Wednesday, July 16, 2008

NHL and hockey rumors for July 16, 2008

Here's an actual rumor report, as opposed to a list of signings. A post about that will be posted tonight.

According to Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, there are rumors of a three way trade between the Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators. According to "insiders", Ottawa would trade goalie Martin Gerber and defenceman Andrej Meszaros to Los Angeles, the Kings would move forward Anze Kopitar to Chicago and the Blackhawks would send goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and either of defenseman Brent Seabrook or Cam Barker to the Senators. Brochu's take: A rumor that came from the Ottawa Sun and it's not from Bruce Garrioch? It's GOTTA be true! But seriously, this won't happen. Kopitar is part of the youth movement in LA, and Ottawa really doesn't get any better. The likelihood of the Hawks shopping one of their young D-men is well known. Source

There's also a rumor going in Vancouver circles that the Canucks would trade Kevin Bieksa to the Kings for Michal Handzus and a 3rd round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Brochu's take: Bieksa's been speculated to be"on the block" recently, but this doesn't really make sense from the Canucks part.

The Carolina Hurricanes are rumored to be interested in signing Jeff O'Neill to a two-way contract. It's believed that O'Neill is holding out for a one-way deal.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded winger Joakim Lindstrom to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional pick in the 2009 draft.

The Blackhawks have also signed defensemen Aaron Johnson and Doug Janik to one-year contracts, and re-signed center Colin Fraser to a one-year contract.

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