TSN is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have reached out to Brad Richards about their interest in trading him. Sources are saying the Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets are the frontrunners. A decision is expected Sunday night or Monday, at which point GM Jay Feaster will take the options to ownership for the final decision. Source
Possible scenarios could include:
Luc Bourdon, Michael Grabner, a 1st rounder in 2008.
Mike Smith, Mark Fistric, and a 1st rounder.
Jakub Voracek, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a 1st rounder.
The Dallas Morning News is reporting that there have been Lightning scouts watching the last several Stars games. The Stars could be the leading candidates to land Richards.
Mats Sundin has confirmed that he has been approached by Toronto Maple Leafs interim GM Cliff Fletcher to waive his no trade clause. He has been asked to provide a list of 3 teams he would like to be traded, but the rumor is that Sundin won't waive his clause at all. Source
The Detroit Red Wings have offered Darren McCarty a one-year deal for the league minimum $475,000 (pro-rated). Source
Marian Hossa will definitely be shopped at the trade deadline, as a last attempt to sign him has failed. It's believed that Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell is mulling over the offers.
The Minnesota Wild have signed defenseman Nick Schultz to a 6-year, $21 million contract extension. Source