According to a report in the Toronto Star, forward Jason Blake would welcome a trade. The Star asked Blake if he would put up a fuss if he were traded, he said: "Oh no, not at all, if that's the route." There have also been rumours that he could be on the list of buyouts that interim GM Cliff Fletcher plans to do this summer. Brochu's take: The Toronto media's love of the "buyout" option for its players is laughable. Buyouts are good options only if the contract is manageable. A trade seems most likely for Blake, however. Source
The Detroit Red Wings have signed Finnish forward Ville Leino to a one-year deal. Brochu's take: While the mainstream media have been focusing on the Brunnstrom affair, the Wings have made a even better move signing Leino. He could become an instant factor in the NHL. Source
There are conflicting reports that the Atlanta Thrashers have asked GM Don Waddell to step down and take another job in the organizations. TSN is reporting that Dave Nonis may be courted by Atlanta, and also Nonis will be interview on Tuesday for the vacant GM job in Toronto.
The Colorado Avalanche and coach Joel Quenneville have agreed to part ways. This has already sparked rumors that former goalie Patrick Roy could become the new head coach of the Avs.
Coach Jacques Lemaire has confirmed that he will return for an eighth season with the Minnesota Wild.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun believes that the only option for the Senators with the Ray Emery situation is a buyout. Also, he speculates that Chicago Blackhawks goalie Patrick Lalime will not return to the Hawks and could sign in Ottawa as a backup. Brochu's take: Stranger things have happened, but Lalime was carved like a turkey in Ottawa. Will the city welcome him with open arms? Source
The Ottawa Citizen is reporting that defenseman Wade Redden has no intention of accepting a lower offer from the Senators and it looks likely he will be leaving the Canadian capital via free agency. Brochu's take: Lowballing is never good in negotiations. Redden will easily get $6 million from someone this summer. Source
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forwards Garrett Klotz and Darroll Powe to entry-level contracts. Source