Thursday, June 19, 2008

NHL and hockey rumors for June 20, 2008

The St. Louis Blues have traded forward Jamal Mayers to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a third round pick in 2008. Source

Rumors have been flying that the Pittsburgh Penguins are willing to trade Evgeni Malkin to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the 2nd overall pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft and forward Mike Cammalleri. Brochu's take: Both sides have denied talks, but what else do you expect.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun is reporting that the Senators would consider trading Jason Spezza, with the Kings interested. Brochu's take: Garrioch started the rumor, than got GM Bryan Murray to deny it. And people wonder where rumors start?

According to Sportsnet, the Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed restricted free agent Jeff Carter to a three-year, $15 million contract.

There's apparently speculation that the Vancouver Canucks would consider trading one or both the Sedin twins, but the rumor has been denied before it even became a rumor.

The Canucks have also hired London Knights coach Dave Gagner as their new Director of Player Development. They have also moved Stan Smyl as their new Director of Collegiate Scouting.

The Atlanta Thrashers have hired AHL Chicago Wolves coach John Anderson as their new head coach.

The Anaheim Ducks are about to hire Dave Nonis as a senior adviser. It's believed his contract will have lots of out clauses in case more management positions open up for him.

There are also rumors that the New York Rangers are interested in restricted free agent Jay Bouwmeester of the Florida Panthers.

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