Monday, February 18, 2008

NHL trade rumors from the GM meetings

There's going to be a lot of rumours in the next few days as the annual GM meeting in Florida continues. Scott Morrison of CBC reports on the latest:

Citing a source, no fewer than 15 teams have expressed "serious" interest in Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who, according to his agent, does not want to leave Toronto. The rumor is that the Philadelphia Flyers are the most interested. "I can say there has been a lot of interest in him," GM Cliff Fletcher told mid-afternoon Monday, "but I haven't asked Tomas yet if he would waive his no trade. We'll see what happens."

Morrison believes that the Atlanta Thrashers will definitely trade forward Marian Hossa, with the Montreal Canadiens as a front-runner. Christopher Higgins' name has been mentioned. The San Jose Sharks have also inquired, but the Thrashers would like Jonathan Cheechoo as part of the return. The Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars are also making bids.

Sources say that 8 teams, including the Ottawa Senators, are interested in Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vaclav Prospal.

The Carolina Hurricanes could be interested in Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dominic Moore.

David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail was also there, and he has a humdinger of a rumor:

According to a league source, Tampa Bay Lightning GM Jay Feaster is busy shopping forward Brad Richards among his fellow GMs after they arrived here for their annual winter meetings on Sunday night.

Peter Forsberg's agent Don Baizley has told NHL teams that "the prospect of Peter having enough confidence in the foot-skate issue to commit to being able to play in the NHL this season isn't where it needs to be at this moment. As a result, teams are being told it is unlikely he will be able to commit to return to the NHL this season." Foppa has not ruled out a return next season.

The Phoenix Coyotes have traded forward Olivier Latendresse to the Montreal Canadiens for an unnamed player. He is the brother of Guillaume Latendresse. Source

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