It's been a busy week for NHL rumors, so here's what's been happening this weekend:
Larry Brooks of the New York Post believes that the Toronto Maple Leafs are already shopping defenseman Jeff Finger, who was signed to a four-year, $14 million contract this past summer. Brochu's take: Finger just came off the injury list, and they want to trade him? Source
Al Strachan reported on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada intermission program "The Hotstove" that the New York Islanders are shopping forward Mike Comrie around the league. Source
Pierre LeBrun also reported that the Detroit Red Wings are close to re-signing Henrik Zetterberg. The deal is rumored to be $7 to $8 million a year and the length could be up to 10 years.
The Denver Post is reporting a rumor that the Montreal Canadiens may trade goalie Jaroslav Halak to the Colorado Avalance for defenseman Brett Clark. Brochu's take: The salary cap implications don't make much sense here. At this time, Halak is no better than Budaj or Raycroft. Source
According to Slam Sports on canoe.ca, there has been an Atlanta Thrashers scout following the last three games of the Edmonton Oilers. Brochu's take: Maybe they were looking at one of their 3 goalies? Source
Jim Matheson reports that a trade of Ottawa Senators forward Jason Spezza to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Pascal Leclaire, defenceman Rostislav Klesla and either a first-round draft pick or a forward like R.J. Umberger would at "least tweak Ottawa's interest." Brochu's take: Is this a real "rumor", or is just a fantasy proposal like you see on message boards? Bloggers aren't the only ones making stuff up, folks.