crease or the trapezoid area.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

NHL to re-up with Versus

According to league sources, the NHL is about to re-sign with Versus. Formerly known as OLN, Versus will re-sign the T.V. contract with the league for 2 more years.

Marian Gaborik may be out another 4-6 weeks. The groin strain is worse than first thought, and it may require surgery.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Chicago signs Bondra

As per TSN. The deal is rumoured to be $500,000 with incentives. Check my previous post on Bondra here.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Names of available players

According to Marty York of the Metro news, several players are being dangled as trade bait by teams that have little to no chance of making the playoffs. Among the players available are Mike Comrie, Josef Stumpel, Martin Gelinas, Keith Tkachuk, Gary Roberts and Bill Guerin. Source

In a recent article written by Steve Ludzik of the Score, Ludzik suggested that several Maple Leafs players may be available and that Toronto needs to get rid of Darcy Tucker, as he will most likely command +5 million as a UFA next summer. Ludzik suggests that Bryan McCabe should be traded for prospects. He believes that the Leafs will not make the playoffs and that they should be trading their assets now to improve in the future.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Hartnell to Philly?

Reports from Philadelphia are indicating that the Flyers are very interested in Scott Hartnell. However, the Predators are waiting for the right deal as Hartnell has been playing well and is attractive to many teams that are looking for offense. The Flyers are willing to give up a 1st rounder for him, according to a source.

The Edmonton Oilers and the New Jersey Devils have been talking about the availability of Richard Matvichuk. Matvichuk is about to come off the long term IR, and he may not be able to fit under the cap. GM Lou Lamoriello will have to pull another rabbit out of his hat to get his team under the cap again.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

NJ and LA close to trade?

According to reports from RDS, several scouts from the Kings were at the New Jersey-Montreal game. A deal may be close to happening.

Scouts from Columbus have been spotted attending Manchester Monarchs (LA's AHL affiliate) games. This has fueled rumours of trade, however sources indicate it may just be a small deal involving minor players.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Kotalik on the block?

Reports from Buffalo that Ales Kotalik may be available for the right deal. GM Darcy Regier is looking to shore up his defensive depth, and with a wealth of offensive talent waiting in the minors, Kotalik would look good for teams seeking offensive help. Vancouver, Phoenix and St. Louis are reportedly interested in his services.

There are rumours from New York that Sandis Ozolinsh may retire very soon. He has not played well since his return from his injury/alcohol problems and may hang up his skates for good.

The Souray rumours have heated up again as San Jose has shown interest in acquiring him at the trade deadline.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

LeClair picked up by Vancouver?

There are early reports that Vancouver may pick up John LeClair on re-entry waivers. GM Dave Nonis has been looking for offensive help and may pick up the winger at a bargain price of $750,000. Should the Canucks pick him up, expect Jan Bulis or Marc Chouinard to be sent down to the minors to free up cap space.

Antoine Vermette may be the biggest chip the Ottawa Senators have to improve their defense. Wade Redden's chronic injuries may force Ottawa to look for defensive help and the emerging Vermette could be a part of the deal. The Senators are also listening to offers for Martin Gerber. St. Louis is reported to be interested in his services.

Jason Allison has been rumoured to be close to a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Friday, December 01, 2006

No rumours today

Now for a bit of a laugh, there seems to be an internet campaign to get Canucks defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick into the All-Star Game. Visit the site at Several media outlets have picked up on the story and given some press on it. In an interview with several of his teammates, his fellow Canucks have supported this and even have printed up T-shirts for the cause. Have a laugh and vote!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Dallas looking for scoring

The Dallas stars are looking for offensive help. GM Doug Armstrong has called around the league to see if he can add some punch to his offensive. He is willing to trade Phillipe Boucher if he gets a decent return. The Edmonton Oilers are very interested in Boucher's services, who would become the Oilers powerplay quarterback.

Colorado and Atlanta have been talking a lot lately. Something could be brewing between the two teams.

The Chicago Blackhawks have jumped into the ring for Peter Bondra. They are very interested in signing the winger to boost their anemic offense.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Nagy being shopped

Ladislav Nagy is being shopped around the league. He was a healthy scratch the last game, and coach Wayne Gretzky has become increasingly frustrated with his lackluster play. Gretzky has said that Nagy's status was "uncertain." Nagy, who becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, is an attractive target for teams to improve at the trade deadline. Several teams who are looking for offensive help have contacted the Coyotes, including Vancouver, Ottawa and Philadelphia. Source

Jean-Sebastien Giguere is out indefinitely with a broken finger. He could be out 4-6 weeks with the injury. This has stopped the Giguere rumours for the time being.

Several league sources have confirmed that the instigator rule will be changed for the 2007-2008 season. Colin Campbell discussed this recently on a radio interview in Toronto.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Mathieu Garon to Phoenix?

Reports from Phoenix indicate that Phoenix is interested in acquiring Mathieu Garon from the LA Kings. Gretzky is very high on the goalie, who has had an average start to the year. The Kings' preference for Dan Cloutier as the starting netminder may make Garon available.

Ryan Smyth is negotiating with the Oilers on a contract extension. He wants to stay; he loves Edmonton but will most likely be paid in the 4.5-5 million a season. Edmonton has to decide if they want to give that much money to him or lose him to free agency in the off-season. This has led to speculation that he could be traded at the trade deadline, if they cannot sign him to an extension.

Vancouver has been talking to Tampa Bay about the availability of Ruslan Fedotenko. GM Jay Feaster is trying to free up some cap space to improve his defense and would not hesitate to make a deal. He may be available for as low as a 2nd round pick and a low level prospect.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Phoenix fire sale

Wayne Gretzky has indicated that he would like to make a trade to improve his team. He would like to upgrade his goaltending because David LeNeveu has underperformed. The only two untouchables on Phoenix as named by Gretzky are Keith Ballard and Zbynek Michalek. He is willing to part with any other member on the team. However, Gretzky may be forced to trade one of these promising defensemen to save the Coyotes' season. Source

A league source has confirmed that discussions have taken place of a plan to have an NHL game in either the Czech Republic or Slovakia. This would be similiar to previous seasons where teams have started in Japan and Sweden. The plan would be implemented in the 2008-2009 season.

There have been rumours that Francois Beauchemin could be headed to Edmonton.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Muckler to retire?

According to Team 1200 radio in Ottawa, GM John Muckler may retire at the end of the season, regardless of the Senators position in the standings. Owner Eugene Melnyk would sell the Missassauga Ice Dogs to Muckler and he would take over the OHL franchise. Bryan Murray is rumoured to become the GM next year which would leave an open coaching position in Ottawa.

A Brad Stuart/Alexei Zhitnik swap has been discussed frequently the last few days.

The frontrunners for the coaching job in Columbus are Ken Hitchcock, Andy Murray, Marc Habsheid, Mike Johnston and Pat Quinn. The leading candidate at the moment seems to be Ken Hitchcock, but he may refuse the job and hold out for a better team.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Torres on the block

Various sources in Edmonton have indicated that Raffi Torres is being shopped around the league. GM Kevin Lowe is hoping to get a powerplay quarterback type of defenseman in return, and is talking to Montreal. The name that has mostly been floating around is Sheldon Souray. Souray is currently having a strong start to the season.

There is a goalie controversy brewing in Tampa. The stellar play of Johan Holmqvist, combined with the sub-par play of Marc Denis, has created rumours about the goaltending situation in Tampa. It is possible that GM Jay Feaster could trade Denis for more defenseman depth. The Phoenix Coyotes and the Boston Bruins have shown interest in the services of Denis.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Conroy to Ottawa?

Craig Conroy could be in a Senators uniform by the end of the week. Ottawa's ownership will not put up with the Senators slow start, and if a trade doesn't happen, look for GM John Muckler to be fired. According to several sources, Conroy would be exchanged for Antoine Vermette and a 3rd rounder in the 2007 or 2008 draft.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers have been talking frequently the last few days. The most brought up names are Tuomo Ruutu and Jeff Carter. The Flyers really do not want to give up Carter, but may be forced to deal him to get some offensive help. The Flyers are also shopping for defenseman as Denis Gauthier has gone down due to injury.

The Lightning are no longer in the trade market, as they have drastically improved their standing. However, GM Jay Feaster is still looking to shore up his backend and is looking for a solid defensive defenseman.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Canucks looking to acquire Hunter?

GM Dave Nonis has made repeated calls to GM Garth Snow of the New York Islanders about the availability of Trent Hunter. Hunter, who is having a poor start to the year, may become available at the right price. The Islanders are looking for defensive help, but would be willing to part with Hunter for a prospect.

The Nashville Predators are still shopping Scott Hartnell around the league. Teams that are interested are Montreal, Carolina and Phoenix.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Toronto looking at Doan?

Rumours are swirling that the Toronto Maple Leafs are seriously interested in acquiring Shane Doan. The recent injury of Mats Sundin leaves a large hole in their offense. Any deal would include a package of Alexei Ponikarovsky and prospects, as Toronto would need to shed some salary to get Doan.

Francesco Aquilini will purchase the rest of John McCaw's stake in the Canucks ownership, and will become the de facto owner of the Vancouver Canucks organization. This has added fuel to the rumour of a re-design to the their logo. Sources have confirmed that this has been in place for sometime, and is well past the planning stage. Several logos have been designed, and will be presented to the public for a vote at the end of the season.

Boston has entered the market for goalies and is seriously looking at Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Keenan to be GM of Philly?

Philadelphia seems to be the hockey hotspot of the moment. Several sources have confirmed that Mike Keenan was in Philadelphia recently, to discuss the open GM spot. Should he become the new GM of the Flyers, expect a rash of trades immediately. Keenan would be quick to implement his version of the team, as he has done in every city he's been in.

A league source has stated there may be a change in puck design next year. The NHL has commissioned consultants to conduct tests on a more aerodynamic puck; hoping to increase scoring. The new puck could be introduced as early as next year, but it's most likely debut would be in the 2008-2009 season.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Colin Campbell to become Leafs GM?

According to Mike Brophy of The Hockey News and other sources in Toronto, Colin Campbell could become the next GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Campbell recently turned down the GM job in Philadelphia, as he was seeking a job closer to his home. Should GM John Ferguson be fired this year, expect Campbell to take his place.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Big Philly trade coming?

Various sources have indicated that Philadelphia is on the verge of a major trade, possibly involving 3 players from the team. Early indications suggest this could become a 6 player trade with a team in the West, possibly Calgary or Phoenix.

The Washington Capitals have been sending scouts to watch Ladislav Nagy. This could be a precursor to a trade. It's also possible they are looking at Mike Comrie.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Gagne being shopped

According to the Daily Herald, Simon Gagne is being shopped. New GM Paul Holmgren is actively seeking a blockbuster trade involving Gagne, who just signed a new contract this year. Teams that have shown interest are Phoenix, Boston, Edmonton and Calgary. A source in Calgary suggests that the Flames would be willing to give up a forward prospect and Roman Hamrlik. LA has also been dangling Craig Conroy as tradebait, but the Flyers are not interested. Source

Tuomo Ruutu has been quietly shopped around the league. Many teams fear his injury problems, but Carolina and Toronto have shown interest.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Bertuzzi out 3-4 months?

According to sources in Florida, Todd Bertuzzi's back may require surgery. If that is the case, he may be out for 3-4 months or even the entire season. He has missed some games for Florida this year and may be sidelined for months now.

There have been rumours floating around the hockey world that Yanic Perreault may sign with Ottawa.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Barnett fired, Gretzky to GM?

Various sources around the league indicate that Coyotes GM Mike Barnett will be fired and Wayne Gretzky will step down as coach and replace Barnett as general manager. Also, Gretzky's close friend Ken Hitchcock will be hired as coach for the rest of the season.

The Blues are believed to be very interested in the spare defensemen currently on the Florida Panthers roster. The word is that they want Steve Montador and he could come at a very affordable price, most likely a mid to late draft pick.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Phoenix fire sale?

There have been rumblings that Phoenix are desperate to change their club around. Every name on their roster is available, according to GM Mike Barnett. The name most tossed around is Ladislav Nagy, who has been disappointing so far. Also, a source has indicated there has been talk between the Coyotes and the Tampa Bay Lightning. A trade may be imminent.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Philly has more trades coming

A source in Philadelphia indicates that the firing of Ken Hitchcock and "resignation" of Bobby Clarke are just the beginning of major changes in the Flyers organization. New interim GM Paul Holmgren has kept talks with Jason Allison and he may be signed by next week. Several sources have also indicated that Robert Esche may be headed to Phoenix in exchange for Mike Comrie and Keith Yandle.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Detroit interested in Toskala

According to a source in Detroit, the Red Wings are heavily pushing for Vesa Toskala. GM Ken Holland is disappointed with his goaltending so far, as Osgood has not been good and Hasek is always an injury risk. It is believed that the Wings would trade prospects to San Jose, and one of the names that have come up is Valtteri Filppula.

There has also been some talk between Philadelphia and Ottawa about a trade of players. Both teams are currently struggling out of the gate.

Peter Bondra could be signed as early as next week. Detroit remains the frontrunner in his services.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Glen Murray being shopped

According to a Boston source, Glen Murray is being shopped. However, it is highly unlikely anyone will take his 4+ million dollar contract. Possible teams include the Detroit Red Wings and the LA Kings.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Palffy planning return

Zigmund Palffy is planning a return to hockey. Whether it is in the NHL or the Czech league is the question. Palffy has played one exhibition game in Slovakia, and is working hard to see if he wants to return to hockey. He is ineligible to return to the NHL until February, when his 1 year retirement period expires. He would still be under contract to the Pittsburgh Penguins if he returns. Source

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Leetch to Toronto?, Comrie/Morrison swap?

According to the Toronto Sun, Leetch has had discussions with Toronto. With Pavel Kubina's injury and others, Toronto is desperately looking for defensive help. Leetch is still deciding which team he wants to play for, as Philadelphia, Boston and the Rangers have all called him. There is also the possibility he could retire. Source

A source has indicated that Phoenix and Vancouver have had discussions. The Phoenix Coyotes have been quietly shopping Mike Comrie. A deal involving a swap of Mike Comrie and Brendan Morrison has been discussed. More on this later.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Ottawa, Calgary looking for offense

Both the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames are desperately looking for some offensive help. Jason Allison and Yanic Perreault have been rumoured to both teams, and also Valeri Bure's name has been tossed around. Tradewise, both teams don't have much cap room to add a top line player.

The recent appointment of Chris Zimmerman as the CEO/President of the Vancouver Canucks have added fuel to the rumours of a re-design of the Canucks logo. Also, there have been reports from CKNW radio in Vancouver that the Canucks are interested in establishing a 24 hour TV channel dedicated to Canucks hockey, similiar to Leafs TV in Toronto.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Aebischer being showcased?

Aebischer is starting his second consecutive game, but according to sources, he is being showcased to potential teams as tradebait. The Canadiens are looking for defensive help, and are willing to use Aebischer to get it. Source

Monday, October 09, 2006

Perreault to Calgary?

There have been a few rumours floating around that Yanic Perreault may be headed to Calgary. The Flames powerplay so far this season has been anemic, and GM Darryl Sutter won't stand by idly. Perreault would bring a much needed offensive punch to the Flames lineup, especially on the powerplay.

Brian Leetch and the Philadelphia Flyers have been talking, and there are rumours that they are discussing a contract. But don't rule out that he may end up retiring. His family is happy in Boston and it would take a lot for him to leave.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Atlanta, Philly interested in Allison

Several sources close to Jason Allison have indicated that he will sign with either the Thrashers or the Flyers. Both of these teams need help up the middle, and in Atlanta's case, they are still looking for a number one centre. Expect him to be signed later next week.

There are also rumours that Calgary Flames coach Jim Playfair is on a very tight leash. Should Calgary falter in the first 10 games, expect Darryl Sutter to resume head coaching duties. This was discussed on the CBC on opening night.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Tellqvist on the block

Reports coming from Toronto indicate that GM John Ferguson Jr. is shopping Mikael Tellqvist. JS Aubin has won the backup job. The lack of jobs around the NHL will slow the market for Tellqvist, but expect him to be moved before the trade deadline.

The New Jersey Devils have signed unrestricted free agent Dan LaCouture to a contract.

There are some earlier rumblings that the Vancouver Canucks are looking to redesign their logo for 2007-2008. The new owner, Francesco Aquilini, is interested in distancing the Canucks from the Orca Bay connection. More on this later.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Gionta signed

The deal is to be rumoured at 3.5 million a year for 3 years. 3 million in the 1st, 3.5 million in the 2nd and 4 million in the final year of the contract. He will be officially signed when Mogilny is put on the long term IR.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Malakov to Sharks, more trades coming

Vladimir Malakov has been traded to the San Jose Sharks along with a conditional first round pick for Alexander Korolyuk and defenceman Jim Fahey. The conditional pick is dependent on Korolyuk's return to the NHL. TSN

There have been reports that Nabokov may be headed to Pittsburgh. The Malakov deal has set the gears in motion for this. Pittsburgh is looking for goaltender help and is willing to part with Marc-Andre Fleury.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Gomez rumours

According to a source in Chicago, the Blackhawks are very interested in acquiring Scott Gomez from the Devils. There are reports that Tuomo Ruutu's injury is worst than first thought and he may be out for 3-4 months. It would be a salary dump on New Jersey's part, and prospects will be going the other day. The rumoured names are David Bolland and Corey Crawford for Scott Gomez.

LA is also in the running for Gomez. The emergence of Anze Kopitar as a centre could make Craig Conroy available. The rumoured deal is Craig Conroy, a 2nd round pick for Gomez.

The LA Times is reporting that Jack Johnson may sign a contract with the Kings after his college season ends. Johnson is looking forward to playing alongside Rob Blake. Source

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Zherdev has signed with Columbus

According to various reports, Nikolai Zherdev has signed with Columbus. The two sides had good talks yesterday, and a deal will be announced officially later today. A press conference has been arranged for 12:30 pm EDT. There are no numbers reported, but my sources tell me the deal is in the neighbourhood of 3 years, 7.3 million. Source

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Canucks interested in Brathwaite

The Canucks are definitely looking at the waiver wire for the solution to their backup goaltender problem, and they are very interested in Fred Brathwaite. He has an affordable salary, experience and is also a great team player. Another incentive for Brathwaite is that his brother Rod works for the Canucks organization at the Vancouver Canucks Centre for BC Hockey. Source

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sergei Brylin to Columbus?

According to a Columbus source, there are talks going on between the New Jersey Devils and the Columbus Blue Jackets. A deal could involve Brylin moving to Columbus for Dan Fritsche and a draft pick. This would be no more than a salary dump for New Jersey, as they are trying to get room to fit Brian Gionta, Paul Martin and David Hale into the lineup before opening day.

Monday, September 25, 2006

McGillis on waivers

Defenseman Dan McGillis has been waived by New Jersey, but there seems to be little takers for his 2.2 million dollar contract. This does not help GM Lou Lamoriello's cap troubles though. However, this could be an indication of more moves on the Devils' GM part. Source

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Brian Boucher signs with Chicago

Brian Boucher has signed a one year contract with Chicago. Terms were not disclosed. He will be the backup to Nikolai Khabibulin, as Patrick Lalime will miss the next three months with his back injury.

The Gomez to St. Louis rumour has really picked up steam. A few sources in New Jersey are indicating a deal may happen in the next week or so.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Malkin injury update

According to Pierre McGuire on the Team 1040, the injury is not as bad as it has been reported. He has a dislocated shoulder, not a separated shoulder, and McGuire expects Malkin to be back on the ice in "5-7" days.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Gomez for Cajanek, prospects

There are sources in St. Louis reporting that this was a trade being discussed between St. Louis and New Jersey. The Blues have lots of cap space, and this would most likely be a salary dump. Gomez would anchor the second line, or bump Doug Weight off the first line. More on this later.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Hamhuis offer sheet

According to the Tennessean, there's a real possibility that another team in the NHL will offer Dan Hamhuis an offer sheet. Talks between Hamhuis and GM David Poile have broken down completely and neither side have spoken to each other in a week. Some of the teams that are considering offer sheets are Carolina, Edmonton and Montreal. Source

A Montreal source has confirmed that Brian Savage will be retiring sometime this week. He intends to stay around Sudbury to be closer to his family and brother.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Wang/Snow not done?

A source close to the New York Islanders management has said that that GM Garth Snow is about to make a splash. He is very interested in Dan Hamhuis and Nikolai Zherdev, and has phoned both of their respective teams about their availabilty. Doug McLean has refused any offers for Zherdev, but GM David Poile is listening to any offers. Also, keep an eye on the remaining free agents.

Canucks GM Dave Nonis will most likely find a backup goalie on the waiver wire. He is waiting for other teams to waive their extra goalies. Some of the names that have been mentioned are Brent Krahn and Mikael Tellqvist.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Bondra to Detroit

Peter Bondra is very close to signing with Detroit. It will most likely a one year deal in the 1.5 million range.

Yanic Perreault has had offers from Philadelphia, Atlanta and Carolina. Teams may be waiting until after training camp and a few preseason games to determine if they are still interested in his services.

GM Doug McLean has no intentions of trading Zherdev. McLean will either sign him or let Zherdev sit out in Russia. He has received two offers for Zherdev, but he turned them down. My sources confirm that one of these offers was from Montreal. The Columbus Dispatch

Friday, September 15, 2006

Another Johnson rumour

A source from St. Louis has just sent this one. "The Blues are very interested in acquiring Johnson. Davidson believes that with both Erik and Jack on the blueline, the team will be set for the future." It would also be an addition to the American base of players that Davidson has set up. If a deal occurs, expect Eric Brewer or Dennis Wideman to be sent to Carolina in a package deal.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Jack Johnson Rumours

Johnson is being shopped around the league because he is refusing to sign a pro contract with Carolina. With the loss of Frantisek Kaberle, Carolina was hoping to promote Johnson to the team but that is not the case. Carolina GM Jim Rutherford is actively looking for a defenseman and some help in the forwards. A source has told me some of the deals Rutherford is looking at:

New Jersey has offered Brian Rafalski and Nicklas Bergfors. This would free up cap space for GM Lou Lamoriello to sign Gionta, Martin and Hale.

Calgary has offered Roman Hamrlik and Dustin Boyd.

Toronto has also dangled Pavel Kubina and a 1st rounder to Carolina.

Keep in mind that Johnson will NOT sign this year, and the earliest he will be in the NHL is next year.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Carter to Columbus - official

Once again, Brochu is Hockey is ahead of the curve. As first reported 13 days ago, Columbus has officially signed Anson Carter to a 1-year, 2.5 million dollar contract. TSN

Park, Dunham in NYI

Richard Park and Mike Dunham have been invited to the Islanders training camp.

The Hamhuis to Edmonton rumours have been picking up lately. GM David Poile is also looking at offers from Ottawa and Montreal.

According to a Columbus source, Nikolai Zherdev will be staying in Russia. They are 2 million dollars apart on contract talks, and Zherdev has already played 1 game for his Russian team.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Lupul officially re-signed

As first reported 4 days ago on Brochu is Hockey, Joffrey Lupul has signed to a 3 year, $6.935 million contract. TSN

It appears the Canucks will match the Philly offer for Kesler. A press conference as been announced for tomorrow where GM Dave Nonis will address the situation.

Keith Primeau will retire tomorrow.

According to my sources, the Lupul signing will significantly affect the Zherdev situation in Columbus. Zherdev could be re-signed by Friday this week.

Philly signs Ryan Kesler

TSN reports that the Philadelphia Flyers have signed Ryan Kesler on an offer sheet for 1.9 million dollars.

Jason Strudwick signs in Europe

Jason Strudwick has signed a contract with HC Lugano in Switzerland. In 65 games for the Rangers last season, he scored 3 goals and had 66 penalty minutes. Source

Peter Bondra is very close to signing a one-year deal with Detroit. He has been practising with the Red Wings for the last few days. Also, former first rounder Boyd Devereaux has been invited to the Wing's training camp as a tryout. Devereaux has won a Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002.

Charles Wang strikes again

Charles Wang doesn't like money or winning. He has just signed Rick Dipietro to a 15 year, 67.5 million contract. This contract is guaranteed, so if Rick gets injured or retires before the contract expires, he still gets all the money. Dipietro, who turns 25 next week, will be almost 40 when his contract ends. TSN

The New York Post has reported that the Islanders have also signed Victor Kozlov to a one year deal. Terms have not been disclosed, but stay tuned.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Linden officially signs

As per Sportsnet. Terms were not disclosed, but as rumoured on this site, the deal is around 750k for 1 year. Edit: Terms are $600,000, and $200,000 in bonus money.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Richards, Carter for Luongo?

Now, before you go crazy, this is not a rumour. Florida asked for Mike Richards and Jeff Carter in a package deal for Luongo when Luongo was being shopped. Obviously, this was not taken as Philly is very high on these youngsters. One can wonder though... Source

Getting news from New Jersey is like squeezing blood from a rock. GM Lou Lamoriello has "agreed to terms" with several players, but have not signed any contracts. He is currently operating above the cap and still have key players to sign. With Matvichuk going on the long term IR and his salary being removed from the cap, he still has very little wiggle left. Something's gotta give.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Lupul has re-signed

According to a very good Edmonton source, Joffrey Lupul has re-signed. The deal is in the neighbourhood of 3 years, 7 million. The deal will be announced next week.

GM Ken Holland is looking to signing another winger. Anson Carter was rumoured, but now it looks like Petr Bondra is more likely. Detroit News

Friday, September 08, 2006

Philippe Boucher on the block?

Dallas is one of the rare teams in the NHL that has blueline depth. They currently have 8 defenseman signed that all have good experience in the league. According to my sources, 1 or 2 of those defenseman are being shopped quietly around the league. Boucher is the one player that is getting a lot of interest from teams. Edmonton, Montreal and the Islanders have reported made offers on him. More on this later. Source

No news on the Zherdev front. He is 95% likely to stay in Russia this year, and with the Fritsche negotiations also going sour, GM Doug MacLean may be looking at the free agent market to fill the holes on his team. Anson Carter has already been rumoured, but now he is looking at signing Yanic Perreault and Petr Bondra.

Edit: Alex Burrows has been signed to a 3 year, 1.5 million contract while Jason King has walked out of training camp, as he refused to sign the Canucks contract offer. TSN

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Jason Woolley to Montreal?

According to various Montreal sources, the Canadiens are interested in signing UFA Jason Woolley. The 37 year old defenseman can still provide offense, and will also be a good fit into the top 6 of Montreal should Sheldon Souray be traded.

Mike Dunham may be in the Devils training camp for a tryout. He is seeking the backup job and GM Lou Lamoriello is still deciding to either sign Dunham or Scott Clemmensen. Clemmensen has also fielded offers from "4 or 5" teams, but is still looking to re-sign with New Jersey. My sources have confirmed that one of these teams was Vancouver. NY Post

There are reports coming from Florida that the Panthers are interested in signing Viktor Kozlov.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Svoboda signs in Europe

Jaroslav Svoboda, a UFA with the Dallas Stars, has signed in Europe. He will be playing for HC Znojemstí Orli in the Czech elite league. In 43 games last year, the 26 year old scored 4 goals and 7 points, racking up 22 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 2 playoff games. Link

Bouwmeester to Edmonton...

...for Robbie Shremp. This is the latest rumour to hit my desk. Now, neither player is being actively shopped, but new GM Jacques Martin is eager to put his stamp on the team and would be willing to part with Bouwmeester for Robbie Schremp. Edmonton has a solid young core, and with the imminent signing of Lupul, there is a logjam in the Top 6 for EDM. In an Edmonton radio interview, Kevin Lowe let it slip that he was still interested in Bouwmeester.

edit: Matt Greene would also be part of the deal.

Ziggy Palffy is working out regularly and hoping to return to the NHL. Pittsburgh owns his rights, but he won't be ready until January.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Svatos has re-signed

According to Slovak media, Marek Svatos has re-signed with the Colorado Avalanche. Terms were not disclosed, but it is thought to be a one year deal in the 1.5 million range. This article is from Kosice, the hometown of Svatos. Source (in Slovak)

The Dvorak signing is also being reported in a lot of Czech media outlets.

Malkin has officially signed. This gives the Pens the best young 1-2 centers in the league.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Pens Press Conference Tomorrow

As reported earlier on this site, the Pittsburgh Penguins are on the verge of signing Evgeni Malkin. The Pens have announced a press conference on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Igloo Club at Mellon Arena. General Manager Ray Shero will make a major announcement. I wonder what that could be?

More on the Keenan situation

My sources tell me this was a power struggle between Martin and Keenan. Even though they are friends, they have both argued over personnel matters in Florida. Don't forget that Jacques Martin had Rick Dudley fired when he was first hired. Martin and majority owner Alan Cohen have a really close relationship, and Martin would sometimes go over the head of Keenan and take problems directly with Cohen. The lack of any statements from Keenan suggests he was indeed fired, or forced to resign. Here's a good article on the whole affair.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Mike Keenan Fired!!!

This is not a rumour! This came out of left field. Mike Keenan has been fired as the GM of the Florida Panthers. It is expected that Jacques Martin will fill in as a dual role, with Pat Quinn a possible candidate later on in the season. TSN

edit: It now appears that Keenan has "resigned", and Martin is the new GM. More on this in the next couple days.

Dvorak to NYR

According to the NY Post writer Larry Brooks, The New York Rangers are very close to bringing back Radek Dvorak. It is hoped that he would take a third/fourth line role as a penalty killer in NY. My sources also confirm that he will be signed before training camp. New York Post

Gagne to Colorado?

These Gagne rumours will not go away. GM Bobby Clarke is very adamantly saying that Gagne will be signed before training camp, but he still making calls and seeing what the market is for the talented winger. The new team seeking his services, according to several sources, is Colorado. They are having trouble signing their own talented winger, Marek Svatos. Of course, this would involve Colorado offloading some of their payroll, and a good candidate is Pierre Turgeon, who is a UFA after the upcoming year.

A few months ago, the rumours of Gary Roberts heading back to Toronto was rampant. However, the two teams could not work it out and Roberts is looking forward to starting the new hockey season with the Panthers. He has worked out his personal problems and is happy to see the new faces on his Florida team. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Malkin deal soon

There will be little news this holiday weekend, but here's a few rumblings around the league.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Evgeni Malkin will sign very early next week and start the rookie camp on schedule. Malkin has been practicing in Los Angeles with other NHLers the last few weeks. Expect a deal to be announced Tuesday or Wednesday. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Expect Alexander Mogilny to show up to the Devils training camp and try to earn a spot on the lineup. The right winger, who is earning 3.5 million this year, is being shopped by GM Lou Lamoriello but no one is interested in his contract. Mogilny is currently working out in LA along with Evgeni Malkin.

Scott Hartnell is being shopped, but GM David Poile would prefer to not send him to any team in the West. A lot of teams have shown interest including Ottawa, Toronto, and Washington.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Allison to Philly

According to Jason Allison's agent, "2-3" teams are interested in acquiring his services. One of the teams is the Philadelphia Flyers. With Keith Primeau still questionable going into training camp and the injury-prone Peter Forsberg, GM Bobby Clarke is scrambling to find options down the middle. Along with Philly, Atlanta is also interested as well as a team in the West.

The Vancouver Canucks are interested in signing John Erskine. However, they want to sign him to a two-way contract, but Erskine is looking for a one-way deal.

A source has told me to watch Montreal closely the next week or so. A large trade may be brewing.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Carter to Columbus?

With Nikolai Zherdev firmly entrenched in Russia and with no sign of blinking, GM Doug MacLean has made calls to other teams and free agents to address the RW situation on his team. Columbus' payroll sits at a comfortable level around 28 million, and MacLean wants to fit Carter onto the team without going too high, as he wants to get a piece of the revenue sharing. When asked in The Columbia Dispatch newspaper if Zherdev would sign in the next week or so, MacLean blunted stated, "I doubt it." The Columbus Dispatch

The NY-EDM rumour would most likely involve an exchange of prospects. However, the Oilers are specifically asking for Fedor Tyutin.

Sources close to both Los Angeles and New Jersey indicate the two teams have been talking very closely the last few weeks.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Matvichuk to San Jose, Hamhuis update

Late reports coming from New Jersey are indicating that Richard Matvichuk is heading to San Jose. This could be the beginning of a payroll exodus from New Jersey, as GM Lou Lamoriello is trying to find salary cap room to sign Brian Gionta, Paul Martin and David Hale. Also, expect the Gomez rumours to heat up in the next week or two.

According to sources close to Dmitri Kalinin, he will sign a one year contract with Buffalo.

The Hamhuis-Edmonton rumours have picked up steam since the Dumont signing. GM David Poile has said, "We're safely under the cap (maximum), but we're certainly at — if not over — our own personal budget, so I think if there are any future transactions, they'll probably be more in the form of a trade, as opposed to a separate acquisition.'' The Tennessean

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Tanabe to Carolina, Isbister close

As reported on this site, David Tanabe has signed with Carolina. The deal is a one-year, $900,000 contract. TSN

Brad Isbister is also close to signing with the Hurricanes.

Dumont to Nashville

JP Dumont will be playing his hockey in Nashville. TSN reports the deal at two years, 4.5 million. This adds fire to the Hamhuis to Edmonton rumours I keep getting. Link

Eric Daze is healthy again. Montreal, Chicago and St. Louis are interested in his services. The over/under odds in Vegas on games he will play this year is 10.

Brian Leetch is still looking to sign. According to sources, he's narrowed it down to 3 teams: the Rangers, the Islanders and the Bruins.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Hamhuis to Edmonton

Reports coming from Nashville are indicating GM David Poile is having trouble signing RFA Dan Hamhuis. Lowe in Edmonton is actively seeking a top defenseman, and talks have gone on between the two teams. My sources tell me that this is close to happening, around 63%. Tennessean Article

Jan Hrdina has signed in Sweden for HV 71. Link

The Vancouver Canucks are in need of a backup for Roberto Luongo. The list of rumoured goalies is Wade Flaherty, Steve Shields, Mike Dunham, Brian Boucher and Scott Clemensen. There are also news coming from Vancouver that they are trying to get Jani Hurme to escape his contract in Finland to play in the NHL.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Yanic Perreault to Chicago

Chicago is interested in signing Yanic Perreault.

David Tanabe has been spotted lunching with the GM of the Carolina Hurricanes. Obviously, this leads to speculation that he will sign with them.

The Canucks will announce on Monday or Tuesday the re-signing of Trevor Linden to a one year, $750,000 deal.

The Canucks are also interested in bringing Oleg Kvasha.

The Edmonton/NY Rangers deal is to involve 6 players. More on this later. Expect a veteran defenseman to head over to Edm.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

PJ Axelsson to Ottawa

According the the balding fatass Bruce Garrioch, the Ottawa Senators are interested in acquiring PJ Axelsson. In exchange, they would send Anton Volchenkov.

Columbus has become the frontrunner in the JP Dumont sweepstakes.

According to a NJ source, Brian Gionta will sign a deal and then be traded to LA for Alexander Frolov and a draft pick. More to come on this.

The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed Johan Franzen.

Garth Snow will be announcing the signing of Rick DiPietro in the next week or so.

There are rumblings of a big trade between Edmonton and the New York Rangers.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Zherdev to Toronto

Zherdev to Toronto for Matt Stajan and a 1st round pick.

Jason Allison to sign a deal with Atlanta.

Matt Cooke for Michel Ouellet.

Anson Carter is close to a deal with Detroit.