Tuesday, June 24, 2008

NHL and hockey rumors for June 25, 2008

The Colorado Avalanche have traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the Boston Bruins for forward Matt Hendricks. Source

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired defenseman Janne Niskala from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Triston Grant and their seventh round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Brochu's take: Niskala had been rumored to be headed to Russia, but he could have a chance to crack Philly's lineup next season.

The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed forward Tuomo Ruutu to a one-year, $2.25 million contract extension. Brochu's take: This should quash those Ruutu rumors...at least until mid season, when you can expect them to pick up.

The Boston Bruins have re-signed defenseman Mark Stuart to a multi-year contract extension.

The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed forward Scott Parker to a one-year, contract extension.

Darcy Tucker has been bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tucker has 3 years remaining on his contract and Toronto will have to pay for two-thirds, or 6 million dollars paid over a six year term. Tucker has a no-movement clause and thus did not have to clear waivers. Brochu's take: Tucker may not be the player he once was, but still is a gritty forward with veteran leadership. He will be picked up very soon.

The Leafs have also put forward Kyle Wellwood and goalie Andrew Raycroft on waivers.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have put goalie Marc Denis on waivers for the purposes of a buyout. If he clears waivers, he will be immediately bought out. The Lightning also introduced Barry Melrose as their new head coach Tuesday.

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