Friday, February 29, 2008

Blackhawks and Senators swapping goalies?

TSN is reporting a rumor that Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray and Chicago Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon were considering a crazy trade that would involve swapping goaltenders Martin Gerber and Ray Emery for Nikolai Khabibulin and Patrick Lalime.

The Detroit Red Wings have made several offers to their impending free agents. The Wings would like to sign forward Dan Cleary to a long-term deal for $2.5 million a season, but he could earn more on the open market. Defenseman Andreas Lilja has been offered a two-year deal worth a little more than $1 million a season. Defenseman Chris Chelios will be offered another one-year deal after the season.

The club hopes to sign forward Henrik Zetterberg to a long-term deal for five or seven years in the neighborhood of $7 million a season during the first week of July. He has one year left on a deal that averages $2.65 million a season and can't be signed to an extension until July 1. Source

There are rumours that Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller could be moving to another team next year. Miller does not seem to be in a hurry to negotiate. Miller earns $2.5 million this year, and will eran to $3.5 million next season, the last in his three-year deal. A report in The Buffalo News has suggested the goaltender would be looking for a six-year contract worth around $41 million. Source

The acquisition of Cristobal Huet by the Washington Capitals have upset goaltender Olaf Kolzig, who is a UFA this summer. "I guess I'll talk with my wife about what we want to do next year or the year after." said Kolzig. He will most likely move to a new team in the summer. Source

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Europe update, Kubina to San Jose?

Globe and Mail writer David Shoalts is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks had an agreement to trade Pavel Kubina, but the deal fell through. Interim GM Cliff Fletcher had allowed GM Doug Wilson to speak to Kubina's agent about waiving his no trade clause, but Kubina refused. However, it's possible that he can still be traded in the summer. According to his contract, if the Leafs do not make the playoffs, Kubina's no-trade clause is suspended from the day of the entry draft in June to Aug. 15. Source

Brochu's European roundup:

Riku Hahl may be returning to the NHL next season. Swedish website is reporting that Hahl would be open to returning. "Three or four NHL teams are interested in his services." said Hahl's agent Krister Kaukinen. Hahl is currently playing for Timrå in the SEL. Source

Rumors are swirling that Swedish Elite League team Leksands IF may try to persuade goalie Ed Belfour to stay another year by bringing his son Dayn Belfour to Sweden. Leksand have sent scouts to watch the youngster, who plays for the Winkler Flyers in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. Source

Swiss newspaper Blick is reporting that forward John Pohl will leave the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of the season and join Nationalliga A club Ambri Piotta in Switzerland. Source

Defenseman Janne Niskala is rumored to be leaving the Nashville Predators and returning to his Swedish Elite League club Färjestad. Source

Defenseman Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre will be leaving the New Jersey Devils at the end of the season and will play with Duisberg in the DEL for 2008-2009. Source

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Senators fire Paddock, Low

The Ottawa Senators have fired coach John Paddock and assistant coach Ron Low. Speculation and rumours have surrounded the coach's future during the recent spell of bad games. GM Bryan Murray will take over coaching duties for the stretch run, while Paddock has been offered a job somewhere in the organization. Source

According to the Montreal Gazette, the Montreal Canadiens are believed to have offered forwards Michael Ryder, Maxim Lapierre and Mikhail Grabovski to the Atlanta Thrashers for Marian Hossa. GM Bob Gainey mentioned that the Thrashers wanted "4 elements", 3 of which were playing on Tuesday. Source

The Thrashers apparently wanted Antoine Vermette, Nick Foligno and 1st round pick in 2008 for Hossa, the Ottawa Sun reports. Source

Rumours are flying that Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero received orders from the owners to make a serious playoff run this year, leading to the acquisition of Hossa.

The Vancouver Sun is reporting that Vancouver Canucks GM Dave Nonis offered defenseman Luc Bourdon, goaltending prospect Cory Schneider, and Mason Raymond to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Brad Richards. Rumours are that the Lightning really wanted defenseman Alex Edler and forward Ryan Kesler.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

NHL trade deadline round-up: Part 5

The Atlanta Thrashers traded forward Alex Giroux to the Washington Capitals for forward Joe Motzko.

The San Jose Sharks signed goaltender Brian Boucher to a one-year contract. Source

The New York Islanders re-signed forward Mike Comrie to a one-year, $4 million contract extension.

Are there any more? Email or leave a comment.

Poll results:

Should the NHL trade deadline be moved later?

29 (23%)
42 (33%)
Should be moved earlier
53 (42%)

Total votes: 124

Should neck guards be mandatory?

59 (39%)
91 (60%)

Total votes: 150

NHL trade deadline round-up: Part 4

The Los Angeles Kings traded defenseman Brad Stuart to the Detroit Red Wings for 2nd round pick in 2008 and a 4th round pick in 2009.

The Kings also traded goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin to the Anaheim Ducks for a 7th round pick in 2008.

The New York Islanders traded defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron to the Anaheim Ducks for a 3rd round pick in 2008.

The Islanders also traded forward Chris Simon to the Minnesota Wild for a 6th round pick in 2008.

The San Jose Sharks traded defenseman Rob Davison to the Islanders for a 7th round pick in 2008.

The Anaheim Ducks traded forward Brandon Bochenski to the Nashville Predators for future considerations.

The Ducks also traded forward Brandon Segal and a 7th round pick in 2008 to the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Jay Leach.

The Tampa Bay Lightning traded forward Jan Hlavac to the Nashville Predators for a 7th round pick in 2008.

NHL trade deadline round-up: Part 3

The New York Rangers traded forward Marcel Hossa and goaltending prospect Al Montoya to the Phoenix Coyotes for forwards Fredrik Sjostrom and Josh Gratton, goaltender David LeNeveu and a conditional draft pick in 2009.

The St. Louis Blues traded defenseman Christian Backman to the New York Rangers for 4th round pick in 2008.

The St. Louis Blues traded defenseman Bryce Salvador to the New Jersey Devils for forward Cam Janssen.

The Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Tuomo Ruutu to the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Andrew Ladd.

The Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Martin Lapointe to the Ottawa Senators for a 6th round pick in 2008.

NHL trade deadline round-up: Part 2

The Toronto Maple Leafs traded forward Wade Belak to the Florida Panthers for a 5th round pick in 2008.

The Leafs also traded defenseman Hal Gill to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2nd round pick in 2008 and a 5th round pick in 2009.

The Leafs also traded forward Chad Kilger to the Florida Panthers for a 3rd round pick in 2008.

The Florida Panthers traded defenseman Ruslan Salei to the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Karlis Skrastins and 3rd round pick in 2008.

The Columbus Blue Jackets traded defenseman Adam Foote to the Colorado Avalanche for for a conditional first-round draft pick in 2008 or 2009, depending if Colorado makes it in the playoffs. The Jackets would get another conditional 4th round pick in 2009 if Foote re-signs with the Avs.

The Columbus Blue Jackets traded forward Sergei Fedorov to the Washington Capitals for defenseman Ted Ruth.

The Montreal Canadiens traded goaltender Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals for a 2nd round pick in 2009.

The Washington Capitals traded forward Matt Pettinger to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Matt Cooke.

NHL trade deadline round-up: Part 1

I'm going to post this in spurts, so there's enough labels to go around. Feel free to post your comments if you wish.

The Atlanta Thrashers traded forwards Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis to the Pittsburgh Penguins for prospect Angelo Esposito, forwards Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen and a 1st round pick in 2008. Source

The Tampa Bay Lightning traded forward Brad Richards and goaltender Johan Holmqvist to the Dallas Stars for goaltender Mike Smith, forwards Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halpern and a 4th round pick in 2009. Source

The Buffalo Sabres traded defenseman Brian Campbell and a 7th round pick in 2008 to the San Jose Sharks for forward Steve Bernier and a 1st round pick in 2008. Source

NHL trade rumor update Feb 26 3:00 AM EST

According to Bob McKenzie's blog on, the Chicago Blackhawks sent an email Monday night to the 29 other NHL teams indicating that 8 players were available. These 8 are Nikolai Khabibulin, Martin Havlat, Robert Lang, Tuomo Ruutu, Martin Lapointe, Yanic Perreault, Andrei Zyuzin, and Rene Bourque.

The NHL Experts Blog on Yahoo! is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning will send Brad Richards to the Dallas Stars for Mike Smith, forward Jeff Halpern and defenseman Mark Fistric. The same article quotes a "league executive" as the source. The article also makes the note that the Montreal Canadiens are about to land Atlanta Thrashers forward Marian Hossa, with Michael Ryder going to Atlanta. Rumors are flying that the Habs included young prospect Mikhail Grabovski in the deal. Source

Monday, February 25, 2008

Prospal to Philly, Boyle and Jackman signed

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired Vaclav Prospal from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a conditional (2nd or 3rd) pick in 2009. Source

The St. Louis Blues have re-signed defenseman Barret Jackman to a 4-year, $14.4 million contract extension. Rumors are flying that the Blues will trade one of defensemen Bryce Salvador, Jay McKee and Christian Backman before the deadline, as many teams are "kicking the tires." Source

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Dan Boyle to a 6-year, $40 million contract extension. The Brad Richards rumours should explode about now. Source

Forsberg signs with Avalanche!

TSN is reporting that Peter Forsberg has signed with the Colorado Avalanche for the rest of the season. Foppa had earlier declared it was "unlikely" he would return to the NHL this season. Source

Bob McKenzie of TSN was on Team 1040 radio in Vancouver and reported that 4 teams are on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brad Richards short list of teams he would waive his no trade clause, and these teams are the Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks. The frontrunners are Dallas and Columbus, with Vancouver among the bottom 3-4 teams.

Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter told reporters that he will not trade winger Alex Tanguay and is happy with his team as it is. Of course, it could be a smokescreen to ward off teams while Sutter works out a deal. This could be a Foppa-esque situation. Source

The Buffalo News is reporting that defenseman Brian Campbell will be playing his last game for the Buffalo Sabres tonight, as sources are saying he will "definitely" be traded by the deadline.

NHL rumor update Feb 25 2 PM EST

The San Jose Sharks are rumored to be sending a package of Patrick Marleau and Matt Carle to the Florida Panthers for Olli Jokinen. The Anaheim Ducks want to send Bobby Ryan and Edmonton's 1st rounder for Jokinen. The Minnesota Wild remain interested in the Finnish centre.

The Puck-rakers blog from the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the Blue Jackets offer to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Brad Richards is Gilbert Brule, Dan Fritsche and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen. Source

The Philadelphia Flyers are looking to send Jeff Carter and prospects/picks for Richards.

The New York Rangers are very interested in Dan Boyle, and could ask permission from the Lightning to talk to Boyle about a long-term contract extension. Source

Islanders shopping Satan, Fedotenko, Comrie?

According to Newsday, an NHL source said the New York Islanders are fielding offers for forwards Miroslav Satan, Ruslan Fedotenko and Mike Comrie, all of whom are headed to free agency this summer. GM Garth Snow has offered extensions to Comrie and forward Josef Vasicek, but only if they fit into Snow's salary structure. Source

Sources are also saying the Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild have interest in acquiring Satan.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sundin refuses to waive NTC

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, Mats Sundin has told the Toronto Maple Leafs that he will NOT waive his no trade clause. He does not want to be a rental player. Interim GM Cliff Fletcher also met with Pavel Kubina, Tomas Kaberle and Darcy Tucker, and all said "NO" to waiving their no trade clauses. Bryan McCabe may "consider" deals to the Eastern Conference. McKenzie speculates the only option for Fletcher is deal signed players such as Alex Steen, who the Edmonton Oilers covet.

McKenzie also reports that the Atlanta Thrashers may trade Marian Hossa as soon as tomorrow. The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens are the front-runners. Also, GM Don Waddell was watching the Montreal's AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs, while Atlanta scouts were watching the Senator's AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

Richards willing to waive his NTC!

Sportsnet is reporting that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brad Richards is willing to waive his no trade clause. It's believed that GM Jay Feaster will be presenting deals to Richards this evening, and something could happen as early as Monday. The report also indicates that Richards wants to play for a playoff contender, which rules out the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers. The Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens remain the front-runners. Let the Richards sweepstakes commence! Source

According to the Bergen Record, the New Jersey Devils have scouted and are interested in St. Louis Blues defensemen Bryce Salvador and Barret Jackman. Source

There will be more frequent posts as the deadline approaches.

Lightning ask Richards about possible trades?

TSN is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have reached out to Brad Richards about their interest in trading him. Sources are saying the Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets are the frontrunners. A decision is expected Sunday night or Monday, at which point GM Jay Feaster will take the options to ownership for the final decision. Source

Possible scenarios could include:

Luc Bourdon, Michael Grabner, a 1st rounder in 2008.

Mike Smith, Mark Fistric, and a 1st rounder.

Jakub Voracek, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a 1st rounder.

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that there have been Lightning scouts watching the last several Stars games. The Stars could be the leading candidates to land Richards.

Mats Sundin has confirmed that he has been approached by Toronto Maple Leafs interim GM Cliff Fletcher to waive his no trade clause. He has been asked to provide a list of 3 teams he would like to be traded, but the rumor is that Sundin won't waive his clause at all. Source

The Detroit Red Wings have offered Darren McCarty a one-year deal for the league minimum $475,000 (pro-rated). Source

Marian Hossa will definitely be shopped at the trade deadline, as a last attempt to sign him has failed. It's believed that Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell is mulling over the offers.

The Minnesota Wild have signed defenseman Nick Schultz to a 6-year, $21 million contract extension. Source

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Brad Richards to Philly?

The following rumours come from Al Strachan, courtesy of the show "The Spin" on The Score network:

The Philadelphia Flyers are interested in Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brad Richards. Strachan also said that the Flyers were in the Dan Boyle sweepstakes, should the Lightning fail to sign him. Jeff Carter is rumored to be part of the deals.

Strachan believes the Montreal Canadiens are gunning after Florida Panthers forward Olli Jokinen, as well as the Boston Bruins, who could be going after some star players at the trade deadline.

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that two Blue Jackets scouts were watching the last Lightning game, and GM Scott Howson has some interest in Richards. The Blue Jackets have the cap space to add Richards, but do they have the prospects or picks to get him?

Darren Dreger of TSN reports that Toronto Maple Leafs interim GM Cliff Fletcher and captain Mats Sundin met on Thursday to discuss his future with the team, and asked him for a list of teams that he would like to be traded to. Sundin has not give him a list, but may this weekend. Source

Dwayne Roloson has not demanded a trade, but is not happy with his playing situation. The Edmonton Sun is reporting that he would not oppose to going to a team where he would play more games.

Pierre McGuire of TSN was on the Team 990 radio in Montreal and mentioned that several teams have made offers for Florida Panthers defenseman Ruslan Salei and could become a hot commodity at the deadline.

The Philadelphia Flyers have claimed forward Patrick Thoresen off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers.

The New York Islanders have signed forward Trent Hunter to a 5-year, $10 million contract extension.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Alex Steen to a 2-year, $3.4 million contract extension.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Rangers after Boyle, Rucinsky and Sundin?

The New York Rangers dominate this rumor report, as several sources indicate that they could make a big splash at the trade deadline.

The New York Post is reporting that the Rangers are making a push for Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle. If Boyle is not signed by the deadline, and if there are no takers for forward Brad Richards, Boyle could be moved.

The New York Post reported the New York Rangers are believed interested in bringing back St. Louis Blues winger Martin Rucinsky for a fourth tour of duty on Broadway. St. Louis president John Davidson likes defenseman Marek Malik, but the Rangers would require a defenseman in return. Source

Marty York of Metro News believes that Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin is "no. 1" on the Rangers shopping list. Source

New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is in the market for a "rental" player, and is not interested in signed players. Source

Team 1040 radio in Vancouver is reporting a rumour that the Dallas Stars would send defenseman Phillipe Boucher and goalie Mike Smith to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Brad Richards.

The Boston Bruins have placed forward Stanislav Chistov on waivers. Chistov left his Russian Super League team
Salavat Yulaev Ufa late last week. Source

The Los Angeles Kings claimed Matt Ellis off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings.

The Edmonton Oilers put Patrick Thoresen on waivers Thursday.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Richards shopped, Hossa close to being a Hab?

According to La Presse, the Montreal Canadiens have ordered equipment for Marian Hossa. Reporter Mathias Brunet speculates that Mark Streit, Michael Ryder and a draft pick have been tossed around. Source

Pierre LeBrun of Sportsnet is reporting that the Edmonton Oilers have made a late bid for Hossa, and are interested if they can secure Hossa to a contract extension.

There are rumors that the Minnesota Wild are interested in acquiring Florida Panthers forward Olli Jokinen. GM Doug Risebrough and GM Jacques Martin were spotted huddled in "deep discussions" at the GM meetings in Florida.

Bob McKenzie of TSN is reporting that the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets could be interested in Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brad Richards. Source

Darren McCarty may be close to returning to the Detroit Red Wings. GM Ken Holland says Wednesday the team is "leaning toward offering him a contract." McCarty has been productive in comeback stints with the IHL Flint Generals and the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins, where he recently scored a hat-trick. Source

The Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenseman Jim Vandermeer to the Calgary Flames for a third round pick in 2009. Source

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Blackhawks are shopping defenseman Andrei Zyuzin. Source

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Satan to Vancouver, Streit and Higgins to Atlanta?

According to Slovakian hockey site, there's a rumor that the Vancouver Canucks have offered forwards Ryan Shannon and Mike Brown to the New York Islanders for Miroslav Satan. Also, GM Dave Nonis was spotted talking to GM Garth Snow for 15 minutes at the GM meetings in Florida. Source

Swiss website reports that the Montreal Canadiens are very interested in Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin and everyone's favourite rental player, Atlanta Thrashers forward Marian Hossa. The rumour is that the Habs have offered defenseman Mark Streit, forward Christopher Higgins and a first round pick to the Thrashers for Hossa. Source

TSN's Bob McKenzie is reporting that GM Bob Gainey is targeting an "impact player" at the trade deadline. It's believed that Gainey has offered Michael Ryder and a draft pick to the Calgary Flames for Alex Tanguay. McKenzie also confirms that the Canadiens are after Hossa and Sundin as well. Source

Rumors continue to fly about the Tampa Bay Lightning shopping forward Brad Richards, but his $7.8 million contract and no trade clause remains in the way. La Presse believes that the Canadiens would have interest. Source

The Los Angeles Kings have traded defenseman Jaroslav Modry to the the Philadelphia Flyers for a third round draft pick in 2008. Source

Monday, February 18, 2008

NHL trade rumors from the GM meetings

There's going to be a lot of rumours in the next few days as the annual GM meeting in Florida continues. Scott Morrison of CBC reports on the latest:

Citing a source, no fewer than 15 teams have expressed "serious" interest in Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who, according to his agent, does not want to leave Toronto. The rumor is that the Philadelphia Flyers are the most interested. "I can say there has been a lot of interest in him," GM Cliff Fletcher told mid-afternoon Monday, "but I haven't asked Tomas yet if he would waive his no trade. We'll see what happens."

Morrison believes that the Atlanta Thrashers will definitely trade forward Marian Hossa, with the Montreal Canadiens as a front-runner. Christopher Higgins' name has been mentioned. The San Jose Sharks have also inquired, but the Thrashers would like Jonathan Cheechoo as part of the return. The Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars are also making bids.

Sources say that 8 teams, including the Ottawa Senators, are interested in Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vaclav Prospal.

The Carolina Hurricanes could be interested in Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dominic Moore.

David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail was also there, and he has a humdinger of a rumor:

According to a league source, Tampa Bay Lightning GM Jay Feaster is busy shopping forward Brad Richards among his fellow GMs after they arrived here for their annual winter meetings on Sunday night.

Peter Forsberg's agent Don Baizley has told NHL teams that "the prospect of Peter having enough confidence in the foot-skate issue to commit to being able to play in the NHL this season isn't where it needs to be at this moment. As a result, teams are being told it is unlikely he will be able to commit to return to the NHL this season." Foppa has not ruled out a return next season.

The Phoenix Coyotes have traded forward Olivier Latendresse to the Montreal Canadiens for an unnamed player. He is the brother of Guillaume Latendresse. Source

Lightning interested in Roloson, Theodore?

According to the Boston Globe, there are rumors that the Tampa Bay Lightning are "sniffing around" Edmonton Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson and Colorado Avalanche netminder Jose Theodore. The Lightning are still looking for a no. 1 goalie. Source

The Globe is also reporting that Columbus Blue Jackets forward Sergei Fedorov could be headed to the Carolina Hurricanes. During the 1998 Olympic break, the Canes offered the then-Group II free agent a contract, which the Detroit Red Wings matched. The Wings are also rumoured to be interested in re-acquiring Fedorov. The Jackets are interested in Wings forward Tomas Kopecky. Source

The Chicago Blackhawks have pushed all in in the poker game that is the Peter Forsberg sweepstakes. RDS is reporting that the Hawks have offered a 3-year, $11 million contract. Foppa is rumored to be seriously considering the offer. Source

RDS is also reporting that 3 teams are interested in Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Adam Foote. The Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers are reportedly interested in the defenseman. Source

Various sources are reporting that the Chicago Blackhawks have signed defenseman Brent Seabrook to a 3-year, $10.5 million contract extension.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Bruce Garrioch's latest NHL rumors

The rest of the rumours by Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:

The shortlist of destinations for Atlanta Thrashers forward Marian Hossa appear to be the Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks.

Garrioch also believes that the Habs could be pursuing Chicago Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat, along with the New Jersey Devils.

The Ducks may be on the verge of a big trade.

The LA Kings may look to shop forward Mike Cammalleri before the trade deadline.

The Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings are on a 10 team list that have shown an interest in Kings defenseman Rob Blake.

The Rangers have re-signed defenseman Dan Girardi to a 2-year, $3.1 million contract extension. They also signed defenseman Fedor Tyutin to a 4-year, $11.4 million contract extension.

Lecavalier demands trade?

During the intermission program "The Hotstove" (not "Satellite Hotstove" anymore, as some rumormongers put it) on the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast on CBC, Al Strachan quotes sources that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier has done all he can with the team and wants to be traded to a bigger market in the summer. Strachan speculates that Montreal, Los Angeles and New York could be possible destinations.

Pierre LeBrun refutes the Lecavalier rumor, but believes GM Jay Feaster will shop Brad Richards this summer to free up some cap space to get a top goaltender.

Rob Blake is rumoured to be headed to the San Jose Sharks or Anaheim Ducks.

Scott Morrison believes Peter Forsberg will make his decision to return to the NHL in the next few days, and the Philadelphia Flyers remain the frontrunners.

During the After Hours program, Vancouver Canucks GM Dave Nonis confirmed that he has made an offer to Forsberg and is waiting for an answer. Nonis maintains that the Canucks are in the Foppa sweepstakes.

Also, Nonis stated bluntly that he will not trade young players Alexander Edler and Ryan Kesler for players at the deadline. Nonis revealed that he turned down a trade last year involving a UFA rental player that would have cost Edler.

The latest from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

Toronto Maple Leafs interim GM Cliff Fletcher has been working the phones and he may ask defenseman Tomas Kaberle to waive his no trade clause. It's believed the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers are making a push for the Czech blue-liner.

Sources are saying that the Florida Panthers are shopping forwards Jozef Stumpel and Radek Dvorak.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have shown an interest in Leafs defenseman Hal Gill.

More from Bruce Garrioch later, including the latest on Hossa, Havlat, Cammalleri, Blake and Boyle.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Possible Olli Jokinen offers?

Several offers for Florida Panther Olli Jokinen has been speculated in the rumour mill lately, including:

The Calgary Flames have offered Alex Tanguay and a 2nd round pick, and a conditional pick.

The Montreal Canadiens have offered Michael Ryder, Ryan O'Byrne and a 3rd rounder.

CKAC 730 radio in Montreal is reporting that the Florida Panthers have been scouting O'Byrne for a while, and GM Jacques Martin is very interested in the big defenseman.

There were at least 2 Montreal Canadiens scouts watching the Atlanta Thrashers-New Jersey Devils game Friday. The Canadiens have been rumored to be a big player in the Marian Hossa Sweepstakes, and could also be looking at Devils forward Brian Gionta.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Sergei Fedorov could be returning to the Red Wings at the trade deadline. The Puck-rakers blog on the Columbus Dispatch website reports that GM Scott Howson spent half of the morning skate in conversation with Wings' GM Ken Holland and assistant GM Jim Nill. Speculate away! Source

The Buffalo News is reporting that the Buffalo Sabres should look to move one of Maxim Afinogenov, Tim Connolly, Ales Kotalik and Dmitri Kalinin. Source

Poll Results:

Who will sign Peter Forsberg?

Philadelphia Flyers
100 (36%)
Colorado Avalanche
21 (7%)
Vancouver Canucks
109 (39%)
Ottawa Senators
16 (5%)
Anaheim Ducks
3 (1%)
New York Rangers
7 (2%)
20 (7%)

Total votes: 276

Thank you for participating in the polls!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Jagr talks heat up

Scott Burnside of ESPN believes that New York Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr would be better off on another team. Burnside states that the Rangers could use Jagr to get a top defenseman back, or get some young prospects or draft picks, and suggests defensemen Joni Pitkanen, Rob Blake, John-Michael Liles, Dan Boyle and Bryan McCabe might "enjoy a change of scenery." There's also been rumours that the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens could be in the running for the Czech winger.

Burnside also notes that Rangers goaltending prospect Al Montoya could be traded as well. He lists the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings as teams that could be interested. Source

There are rumours that the Chicago Blackhawks want to host an outdoor game at Soldier Field, while the Maple Leafs are looking at a game at Rogers Centre.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been sold to OK Hockey LLC, a group controlled by Los Angeles television and movie producer Oren Koules. Source

The latest NHL rumors from Marty York of Metro News:

York claims his sources and "information" tell him that Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin will waive his no trade clause and join the Detroit Red Wings.

There's been talks that the New York Rangers and New York Islanders will meet for an outdoor game at Yankee Stadium or Shea Stadium on Jan 1, 2009.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Havlat to San Jose?

There are four teams that are shopping for a top 4 defenseman: The Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators. The Devils have $3.6 million in cap room, and are interested in LA Kings defenseman Brad Stuart, Buffalo Sabres' Brian Campbell and Tampa Lightning's Dan Boyle. The other three teams are also in contention for one of these blue-liners.

The Devils are also targeting Kings forward Ladislav Nagy and Chicago Blackhawks forward Robert Lang. Source

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vaclav Prospal's recent verbal barb against his coach John Tortorella has only increased speculation that he will be gone by the trade deadline. Rumors are that the Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins are interested. Source

The following rumours come from Al Strachan of the Score:

The San Jose Sharks have inquired about Chicago Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat.

Dan Boyle is looking for a $7 million-a-year contract with the Lightning.

The New York Rangers have signed goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to a six-year, $41.25 million contract extension.

The Washington Capitals have signed forward Tomas Fleischmann to a two-year, $1.45 million contract extension.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

European rumors update

Here's the latest rumours from Europe, which have been collected from various European sources in the past few days. This is the big version of Brochu's European round-up:

New York Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr has said that he would come to Russia to play his last years of the career. He said that he gave his "word" to play in Russia and wanted to play for Avangard Omsk, whose chairman stated that they would do everything they can to bring Jagr to Omsk. Jagr played for Avangard in the 2004-2005 lockout year. Source

Denik Sport (A Czech newspaper) reported that Columbus Blue Jacket forward David Vyborny is rumoured to have signed a contract with Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga. Vyborny has stated that Sparta and Swiss club Lugano are his preferred destinations if he returned overseas. Vyborny played for Sparta during the lockout and his father is currently the head coach. Thanks to vakfan over at Southern Bohemian Ho(c)ke(y)j for the link! Source

There are rumours that New York Islanders prospect Jesse Joensuu will leave his team Ässät in Finland and come to North America for the remainder of the season. Source

According to Swiss newspaper Giornale del Popolo, both Chicago Blackhawks forward Martin St. Pierre and Atlanta Thrashers minor-leaguer Jason Krog could be joining HC Lugano this season. Source

Swedish defensive prospect Lars Jonsson is rumored to be leaving the Philadelphia Phantoms (Flyers AHL affilate) and could sign with one of four SEL teams; Färjestad, Leksand, HV71 and Linköping. Source

Monday, February 11, 2008

Bernier available, Canucks to sell?

According to The Province columnist Ed Willes, the Vancouver Canucks "would be better off selling rather than buying at the trade deadline." Willes believes that forwards Markus Naslund, Byron Ritchie, Matt Cooke and defenseman Aaron Miller could fetch a return. Source

The Edmonton Journal believes that San Jose Sharks forward Steve Bernier could be shopped to bring a defenseman at the trade deadline. Source

Scouts from three teams were at the Phoenix Coyotes-Dallas Stars game Monday night. The Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota Wild and Florida Panthers were represented. Joe Nieuwendyk is serving as Florida's scout. Source

There are rumors that Calgary Flames prospect Dan Ryder may be returning to the organization soon. Ryder, brother of Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Ryder, left the Quad City Flames (Flames AHL affiliate) earlier this year under mysterious circumstances. Source

The Dallas Stars have signed forward Krys Barch to a two-year, $1.15 million contract extension.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed minor-league defenseman Deryk Engelland to a two-year contract extension.

Look for my European round-up sometime this week; there's quite a lot of rumors from Europe in the past few days.

Stillman, Commodore for Eaves, Corvo

The Carolina Hurricanes have traded forward Cory Stillman and defenseman Mike Commodore to the Ottawa Senators for forward Patrick Eaves and defenseman Joe Corvo. Hopefully this trade will spur more trading as the deadline approaches. Ottawa radio is also reporting that GM Bryan Murray may not be done dealing. Source

The Montreal Canadiens will not hand out any punishment to defenceman Ryan O'Byrne and forward Tom Kostopoulos after the two players were arrested outside of a Tampa nightclub early Monday morning. O'Byrne's name has been in the rumour mill lately, perhaps this will lower his trade value. Source

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Leftover NHL rumors from the weekend

There's been a lot of rumors over this weekend; here are some that didn't make the last post:

There's a rumour that the Ottawa Senators would like to trade goaltender Ray Emery to the Chicago Blackhawks for Nikolai Khabibulin.

Another one involves the Sens sending Antoine Vermette and a "high draft choice" to the Atlanta Thrashers for Marian Hossa. Considering some of the Hossa offers flying around, it would take more from the Senators to get Hossa.

Another Senators rumour involves Ray Emery, Andrej Meszaros and Joe Corvo sent to the Edmonton Oilers for Dwayne Roloson, Joni Pitkanen and Jarret Stoll.

The trade rumors above come from the The Gazette.

Scott Morrison of CBC is reporting that the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals are interested in San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Carle.

San Jose Sharks may be looking at Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, after the Wade Redden deal fell through.

Jokinen for Marleau, Carle?

The latest NHL rumors from everyone's favourite rumormonger, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

Sources say Florida Panthers assistant GM Randy Sexton held discussions with San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson early in the season that would have led to Olli Jokinen being shipped to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau and Matt Carle. Garrioch believes that this deal could happen at the trade deadline.

The Phoenix Coyotes are worried about Radim Vrbata's salary demands and he could be dealt. The Coyotes are also shopping defenseman Brendan Bell.

The New York Islanders are shopping Mike Comrie and Miroslav Satan. Satan is currently out with a knee injury.

Nick Schultz's impending UFA status may him available at the trade deadline. Minnesota Wild GM Doug Risebrough could have had Schultz signed in the summer for $2.5 million but didn't. Schultz was awarded $1.8 million in arbitration. Now a lot of teams are calling.

Apparently LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi has told other GMs that any King over the age of 25 is available. This list includes Rob Blake, Ladislav Nagy, Derek Armstrong, Scott Thornton, Brad Stuart, Tom Preissing and Jaroslav Modry.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Sundin for Kesler, Bourdon, Schneider and a 1st?

Team 1040 radio in Vancouver and TSN is reporting a rumour that the asking price for Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin is Ryan Kesler, Luc Bourdon, Cory Schneider and a 1st round pick in 2008 from the Canucks.

The Ottawa Citizen is reporting that Ottawa Senators coach John Paddock made the four-hour trip to Binghamton from Ottawa after practice on Wednesday to check out the AHL Binghamton Senators in action against the Philadelphia Phantoms. Paddock was there to watch which players would fit on the big club if a roster player was traded. There are rumors that Antoine Vermette, Joe Corvo and Andrej Meszaros could be dealt at the deadline. When asked which players he was looking at, Paddock said: "Any one of the young players. (Alexander) Nikulin and (Ilya) Zubov have each had one game, or a few games up, and Brian Lee, and the goaltenders (Jeff Glass and Brian Elliott). And we know what Lawrence Nycholat can do as a call-up." Source

These following trade rumors are from TSN's Backchecking column:

The Ottawa Sun is reporting that Senators prospects Brian Lee, Ilya Zubov and Nick Foligno could be part of a deal to land a top-6 forward.

The New York Post is reporting that the New Jersey Devils have some cap room available and may target Chicago Blackhawks forwards Robert Lang and Martin Havlat. The paper also reports that they are interested in Edmonton Oilers defenseman Joni Pitkanen.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Red Wings might consider moving Dan Cleary if they can't get him signed to a contract extension, and if the Wings could get a top-six forward in return.

Redden refuses to waive NTC

According to TSN, sources are saying that Ottawa Senators defenseman Wade Redden was approached by GM Bryan Murray to waive his no trade clause and Redden refused. This was brought on by interest from the San Jose Sharks. Source

The Windsor Star is quoting "highly-placed league sources" are indicating that LA Kings Rob Blake is headed to the Anaheim Ducks. Source

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman rejected a multi-year contract offer from the team earlier this week. One source indicated that the Blues’ offer averaged less than $3 million per season. Talks continue, but he may become a good asset at the trade deadline. Source

The Phoenix Coyotes have signed Pete Vandermeer to an NHL contract. Pete, brother of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Jim Vandermeer, has 210 penalty minutes this season and is fifth all-time in the American Hockey League with 2,374. Source

The Montreal Canadiens have traded Francis Lemieux to the Detroit Red Wings for Brett Engelhardt. Source

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Salary cap to rise by $3 million?

The Toronto Star is reporting that the NHL salary cap will rise by about $3 million next season. Sources are saying the rising value of the Canadian dollar is one reason forwarded for an increase in revenues, but commissioner Gary Bettman has said merchandising revenue and ticket sales were up across the league. Source

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Adam Foote and GM Scott Howson met to discuss his future with the club. Howson wants to sign Foote to a multi-year contract extension, but if the Jackets fall out of playoff contention, he might be traded. The defenseman has a no-trade clause in his contract and any acceptable offer the Jackets received would have to be approved by Foote. “I have no intention of trading Adam Foote if we’re in a playoff race,” Howson said. “But I must do what is best for the franchise.” Source

The San Jose Sharks acquired defenceman J.D. Forrest from the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday for future considerations. Source

The Montreal Canadiens have signed free-agent forward Brock Trotter to a three-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released. Source

Poll Results:

Who is the biggest rental player this season?

Mats Sundin
183 (52%)
Marian Hossa
125 (35%)
Rob Blake
19 (5%)
John-Michael Liles
11 (3%)
12 (3%)

Total Votes: 350

Thank you for participating in the polls!

The latest on Peter Forsberg

Rumors around the league seem to indicate that Peter Forsberg will sign with either the Philadelphia Flyers or Colorado Avalanche. Forsberg has already turned down the Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames.

The Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks, along with Philly and the Avs, remain on Foppa's shortlist. It was revealed in today's Vancouver Sun that GM Dave Nonis met Forsberg last July to persuade the Swedish forward to sign with the Canucks. Source

The St. Paul Pioneer Press wonders if new Minnesota Wild and ex-Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold would make a run for Forsberg, with GM Doug Risebrough offering a smirk when asked about the possibility. Source

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The latest NHL rumors for Feb 7, 2008

A rumour was reported on CKAC 730 AM radio in Montreal about the Montreal Canadiens trading Michael Ryder and Ryan O'Byrne for Calgary Flames forward Alex Tanguay. Tanguay has a no trade clause and is reportedly sick of hearing rumors about him heading to Montreal.

Andy Strickland of 1380 ESPN radio in St. Louis is reporting that defenseman Matt Walker has asked the Blues to be traded. There is a lot of speculation that the Blues are on the verge of a trade, possibly involving defenseman Eric Brewer and Barret Jackman.

Swedish reports have indicated that the Toronto Maple Leafs may be interested in signing forward Linus Klasen. Bill Meltzer of also adds that both Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Vancouver Canucks GM Dave Nonis, along with many other NHL scouts watched prospects Fabian Brunnstrom, Linus Klasen and Linus Videll, along with many other NHL scouts on a recent trip to Sweden. Source

Many Canucks fans' hearts skipped a beat on Wednesday when defenseman Mattias Ohlund was removed from the roster of the Canucks official website, prompting rumours of a trade. A later email from the webmaster indicated it was a glitch due to Ohlund's absence from the team for personal reasons.

The upstart European hockey superleague that was reported a few weeks ago is one step closer to reality. On Wednesday, Bloomberg news reported that Vladislav Tretiak, the legendary goaltender who's now president of the Russian Hockey Federation, and energy tycoon Alexander Medvedev have signed an agreement to create the rival league by April 15. The rival league will be known as the Continental Hockey League, and will have 20 Russian teams and an undetermined number of foreign clubs. It's possible that this new league will attract some NHL players to play in Europe. Source

Phaneuf, Chimera extensions, waiver news

The Calgary Flames and defenseman Dion Phaneuf have agreed to a six-year, $39 million contract extension. Sources tell TSN that the deal will average $6.5 million US a season. Phaneuf will make $7.5 million in the first year, followed by $6.5 million in year two, $7 million in the third season, $6.5 million in each of the following two years and $5.5 million in the final season. Source

The Columbus Blue Jackets and forward Jason Chimera have agreed to a four-year, $7.5 million contract extension. Source

The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed defenseman Andy Wozniewski on waivers.

The LA Kings brought up goalie Dan Cloutier on re-entry waivers and put J.S. Aubin on waivers.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Rumor update on Forsberg, Sundin, Jokinen, Hossa

TSN's Bob McKenzie reported on Tuesday trade rumors from around the league, especially three of the biggest names to be involved around the NHL trade deadline.

Peter Forsberg could make a decision to return to the NHL as early as within one week. Forsberg has been testing his foot and has so far has no setbacks. McKenzie believes Forsberg's signing could start the dominoes falling in the trade market.

Toronto Maple Leafs Interim GM Cliff Fletcher has quietly shopped Mats Sundin around the league to gauge what kind of assets he could get in return.

Olli Jokinen is being shopped by the Florida Panthers, and they are looking for 2 young players in return.

The Team 1200 radio in Ottawa reported that Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell has given Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey permission to speak to Marian Hossa's agent Ritch Winter, possibly to discuss a contract extension if Hossa gets traded to the Habs. The Hossa to Montreal rumours seem to be rampant.

The Toronto Star is speculating that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nik Antropov could be traded at the deadline, due to a manageable salary and lack of a no trade clause. Source

Andy Strickland of 1380 ESPN is reporting that the St. Louis Blues have thrown their hat in the Peter Forsberg sweepstakes.

Various sources confirm that the Edmonton Investors Group (EIG) will sell all their shares to Rexall billionaire Daryl Katz, making him the new owner of the Edmonton Oilers.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Canadiens and Thrashers talking?

La Presse is reporting that Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell was spotted at the Montreal Canadiens-New York Rangers game in Montreal on Sunday. Waddell is believed to have met with GM Bob Gainey, and talks were surrounded around Mathieu Dandenault. Michael Ryder's name was also tossed in, as he was a recent healthy scratch. Marian Hossa's name remains in the rumor mill, and could be a nice fit in Montreal. Source

Team 990 radio in Montreal has also reported that Waddell and Gainey have talked, with Waddell asking for Russian defenseman Alexei Emelin and forward Christopher Higgins.

Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail wonders when the Edmonton Oilers fire sale will start, and which players will most likely be traded. He figures that Jarret Stoll would get interest from the Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets, while Joni Pitkanen, Steve Staios and Dwayne Roloson could get interest from teams making a playoff run. Duhatschek even suggests a swap of Stoll for Gilbert Brule. Source

Marty York of Metro News is reporting that the Ottawa Senators are setting their sights on Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Blake. Source

Defenseman Duvie Westcott has been put on re-entry waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Canes interested in Hamilton, Yzerman back

According to the Boston Globe, the Boston Bruins had some interest in Jeff Hamilton when he was put on waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes. There are rumors that he will be picked up by the Bruins should he be put on re-entry waivers. Source

Several teams, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres, have called the Vancouver Canucks about forward Ryan Kesler and defenseman Alexander Edler. These two young players seem to the be most desired by teams around the NHL.

Radio reports in Minnesota have rumours that the Minnesota Wild and Montreal Canadiens are talking.

Also, GM Dave Nonis confirmed that he will be in the running in the Peter Forsberg sweepstakes. He didn't watch Forsberg on his trip to Sweden; instead he took the time to observe 22-year old Fabian Brunnstrom. Nonis seemed unimpressed about Brunnstrom's performance in the one game he saw. Source

Canada's team at the 2008 World Championship in Quebec City and Halifax will once again be led by Steve Yzerman, who successfully guided Canada to the gold medal at the 2007 World Championship in Moscow. There is speculation that he will be joined by Pat Quinn, who helped coach Canada to gold at the 2007 Spengler Cup. Source

The latest Forsberg and Brunnstrom update

As promised, the latest Peter Forsberg news:

ON CBC's Hockey Night in Canada intermission program, The Hotstove (formerly known as the Satellite Hotstove), Scott Morrison stated that both Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Vancouver Canucks GM Dave Nonis are in Sweden on a scouting mission and to possibly talk with Peter Forsberg. Morrison added that one unidentified team has offered Foppa a 3 year deal, and another is prepared to offer $4-5 million a year (pro-rated).

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun believes the Dallas Stars have increased their efforts to sign Forsberg. He also thinks the Flyers and New York Rangers are frontrunners, with the Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, Columbus Blue Jackets, Atlanta Thrashers, Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks making calls to the Swedish centre. Source

The Courier Post believes that the Flyers are "clearly the favorites" to land Foppa.

Everyone's favourite Swedish prospect, Fabian Brunnstrom, has received a lot more interest since the report a week ago that 5 teams were on his short list.

Philadelphia Flyers GM is in Sweden on a scouting assignment to watch Brunnstrom and a few other Swedish draft-age players, and could make a contract offer. Source

Ottawa is also making a late bid. "We're interested in him," Senators GM Bryan Murray confirmed yesterday morning at the Air Canada Centre. "But we can't do anything until his year is totally over, nothing can happen until this summer, and then he's like every other free agent. It comes down to recruiting." Source

The Boston Bruins don't want to be left out of the Brunnstrom party, and they are interested as well. "But we're in that mix, too," said GM Peter Chiarelli. "He's a kid with some dimension to his game, some size [6 feet 2 inches, 205 pounds], can play either wing." Source

Updates on Campbell, Boyle, Hossa

Here are the latest trade rumors from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

Garrioch reports that "talk" is Marian Hossa has made it clear to the Atlanta Thrashers that he won't re-sign. The Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings are believed to be frontrunners. The Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins have all called GM Don Waddell about Hossa.

Negotiations between the Buffalo Sabres and defenseman Brian Campbell haven't made much progress and it looks like he will be moved at the trade deadline. The San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins have all made pitches for Campbell. The believed asking price is player, prospect and first round draft pick.

Garrioch also thinks that Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle are being pursued by the same teams. The Camden Courier-Post is also reporting that the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks are interested in both Boyle and Campbell. Source

Lightning GM Jay Feaster is also looking to move forwards Chris Gratton, Jan Hlavac and Vaclav Prospal.

Stay tuned for the latest Peter Forsberg update, to be posted later today.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Forsberg to Montreal?

The Peter Forsberg watch has begun. It's reported that Forsberg is looking for a two-year deal worth about $2.5 million per season. While many teams are vying for Foppa's services, it would seem his old teams, the Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators are the favourites to land the Swedish forward. Both Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Predators GM David Poile have spoken to Forsberg's camp.

According to RDS, the Montreal Canadiens could be interested in Forsberg. Other teams that are believed to be in contact with Foppa are the Ottawa Senators, Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers into the mix. Source is reporting that executives or scouts from the Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators and Phoenix Coyotes reportedly took in Thursday's game in Tampa between the Vancouver Canucks and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Source

According to the Buffalo News, the Dallas Stars have interest in Edmonton Oilers centre Jarret Stoll.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Tarnstrom traded for Glencross

The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded forward Curtis Glencross to the Edmonton Oilers for defenceman Dick Tarnstrom. Source